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Author Alert: Tyler Colins

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Welcome to next edition of AUTHOR ALERT & SPOTLIGHT. Today’s guest is…

I ‘met’ Tyler online about two years ago through our blogs. I found her style humorous and her comments friendly… you could say we hit it off! Tyler read one of my books, and I read one of her books. After a few months, we found ourselves chatting away from time to time… and then… Tyler connected with my publisher and joined the team at Creativia, which is changing its name to Next Chapter Pub this summer, as well as adding several new imprints, audio books, foreign language translations, and tone of other great features and options. Tyler and I are both thrilled about what’s coming down the pike… but today, this post is all about her! Not only has Tyler read several of my books, she took the time to participate as a beta reader on the last one to help me fine-tune character development, dialog, and tone. Today… we’re gonna learn what makes this amazing woman so special!

About the Author

(in her own words)

I’m primarily a writer of fiction and blog posts, and a sometimes editor and proofreader of books, manuals, and film/television scripts.  Fact-checking and researching, organizing and coordinating are skills and joys (I love playing detective and creating structure).  My fiction audience: lovers of female-sleuth mysteries.  My genres of preference: mysteries (needless to say), women’s fiction, informative and helpful “affirmative” non-fiction.

So-o, here I am, staring up a new blog for aspiring and established e-Book writers.  The plan: to share the (long) journey of getting to this stage, and impart “learnings” and “teachings”.  There’s a lot I hope to accomplish with this blog, but it may be a while before that happens.  There’s a lot on the ol’ plate currently – taking care of Mom, working full-time, and attempting to get another book in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series written (never mind blog postings and other writing projects).

It’s very challenging and it’s all good.  As I like to say: teeny focused baby steps are just as effective as long forceful strides.  It may take a little longer, but we will get there.

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Book Overview

The four books in the series we’re spotlighting today are part of “The Triple Threat Investigation Agency” series—revolving around three feisty female P.I.s, living on Oahu. Click the link to get to each one on Goodreads to read reviews, mark them as To Be Read or learn more. Hurry up and read them before the 4th book gets so popular that you’re behind: Forever Poi.

The Connecticut Corpse Caper

(Click here for my review)

Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?

(Click here for my review)

Coco’s Nuts

(Click here for my review)

Forever Poi

Interview: Questions & Answers

  • What are your real, author, and/or pen names?
    • Tyler-Addison Colins is it.  🙂
  • What is your location? (City, State, Country, or whatever you are comfortable sharing)
    • Toronto, but my heart and soul belong to the U.S. (God willing, one day, I’ll live there).
  • How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.
    • I was first published on Smashwords in 2015—starting with The Connecticut Corpse Caper, and later followed with Can you Hula like Hilo Hattie?, and Coco’s Nuts.  All are now with Creativia.
  • Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?
    • Honestly, I’d love for my books to reach a wide audience, to entertain, to be “recognizable”.  If I make good sales (and maybe acquire a television series or film deal), hey, that’d be awesome. 🙂

JJC COMMENT: We should have our own TV channel at Creativia with all our books turned into movies or shows… hmm… I’m getting some ideas about bigger and bolder marketing.

  • What type of reader are you hoping to attract?  Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?
    • People who like cozy mysteries with a touch of grit . . . who enjoy a little humor . . . who want to totally escape.
  • What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?
    • Never give up.  Learn all you can about the art of writing.  Have a blog. Join communities.  Reach out—constantly.
  • What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?
    • Given I went with Smashwords, I didn’t have many; finding a formatter and cover designer were the two biggies. 
  • Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?
    • I belong to various Facebook writing communities, such as Creativia Street Team and Journeys.
  • What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?
    • Given Mom-care and a full-time job—up and above writing/blogging/editing—it’s very difficult presently to embrace hobbies or interests.  But it’s all good.  J
  • Some authors like to make an argument or address an issue when they write. Is there an issue that you’re addressing with your book? If so, what is it?
    • Sometimes I like to slip in an issue without putting it in anyone’s face—for example, the drug epidemic a few years ago (Hula) and the homelessness (Hula).  I’d actually like to spotlight the latter in the next book, but given the characters write the books, we’ll have to see how that transpires.
  • What gave you the idea for your book?
    • The ideas simply pop into my head; I can’t say I’ve been influenced by anything or anyone.
  • What are the most important things about you that you would want prospective readers to know? (Personal challenges you’ve faced that influenced you while writing this book, funny stories about the writing or research, etc.)
    • No matter what the odds, follow your dream/love.  If it’s writing, do what you can when you can.  Time and life’s circumstances may not always be your friends, but stand strong and persevere.  It will come; somehow, in its own sweet time, it always does.
  • What’s the craziest/funniest/most enjoyable thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
    • The most enjoyable—visiting Hawaii and getting to learn it intimately (so descriptions are more “real”).
  • What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?
    • I love writing; my toughest challenge is finding time.  I’m now getting up for 2:00 a.m. to make it happen, before seeing to Mom’s needs and heading to work.

JJC COMMENT: I don’t think I could ever do that! I tend to wake up for two hours in the middle of the night, but I like to stay in bed until about 7am…

  • What do you like about writing in your genre?
    • Everything!
  • When did you know that you wanted to be an author?  What things, if any, influenced that decision?
    • I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was quite young.  As an only child of older parents (they didn’t have much time or interest for yours truly), I had to create my own fun.  That was done through—what else?—writing and drawing.
  • With so many books being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?
    • I’d like to believe the quality makes them stand out—solid writing, interesting plots, and fun/funny characters.
  • Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?
    • My characters lead the way.
  • Do you read your reviews?  Do you respond to them, good or bad?  Do you do anything special to get those reviews?
    • Yes, I read reviews—and I’ll respond, sure.  Yes, I do learn from reviews; reviewers provide some very solid/useful feedback.
  • What advice would you give to your younger and/or older self?
    • To my younger self I’d have given a good swift kick in the as—uh—butt and gotten out in the writing world sooner.  Being introverted and shy, and super UN-confident, held me back.  A lot.  Still does. 
  • Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)?   Who designs your book covers?
    • Covers do make a difference.  Most people seemed to (really) hate my old TT Agency covers.  Creativia designed some simple, but effective ones that I find quite eye-catching.

JJC COMMENT: I thought the old ones weren’t as complimentary as the new one… they weren’t bad, but I didn’t think they properly represented the books. I do like the new ones a lot more!

  • Please give us an insight into your main characters.  What do you think makes them special?
    • They’re all unique with distinct personalities.  JJ, the narrator, is calm, mature, and thinks things through.  Her cousin Rey is brash, impetuous, and melodramatic, and won’t take “no” for an answer.  Rey’s BFF, Linda, is smart and little “nerdy”.  Together, they meld well.
  • What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?
    • That I know exactly what I want as an author . . . that I have a ton to learn about making it happen (I truly suck at promotion/marketing) . . . and that I have a little confidence now to see it through to wherever it takes me.
  • Do you write full-time or part-time?
    • How about here-and-there time?  🙂
  • What do your plans for future projects include?
    • Right now, getting the fifth book in the series written.  Down the road, having a website, writing a “self-searching” book (still have to give that one some thought).
  • What do you think the hardest part of writing is?  What is the easiest?
    • The hardest part for most is the commitment—sitting down regularly and actually writing.  The easiest, for others, seems to be the promotion and marketing components once the writing is completed.
  • What type of books do you like to read?
    • Who are some of your favorite authors?  Primarily mysteries—Reichs, Kellerman, Evanovich . . . Cudney.  🙂

JJC COMMENT: Oh, wait… that’s me! What do you think, should I believe her or is this just our humor?

  • What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you? Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
    • <LOL> Read my books—please.
  • Name 3 influential authors on you and tell us why.
    • The three aforementioned, particularly Evanovich.  She makes me laugh (which is not an easy feat).
  • Which other authors and/or books do you think are similar to your own books?
    • I’m not sure, to be honest. 
  • Do you blog and share book reviews of other authors? Tell us all about it.
    • I post twice a week on my blog—about editing, a book, my books, whatever strikes my fancy at the time.  I will review books whenever possible, given time constraints.
  • Who are your own least and favorite characters?
    • My favorite character: Rey.  She’s a hoot (maybe a little bit of what I’d really like to be).  My least character: Cash, JJ’s sometimes boyfriend.  He’s hunky and arrogant, and everything a romance hero should be (I believe) . . . and he’s a pain in the butt. 
  • What are you afraid to write about?
    • My feelings about me / my life and situation.  Let’s leave it at that.  J
  • If you could co-write a book with a famous author who would it be? If it was another writer you admire but isn’t well known, who would it be?
    • Great question.  A famous author?  Hemingway.  Bradbury.  Joyce.  Brontë.  (You didn’t say they had to be alive.)  🙂

JJC COMMENT: Oh, she thinks she’s so funny, huh? Rule breakers… what can you do about them?

Wrap Up

That concludes today’s author alert and spotlight. I hope you enjoyed getting to know Tyler… I’ve read three books in this series, so you need to hurry up and finish the first three… maybe we could buddy read the fourth one together later this summer?

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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Book Review: Coco’s Nuts by Tyler Colins

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Coco's Nuts (Triple Threat Mysteries Book 3)Coco’s Nuts by Tyler Colins
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Coco’s Nuts is the third book in the ‘Triple Threat Mysteries’ series written by Tyler Colins. I previously read the first two books in the series and noticed the author has signed on with a new publisher, updated the covers, and launched two more books in the series. It’s time to catch up before I fall behind, as these are full of witty characters, memorable stories, and tons of wonderful descriptions. Let’s chat about Coco’s Nuts and the random body parts we find with tattoos on them…

First off, the title and the cover. Can you get any more eye-catching? Are they bombs? Is the author playing with the word coconut? Is it about eating fruits and nuts, being crazy nuts, or leaning toward that all-too-familiar and funny euphemism? Before reading the book, I didn’t know… after reading it, I can say with hilarity, it’s all three! I love when an author can be both serious and amusing in his/her books. Tyler Colins has a great balance of delivering snappy dialog and natural conversation. At times, there are breaks in conversation and questions being ignored (to be later responded to), matching how people really engage with one another. I like the reality of this world.

It takes place in Hawaii, and let me tell you… Colins knows how to visually create a scene. Between the descriptions in the narrative and the add-ons when someone is speaking or physically doing something in a scene, you kinda feel transported to this fictional place. I like that immersive feeling, and it’s not always included in these genres of books. Often a mystery is entirely about the mystery, but Colins ensures there is just as much ambiance and background to make you feel part of the story.

Of the three private eyes, we tend to follow JJ the most. In this caper, she’s much stronger and more pushy than the last two. The girl knows how to solve a crime, even if the client only hired the agency to prove she wasn’t guilty of murder. The ladies know that in order to do that, they need to find the guilty party. And it isn’t easy! There are a few victims and a couple of different killers / lawbreakers in this edition. Buddy, the beautiful female truck driver who’s accused of murder, isn’t all we think she is, which makes the plot even murkier and layered. I like those types of stories, as you never know what you’re getting yourself into. In this one, each chapter unfolds like a clue… we think we have a lead only to find out it opens up another murder or subplot. Then, they all come back together. You have to really keep yourself focused to know who stole Coco’s Nuts!

Kudos to Colins for another splendid entry in the Triple Threat investigations. I look forward to getting to know our main characters even more, as Colins continues to drop details left and right, but we always wonder what they’re doing when they’re not present in the chapter. I suspect there is something big coming in the next book, which I’ll be reading next month. Thanks for the opportunity to get lost in another good book, Ms. Colins… 4.5 stars for this caper.

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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.

FREE Kindle Download: FATHER FIGURE (2/16 – 2/20)

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Father Figure is a FREE download for the next 5 days from 2/16 thru 2/20. Help yourselves! Thank you so much for your support in sharing, downloading, reading, and reviewing. I appreciate it!

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Description

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown and fall in love. Contemplating her loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia faces life-altering tragedies. Brianna Porter, a sassy, angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to find her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. Desperate to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, Brianna accidentally finds out a shocking truth about her missing parent. Set in alternating chapters two decades apart, the parallels between their lives and the unavoidable collision that is bound to happen is revealed. FATHER FIGURE is an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense.

 

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Book Review: Off Center in the Attic by Mary Deal

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Off Center In The AtticOff Center In The Attic by Mary Deal

I’ve read all of Mary Deal’s novels at this point, except for two non-fiction ones that I’ll eventually dive into. Off Center In The Attic is a collection of ~40 short stories where the theme or characters are slightly askew or peculiar in a way that will entice and excite you. Some are just a few lines; others are ~15 pages. All are well-written and showcase her fantastic talent as a storyteller, author, and creator.

On the shorter side for a collection–ending up around ~125 pages in totality–you can devour these tales all in one sitting or over a few night before going to bed. A few frights, a few laughs, you’ll undoubtedly love some more than others because of a character’s description, the ingenious plot twist, or the clever and witty writing tone.

I recommend reading one of her novels first so you understand how strong of a writer she is, then hop to the short story collection so you can see the immense range of her work. Then hop back to her other books where you can travel the world and visit serial killers through her talented writing skills.

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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. There are two books: Academic Curveball and Broken Heart Attack. 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.

Book Review: The Howling Cliffs by Mary Deal

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The Howling Cliffs (Sara Mason Mysteries Book 2)The Howling Cliffs by Mary Deal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mary Deal has become one of those authors whose books always deliver strong story, memorable characters, and beautiful narrative that’s easy to read and highly engaging. The Howling Cliffs, the second book in her ‘Sara Mason Mysteries’ series is the sixth book I’ve read in the last two years from her growing list of works. Between the title and the cover, it’s no wonder I loved the book, but I’ve also been reading several books with tropical locations such as Hawaii in the last few weeks. I’ve apparently got a theme going…

Sara has had a hard life, but she is a survivor and will never back away from a challenge. Months after solving a major crime involving a serial killer in the last book, she heads back to Vietnam to search for MIA heroes for two close friends: Esmerelda, a widow whose husband was murdered in the first book, and Huxley, Sara’s potential future husband soon. Esmerelda’s daughter never returned from her medical mission. Huxley’s brother, a strong leader of his group, also disappeared. Both are surely gone, killed in action during the awful Vietnam War from decades earlier. After finding a few scattered remains, the crew heads back to California (and other places) to see if they can find a DNA match. Sara returns to Hawaii where she’s renovating a house for travelers to stay when going back and forth on missions to Vietnam. She’s also visiting old and new friends and recuperating from a tough few years. Only it’s gonna get worse.

Some neighbors welcome her. Some do not. She’s an outsider, a haole, not of Hawaii’n birth. But it’s one neighbor, an angry and distant young man who lost his sister to a predator ~12 years ago when she was a child, whom attracts Sara’s focus. She wants to solve the cold case, and in doing so, digs up several secrets and lots of dirt somebody wants to remain buried. Through a series of near-death experiences, Sara explores her neighboring town’s beautiful landscape, researches and investigates the case, and tries to understand what makes the weird noise coming from the nearby cliffs. The Howling Cliffs is part-mystery, part-chronicle of life suspense. We follow Sara through several key changes in her life as she decides what she wants to do next. She’s a strong female lead with solid intuition and a zest for helping others. Admirable on many levels, she’s also forgetful about protecting herself. We see her deal with a little bit of pain and remorse, but also her desire (and need) to find new friends, like her neighbor who helps in the search for the child killer from twelve years earlier.

Deal’s novels handle complex, emotional experiences and tragedies while keeping a tight grip on the plot. We easily bounce from the main mystery to all the sub-plots that weave throughout the book, knowing it will come together, and thirsting for what’s the surprise waiting for us in the end. The author’s own life experience and knowledge of various remote parts of the world make the dialog, setting, and descriptions not only real but vivid and lively. You believe you’re trapped in a jungle with snakes and danger. You think the mudslide has trapped you in its grip. You enjoy the entire ride and feel satisfied with the ending. I’m really excited that she’s writing a third book in this series, which will have a takeoff from a plot in this book. I love when an author keeps those connections, and I’ll be the first in line to get a copy when it’s released. Thanks for another winner, Mary Deal.

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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. There are two books: Academic Curveball and Broken Heart Attack. 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.

FREE Book Download: FATHER FIGURE #NA #FamilyDrama #Relationships

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Not only did I release the 2nd book in the Braxton Campus mystery series — ‘Broken Heart Attack‘ — for pre-sale this week, but ‘Father Figure’ is a free download thru 11/21. Please SHARE… thanks.

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Description

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown and fall in love. Contemplating her loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia faces life-altering tragedies. Brianna Porter, a sassy, angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to find her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. Desperate to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, Brianna accidentally finds out a shocking truth about her missing parent. Set in alternating chapters two decades apart, the parallels between their lives and the unavoidable collision that is bound to happen is revealed. FATHER FIGURE is an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense.
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Braxton Campus Mysteries – Be a Beta Reader for Broken Heart Attack (Book 2)

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Broken Heart Attack, the second book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, a light investigative / cozy mystery series, is ready for a beta read. I’m looking for readers in this sub-genre who’ve read the first book or are interested in reading the first book (for free) and then being a beta reader on the second book over the next few weeks. It will be available on Fri 10/12 and I’d want to collect all feedback on Broken Heart Attack by Fri 10/26 so that I can revise and edit by November 1st for the next review round. If you’re interested, message me at jamesjcudney4@gmail.com. A description of the book’s plot is below as well as details on the first book which is available for purchase starting 10/15.

Broken Heart Attack

When an extra ticket becomes available to attend the dress rehearsal of Braxton’s King Lear production, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies, sisters-in-law Eustacia and Gwendolyn Paddington, to show support for the rest of the Paddington family. When one of them appears to have a heart attack in the middle of the second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate who killed her friend. Amidst family members suddenly in debt, a potential long-lost relative, and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks. But did one of them commit murder for an inheritance? Kellan is back in his second adventure since returning home to Pennsylvania. With his personal life in upheaval and his new boss, Myriam, making life exorbitantly difficult, will he be able to find a killer or will he get caught up in his own complicated version of stage fright?

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I’m excited to reveal the cover for the debut novel in my new Braxton Campus Mysteries series. The first book is called Academic Curveball and is available for pre-sale on Amazon as of today. The official publication date when you can download to Kindle is October 15th followed soon after by the physical printed copy. Stay tuned in the coming days for opportunities to get an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) to help with early reviews.  I’ll share quotes, samples, giveaways, and character bios. This is one cast of characters you won’t want to miss. Please share this post and news wherever you’d like… and tell me what you think of the cover and the story description!

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Description of Book

When Kellan Ayrwick, a thirty-two-year-old single father, is forced to return home for his father’s retirement from Braxton College, he finds the dead body of a professor 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? Then he finds a second body after discovering mysterious donations to the college’s athletic program, a nasty blog denouncing his father, and a criminal attempting to change student grades so the star baseball pitcher isn’t expelled.

Someone is playing games on campus, but none of the facts add up. With the help of his eccentric and trouble-making nana weeding through the clues, Kellan tries to stay out of the sheriff’s way. Fate has other plans. Kellan is close to discovering the killer’s identity just as someone he loves is put in grave danger of becoming victim number three. And if that’s not enough to wreak havoc on his family, everything comes crashing to a halt when his own past comes spiraling back to change his life forever.

In this debut novel in the Braxton Campus Mystery Series, readers discover a cozy, secluded Pennsylvania village full of quirky, sarcastic, and nosy residents. Among the daily workings of Braxton College and the charming Ayrwick family, Kellan weighs his investigative talents against an opportunity to achieve a much sought-after dream. When this first book ends, the drama is set for the next adventure in Kellan’s future… and it’s one you won’t want to miss.

*** Below was also sent last week ***

As a quick teaser… here’s a little snapshot of a scene between the main character, Kellan, and his septuagenarian grandmother, Nana D. There’s a fine line between respect and fun banter in everything they do… but you’ll adore their charming relationship.

The sun disappeared as I pulled up to my parents’ house, parked the Jeep, and walked toward the trunk to get my bags. Given the temperature had slipped to single digits, and the icy snow wildly pelted my body, I tried my best to hurry to the front door. I’d left all my winter clothes in Braxton which didn’t help at the moment since they were inside the house. Unfortunately, fate opted for revenge over some past indiscretion to come back with the vengeance of a thousand plagues. Before long, I skated across a sheet of ice like an awkward ballerina wearing clown shoes and fell flat on my back.

I snapped a selfie while laughing on the frosty ground to let Nana D know I’d arrived. She loved getting pictures and seeing me make a fool of myself. I couldn’t decipher her immediate reply given my glasses had fogged over, and my vision was worse than that of a secret lovechild of Mr. Magoo’s. I searched for a piece of a flannel shirt untouched by the falling sleet or the embarrassing crash to the ground and wiped them dry. A glance at the picture I’d sent caused the loudest and most absurd guffaw to erupt from my throat. My usually clean-cut dark blond hair was littered with leaves, and the four days of stubble on my cheeks and chin was covered in mounds of white snow. I dusted myself off and rushed under the protection of a covered porch to read her text.

Nana D: Is that a dirty wet mop on your head? You’re dressed like a hooligan. Put on a coat, it’s cold out.

Me: Thanks, Captain Obvious. I fell on the walkway. You think I’m normally this much of a disaster?

Nana D: And you’re supposed to be the brilliant one? Have you given up on life, or did it give up on you?

Me: Keep it up, and I won’t visit this weekend. You’re supposed to be a sweet and loving grandma.

Nana D: If that’s what you want, go down to the old folks’ home and rent yourself a little biddy. Maybe you two can share some smashed peas, green Jell-O, and a tasty glass of Ovaltine. I’ll even pay.

Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries #1)

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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.