Academic Curveball: Book 1 in Braxton Campus Mysteries – RELEASE DAY

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It’s release day for Academic Curveball, the first book in the Braxton Campus Mystery series. Download for Kindle or Kindle Unlimited today via Amazon. Physical books will be available at the end of the month. And stay tuned… Broken Heart Attack, the 2nd in the series, will be launched before December 31st! Check out some amazing reviews on the book for today’s launch via Goodreads.

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***Interview Below***

If you’ve been following my blog for the last two years, you probably know I like to try new things and have a little fun with my posts. As an author, I also want to find new avenues to share my books and writing. Although I love regular Q&A interviews where I can share who I am and what my books are about, I thought it was time to combine together a few disparate things. I’m not exactly sure how this is going to work, but me being a creative guy, and you being fun guinea pigs providing a safe place to make a fool of myself, here goes something quite different. How about if my 6-month old shiba inu puppy interviews the main character from my new Braxton Campus Mysteries series. The first book, Academic Curveball, is currently available in ARC (advanced reader copy) format and officially launches on October 15th, 2018. You can buy or download it here. For now, let’s get on to the interview…

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Interviewer – Baxter

  • 6-month-old puppy who fancies himself a very smart canine
  • 22 lbs, black and tan, no job, rambunctious, acts like a frat boy
  • Likes
    • Biting, hiding under the couch, pouncing on you while you sleep, dominating other dogs, eating things he shouldn’t, running out the front door to escape, digging in flower beds
  • Dislikes
    • Vacuum cleaners, his harness and leash, bedtime, the cone after he was neutered, being neutered, the word ‘no’

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Interviewee – Kellan Ayrwick

  • 32-year-old single father who fancies himself an amateur sleuth
  • 5-9, fit, wavy dirty-blond hair, wears glasses, baby blue eyes, professor, TV show director, former frat boy
  • Likes
    • Desserts, daughter Emma, black and white films, the beach, sarcasm, Nana D, compliments, Top 40’s music, sleeping, puzzles, cozy college campus, solving cases before the sheriff
  • Dislikes
    • Fake people, Dr. Myriam Castle, Sheriff April Montague, bad weather, wearing ties, the supernatural or ghosts, shaving, weird Shakespearean quotes

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  • Question 1: Who are you and why are you forcing me to interview you? (Baxter)
    • I’m Kellan, the main character in your owner’s latest mystery series. I had to leave LA for a quick trip to visit my small, secluded hometown in Pennsylvania for my father’s retirement from Braxton College. He was the president, and my parents forced me to come home. I left almost a decade ago because they can be very intrusive. Love ’em to pieces, but wow… talk about family drama!
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • Please do not refer to Jay as my OWNER. Jay is lucky I chose to come live with him. There are days when his helicopter parenting can be so bad, I want to lick him to death to get him to stop holding me back. And you don’t know family drama. My siblings were awful! They made me bite them all the time just to shut them up. I’m the quiet one. Grr…
  • Question 2: What can tell me about living in this Wharton County, Pennsylvania? I’m looking for more space as this box in the biggest urban center in the world is a little confining. (Baxter)
    • Wharton County is in north central PA near the NY border. It’s about 90 miles south of Buffalo and trapped between the Saddlebrooke National Forest and the Wharton Mountain range. It’s not a real place, but it is based on a bunch of different places Jay’s visited or lived in Pennsylvania. There are 4 major towns, and the one my family hails from is called Braxton. There’s a great college there, too, where many of my family members work, and it seems perhaps possibly me, too, in the near future. The best part of the campus is built across two different sections of the town and is connected by a really cool cable car system. Jay told me it’s based on where he went to college… do you know where that is?
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • Listen, Kellan… I didn’t want to do this interview, but since it’s been forced on me, remember I ASK the questions. You ANSWER them. Got that? From what I hear, everyone tells you what to do anyway, Kellan… between your boss Myriam, your grandmother Nana D, and that weirdo sheriff, you can barely breathe without someone torturing you. Stand up for yourself, man. Have a little bark and a little bite! WOOF!
  • Question 3: What happens in this first book? Should I plan to tell my friends about it? They do read in case you were wondering. We’re a smart breed. (Baxter)
    • I can honestly tell you this is the best book I’ve EVER been in. And I’m probably the funniest guy you’ll ever meet. It all starts off when I come home for what should’ve been a long weekend, but then there’s a murder. And my boss in LA makes me stay to cover it for our TV show. Then my family and a good friend are major suspects, so I’m forced to try to find the real killer. Nana D of course tries to set me up, but my wife has only been gone for two years, so I’m not quite ready. I had an awesome time at the baseball games learning all about the sport but when I thought someone on the team was changing their grades in order to play in the season opener, I knew I was on to something big. Little did I realize how much more complex it really was. Wanna know who the killer is?
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • One, this is the only book you’ve been in so far, Kellan. I know Jay wrote the second one, but he’s still editing it. It’s not real until he gives it to someone to read. I’ve had a look, and I can definitely tell you it’s AWESOME, but I might be biased. Although I was super annoyed with Jay for making me wear that cone of shame for two weeks after my surgery, having such a fantastic story with engaging characters helped pass the time quickly. GO BRAXTON CAMPUS MYSTERIES!!! RAH RAH! And two, no, don’t spoil it for me, you doofus. I think people should find out for themselves who killed someone. Duh!
  • Question 4: Do you know where Jay keeps the treats in this joint? (Baxter)
    • I’m not real, dog. How would I know that? I can’t see or hear anything outside of Braxton. You came here to visit me. You’re as bad as Nana D with these questions. Go take a nap, dog.
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • If you weren’t paying me to do this interview, I’d bite your face off. But I’m glad to see we’re both frat boys. Jay was one, too. I guess we have some things in common. Wait… now that I think about it, you’re awfully similar to Jay… what kinda sick twist of fate is this?
  • Question 5: Anything else you want to share before I go for a walk to get away from you and this tedious discussion? I’ve got some flowers to eat. (Baxter)
    • I’ve got tons of stories to share in the next few years. Jay’s helped me write lots of books and together, we’re planning at least 10 in the series. What I love the most is how he let me write them in 1st person, so the entire book is always from my perspective. I’ve got a really fun voice and way of talking about myself and others, so you’ll likely laugh a lot. I’m also a bit clumsy, like to complain, and am a really sweet but sexy guy. Sometimes I get a bit arrogant. Other times I behave a bit like a fool. But as I get older, things start to look pretty awesome from my position. I just can’t figure out what’s gonna happen in my love life, but you know there’s gotta be more than one woman after me based on what’s happened in that first book, right?
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • Kellan, your modesty knows no bounds. I’m sure any readers are already swooning rolling their eyes over it. Thanks for chatting today. I’ll leave you with a little surprise before I bounce.

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Stay tuned for the next interview when Baxter takes on… NANA D. Here’s a quick snapshot of Nana D’s latest conversation with her grandson, Kellan, in book two set to be published in December 2018:

SCENE from BROKEN HEART ATTACK (Book 2 in Braxton Campus Mysteries)

As people filed out of the lobby and into the venue, the noise level grew more tolerable and I could freely move around without feeling every nook and cranny of every weirdo in the joint. First up was texting Nana D to find out who had my ticket and where I’d be sitting. If she put me next to some new Tinder date she blindly setup for me…

Me: Where are you? It’s like a blue-haired Neil Diamond concert in here today.

Nana D: More like a wannabe Lady Gaga gig. Don’t you know any current pop references?

Me: Given the number of septuagenarians, I assumed they wouldn’t know who she was.

Nana D: You know what happens when you ASS-U-ME, don’t you, Kellan?

Me: That was weak even for you. Epic FAIL! Where’s my ticket?

Nana D: Bite me. I left it at the Box Office. Wasn’t sure you’d show. Go get it. Now.

Me: Yes, Chief. On my way. You’re feisty today. Too much bran? Not enough veges?

Nana D: Pop a cork in it and get to your seat. You ain’t seen nothing yet, brilliant one. Just wait til I introduce you to…

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Note from Baxter: In case you’re curious about the last introduction, Nana D has a habit of setting Kellan up with the weirdest women I’ve ever met. In the last book, we learned there was a two-time bigamist who Nana D thought might be Kellan’s future girlfriend. I’m kinda hoping to meet that crazy old woman one day. I hear she’s a real ball buster… hey wait… is she the one who took mine away when they neutered me three weeks ago!!! PAYBACK WILL BE MINE!

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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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63 thoughts on “Academic Curveball: Book 1 in Braxton Campus Mysteries – RELEASE DAY

    Sassy Brit, Author Assistant said:
    October 15, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    Brilliant! Congratulations! 🙂
    I’m in love with Baxter!! x

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    bettylouise31 said:
    October 15, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Congratulations on the bok.

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    Sassy Brit, Author Assistant said:
    October 15, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Reblogged this on Alternative-Read.com and commented:
    Happy Book Birthday, James J. Cudney (and Baxter)

    Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    October 15, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    OMG!! This was hilarious.

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    Nina D said:
    October 15, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    Happy launch day!!!! All the best to you and Academic Curveball!!!!

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    October 15, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Happy Release Day Academic Curveball!! 😀

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    Jacquie Biggar said:
    October 15, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Woohoo! Congrats on your new release, James. Wishing you much success!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 15, 2018 at 1:46 PM

      Thank you so much! I’ve started your book (just a few pages last night) but will be reading it over the next 2 to 3 days. Very exciting!

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        Jacquie Biggar said:
        October 15, 2018 at 2:31 PM

        I’ll say 😊 I look forward to reading Academic Curveball!

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    October 15, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Happy release day Jay!!!!

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    RoseMarie said:
    October 15, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    😀 That was amazing, he’s such a cutie. Happy release day! I’m sure I’ll enjoy Academic Curveball. Congrats again 🙂

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    Martie said:
    October 15, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Release Day = Wonderful News

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    Christy B said:
    October 15, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Such a creative interview! Congratulations!!!!

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    Garabrandt Reviews said:
    October 15, 2018 at 7:04 PM

    Congrats Hon! I am linking your site, and this post in particular to my New Release post. I hope that’s okay? I mean, yours is the most exciting release of the week.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 15, 2018 at 7:11 PM

      Hey! Absolutely. I love the support. Thank you so much. How have you been?

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    Garabrandt Reviews said:
    October 15, 2018 at 7:17 PM

    Marvelous and you?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 15, 2018 at 7:17 PM

      About the same! Thx.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 15, 2018 at 7:18 PM

      If you’re interested in reading, I’ll happily send you an e-version, too.

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        Garabrandt Reviews said:
        October 15, 2018 at 7:31 PM

        I have it! Amazon dropped the eBook this morning! (I love preordering these because it’s like a little surprise each release day)

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 15, 2018 at 8:07 PM

        That’s so fun. 🙂

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    Didi Oviatt - Author said:
    October 15, 2018 at 8:57 PM

    Happy release day!!!!! Don’t ever stop or regret being a helicopter parent haha I do it all the time 😉 It means we care lol

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    foodzesty said:
    October 16, 2018 at 1:47 AM

    Congrats Jay!! very happy for you 🙂

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    […] is the crown prince of the secret land of ‘This is My Truth Now.’ He is James J Cudney, the fourth, and I am his biggest fan girl and I love him always and forever. ♥️ (He better […]

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    watchingthedaisies said:
    October 16, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Congratulations Jay. Wishing you many sales and great reviews. Baxter is a super sport. 🌼

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    Jina Bazzar said:
    October 16, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Congrats, J.
    Wishing you great success.

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    Yesha - Books Teacup and Reviews said:
    October 16, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    This was hilarious and I just love Baxter and would love to read posts in his voice more. Happy release day, James! 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 16, 2018 at 12:34 PM

      Thank you Yesha! The e-book is yours whenever you want it. 🙂 Baxter has a Nana D post tomorrow I believe.

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        Yesha - Books Teacup and Reviews said:
        October 16, 2018 at 2:25 PM

        I will keep an eye for Nana D post tomorrow. Thank you, James! I will email you soon. I have two more book to finish this month then I’m totally free till December end. I need to read your first two books as well. November is for author James for sure. 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 16, 2018 at 2:26 PM

        Thank you. Email me whichever ones i need to send you.

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    moorezart said:
    October 16, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    October 17, 2018 at 12:48 AM

    Shared to Google Plus and twitter.

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    Cozynookbks said:
    October 17, 2018 at 7:20 AM

    Congratulations, Jay!! I cracked up reading this interview. 😂 Great job. Baxter is hysterical, and I think I’m going to love the Kellan character. 😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 17, 2018 at 7:44 AM

      He’s certainly got quite a way with his words! Paperback is out now via Amazon, too. 🙂

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        Cozynookbks said:
        October 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM

        It is?!! It must have just recently released because I didn’t see it last week. 😃
        Well then I’m going to head right over there. 🏃🏾‍♀️

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 19, 2018 at 2:05 PM

        Yes! Just made available two days ago. I have to announce it this weekend!

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    DaisyGal @ DG Book Blog said:
    October 17, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    I love this, and congrats on your new release! I’m looking forward to reading it and embarrassingly, your other two as well. I really enjoy your blog, and I’ve heard great things about your books – I need to get on the ball! 🤪

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 17, 2018 at 12:16 PM

      Hi! Thank you. IT’s been a fun one. No worries, whenever you get to read them is okay! If you read Kindle, and you think this is the best one, I’ll email it to you.

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        DaisyGal @ DG Book Blog said:
        October 19, 2018 at 11:58 AM

        If you’d like to, that would be great, but I do have Kindle Unlimited too. Whatever works best for you – I love a good mystery! =D

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 19, 2018 at 2:06 PM

        Oh, since you have Kindle Unlimited, then it makes sense to get it from there so it’s ‘verified’. I’m happy to send it tho if that’s easier.

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        DaisyGal @ DG Book Blog said:
        October 20, 2018 at 2:08 AM

        No worries! I want to help you out too, so I’ll just get it from there. Thank you for offering, and have a great weekend!! 🤗

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    carhicks said:
    October 19, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    🤣🤣 BTW, I just posted my review on Amazon.

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    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    October 20, 2018 at 8:10 AM

    Reblogged this on The Biblioanthropologist.

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