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


33 thoughts on “My Second Novel: Title Reveal & Sample Pages

    Cammie Adams said:
    March 29, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    I agree, Father Figure is the best fit. Can’t wait to see the cover!

    Liked by 1 person

    Samantha Duffy said:
    March 29, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Congrats! Can’t wait for this to come out :]

    Liked by 1 person

    LA said:
    March 29, 2018 at 1:19 PM



    Tiana (The Book Raven) said:
    March 29, 2018 at 1:57 PM

    Congratulations on the new book!

    Liked by 1 person

    foodinbooks said:
    March 29, 2018 at 2:37 PM

    So excited for you! Can’t wait to see the new book and read it (and perhaps blog it!)

    Liked by 1 person

    melaniemolewriter said:
    March 29, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Can’t wait to read it J!

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    Patrick Dykie said:
    March 29, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Congratulations. If it’s as good as the first book, it will be a great success. I’m working on a long overdue review of your first book. I have to give you credit for being not only a fantastic writer, but a great marketer as well. You are already generating a buzz. Good luck. I look forward to reading Father Figure.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 29, 2018 at 4:30 PM

      Thank you very much. I appreciate it. I’m grateful for your kindness. Hope things are going well with your book launch, too.


    hsimone said:
    March 29, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Congratulations on your second book! Father Figure is a great title! Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    March 29, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    I’m glad you decide Ltd to stick with Father Figure. I thought that title went perfectly with what’s written on the inside. I can’t wait for all the reveals and the release.

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    mainepaperpusher said:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:34 AM

    I am so proud of you, Jay! Publishing two novels so close together is a remarkable achievement! Father Figure sounds like a title that makes perfect sense with the synopsis of a synopsis you gave us above. 😉 I’m sure you are already outlining your next book. You’re on a roll baby!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 30, 2018 at 7:34 AM

      That means so much. I appreciate it. And I might be… I’m supposed to be resting, tho!

      Liked by 1 person

        mainepaperpusher said:
        March 30, 2018 at 5:58 PM

        Resting is good! You can think about the new book while resting. That’s an in-between state as you transition back to full-bore mode!

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    Mintly said:
    March 30, 2018 at 7:36 AM

    Congratulations for the second book! I guess you had given it a good tittle.
    Hope to read it soon.

    Good luck 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    Roda said:
    March 30, 2018 at 8:01 AM

    So exciting!! Congrats, Little Bro!

    Liked by 1 person

    Beware Of The Reader said:
    March 30, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Great sampler Jay!

    Liked by 1 person

    Meher Gandhi said:
    March 30, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    This is all so exciting! Best of luck for the book!
    Oh, and I’m very excited about the ARCs! Need to stay tuned for the updates on that!

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    This is great news Jay. I like the title Peace by Piece, but I’m glad you went with Father Figure. That was your first pick and it’s the one I’ve had fixed in my mind.😊

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    March 31, 2018 at 12:37 AM

    Sounds like you’re on a roll and hopefully it’ll turn out as successful as your first novel was to the eyes of so many readers!

    Liked by 1 person

    tylerus said:
    March 31, 2018 at 5:05 AM

    Awesome!!! 🙂 (One day, you’ll have to do a webinar and share your success stories.)

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 31, 2018 at 8:07 AM

      Thx. Oh my, me on camera? I think I’d have a meltdown first. 🙂


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