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Father Figure: Q&A with Shalini & Jay (there will be much laughter)

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It’s finally arrived! The hilarious interview between Shalini and this crazy guy. I wish I could say it was just me being interviewed by her, but it completely went off track! I turned the tables on Shalini and asked questions — I even refused to answer one and dared her to instead. As a revenge tactic, she shared embarrassing tweets–about someone who shall rename nameless–drinking a little too much the night the first review for my book was posted.  All I can say is this is definitely worth the wait!

For those who don’t know anything about us: Shalini lives in India, I live in New York. Almost a year ago, we connected via our blogs and have built a friendship between text messages, social media, and blogging. She’s written a wonderful review about my second book, Father Figure, (also wrote one last year about the first one, Watching Glass Shatter, too), but in between we’ve developed a witty and touching rapport from halfway around the world. Without any further unnecessary intro… click the link below to transport yourself to Book Reviews by Shalini so you can read a transcript (with commentary) about the YEARS it took to get this whole thing sorted out!

Interview: Shalini / Jay

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(Below was the teaser we sent out earlier this week)

As many of you have heard, my second book, Father Figure, launched last week. If you’re interested, you can read reviews and/purchase the book via Amazon. To help get everyone excited, I will be launching a series of posts in the coming weeks to share some fun that several friends and I have experienced while beginning to market my latest book. First up is an exclusive invitation to read the hilarious Q&A session I had with Shalini over the last week. She will be launching a post on her site Thursday April 19th at 7PM IST and I will be launching the re-blog on my site Thursday April 19th, at 9AM EST.

A quick teaser… it involves flirtation, how to wear briefs, interview the interviewer payback, and guessing how drinking and tweeting at the same time is never a good idea! Ask Nina @ The Cozy Pages, she started this topic one day. It will be lots of fun… rather long… and very informative. Kudos to Shalini for coming up with this wonderful format. But I will end there with this teaser. Click the link below to see her invitation and come back on Thursday to see the finished product!

Invitation to Q&A with Shalini

via An Invitation

 

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Invitation: Q&A with Shalini & Jay re Father Figure (follow up posts on 4/19)

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As many of you have heard, my second book, Father Figure, launched last week. If you’re interested, you can read reviews and/purchase the book via Amazon. To help get everyone excited, I will be launching a series of posts in the coming weeks to share some fun that several friends and I have experienced while beginning to market my latest book. First up is an exclusive invitation to read the hilarious Q&A session I had with Shalini over the last week. She will be launching a post on her site Thursday April 19th at 5PM IST and I will be launching the re-blog on my site Thursday April 19th, at 7:45AM EST.

A quick teaser… it involves flirtation, how to wear briefs, interview the interviewer payback, and guessing how drinking and tweeting at the same time is never a good idea! Ask Nina @ The Cozy Pages, she started this topic one day. It will be lots of fun… rather long… and very informative. Kudos to Shalini for coming up with this wonderful format. But I will end there with this teaser. Click the link below to see her invitation and come back on Thursday to see the finished product!

Invitation to Q&A with Shalini

via An Invitation

 

Book Blitz & Blog Tour Sign Up: Father Figure by James J. Cudney (Blitz: April 30th to May 4th) (Blog Tour: June 4th to June 8th) Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Drama #Bloggers

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I’m excited to share this post from Reads & Reels… they’re coordinating the FATHER FIGURE book blog tour… check this out!

Reads & Reels

Hey guys! 

You may have noticed this book in the blogisphere lately and that’s because it’s James J. Cudney’s latest novel after his very successful debut, Watching Glass Shatter and people are really excited about it! I’m organizing both a book blitz and blog tour for Father Figure. Review spots will take priority on the tour as usual but there will also be promo spots available.

The book blitz will run from April 30th to May 4th. There will be a variety of excerpt selections and a giveaway. The giveaway will be a kindle copy of the book.

The blog tour will run from June 4th to June 8th. As I mentioned, spots are limited so review posts will take priority but there will also be guest post, excerpt reveal, and interview spots available too. Please fill out the form below!

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Release Date: April 2, 2018

Genre: Contemporary…

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Father Figure: Book Cover Reveal!

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My second novel, Father Figure, officially has a cover and will be available on sale via Amazon this week. More information to come soon about the upcoming blog tour, availability of eARCs and how you can help promote and market. Please feel free to begin sharing the posts, news and your thoughts on the cover. Thank you!
Book Genre
  • Contemporary Fiction / Family Drama
  • Mystery
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Book Description
Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.
Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.
Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.
Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the unavoidable collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.
AdvancedReader Copies(ARC)

My Second Novel: Title Reveal & Sample Pages

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On June 9th, 2017, I opened a poll to ask everyone to choose what I should write as my second novel — you can read this post here. Almost one year later, the novel is ready to be published. When I first shared an overview of the story, I had a title in mind but was never certain about my decision. Over the last few months, I began discussing it with the twelve people who’ve either helped beta read, market, or keep me sane while writing this book. The overwhelming answer was to keep the title as Father Figure. I came up with a list of 8 other options and took them to the publisher and editor. In the end, they all agreed it is best called Father Figure. And so, knowing this was my first choice, and everyone loves it, we’ve opted to keep the title as Father Figure. My runner-up was ‘Peace by Piece’ as it’s a theme highly integrated into many chapters. Finding peace by discovering each piece of the puzzle… the play on words felt incredibly strong to me.

In many ways, when it comes to revealing a new title, this feels like a tiny pop as opposed to something more grand. At the same time, that’s me… a bit quiet and more comfortable in the background. But as a small token of my appreciation, you can read a couple pages from the book in this newly added menu item on my blog. It’s only a couple of pages, and it’s just bits and pieces of a scene meant to leave the reader guessing when it occurs. I will share another full chapter in the coming weeks… consider this a teaser to give you a sense of what it will be like when you finally get the words in your hands!

Read Sample Pages

Over the next few weeks, I will be revealing fun facts and key news about its upcoming release. Stay tuned to learn things like:

  • Book Cover Big Reveal
  • Availability of ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies)
  • Details on How You Can Participate in the Initial Release
  • Blog Tour Plans
  • Publication / Release Date in May 2018

AdvancedReader Copies(ARC)

If you are interested in being part of the release, please feel free to email me at jamesjcudney4@gmail.com. I look forward to revealing all the details and sharing this book with everyone.

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Book Description

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the unavoidable collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

 

About the Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I write a daily blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog where the 365 Daily Challenge reveals something about my personality every day. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.

 

List of Books & Blog

Watching Glass Shatter (2017)

Father Figure (2018)

 

Websites & Blog

Author Website

My Blog

 

Social Media Links

Amazon

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

Goodreads

Creativia Publisher

TAG: 3 Quotes, 3 Days (Father Figure Version)

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I was tagged by three people in the last few weeks for the ‘3 Quotes, 3 Days Challenge,’ but since I didn’t get to it right away, and I have so many to do… I’m combining the three tags and quotes, and doing it all in one day. I’m also taking this as an opportunity to reveal 3 random quotes from my upcoming novel, Father Figure, which will be published in just over one month. To see more about this book, read this post.

For anyone I nominate, you should do this tag 3 days in a row, not just one day. And you should choose other books you love, not the way I’m doing it! I’m just being a difficult creative and selfish open-minded guy! LOL Thank you to the following 3 amazing bloggers for nominating me:

onceuponaspineblog

icebreaker694

panicatthebookstoreblog

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The Rules (that I’m not exactly following)

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

 

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Day 1 Quote

  • “He said you were young, but I didn’t expect a child. I ain’t gonna be no babysitter.” He faked a quick handshake, then palmed the side of his head to flatten out his hair. “You eighteen yet, sugar?”
    • This was said to Amalia, an 18-year-old girl meeting someone new for the first time. It captures his character and voice in just a few simple words.

Day 2 Quote

  • “Well, for one thing… you have a chance for a great future if you put your mind to it. Stop worrying about what other people think, say, or do. You have the power here. It’s your life. If you keep letting the unknown mysteries of the past color every aspect of your present, you’ll wake up one day in the future with nothing but regret over lost time.”
    • This was said to Brianna, an 18-year-old girl searching for her father. It’s something we hear in different forms all the time, but when put together, it has a powerful impact on her.

Day 3 Quote

  • “Everyone says you’re still a kid, you’re barely at the beginning of your future, or you’re still not ready to make decisions on your own. Yet, there was such an incredible amount of pressure to figure everything out before you graduated from high school—they want you to know exactly what college to select, how to be an adult who can make proper decisions, and which direction to lay out your entire life plan. Could making decisions too early in life lead normally sane and productive people to experience a mid-life crisis? If life were truly that easy, why had so many people fallen into depression, killed themselves, or turned to drugs and alcohol?”
    • These were a few thoughts by a character trying to discover her identity while at the same time recognizing all the pressure being put on her to make a decision. For me, it captures who she is and relates her to every reader at some point in their lives.

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Nominees:

raynotbradbury

books6259

foodzesty

thescribblingssite

bookfiendsite

growingself

readrantrockandroll

cadburypom

invisible-no-more

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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 debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I 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 – words and humor. 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.

Father Figure: Cover Reveal & Release Date Coming Soon!

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My second novel, tentatively named Father Figure, has made tremendous progress in the last ten days. Over the next few weeks, I will be revealing a few fun facts and key news about its upcoming release. Stay tuned to learn things like:

  • Final Title
  • Book Cover Big Reveal
  • Availability of ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies)
  • Details on How You Can Participate in the Initial Release
  • Blog Tour Plans
  • Publication / Release Date in May 2018

AdvancedReader Copies(ARC)

For now, I’m excited to deliver the book’s overview and summary description which will go on Amazon and Goodreads in the coming weeks. If you are interested in being part of the release, please feel free to email me at jamesjcudney4@gmail.com. I look forward to revealing all the details and sharing this book with everyone.

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Book Description

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the unavoidable collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

 

About the Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I write a daily blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog where the 365 Daily Challenge reveals something about my personality every day. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.

 

List of Books & Blog

Watching Glass Shatter (2017)

Father Figure (2018)

 

Websites & Blog

Author Website

My Blog

 

Social Media Links

Amazon

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram

Goodreads

Creativia Publisher