I am super happy to Reveal the Cover of James Cudney (alias Jay)’s next story: Flower Power Trip

Hi dear friends,

It’s always a privilege to help James Cudney (alias Jay) promote his books as he holds a special place in my reader’s heart!

So it’s with great joy that I am revealing his new (and kind of upbeat) book’s cover today!



Book Blurb

At a masquerade ball to raise money for renovations to Memorial Library, Kellan finds a dead body dressed in a Dr. Evil costume.

Did one of Maggie’s sisters kill the annoying guest who’d been staying at the Roarke and Daughters Inn, or does the victim have a closer connection to someone else at Braxton College?

As Kellan helps school president Ursula bury a secret from her past and discover the identity of her stalker, he unexpectedly encounters a missing member of his family. Everything seems to trace back to the Stoddards: a new family who recently moved in.

Between the murder, a special flower exhibit and strange postcards arriving each week, Kellan can’t decide which mystery in his life should take priority. But unfortunately, the biggest one of all has yet to be exposed – and when it is, Kellan won’t know what hit him.


Author Bio


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 dogs have segments where they complain 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. How else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side? 


PS from Sophie: what Jay does not tell you is that he has an adorable yet mischievous dog Baxter!


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13 Replies to “I am super happy to Reveal the Cover of James Cudney (alias Jay)’s next story: Flower Power Trip”

  1. I like the sound of this one and love a good cozy every now and then. I will have to grab this one.


  2. This sounds good! Congrats on the upcoming release, James!

    1. Thank you!

  3. Oh, now this sounds right up my reading alley. I love me a good cozy mystery and will be adding this to my wish list! 😀

  4. Ooh, this sounds like a good one, and I love how it has the happy flowers vibe on the cover and then there is a huge knife in there which is shocking 😀 Thanks for introducing this one to me ^.^

    My recent post: https://oliviascatastrophe.com/2019/02/january-wrap-up-2019/

    1. Hi,

      I hope you enjoy it! The first book in the series is aFREE Kindle download this weekend. That knife… oh we debated whether to go smaller or not!



  5. I just grabbed Watching Glass Shatter yesterday! What a coincidence. This book sounds right up my alley too! I love the genre and the cover and title are so fun!

    1. Hi Laura,

      Thanks! I hope you like Watching Glass Shatter. It’s heavier than my cozy series, but not as dark as my other book, Father Figure.

      The first book in the series is a FREE Kindle download this weekend.



  6. Thank you so much Sophie… Your post is so cool… ❤️

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Shalini!!!

  7. Hi,

    I love that I have an alias. And Baxter will appear in the updated version of my author profile next month! Thank you for sharing today. I appreciate your support!



    1. Jay – if you are looking for reviewers, I’d love to participate. 😀

    2. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      See I have all the good ideas Jay! LOL

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