Father Figure

Books & Art: Paintings!

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Today is the last day to download one of my novels, Father Figure, for FREE. You can download and read it via Amazon Kindle at this link. Earlier this week, I received a surprise package in the mail from someone I met just over a year ago. We chatted via our blogs, built a friendship, and then began referring to one another as ‘brother’ and ‘sister’ because of the many similarities (also several differences) and powerful connection in such a short time.

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We chat several times a day via texting or calls, swap pictures of life on the farm and life in NYC, and help each other push through the pain, sweat, and tears of all our creative work. What’s special about this woman is not only her amazing generosity and humble approach to life, but that she can tolerate me!

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After I finished my first novel, she sent me a painting of the book cover. It was fantastic, and I absolutely adore it. The painting hangs on the wall in the hallway leading from the living room to the bedroom alongside a framed actual book cover my parents gave me last year.

You can see more via the post during my 365 Daily Challenge. Well… after I finished my second novel, Father Figure, the same artist, sister, and friend painted another cover. It’s stunning! I wanted to share it the last few days but I thought it was a perfect post for today as the promotion winds down. It is such an amazing and gorgeous match!

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To my wonderful and dearest friend, Roda @ GrowingSelf, thank you for being one of the most amazing things I found in the last year since going on this journey as a blogger and an author. For anyone who must check out more of her art — from bees to flowers to animals to so much more — view her art site here. Thank you, Big Sis. I love you!

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Download Father Figure Novel for Free 8/18 thru 8/22

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Download Father Figure Novel for Free 8/18 thru 8/22

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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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Father Figure: My Novel is a FREE Download 8/18 thru 8/22

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Last week, my first novel, Watching Glass Shatter, was available for FREE download. This week, you can now download my second novel FATHER FIGURE for FREE via Amazon as a Kindle e-read from Saturday August 18th through Wednesday August 22nd.

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Key Facts

  • Published on April 2nd, 2018
  • Genres: Contemporary Fiction / Family Drama / Mystery
    • ‘New Adult’ with focus on two 18-year-old women in college
    • Suspenseful cliffhangers in each chapter
    • Two timelines / story lines
    • Some romance elements in both story lines

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 subsequent collision that is bound to happen is revealed. FATHER FIGURE is an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense.

Recent Review Highlights

  • “A book I stayed up all night to finish. Practical as I am, I’ve never done that before. This is Cudney’s second book and I have read both. He has the ability to create human emotion as specifically required by the characters he creates. He tells this story from the point of view of the two female characters. Surely, he has a deep understanding of and human nature… All the character threads are intrinsically entwined, the twists and turns unexpected. It makes me wonder how this young author understands so much that he is able to turn his knowledge of life into a story such as this. Surely, he has a phenomenal imagination.”
  • “Secrets are unearthed, revelations come to light and you realize that Cudney truly IS a mastermind. A genius scheming writer. He places seemingly innocent facts here and there, fortuitous encounters, little crumbs and we don’t realize all the intricate connections between these threads before a big reveal!”
  • “Father Figure took me down a new emotional highway revisiting places I’d been before and felt uncomfortable visiting again but knew I needed to see to understand these characters, along with some new places that made me feel bonded to these characters in an unusually intimate way. This is a cracking novel that you don’t want to miss.”
  • “The angst I had reading this book, stays with me long after. My heart aches for the characters, yet I see a story that was beautifully written. I never got lost in the course of this book, and in the end I was blown away! Seriously folks, I am letting the emotions I am free falling from write this review.”
  • “Father Figure is powerful, emotional, and breath taking! With a hard-hitting story line, and amazingly dynamic characters, this one is sure to impress! For those who love stories of struggle, heartache, and overcoming obstacles, you need to pick this one up!”

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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?

Father Figure: Book Blog Tour Re-Cap!

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Hello! For five days from June 4th thru June 8th, Reads and Reels hosted an amazing book blog tour to help promote Father Figure across the world. As part of this fantastic week, we held a giveaway and will be announcing the winner tomorrow via Reads & Reels Blog. In case you missed any of it, or want to see a single link with all the wonderful posts, you can find them below or on my author website. We may have a few more reviews being add this week due to some delays, but I’ll update if anything new is posted in the next few days.

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I’m so grateful to everyone who participated, especially to Shannon at Reads and Reels, for making this a spectacular week. I’m thrilled with all the reviews and absolutely stunned at the beautiful sentiments, feedback, and shares from friends and followers. I’ve also met a few new bloggers which is always a great way to kick start a new friendship and connection over books and reading. You’ve truly made my welcome home from vacation remarkable and brilliant. THANK YOU to everyone…

June 4th

Reads & Reels (Promo)

Julia’s Picks (Review)

Splashes into Books (Review)

Bri’s Book Nook (Review)

Valerie’s Musings (Review & Interview)

June 5th

Jessica Rachow (Review)

The Book Collective (Review)

June 6th

Beware of the Reader (Review)

Nesie’s Place (Excerpt)

June 7th

Alternative-Read (Excerpt)

Crystal’s Book World (Review)

Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Review)

Audio Killed the Bookmark (Review)

Bobo’s Book Bank (Excerpt)

Jennie Reads (Review)

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review)

June 8th

By Hook or By Book (Review)

Port Jericho (Review)

Sinfully Wicked Reviews (Review)

Globe Flowers Blog (Review)

Life at 17 (Review)

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Father Figure: Book Blog Tour Has Begun!

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Hello! I returned from my ~3 week trip to England and Italy less than 24 hours ago and am still kicking out a bit of jet lag. Major kudos and thanks to Big Sis AKA Roda @ Growing Self for the amazing job she did running the blog while I was away — more thanks to her to come soon… Pics and stories of the trip will be shared over the weekend, but today’s post is a heads up and the schedule for something very special with Father Figure — my second novel.

For five days from June 4th thru June 8th, Reads and Reels is hosting an amazing book blog tour to help promote Father Figure across the world. Below are the links and schedule to read the posts each day. Stay tuned for book excerpts, discount options, and a GIVEAWAY. Check out my author website with a full list of all the Father Figure reviews, posts, interviews and details!

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Schedule

June 4th

Reads & Reels (Promo) http://www.readsandreels.com

Valerie’s Musings (Review & Interview) http://valeriesmusings76.wordpress.com

Julia’s Picks (Review) http://juliapicks1.wordpress.com

Splashes into Books (Review) http://splashesintobooks.wordpress.com

Bri’s Book Nook (Review) http://brisbooknook.wordpress.com

June 5th

The Scribbling Site (Review) https://thescribblingssite.wordpress.com

The Voluptuous Book Diva (Excerpt) http://www.thevoluptuousbookdiva.com/

Jessica Rachow (Review) http://jessicarachow.wordpress.com

The Book Collective (Review) http://thebookcollective.net

June 6th

Kim Knight (Review & Interview) http://kimknightauthor.wordpress.com

Finding Life Through Pain (Review) http://lynnetteok.wordpress.com

Beware of the Reader (Review) http://bewareofthereader.com/

Nesie’s Place (Excerpt) https://nesiesplace.wordpress.com

Run Wright (Review) http://www.runwright.net

June 7th

Audio Killed the Bookmark (Review) http://audiokilledthebookmark.wordpress.com

Jennie Reads (Review) http://jenniereads.wordpress.com

Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Review) https://touchmyspinebookreviews.com

Bobo’s Book Bank (Excerpt) http://bobosbookbank.com

Crystal’s Book World (Review) http://crystalsbookworld.wordpress.com

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review) https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/

By Hook or By Book (Review) http://cadburypom.WordPress.com

June 8th

Life at 17 (Review) https://lifeat17.wordpress.com

Port Jerricho (Review) http://www.aislynndmerricksson.com

Sinfully Wicked Reviews (Review) https://sinfullywickedbookreviews.com

Globe Flowers Blog (Review) https://globeflower.co.uk

 

Blog Tour Organized By:

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Father Figure: My Novel is a FREE Download 5/6 thru 5/10

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You’ve seen the Father Figure Book Blitz all week long… now you can Download it for FREE via Amazon as a Kindle e-read from Sunday May 6th through Thursday May 10th.

FREE DOWNLOAD-FATHER FIGURE

Key Facts

  • Published on April 2nd, 2018
  • Genres: Contemporary Fiction / Family Drama / Mystery
    • ‘New Adult’ with focus on two 18-year-old women in college
    • Suspenseful cliffhangers in each chapter
    • Two timelines / story lines
    • Some romance elements in both story lines
  • It’s my 2nd novel

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 subsequent collision that is bound to happen is revealed. FATHER FIGURE is an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense.

Recent Review Highlights

  • “A book I stayed up all night to finish. Practical as I am, I’ve never done that before. This is Cudney’s second book and I have read both. He has the ability to create human emotion as specifically required by the characters he creates. He tells this story from the point of view of the two female characters. Surely, he has a deep understanding of and human nature… All the character threads are intrinsically entwined, the twists and turns unexpected. It makes me wonder how this young author understands so much that he is able to turn his knowledge of life into a story such as this. Surely, he has a phenomenal imagination.”
  • “Secrets are unearthed, revelations come to light and you realize that Cudney truly IS a mastermind. A genius scheming writer. He places seemingly innocent facts here and there, fortuitous encounters, little crumbs and we don’t realize all the intricate connections between these threads before a big reveal!”
  • “Father Figure took me down a new emotional highway revisiting places I’d been before and felt uncomfortable visiting again but knew I needed to see to understand these characters, along with some new places that made me feel bonded to these characters in an unusually intimate way. This is a cracking novel that you don’t want to miss.”
  • “The angst I had reading this book, stays with me long after. My heart aches for the characters, yet I see a story that was beautifully written. I never got lost in the course of this book, and in the end I was blown away! Seriously folks, I am letting the emotions I am free falling from write this review.”
  • “Father Figure is powerful, emotional, and breath taking! With a hard-hitting story line, and amazingly dynamic characters, this one is sure to impress! For those who love stories of struggle, heartache, and overcoming obstacles, you need to pick this one up!”

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