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Friday, 21 April 2017

CassaStar, CassaDawn, Alex J. Cavanaugh and Non-Romantic Love Stories

In yesterday’s review of the lovely The A to Z of Everything by Debbie Johnson, I touched on the fact that the relationship between Andrea and Louis was one of the most moving testaments to the different forms of true love that I’ve come across in a book. Despite being in a completely platonic relationship, Andrea is Louis’ love of a lifetime. And that got me to thinking about other books that have showcased true love that exists in forms other romantic love.

The one that instantly springs to mind actually comes from a genre that sits outside of my usual comfort zone. Cassa Star by Alex J. Cavanaugh is pure sci-fi, but it’s a book that I have now re-read over half a dozen times for the central relationship  - the friendship of the young pilot, Byron, and the older, more experienced navigator, Bassa. Cavanaugh crafts their story in such a way that, although they may be training and fighting in the far reaches of the galaxy, their friendship develops like a classic romance. And every single time I’ve read it, it has reduced me to an emotional, sobbing wreck.

Cassa Star is the first in a trilogy – all fantastic reads, but it will always be my favourite. The great news is, Cavanaugh has released a prequel to the series in the form of a 5000 word short story, which is currently free to download on Amazon here – so if you fancy a little introduction to his fantastic writing and Byron’s world- I highly recommend you delve into this space-opera this weekend. I warn you- if you pick up CassaStar- you’re going to need the Kleenex!

How about you? What’s your favourite fictional non-romantic love story / relationship? Have you read and fallen head-over-heels for a book in a genre that stretches your comfort zone recently?

Have a wonderful weekend,
Laura x

Grab your copies here:

As mentioned above:
Book 1:                     Prequel

Also in the series:
Book 2                         Book 3

The Blurb for CassaStar:

To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…

Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard. 

Much to Byron’s chagrin the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron's tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential.

As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit?

About Alex J. Cavanaugh:

ALEX J. CAVANAUGH 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 Ninja Captain Alex and founder of the Insecure Writer's Support Group and website. 


  1. Laura, thank you! I still feel bad I make you cry, but at least that means I got the relationship right.
    You rock!

    1. Don't feel bad- it's one of the most enduring stories I've ever read- I think I read it first back in 2011 or 2012 and it's still so fresh and poignant. X

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  2. Authors should be able to get an emotional reaction from readers so I say Kudos to Alex. A very interesting sharing of thoughts here Laura.