Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney – Guest Post and Giveaway


Synopsis: When an extra ticket becomes available to see the dress rehearsal of King Lear, Kellan tags along with Nana D and her buddies.

When one of them dies of an apparent heart attack in the middle of second act, Nana D raises her suspicions and asks Kellan to investigate the death. With family members suddenly in debt and a secret rendezvous between an unlikely pair, Kellan learns that the Paddingtons might not be as clean-cut as everyone thinks.

But can Kellan find the killer, or will he get caught up his own stage fright?


Kellan is back in book 2 of the Braxton Campus Mystery series. After the way book #1 ended, it was nice to jump right back in! This time Kellan is asked to investigate what appears to be a heart attack during a dress rehearsal of King Lear. Broken Heart Attack has plenty of humor to go along with the mystery, and I liked this story even better than book #1.

This book could be read as a standalone, but since it’s only #2 in the series, I’d recommend starting at the beginning with Academic Curveball if you haven’t already read it.

Please help me welcome the author to The Book’s the Thing today! Read on to see what he has to say, and be sure to enter the giveaway (link below) for a chance to win a copy of the book.

Hi. I suppose it is time to hear from the author again. I’ve been debating a few things I wanted to share, but I finally settled on a topic today: my 365 Daily Challenge. It’s actually almost a year old, but it lives on as a major component of my blog. I thought I’d share some thoughts about it as we move into 2019. A little bit of history… I worked full time as the Senior Vice President of Technology at The Madison Square Garden Company through August, 2016. I was responsible for overseeing 100+ staff and all the systems used in the corporate environment, security and compliance, desktop computers / access control, and events across each of the venues (~10 arenas and theatres). After my last day, I took a few weeks to just relax and re-group. Then I started a blog. For the next six months, I wrote book reviews and shared content about authors, books, and everyday life adventures. At the same time, I was writing my first book, Watching Glass Shatter. When I finished the book and sent it to an editor in March 2017, I knew it was time to get serious about blogging. On March 13th, I created the 365 Daily Challenge.

Every day for 1 year, I picked a word, shared the normal definition, and pontificated about what it really meant. Sundays became list days where I revealed my top 10 favorite or least favorite things. Fridays became alerts for new authors I felt compelled to promote or market for. Mondays were reserved for my dog, Ryder, who blasted me for whatever I did that week that he didn’t like. My blog was a cathartic adventure to discover who I was post my technology career and pre my author career. It became an engine that propelled me to having over 5,000 followers in about a year. I enjoyed chatting with everyone and had an amazing time writing a daily post with unique content that showed who I am as a person. I admitted faults. I shared fears. I celebrated successes. I tracked my truth for 365 days, hence the name of the blog: This Is My Truth Now.

When it ended, I felt a sigh of relief. 365 unique pieces of content with links, pictures, images, and videos was a lot of work. I miss it now. There are days I want to write a weekly blog again, but I convinced myself I couldn’t add to an already rigid writing, reading, and marketing schedule. But for anyone who really wants to get to know the real me, the 365 Daily Challenge has 365 topics with a word describing the post. Sample a few. Read a whole month. Pick all the lists. Tell me what you like, what you didn’t like. Maybe we’ll inspire something to grow from the blog for both of us.

Without this blog, I might have faltered in my writing. Every morning, it was a routine. I wrote the blog post, then I spent a few hours writing my book. By the time it was done, I’d published Watching Glass Shatter and finished editing my second novel, Father Figure. Within that year, I became the author I am today. From feedback on my writing style and thoughts to the structure this process encouraged inside of me, I learned what to do to be successful. While I’m not on the best seller lists yet, nor am I able to make a living off writing alone, I think of this journey as critical to helping pave the path for my future after my first career was finished. As I look forward in 2019, I am excited about what the future holds. While writing books and sharing stories will always be important to me and be part of my career, I’m taking a few hours on the side to figure out how to combine all the things I love into one bigger vocational quest.

Genealogy. Mentoring. Technology. Process Improvement. Imagination. Coaching. Writing. Reading. Editing. Social Media. Research. Bonding. Friendship. Charity. Support. Trust. Truth.

These are the virtues and dreams that guide me each day. What guides you each day? Do you ever stop to think about what you’re doing in the here and now, align it to the future you want, and take steps to encourage your goals to be met? Life is ultimately a balance of many things, and I’m finding as I grow older, perhaps it’s less about finding a single thing that you’re meant to do or be. Instead, maybe it’s about casting a wider net and achieving many smaller goals that make each and every day a better one for you, those around you, and the rest of the world.

I’m grateful to everyone for listening to be rant for a few minutes here. Share your truth with me on my blog. You can find it at The 365 Daily Challenge is one of the main menu items, and it’s organized by the 12 months I posted.



About the Author

James is my given name, but most folks call me Jay. I live in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and graduated from Moravian College with a degree in English literature. I spent fifteen years building a technology career in the retail, sports, media, and entertainment industries. I enjoyed my job, but a passion for books and stories had been missing for far too long. I’m a voracious reader in my favorite genres (thriller, suspense, contemporary, mystery, and historical fiction), as books transport me to a different world where I can immerse myself in so many fantastic cultures and places. I’m an avid genealogist who hopes to visit all the German, Scottish, Irish, and British villages my ancestors emigrated from in the 18th and 19th centuries. I frequently blog and publish book reviews on everything I read at ThisIsMyTruthNow via WordPress.

Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, my mind, and my body. I decided to pursue my passion by dusting off the creativity inside my head and drafting outlines for several novels. I quickly realized I was back in my element growing happier and more excited with life each day. My goal in writing is to connect with readers who want to be part of great stories and who enjoy interacting with authors. To get a strong picture of who I am, check out my author website or my blog. It’s full of humor and eccentricity, sharing connections with everyone I follow—all in the hope of building a network of friends across the world.

When I completed the first book, Watching Glass Shatter, I knew I’d stumbled upon my passion again, suddenly dreaming up characters, plots, and settings all day long. I chose my second novel, Father Figure, through a poll on my blog where I let everyone vote for their favorite plot and character summaries. It is with my third book, Academic Curveball,, the first in the Braxton Campus Mysteries, where I immersed myself in a college campus full of so much activity, I could hardly stop thinking about new murder scenes or character relationships to finish writing the current story. Come join in the fun!


List of Books & Blog

Watching Glass Shatter (October 2017)

Father Figure (April 2018)

Braxton Campus Mysteries

Academic Curveball – #1 (October 2018)

Broken Heart Attack – #2 (November 2018)

Flower Power Trip – #3 (Early 2019)

Websites & Blog




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7 thoughts on “Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney – Guest Post and Giveaway

  1. Thank you for being part of the book tour for “Broken Heart Attack” by James J. Cudney. I’d love the opportunity to read this great sounding book.

    Enjoyed reading Jay’s guest post and learning about the 365 Challenge.
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  2. Good morning,

    Thank you for sharing this guest post all about me and my life outside of my books. I appreciate your fun review and support, and I’m so glad you liked book 2 even more than book 1. It’s a good thing to have growth; book 3 is halfway complete, so this is giving me the focus to get it done sooner. Have a wonderful weekend.


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