My New Book Series: Braxton Campus Mysteries

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I’m excited to share a brief peek at part of the cover for the debut novel in my new Braxton Campus mystery series. The first book is called Academic Curveball and will be available for sale in October 2018. The full cover reveal will occur during the week of September 24th… as we get close to launch date, I’ll share quotes, samples, giveaways, and character bios. This is one cast of characters you won’t want to miss. As a quick teaser… here’s a little snapshot of a scene between the main character, Kellan, and his septuagenarian grandmother, Nana D. There’s a fine line between respect and fun banter in everything they do… but you’ll adore their charming relationship.

Academic Curveball Cover Reveal Promo

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The sun disappeared as I pulled up to my parents’ house, parked the Jeep, and walked toward the trunk to get my bags. Given the temperature had slipped to single digits, and the icy snow wildly pelted my body, I tried my best to hurry to the front door. I’d left all my winter clothes in Braxton which didn’t help at the moment since they were inside the house. Unfortunately, fate opted for revenge over some past indiscretion to come back with the vengeance of a thousand plagues. Before long, I skated across a sheet of ice like an awkward ballerina wearing clown shoes and fell flat on my back.

I snapped a selfie while laughing on the frosty ground to let Nana D know I’d arrived. She loved getting pictures and seeing me make a fool of myself. I couldn’t decipher her immediate reply given my glasses had fogged over, and my vision was worse than that of a secret lovechild of Mr. Magoo’s. I searched for a piece of a flannel shirt untouched by the falling sleet or the embarrassing crash to the ground and wiped them dry. A glance at the picture I’d sent caused the loudest and most absurd guffaw to erupt from my throat. My usually clean-cut dark blond hair was littered with leaves, and the four days of stubble on my cheeks and chin was covered in mounds of white snow. I dusted myself off and rushed under the protection of a covered porch to read her text.

Nana D: Is that a dirty wet mop on your head? You’re dressed like a hooligan. Put on a coat, it’s cold out.

Me: Thanks, Captain Obvious. I fell on the walkway. You think I’m normally this much of a disaster?

Nana D: And you’re supposed to be the brilliant one? Have you given up on life, or did it give up on you?

Me: Keep it up, and I won’t visit this weekend. You’re supposed to be a sweet and loving grandma.

Nana D: If that’s what you want, go down to the old folks’ home and rent yourself a little biddy. Maybe you two can share some smashed peas, green Jell-O, and a tasty glass of Ovaltine. I’ll even pay.

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Description of Book

When Kellan Ayrwick, a thirty-two-year-old single father, is forced to return home for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, he finds the dead body of a professor in Diamond Hall’s stairwell. Unfortunately, Kellan has a connection to the victim, and so do several members of his family. Could one of them be guilty of murder? Then he finds a second body after discovering mysterious donations to the college’s athletic program, a nasty blog denouncing his father, and a criminal attempting to change student grades so the star baseball pitcher isn’t expelled.

Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up. With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana weeding through the clues, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. Fate has other plans. Kellan is close to discovering the killer’s identity just as someone he loves is put in grave danger of becoming victim number three. And if that’s not enough to wreak havoc on his family, everything comes crashing to a halt when his own past comes spiraling back to change his life forever.

In this debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series, readers discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, sarcastic, and nosy residents. Among the daily workings of Braxton College and the charming Ayrwick family, Kellan weighs his investigative talents against an opportunity to achieve a much sought-after dream. When this first book ends, the drama is set for the next adventure in Kellan’s future… and it’s one you won’t want to miss.

Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries #1)

Author news coming week of September 24th with the full cover reveal, launch date, and opportunities for joining the early release reading team. Stay tuned!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. 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.

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77 thoughts on “My New Book Series: Braxton Campus Mysteries

    inknpaper85046788 said:
    September 20, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    I am already in love with Nana D.
    ” And you’re supposed to be the brilliant one? Have you given up on life, or did it give up on you?” Sound like my Italian nonna. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 20, 2018 at 10:23 AM

      You’ve had the perfect reaction and totally made my morning! Thank you so much. 🙂

      Nana D is my favorite character, and she has the best lines in my opinion. The early beta readers can’t decide between the sheriff, Nana D, and Dr. Myriam Castle which woman has the best dialog tho!

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    Martie said:
    September 20, 2018 at 10:23 AM

    Major congrats on penning another novel.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 20, 2018 at 10:24 AM

      Thank you so much! I am really excited about this series. It’s somewhere between a cozy and a light investigation. 🙂

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    September 20, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    “you look like a hooligan”, “go down to the nursing home and rent yourself a little old biddy” 😂😂😂 I absolutely ADORE Nana D already!! 🤣🤣

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    shalini said:
    September 20, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Yayyyyy brilliant boyo… Congratulations 🎊🎉

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    shalini said:
    September 20, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    My comment lacks the Lustre Jay, but my heart and the wishes in it for you, shines with the brilliance of the sun… You know that!!
    You better know that… Or else… 😏😏😉😉👀👀

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    Jina Bazzar said:
    September 20, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Already!
    you make us writers look like sloaths, J.
    I have to say though that first persons narrative makes me feel closer to the protagonist. and the dialogue is lighthearted.
    Congrats a ton.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 20, 2018 at 11:01 AM

      Thank you very much. First person was definitely a tough choice. I stayed with it even though it makes it hard to describe the main character without him having an ego at times.

      Sloaths? Please… you’ve written a tome, that takes time. 🙂

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        Jina Bazzar said:
        September 20, 2018 at 11:13 AM

        I know the feeling. it’s easier to do that on a dialogue ..
        haha, the second one is just as long, falling only about 2k words short.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM

        That’s fantastic, so it’s much more like 5 books for you so far!

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    Yesha - Books Teacup and Reviews said:
    September 20, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    That’s great! Congratulations, James! 🙂

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    tylerus said:
    September 20, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Awesome! How exciting. Looking forward to the launch. Congrats!!!

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    watchingthedaisies said:
    September 20, 2018 at 12:02 PM

    This book sounds like a lot of fun Jay. Looking forward to reading it. 🌼

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    roseelaineblog said:
    September 20, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    You are very clever, loving Nana D and the humour in your book 😉

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    Jacquie Biggar said:
    September 20, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Loved this: my vision was worse than that of a secret lovechild of Mr. Magoo’s. 🙂
    This sounds good, James!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 20, 2018 at 1:03 PM

      Thanks, Jacquie. I had expanded the line to include something about Helen Keller (whom I researched a lot and respect tremendously) but someone thought if I said a lovechild between Magoo and Keller, it would be offensive, so I removed that part. 🙂

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        Jacquie Biggar said:
        September 20, 2018 at 1:25 PM

        Yeah, you might have tweaked a few nerves 🙂
        I’ve added the book to my GoodReads list!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 20, 2018 at 5:06 PM

        I appreciate it. I am excited to read one of your books very soon…. I know we briefly chatted, but is there one you’d prefer?

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        Jacquie Biggar said:
        September 20, 2018 at 9:25 PM

        I think you’d enjoy The Lady Said No-http://amzn.to/2jXEbAP
        It’s a murder mystery set around the horse racing industry of the 50’s 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 20, 2018 at 10:55 PM

        Oh definitely. That will be the one!

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        Jacquie Biggar said:
        September 21, 2018 at 1:18 PM

        Awesome, thank you! Now I’m nervous, lol

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 21, 2018 at 4:40 PM

        No need!!!

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    mistysbookspace said:
    September 20, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    I can’t wait to see the full cover and to get a final copy of the book!! Nana D is hands down my favorite character!!

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    Jessica Rachow said:
    September 20, 2018 at 1:49 PM

    I’m so pumped for you!! And you motivate me to get my butt in gear 😂 Already in for any help you need. Ah! Congrats, Jay!! 😁🤩

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 20, 2018 at 5:06 PM

      Thank you! I’ll definitely send a copy soon. Cover should be ready tomorrow or Monday. And if I can help you in any way, please let know!!!

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        Jessica Rachow said:
        September 20, 2018 at 5:13 PM

        Yay!! I can’t wait to see and read! Thanks, Jay! 😁

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    September 20, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Sounds fabulous, Jay. Sharing.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 20, 2018 at 5:07 PM

      Thank you for sharing. I just saw your post about being sick. Are you getting better?

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    scr4pl80 said:
    September 20, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    This sounds terrific, Jay. Looking forward to reading it for sure!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 20, 2018 at 5:08 PM

      And no characters named Janet yet… but if there is one, I promise she’ll be good.

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    RobbyeFaye said:
    September 20, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    WOW, another novel!! Congratulations!
    This looks like Nana D will be so much fun!! I love quirky, snarky characters!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 20, 2018 at 5:09 PM

      there will be a few of them between the sheriff, the department chairwoman, and the grandma. 🙂 Thank you!

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    September 20, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    I’m so excited about this one! I can’t wait to see the cover! 🙂

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    Crystal's Book World said:
    September 20, 2018 at 7:52 PM

    This is great!!! Added to my GR TBR list. After reading the snippet, I found myself wanting to read more. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 20, 2018 at 10:55 PM

      Thank you! It’s definitely much more sarcastic and funny. :). Can’t wait to share it. How’re you doing?

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        Crystal's Book World said:
        September 20, 2018 at 11:26 PM

        Yes it is! I love the banter already. I’m good! Just trying to keep up with book world. Always on the hunt for something new and refreshing 😁😁

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 21, 2018 at 7:29 AM

        I know what you mean! I’m trying to do a little something in all the genres I love, but it’s hard to keep focused and keep up.

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        Crystal's Book World said:
        September 21, 2018 at 8:21 PM

        Jay… you read my mind. I agree with you!

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    Noriko said:
    September 20, 2018 at 8:11 PM

    Aww the teaser!! I wanna see the whole thing, you evil! (jk, jk!) lol
    Happy to hear everything goes well!

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    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    September 20, 2018 at 10:43 PM

    Great sneak preview, it’s going to look so good!! This is such a great book, Jay! Keep doing what you’re doing because you’re an amazing writer! I’m so excited for this whole series, and for you 😃😁🤩

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    September 21, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Looking forward to more of Nana D! And the sneak peek of the cover is very tempting. Can’t wait to see the whole thing.

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    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    September 21, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    I cannot wait!!! 🙂 🙂

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    mainepaperpusher said:
    September 21, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    You are a writing machine!! I am so happy for you…and for your readers!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 21, 2018 at 4:40 PM

      Thanks Linda. I appreciate it. How’re you? The pups?

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        mainepaperpusher said:
        September 21, 2018 at 6:39 PM

        It’s such a long story…I promise I’ll catch up with everyone soon. How’s Baxter…, and you of course!

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    misifusa said:
    September 21, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    I can’t wait!!! So excited for your next book!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 21, 2018 at 6:27 PM

      Thank you! I will let you know when I have copies.

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        misifusa said:
        September 22, 2018 at 8:56 AM

        Count me in!!! I’m excited to read your #3!!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 22, 2018 at 9:27 AM

        Thank you! It means so much. Honestly. I had a bad review of the first book this morning, and it threw me off. Then something like this makes me feel much better. 🙂

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    misifusa said:
    September 22, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    We can’t please everyone. Don’t let it bother you Jay! You’re an excellent writer!

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    Reads & Reels said:
    September 26, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    AMAZING news Jay!!! Congrats!

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