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Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1) – By James J. Cudney IV

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Jina,

This is a fantastic intro to my new book… thank you so much for sharing. Please check out Jina’s original post, and then read up all about her books, too!

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via Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 1) – By James J. Cudney IV

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Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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4.5 stars to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I found this book on the shelf in my building’s resident library and brought it home. I’d wanted to sample a Green novel but wasn’t sure which one. ‘Let It Snow’ was also there, so I took it, too! I added both to my Monthly Book Bucket List on my blog, and this was the book followers selected in my September Reads poll. Thank you so much. I adored the novel and was very excited to see so many other fans.

Cancer and death are rough topics. Kids or teens with the disease are even harder. Throw in an author whom Hazel is dying to meet (pun intended) and her first love, could this have any more tug on our heart strings? Maybe a little, hence the 4.5 stars, but I’d still recommend this book as one to get to when you can. I read a few of the negative reviews where they talk about the characters feeling like cardboard or the plot being too much too handle. For me, I thought it was all quite powerful and had lots of depth. There were a few surface qualities, but they’re easily overlooked when 90% of the book is definitely solid.

I knew there would be death. I wasn’t sure who, and I was somewhat surprised by when and how. I also was shocked at the incident with the author in Amsterdam. I never saw it coming — neither the initial meeting or the one weeks later. Wow! He’s got quite a personality… I’m not sure I’d have the strength to deal with writing about this topic in a book. It’s painful and horrifying. I wouldn’t want to interview patients with cancer as I’d feel too much of the emotion and the fear. I don’t think I’d do it justice in my words, but many times, Green conveys exactly what I would think if it had been me. Kudos to him for doing it justice on many levels.

The metaphors are strong. The language is simple. The messages are clear and direct. In the end, I found the whole thing charismatic (in terms of liking the characters) and emotional, though it didn’t actually make me cry like a few other books have in the past. I’m a little off in my reviews this week, probably because I’ve been reading a book a day and can’t seem to come up with the right words afterward. That said… I’m glad I read this one and definitely look forward to another Green novel. Suggestions on what’s next? Oh, I guess I need to see the movie, too… right?

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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 novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. 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.

Author & Book Alert: All Systems Down by Sam Boush

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I’m back today with another author spotlight… and this time it’s the Cyber War series debut by Sam Boush: All Systems Down. If you love apocalyptic thrillers, this is one for you… especially with that cover. A fireball, an unsuspecting city, crazy programming codes, and murky water — what could possibly go wrong in this society? Definitely read the Kirkus review below; it’s incredibly enticing! I’ll be reading it sometime in the next few months. Perhaps a future buddy read together?

What’s even better than the cover —  there are still 3 days left to snag this intense ride for only .99 cents. In September, it will go back to full price, so grab it now while you can!

All Systems Down - eBook

 

Key Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36672702-all-systems-down

https://www.amazon.com/All-Systems-Down-Cyber-War-ebook/dp/B078CXKYQF

https://twitter.com/thecyberwar

http://cyberwarbooks.com

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Kirkus Reviews

ALL SYSTEMS DOWN Sam Boush Lakewater Press (284 pp.) ISBN: 978-0-9944512-7-9; February 8, 2018 – BOOK REVIEW

“In Boush’s debut thriller, a North Korean cyberattack cripples America’s infrastructure, sparking chaos and leaving the country vulnerable to a military invasion.
Brendan Chogan first senses trouble afoot during his job interview for a security-guard position at a Portland, Oregon, robotics company. A computer virus is apparently affecting the building, which then loses internet access. A report comes in by phone that the internet is down across the country. It’s merely the beginning of a North Korean strike against U.S. systems, and soon citizens nationwide lose their cellular service and electricity. Panic ensues, and Brendan realizes that he, his wife, Vailea, and their 8-year-old twin daughters may not be safe. Meanwhile, hacker Xandra Strandlien’s boss at U.S. Cyber Command sends her to Oregon. Intelligence on Chinese-Russian joint military exercises has led to a fear of a post-cyberattack armed invasion, and the Oregon area, which has no military bases nearby, is a potential target. As Brendan and Vailea struggle to secure their home and stockpile food and water, they encounter allies, including Xandra and a couple of U.S. Navy fighter pilots who lost contact with their supercarrier. When an invasion indeed materializes, this small group works together on a mission to upload malware to the enemies’ servers. Despite the fact that the attack is nationwide, Boush concentrates on the characters in Oregon, who later include vacationing campers from Los Angeles. It’s a wise choice, as the story mixes smaller battles (such as characters fending off would-be intruders at the Chogan house) with large-scale ones; Xandra’s plan, for example, entails jumping from a low-flying plane into a river. The author also richly details the cyberattack’s chaotic aftermath; for instance, Vailea gets a workout in a grocery store that’s besieged by a horde of frenzied shoppers: “She gasped for breath, muscles straining like treading water.” Interestingly, the most striking character is a relatively minor one: Sierra Eigelb, a random survivor who first appears about halfway through the novel. Her newfound affinity for killing turns her into a terrifying villain. The story’s swift pace leads to a surprisingly thorough wrap-up. A tightly plotted tale with characters that could energize a planned 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 novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. 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.

Book 3: Academic Curve Ball: A Braxton Campus Mystery Series Debut – Beta Readers

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Academic Curve Ball is off to beta readers this week for a final read before I submit to the editor. I’m very excited to share this news. If you’re interested in beta reading from 8/22 thru 8/28, let me know. I have a few spots open before I close up and email the latest draft. I will have one more edit with hopefully nothing too major, then turn it over to the publishers to launch in October. More news to come with the cover reveal and pre-order opportunities coming up soon!

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In last week’s post, Top Secret Hints About My Next Book, I revealed a few fun facts about my upcoming third book. Today, I am going to reveal the book’s tentative title and description. It was emailed last weekend to a few friendly readers who have expressed interest in taking an early look at my foray into a new genre. I’m hopeful to release the official publication timeline in the next two weeks, but for now, it’s time to share a few things…

Academic Curve Ball*

(Debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series)

 

Overview*

Kellan Ayrwick, a thirty-two-year-old single father, moved to LA to escape his complicated but lovable family. When Kellan requests time off to attend a party for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, his boss assigns him to meet with Abby Monroe, a source for their upcoming tv series who happens to live nearby. Unfortunately, while Kellan’s socializing at the campus event, he stumbles upon Abby’s dead body in a stairwell at Diamond Hall.

Although Kellan’s family and friends are on the suspect list, he’s compelled to investigate once he learns about a mysterious donation to the college, a nasty blog denouncing his father, and fluctuating grades to allow the star baseball pitcher to play in the season opener. As Kellan settles back into his hometown and finds a second body on campus, his eccentric and trouble-making nana helps him weed through the clues. Is it the shady director of the athletic teams? A victim’s soon-to-be ex-husband? A player desperate to be noticed by an MLB scout? Kellan’s intent on solving the case just a smidge before the county sheriff, but that dangerous win might place him in even hotter water.

In this debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series, readers discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, charming, and nosy residents. Among the daily workings of Braxton College and the memorable Ayrwick family, Kellan weighs his investigative talents against an opportunity to achieve a much sought-after dream. Is he ready to move back home, take a job as a professor at the college, and re-unite with a former girlfriend? Or will he return to LA to raise his young daughter away from all the chaos?

*Both are subject to change, but for now… this is where it stands!

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Stay tuned for updates via my author website at https://jamesjcudney.com or join the quarterly mailing list to get exclusive content about future books and releases. Next newsletter to be sent next week!

Book 3

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. 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.

July 2018 – Author Newsletter & FREEBIE coming up!

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Hi. Today I emailed my quarterly author newsletter to everyone in my email distribution list. Below is a copy in case you are interested in reading. To subscribe, please go to my website. Thanks for reading and sharing with everyone. Have a great day.

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Happy Summer! I can’t believe this year is more than half over and this is my third quarterly newsletter. I’m excited to share all the news going on in my literary and personal life. Let’s cover the big stuff from last quarter:

  • Watching Glass Shatter was offered as a FREE download for 5 days. In the first week after this promotion, book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads increased by 15% with multiple 5 and 4 star awards!
  • Father Figure, my second novel, was launched with great success. It’s been available for 4 months and has been doing very well. Check out the blog tour and book blitz promotions.
  • I committed to reading 104 books on my Goodreads 2018 Challenge. I finished in early August. Rather than increase it to 150, I’ll leave it as it stands, but that’s my new goal! How’d you do?

Let’s talk about what’s coming up later this year!

  • A 2019 sequel focusing on all the drama the Glass family encounters after Olivia revealed everyone’s secrets at the end of the first book. Savvy readers will remember she never actually told the truth of what was in the second letter, but rest assured, it’ll come full circle again.
  • A short story collection is in the works for 2018! Based on your input in the ‘Favorite Character’ poll, Ethan Glass will be the focus of the first short story, due out in October 2018.
  • Details about my third book were released. Academic Curve Ball, the debut in a new series entitled Braxton Campus Mysteries will be available for pre-order in September 2018. Description below:
  • Kellan Ayrwick, a 32-year-old single father, moved to LA to escape his complicated but lovable family. When Kellan requests time off to attend a party for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, his boss assigns him to meet with Abby Monroe, a source for their upcoming tv series who happens to live nearby. Unfortunately, while Kellan’s socializing at the campus event, he finds Abby’s dead body in a stairwell at Diamond Hall. Although Kellan’s family and friends are all on the suspect list, he’s compelled to investigate once he learns about a mysterious donation to the college, a nasty blog denouncing his father, and fluctuating grades to allow the star baseball pitcher to play in the season opener. As Kellan settles back into his hometown and finds a second body on campus, his eccentric and trouble-making nana helps him weed through the clues. Is it the shady director of the athletic teams? A victim’s soon-to-be ex-husband? A player desperate to be noticed by an MLB scout? Kellan’s intent on solving the case just a smidge before the county sheriff, but that win might just put him in even more dangerous hot water. Readers discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, charming, and nosy residents. Among the daily workings of Braxton College and the memorable Ayrwick family, Kellan weighs his investigative talents against an opportunity to achieve a much sought-after dream. Is he ready to move back home, take a job as a professor at the college, and re-unite with a former girlfriend? Or will he return to LA to raise his young daughter away from all the chaos?

Author Spotlight: Robbie Cheadle – FREE SNEAK PEAK at New Story

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As part of our upcoming Children’s Book Readathon, we have a few fantastic authors and bloggers who are participating in the final week. Last week, I highlighted a wonderful writing duo that I came across about a year ago: Robbie and Michael Cheadle. Today they are sharing a special new story called Chocolate Delight and the Sugar Dog.

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Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet

have a son – Chocolate Delight,

a mild mannered and kindly lad

he’d never get into a fight.

This despite his enormous size

the biggest boy in town,

he has a smile for everyone

you’ll never see him frown.

The teachers at the local school

love to have him in their class,

polite and hardworking as can be

he achieves a merit pass.

He has a beloved sugar dog

he takes for walks each day,

‘round the hot chocolate ponds

they love to run and play.

These ponds on a cold winter’s day

provide visitors with a delicious treat,

a rich ‘n creamy drink, it warms you up

and is wonderfully thick and sweet.

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After school, moms gather at the ponds

their children and pets running free,

with a picnic blanket and basket

it’s the perfect place for high tea.

While out for a stroll one winter’s day

making the most of the weak sunlight,

an unexpected event occurred

which gave Chocolate Delight a fright.

Lord Humbug was out enjoying the sun

his trio of energetic dogs in tow,

they jumped into a steaming pond

and swam madly to and fro.

They delightedly chased the little ducks

that lived amongst the pretzel reeds

an unfortunate circumstance that occurred

when the dogs were off their leads.

A disapproving crowd soon gathered round

they did not like this game,

Lord Humbug ignored them; looking away

his dogs carried on just the same.

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The dogs were happily paddling around

yipping and yelping with pleasure,

disturbing all the water creatures

and disrupting the picnickers’ leisure.

The peaceable ducks were scared

they tried to escape – wings flapping,

the naughty dogs were excited

at the birds barking and yapping.

The wide mouthed, green frog

sunning himself on a leaf,

dived off and hastily swam away

before the dogs could do him grief.

Two of the dogs were strong swimmers

but the third had started to struggle,

his master worriedly called to him

and he gave his tail a waggle.

The poor little dog was quite unsure

strike for shore or stay and play,

he decided to play on with his friends

much to Lord Humbug’s dismay.

3

Within a short space of time

it was evident, the dog was in trouble,

as he dipped beneath the chocolate surface

up popped a chocolate bubble.

The dog came up, making a whistling sound

paddling frantically on the spot,

the crowd looked on with baited breath

would he make it to shore – or not.

The poor little fellow was sinking fast

eyes huge – he was losing the fight,

Chocolate Delight plunged in to give a hand

and help him out of his plight.

Chocolate Delight got hold of the dog

and supported him to the shore,

the gathered crowd were really thrilled

and hailed him with cheers galore.

Lord Humbug apologised for his selfishness

and have Chocolate Delight a reward,

this he received with grateful thanks

glad that peace had been restored.

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet

were very proud of their boy,

they held a party in his honour

to show their pride and joy.

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Lord Humbug wanted to make amends

and built a home for the grateful ducks,

he now visits them every day

and the ducklings into bed tucks.

 

THE END

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I absolutely adored this story, but I’m saving all my thoughts and feedback for the week of 8/25 when we highlight Robbie Cheadle as part of the Children’s Readathon AUTHORS WHO BLOG week. I can’t wait to share my three reviews!

BELOW please find last week’s post with a special author interview and keep on the lookout for in 2+ weeks for our posts focused on their books!

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About Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books. Robbie is also the author of the new Silly Willy series the first of which, Silly Willy goes to Cape Town, is now available. (See More Below)

Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s books

All the Sir Chocolate books are currently available in hard copy and as ebooks and range from 2 to 9 years depending on the format:

  • A5 format for children aged 6 to 9 years
  • Square format for younger children aged 2 to 5 years

Aren’t these adorable covers and book art?

Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet live in Chocolate land where you can eat absolutely everything. Join them on a fantastic adventure to find the amazing strawberry cream berry and learn how to make some of their scrumptious recipes at the same time.

Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet find a lost baby cookie monster. Join them on an adventure to return the baby to its mother and learn how to make some of their delicious recipes at the same time.

Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook:

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

Sir Chocolate and the condensed milk river story and cookbook:

The Condensed Milk River where Sir Chocolate goes fishing has stopped flowing. The water creatures are losing their homes. Can Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet solve this problem? Includes five lovely new recipes.

Sir Chocolate and the sugar crystal caves story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet journey to the sugar crystal caves to collect the sugar water they need to make their soda pop. To get to the Chocolate Chip Hills they must cross the Chocolate Mousse Swamp infested with alligator sours and a meringue ghost. When they arrive, they discover that the sugar crystals are melting, and something needs to be done to save them. Learn how to make some four fun creations out of biscuits and the sugar crystals too.

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Silly Willy goes to Cape Town:

When the George family go on holiday to Cape Town, Cautious Craig cannot believe what he has to endure at the hands of his naughty and wilful younger brother, Silly Willy. Willy throws tantrums at the most embarrassing and inappropriate times, causes a commotion on the aeroplane and tries to steal a chameleon from Butterfly World. What is a poor older brother expected to do in these situations?

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Coming in 2018

What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War II?

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Elsie and her family live in a small double story cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signaling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite, the war raging across the English channel, daily life must continue with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its scary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic WWII recipes.

Follow Robbie Cheadle @

Blog: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/

Blog: robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Google+: https://plus.google.com/105609586198905397891

Facebook: @SirChocolateBooks

Twitter: @bakeandwrite

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Purchase Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s Books from…

Amazon

OR

TSL Books

What’s up next on Robbie’s Children’s Books Readathon?

A story entitled “Chocolate Delight and the sugar dog” will be shared on the blog next week! Stay tuned for the sneak preview and release of this adorable story!

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About Me
I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS.  My second novel, Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/FatherFigure.

Beyond these two books, I have a number of short stories, poems and other novels in various shapes and forms. I also read 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 also find TV & Film reviews, Tags, Awards, Age/Genre/Book Reads and Author Spotlights, as well as the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge.

You can also access 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. Vote in the poll and ratings. 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.

Book 3: Tentative Title & Description REVEAL

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In last week’s post, Top Secret Hints About My Next Book, I revealed a few fun facts about my upcoming third book. Today, I am going to reveal the book’s tentative title and description. It was emailed last weekend to a few friendly readers who have expressed interest in taking an early look at my foray into a new genre. I’m hopeful to release the official publication timeline in the next two weeks, but for now, it’s time to share a few things…

Academic Curve Ball*

(Debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series)

 

Overview*

Kellan Ayrwick, a thirty-two-year-old single father, moved to LA eight years ago to escape his complicated but lovable family. When Kellan requests time off to attend a party for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, his boss assigns him to meet with Abby Monroe, a source for their upcoming tv series who happens to live nearby. Unfortunately, while Kellan’s socializing at the campus event, he stumbles upon Abby’s dead body in a stairwell at Diamond Hall.

Although Kellan’s family and friends are on the suspect list, he’s compelled to investigate once he learns about a mysterious donation to the college, a nasty blog denouncing his father, and fluctuating grades to allow the star baseball pitcher to play in the season opener. As Kellan settles back into his hometown and finds a second body on campus, his eccentric and trouble-making nana helps him weed through the clues. Is it the shady director of the athletic teams? A victim’s soon-to-be ex-husband? A player desperate to be noticed by an MLB scout? Kellan’s intent on solving the case just a smidge before the county sheriff, but that dangerous win might place him in even hotter water.

In this debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series, readers discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, charming, and nosy residents. Among the daily workings of Braxton College and the memorable Ayrwick family, Kellan weighs his investigative talents against an opportunity to achieve a much sought-after dream. Is he ready to move back home, take a job as a professor at the college, and re-unite with a former girlfriend? Or will he return to LA to raise his young daughter away from all the chaos?

*Both are subject to change, but for now… this is where it stands!

***

Stay tuned for updates via my author website at https://jamesjcudney.com or join the quarterly mailing list to get exclusive content about future books and releases. Next newsletter to be sent next week!

Book 3

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. 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.