Book 3: Academic Curve Ball: A Braxton Campus Mystery Series Debut – Beta Readers

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Academic Curve Ball is off to beta readers this week for a final read before I submit to the editor. I’m very excited to share this news. If you’re interested in beta reading from 8/22 thru 8/28, let me know. I have a few spots open before I close up and email the latest draft. I will have one more edit with hopefully nothing too major, then turn it over to the publishers to launch in October. More news to come with the cover reveal and pre-order opportunities coming up soon!


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 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.


21 thoughts on “Book 3: Academic Curve Ball: A Braxton Campus Mystery Series Debut – Beta Readers

    mistysbookspace said:
    August 20, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Ahh I am so excited!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Andrick Schall said:
    August 20, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Good luck!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    Nicole (Read. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.) said:
    August 20, 2018 at 7:46 PM

    I love the sound of this! Can’t wait to read it!!

    Liked by 1 person

    This sounds wonderful, and I think the title is very clever Jay.🤗

    Liked by 2 people

    shalini said:
    August 21, 2018 at 12:55 AM

    I am in!!!!!!!!!!!!! Aren’t I??????? 😉😉😂😂

    Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    August 21, 2018 at 8:16 AM

    Sounds good Jay. With all the mystery you read, it does not surprise me you would gravitate to writing it as well. I look forward to reading it.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 21, 2018 at 8:33 AM

      Thank you. I am loving the setting and characters. Let’s hope the mystery is solid!


        carhicks said:
        August 21, 2018 at 9:13 AM

        Only time will tell, but I have faith in you.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 21, 2018 at 10:12 AM

        Just sent it! Oops! If you have time and want to read the first chapter at some point, let me know! No pressure, I know you’re booked out!


        carhicks said:
        August 21, 2018 at 3:39 PM

        I would be interested Jay. I am reading Father Figure right now. If you want to send it my way, I will let you know what I think.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        August 21, 2018 at 3:52 PM


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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    August 22, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    I can’t wait! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    thegsandwich said:
    August 22, 2018 at 7:07 PM

    Boy, you are a prolific writer. Congratulations on your latest book Jay.

    Liked by 1 person

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