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Book Alert: Haunted House Ghost (Braxton Campus Mysteries #5) – Cover Reveal, Beta Reading, ARCs, Blog Tour & Release Dates

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I can’t believe I’m almost done editing the fifth book in the Braxton Campus Mystery series. I wrote the initial chapter of the first book exactly one year ago today. An entire year later, I’m five books into the series and collaborating with foreign language translators and audio narrators to deliver new formats in 2020. Who could’ve imagined it would go this far? I’m beyond grateful for everyone’s support. Thank you from my entire heart!

Today, I want to share the plans for the upcoming 5th book, Haunted House Ghost. The theme will focus on Halloween and autumn, my favorite season. To stir up a little excitement, below is the overview of the spooky tale…

Book Overview

It’s Halloween, and excitement is brewing in Braxton to carve jack-o’-lanterns, go on haunted hayrides, and race through the spooky corn maze at the Fall Festival. Despite a former occupant’s fervent warnings, Kellan renovates and moves into a mysterious old house. When a ruthless ghost promises retribution, our fearless professor turns to the eccentric town historian and an eerie psychic known for her explosive predictions, to communicate with the apparition. Construction workers discover a fifty-year-old skeleton after breaking ground on the new Memorial Library wing. Could it be Prudence, Judge Hiram Grey’s first wife, who disappeared during a fiery Vietnam War protest that destroyed parts of the campus? While Kellan and April dance around the chemistry sparking between them, a suspicious accident at the Fall Festival leaves Hiram in a coma and another dead body to investigate. Kellan’s research digs up a tale of horror and pain about the true history and dastardly connections of the Grey family, forcing April to accelerate her plan to capture the elusive killer and placate the revenge-seeking ghost.

Book Timeline

  • AUGUST
    • Cover Reveal
    • Beta Reading / Final Editing
  • SEPTEMBER
    • Pre-Order
    • ARC Copies Available
  • OCTOBER
    • Official Release
    • Blog Tour

Note from the Author

As you’ve come to know, the titles in my books are usually 2 or 3 words with multiple meanings. In this one, I wavered between Haunted House GHOST and Haunted House GUEST… as Kellan’s cousin, Ulan, is visiting from Africa. What’s he got to do with the mysterious ghost appearances in the old Grey estate? Or is it really the late Prudence Grey who’s cursed all the inhabitants? I loved playing with this title but ultimately settled on Haunted House Ghost because it gives the ideal Halloween theme.

Autumn is my favorite season. I’ve spent extra time trying to create the perfect mood within the story… from trick-or-treating experiences to bonfires. I hope everyone enjoys reading the book when the crisp weather begins to arrive and we’re all excited about Halloween. Look for more to come on the specific dates and options in the near future. Now’s the time to catch up if you haven’t finished the first four books in the series.

Braxton Campus Mysteries Series

A new mystery series debuting in October 2018 focusing on amateur sleuth, Kellan Ayrwick, an early-thirties single father who solves crimes in his Pennsylvania hometown while attending to his day job as a professor at Braxton University. Oh yeah, he’s a Hollywood director too…

  1. Academic Curveball: Death at the Sports Complex (Oct 2018)
  2. Broken Heart Attack: Death at the Theater (Dec 2018)
  3. Flower Power Trip: Death at the Masquerade Ball (Mar 2019)
  4. Mistaken Identity Crisis: Death on the Cable Car (Jun 2019)

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 five books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, Mistaken Identity Crisis, and Haunted House Ghost. 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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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

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Cover Reveal – Bloggers needed on 5th April 2019 for James J Cudney’s Book 4 of Braxton Campus series @jamescudney4 #CreativiaPub #CoverReveal

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Friends,

I have a new book coming out in June 2019 for the Braxton Campus Mysteries. I’ve partnered with Digital Reads Blog Tours for the cover reveal this Friday 4/5. You can sign up to post with us and share the new cover before anyone else sees it. How exciting! Why don’t you join in? See the post link below and help spread the word. Thank you!

Jay

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Academic Curveball: FREE and Currently #1 Most Downloaded Kindle Book Today

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Today is an amazing day. Not only did we reveal the cover of my new book, Flower Power Trip, but the debut book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, Academic Curveball, is currently the #1 MOST DOWNLOADED Kindle product on all of Amazon today. This weekend’s free promotion is working very well. I’m beyond grateful for everyone’s support. Please continue to SHARE to keep it at #1 for as long as possible. Thank you everyone!
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Academic Curveball, the first book in my new series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, is FREE for 5 days from 2/7 thru 2/11. You can buy the CRITTER AWARD-WINNING Kindle e-read version via Amazon — SHARE everywhere you can to help promote the book.

Tomorrow we launch the pre-sale for the third book in the series, Flower Power Trip. We will also reveal the cover with over 25 bloggers sharing the first look. Stay tuned for more information on the launch date and blog tour!

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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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FREE Download: Academic Curveball (1st in Braxton Campus Mystery Series)

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Academic Curveball, the first book in my new series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, is FREE for 5 days from 2/7 thru 2/11. You can buy the CRITTER AWARD-WINNING Kindle e-read version via Amazon — SHARE everywhere you can to help promote the book.

Tomorrow we launch the pre-sale for the third book in the series, Flower Power Trip. We will also reveal the cover with over 25 bloggers sharing the first look. Stay tuned for more information on the launch date and blog tour!

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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.

Academic Curveball – Won the 2018 Critters Award

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Academic Curveball was nominated for a 2018 Critters award in the ‘Other Novels’ category. There were ~15 different categories and hundreds of submissions. Voting was held over the last few weeks…

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I’m grateful for the nomination and the support… especially since it led to my book winning this year’s award for Best Other Novel! I am so excited that the first book in my Braxton Campus Mysteries series won. You can see current standings here.

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Thank you to everyone who voted!!!

Academic Curveball: Blog Tour Wrap-Up

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The Great Escapes Virtual Book Blog Tour for my cozy mystery, Academic Curveball, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, comes to a close today. The last ten days have been a full of fun, laughter, and great reviews. I’m grateful to all the participants and to Lori for running such a wonderful tour. Below are the highlights about the book and all the blogs where you can find interviews, summaries, reviews, and a lot more, including the giveaway which ends soon. Thank you!


Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery, 1st in Series
Creativia Publishing (October 14, 2018)
Paperback: 281 pages
ISBN-10: 172877876X
ISBN-13: 978-1728778761
Digital ASIN: B07HMYSQFH

Overview

When Kellan Ayrwick returns home for his father’s retirement, 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. 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. But who is behind the murder?

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ACADEMIC CURVEBALL TOUR PARTICIPANTS

January 7 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – GUEST POST

January 7 – Mythical Books – REVIEW

January 7 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT

January 8 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT (No Post)

January 8 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT

January 9 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW

January 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 9 – Bobo’s Book Bank – SPOTLIGHT

January 10 – Jane Reads – REVIEW

January 10 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

January 11 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 12 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW

January 12 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

January 13 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

January 14 – Carla Loves To Read – CHARACTER GUEST POST

January 14 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

January 15 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT

January 15 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 15 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

January 16 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

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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 frequently 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. 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. 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.

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. It is with my third book, Academic Curveball,, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, where I immersed myself in a college campus full of so much activity, I could hardly stop thinking about new murder scenes or character relationships to finish writing the current story. Come join in the fun!

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List of Books & Blog

Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)

Father Figure (April 2018)

Braxton Campus Mysteries

Academic Curveball – #1 (October 2018)

Broken Heart Attack – #2 (November 2018)

Flower Power Trip – #3 (Early 2019)

Websites & Blog

Website: https://jamesjcudney.com

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

Social Media Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesJCudneyIVAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BraxtonCampusMysteries

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/james-j-cudney

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamescudney4

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jamescudney4

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamescudney4

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jamescudney4

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Purchase Links

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