Book 3: Tentative Title & Description REVEAL

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In last week’s post, Top Secret Hints About My Next Book, I revealed a few fun facts about my upcoming third book. Today, I am going to reveal the book’s tentative title and description. It was emailed last weekend to a few friendly readers who have expressed interest in taking an early look at my foray into a new genre. I’m hopeful to release the official publication timeline in the next two weeks, but for now, it’s time to share a few things…

Academic Curve Ball*

(Debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series)



Kellan Ayrwick, a thirty-two-year-old single father, moved to LA eight years ago to escape his complicated but lovable family. When Kellan requests time off to attend a party for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, his boss assigns him to meet with Abby Monroe, a source for their upcoming tv series who happens to live nearby. Unfortunately, while Kellan’s socializing at the campus event, he stumbles upon Abby’s dead body in a stairwell at Diamond Hall.

Although Kellan’s family and friends are on the suspect list, he’s compelled to investigate once he learns about a mysterious donation to the college, a nasty blog denouncing his father, and fluctuating grades to allow the star baseball pitcher to play in the season opener. As Kellan settles back into his hometown and finds a second body on campus, his eccentric and trouble-making nana helps him weed through the clues. Is it the shady director of the athletic teams? A victim’s soon-to-be ex-husband? A player desperate to be noticed by an MLB scout? Kellan’s intent on solving the case just a smidge before the county sheriff, but that dangerous win might place him in even hotter water.

In this debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series, readers discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, charming, and nosy residents. Among the daily workings of Braxton College and the memorable Ayrwick family, Kellan weighs his investigative talents against an opportunity to achieve a much sought-after dream. Is he ready to move back home, take a job as a professor at the college, and re-unite with a former girlfriend? Or will he return to LA to raise his young daughter away from all the chaos?

*Both are subject to change, but for now… this is where it stands!


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Book 3


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. 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.


33 thoughts on “Book 3: Tentative Title & Description REVEAL

    Misty Mount said:
    August 7, 2018 at 6:58 PM

    Wow, this sounds amazing!!!!!! 😳😊❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    rugby843 said:
    August 7, 2018 at 7:26 PM

    Cool new story! Very interesting J. Good luck with it!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 7, 2018 at 7:27 PM

      Thank you! I’m super excited about it. Already working on book 2!


    scr4pl80 said:
    August 7, 2018 at 7:42 PM

    “Trouble making nana” a little like Miss Marple? Sounds good so far!

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    Jessica Rachow said:
    August 7, 2018 at 7:43 PM

    I want to read it, like right now. Haha. So excited for you!! ❤

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 7, 2018 at 8:09 PM

      Awww. You rock! I’m hoping the first round of input comes in this week and I have a fairly solid version I can send to you before end of month. I’ll edit still but almost there! Thank you.

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        Jessica Rachow said:
        August 7, 2018 at 8:33 PM

        Awesome!! 😁

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    anne leueen said:
    August 7, 2018 at 8:32 PM

    Very.interesting. Rather than Miss Marple I’m thinking Poirot or…..Sherlock (played by Benedict Cumberbatch of course) The plot thickens!!.

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    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    August 7, 2018 at 8:34 PM

    So very cool. Excited for you! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    The Cozy Pages said:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:13 PM

    Looking good!!! 🙂

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:51 PM

    This sounds fantastic! I can’t wait to hear more! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    E. Michael Helms, writer said:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:52 PM

    Jay, sorry I’ve been “off the grid” for a few days–weather related. Looking forward to the next book! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 7, 2018 at 11:09 PM

      Thank you. Hope all is well and the weather doesn’t impact you further. Take care. Talk soon.

      Liked by 1 person

    Lisa@LismorePaper said:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:46 PM

    Jay, this sounds so good! I cannot wait to read! 💗😊

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    August 8, 2018 at 12:29 AM

    This sounds like a great plot, Jay. You have kept the family drama element too which I really like.

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    watchingthedaisies said:
    August 8, 2018 at 2:32 AM

    It sounds good Jay and I am sure it will be. 🌼

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    Heidi M. Simone said:
    August 8, 2018 at 7:51 AM

    Congratulations on your third book! Can’t wait to read it! Are you still using the same publisher?

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    carhicks said:
    August 8, 2018 at 9:21 AM

    Congratulations on getting your outline and ideas complete for your third book. I am looking forward to this one. It is different from your last two, but you know that I love cozy type mysteries. Awesome Jay.

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    Jina Bazzar said:
    August 9, 2018 at 6:21 AM

    It does sound intriguing! I’m happy for you.

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    Roda said:
    August 10, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    So exciting!!!

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