Books & Art: Paintings!

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Today is the last day to download one of my novels, Father Figure, for FREE. You can download and read it via Amazon Kindle at this link. Earlier this week, I received a surprise package in the mail from someone I met just over a year ago. We chatted via our blogs, built a friendship, and then began referring to one another as ‘brother’ and ‘sister’ because of the many similarities (also several differences) and powerful connection in such a short time.


We chat several times a day via texting or calls, swap pictures of life on the farm and life in NYC, and help each other push through the pain, sweat, and tears of all our creative work. What’s special about this woman is not only her amazing generosity and humble approach to life, but that she can tolerate me!


After I finished my first novel, she sent me a painting of the book cover. It was fantastic, and I absolutely adore it. The painting hangs on the wall in the hallway leading from the living room to the bedroom alongside a framed actual book cover my parents gave me last year.

You can see more via the post during my 365 Daily Challenge. Well… after I finished my second novel, Father Figure, the same artist, sister, and friend painted another cover. It’s stunning! I wanted to share it the last few days but I thought it was a perfect post for today as the promotion winds down. It is such an amazing and gorgeous match!


To my wonderful and dearest friend, Roda @ GrowingSelf, thank you for being one of the most amazing things I found in the last year since going on this journey as a blogger and an author. For anyone who must check out more of her art — from bees to flowers to animals to so much more — view her art site here. Thank you, Big Sis. I love you!




33 thoughts on “Books & Art: Paintings!

    Moushmi Radhanpara said:
    August 22, 2018 at 8:46 AM

    I read the reviews and I am hooked. I have already added it to my list, and will definitely get to it soon.

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    Tiana (The Book Raven) said:
    August 22, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    These books are gorgeous! I love this!

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    Roda said:
    August 22, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Just read this! Now I have big tears, as I head out to the barn! You are a true gift, Little Bro! Love you more!😉💚

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    susandyer1962 said:
    August 22, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Awww we love Roda! The paintings are so gorgeous! When are you going to let her take over your blog again Jay? We learned quite a bit about you last time!😊💖

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 22, 2018 at 9:56 AM

      hehe, I’m sure she will soon. She has full access, so I never know when she’ll strike!

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      Roda said:
      August 22, 2018 at 12:31 PM

      Yes!!! I always have stories!😉

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    theloyalbritwit said:
    August 22, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    What a wonderful gift from a wonderful, spectacular soul!! Congratulations!!! 😊

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    August 22, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Fantastic! I had already seen month ago her Watching Glass Shatter rendering. Roda outdid herself!

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    August 22, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Those paintings are BEAUTIFUL!!

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    mistysbookspace said:
    August 22, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Those paintings are amazing. Roda did a fantastic job!!

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    Lisa@LismorePaper said:
    August 22, 2018 at 7:26 PM

    I love your books and Roda did phenomenal capturing your covers on canvas. Both of you are truly beautiful people. 💗😊

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    Noriko said:
    August 22, 2018 at 8:25 PM

    Those paintings are gorgeous!! Roda is really talented 😉 I’m sure those put a huge smile on your face, Jay!

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    Run Wright said:
    August 23, 2018 at 9:38 PM

    Such a generous friend and the paintings are absolutely lovely.

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    Heidi M. Simone said:
    August 24, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Such a beautiful painting of a beautiful cover! 🙂

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    carhicks said:
    August 25, 2018 at 9:26 PM

    Beautiful and oh so thoughtful gift. You are lucky to have made such a wonderful friend.

    Liked by 1 person

    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    August 27, 2018 at 7:54 PM

    I love this! My mom is an amazing painter, I’m totally going to have her do something similar to this for me! Beautiful!


    LisaDay said:
    September 28, 2018 at 6:19 AM

    So beautiful. What a thoughtful gift. Congratulations on your books.

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