Academic Curveball: Cover Reveal & Pre-Sale Alert

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I’m excited to reveal the cover for the debut novel in my new Braxton Campus Mysteries series. The first book is called Academic Curveball and is available for pre-sale on Amazon as of today. The official publication date when you can download to Kindle is October 15th followed soon after by the physical printed copy. Stay tuned in the coming days for opportunities to get an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) to help with early reviews.  I’ll share quotes, samples, giveaways, and character bios. This is one cast of characters you won’t want to miss. Please share this post and news wherever you’d like… and tell me what you think of the cover and the story description!

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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.

*** Below was also sent last week ***

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.

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.

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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72 thoughts on “Academic Curveball: Cover Reveal & Pre-Sale Alert

    Amy Caudill said:
    September 25, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Good luck with your new series, Jay! I’ll be watching for it.

    Liked by 1 person

    The Cozy Pages said:
    September 25, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    😃😃😃
    I can’t get over how perfect it for this book. Will make for a very pretty physical collection…

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 25, 2018 at 5:12 PM

      Thank you! It’s going to be so fun! I’m actually working with the publisher this week on the cover for book two already, too!

      Liked by 2 people

    bettylouise31 said:
    September 25, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    I am looking forward to it.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 25, 2018 at 5:46 PM

      Thank you! I will send you the format whenever you’d like for Kindle. I won’t have physical copies for another 4 weeks or so.

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        bettylouise31 said:
        September 25, 2018 at 7:09 PM

        You can send me the kindle decision-makers you have it ready. I will added into my queue. I like baseball I started with a double aa team. Neither the team or it field exist today. The field is now a wildlife preserve.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 25, 2018 at 8:34 PM

        Well that’s a shame it’s no longer there! I will send it to you this week. Thank you.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 1, 2018 at 6:16 PM

      Hi. I wasn’t sure where to email the file, let me know!

      Liked by 1 person

    Cozynookbks said:
    September 25, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    😂😂OMGoodness…I was cracking up reading that excerpt, Jay. 😂😂 Kellan and Nana are hilarious!
    This line made me chuckle too… “I skated across a sheet of ice like an awkward ballerina wearing clown shoes and fell flat on my back.” 😂😂
    Congratulations on this upcoming cozy. I’ll be waiting, and I LOVE the cover! 💕

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 25, 2018 at 6:44 PM

      Hehehe! Yes! That’s what I am hoping for. Thank you so much. I have three chapters left to write in the second book in the series and some days it hurts from laughing so much.

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        Cozynookbks said:
        September 25, 2018 at 6:46 PM

        I was cracking up!! 😂 I could just picture the scene. I’m laughing thinking back at it. Great job!!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 25, 2018 at 8:33 PM

        Thank you so much! I can’t wait to see what you think.

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        Cozynookbks said:
        September 26, 2018 at 10:49 AM

        I think I’m going to wait for the paperback copy. 😊

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 26, 2018 at 8:50 PM

        I totally understand!

        Liked by 1 person

        Cozynookbks said:
        September 27, 2018 at 7:40 AM

        I really like the way it looks, Jay, so I want a physical copy. But I just might wind up with an e-copy. I’m fickle.

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 27, 2018 at 10:51 AM

        Haha. You can read a few free chapters electronically to see if you like it. Then decide lol.

        Liked by 1 person

        Cozynookbks said:
        September 28, 2018 at 7:32 AM

        I’m sure I’ll like it. I just prefer physical books, you know? 😉

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 28, 2018 at 6:23 PM

        I totally understand.

        Liked by 1 person

    booksandstuff431 said:
    September 25, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    😀 That was a great excerpt, I’m liking that Grandma already 😀 The cover fits so well. Congrats!

    Liked by 1 person

    Upamanyu Sushma Naskar said:
    September 25, 2018 at 8:41 PM

    Congratulations first of all! And definitely, we will be looking for this space…

    Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    September 25, 2018 at 9:18 PM

    I absolutely love the cover. It fits the book perfectly and it doesn’t look cheesy. I am so excited for you Jay!! 💕

    Liked by 2 people

    Shalini said:
    September 25, 2018 at 10:32 PM

    Yayyyyy Jay loved the cover it is fab

    Liked by 1 person

    roseelaineblog said:
    September 25, 2018 at 11:22 PM

    I love the cover James, it’s exciting and draws you in. 😉 I am sure it will do well. 🌹

    Liked by 1 person

    Noriko said:
    September 25, 2018 at 11:22 PM

    Cover looks great! It totally gives off a cozy-vibe! Cannot wait to get my print copy!

    Liked by 1 person

    The Cozy Pages said:
    September 26, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Reblogged this on The Cozy Pages and commented:
    Academic Curveball…. now available for pre-order!

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    Jessica Rachow said:
    September 26, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    I LOVE IT! I can’t wait to read this one!

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    September 26, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Of course I want to read it!!! And even if I toned down on the ARCs I would gladly read it because you writing a cozy mystery? I have to read it ;-))))

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 26, 2018 at 8:52 PM

      Haha! It’s definitely primarily a mystery, but then it as lots of humor and fun town interactions! 🙂

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    Reads & Reels said:
    September 26, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    It looks wonderful! A whole series! I’m so thrilled for you 🎉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 26, 2018 at 8:54 PM

      It’s going to be quite a lot of fun… I really hope it catches on. I’ve tried to keep the basic fundamentals of a cozy, but turn it upside down in a fun way. Male lead, male author, more humor and push the boundaries on even calling out the fact that the protagonist has no idea what he’s doing. Basically he’s me! LOL

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    Reads & Reels said:
    September 26, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    Reblogged this on Reads & Reels and commented:
    Great news! Congrats to Jay 🎉

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    Yesha - Books Teacup and Reviews said:
    September 26, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    cover looks great and I like the sound of the book. All the best for new series! 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 26, 2018 at 8:56 PM

      I appreciate it. If you’re interested, I’ll send over an ARC soon. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

        Yesha - Books Teacup and Reviews said:
        September 27, 2018 at 1:39 AM

        Thank you, James! I would love to read and review it. I have space around 15th October as well. 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        September 27, 2018 at 7:29 AM

        I will get it to you ASAP. I have a few minor format changes last night, so as soon as I have them, I can email you a Kindle version or epub or PDF. Thank you!

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        Yesha - Books Teacup and Reviews said:
        September 27, 2018 at 8:05 AM

        No worries, take your time.🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 1, 2018 at 6:17 PM

        what’s the best way to get it to you?

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    susandyer1962 said:
    September 26, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Reblogged this on Susanlovesbooks.

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    carhicks said:
    September 26, 2018 at 2:09 PM

    Yay, so glad to see you have it out. I love the cover. I will be reblogging this post.

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    September 26, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    So excited for you! The cover looks amazing! 🙂

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    carhicks said:
    September 26, 2018 at 2:10 PM

    Reblogged this on Carla Loves To Read and commented:
    I have read both of James’ other books and enjoyed them. This is a new genre for him, but he reads cozies a lot, so I am sure it will be a hit.

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    mistysbookspace said:
    September 26, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Reblogged this on mistysbookspace and commented:
    Hello bookworms!!

    I am so excited for Jay!! His 3rd book will be coming out next month and it’s the 1st book in a new Cozy Mystery series. It’s on pre-sale now and I highly recommend you get a copy.

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    lghiggins said:
    September 27, 2018 at 10:21 AM

    Hi, Jay, congratulations on all three of your books. I didn’t read the first two because they sounded a little “strong” for me and my preferences, but your cozy sounds very good. I love the dialogue between Nana and Kellan. I would be glad to review for you.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      September 27, 2018 at 10:54 AM

      Hi. Thank you. I agree. The first two have a few heavy scenes. Nothing graphic or vulgar but the darker side of family drama. This new one and series is very, very clean and fun! I’ll happily send it to you.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 1, 2018 at 6:17 PM

      Let me know the best way to email it to you.

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    tylerus said:
    September 27, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    Looking good! Congratulations Jay!!! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Finally Fall Book Tag – mistysbookspace said:
    September 27, 2018 at 1:30 PM

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    angiedokos said:
    September 30, 2018 at 8:41 PM

    Reblogged this on Angie Dokos.

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    October 8, 2018 at 12:03 AM

    I have pre-ordered mine, Jay. It will be one of my December holiday reads. I love the cover.

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