Thanks for hosting me today, Lee!
I started the IWSG for writers, but insecurities aren’t exclusive to us. Everyone possesses doubts and fears, including our characters. So rather than discuss my insecurities (which I already did today on my own blog) I’m going to share those of my main characters.
A talented young man, he decided to veer from his family’s political heritage and pursued a science career instead. Despite his intelligence and achievements, Mevine questions his personal value. He is also awkward, overeager, and lacking certain social skills. This strikes yet another blow to his self worth. Eager to please, he longs for a friend and someone who will believe in him. (A girlfriend someday would be nice as well!)
A skilled pilot from an affluent family, she is confident and comfortable with herself. However, Athee has suffered loss, including both parents and her only aunt. She fears losing the ones she loves. This fear drives her to extreme measures; even resorting to irrational behavior to protect those close to her heart. (Oh yeah, she does something really crazy in CassaFire!)
The returning hero - a solitary pilot of exceptional talent, especially in his ability to perform multiple teleportation jumps. Byron never trusted anyone until he met Bassa, and unfortunately he lost his navigator and friend during the war. While he has matured and grown over the years, the pilot still keeps others at a distance, claiming a need for privacy. Byron fears another terrible loss as much as he fears connecting on a personal level.
With those insecurities, can you envision how the characters come together in the story?
And sorry, Mevine. No girlfriend for you - yet!
What’s your main character’s insecurity? Anything similar to what plagues Mevine, Athee, or Byron? And what do YOU think will happen to these characters in CassaFire? Might be a little messy...
Visit the author’s site and leave a comment during his book tour for a chance to win CassaFire, CassaStar, and a CassaFire tote bag and mug!
by Alex J. Cavanaugh
CassaStar was just the beginning…
The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.
The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and strange mental abilities.
To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…
Science fiction - space opera/adventure
Print ISBN 978-0-9827139-4-5, $15.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 240 pages
EBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-6-9, $4.99, available in all formats
CassaFire is the sequel to Cavanaugh’s first book, CassaStar, an Amazon Top Ten Best Seller:
“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal
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