365 Challenge: Day 341 – Progression

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Progression: the process of developing or moving gradually towards a more advanced state (as in the status of my second book, formerly known as Father Figure)


Father Fi (1)

It’s time to share a brief update on the status of my second novel formerly known as Father Figure. Today’s 365 Daily Challenge word is progression as there’s been a phenomenal amount of it for this book in 2018.

  • I’ve narrowed it down to three new title options based on input from various friends and beta readers.
  • It is in the final editing round with a professional editor.
  • It is also with 5 beta readers who are reading the semi-final version.
  • It will go to the publisher in March for review, formatting, and design.
  • I’m thinking through cover options next week.
  • A launch date will hopefully be communicated before March 31st.
  • I can’t even begin to say how excited I am about the changes made in the last 3 months. I am very happy with it!
  • I’ve written a new description (thanks for input from two very important people).


New Description

This is the story of two young girls struggling to find acceptance in a world that has chosen either to torture them or to forget them. Through alternating chapters, each girl’s plight unfolds against an emotional backdrop filled with mystery, romance, and suspense. Readers discover the parallels and connections between the girls’ lives as details of the past become known, but they are powerless to prevent an inevitable outcome when history is destined to repeat itself. Each character embarks on a journey to find the strength to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of her experiences, or she will die trying. In a thrilling climax, fate intervenes to force someone to make a dreadful decision that no one should ever be compelled to face in life.

  • Amalia Graeme, sheltered and abused for most her life, longs to escape her family and small Mississippi hometown in 1984. When her older brother returns one summer with his best friend Carter by his side, Amalia is tempted to have her first romantic experience. As they head off to college, she begins questioning her impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older professor. After Amalia suffers life-altering, personal tragedies, she searches for a way to escape the emotional prison. No matter where she turns, someone or something always takes away her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.
  • Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager living in New York City in 2004, struggles to choose a college, build confidence in herself, and interpret an intimidating and growing desire for her best friend, Shanelle. For Brianna, these paralytic decisions all stem from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal. Before she can accept her identity and find her life’s purpose, Brianna is desperate to solve the mystery of her father. When Shanelle hires a detective, and they stumble upon her mother’s old journal, Brianna learns a shocking secret about the missing man. She’s suddenly rocked by a truth that could completely change both the future and her relationship with her mother. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find her father, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried.

My novel tackles the way in which two teenage girls struggle to accept their identities, push beyond claustrophobic relationships with their families, and summon the strength to deal with unexpected hands of fate. Between a desolate southern rural hometown, the volatile and fast-paced New York City, and a small Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, both girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. One is naïve. The other is desperate. Their losses might crush you. Their wins could inspire you. This is a novel that will excite you to discover how it all comes together… unless it all falls apart.


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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28 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 341 – Progression

    The Cozy Pages said:
    February 21, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    Progression indeed 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    Roda said:
    February 21, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    Very exciting!!! New title…cover art!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Kiersten said:
    February 21, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    Yay! That’s so exciting!

    Liked by 1 person

    tylerus said:
    February 21, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    It’s truly exciting to get to the final stages. Good luck (not that you need it)! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 21, 2018 at 10:03 AM

      Thank you! I appreciate it. How’re things going on your end in that realm?


    LA said:
    February 21, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    So excited!!

    Liked by 1 person

    vinnieh said:
    February 21, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    How exciting to get to the last stage, James. Your writing is always stellar.


    rugby843 said:
    February 21, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    Glad things are looking up moving forward, you sound happier.

    Liked by 1 person

    scr4pl80 said:
    February 21, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    Can’t wait to read this one too! How exciting. You’ve got a busy month coming up!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 21, 2018 at 11:48 AM

      I do, it’s exciting! I must get to you soon on the album. I won’t make the date I needed, but that’s okay! I’ve just been all over the place writing. lol

      Liked by 1 person

    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    February 21, 2018 at 10:54 PM

    Yay! I love this word Jay! And I can’t tell you how excited I am to read your book!🤗

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 21, 2018 at 10:56 PM

      Thank you! It’s very close. I am still shocked another one is happening so soon. I must have had a lot to say! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    February 22, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Great synopsis!

    Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    February 23, 2018 at 10:28 PM

    You are definitely progressing forward and I am so excited for the finished copy. I can’t wait to get your next book in my hands and to be able to read the final copy.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 24, 2018 at 7:14 AM

      tHank you. I hope you are doing better his weekend. Xoxo

      Liked by 1 person

        mistysbookspace said:
        February 24, 2018 at 7:28 AM

        Thanks!! I’m still in my slump but I’m starting to pull out of it I think. I e gotten back to do more than just watching Netflix but I still haven’t read anything.

        Liked by 1 person

    Rae Longest said:
    March 4, 2018 at 5:25 PM

    I can’t wait! I can’t wait!

    Liked by 1 person

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