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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.

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Blog Tour Wrap Up: Flower Power Trip

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Flower Power Trip, the 3rd book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries went on a blog tour this month. Thank you for all the support… check out who posted what @ Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours.

I appreciate watching his character evolution, and as always, his rowdy adventurous grandmother Nana D is a delight.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

The characters are all a bit quirky and eccentric, especially Nana D and her friends. They speak their mind and often had me laughing out loud.
~Carla Loves To Read

. . . a fast-paced, fun and enjoyable academic cozy mystery, one that is highly recommended!
~Jane Reads

I love this series! The characters, the setting, the plot lines, everything. This book was no exception. Between the twists and turns of the plot and the subplots becoming more and more mysterious, I was riveted to this book!
~Valerie’s Musings

About the Book


Flower Power Trip (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Creativia (March 30, 2019)
Print Length: 270 pages
Digital ASIN: B07NDK76WF

At a masquerade ball to raise money for renovations to Memorial Library, Kellan finds a dead body dressed in a Dr. Evil costume.

Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill the annoying guest who’d been staying at the Roarke and Daughters Inn, or does the victim have a closer connection to someone else at Braxton College?

As Kellan helps school president Ursula bury a secret from her past and discover the identity of her stalker, he unexpectedly encounters a missing member of his family. Everything seems to trace back to the Stoddards: a new family who recently moved in.

Between the murder, a special flower exhibit and strange postcards arriving each week, Kellan can’t decide which mystery in his life should take priority. But unfortunately, the biggest one of all has yet to be exposed – and when it is, Kellan won’t know what hit him.

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!

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 (March 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

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

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

Purchase Link – Amazon

TOUR PARTICIPANTS

April 5 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

April 5 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

April 6 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW

April 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

April 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

April 8 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

April 8 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

April 9 – I’m Into Books – SPOTLIGHT

April 9 – Books Direct – GUEST POST

April 10 – Jane Reads – REVIEW

April 10 – Dee-Scoveries – SPOTLIGHT

April 11 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

April 11 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

April 12 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT

April 12 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

April 13 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT

April 13 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

April 14 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

April 15 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW

April 15 – Laura’s Interests – SPOTLIGHT

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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 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.

TITLE REVEAL: Book 4 in the Braxton Campus Mysteries

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It’s an exciting week on the Braxton College campus! We have two great promotions going on: (1) the 2nd book in the series, Broken Heart Attack, available for .99 cents from 3/28 thru 4/1 and (2) the 3rd book in the series, Flower Power Trip, had its launch day on 3/30. But that’s not all… today, we reveal the title for the upcoming 4th book in the series which will be published in June 2019. We’ll also share the official cover in a few weeks…

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.

All Books in the Series

Academic Curveball (#1) – 10/15/18

Broken Heart Attack (#2) – 11/25/18

Flower Power Trip (#3) – 3/30/19

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Visit the blog tour for Academic Curveball to read reviews, author interviews, and character guest posts
Visit the blog tour for Broken Heart Attack to read reviews, author interviews, and character guest posts
Visit the blog tour for Flower Power Trip to read reviews, author interviews, and character guest posts

LAUNCH DAY: Flower Power Trip (Book #3 in Braxton Campus Mysteries)

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It’s LAUNCH DAY for Flower Power Trip, the 3rd book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series. If you participated in the Amazon pre-sale offer, it will download to your Kindle device today. Thank you to everyone who purchased the book; I’m thrilled and super appreciative of your support.
To get the book, you can buy a Kindle or physical copy via Amazon.

Overview: Braxton College is throwing the Heroes & Villains Costume Extravaganza to raise money for renovations to the antiquated Memorial Library. While attending, Kellan stumbles upon a close family friend standing over a dead body that’s dressed as Dr. Evil. Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill an annoying guest at the Roarke and Daughters Inn or does the victim have a more intimate connection to someone else on campus? As Kellan helps the school’s president, Ursula, bury a scandalous secret from her past and unearth the identity of her stalker, he unexpectedly encounters a missing member of his own family who’s reappeared after a lengthy absence. When all of the peculiar events around town trace back to the Stoddards, a new family who recently moved to Wharton County, the explosive discovery only offers more confusion. Between the special flower exhibit that’s made an unplanned stop on campus and strange postcards arriving each week from all around the world, Kellan can’t decide which mystery in his life should take priority. Unfortunately, the biggest one of all has yet to arrive at his doorstep. When it does, Kellan won’t know what hit him.

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All Books in the Series

Academic Curveball (#1) – 10/15/18

Broken Heart Attack (#2) – 11/25/18

Flower Power Trip (#3) – 3/30/19

To Be Revealed Soon (#4) – June 2019 Book Launch

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We’ve arranged a phenomenal blog tour with ~20 amazing bloggers who will share reviews, giveaways, interviews, and other special content from April 5th through April 15th. Come join the fun and leave a comment on everyone’s blog. For more information, check out the Great Escape Virtual Blog Tour pagewhere you’ll find all the details.

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Check out the new map of Braxton that readers will find when they purchase Flower Power Trip

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 three books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, and Flower Power Trip. 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.

Flower Power Trip: Blog Tour 4/5 thru 4/15

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Flower Power Trip, the 3rd book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries series, will officially be available to purchase or download on March 30th, 2019. We’ve arranged a phenomenal blog tour with ~20 amazing bloggers who will share reviews, giveaways, interviews, and other special content from April 5th through April 15th. Come join the fun and leave a comment on everyone’s blog. For more information, check out the Great Escape Virtual Blog Tour page where you’ll find all the details.

If you want to purchase the book, you can buy a Kindle or physical copy via Amazon.

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As a quick preview about the book, here’s what you need to know…

Overview: Braxton College is throwing the Heroes & Villains Costume Extravaganza to raise money for renovations to the antiquated Memorial Library. While attending, Kellan stumbles upon a close family friend standing over a dead body that’s dressed as Dr. Evil. Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill an annoying guest at the Roarke and Daughters Inn or does the victim have a more intimate connection to someone else on campus? As Kellan helps the school’s president, Ursula, bury a scandalous secret from her past and unearth the identity of her stalker, he unexpectedly encounters a missing member of his own family who’s reappeared after a lengthy absence. When all of the peculiar events around town trace back to the Stoddards, a new family who recently moved to Wharton County, the explosive discovery only offers more confusion. Between the special flower exhibit that’s made an unplanned stop on campus and strange postcards arriving each week from all around the world, Kellan can’t decide which mystery in his life should take priority. Unfortunately, the biggest one of all has yet to arrive at his doorstep. When it does, Kellan won’t know what hit him.

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All Books in the Series

Academic Curveball (#1) – 10/15/18

Broken Heart Attack (#2) – 11/25/18

Flower Power Trip (#3) – 3/30/19

To Be Revealed Soon (#4) – June 2019 Book Launch

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 three books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, and Flower Power Trip. 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.

Character Interview: Baxter the Shiba Inu Interviews Nana D from Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries)

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Last week, Baxter interviewed Kellan Ayrwick, the protagonist amateur sleuth from the Braxton Campus Mystery series. This week, Baxter’s cornered Nana D, Kellan’s lovable grandmother and sidekick who is the queen of sarcasm in his world. If you’re unfamiliar with my latest book, Academic Curveball, it is currently available in electronic and physical format and officially launched on October 15th, 2018. You can buy or download it here. The second book in the series, Broken Heart Attack, will be available in December 2018. For now, let’s get on to the interview…

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Interviewer – Baxter

  • 7-month-old puppy who fancies himself a very smart canine
  • 22 lbs, black and tan, no job, rambunctious, acts like a frat boy
  • Likes
    • Biting, hiding under the couch, pouncing on you while you sleep, dominating other dogs, eating things he shouldn’t, running out the front door to escape, digging in flower beds
  • Dislikes
    • Vacuum cleaners, his harness and leash, bedtime, the cone after he was neutered, being neutered, the word ‘no’

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Interviewee – Nana D (Seraphina Danby, Kellan’s Grandmother)

  • 74-year-old sarcastic widow running for mayor of Wharton County
  • 5-0, 100 lbs. wet mostly due to her long henna-rinsed hair, runs Danby Landing (organic farm), can be found baking all the time, wants to clean-up her hometown’s political situation
  • Likes
    • The old days, torturing her son-in-law, play-fighting with Eustacia Paddington, dating and dumping Lindsey Endicott, embarrassing Town Councilman Marcus Stanton, slapping people silly, setting up Kellan on blind dates, solving crimes, composting
  • Dislikes
    • Town Councilman Marcus Stanton, Sheriff Montague’s attitude, liars, red tape, being told ‘no’ for anything, people who are late, having her car taken away from her, rudeness, microwave ovens, anyone who copies her

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  • Question 1: Kellan speaks highly of you. Why do you think people find you so funny and cool? You kinda look like a cross between that pyschic woman from Poltergiest and a hippie. Honestly, I’m not impressed. (Baxter)
    • I’m not sure I’ve ever talked to a dog before, especially one with a foul mouth like yours. Ever try some soap, puppy? I’ve got a good mind to wash that sarcastic tone right outta you. I’ll teach you this lesson once — I’m in charge. You do what I tell you to do. In return, I’ll bake you yummy treats, take you on walks without your leash if you promise not to run too far, and we can sneak attack Kellan while he’s sleeping. That boy’s one lazy grandson but I love ’em. As for why I’m so special, it’s the red hair. No one’s really able to get this shade of red anymore without those fancy salons. They think I’m pretty cool because I am cool. I see things as they really are and I’m not afraid to speak my mind.
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • I see. I do like treats. Maybe you ain’t so bad. We’ll give this a shot. Now how about you go make me some peanut butter biscuits with a hint of hickory and salmon?
  • Question 2: Why do you want to run for mayor of Wharton County? What makes you the best candidate? (Baxter)
    • I’ve lived here almost seventy-five years and saw this place through 11 mayors and 13 Braxton town councilmen. The two ramshackle bogeymen we’ve got in charge right now are as bad as that other hooligan representin’ himself as our country’s leader. You gotta stand up and fight for what you believe in. Set examples for the rest of this world. I’m an old-fashioned gal who believes in the golden rule. I’ll rule with an iron fist, be fair to all, ensure quality, stop fussin’ with people’s religion, preferences, human rights, etc. Everyone’s equal and should be able to do what they want as long as they don’t hurt someone else or break any of the laws. I want to focus on jobs, healthcare, community outreach, safety, the environment, etc. All the things government should be responsible for. Not deciding minor every day stuff that doesn’t fix the real problems.
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • While you sound genuine, I’ve never met a politician who actually did that. And by the way… “ruling with an iron fist” went the way of the pony express (as I’ve heard you say before) almost a century ago. That’s not how things are done anymore, Nana D. FYI – I’ll point out to the readers that Nana D yelled “pish” and held up a bar of soap when I said this. :O
  • Question 3: What’s this fight with Town Councilman Marcus Stanton all about? And is it true, did you really drop a load of manure on him during a barbecue? (Baxter)
    • That man is a fool! And would you quit asking two questions at the same time? You did that last time, too, puppy. I don’t like it when people sneak things in or out. Just be honest. That’s my problem with Councilman Silly Man, as I call him. That manure thing was simply an accident. My front loader malfunctioned and somehow it just happened to land on his head. Maybe it was fate. All I know is the dang machine started working properly right afterward. I guess it was a one-time glitch. Oops. As for our history, mind your manners. Didn’t your grandmother ever teach you not to pry into other people’s pasts?
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • It was at this point the old lady scooped me up off the floor and fed me some yummy apples from her orchard. They were pretty good, but I didn’t appreciate the woman-handling that’d just occurred. As for grandmothers, I never knew mine. They were both AKC show dogs who had their puppies and took off for greener pastures. I was raised by a loving woman in Kansas who shipped me to New York City of all places. Dads are both cool, but I need more space.
  • Question 4: What’s the deal with this Broken Heart Attack book, number two in the series all about Kellan’s life? (Baxter)
    • First of all, the series is all about me. Kellan’s just helping to balance out. It’s hard to take me 100% of the time, and I know it. I let the poor kid think this is his series. At 32, he still has some growing up to do. Broken Heart Attack nearly broke my heart. I lost a good friend in that one, she was a founding member of our Septuagenarian Club. But Kellan and I caught her killer and we will move forward in her honor. The King Lear play was a nice touch… it was a bit of a reflection on what was actually happening in the book. I wonder how much readers will pick up on the similarity of the plots.
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • Yeah, I don’t read. I’m a dog. I eat things. I lick things. I will watch the television. I like this show called Tanked where they build fish tanks. I get to watch fish swim around. Dad leaves it on when he goes to the gym so I have some noise and something to watch. I love it, but don’t tell him. He can’t know that I appreciate him a lot.
  • Question 5: Do you have any regrets in life? As you look back on it, I mean, knowing you only have a few years… (Baxter)
    • Shut your mouth, dog. I’m 74, not 174.  I’ve got at least another 26 years which is more than you. I don’t count that 7 to 1 dog year to human year ratio. So unless you want me to withhold your food for 2 weeks which is how I punish Kellan with desserts when he misbehaves, it’ll do you well, so CAN IT. That’s what the sheriff told me to do once, and well, she wasn’t happy with my response. As for regrets, I do… I wish I traveled a bit more. My daughter Deirdre is in England, a big fancy romance writer. I’m trying to get her to come home and visit us. She finally agreed, but apparently there’s some big news she wants to share. I have to wait until book 3 though… some author guy who thinks he knows better when he writes all about our lives has decided to keep that at bay. What a nutter!
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • I couldn’t agree more. That same guy does the typing for me on this interview since my paws can’t distinguish individual keys. You should see how many mistakes he makes. I have to edit everything he does! Well, this has been fun, but I have some birds to chase off the terrace. Thanks for being a worthy sparring partner unlike your grandson, Kellan. He couldn’t keep up with me last time.

 

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Interviewee – Kellan Ayrwick

  • 32-year-old single father who fancies himself an amateur sleuth
  • 5-9, fit, wavy dirty-blond hair, wears glasses, baby blue eyes, professor, TV show director, former frat boy
  • Likes
    • Desserts, daughter Emma, black and white films, the beach, sarcasm, Nana D, compliments, Top 40’s music, sleeping, puzzles, cozy college campus, solving cases before the sheriff
  • Dislikes
    • Fake people, Dr. Myriam Castle, Sheriff April Montague, bad weather, wearing ties, the supernatural or ghosts, shaving, weird Shakespearean quotes

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  • Question 1: Who are you and why are you forcing me to interview you? (Baxter)
    • I’m Kellan, the main character in your owner’s latest mystery series. I had to leave LA for a quick trip to visit my small, secluded hometown in Pennsylvania for my father’s retirement from Braxton College. He was the president, and my parents forced me to come home. I left almost a decade ago because they can be very intrusive. Love ’em to pieces, but wow… talk about family drama!
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • Please do not refer to Jay as my OWNER. Jay is lucky I chose to come live with him. There are days when his helicopter parenting can be so bad, I want to lick him to death to get him to stop holding me back. And you don’t know family drama. My siblings were awful! They made me bite them all the time just to shut them up. I’m the quiet one. Grr…
  • Question 2: What can tell me about living in this Wharton County, Pennsylvania? I’m looking for more space as this box in the biggest urban center in the world is a little confining. (Baxter)
    • Wharton County is in north central PA near the NY border. It’s about 90 miles south of Buffalo and trapped between the Saddlebrooke National Forest and the Wharton Mountain range. It’s not a real place, but it is based on a bunch of different places Jay’s visited or lived in Pennsylvania. There are 4 major towns, and the one my family hails from is called Braxton. There’s a great college there, too, where many of my family members work, and it seems perhaps possibly me, too, in the near future. The best part of the campus is built across two different sections of the town and is connected by a really cool cable car system. Jay told me it’s based on where he went to college… do you know where that is?
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • Listen, Kellan… I didn’t want to do this interview, but since it’s been forced on me, remember I ASK the questions. You ANSWER them. Got that? From what I hear, everyone tells you what to do anyway, Kellan… between your boss Myriam, your grandmother Nana D, and that weirdo sheriff, you can barely breathe without someone torturing you. Stand up for yourself, man. Have a little bark and a little bite! WOOF!
  • Question 3: What happens in this first book? Should I plan to tell my friends about it? They do read in case you were wondering. We’re a smart breed. (Baxter)
    • I can honestly tell you this is the best book I’ve EVER been in. And I’m probably the funniest guy you’ll ever meet. It all starts off when I come home for what should’ve been a long weekend, but then there’s a murder. And my boss in LA makes me stay to cover it for our TV show. Then my family and a good friend are major suspects, so I’m forced to try to find the real killer. Nana D of course tries to set me up, but my wife has only been gone for two years, so I’m not quite ready. I had an awesome time at the baseball games learning all about the sport but when I thought someone on the team was changing their grades in order to play in the season opener, I knew I was on to something big. Little did I realize how much more complex it really was. Wanna know who the killer is?
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • One, this is the only book you’ve been in so far, Kellan. I know Jay wrote the second one, but he’s still editing it. It’s not real until he gives it to someone to read. I’ve had a look, and I can definitely tell you it’s AWESOME, but I might be biased. Although I was super annoyed with Jay for making me wear that cone of shame for two weeks after my surgery, having such a fantastic story with engaging characters helped pass the time quickly. GO BRAXTON CAMPUS MYSTERIES!!! RAH RAH! And two, no, don’t spoil it for me, you doofus. I think people should find out for themselves who killed someone. Duh!
  • Question 4: Do you know where Jay keeps the treats in this joint? (Baxter)
    • I’m not real, dog. How would I know that? I can’t see or hear anything outside of Braxton. You came here to visit me. You’re as bad as Nana D with these questions. Go take a nap, dog.
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • If you weren’t paying me to do this interview, I’d bite your face off. But I’m glad to see we’re both frat boys. Jay was one, too. I guess we have some things in common. Wait… now that I think about it, you’re awfully similar to Jay… what kinda sick twist of fate is this?
  • Question 5: Anything else you want to share before I go for a walk to get away from you and this tedious discussion? I’ve got some flowers to eat. (Baxter)
    • I’ve got tons of stories to share in the next few years. Jay’s helped me write lots of books and together, we’re planning at least 10 in the series. What I love the most is how he let me write them in 1st person, so the entire book is always from my perspective. I’ve got a really fun voice and way of talking about myself and others, so you’ll likely laugh a lot. I’m also a bit clumsy, like to complain, and am a really sweet but sexy guy. Sometimes I get a bit arrogant. Other times I behave a bit like a fool. But as I get older, things start to look pretty awesome from my position. I just can’t figure out what’s gonna happen in my love life, but you know there’s gotta be more than one woman after me based on what’s happened in that first book, right?
    • Baxter’s Response:
      • Kellan, your modesty knows no bounds. I’m sure any readers are already swooning rolling their eyes over it. Thanks for chatting today. I’ll leave you with a little surprise before I bounce.

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Stay tuned for the next interview when Baxter takes on… NANA D. Here’s a quick snapshot of Nana D’s latest conversation with her grandson, Kellan, in book two set to be published in December 2018:

SCENE from BROKEN HEART ATTACK (Book 2 in Braxton Campus Mysteries)

As people filed out of the lobby and into the venue, the noise level grew more tolerable and I could freely move around without feeling every nook and cranny of every weirdo in the joint. First up was texting Nana D to find out who had my ticket and where I’d be sitting. If she put me next to some new Tinder date she blindly setup for me…

Me: Where are you? It’s like a blue-haired Neil Diamond concert in here today.

Nana D: More like a wannabe Lady Gaga gig. Don’t you know any current pop references?

Me: Given the number of septuagenarians, I assumed they wouldn’t know who she was.

Nana D: You know what happens when you ASS-U-ME, don’t you, Kellan?

Me: That was weak even for you. Epic FAIL! Where’s my ticket?

Nana D: Bite me. I left it at the Box Office. Wasn’t sure you’d show. Go get it. Now.

Me: Yes, Chief. On my way. You’re feisty today. Too much bran? Not enough veges?

Nana D: Pop a cork in it and get to your seat. You ain’t seen nothing yet, brilliant one. Just wait til I introduce you to…

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Note from Baxter: In case you’re curious about the last introduction, Nana D has a habit of setting Kellan up with the weirdest women I’ve ever met. In the last book, we learned there was a two-time bigamist who Nana D thought might be Kellan’s future girlfriend. I’m kinda hoping to meet that crazy old woman one day. I hear she’s a real ball buster… hey wait… is she the one who took mine away when they neutered me three weeks ago!!! PAYBACK WILL BE MINE!

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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 stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and 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 –and multiple Readathons. 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.