Academic Curveball: ARC – Read/Review Series Debut

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Hi. I have the electronic formats available if anyone is interested in reading and reviewing the debut book in my new series by launch week 10/15. Please email me at jamesjcudney4@gmail.com to coordinate getting a copy. Thanks!
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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.

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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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28 thoughts on “Academic Curveball: ARC – Read/Review Series Debut

    lisarey1990 said:
    October 1, 2018 at 9:15 PM

    Just dropped you an email. By the way, I am currently reading Father Figure so I’ll read between the two. 🙂

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    mainepaperpusher said:
    October 1, 2018 at 9:20 PM

    Another book, and so soon after the last. You are a writing tour de force! Congratulations Jay!

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    bettylouise31 said:
    October 1, 2018 at 9:58 PM

    Reblogged this on idahobluebird50 MYSTERIES GALORE AND PHOTOS and commented:
    Thought some may want to read this book.

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    October 2, 2018 at 1:36 AM

    Yay!!!! Can’t wait to read it! Can’t wait to check out “curveball”, although from prior posts I get the feeling it still has that signature James J Cudney IV style to it!! 💖💖

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    Martie said:
    October 2, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    This sounds so good!

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    angiedokos said:
    October 2, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Reblogged this on Angie Dokos.

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    carhicks said:
    October 2, 2018 at 7:28 PM

    Congratulations on the upcoming release. It makes it so real when you start sending out your ARCs. Did you make many changes from the beta version?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 2, 2018 at 8:06 PM

      Hmm… there were 2 beta rounds. I think you were in the second, so mostly just clean-up, removing unnecessary words, and adding in some better descriptions. I can send you a newer format if you want. Did you ever get a chance to read some? Thank you!! It feels very real now.

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        carhicks said:
        October 2, 2018 at 9:01 PM

        Yes, I read about half of it, If you want to send me an up to date one, that would be great. I am reading all cozies this week, so would definitely have time for it.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 3, 2018 at 8:12 AM

        I will seen it today! Thx.

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        carhicks said:
        October 3, 2018 at 9:21 AM

        Got it, thanks.

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    lghiggins said:
    October 2, 2018 at 10:04 PM

    Reblogged this on education pathways and commented:
    Looking forward to reading this author’s first cozy mystery. The sample dialogue is great.

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    WWW Wednesday (14) – The Cozy Pages said:
    October 3, 2018 at 8:05 AM

    […] newest Spells and Caramels instalment promises to be just as fun as the rest of her series; and Jay has started a new cozy mystery series as […]

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    Cozynookbks said:
    October 3, 2018 at 10:22 PM

    “Captain Obvious!” 😂 I laugh every time I read that excerpt.

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    bmary8222 said:
    October 4, 2018 at 3:03 PM

    If you still have copies, I would like to read your new book.

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