Wednesday, January 30, 2019

James J. Cudney's Protagonist, Kellan Michael Ayrwick


1.   Who are you?
o   What is your name?
·   Kellan Michael Ayrwick, but it seems I’ve got lots of nicknames from my friends, colleagues, and enemies.
o   Are you a fictional or historical character?
·   I’m definitely the one and only of my kind, and I was created less than a year ago. So, I’m fictional.
o   What should we know about you?
·   I’m a 32-year-old single father to a young girl, named Emma. My wife was killed in a drunk driving accident in Los Angeles.
·   I’m considering a move back to a small cozy town, named Braxton, in Pennsylvania where my family is from. My parents run Braxton College and want me to come back to teach.
·   I work in the TV/Film industry on someone else’s reality show, but I’d love to host my own murder mystery series.
2.   Tell us about your story:
o   When and where is your tale set?
·   The first book kicks off in current times, pretty much the here and now. Braxton is 1 of 4 villages in fictional Wharton County, which is in north central PA. It’s modeled after several different real-life towns and colleges.
o   What is your personal goal?  I mean, what do you ultimately want?
·   To find love again and get married. I’d like to have another kid or two, but I also want to publish a few books and mentor college students looking to work in television and movies.
·   Secretly, I think I want to be a detective as I seem to have a knack for finding dead bodies and solving crimes.
o   What is standing in your way?  What conflict(s) do you face?
·   The current sheriff, April Montague, loves to harass me. I am threatened weekly with time in a holding cell or being arrested.
·   My grandmother, Nana D, also asks me to help solve too many of her own small crimes, so I get stuck with way too many bosses. Let’s not even talk about my real boss, Dr. Myriam Castle. She’s a pain in the rear.
·   You’re probably seeing a theme in my life with the women I’m closest to… at least, I have a few that treat me fairly.
3.   How do I get a copy of your book?
o   What is the title or working title for this piece?
·   Academic Curveball followed by Broken Heart Attack were the first two books published. They are available on Amazon.
o   Is it available now or when can we expect to see it released?
·   The third one, Flower Power Trip, comes out in March 2019.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Great Escapes Book Tours Feature James J Cudney

Broken Heart Attack 

(Braxton Campus Mysteries)

by James J. Cudney

Braxton Campus Mysteries
Academic Curveball – #1 (October 2018)
Broken Heart Attack – #2 (November 2018)
Flower Power Trip – #3 (Early 2019)
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 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's back in his second adventure since returning home to Pennsylvania. With his personal life in upheaval and his new boss, Myriam, making life difficult, will he be able to find a killer or will he get caught up in his own version of stage fright?
Paperback: 270 pages
ISBN-10: 1731310501
ISBN-13: 978-1731310507
Digital ASIN: B07KGGJX1T
Tour Participants
January 17 – Here’s How It Happened – SPOTLIGHT
January 17 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT
January 18 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
January 18 – The Book’s the Thing – GUEST POST
January 19 – MJB Reviewers – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 19 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
January 20 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
January 20 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
January 21 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW
January 21 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT
January 22 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
January 22 – Bobo’s Book Bank – SPOTLIGHT
January 23 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
January 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
January 24 – Jane Reads – REVIEW, CHARACTER GUEST POST
January 24 – Christa Reads and Writes – SPOTLIGHT
January 25 – Brooke Blogs  – SPOTLIGHT
January 25 – Laura`s Interests  SPOTLIGHT
January 26 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW

Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

New Look for the New Year

J.M Northup's Book Group on Facebook


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Thursday, January 3, 2019


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written by Sahara Foley

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The LONE WOLF Series by Weldon R. Shaw

Book Spotlight

1)    What is the title of your book?
Lone Wolf (Historical Romance) 3 novel series
1.                   A New Beginning - LINK
2.                   The resurrection - LINK
3.                   The Journey - LINK
Ø  What is the story about?
·        Lone Wolf is a book for those who believe in true love and sacrifice for that one particular person they love. To love someone so much you are willing to die for them to ensure their safety. Lone Wolf unfolds in the rough time of the 1860s, in the wilderness of Montana, which had not been tamed as of yet. It was a time when people's lives were lived in the harshest elements and death was a reality.
·        The story unfolds telling how Britt McCormick, who was sixteen at the time, was found stranded, lonely and helpless by the Cheyenne Indians, who took him in after his family had died. Chief Running Fox, found Britt to be a fascinating child and gave him the name of Lone Wolf. Running Fox saw a spirit in Lone Wolf's eyes, unlike any he had ever seen before. He knew this child possessed strong medicine inside him and was destined for great things.
·        Because of this, he brought Lone Wolf home to his daughter Fawn to take care of and teach. Fawn, which was only eighteen at the time, and recently widowed herself, was very displeased with her father for dropping this white man off on her. She had always been taught to hate the white man, and now her father is asking her to take care one.
·        However, as time went on, she grew very close to Lone Wolf, and he filled a void in her heart which had been empty for some time. Lone Wolf is a book about love. It tells the story of how love can break down all fear, especially when the one you love is in trouble. It shows the sacrifices one may have to make to keep those close to your heart safe.
·       It also points out love is not something that is easily received, but instead something you must earn from another person. Lone Wolf proves people from different parts of the world and even customs can come together and be euphoric with each other. 
·       The remarkable part of this novel is, it makes you realize you should never take what you have for granted because as fate has it, it might not be here tomorrow. Love is a very mysterious thing, but as Lone Wolf found out himself when you lose the one you love, that particular person who was the only reason you woke up each day, the void that person leaves in your heart will be so big it will seem impossible to fill.
Ø  Who is the main character?
·  Lone Wolf (Britt McCormick)/Fawn
2)   What inspired this tale?
Ø  How did the story come to you?
·   Wow! First off I want to say I love writing romance. Being I have Native American in me, I like to incorporate the Native culture into my stories whenever I am in a situation where I can do so.
·   The Lone Wolf novels were the first romance novels I released. The stories came so easy to write, and the characters just came alive for me as the story unfolded on paper. The character Lone Wolf was exceptionally easy to create because I brought him alive by stepping into his shoes. He talks, thinks and acts like me in many ways.
·  Here of late, I have written many novels in the western genre, but my heart feels at ease writing romance type stories. I do love to write stories set in the 1800s because I believe it was a more intriguing and straightforward period of our history.
Ø  Did you have to research for this novel, and if so, why?
·  Yes, I did do some research. When including Native American culture in your story it is essential to bring it alive for the reader by being as accurate about what you're describing. I also strive hard to make sure I describe the surroundings my story is unfolding in, such as the mountains, the trees, the proper type of trees for that area the story is taking place in. What type of plants, animals, and insects that there were in that region. My favorite author was Louis L'amour and what I learned from reading his novels was how to be descriptive and detailed.
·   I try hard to write in a simple manner because I believe it makes the storyfeel real life for the reader, but at the same time I get detailed in describing what I see, hear, smell and yes what the character is doing. All this adds up to one thing, and that is the reader quickly finds themselves becoming one of the characters of the story. In many of my reviews, the readers say the story hooked them to the point they could not put the book.
Ø  If you did research, what do you think surprised you most to learn, and why?
·  I am surprised every time I pick up a non-fiction book. It's a learning experience to read about things you usually don't think about.
Ø  Is your protagonist anything like you, personally?
·  Yes.

ü   If yes, then how?
o   Lone Wolf was a caring character who believed women should always be respected as well as protected at all cost from harm. I guess that is just the old fashion upbringing in me
Ø  What made you write this character; were they based on a real person or something that inspired you?
ü   What should readers know about this character?
o   Lone Wolf was a strong character who was polite and had Fawns best interest in his heart at all times. He was loving, and he wanted nothing more than to earn her love and please her.
o   Fawn, was so beautiful on the outside but even better she was beautiful on the inside, and her character was that of a strong woman.
ü   Why is this character important to you?
o   I think in Lone Wolf's aspect I would like to tell the men chivalry, love, respect is a good thing in a relationship.
o   As it relates to Fawn, I guess I was expressing it was okay to be beautiful and strong.
Ø  Do you consider the main character of your story to be good or bad, and why?
·   Good.
Ø  What’s the objective of your character?
·  To earn his place within the Cheyenne village while protecting the one he loved (Fawn) and the other women of the tribe.
4)   Is there anything you specifically want readers to know about this piece of work?
Ø  Is there a particular idea or morale you are trying to convey?
·  A I guess the moral of the Lone Wolf series is love is earned not just given.
ü   If yes, then why did you chose it?
o   I believe in some aspects life has gotten too busy for society. It seems like today there is not enough taught to children about respect for women and chivalry. To me, it seems we need to get back to some of the old fashion teachings about how two people should treat each other that are in a relationship.
5)   Is this novel a standalone?
Ø  If it is a part of a series, what’s the series name?
Ø  If it is the first in a series, when can we expect to see the next book published?
·   Lone Wolf 3 was the last of the series. The three novel series is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.
Ø  If it is a part of a book series, can it be read as a standalone or do you need to read the entire series to experience the full realm of the tale?
·   You must read the novels in order. Each is a continuation of the previous story.
6)   Where can readers connect with you and purchase your book?
The readers can find all my novels and short stories at