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365 Challenge: Day 265 – HUNDRED

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Hundred: when there’s only this amount of days left in the 365 Daily Challenge – a countdown must occur

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As of tomorrow, we hit the start of the 100 Days Countdown for the 365 Daily Challenge — there’s only one hundred posts left to explore my world… can you believe it’s been that long already? A few interesting things to share today:

  • On Monday, Ryder will kick off the ‘This Is My Truth Now’ 2017 blogger award poll. There will be a very special poll to determine the award winner, as well as giveaway that will be fun and rewarding.
  • I have been blogging for just over 1 year.
  • Today’s post is #980 — we’re getting close to 1000!
  • There have been 14,274 comments.
  • The site has been viewed 79,274 times.
  • There are ~3600 followers.
  • There are 100 posts left for the 365 Daily Challenge
    • 14 Author Alerts
    • 14 Ryder Rants
    • 14 Lists
    • 58 Miscellaneous Posts
      • a new weekly segment on Father Figure
      • a new weekly segment on Watching Glass Shatter
      • what else do you want to read about?

This has been incredibly exciting and I can’t wait to see what happens in our countdown. While I won’t really do anything special until the last 10 days next March, I did want to start getting everyone thinking about what else I should try to achieve before this concludes. Thoughts?

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. 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.

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Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 12 – BrizzleLass Books

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Check out Day 12 on the Blog Tour. I am absolutely in love with this post and her review. She captured the book perfectly. This is a must check out stop on the blog tour and I owe Claire major gratitude for all she’s done. A blogger you should all check out if you have any interest in books – she’s an amazing contact and bibliophile… thank you.

via #BlogTour: Watching Glass Shatter by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4 @CreativiaPub #Review

 

365 Challenge: Day 244 – Connection

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Connection: relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else

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When I woke up this morning, two things came to mind after reading a few messages on my phone. It sits on my night table on the lowest possible volume so I’m not interrupted overnight, but it’s the first thing I check when I wake up to see what’s going on.

The first thing I realized is that it’s Veteran’s Day and everyone is doing something fantastic to thank our veterans. I am not a fan of war (or any confrontation) and always look for a peaceful solution; sometimes, as we’ve seen in the past (today and the future, too), it’s not always possible to avoid battle. While I don’t condone and agree with war as a general statement, I understand it and I am absolutely grateful to all the amazing veterans and active duty defenders who have kept us safe for hundreds of years. Their hard work, often leading to death, loss and/or pain, has enabled so many of us to make connections around the world. Thank you to our veterans for everything they have done. Your sacrifice is unmatched by any other I could possibly think of…

The second thing I realized is how many people reading my blog and participating on the Watching Glass Shatter book blog tour are making new connections with one another. If I could have any success with all of the effort for my book launch right now (other than sales and good feedback), it would be to build a path that connects together people who didn’t know one another before, but now they do. I enjoy seeing everyone chat with one other, find new blogs to follow, meet new people potentially who live near them, etc. This is amazing to witness and I am grateful for all of you who have been part of it.

Life is about making connections and doing something to make the world a better place. I’ll never match what our veterans have done for us, but if I can help bring people together through a blog, then I feel just a little bit better about my contributions today. I am grateful to those who stand proud and honorable and for giving us our freedom and protection.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. 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.

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Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 6 – Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50

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Check out today’s Watching Glass Shatter blog tour for Day 6 with ‘Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50’ where you will: (1) Read about our meet-up at a NYC coffee shop and (2) see the surprise news about the FREE Kindle version this weekend of the book via Amazon — 11/10 thru 11/14

via “Watching Glass Shatter” a Novel by James J. Cudney. An Author Interview by Me — Waking up on the Wrong Side of 50


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Six months ago, a blogger wandered onto my blog and left a comment. I commented back. He continued. Banter ensued. From those humble beginnings a friendship was born. I have had the pleasure of becoming blog buddies, and coffee friends with James J. Cudney, affectionately known as Jay. In our short, but meaningful time as […]

 

Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 4 – Misifusa

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If you’re following along on the blog tour, today’s stop is misifusa and the link is below. She’s got a fantastic review to share and I am very appreciative.

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Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 1 – A Book Review, A Conversation and Breaking News (Sequel!)

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It’s DAY 1 of the WatchingGlassShatter Book Blog Tour. Invisible No More has kicked off this fantastic event with
a Book Review, a Conversation and Breaking News about the GLASS family. Read her post below to see more! Thank you so much to her for all efforts.

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Welcome, to the Watching Glass Shatter Blog Tour!!

Today we celebrate the debut novel by James J. Cudney

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Book Review

Watching Glass Shatter

James J. Cudney

4.5/5 stars

Most first time novelists will keep their story simple and the number of characters to a minimum, in order to manage the task of development and continuity within the narrative. This strategy makes perfect sense and has been successfully employed, many times, by young writers looking to produce a strong, first effort.  Numerous moving parts can be difficult to pull off even for seasoned writers, so many debut novels will be lacking a particular depth, or breadth, within the story itself.  James J. Cudney boldly ignored that safe path and crafted a story full of colorful, flawed and relatable people who have, not only their own demons to wrestle, but issues to resolve that affect the future of their entire family.

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Watching Glass Shatter – FAVORITE CHARACTER POLL

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Have you read Watching Glass Shatter? Why not choose your favorite character from the core family? Choose today but you can also change your mind through the end of the poll on 11/20 when the blog tour ends. Character descriptions listed below. If your favorite isn’t listed, you can write one in. The favorite character chosen as the winner will be revealed on the last day of the tour along with a special big reveal about what’s next for fans of this debut novel!

Are you excited to become an honorary member of the Glass Family?

Character Bios

Benjamin: Patriarch who dies leaving behind a widow and 5 sons. Runs a prominent Connecticut law practice but harbors a very painful family secret.

Olivia: Matriarch who becomes a widow when her husband dies in a car accident.  Runs several philanthropic organizations. Passive-aggressive mother of 5 sons.

Theodore (Teddy): Eldest son. Following in his father’s footsteps to run the family law firm. Married to Sarah and trying to have a baby. The pompous fool who harbors his own secret.

Matthew: MBA Graduate. Manages the firm’s finances. Married to Margaret with 3 young daughters. Sports fanatic.  The Golden Boy who harbors his own secret.

Caleb: Middle child, became an architect. Moved away to Maine with little contact with the rest of the family. The Runaway who harbors his own secret.

Zachary: Finding his own way through life. Raising his 5 year old daughter while fighting his ex-girlfriend for custody. The Former Drug Addict who harbors his own secret.

Ethan: Youngest son. The heart of the family who became a doctor. Contemplating an engagement. The Momma’s Boy who harbors his own secret.

Diane: Olivia’s younger sister. Voice of reason in the family. Protector of all. Divorcing husband. Harbors no secrets of her own but learns them all throughout the story.

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Book Summary

A contemporary fiction novel focusing on a New England family’s drama set in current times. The wealthy Glass family has lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of his will. But it is Olivia who receives a very unexpected confession from her late husband about one of their sons that could shatter the whole family.

Prior to revealing the secret to her children, Olivia needs to figure out which boy Ben is referring to in the confession he left her in his will. While the family attorney is searching for the mysterious Rowena Hector whom Ben says holds the answers, Olivia asks her sons to each spend a week with her as she isn’t ready to let go of the past. But when Olivia visits her sons, she quickly learns that each one has been keeping his own secret from her.

Olivia never expected her remaining years would be so complex and life altering, but she will not rest until she is able to bring her family back together after Ben’s untimely death. Will she be able to fix them or will the whole family implode? We all need family. We all want to fit in. We’re a mix of quirky fun!