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Seven (7) Part Interview with Beware of the Reader – Posts from Day 5, 6 & 7

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As mentioned over the weekend, a 7-part series interview with Sophie @ Beware of the Reader… Check out days 5 thru 7 in the links below! It’s been fun seeing which questions she uses and posts each day!

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Drum roll… Part 5 of James Cudney alias Jay’s Interview! Do you want sexy writing tricks? Ok maybe not sexy but brilliant!

Hi Dear friends!

I hope we did not bore you to death yet because today’s post is really interesting if you plan to write a book one day or are just curious about the backstage work of writing!

Where Jay gives some writing tricks that could inspire more than one!
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Part 6 of James Cudney alias Jay’s Interview: how to build a diabolical plot!

Hi dear friends,

We are nearly at the end of Jay’s interview!!!!

When we FINALLY get a glimpse of Jay’s diabolical scheming mind! And …was it worth it or rather “much ado about nothing”?
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This is the end! Final part of James Cudney alias Jay’s Interview. Some fun today.

Hi dear friends!

Final post for Jay’s interview today….

After having been grilled for a whole week Jay can finally have some fun!
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Background: A few months ago, I connected with a wonderful book blogger who had read one of my books. We quickly developed a great friendship and have been chatting about books (and tons of other things) for most of 2018. Sophie’s introducing to me books in genres I don’t normally read, and I’m trying to overload her TBR until it explodes, I think! But… the point of this re-blog post is to share with you an interview Sophie’s prepared in the last week. She asked if I would be interested in answering a few questions, and I of course said yes. Then I got the list… and it was very detailed and extremely personal. Never one to back down, I accepted the challenge and spent a half a day answering them all… we had so much going on, Sophie’s splitting it into 7 posts and days categorized by question types. And honestly, re-reading the first one, I’m embarrassed at how much I’ve said… I wonder what else came out of my mouth last week… stay tuned to catch my re-blog each day this upcoming week, or follow her site at this link to get the news first hand! You’ll also get to meet a very prolific blogger and book reviewer with tons of giveaway options, fun memes, cool posts and other awesome content. Thanks Sophie!!!

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Seven (7) Part Interview with Beware of the Reader – Posts from Day 2, 3 & 4

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As mentioned over the weekend, a 7-part series interview with Sophie @ Beware of the Reader… Check out days 2 thru 4 in the links below! It’s been fun seeing which questions she uses and posts each day!

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James Cudney alias Jay interview: Part Two. Did you know Jay nearly died at a tender age? No?

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James Cudney alias Jay Interview Part 3: Jay the daredevil?

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What triggered this leap of faith? Quitting what I guess was a well-paid stable job to live your dream? Read the full post here.

 

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4th post of James Cudney/Jay’s interview…cooking secrets ..no writing secrets!

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How did you work for Watching Glass Shatter? Did you think the characters first? Had post it everywhere with their character’s trait? Did you write the skeleton of a plot? Something else? Most definitely the… click here to read the full post.

 

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Background: A few months ago, I connected with a wonderful book blogger who had read one of my books. We quickly developed a great friendship and have been chatting about books (and tons of other things) for most of 2018. Sophie’s introducing to me books in genres I don’t normally read, and I’m trying to overload her TBR until it explodes, I think! But… the point of this re-blog post is to share with you an interview Sophie’s prepared in the last week. She asked if I would be interested in answering a few questions, and I of course said yes. Then I got the list… and it was very detailed and extremely personal. Never one to back down, I accepted the challenge and spent a half a day answering them all… we had so much going on, Sophie’s splitting it into 7 posts and days categorized by question types. And honestly, re-reading the first one, I’m embarrassed at how much I’ve said… I wonder what else came out of my mouth last week… stay tuned to catch my re-blog each day this upcoming week, or follow her site at this link to get the news first hand! You’ll also get to meet a very prolific blogger and book reviewer with tons of giveaway options, fun memes, cool posts and other awesome content. Thanks Sophie!!!

Seven (7) Part Interview with Beware of the Reader – Day 1

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A few months ago, I connected with a wonderful book blogger who had read one of my books. We quickly developed a great friendship and have been chatting about books (and tons of other things) for most of 2018. Sophie’s introducing to me books in genres I don’t normally read, and I’m trying to overload her TBR until it explodes, I think! But… the point of this re-blog post is to share with you an interview Sophie’s prepared in the last week. She asked if I would be interested in answering a few questions, and I of course said yes. Then I got the list… and it was very detailed and extremely personal. Never one to back down, I accepted the challenge and spent a half a day answering them all… we had so much going on, Sophie’s splitting it into 7 posts and days categorized by question types. And honestly, re-reading the first one, I’m embarrassed at how much I’ve said… I wonder what else came out of my mouth last week… stay tuned to catch my re-blog each day this upcoming week, or follow her site at this link to get the news first hand! You’ll also get to meet a very prolific blogger and book reviewer with tons of giveaway options, fun memes, cool posts and other awesome content. Thanks Sophie!!!

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A quick preview but click the name to read the whole post. And check out her graphics below!!!

Interview of an Brilliant Mastermind: James Cudney alias Jay: Part 1

Dear readers,

Prepare to be knocked off your socks!!! Why?

Because James Cudney alias Jay author of Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure agreed to asnwer my questions and, true to his writing, delivered a masterpiece!

He tells you ALL, the naked truth! And he played my game: writing some parts like he would a novel.

Results?

He sweated blood and tears for three hours to answer!!!

Goodreads LISTS: Have you added books?

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With so many book sites available, it’s hard to know which ones to consider using or supporting. As part of May, I’m going to share my profile and the websites I use for both (1) choosing / reading new books and (2) advertising my own books. I’m certain all of you are familiar with and/or use Goodreads, so I don’t need to explain much about it; however, there is a Goodreads tool that I would like to discuss with everyone: LISTOPIA.

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Under the BROWSE menu item is a dropdown for LISTS where you can search various user-voted books to see what is recommended for various categories like ‘Best Family Values Books’ or ‘Top Page-Turners.” Lists can be created by different users and can be as generic or specific as you like. The Goodreads Librarians will merge them if they feel two lists are similar, and authors can’t vote or add their own book to a list. I like that there are some rules around them. Let’s talk about the value of these lists:

If you are in a certain mood and want to search for a list on a topic such as “books to make you cry” or “books with a main character who has Asperger’s Syndrome,” there’s probably an available list with at least one hundred books on it. Reader’s frequently check here to find a book that maybe they’d never previously heard of or thought about. Goodreads members can either (1) create a list or (2) add a book to an existing list. You can add multiple books to the same list and choose the order for them, too. As the votes tally up, the book moves up the list to the coveted Top 10 spots.

If the list is existing, and the book is already there, you click on the VOTE button:

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If the book is not on the list, you can add from the next tab:

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Once the book is on the list, if you have more than 1, you can determine the order on the right side:

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And if you want to check on what you’ve added or voted for, look in the upper right section… I’ve added my friends (Candace and Misty) to the list and will be working on adding others in the next week.

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If you are a Goodreaders user, I’d love to get my books added to a few lists. I’ve noted a few below, but feel free to choose others, too. Thank you in advance for helping out!

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Goodreads List to add FATHER FIGURE

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Goodreads List to add WATCHING GLASS SHATTER

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Note: Authors, let me know if you’d like me to add your books to any Goodreads lists. You can leave a comment here or private message me on Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc.

 

 

Readers’ Favorite: Are you on this site, too?

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With so many book sites available, it’s hard to know which ones to consider using or supporting. As part of May, I’m going to share my profile and the websites I use for both (1) choosing / reading new books and (2) advertising my own books. Readers’ Favorite is a fantastic find that has become a go-to solution for me in the last few months.

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For readers, Readers’ Favorite is great because if you commit to writing a public review, you can download a book for FREE. It could be from a favorite author, a new writer you’d like to try, or anything in between. All genres included. It’s an easy-to-use interface to share your review (similar to Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). There are other opportunities to connect with authors and win books, too.

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For authors, Readers’ Favorite is a FREE site to get a review… but the MOST important part is that this qualified as an EDITORIAL REVIEW via Amazon. On your Amazon profile, you can highlight 5 editorial reviews which are often the place reader’s go to see something considered ‘professional’ in the industry as opposed to an everyday reader’s review. I’ll share more about Amazon in the next week, but it’s been a fantastic help to me. I’ve gotten a review for both of my books, included it in the EDITORIAL REVIEW section on Amazon, and found a few new book readers from it.

The user interface is very friendly, but the best part is they are connected to tons of social media platforms and share your review EVERYWHERE. They create press releases, book giveaway options and contests for you to share. You can get email or text updates depending on your preferences. You can see the reader’s profiles on certain platforms. It’s very useful for any authors looking to get a quick review (got both of mine within 2 weeks of posting), and then you can RATE the REVIEWER!

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So… check this one out for finding new FREE books to read and/or getting a FREE review on your book. If you’re interested in reading either of my books, consider leaving a review on Readers’ Favorite once you’re finished. Download both books for FREE on this site or via Amazon to have permanent copy @ Watching Glass Shatter (.99 cents today) and Father Figure (FREE from 5/6 thru 5/10). Leave reviews or share the current Reader’s Favorite reviews through the links below:

 

TAG: Book Bloggers, Insiders & Tests

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I’ve been nominated for three different book blogger tags, and I’ve combined them into a new fun tag because after this one, I still have 45 more tags to still complete! Many thanks to readrantrockandrollbookloverblogs, and brizzlelassbooks for the nominations. These were fun — check out their blogs…. these are three of my favorite book bloggers I interact with all the time.

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Rules:
1. Answer the questions below
2. Credit the creator Jamie @ALittleSliceofJamie (1 of 3 since I combined tags… others are unknown)
3. Tag at least 6 people
4. Have fun!

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Describe your perfect reading spot.

Absolute quiet. Perfect temperature. No interruptions.


Tell us three book confessions.

  1. I have to read a series in order or I get all sorts of panicky.
  2. I once wanted a library and had thousands of books. When I moved, I had to give many away. I now only keep about 100 on the shelf.
  3. I’m now at a 50/50 split between reading e-books versus physical books. It’s a good balance.

When was the last time you cried during a book?

Love, Secrets & Absolution by K.L. Loveley

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How many books are on your bedside table?

1 book (Ken Follett’s A Column of Fire) and my iPad to read via Kindle, which has 15 TBR items.

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What’s your favorite snack to eat while you’re reading?

None. I like to keep my fingers clean while reading


Name three books you would recommend to Everyone

 

N.N. Light’s Daily Book of Inspiration

Ken Follett’s Night Over Water

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None


Describe how much books mean to you in just three words.

Passion. Confidence. Imagination. the-book-blogger-test

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

On the couch in my living room

2. How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

30 minutes including formatting and posting on all sites

3. When did you start your book blog?

Fall, 2016

4. What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

It is a lot of time to be focused on one thing

5. What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Connections you make across the world

6. What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

all the 365 Daily Challenge ones

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Advice on writing / blogging

8. When do you typically write?

Dining Room table which doubles as my desk

9. Do you review every book you read?

Yes. I even went on a quest to review everything I read over the last 30 years I had never reviewed. I now have 575+ on the blog and Goodreads

10. When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

Within 2 days so it’s fresh in my mind

11. How often do you post?

Daily usually

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Top 3 book pet hates

  1. Not tying up loose ends
  2. No evidence for why a character does something
  3. Endings that don’t match the overall theme / style of the book

Nominations

 

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I 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 – words and humor. 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.

TAG: How I Choose My Books

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Many thanks to my friend Noriko @ BookFiendSite for tagging me on this very fun game. She has a fantastic blog and was my 365 Daily Challenge Recommended Blogger last week. Go check out her site to find awesome book reviews, tags, memes, wrap ups, throwbacks and recommendations.
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Questions

 

1. Find a Book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

 

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It’s the third in a trilogy that I adore, but I’ve got some ARCs and buddy reads due soon. I won’t get to it for another month. Sad.

 

2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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The Book Thief is about the Holocaust, which is a tough subject for me to read. I kept saying no to by book club, but they were relentless, so I had to give in. It’s not in my top ten favorite books. Lessons learned. Trust your fellow book buddies who know you well.

 

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

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So many fellow Goodreaders were talking about it. Then I saw it on the bookshelf in the library of my apartment building. I snatched it up and plan to read it later this year.

 

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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Recommended as a buddy read with Medhat, a buddy from Goodreads. I loved it. Now we’re doing a buddy read this week on its sequel, Hidden Bodies.

 

5. Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / Book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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Beartown definitely lived up to the hype. It’s an amazing and powerful book that will absolutely rock your core to the point where you scream at the characters and the way people behave.

 

6. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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Nel @ Reactionary Tales recommended it. I put it on my Book Bucket List. Now I’m planning to read it in September.

 

7. What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

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I hadn’t realized this was a book first when I watched the movie many years ago. I wish I had read it first…

 

8. Think of your all-time favorite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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I read this in middle school and enjoyed it, but then I read it a few more times afterwards, which is where I found a love for the characters, messages and setting. It is nearly unmatched in my opinion…

 

Nominees

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” 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… see how you compare! Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All 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.