Featured New Book Spotlight: Dragon of the Stars by Alex J Cavanaugh


Let’s welcome Alex J Cavanaugh to West of Mars! Alex is a tour de force in the publishing world right now, involved with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and visible in many other places. He’s one of those folk you want to know!

So, Alex, what song makes you think of your book?

The song that inspired the story in the beginning – Dragon on the Sea by Ayereon. The lyrics tell the story of Queen Elizabeth sending Sir Francis Drake to defend England in the 16th century. I began to envision the story set in space. Only the man sent by the queen isn’t the dragon–he is seeking the Dragon, a lost ship of unimaginable power that could win the war. And I took the line ‘You will never be the same…’ to a new level.

I like taking history and giving it a new twist! And the song itself is great, too. Completely new to me, at first I thought it was some techno song. But nope! It’s as surprising and twist-filled as Alex’s take on history.

Here’s the official description:

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. He’s 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?

Even if I didn’t know this was based on history, I’d be intrigued enough to pick it up. I love a great space opera and this just hit the right notes for me. If it does for you, too, pick up a copy:


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And be sure to connect with Alex. He’s a great dude, and the IWSG might be just what you need for your own writing endeavors.

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  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    September 5, 2017 6:34 am

    Thanks for the feature! No techno. Ayreon is a really amazing prog rock band.

  2. Sandra Ulbrich Almazan

    September 5, 2017 9:56 pm

    I didn’t realize your book was based on a real song! Giving it a listen now.

  3. Christine Rains

    September 6, 2017 9:54 am

    Love Alex’s books!

  4. Kathy McKendry

    September 6, 2017 2:18 pm

    Alex-I love that you took the historical and made it your own! And I love the song, reminds me a bit of Evanescence.

  5. Tonja Drecker

    September 7, 2017 7:58 am

    Wow. I never knew the book was based on history. Amazing!

  6. Sandra Cox (@Sandra_Cox)

    September 7, 2017 10:43 am

    Fascinating, Alex. It’s amazing where story ideas come from isn’t it?
    I love this song.

  7. Sandra Cox (@Sandra_Cox)

    September 7, 2017 10:45 am

    It’s always fascinating to learn what sparks a story.
    I love this song!

  8. Michelle Wallace

    September 7, 2017 10:56 am

    Alex is definitely one of those folk you want to know! 🙂
    Now, I need to listen to that song…

  9. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    September 9, 2017 2:01 pm

    Thanks, everyone! You all rock.

  10. Toi Thomas

    September 9, 2017 7:25 pm

    This is a great story. I wish it was a series. Nice feature.

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