#Review: Father Figure by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4

Disclosure: In the interest of fairness it’s only right that I let you all know that I was a beta reader for Father Figure and read it twice before publication. I have read the final version one final time post-publication to be able to write this review.

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. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the subsequent collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

Review

The name James J. Cudney comes with an assurance of quality, emotional turmoil, romance and suspense all things we learned from his debut novel Watching Glass Shatter. Delving between the pages of his second novel Father Figure all of this things are thrown your way in droves leaving you yet again deeply heartbroken, in love, shocked, and fighting for your favourite characters.

Meet Amalia. The quiet small town girl living a life of parental abuse. Amalia is desperate to escape her hometown, go to college and start her life free from the life which has held her back so far. There was so much of Amalia’s life I felt an affinity to, I cried with her, I cried for her. Some of the scenes are horrific, while others are so inspiring that you want to lift them from the page and see them unfold in front of your eyes. From her first kiss to her first love Amalia stole my heart from the first page and there wasn’t a moment in this book where my support for her wavered. In the light of difficult decisions and some ghastly events, she keeps her dignity and somehow finds a way through.

Meet Brianna. Ansty, confident and filled with questions. Brianna is a girl filled with confusion, but a fire to get the answers. She will happily jump into things like a bull in a china shop and has no qualms about asking awkward questions. Growing up in New York City with a single Mom she knows nothing about her Father and is on a mission to find out before she goes to college. Also struggling with her sexuality she has some big decisions looming on her horizon and a Mom who is staying tight-lipped about everything. Brianna honestly reminds me of myself at that age. She doesn’t really consider people’s feelings before she does things, but the consequences do affect her and make her think twice. She’s hurting and she’s deflecting that hurt to the people she loves most in the world. She makes some epically silly decisions but hey…I’m fairly sure I’m not the only one who can relate to that when they were eighteen?! I am? Seriously?

The two girls stories are told in an alternating fashion…sneaky…very sneaky! Eventually converging so the two stories come together in devastating fashion. I can’t give this one genre. I have thought about this over and over it is romance, suspense, mystery and family drama. This book suits so many readers that I just say delve in and treat yourself.

Father Figure is one of the best books I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. I don’t say that lightly it has torn through so many of my emotions, just writing this review I ended up crying again because everything came to my mind. James J. Cudney is one of the best new writers out there and will be a household name of that I have no doubt.

Rating

Book & Buy Links

TitleFather Figure
Series: N/A
Author: James J. Cudney
Genre: Family Drama | Romance | Suspense | Mystery
Publisher: Creativia
Publication Date: 2 April 2018
Review Format: Paperback
Other FormatseBook
Pages: 415
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer)

Week in Review – 6 May 2018

 

 

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Reviews

Four Star: Blind Fate and Raising Amalia by Regine Abel
Three Star: Tempting the Rancher by Leslie North

Other Posts

This week I featured Shinedown’s latest track on Music Monday.

The TBR Topple Poll for this month is now live so be sure to check out the poll and get voting.

I took part in the book blitz for Father Figure by James J. Cudney.

Janet Gogerty took part in The Bookshelf this week.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

#BookBlitz: Father Figure by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4 @shanannigans81 #Excerpt #Giveaway

I’m super excited to share this post with you, I was a beta reader for Father Figure and the author James Cudney is a very good friend. I can tell you that this book is outstanding and from the outset weaves a web of mystery which is laced with romance, drama and suspense. My review is coming soon but in the mean time don’t miss out on this fantastic 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. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the subsequent collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

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Excerpt

As Amalia leaned in toward Carter expecting him to reach for it with his hand, a devilish gleam in his eyes appeared. “You’re not gonna try to pull me in, are you?” She suppressed a wary giggle deep in her gut. Or maybe it was excitement. She wasn’t sure.

 

 

“Did you want to come in the water with me?”

 

 

Amalia pulled her bottom lip inside her mouth, running her top teeth over it, contemplating how to respond. “I don’t have a swimsuit.” She lifted her hand in his direction, her fingers still nimbly holding a small piece of the sandwich. “Here, take it.”

 

 

Carter raised himself a few inches higher and brought his mouth to her impatiently waiting fingers. His full lips gently sealed the temporarily open gap between them. Amalia’s hand, uncertain what he was doing, twitched. Carter reached up with his right arm while his other held his body against the dock. He enveloped her hand with his, steadying her fingers near his lips as he slipped the morsel in his mouth. Swallowing the length of her index finger and thumb, he pulled back with delicate ease. When he reached the tip of her fingers, he paused and immersed himself in her eyes. “You taste delicious.” Carter blinked in slow motion for what could have been thirty seconds but had barely been two or three.

 

 

“You mean the sandwich does.” Amalia traced her finger against the soft patch of skin above his chin. His face was as smooth as her own flesh. A shiver meandered the curves of her dampening back.

 

 

“If you say so.” Carter pulled himself fully out of the water landing near the other side of the dock. Barely two feet separated them, but he was careful not to drip any water on her a second time.

 

As he laid across the wooden planks dropping a handful of chips in his mouth, Amalia’s eyes lingered on his torso noticing not a single spot of hair on his chest or stomach. But Carter didn’t have a stomach. He had a set of eight curved ridges that spanned the distance from his sternum to the top of his black trunks, a solid washboard of muscle. His dark swimsuit highlighted a sharp contrast to his golden skin leaving her increasingly curious about what lurked beneath the trunks. She’d noticed other guys without their shirts, but none resembled Carter. Her hand quivered at the thought of his body nestled against hers. Amalia closed her eyes, then forced herself to look away, certain she shouldn’t extend the reach of her fingers to his flesh.

 

 

“How’s the water?” She stared in the opposite direction fumbling with the button on her blouse. The heat had begun to break down her barriers. Amalia considered taking off her shoes and dipping her feet into the lake. There wasn’t any danger in showing…

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About James J. Cudney

James Cudney - Author Image

James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com

What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

Author Links

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

Author Website: https://jamesjcudney.com

Social Media Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/James-J.-Cudney/e/B076B6PB3M/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesJCudneyIVAuthor/

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamescudney4/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/jamescudney4

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

Book & Buy Links

TitleFather Figure
Series: N/A
Author: James J. Cudney
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Mystery | Suspense | Romance
Publisher: Creativia
Publication Date: 2 April 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 415
Buy: Books2Read – Universal Buy Link Redirects to Preferred Retailer

Week in Review – 29 April 2018

Hi Everyone,

So a good week for the most part this week. I’ve been given the OK to go back to work, my GP agrees that I am stable enough now to take the leap so I will be going back on Wednesday, can’t wait, it’s only ten hours a week but it makes a difference seeing a few other people.

I have also torn my rotator cuff ligament in my shoulder though so I need to be careful with that..easily done as it hurts like you wouldn’t believe! Ibuprofen which is the best painkiller for this type of injury interacts badly with Lithium as well so I don’t really have any good options for pain meds. Doh!

I’ve had two books to beta read this week so I’ve paused the editorial work on book two, it is almost finished though so I will be sending back out to a few betas for another check through in a couple of weeks is my guess.

You may have noticed that I changed the banners on the blog. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while. I wanted to create a proper brand for the blog that I could match up with my author brand once I set that up. I worked with a graphic designer who helped create this so I now have a transferable logo, a fantastic banner and will be working on the author side of things once I get to setting that up. I think she’s done a fantastic job with it and I hope everyone likes it.

Finally, I did a radio appearance again on Thursday talking about access to mental health services, aside from him getting my name wrong…Doh…it all went smoothly.

Currently Reading

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Five Star: Cursed by Mila Young and Cross Your Heart by Kierney Scott
Four Star: Goddess of the Sea by P.C. Cast and Escaping Fate and Losing Amalia by Regine Abel

Other Posts

I chose a cracking funny song about Facebook for Music Monday this week go check it out.

Lizzie Page was my guest on The Bookshelf this week and there are some great choices so do go check it out.

Siobhan Royle an Author PA was our Unsung Hero this week with a fantastic interview.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

Week in Review – 15 April 2018

Hi Guys,

First I want to send a huge thanks to the five bloggers who have taken part in my blogiversary celebrations this week. I am super grateful for all the time you put into your posts. Thank you so very much each of you.

As a result of those posts this week in review is slightly different as there are no reviews and I want to ensure these guest posts are seen by everyone.

I also launched a Facebook Group this week as part of my celebrations. It’s called BLB’s Love Shack and it’s to particularly celebrate the romance side of the blog. Please do come over and join for lots of chat and fun…authors if you are interested in doing a takeover in the group be sure to let me know!

Finally today is your last chance to enter my blogiversary giveaway to win one of THREE $10/£10 Amazon Gift Cards so don’t miss out! Head to Rafflecopter to enter.

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What I’ve Read

DNF

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Guest Posts

On Monday I was joined by Danielle from Books, Vertigo and Tea who did a Tea and Genre Pairing post which I highly recommend! I love tea and am often found drowning myself in tea while I’m reading!

On Tuesday I was joined by Drew from The Tattoeed Book Geek who gave me a thorough roasting like only Drew can with his Brizzle Guest Pizzle!

One Wednesday I was joined by Kaisha from The Writing Garnet who talked passionately about bullying, a topic we all know I’ve had a good rant about recently as well.

On Thursday I was joined by my very good friend Jay from This Is My Truth Now who wrote one of the kindest posts I’ve ever seen, it really did move me deeply. Jay’s second book has just been released, he’s a wonderful writer so I advise you to head over to the post and check out not only what he wrote but the links to his books as well!

On Friday Liz from Cover to Cover dropped by to discuss her on/off relationship with Romance…rather apt given my obsession with it!

Saturday was business as usual and I welcomed author Bernice Bloom to The Bookshelf.

Next Week on BrizzleLass Books

Blogiversary Guest Post: James from This Is My Truth Now @jamescudney4

Today I celebrate three years as a book blogger. It has been a wonderful three years and I love this community and I wanted to celebrate the community this week by asking five of my fellow bloggers to write guest posts to help me celebrate. I purposely asked these bloggers to write posts that reflected them and their blogs so that each post was unique and stood out on it’s own merit, and I think they have each done a fabulous job.

 

 

At the end of the post you will find a giveaway, this is my thank you to everybody who has been by my side through the past three years, whether you were there from the beginning or are a newer reader I appreciate your support.

 

 

I asked James aka Jay to write a post for today because he is not just a blogging friend, since we connected he has become my writing partner and true friend who next month I will be meeting up with when he travels to the UK for a few days. His advice and encouragement has helped keep me focused and is probably the reason I’ve finished writing two books, even if I haven’t quite reached the point of publishing either of them yet! And the odd day we have where we don’t talk feels empty. I felt choked up when I read this post for the first time, I wasn’t expecting this and will definitely making sure to buy him a big slice of cake next month!

365 Bonus Post: Unexpectedly

Although the 365 Daily Challenge ended just about one month ago, it’s been unexpectedly resurrected for a day to celebrate a good friend’s blog’s third birthday… and for that reason today’s word is unexpectedly – meaning ‘in a way that was not likely or planned.’

It all began (from as far as I can tell) on April 22nd, 2017. No, my math isn’t wrong as that’s clearly less than three years. I didn’t mean when Claire’s blog began – instead, I refer to when our friendship unexpectedly began. Her blog appeared about two years beforehand, but I didn’t know her then. And from what she tells me, I kinda wonder what it might have been like to know her all those years ago! When she mentioned her blog anniversary was coming up, I had to check the date to see when we first started chatting as I knew it was at least 8 or 9 months ago, but I never realized it is coming up on 1 year in a few days. Yikes, did we age a whole year too, or was it just a day or two during that time?

I ask that question only because both Claire seems to age much less quickly than the rest of us. I thought about roasting her in this post, but then I realized it’s about her blog, not about her. Gosh, who wants to gush all about her – -it isn’t her birthday. So I’ll leave one compliment about her, then move on: she’s a beacon of strength when it comes to taking care of herself and helping others, and we should all be honored to have unexpectedly become her friend.

When I first started chatting with bloggers, there were a handful, Claire at the top of that list, who had these brilliant sites and voices in the words and style. I admit, I was jealous. I thought… how do they find the time, energy and creativity? After a few weeks, I realized it wasn’t something to be afraid of, rather something to embrace. And so I did… Claire and I began chatting a few times per week via WordPress comments on different posts. Then we chatted about books and writing reviews. We read in opposite genres – how funny is it that we can still connect? She loves romance and fantasy, but those are the two in which I hardly know anything. Of course, she tried to convert me by sending me a bunch of romance ideas, including her own in-progress novels. Guess what I learned?

Girl can write! And she even made me a fan when it comes to pushing my genre boundaries. Between the great relationships she develops and the emotional connections she builds in her work, it’s no wonder I feel the same kindred spirt with Claire when we chat. Which by the way… is every day on Facebook Messenger. Sometimes we’re both busy and it’s just a “Yo, you okay?” and a “I hate writing” or a “Can you help me understand what Twitter is?” and… okay, I’ll stop as I am probably embarrassing myself over the things I didn’t know anything about one year ago. Although, we’re probably both showing our age now because I don’t think it’s cool anymore to chat there; aren’t we supposed to send SnapChat and Instagram stories? Yeah, she does that more frequently, but I’m not there, yet. I do rather enjoy all the videos and photos she shares telling us what’s going on in her world. And that’s one of the key reasons to get to know her and subsequently follow her on all the social media sites.

Let’s get back to her blog. I’m unexpectedly off-topic again, right? And that never happens, so… I digress. Let’s talk about her actual blog content. Like the TBR Topple. What a cool name! At first, I didn’t know if it meant topple the TBR so we vote to pick which book should come off the TBR or which she should read on the TBR. I eventually figured it out, but I won’t tell you. Don’t be lazy. Go find out yourself! 😊 Yeah, I never used to be sarcastic, but I have to keep up with Claire who douses me with humor every day. When it comes to her TBR Topple, I vote strictly on cover. It’s usually either some crazy futuristic thing I don’t understand (I’m a bit boring) or some shirtless (or almost entirely naked) hunk that I get distracted by. Nonetheless, I vote and usually pick the right one from her posts whether I’m reading them on Facebook or the blog or Twitter or Instagram. Is there really a winner or loser is this poll?

What about those author interviews and model Q&A sessions she was doing for a while? Or the awards she’s won? Or the bookshelf pics? Or the insightful rants/vents/brilliant discussions about book reviewer approaches? Those always grab our attention and provide a lot to think about. But that’s Claire, as least as far as I’ve come to know her via the vast Internet space between us. However, here’s the next unexpected thing… I’m going to London with my other half for a business trip where I’ll have a few days to myself. Claire and I will be meeting in person and traipsing around London for a couple of days together. I’ll actually get to meet her and share a few posts together about the trip. How cool will that be?

So… if this anniversary celebration were about Claire, I’d continue telling you about the exercise mishaps she’s shared (there are plenty!), the eyebrow-raising beta reads she’s sent me (things she wrote!), or the amazing extent to which she gives herself to support other people… but like I said earlier, didn’t you listen? This isn’t about Claire… it’s about her blog. And its one of my favorite to follow… so you better start reading it more often because if I find out you are not, the next step will not be unexpected!

Ah, I send my happiest wishes to the three-year anniversary of BrizzleLass Books. I look forward to many more to come, including the evolution of the platform as she publishes her own future novels and begins to make even larger impacts on the book blogging industry. xoxo

Jay’s Links

Jay is one of my favourite bloggers…he is also a published author with his second book having just been released. I’ve read both of them and can say with certainty that you will all love them both!

https://thisismytruthnow.com/

https://twitter.com/jamescudney4/

https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyTruthNow/

https://www.instagram.com/jamescudney4/

Book: Watching Glass Shatter

Book: Father Figure

Giveaway

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The Authors Bookshelf – James J. Cudney @jamescudney4

Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

Our first bookshelf of 2018 features a good friend of mine and a fantastic author and blogger. James J. Cudney wears both hats and wears them well. His debut novel Watching Glass Shatter was released in October. However, many of us have known him much longer thanks to his fantastic blog This Is My Truth Now, he not only writes superb book reviews, but his daily 365 Challenge is a stunning read each day. Almost at an end now you can go back and read what he has been posting over the past year.

Welcome to The Bookshelf James J. Cudney…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I am embarrassed to answer this question, but I will be honest and maybe someone reading this feature can help me! When I was about 6 or 7, I joined my hometown’s Summer Reading Challenge where we committed to read a certain number of books before the next school year began. I’d go to the library a few days each week, it was only a few blocks away, checking out different books. There was a series of colorful books all about how a young girl investigated different things around her, e.g. houses, people, animals. They were larger than picture books, but not quite young adult. Maybe 25 to 40 pages in length, containing a few illustrations and consistent themes from book to book — not quite rhyming, but easy language. I adored them; this is where my absolute love of serial fiction originated. But I also am forgetful about things from when I was a young child. What were those books? LOL If that answer’s not good enough (ha!), then I do recall Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ as being on my shelf. I played the lead role in grammar school and loved throwing temper tantrums on stage (part of the book) because I am normally so quiet.

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
Last night, I added ‘Black Arts, Tarts & Gypsy Carts’ by Erin Johnson. It’s the second in the author’s cozy mystery series. I’m a big fan of cozies and the author reached out to me a few months ago. I read the first in her series and just added the next two.

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
Search for Maylee’ by Didi Oviatt. She’s a fantastic blogger I met online and just finished reading her book and doing an author alert all about her.

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
You’ by Caroline Kepnes, ‘The Forgotten Garden’ by Kate Morton, ‘Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follet, ‘And Then There Were None’ by Agatha Christie and ‘The Book Thief’ by Markuz Zusak. You touch them, you die. Only I can dust them. No one else can read them either. Even Ryder knows enough not to sniff them.

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
The Lake House’ by Kate Morton because I’ll read anything that woman writes and it’s been too long since I had a chance to read something of hers… hmmm… I’m going to order it right now. Thanks.

What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
I don’t own any. Is that bad? Oh… for me, writing is not something I can learn from a book. I will read articles and blog posts from writers with great tips and tricks, but I can’t read a book about writing. I do keep a copy of a dictionary and ‘The Elements of Style’ by William Strunk Jr. on my writer’s bookshelf.

Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
I have one book published, so it might have to be ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ but I believe the book I have mapped out in my head will be the best one. It probably won’t get written until 2019, as I have 2018 planned for ‘Father Figure’ and a sequel to ‘Watching Glass Shatter.’ Let’s just say the book I want to write takes family dynamics and drama to an entirely different level, combined with multiple timelines and historical significance. How’s that grab you for some suspense?

Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
The Return of the Native’ by Thomas Hardy. It’s one of my favorite books where relationships, nature and emotions are on such high alert, you never know who to root for. The words match the scenery which matches the emotions which match the setting and tone. It’s brilliant.

Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
Yes! ‘Father Figure’ will be sent to the editor in January 2018 for final review and proofreading with an early 2018 launch. As I’ve been editing the story, I’ve begun adding in layers of suspense which hadn’t been originally included. I’ve come to realize that I excel at torturing characters, so I decided the two primary characters in the book hadn’t suffered nearly enough in the first draft. The story still contains two different timelines that will eventually weave together, but the ending is far different than what I’d originally scoped out. It should push the lines between parent / child relationships even further than ‘Watching Glass Shatter.’ Readers will start thinking I am a mean person and as long as they only think it about my writing (and not me), I can live with that!

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

James J. Cudney’s Bookshelf

About James J. Cudney

James Cudney - Author Image

I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I spent ~15 years in a technology career in the retail, sports, media and entertainment industries. Throughout those years, I wrote some short stories, poems and various beginnings to the “Great American Novel” but I was so focused on my career that writing became a hobby. After leaving my position in 2016, I directed all my energies towards re-invigorating a focus on reading, writing and publishing.

Author
Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind and my body. At some points, it was just a few poems or short stories; at others, it was full length novels and stories. My current genres include family drama / saga, contemporary and mystery fiction. My first novel, Watching Glass Shatter, was published in October 2017. I am currently in the process of writing my second novel, ‘Father Figure,’ which will be released in early 2018.

Reader & Reviewer
Reading has also never left my side. Whether it was children’s books, young adult novels, college textbooks, biographies or my ultimate love, fiction, it’s ever present in my day. I read 2 books per week and I’m on a quest to update every book I’ve ever read on Goodreads, write up a review and post it on all my sites and platforms.

Blogger & Thinker
I have combined my passions into a single platform where I share book reviews, write a blog and publish fiction: In the blog, I started my 365 Daily Challenge, where I post about a word that has some meaning to me and converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real. And that’s why they are me.

Genealogist & Researcher
I want to be a researcher or historian. I want to reach back into the past to figure out why someone made the choice he or she did and what the consequences were. I want to feel the pressures and culture of hundreds of years ago. I want to trace the roots and find the puzzle of my own history. I want to watch my ancestors from a secret place to know how they interacted with others; and maybe I’ll learn why I do things the way I do them.

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