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Blog Tour: Mistaken Identity Crisis 6/21 thru 7/3

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The 4th book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries will be released on June 30th, 2019: Mistaken Identity Crisis: Death in the Cable Car. It is currently available as a Kindle pre-order via Amazon and will also be published in print form in late June. Stay tuned for more information about future audio book and foreign language translations through the publisher’s new partners. It’s an exciting time to be part of Creativia, who will be officially changing their name this summer to Next Chapter Publishing. Let’s talk a little bit about what’s currently going on with this book.

Ever taken a ride on a cable car? Why not try one now!

Overview of MISTAKEN IDENTITY CRISIS

A clever thief with a sinister calling card has invaded Braxton campus. A string of jewelry thefts continues to puzzle the sheriff given they’re remarkably similar to an unsolved eight-year-old case from shortly before Gabriel vanished one stormy night. When a missing ruby is discovered near an electrified dead body during the campus cable car redesign project, Kellan must investigate the real killer in order to protect his brother. Amidst sorority hazing practices and the victim’s connections to several prominent Wharton County citizens, a malicious motive becomes more obvious and trickier to prove.

As if the latest murder isn’t enough to keep him busy, Kellan partners with April to end the Castigliano and Vargas crime family feud. What really happened to Francesca while all those postcards showed up in Braxton? The mafia world is more calculating than Kellan realized, and if he wants to move forward, he’ll have to make a few ruthless sacrifices.

Election Day is over, and the new mayor takes office. Nana D celebrates her 75th birthday with an adventure. A double wedding occurs at Crilly Lake on Independence Day. And Kellan receives a few more surprises as the summer heat begins to settle in Wharton County.

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UPCOMING BLOG TOUR

I’m excited to share the plans for the blog tour through Great Escape Virtual Blog Tours from June 21st through July 3rd. You can learn more via the book’s dedicated page on the site.

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 21 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

June 22 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

June 22 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

June 23 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 24 – Books Direct – MAP & CHARACTER LIST POST

June 25 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW

June 25 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT

June 26 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 26 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

June 27 – Jane Reads – REVIEW

June 28 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

June 29 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 30 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 1 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW

July 2 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

July 2 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

July 3 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST

Check out the whole series!

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. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are four books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, and Mistaken Identity Crisis. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where 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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Book Alert: The Other Side (Series) — With Free Downloads

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Today I bring you a spotlight on a new book series that’s very different from the normal books I’ve been sharing with you. Life’s about trying something new and unusual (to you)… so be prepared for a message from the author and illustrator of The Other Side! In today’s spotlight, you’ll not only be able to read a book, but it’s interactive… you can use QR codes, mirrors, and social media to find out what’s going on in the story… something for those who like to be challenged and have a graphic or a picture of what you’re reading… it sounds really exciting! Let’s hear from them…

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“If one thought created the universe, then who was the first to think?”

These words painted the very concept of The Other Side. 

It is a mystery and fantasy novel that delves into a parallel world that almost completely reflects our own.

If people reflect us, then what could we say about our emotions? Is our sadness a result of their happiness?

More on the story…

Leon J. Granttley is a seventeen-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a rare mental disorder known as; 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑡𝑦 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑒𝑟. (DID for short)



To cope with this issue, he was forcibly enrolled in an institution known as the 𝐸𝑎𝑟𝑡ℎ𝑠ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝐹𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦. It is here where therapists help patients like him cope and adapt to their 𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠.



Despite his years of treatments…Leon’s family and friends would hear his ongoing complaints about this devilish voice in his mind…

One that would 𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐥𝐲 taunt him…
One that would 𝐫𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐥𝐲 tease him…

No matter what path Leon would choose, this 𝑣𝑜𝑖𝑐𝑒 would have a conflicting opinion to rival it. This 𝑣𝑜𝑖𝑐𝑒…would be so influential, that sometimes his choices would feel like they were not his own. 

It is this reasoning that makes the authorities in Leon’s neighborhood believe that 𝒉𝒆 is the person who assaulted a kind young girl by the name of, 𝐴𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑒 𝑅𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑎𝑡ℎ.

 

Leon is the 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 one who believes that he did not harm this girl. 

The citizens of 𝐴𝑢𝑟𝑜𝑟𝑎𝑒 𝐶𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑦 say otherwise. 

Find the truth of Leon’s innocence, on 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙊𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙎𝙞𝙙𝙚. 

 This ebook will be FREE from June 21st – June 25th


𝐖𝐇𝐀𝐓 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐄𝐒 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇𝐈𝐍 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐁𝐎𝐎𝐊:


𝐐𝐑 𝐂𝐨𝐝𝐞𝐬- These are tiny scannable squares that allow you to see 𝑒𝑥𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑙𝑦 where the main characters are! (iPhone or Android required) 

Try it below!

iPhone Users: Open your camera function, and aim it to the square. A link will appear at the top of the screen. 

Click it, and see what happens next… 

Android Users: You will need a ‘qr code’ app. 



𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐓𝐞𝐱𝐭- Occasionally you’ll find text within the story to be…ɘldɒbɒɘɿnυ……Only by holding those said words to a𝑚𝑖𝑟𝑟𝑜𝑟, will you decipher the riddles of wonder…

𝐓𝐎 𝐅𝐔𝐋𝐋𝐘 𝐄𝐍𝐉𝐎𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘: I highly recommend grabbing a copy of 𝑬𝒒𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒖𝒎 & 𝑪𝒉𝒂𝒐𝒔.


It is a companion book that contains detailed illustrations that help explain 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑦 elements within the story. Of course, you don’t 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 this extra book, but according to many readers, it has livened their experience.

Samples of illustrations

If you would like these detailed pictures inside your book, then I suggest getting 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑶𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝑺𝒊𝒅𝒆: 𝑳𝒊𝒎𝒊𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝑬𝒅𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏. (Available in e-book and paperback form) Will be free on July 19th-24th!

Books are available here on Amazon: The Other Side: Limited Edition: https://t.co/UlRtFVgpmW

The Other Side: https://amzn.to/2urJDlM

Equilibrium & Chaoshttps://amzn.to/2KX7iot

GoodreadsThe Other Side:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41004013-the-other-side

Equilibrium & Chaoshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40947790-equilibrium-chaos

We have MORE to allow you to keep up with the project

Youtube channel where there is an audiobook (voiced by talented voice actors).

Youtube: Youtube.com/Theothersidebooks

An Instagram to keep you updated with promotions, reader reviews, and artwork.

Instagram: theothersideeb

Patreon account with so far (12) Patrons who are helping ship books to willing readers around the world!

Merchandisehttps://t.co/naPPdjRECB

Twitter account where you can hear more of my writing-related opinions.And lastly, merchandise! (Clothing, mugs, etc) 

Twitter:AuthorJayYaj

Interview with Jean & James

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I’m absolutely thrilled to share this wonderful interview with a fellow blogger. Please click the below link to see Jean’s page… you’ll learn a lot about me and get to check out one of her special videos!

Click Here To See The Interview!

Book Alert: Sea Scope by Debbie DeLouise — FREE Download from 6/14 thru 6/18

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Today, I am sharing an alert on a wonderful book I read last month. Sea Scope by Debbie DeLouise is available as a FREE download for the next five days. If you want to learn a little more, check out my review or a message from the author below.

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I’m gifting my readers with a copy of my new release, Sea Scope, featuring a murder by a lighthouse.  Don’t miss the chance to get a great summer read for free. Get your free book here from June 14 to 18:

mybook.to/SeaScope

Sarah Collins needs an escape. Mourning her brother’s death and the impending breakup of her marriage, she accepts an invitation to return to her childhood home in South Carolina, where her family operated an inn.

She hasn’t been back to Sea Scope for twenty years; not since she and her brother Glen discovered a body by the nearby lighthouse. She never understood why her parents left Sea Scope so suddenly, or the reasons behind her father’s suicide.

After Sarah returns to the inn, she faces long-buried memories, text messages and strange clues. Something is not right in Sea Scope.

Reunited with people from her past, she tries to figure out what’s going on in her childhood home. As the past and present collide, she must face truths about her family, and what happened that summer day by the lighthouse. But will she survive to tell the tale?

Check out my other books and stories on my Amazon Author Page 

Cobble Cove Cozy Mystery Series

https://debbiedelouise.com

If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, all my eBooks are free.

Author / Series Alert: Ellen Crosby & Wine Country Mysteries

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In the past, I used to share a weekly author alert on my blog. Often it was a new indie writer I’d come across, or it might have been one I really enjoyed reading. Since I’ve given up writing my 365 Daily Challenge and have been posting mostly book reviews and my own book promotions, I decided I needed to get back to a few basics again. One of those will be sharing an alert on authors and series I’ve either finished or gotten caught up on and am awaiting the next book.

I’ve been a major fan of series ever since I was a young child and participated in summer readathons at my local library. I used to sit for hours and read books only ever in order… I’m ashamed to say I have only been about 80% faithful to that rule of reading in order, but I’m trying to be as consistent as possible these days. This week, I’m starting with a series I actually have read in order — The Wine Country Mysteries by Ellen Crosby.

I think the Wine Country Mysteries might be my favorite series right now. There are 9 books currently published with the next one due out in the Fall of 2019. I can’t wait to take that one on, even hoping I get a NetGalley ARC or find a potential blog tour. Although they fall under the cozy mystery category, they are much more complex and dynamic. All the books have detailed histories on wine-making, American politics, and the forming of the US as a nation during the Revolutionary period. Crosby is brilliant when it comes to including facts about the past in her tales. I lap it up each time and truly find her to be an impressive author. I’ve only read this one series and not the other which has two books thus far. I might give it a chance in the future, but for now, I’m focused on the wine country!

Lucie Montgomery was injured in a car accident that left her with a limp and a cane. She inherited the family vineyard after her parents both died. While her mother was killed in an accident, her father might’ve been murdered. You’ll have to read one of the books to find out the truth. She has a brother and a sister, but we mostly only see the brother. There are a few local residents whom we’ve gotten to know, and even some who end up being killers in future books — I love it! We meet some of the help at the vineyard, the local cops and news reporters, and tons of out-of-town family. The supporting cast is wide and varied, but they always make you feel a connection to the story. My favorite books have been the ones about politics, even those that reveal presidential secrets (really, true ones!). Lucie is smart and dependable; she’s not nosy nor flighty. I would be friends with her, even if she is a little direct for my taste, at times. The best part, I’ve learned so much about wine that I can’t wait to test it all out. I doubt that will happen, since like books, there are more vintages or versions of wine than one could truly imbibe! All that said, I highly recommend this series. It’s solid and intriguing with each and every book.

Meet Ellen Crosby

For some links to a few sites that might help you decide to move forward, and to read my 9 reviews of the books in her Wine Country Mysteries, check these out:

https://thisismytruthnow.com/crosby-ellen/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/371811.Ellen_Crosby

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. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are four books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, and Mistaken Identity Crisis. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where 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.

Book Alert: Mistaken Identity Crisis (Braxton Campus Mysteries #4) – Blog Tour, Release Date, Gratitude

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The 4th book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries will be released on June 30th, 2019: Mistaken Identity Crisis: Death in the Cable Car. It is currently available as a Kindle pre-order via Amazon and will also be published in print form in late June. Stay tuned for more information about future audio book and foreign language translations through the publisher’s new partners. It’s an exciting time to be part of Creativia, who will be officially changing their name this summer to Next Chapter Publishing. Let’s talk a little bit about what’s currently going on with this book.

Ever taken a ride on a cable car? Why not try one now!

Overview of MISTAKEN IDENTITY CRISIS

A clever thief with a sinister calling card has invaded Braxton campus. A string of jewelry thefts continues to puzzle the sheriff given they’re remarkably similar to an unsolved eight-year-old case from shortly before Gabriel vanished one stormy night. When a missing ruby is discovered near an electrified dead body during the campus cable car redesign project, Kellan must investigate the real killer in order to protect his brother. Amidst sorority hazing practices and the victim’s connections to several prominent Wharton County citizens, a malicious motive becomes more obvious and trickier to prove.

As if the latest murder isn’t enough to keep him busy, Kellan partners with April to end the Castigliano and Vargas crime family feud. What really happened to Francesca while all those postcards showed up in Braxton? The mafia world is more calculating than Kellan realized, and if he wants to move forward, he’ll have to make a few ruthless sacrifices.

Election Day is over, and the new mayor takes office. Nana D celebrates her 75th birthday with an adventure. A double wedding occurs at Crilly Lake on Independence Day. And Kellan receives a few more surprises as the summer heat begins to settle in Wharton County.

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UPCOMING BLOG TOUR

I’m excited to share the plans for the blog tour through Great Escape Virtual Blog Tours from June 21st through July 3rd. You can learn more via the book’s dedicated page on the site.

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

June 21 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

June 22 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

June 22 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW

June 23 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

June 24 – Books Direct – MAP & CHARACTER LIST POST

June 25 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW

June 25 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT

June 26 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

June 26 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

June 27 – Jane Reads – REVIEW

June 28 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

June 29 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST

June 30 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

July 1 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW

July 2 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

July 2 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

July 3 – Island Confidential – GUEST POST

Check out the whole series!

Gratitude for a Beta Reader

I want to publicly thank all the beta readers who have made this book happen. As always, I include an acknowledgments page in the book, but I felt compelled to provide a special thank you to Shalini @ Digital Reads for all of her efforts on this book. For anyone who might not be familiar, or even those who are, writers rely on a small group of early readers to provide input on the story before it’s shared with a larger group. Shalini is the first person to read all my books, and in this case, she read the book at least four times throughout the process. Before I send it off to ~5 beta readers, Shalini does an alpha review to verify the content, consistency, tone, style, and general strength of the book. We spend hours chatting via messenger to discuss what’s working and what isn’t working.

From there, I will edit and rewrite until I think I’m ready to share it again. Shalini will do a quick but thorough review to push me on anything I’ve left unaddressed, then it goes off to the beta readers for formal review. Once again, Shalini spends a few hours to proofread and find any potential areas for improvement, and then I furiously make all the changes before it’s ready for the final round with the publisher. That’s where I am right now. I have all the beta reader feedback included in this version. I’m currently on vacation, but Shalini, the awesome person she is, will be doing a final read of the book this week so that when I return on 5/26, I can fix any minor proofreading issues and send it to the publisher for review and formatting.

The goal is to deliver to the ARC and Blog Tour readers in the second week of June, and this group of people will help promote the book during the initial launch. I’m super excited to share this one as the story is my favorite thus far. But rest assured, I’m already 95% complete with the outline for the 5th book in the series, and we plan to reveal the cover and the title in late June / early July right around the time we’re publishing Mistaken Identity Crisis.

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Thank you to Shalini for making all of this happen!

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. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are four books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, and Mistaken Identity Crisis. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where 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.

Academic Curveball: .99 Cent Kindle Download (5/22 thru 5/26)

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The debut book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, Academic Curveball, is available as a .99 Kindle download from 5/22 thru 5/26. This book won a Best Fiction award and was the #1 downloaded Kindle book in the highest possible category back in February during the initial promotion. There are now 4 books available in the series, so why not start reading them by getting this one for less than a dollar! Buy for .99 via Amazon.

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Overview / Description:   When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, he finds a dead body 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? Soon after, the college’s athletic program receives mysterious donations, a nasty blog denounces his father and someone attempts to change students’ grades. Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up. With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. And if that wasn’t enough already, his own past comes spiraling back to change his life forever.  

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Braxton Campus Mysteries Overview

A new mystery series debuting in October 2018 focusing on amateur sleuth, Kellan Ayrwick, a 32-year-old single father who solves crimes in his Pennsylvania hometown while attending to his day job as a professor at Braxton University.

  1. Academic Curveball (Oct 2018)
  2. Broken Heart Attack (Nov 2018)
  3. Flower Power Trip (Mar 2019)
  4. Mistaken Identity Crisis (Jun 2019)

Check out the Blog Tour

https://www.escapewithdollycas.com/great-escapes-virtual-book-tours/completed-tours-2019/academic-curveball-braxton-campus-mysteries-by-james-j-cudney/
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