Day: March 29, 2018

My Second Novel: Title Reveal & Sample Pages

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On June 9th, 2017, I opened a poll to ask everyone to choose what I should write as my second novel — you can read this post here. Almost one year later, the novel is ready to be published. When I first shared an overview of the story, I had a title in mind but was never certain about my decision. Over the last few months, I began discussing it with the twelve people who’ve either helped beta read, market, or keep me sane while writing this book. The overwhelming answer was to keep the title as Father Figure. I came up with a list of 8 other options and took them to the publisher and editor. In the end, they all agreed it is best called Father Figure. And so, knowing this was my first choice, and everyone loves it, we’ve opted to keep the title as Father Figure. My runner-up was ‘Peace by Piece’ as it’s a theme highly integrated into many chapters. Finding peace by discovering each piece of the puzzle… the play on words felt incredibly strong to me.

In many ways, when it comes to revealing a new title, this feels like a tiny pop as opposed to something more grand. At the same time, that’s me… a bit quiet and more comfortable in the background. But as a small token of my appreciation, you can read a couple pages from the book in this newly added menu item on my blog. It’s only a couple of pages, and it’s just bits and pieces of a scene meant to leave the reader guessing when it occurs. I will share another full chapter in the coming weeks… consider this a teaser to give you a sense of what it will be like when you finally get the words in your hands!

Read Sample Pages

Over the next few weeks, I will be revealing fun facts and key news about its upcoming release. Stay tuned to learn things like:

  • Book Cover Big Reveal
  • Availability of ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies)
  • Details on How You Can Participate in the Initial Release
  • Blog Tour Plans
  • Publication / Release Date in May 2018

AdvancedReader Copies(ARC)

If you are interested in being part of the release, please feel free to email me at I look forward to revealing all the details and sharing this book with everyone.


Book Description

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the unavoidable collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.


About the Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I write a daily blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog where the 365 Daily Challenge reveals something about my personality every day. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.


List of Books & Blog

Watching Glass Shatter (2017)

Father Figure (2018)


Websites & Blog

Author Website

My Blog


Social Media Links







Creativia Publisher


TAG: 3 Quotes, 3 Days (Father Figure Version)

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I was tagged by three people in the last few weeks for the ‘3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge,’ but since I didn’t get to it right away, and I have so many to do… I’m combining the three tags and quotes, and doing it all in one day. I’m also taking this as an opportunity to reveal 3 random quotes from my upcoming novel, Father Figure, which will be published in just over one month. To see more about this book, read this post.

For anyone I nominate, you should do this tag 3 days in a row, not just one day. And you should choose other books you love, not the way I’m doing it! I’m just being a difficult creative and selfish open-minded guy! LOL Thank you to the following 3 amazing bloggers for nominating me:





The Rules (that I’m not exactly following)

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day



Day 1 Quote

  • “He said you were young, but I didn’t expect a child. I ain’t gonna be no babysitter.” He faked a quick handshake, then palmed the side of his head to flatten out his hair. “You eighteen yet, sugar?”
    • This was said to Amalia, an 18-year-old girl meeting someone new for the first time. It captures his character and voice in just a few simple words.

Day 2 Quote

  • “Well, for one thing… you have a chance for a great future if you put your mind to it. Stop worrying about what other people think, say, or do. You have the power here. It’s your life. If you keep letting the unknown mysteries of the past color every aspect of your present, you’ll wake up one day in the future with nothing but regret over lost time.”
    • This was said to Brianna, an 18-year-old girl searching for her father. It’s something we hear in different forms all the time, but when put together, it has a powerful impact on her.

Day 3 Quote

  • “Everyone says you’re still a kid, you’re barely at the beginning of your future, or you’re still not ready to make decisions on your own. Yet, there was such an incredible amount of pressure to figure everything out before you graduated from high school—they want you to know exactly what college to select, how to be an adult who can make proper decisions, and which direction to lay out your entire life plan. Could making decisions too early in life lead normally sane and productive people to experience a mid-life crisis? If life were truly that easy, why had so many people fallen into depression, killed themselves, or turned to drugs and alcohol?”
    • These were a few thoughts by a character trying to discover her identity while at the same time recognizing all the pressure being put on her to make a decision. For me, it captures who she is and relates her to every reader at some point in their lives.













About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

AWARD: Sunshine Blogger

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I was tagged several months ago by 6 amazing people for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’m catching up on all the tags now that I have a little bit of time while my second novel is being formatted for print.  I am also combining any similar tags or awards together so that I don’t overwhelm everyone with posts in the next few weeks. Thank you so much for this wonderful award nomination. I follow all these blogs and enjoy reading their posts.  Please take a minute to visit them because you may just find a new friend or two!


The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.


  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  •  Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  •  Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Questions Posed to Me:

  • Which Disney Princess do you relate yourself with?
    • Jasmine, just ’cause I like that smell!
  • What would the world be like if you are the leader? (Be as detailed as you like)
    • Ummm… a much nicer place!
  • Top 5 Pairings?
    • Books & Wine
    • Books & Food
    • Wine & Food
    • Wine & Walking
    • Food & Dessert (yikes, I’ve got a theme today)
  • What animal is your patronus?
    • Shiba Inu
  • OH NO! Eric Cartman from South Park came and stole your favourite desert. What’s your favourite desert and how would you deal with it?
    • Chocolate. I’d kill him.
  • What would you do if you won a huge jackpot from the lottery?
    • Buy a few houses in different parts of the world so I could live wherever I wanted and write all the time. Throw a huge blogger party. Share with charities.
  • What book do you think should be a videogame?
    • I don’t play video games anymore, but if I did… a cozy murder mystery where you can be the killer or the sleuth!
  • (On the behalf of my friend who would ask everyone this) Vampires or Zombies?
    • Vampires. I don’t like zombies.
  • You have the power of re-animation to bring back anyone from the dead. Who would you bring back?
    • Agatha Christie
  • Would you be a Superhero or a Supervillian and what would your name be?
    • Mr. Analytic (villain, of course)
  • And lastly the most important question: Cats, Dogs, both or neither?
    • Love both, prefer dogs
  • What is your dream vacation location?
    • African safari
  • When would you say you became a reader?
    • as soon as I could hold a book myself
  • What was the last book series you completed?
    • completed???? um… Harry Potter, years ago…
  • What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
    • Plot lines that are not wrapped up and there are no sequels
  • Do you have any unique talents? If so what are they?
    • Nope. I’m just me.
  • What character do you wish was a real person in your life?
    • Hercule Poirot
  • Aside from reading what are some of your other passions?
    • Genealogy, Gardening, Cooking
  • What is your favorite genre?
    • Mystery
  • Who is your favorite author?
    • Agatha Christie
  • Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?
    • Theme here!!!  Vampire. I like blood.
  • What fictional world do you wish you could be a part of?
    • Right now, Follett’s Pillars of the Earth
  • What was the date of your very first blog post?
    • sometime in Fall, 2016. I’m too lazy to look it up.
  • Have you ever thought about writing a book?
    • Never. Oh wait, I have two published. Ouch, I forgot.
  • Is there a quote or saying that you simply don’t like?
    • “Never give up.” I don’t agree with that statement. Knowing when to give up is essential. It’s not a bad thing. It means you’re re-aligning resources with needs.
  • Name a book that you would NEVER recommend.
    • The White Bone (elephant confusion!)
  • What are the best and worst books you’ve ever bought?
    • See above for worst. For best… The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  • Name a book that you wish had a sequel.
    • Stacey Ballis ‘How to Change a Life’
  • What’s the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
    • This Post! such a range of questions…
  • What are some favorite childhood books?
    • Charlotte’s Web by EB White
  • Do you read newspapers and magazines?
    • Nope!
  • What influenced your love for reading?
    • Being an only child, I needed to keep busy
  • What book have you reread the most and how many times?
    • I’m not a re-reader…
  • What are 5 words of phrases that make you laugh?
    • ninkinpoop (sp?)
    • wino
    • underwear (I’m like a teenage boy sometimes)
    • fabulous (I hate and love the word, but I’ll never use it)
    • baudy
  • What are 5 ways to win your heart?
    • cook for me
    • good reviews (ha!)
    • buy me champagne
    • send me books
    • kindness
  • What is something you’ve always thought “…. What if?” about?
    • I were president
  • What are 5 of you pet peeves?
    • rudeness
    • loud noises
    • selfishness
    • lying
    • hurting someone or something
  • If you could trade lives with anyone for one day, who would it be, and why?
    • No one. Never. I like my own life.
  • What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
    • frog’s legs
  • What is your favourite joke?
    • Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear…
  • Where would you go if you were invisible?
    • Yikes, I’ll get back to you. That’s tough.
  • What is one thing you own that you wish you didn’t?
    • Nothing. I don’t keep things I don’t want.
  • What is a weird habit that you have?
    • Curling my toes
  • What is the longest word you know?
    • supercal… but I can’t spell it. I guess that doesn’t count since I don’t really know it. Epic Fail!
  • What is your all-time favorite book?
    • Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
  • Are you currently binge watching anything? If so, what?
    • Nope. I watch one at a time to savor it.
  • If you had to pick a book boyfriend, who would it be?
    • Umm…. I’m currently writing him in my third novel. I am not at liberty to reveal this info.
  • What’s your favorite TV show and why?
    • I’m currently really loving ‘Schitt’s Creek’
  • When did you start blogging?
    • 1.5 years ago
  • What’s your favorite type of blog to read?
    • all about books
  • What did you first expect from starting a blog and is it any different at the present time?
    • Yes… I am much more free-form and open-minded.


*Since I had 6 different tags, I combined all the questions. Wow, you’ve really gotten to know me. For the 11 people I tag below, you can choose any of these 11 questions to respond to… 

I tag:

Reading Minds

By Hook or By Book

Touch My Spine Book Reviews

Jessica Rachow

The Project by Judy







About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. 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. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.