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365 Challenge: Day 252 – Contemporary (LIST: Fiction Genres )

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Contemporary: creates imaginary characters and situations that depict our world
and society, focusing on themes of growing up and confronting personal and social problems. This genre
portrays characters coming to understand themselves and others.

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Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. For this group of 5 Sundays, I will pick a favorite book genre and discuss all the reasons why I love it. In our fourth week, it’s all about contemporary fiction which has a few different names and can often be confused with other similar genres. Let’s first chat about why I adore this genre:

  • Henry James was once my favorite author; now he’s 1 of 5 favorites. He wrote realistic fiction which is very much a prelude to contemporary fiction.
  • I love dissecting reality and understanding what’s happening all around us.
  • Domestic and family dramas are my ultimate favorite sub-genre. Maybe that’s why I write in this particular one!
  • It usually takes place in the current time that the author is writing, give or take a few years.
  • It’s often about problems or issues we face daily, giving us alternative thoughts or opinions.
  • We can relate to the character and see ourselves or people we know in them.
  • It gives you a chance to see different parts of life and society happening around you, but perhaps not close enough to see it, e.g. different parts of the world or society

Sorting books into genres as been a bit confusing for me. I’ll fully admit it, but at the same time, everyone or every book reviewer/rater or publisher can be subjective about it. They often compare literary versus contemporary fiction, trying to sort a book or an author into one or the other category. Perhaps I don’t have enough knowledge or information to speak intelligently about the topic, but I tend to look at literary fiction as the author trying to make a statement while contemporary is more about a casual read. It’s not the perfect definition, but under that notion, couldn’t it be both? Then there’s the concepts of adult versus realistic fiction. If it’s adult, is that supposed to distinguish it from children’s or young adult books? Or does it mean it’s mean for a regular adult to read? All that said, I just sort of blur the boundaries in this area for my own definition for contemporary fiction:

Books about adults set in current times (when the author wrote it) talking about normal things that happen in life. It shouldn’t be other genre-specific, e.g. fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical, mystery, thriller or suspense. It can have those elements on a small scale, but not the primary driver. If it’s none of those, still fiction, and not meant for younger adults and kids, then it must be contemporary fiction.

Hopefully you find my humorous attempt just that, but I do welcome anyone else’s opinion on how to break the genres into fair groups, as well as anyone who works in the industry with a legitimate definition most people agree to!

What are some of my favorite reads from 2017?

 

What’s next on my list in this genre to read in 2017?

 

How about you? Any favorites or recommendations? Do you not like this genre? Time to share!

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms
  • Week 32: How to help an artist with promotion
  • Week 33 – 37: Favorite Book Genres

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

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

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.

 

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Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 11 – Authors Inspirations

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It’s Day 11 on the Watching Glass Shatter Book Blog Tour and our host is Jina from Authors Inspirations. If you haven’t met Jina, you need to check out her post below, then meander all about her site. She’s a prolific writer and magazine columnist with excellent articles about what’s happening around the world today, stories about writers and other wonderful content. I am very appreciative of her great review of my book and her fantastic post today. Thank you, Jina!

As a reminder, yesterday was the radio interview I had with Artist First network. If you missed out on the LIVE show, you can listen to the recording via this link. It’s just under one-hour and you’ll hear my voice for the first time!

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Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 10 – Jessica Rachow

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It’s Day 10 on the Watching Glass Shatter Book Blog Tour and we have the amazing Jessica Rachow… thank you to her for a 5-star review and for the great feedback and friendship the last few months. She’s currently writing her own novel on Nano this month — you must check her out… She’s friendly, interactive, smart and funny. Click the link below to read her post on today’s tour and then spend more time on her awesome blog.

Don’t forget today’s 6pm EST RADIO SPOT where I will discuss the book launch for 1-hour on the internet @ http://www.artistfirst.com/

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365 Challenge: Day 245 – Thriller/Suspense (LIST: Fiction Genres )

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Thriller / Suspense: broad genre of literature characterized and defined by the moods they elicit, giving viewers heightened feelings of fear, excitement, surprise, anticipation and anxiety

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Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. For this group of 5 Sundays, I will pick a favorite book genre and discuss all the reasons why I love it. In our third week, it’s all about books in the suspense and thriller genre. It runs the range from psychological to horror, serial killers to a slow and steady burn that pounces in the end. Let’s chat about why I adore this genre:

  • My life is calm and easy-going; reading about something opposite is always fun
  • I have no issues with hearing about or seeing blood and gore (not sure about reality… not been there, thank you!) in books, TV or film
  • They are always highly creative and imaginative
  • I am not easily scared, so I love the fear factor
  • When it’s psychological, I can really analyze the who/what/when/where/why
  • When a novel has me gripping the pages or the device, almost yelling about what’s about to happen, it is GOOD
  • Sometimes, and this is evil to say (please don’t judge), revenge scenarios in books are pretty cool. Although I try to ignore when anyone does something to hurt/harm me, picturing the person who harmed me as the person being killed in the book helps make it a little easier. (See… I am honest on here!)
  • It’s exciting to feel tension that you know you can put down when finished rather than live in reality afterwards
  • Sometimes it has elements of paranormal, science-fiction or fantasy, which make it just a bit more scary and interesting wondering “could this really happen?”

What are my favorite reads in the last few years?

P.S. These are just a few that I have reviews for, but they are not my only or my all-time faves. I do love Dan Brown, Steig Larson, Patricia Cornwell and Stephen King.

P.P.S. I read & reviewed 3 thriller / suspense novels last month; they are worth checking out and will appear as Author Alerts:  Cleaving Souls, The Author and Search for Maylee

What’s next on my list in this genre?

These are the 3 I’ve committed to reading before 12/31/17

How about you? Any favorites or recommendations? Do you not like this genre? Time to share!

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms
  • Week 32: How to help an artist with promotion

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

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

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.

 

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Watching Glass Shatter: Blog Tour Day 4 – Misifusa

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

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365 Challenge: Day 238 – Cozy Mystery (LIST: Fiction Genres )

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Cozy Mystery: lighthearted mystery that is a sub-genre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community

 

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Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. For this group of 5 Sundays, I will pick a favorite book genre and discuss all the reasons why I love it. In our second week, it’s all about cozies — cozy mysteries — which are ultimately my favorite of all things to read because it’s such a fine balance of everything [when done properly]. Let’s chat about why I adore this genre:

  • People wielding secrets, need I say more?
  • A small town feels so comforting.
  • I fancy myself a detective, so I try to solve everything.
  • I love surprises (for other people, not me!).
  • I grew up watching Murder, She Wrote.
  • Serial fiction is my absolute favorite thing in the world; the cozy often has the same core set of characters within each book.
  • I can read through one in about 3 hours, which is the perfect amount of time for a lazy weekend afternoon, beach read (I melt after more time than that), or when curled up next to a fire (I can only take so much heat!).
  • I basically am a combination of Miss Marple, Jessica Fletcher and Hercule Poirot.
  • There’s a bit of suspense, romance, mystery, inspiration, hope… it has everything.
  • I’ve written 4 chapters of two separate cozy mysteries and intend to publish one in 2019. It takes place on a college campus with a 30-year old male protagonist, not something very common in this genre.
  • They make me happy, which is something we all want, right?

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Although the cozy can be a stand-alone novel, it’s most often a full book series. I’ve read a few that take place outside the US or UK, but those two countries are usually the setting. It’s almost always a female lead(s), ages around 30 to 35, or 60 to 65. I’m definitely exaggerating a bit, but that’s the majority I’ve read. There are lots of good ones I’ve also read with a very different protagonist, so don’t think they are always the same. Each has a common thread, e.g. the true profession of the lead, the location where the murders all take place, a pet who helps solve the crime. It’s humor. It’s lofty. It’s cozy!

What are my favorite reads?

 

 

What’s next on my list in this genre?

 

  • I need some serious help here: I have 466 cozy mysteries on my Goodreads TBR. I can’t decide what to read next. I have started many series and enjoy them all. I am also open to any suggestions on what to read next???

 

How about you? Any favorites or recommendations? Do you not like this genre? Time to share!

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms
  • Week 32: How to help an artist with promotion

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

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

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.

 

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

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

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Welcome, to the Watching Glass Shatter Blog Tour!!

Today we celebrate the debut novel by James J. Cudney

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Book Review

Watching Glass Shatter

James J. Cudney

4.5/5 stars

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

Watching…

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