A to Z Challenge (BONUS): Exploration by Alex J. Cavanaugh

To help celebrate the release of his latest sci-fi novel, Dragon of the StarsAlex J. Cavanaugh has graciously agreed to stop by this morning with a Blogging from A to Z Challenge post of his own. If you missed my themed post, you can check it out here, and if you missed my review of Alex's latest, then I urge to you to give it a read (as soon as Alex is done, of course!).

E is for Exploration!

Who hasn’t looked up at the nighttime sky and wondered–what’s out there?

Humans are natural explorers. We want to know what’s beyond our world, beyond what we know. We’ve sent men to the moon and satellites into space. The first man-made object to venture into space was a German V-2 rocket in 1942. We sent people to live among the stars on the International Space Station. And now we have NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft approaching Pluto. We keep pushing farther.

In Dragon of the Stars, Aden Pendar and his crew are exploring an uninhabited portion of space. They are searching for the Dragon, a legendary ship that could save their people. The journey is half the adventure and they have dangers to avoid.

I also wanted to explore a unique situation with this story. Pendar encounters a circumstance that is outside of our human understanding. I relied on the five senses to understand what it would be like and bring the experience to life.

The fans aren’t left out of the exploration either! The website What Are the Kargrandes (http://whatarethekargrandes.com/) features clues, all leading up to the release date.

And now, I invite readers to explore Aden’s world. Will he find the Dragon? What are the Kargrandes? Find out April 7!


About the Author

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.



About the Book

Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military
Print ISBN 9781939844064 EBook ISBN 9781939844057
Dancing Lemur Press, LLC http://www.dancinglemurpress.com/
What Are the Kargrandes? http://whatarethekargrandes.com/

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. But when the Alliance declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray and told he won’t make captain. One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?


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  1. Good luck for tomorrow Alex. I am sure the Dragon will indeed take to the stars...

  2. Dragon of the Stars sounds like another winner!
    Wishing you everything of the best for tomorrow, Alex!

  3. To me, the sense of exploration and discovery is the best part of science...and science fiction, too! Excited about your big day tomorrow, Alex!

  4. All the very best for tomorrow!

    Family are huge fans of Sci-Fi, wondering if it will be available here (in print format, downloads too hassly in the ME) ?

    Best always,

    1. Nilanjana, it will be available in print!

    2. Thank you, will ask my local bookstore next time I'm in there.

  5. Good luck, Alex! The book is excellent and I loved exploring with Aden.

  6. I just saw you on Alex's blog. Congratulations :)

  7. I can't wait till tomorrow! Thanks Bob, for having Alex over today! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

  8. I do so wonder what is out there. Wouldn't care for long days of travel though. I'd rather step through the Stargate.
    Good luck tomorrow.

  9. Looking forward to your big day tomorrow, Alex! Thanks Bob for hosting Alex!


  10. Hi Bob and Alex - having had so much solar excitement recently .. I do wonder what is out there ... and I'm happy if Dragons are too .. good luck for tomorrow - can't wait to see it all happen - cheers Hilary

  11. Thanks for featuring Alex, Bob! I believe that hope for humankind's future is out there! I am disappointed that we aren't further along in our exploration though. When we first landed on the moon, I was so sure we'd have colonies on the moon and Mars by now. Can't wait to read your book, Alex!

  12. Thanks, everyone!
    Fundy, you would think we'd be further along...

  13. Congrats on the new book, Alex! Release day should be exciting. Thanks for hosting, Bob!

  14. What an exciting novel! I'm looking forward to shouting it out and to reading it.

  15. I often wonder if we explore the world becasue it's so big or is it so big because we started exploring it...you know that whole tree falling in the woods thing.


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