Monday, April 27, 2015

W is for Weapon of Myth and Legends

Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.

We're at the very end of this year's A-Z Challenge! Today, I have the pleasure of hosting fellow author and blogger, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Take it away Alex!

Jay’s theme centers around world mythology. Since he has so graciously turned his blog over to me for today’s topic, I’m going to stick with the theme but take you beyond this world.
 
There are many reasons why and how myths form. One of those comes from truthful or hyperbolic accounts of historical events. In my latest release, Dragon of the Stars, that is exactly what happens.

The Dragon was designed to by Hyrath’s greatest ship. Not just a powerful spaceship, but one that was the strongest weapon the galaxy had ever seen.

However, she vanished on her maiden voyage–but not before demonstrating the force of her destruction.

In the years that passed, the Dragon fell into the realms of a myth. Was she for real? Was she truly that powerful? Or is it all a legend?

And when the other races declare war on Hyrath, the question becomes–can they locate the Dragon after all this time…?

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, 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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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.

59 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jay and Alex - I must come back and read your Myth A-Z posts. Alex how interesting that the Dragon could be a myth, could be real ... I look forward to finding out more when I read your book ... cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Jay!

Hilary, is it real? You'll find out. Thanks for reading it!

Melanie Schulz said...

I love the premise of your book, Alex. Can't wait to read it.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

They better hope it's for real.

Pat Hatt said...

Sure have a need for it to be real

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Melanie, hope you enjoy it!

Jo said...

The Hyrathians being an unpleasant bunch as a whole, they need something that powerful to fend off their attackers. You are right that is how legends often start. I have been enjoying Jay's blogs

Matthew MacNish said...

What a great premise for a story!

jaybird said...

Loving Jay's theme again this year, and I never knew you had a BA in Fine Art Alex- cool fact about the Ninja Captain I just picked up!!

Christine Rains said...

I love the premise of the book. It's an excellent read! :)

Sherry Ellis said...

Really enjoyed Dragon of the Stars. I won't give away if the Dragon is real or not. ;0)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, Matthew!

Jaybird, you learned something new.

Christine and Sherry, thank you!

Moonie said...

I like the idea of a dragon spaceship - all powerful and to be feared!!!

Happy "W" to you Jay!!!
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Intangible Hearts said...

I enjoy reading Alex's blog so his book about a dragon in space must be fascinating.

Patricia Lynne said...

Hi Alex. I love that you've created this mythology with the ship.

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Fundy Blue said...

I am going to have to come back and read your A-Z, Jay. Sounds like a fascinating theme. You really worked with myth well in DOTS, Alex. Have a good one, both of you!

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome post! I love seeing Dragon of the Stars sneak into someone's Challenge. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Moonie, and it should be feared.

Chrys, I'm not a Ninja for nothing,,,

Thanks, everyone!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Legends give people hope even if they're not quite as we remembered or if they're better.

cleemckenzie said...

Since I love dragons, this is right up my cave. Sorry. I couldn't resist.

Tamara Narayan said...

Disappeared on its maiden voyage? That's cool, and of course makes me think of the Titanic.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lee, like the pun!

Tamara, fortunately this one didn't sink.

Nick Wilford said...

Great premise. Unusual or dramatic occurrences are bound to create a myth although that will probably get even more embellished over time.

Karen Lange said...

Nice to see Alex here. He's always got something interesting to share. Thanks Jay, for hosting!

Helena said...

I'm really looking forward to your Dragon novel, Alex. I never thought about the mythology connection to its story (I'm a little slow), but I like how that gives the theme an added dimension.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nick, they do tend to get embellished.

Helena, thanks.

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm on chapter five. No Dragon yet. But it looks like Aden's going to need it.

Fee said...

Another great post! The Aztecs are very handy for X's and Q's :) I can't believe that tomorrow's the penultimate day - where did the time go?

Fee | Wee White Hoose
Scottish Mythology and Folklore A-Z

Truedessa said...

Hi, I thought I would come over and read the interview so glad I did. Nice to meet you Jay. I have read Dragon of the Stars and it captivated me. If you are looking for something new to read this would be a great choice.

Michelle Wallace said...

Mythical or real?
Well, I'll find out when I read the story. Won't I?
Or is it not that obvious?

Heather M. Gardner said...

Legendary is right!

READ THIS BOOK!

It was awesome.

Heather

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stephen, glad you're enjoying it.

Truedessa, thanks!

Michelle, you will find out when you read it.

Thanks, Heather!

Deniz Bevan said...

Love the idea of a ship as a dragon as a myth. Can't wait to read this book!

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