Braxton Campus Mysteries – Be a Beta Reader for Broken Heart Attack (Book 2)

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Broken Heart Attack, the second book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, a light investigative / cozy mystery series, is ready for a beta read. I’m looking for readers in this sub-genre who’ve read the first book or are interested in reading the first book (for free) and then being a beta reader on the second book over the next few weeks. It will be available on Fri 10/12 and I’d want to collect all feedback on Broken Heart Attack by Fri 10/26 so that I can revise and edit by November 1st for the next review round. If you’re interested, message me at A description of the book’s plot is below as well as details on the first book which is available for purchase starting 10/15.

Broken Heart Attack

When an extra ticket becomes available to attend the dress rehearsal of Braxton’s King Lear production, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies, sisters-in-law Eustacia and Gwendolyn Paddington, to show support for the rest of the Paddington family. When one of them appears to have a heart attack in the middle of the second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate who killed her friend. Amidst family members suddenly in debt, a potential long-lost relative, and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks. But did one of them commit murder for an inheritance? Kellan is back in his second adventure since returning home to Pennsylvania. With his personal life in upheaval and his new boss, Myriam, making life exorbitantly difficult, will he be able to find a killer or will he get caught up in his own complicated version of stage fright?


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, 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.


24 thoughts on “Braxton Campus Mysteries – Be a Beta Reader for Broken Heart Attack (Book 2)

    foodzesty said:
    October 10, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    How exciting!! 🙂

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    Shalini said:
    October 10, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Well I think I am in… I better be.. Or else…😉😉😂😂
    Or else I think I will be very sad and sob heartbreakingly 😉😉

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    mistysbookspace said:
    October 10, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    We have already talked about this earlier!! 😊 I still can’t believe you have already finished book 2.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 10, 2018 at 4:48 PM

      I know… a little scary, I checked to see what day I started the first chapter… 9/10…. so in 1 month, I wrote a 300 page book. :O

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        mistysbookspace said:
        October 10, 2018 at 5:38 PM

        Wow that’s awesome. I don’t know how you do it plus read so much and do everyday stuff.

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    RoseMarie said:
    October 11, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    I’m excited for you and your new book.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 11, 2018 at 12:36 PM

      Thank you so much! I appreciate all your support. 🙂 Hope the week is going well.

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        RoseMarie said:
        October 11, 2018 at 1:16 PM

        You’re very welcome 😊 My week is going great. But thank goodness it’s almost Friday 😃

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 11, 2018 at 1:17 PM

        Yes… I hope it turns out to be a quiet but fun one for you.

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        RoseMarie said:
        October 11, 2018 at 1:25 PM

        Thank you. Have a great weekend!

        Liked by 1 person

    The Cozy Pages said:
    October 11, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Wow. Still can’t believe it’s ready. Yay though!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 11, 2018 at 12:38 PM


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        The Cozy Pages said:
        October 11, 2018 at 12:40 PM

        Can’t believe how hard you make Baxter work… getting book 2 out already. Poor thing must be exhausted.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 11, 2018 at 12:45 PM

        Little rugrat deserves it. Hides under the couch when he doesn’t want to put on his harness, then growls at me if I try to get him. Ten minutes later, he wanders out and kisses me like it was just all for show. Today… that 10 minutes was the difference between light rain and a major storm I got caught in. LOL

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        The Cozy Pages said:
        October 11, 2018 at 12:48 PM

        Oh no. LOL. Isn’t that just always the way. Hopefully he’ll start giving you an easier time soonish.

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    Valerie @ Valerie's Musings said:
    October 11, 2018 at 3:44 PM

    If you still need folks, I’ll volunteer! I really enjoyed the first one. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    tylerus said:
    October 12, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Do you EVER sleep, my friend?! Looking forward to “Attack”. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    WWW Wednesday (15) – The Cozy Pages said:
    October 17, 2018 at 8:07 AM

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    cocowordcraft said:
    November 15, 2018 at 2:55 AM

    Would you be interested in a free beta read on
    Just send us an email and I’ll send you a code.

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