Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Three Big Things

As always, seems like I'm packing SO MUCH into one blog that it feels like an "event." Today is three big things. 1) Battle of the Bands Outcome, 2) My Solo during the Easter Cantata, and 3) My blogger pal Alex's book reveal/scavenger hunt.

Wow. Should be something here for everyone.

Let's do a quick recap on Battle of the Bands. The song was Shameless. The contenders were Billy Joel and Garth Brooks. The votes by you tallied up to look like this:

Billy Joel: 13
Garth Brooks: 11

As you can see, this was a tight race up until the end. My vote is for Garth Brooks, but that only changes the vote to 13-12 and Billy Joel still wins it. Come back on the 15th for another exciting round of Battle of the Bands.

Second up, the singing. I actually have another ladies trio song to upload to YouTube and post here, but it takes so long, my Internet service has been iffy, and my brain is only functional 50% of the time (or less). Throwing all of these together, it should shock you that I've gotten the solo from our Easter cantata uploaded. I can't say it's the best singing you'll ever hear or even the best I've ever done (oh allergies, how I hate you!), but for a non-professional at church... well, you get the idea. I think they liked it fine. So, if you feel so inclined, take a listen. Try not to judge me too harshly. It's all about a joyful noise and all that...

Lastly, my blog friend Alex J. Cavanaugh is launching a new book, Dragon of the Stars, today. To kick this event off he's sent me a picture of mini-Alex, which is part of the scavenger hunt. If you visit the other blogs you can hone in on where mini-Alex is and try to win an awesome gift. So make sure to leave a comment and visit the other blog locations (you can find them on Alex's blog) for a chance to win. Congrats Alex on releasing another book!!!

SCAVENGER HUNT! Comment to win an autographed copy of Dragon of the Stars, tons of bookmarks & postcards, and a $20.00 iTunes gift card–where is Mini-Alex? Visit Alex for a list of the participants. (Open through April 11 – winner announced April 13 at Alex’s blog.)

Available today!
Dragon of the Stars
By Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military
Print ISBN 9781939844064 EBook ISBN 9781939844057
What Are the Kargrandes? http://whatarethekargrandes.com/

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?

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?

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Stars-Alex-J-Cavanaugh-ebook/dp/B00S0DPUYU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1420814971&sr=1-1&keywords=dragon+of+the+stars
Barnes and Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dragon-of-the-stars-alex-j-cavanaugh/1121069418?ean=2940046510720
Kobo - http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/dragon-of-the-stars
Chapters - http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/dragon-of-the-stars/9781939844057-item.html
Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragon-Stars-Alex-J-Cavanaugh-ebook/dp/B00S0DPUYU
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23521766-dragon-of-the-stars

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. 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.

iTunes –https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dragon-of-the-stars/id957912496?mt=11
Amazon print – http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Stars-Alex-j-Cavanaugh/dp/1939844061/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1427824785&sr=1-1
Overdrive - https://www.overdrive.com/media/2130736/dragon-of-the-stars


  1. Your singing is a delightful breath of Easter. You are lucky to have been given such a lovely voice and thank you for letting us hear your solo. You look so pretty and poised.

    Also thank you for the review of Alex's new book. Congratulations and much success to Alex.

  2. I think you sang beautifully!
    Thanks again, Robin.

  3. Great Post, thank you for sharing... Mini Alex is on the couch!

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  4. Good battle. Your solo is beautiful - your voice as clear as a bell! Alex is in a car.

  5. Robin, you have a lovely voice and sang beautifully - what I'm learning about singing is it's all about the joy I feel when I do it - that gets translated to audience joy. I felt your joy here. And isn't this fun with Alex today?

  6. Mini Alex is on a car seat. I can see the seat belt buckle! :D

    Beautiful solo, Robin!

  7. Wow, this post has a musical bonus and it is LOVELY.

    Good luck to Alex!

  8. First off, I vote Garth if the vote is still open. Secondly, is that Mini-Alex going for a cruise somewhere in the car? Maybe on the way to a book signing?

    Yay for Dragon of the Stars release day!

  9. Lovely solo, Robin! I'd never have the nerve to sing in front of people, let alone a solo! Mini-Alex is off somewhere in a car, because I think he is on a car seat. Where is he running to next?

  10. Mini-Alex, you better click that seatbelt, mister. Someone of your weight will go flying if the brakes are so much as breathed upon.

    Nice job on the singing. It takes courage to stand up in front of a crowd and do that.

  11. I could never be brave enough to sing in front of other people. Of course, I'm not good at it like you are.
    Congrats to Alex. He rocks.

  12. Garth was robbed. I shoulda voted twice, or maybe that three or four times.

    Lovely solo.

    I think Mini Alex is in the backseat of my old Isuzu. Ha, ha, ha!

  13. I think this is a wonderful solo-you have a nice voice! Congrats to Alex!!

  14. I hope Mini-Alex is riding shotgun. I have a feeling he doesn't have a license.

  15. Wonderful job singing, Robin! That was great.

    And I'm thinking Mini Alex is about to take off in Big Alex's car

  16. Beautiful Easter solo!
    Mini-Alex is reclining in big Alex's favorite chair, reading his new favorite book.

  17. Close BOTB contest, GIRL WONDER. And good voter turnout for you.

    Very, very nice singing! Clear and pretty voice. Thanks for posting that. Now I just need to find the contender I will put it up against and my April 15th BOTB installment is set.

    Say, did you receive my rEply from the other day?

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

  18. Very nice singing. Thanks for sharing that. Hope your Easter was special.

    As for Mini-Alex, he's in the car heading to a book signing or other DotS related function with Ninja Captain Alex. Big Alex is driving, of course. Have a great day! Eva

  19. Your video sounds a lot better when I realize my son turned the sound down on my speakers. You have a real talent. Still having trouble with that white-legs thing though, I see.

  20. Lovely singing. I hope your Easter was healing. I hope you enjoyed my star-napping Alex for my own tribute to DRAGON OF THE STARS. :-)

  21. Alex is everywhere! And your solo was wonderful. If I hadn't missed your Battle of the Bands, I would've voted for Garth Brooks, too. But now I want to listen to some Billy Idol music LOL.

  22. Thank you for sharing your lovely voice in song...I enjoyed listening..Alex is in a car heading to a book signing at Barnes and Noble.

  23. Mini Alex has had to downgrade to an ancient cruiser. He has many frents to go, but must beat the odds traveling in the Millenial Ford Falcon. Godspeed, Mini Alex!

  24. Looks like Mini-Alex is on a recliner, boy does he get around!

  25. mini Alex is in the car ready to go to the local bookshop to pick up all of big Alex's other books because DotS is just too awesome to stop there.

  26. mini Alex is in the car, on his way to a concert of Riff Trax.

  27. You have a beautiful voice, Robin. I especially like it when you hit the high notes - with sweetness. That didn't sound like an easy song either.

    I'm very excited for Alex, and I'm guessing that Mini-Alex is on a private jet bound for Belize.

  28. You have such a lovely voice, and I'm also impressed how you hit the high notes! No one would've ever noticed that your allergies were acting up, Robin.

    Mini-Alex is probably driving to your after party to join you in a jam session!


  29. Thank you for the lovely comments, friends. I noticed that many of you WOULD'VE voted for Garth but missed the battle. Oh dear. Well, that warms my cold cold heart a little bit. In my heart, Garth is always a winner:)

    CW ~ What do you mean about my legs???? I deliberately wore a long dress and knee length navy blue boots so no one would even SEE my legs.

    Mini-Alex gets around, doesn't he???

  30. Very nice solo! Aren't you a brave girl standing up there and singing in front of all the world to see. And now that you are on Youtube "all the world" is literal.

    Close battle. I thought Garth was going to take it, but he came close. My results are posted on my letter "G" day.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  31. Looks like Mini Alex is headed out for a drive! Does he even have a license?!
    Your voice is quite lovely! Soprano?
    Brandy from Brandy's Bustlings

  32. A mini flat Alex ninja! Awesome!

  33. I enjoyed the performance. You have a lovely voice!
    Mini-Alex is on the seat of a car, ready to head out.

  34. Lovely singing. Joyful noise, indeed. When I used to sing, the end of a performance always brought an emotional high. And hooray, always for Alex.

  35. Going to the 7-11 for a Mini-Alex Slurpee Special. Be sure to buckle up!

  36. Mini Alex is thumbing a ride, what a trooper.

  37. Looks like Mini Alex is takin' a ride...! I'm sure that helps with as much ground as he has to cover during this Hunt! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com


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