Weathering Old Souls – Cover Reveal

It is beautiful to see two prolific authors collaborating on the same literary work.
I am honored to participate in the cover reveal for “Weathering Old Souls” a new book by James J. Cudney IV and Didi Oviatt, due to be released Mid May 2021. The cover is very attractive and mysterious. The book trailer….thrilling.

The genre is contemporary fiction with historical interludes, metaphysical elements, past life regression, suspense / mystery. Here is a little something to get to know the book and the authors.

Description:

Abigail has always struggled with strange voices appearing inside her head. From the relentless tyranny a woman faces on an antebellum plantation to the unknown prison camps in America during World War II, our heroine discovers the past in a way that forever changes her future. There are moments from previous periods that serve as guiding posts for the country’s growth, but they also mark the transitions for Abigail’s own personal history. Her best friend, Margaret, partners with Abigail to discover the identity of these voices while focusing on her passion and quest to become a United States senator. Through it all, a serial killer torments the country, romance blossoms between some of the people they meet during the journey, and secrets long thought buried come to light in devastating ways. With the twisting of elements, numerical alignments, and the trauma of spiritual entanglements, no one will be the same… and just a few might not even be around anymore.

There will be a few giveaways – http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e5ee1a9223/?
Didi and James are giving away 4 prizes as part of this book launch. The giveaway will run from 3/31 thru 5/16. We will close it after Release Day and select 4 winners.

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • $40 Psychic Services
  • 1 eBook of Weathering Old Souls
  • 1 physical book of Weathering Old Souls (US Only)

About the Author – Didi Oviatt

Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search for Maylee, Justice for Belle, Aggravated Momentum, and Sketch, along with multiple short story collections. She’s collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology, The Suspenseful Collection. Most recently, she published her first romance novella titled Skinny Dippin’ which was originally released as a part of the highly appraised Anthology, Sinners and Saints. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can be found enjoying a laid-back outdoorsy lifestyle. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails, and sun-bathing in the desert heat play an important part of her day to day lifesty

Where to find Didi:
https://didioviatt.wordpress.com
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7207389.Didi_Oviatt
https://www.facebook.com/didioviatt
https://twitter.com/Didi_Oviatt
https://www.instagram.com/didioviatt/
http://amazon.com/author/didioviatt
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/didi-oviatt

About the Author – James J. Cudney

Background
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, an historic but small liberal arts school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a degree in English literature and minors in Education, Business and Spanish. After college, I accepted a technical writing position for a telecommunications company during Y2K and spent the last ~20 years building a career in technology & business operations in the retail, sports, media, hospitality, and entertainment industries. Throughout those years, I wrote short stories, poems, and various beginnings to the “Great American Novel,” but I was so focused on my career that writing became a hobby. In 2016, I committed to focusing my energies toward reinvigorating a second career in reading, writing, and publishing.

Author
Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, mind, and body. At some points, it was just a few poems or short stories; at others, it was full length novels and stories. My current focus is family drama fiction, cozy mystery novels, and suspense thrillers. I conjure characters and plots that I feel must be unwound. I think of situations people find themselves in and feel compelled to tell the story. It’s usually a convoluted plot with many surprise twists and turns. I feel it necessary to take that ride all over the course. My character is easily pictured in my head. I know what he is going to encounter or what she will feel. But I need to use the right words to make it clear.

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 two 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 reviews, write a blog and publish tons of content: TRUTH. 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 dogs have had weekly segments called “Ryder’s Rants” or “Baxter’s Barks,” 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 that’s why they are me.

Genealogist & Researcher
I love history and research, finding myself often reaching back into the past to understand why someone made the choice he or she did and what were the subsequent consequences. I enjoy studying the activities and culture from hundreds of years ago to trace the roots and find the puzzle of my own history. I wish I could watch my ancestors from a secret place to learn how they interacted with others; and maybe I’ll comprehend why I do things the way I do.

Websites & Blog
Website: https://jamesjcudney.com/
Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com
Amazon: http://bit.ly/JJCIVBooks
Next Chapter: https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/james-j-cudney
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/james-j-cudney

Social Media
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesJCudneyIVAuthor/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BraxtonCampusMysteries/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyTruthNow/
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

This sounds so interesting, I wish both of you, Didi and James, a great success. I hope the book will not keep me awake at night, ah, ah, ah. 😀😀😀.

Valentina
Amazon Author’s Page


Valentina Cirasola is an art lover, author, and a lifetime designer. Often people describe her as “the colorist” as she loves to color her clients’ world and loves to create the unusual. Currently, she consults on colors that will enhance clients’ personalities and are in tune with their lifestyles. To add harmony and peace to the homes, Valentina creates atmospheres using proper lighting and creating fantasy rooms instead of typical rooms looking like furniture showrooms. She is the author of six published books, two of which are on design subjects and colors. Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Does Your Book Cover Talk? Valentina Cirasola | Author

I was talking to someone casually about my new book published in Nov. 2020:
©Design Nature For A Colorful Home

She was impressed with the cover and asked me if it meant anything. Yes, it does.
The book is about the relation between nature and our home interiors. Human beings are not islands of their own, people are connected to other people and in turn, we are all connected to the universe. The universe is made of vegetation and creatures that sustain our life and planets that sustain our emotions.
Building a square, rectangular, or round home is not only about the functionality of the geometry, but it is also very much about how a home communicates with nature, the natural light that infuses a home, the exposure to wind and sun, the outdoor colors that will determine the indoor colors, the vibrational energy of colors and much more.

In my book cover, I wanted to combine an architectural feature and an element of nature.

The book could have not come at a more appropriate time than this lockdown time.

We have been forced to stay home for a year now. Before the lockdown, some people usually didn’t even spend more than 30 minutes a day in their homes and now they are forced to like their sofas, their kitchen, and unfortunately their staycation. Before lockdown, life was hectic and most of us were always on the run, trying to pack as many activities or appointments as possible in one day basically leaving the home for just the necessary activities, washing, sleeping, washing clothes, and preparing kids for next day school.
Due to the constrictions of social distancing and businesses being temporarily closed or partly closed, people now feel confined and are feeling their home as a prison.

With my book, I wanted to give people a new outlook on the home by turning to nature for new solutions.
I wanted people to see the home, maybe, as they have never seen it before, as a warm cocoon, from which to grow personally as a single entity or together with family and nurture those dreams that have not yet come to a realization.
We must stay home, might as well, make some improvements that will allow a renewal of vital forces.


Back to the meaning of my cover. The flowerpot is like the person growing, blossoming, or transforming into a new self, and that new self is resting on a large, bold architectural capital, a feature representing the foundation of the house, large enough to support all emotions, unexpected changes, dreams, development, and everything that can happen to our lives in this ghastly time

Does the cover of your book reveal a meaning? Ciao.
Valentina 
Amazon Author’s Page

Copyright © 2021 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

My Mask


Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 6 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking, and travel. She never gives up trying new things and doesn’t fear failure. Some years ago, Valentina became a TV producer/host producing shows under her label: Valentina Design Universe. The goal of her shows is to entertain, inspire and inform, while she is living her passion.
Get a copy of her books here: Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Tales Of A Stone | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

How many times I wake up in the morning wanting to remember a dream and nothing comes to mind. “If you touch your hair as soon as you wake up, the dream will be gone” my grandmother told me. I don’t want to remember the bad dreams, I like to leave them in Morpheus’s world. Who wants to remember the bad dreams? But the good dreams….how can we remember them? One stone might do the trick: red jasper and its red vibes.

“We know that in Chinese culture brides wear red on their wedding day for prosperity, passion, and to stimulate the sex life; a red jasper is part of their attire to energize the soul and get increased courage to pursuit dreams.
It is a stone that works on the soul and life purpose.
I have read many interesting tales about this red stone, and I can’t decide which one I like the best. I strongly believe in the healing energy of stones, I like to believe these are not just tales.

  • Do you want to remember your dreams? Place a red jasper under the pillow.
  • Do you want your sex life to come alive? Place a red jasper at the foot of the bed.
  • Do you want to be protected from catching flu? Wear red jasper stone.
  • Do you want to find a new idea? Hold a red jasper in your hands.  

    I own a few red garnet stones I purchased in Bohemia. I have placed one in my wallet with the coins to attract prosperity and abundance.
    Wearing a garnet bracelet on the left wrist will create the new ideas one is looking for; wearing one on the right wrist will create life changes. The people of Bohemia taught me this.”

    This is an excerpt from my new book just published:
    ©Design Nature For A Colorful Home, available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Now I need to find a red jasper stone. Ciao,
    Valentina

Design Nature For A Colorful Home
©Design Nature For A Colorful Home

Copyright © 2020 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

It’s my hope that through my writing and my stories I am enriching your aesthetic sensibility towards design, style, and inspiring you to live in beauty. I love to encourage my clients to show their personality through their home décor, or the clothes they wear. I have loved my profession as an interior-fashion designer since 1990. Now, I am on a new path, taking people on a journey of color vibrations. Check out one of my books on the subject of colors, ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition. Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Design Nature For A Colorful Home

Design Nature For A Colorful Home
Design Nature For A Colorful Home – Author Valentina Cirasola

I will be finishing this year with a bang and I am happy. I present to you my new book ©Design Nature For A Colorful Home. It will be published on Amazon and Barnes & Noble by Nov.6, 2020. Watch the trailer here.


The book delves into the relationship between nature and the interiors of our homes. It also focuses on how to take advantage of nature’s colors and turn them into doable solutions.

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken” ~ Leo Tolstoy ~

I have introduced the concept of healing stones based on the colors of the rooms and explained the reasons we might need them. Of course, people do what they want in their home, but when they suffer headaches, depression, or other ailments, never occurs to them it could be related to the colors or other elements missing in their home. The home has a spirit that will love you if you create an inspiring, healthy, vibrant home for the body, mind, and spirit. Everyone will feel comfortable in a home conceived with harmony and that’s when love grows.

The launch of the book ©Design Nature For A Colorful Home will start on Thursday, Nov. 5, and will end on Thursday 12, 2020. With the election in the middle, I didn’t want to detract attention from the country’s big event.
I will be very grateful to anyone who wants to participate in my launch and the book tour. Every participant will receive a free ebook and a tangible gift. Thank you in advance. Ciao,
Valentina

Copyright © 2020 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

It’s my hope that through my writing and my stories I am enriching your aesthetic sensibility towards design, style, and inspiring you to live in beauty. I love to encourage my clients to show their personality through their home décor, or the clothes they wear. I have loved my profession as an interior-fashion designer since 1990. I am here ready to offer consultations on-line if you need it. Check out one of my books on the subject of colors, ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition.
Amazon and Barnes&Noble

I am featured on D.G. Kaye’s site today

I am honored to be featured on the D.G. Kaye, Writer, the Eclectic Memoirist and Conversationalist. Her Q&A today focuses on a bit of my life as a designer and an author.
Thank you, thank you, Debby, much appreciate it.

I find it not so easy to talk about myself, first I don’t know where to start, my parents made me an adult, possibly as soon as I was born, and although my life as a child was a happy one, I don’t have many childhood stories that have shaped me in the adulthood. I was born a practical person, knowing what I wanted and pursued it to the best of my abilities.
Without further ado, I leave you with the Q&A by D.G.Kaye, click on the link to read the full interview.

It’s my hope that through my writing and my stories I am enriching your aesthetic sensibility towards design, style, and inspiring you to live in beauty. I love to encourage my clients to show their personality through their home décor, or the clothes they wear. I have loved my profession as an interior-fashion designer since 1990. I am here ready to offer consultations on-line if you need it. Check out one of my books on the subject of colors, ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors, Second Edition. Amazon and Barnes&Noble

eBook Discount Week

I am new at this marketing effort with Amazon, I will try it for a while, maybe I will like it. I started a new reduced price campaign on all my ebooks only. This week “The Road To Top Of The World” will be offered at a reduced price. https://amzn.to/2H7ipGE

It’s a travel narrative about a trip I took to Puglia, Italy, with a group of American friends, who knew nothing about the region and ended up discovering a new type of life, full of emotions and new sensations.

Initially, I was going to Puglia by myself that year, it’s my native region, I have family and old-time friends there, it’s special, but not original.
My American friends heard me talking about the plans and adventurously tagged along with me. For them, it was like going on a blind date.
To say they had fun is an understatement.

During their stay in Puglia, they challenged me to write this book. I asked them: “what would be the tile if I accepted to write it?” I did not even wait for their answer, the title just came out “The Road To Top Of The World”. They looked at each other, nodded, smiled, and then said:
“You took us to the top of the world”.
That was the end, in my mind, the book had already been published.
Five months later it was on the market.

©The Road To Top Of The World – Author Valentina Cirasola


The book will be at a reduced price from:
Oct.14 through Oct.18, 2020 on Amazon.com

https://amzn.to/2H7ipGE

Also, it will be on sale on Amazon.uk from:
Oct.15 through Oct.18, 2020.

Take advantage of my offer. https://amzn.to/2H7ipGE

This is a fun book and if you are thinking to travel to Italy in the near future, this book will guide you to a wheel of new emotions. Thank you.
Valentina
Amazon Author’s Page
Goodreads

Copyright © 2020 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

Valentina

Valentina Cirasola is a designer, author, TV producer, and a storyteller by nature. Stories told through shapes, lines, forms, and colors are very important to her design career to convey ideas that contribute to the making of a personalized home, reflecting the life’s experiences of people living there. As an author, she writes non-fictional books, they are practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, travel, and cooking. Amazon and Barnes&Nobles

Hullaba Lulu Book Launch | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

Today I am hosting my talented Friend and Author Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene who is launching a new book, a fantasy novella, a “dieselpunk” story, as she calls it. 
I learned about the book Hullaba Lulu, when it was made into episodes on the author’s blog with the hint of three-world things the readers would leave on her blog comments, hoping those three things would get worked into a new story and they did.

Valentina, thanks again for letting me visit.  Here’s the rest of the information for Hullaba Lulu. I am delighted to host you, Teagan.


The book has a 1920s aesthetic with retro-futuristic technology, a dash of magic, and some creepy settings, along with a crew of misfit characters.  Lulu is a snarky, but good-hearted flapper.  She and her friends get into all sorts of trouble (often due to Lulu’s clumsiness).  They travel on a magical train to a lot of “sideways” places.
My one real-world thing is Erte. “Valentina, with your love of fashion and Art Deco, I’m not surprised that you chose Erté” says the author.

Erté was the byname of Romain de Tirtoff.  It was derived from the French pronunciation of his initials, R.T.  He was born November 23, 1892, in St. Petersburg, Russia—died April 21, 1990, in Paris, France.  Erté was a fashion illustrator of the 1920s and creator of visual spectacles for music-hall revues in France.  He designed dresses and accessories for women, costumes, and sets for opera, ballet, and dramatic productions, and posters and prints.

I met Erte’
It was the early ’80s, I was in Paris on vacation. I have some friends there I wanted to visit. One evening they arranged a dinner for me with some of their own friends. The evening was pleasant, we exchanged a lot of laughers and I got to know new people and into the arts. After dinner, the new person I met, had promised another friend to come by his place for a drink. That person invited me along.
I felt safe, during dinner, we talked about the arts, fashion, and design. I felt no threat, when people are into the arts, are into violence, I thought to myself and I went, I did not know I was going to Erte’s house.
Erte’ himself opened the door, he introduced himself as Romain, but he looked familiar, he looked like Erte’ split image. I didn’t want to say
“You look like Erte”, therefore I stayed silent. He was not too tall, slim, fully groomed, and attired well in a velvet smoking jacket, or a chamber jacket as it was called. From what I could see, his house was opulent and not so extravagant, considering who he was and the fame that preceded him.
I remember one thing, a large aquarium filled with exotic fish dominated one wall. The room must have been a library room, filled with bookshelves, on one side, the desk and an armchair behind it on the other side.
I also remember a large bar, with lots of mirrors, liqueurs, and beautiful glasses. We had a great conversation, I saw his drawings and the illustrations of stage design. During the conversation, he told me his nome de plume was Erte’… Lucky me, I got to meet a legend.

My Review on Hullaba Lulu
What a fun story! I have never read a Dieselpunk Adventure Story. This will give me the chance to read more of what the author will write in the future. The novel is set in the roaring 1920s, the flappers, the drinking prohibition imposed in the USA, and train travel. Reading this novel, it’s like slicing through time and I love going back in times I have not lived. It’s brilliant how the Author Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene has included futuristic technology, with magic, tarot cards, automobiles and famous people and how well she worked them all in one plot. I love how strong her characters are, Lulu and her friends Pearl and Rose speak their mind and they are not afraid of any situations they face. The novel is short and full of action, it’s funny and entertaining. I truly recommend this novel. Well done Teagan, your imagination is spatial. 😀👋


Snippet
Here’s a snippet related to Erté.  In this scene, everyone is headed to the Cotton Club… or a strange version of it, anyway.  Lulu is sad and one of the automatons stayed behind with her.

How could Ginger have heard that I was sad?  That as creepy as the jukebox or the Orthophonic Victrola playing the song I mentioned.

I remember how excited Wicky, Wacky, and Woo had been because they had arranged for Dynamite to sing to Ginger onstage at the Cotton Club.  I couldn’t ruin that surprise for any of them.

So, I pretended enthusiasm that I didn’t feel.  I admit that I actually did perk up when I saw the gorgeous gown Ginger brought.  It was royal purple silk and looked like an Erté original.  The rose-gold bot also brought a black boa to accessorize the gown.

“There’s a bit of a walk to the club,” Ginger began.  “Will your kitten heels be suitable?  Ah!  But there is another way.  We could take the Rolls-Royce!”

I remembered Valentino had that automobile parked on the street above my grandfather’s speakeasy.  You had to admit, the guy knew how to put on the Ritz!

***

Flappers 3 n bots metropolis


Here’s the Blurb
Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure is a wild and wooly 1920s fantasy story.  Lulu, the heroine is inspired by the song, “Don’t Bring Lulu,” from 1925 ― so are her pals, Pearl and Rose.  My Lulu loves to dance, and freely indulges in giggle water.  She snores and burps and says whatever she wants.  Lulu is a snarky but good-hearted flapper.  The song’s inspiration stops there, but the story is just beginning.

Travel with Lulu and her friends on a magical, dieselpunk train that belongs to the smolderingly handsome and enigmatic man known only as Valentino.  They get into all sorts of trouble, usually due to Lulu’s clumsiness.  It’s an intense ride through a number of pos-i-lutely creepy settings, including “sideways” versions of Atlantic City and the Cotton Club.  At every stop and in between, Lulu ends up creating chaos.  There’s no telling where they’ll end up.  No, Lulu! Don’t touch that!

Lulu’s the kind of smarty, breaks up every party,

Hullabaloo loo, don’t bring Lulu,

I’ll bring her myself!

Purchase Links

Amazon Universal Links
Kindle:  relinks.me/B08JKP1RS4
Paperback:  relinks.me/B08JDYXPZM
Alternative Seller
Kobo eBook:  https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hullaba-lulu

Book Trailer Video


Author Bio

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the desert southwest (of the USA). Teagan most often writes one kind of fantasy or another, including the “Punk” genres, like steampunk, dieselpunk, and atompunk. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or an urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy. There are no extremes in violence, sex, or profanity.
Her talents also include book covers and promotional images.  She makes all of her own.  Teagan is currently exploring the idea of offering that service to others.
All of the books by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene are available at her
Amazon Author Page ( relinks.me/TeaganRiordainGeneviene )
Blog:  www.teagansbooks.com

Social Media Links

You can also visit Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene at:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangeneviene/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangeneviene/

Congratulations to Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, whishing you great success.
Valentina
Amazon and Barnes&Noble
Goodreads
Amazon Author’s Page


Valentina

Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking, and travel. She never gives up trying new things and doesn’t fear failure. Some years ago, Valentina became a TV producer/host producing shows under her label: Valentina Design Universe. The goal of her shows is to entertain, inspire, and inform, while she is living her passion.

Hiding Cracked Glass Book Tour | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

Welcome to a new book launch by Author James Cudney IV, Hiding Cracked Glass. This is the second book of the Series Name: Perceptions of Glass.

Hiding Cracked Glass
Hiding Cracked Glass

About the Book
An ominous blackmail letter appears at an inopportune moment. The recipient’s name is accidentally blurred out upon arrival. Which member of the Glass family is the ruthless missive meant for?

In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat and assumes it’s meant for her. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands and is read aloud, it throws the entire Glass family into an inescapable trajectory of self-question. Across the span of eight hours, Olivia and her sons contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets or find a way to bury them forever. Some failed to learn an important lesson last time. Will they determine how to save themselves before it’s too late?

Each chapter’s focus alternates between the various family members and introduces several new and familiar faces with a vested interest in the outcome. As each hour ticks by, the remaining siblings and their mother gradually reveal what’s happened to them in the preceding months, and when the blackmailer makes an appearance at Olivia’s birthday party, the truth brilliantly comes to light.

Although everyone seemed to embrace the healing process at the end of Watching Glass Shatter, there were hidden cracks in the Glass family that couldn’t be mended. Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, but this time, the stakes are even higher. Someone wants to teach them a permanent lesson and refuses to stop until success is achieved.

Amazon Link:
https://www.amazon.com/Hiding-Cracked-Glass-Perceptions-Book-ebook/dp/B08F3YWTYX
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hiding-Cracked-Glass-Perceptions-Book-ebook/dp/B08F3YWTYX
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54399989-hiding-cracked-glass

James has organized a giveaway. check it out here:
https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e5ee1a9220/?

About The Author
Background
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, a historic but small liberal arts school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a degree in English literature and minors in Education, Business, and Spanish. After college, I accepted a technical writing position for a telecommunications company during Y2K and spent the last ~20 years building a career in technology & business operations 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 in technology and business that writing became a hobby. In 2016, I refocused some of my energies toward reinvigorating a second career in 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 focus is family drama fiction, cozy mystery novels and suspense thrillers. I think of characters and plots that I feel must be unwound. I think of situations people find themselves in and feel compelled to tell the story. It’s usually a convoluted plot with many surprise twists and turns. I feel it necessary to take that ride all over the course. My character is easily pictured in my head. I know what he is going to encounter or what she will feel. But I need to use the right words to make it clear.

Author James Cudney IV

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 reviews, write a blog and publish tons of content: TRUTH. 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 dogs have had weekly segments called “Ryder’s Rants” or “Baxter’s Barks” 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 that’s why they are me.

Genealogist & Researcher
I love history and research, finding myself often reaching back into the past to understand why someone made the choice he or she did and what were the subsequent consequences. I enjoy studying the activities and culture from hundreds of years ago to trace the roots and find the puzzle of my own history. I wish I could watch my ancestors from a secret place to learn how they interacted with others; and maybe I’ll comprehend why I do things the way I do.

My review on Hiding Cracked Glass
Surprise letters always frighten me, it has been my experience they never carry good news, otherwise, why would they keep secrets? Hiding Cracked Glass is made of many characters, all members, one way or another of the wealthy Glass family and every one holds a secret. In the beginning, I felt a bit overwhelmed keeping up with all the personages and all their secrets, but author James Cudney IV, makes them real, their turmoil and family drama are not too far from what people experience in real life.
I sympathized with Diane, Olivia Glass’s sister. She helps Olivia overcoming the death of her husband by stirring memories of a trip made to Italy together.

Diane sounds much like all my 5 loved aunts, always very supportive, always ready to help out in moments of needs, always generous with their time, their love, and little less generous with their money. My aunts were the glue that kept the family together, very much like Diane does in the Glass family. She also holds a secret. I have enjoyed reading about this character.

The twists and turns of the Glass Family’s vicissitudes are interesting and mysterious enough to keep the readers turning to the next page and find out what happens. I felt I was there, in that house, with all the members. The author did a great job to keep me reading all the way to the end. I am a practical person, who doesn’t read many family dramas, therefore the author succeeded. His writing is clear and his voice strong. If this is going to be a sequel, I look forward to the next story. I recommend this book, it’s a true gem. So glad you crossed my path James.


People come into our life for a reason
I met Author James Cudney IV, a year ago, over the internet when I was doing the launch of my fourth book. We connected immediately and became friends. James is an accomplished writer, he wrote nine novels in three years, some of his work has been translated in Portuguese, Spanish, German, and Italian. In 2021 he will release a new book co-authored with a “surprise” writer (TBD). On his blog https://thisismytruthnow.com, he has reviewed over 1,000 books; he shares several fun features, including the Book Bucket List, Tips & Advice, Author Spotlights & Book Alerts, and the 365 Daily Challenge, where he posts a word each day that has some meaning to him, then converse with everyone about life.

James Cudney’s Websites & Blog
Website: https://jamesjcudney.com/
Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com
Amazon: http://bit.ly/JJCIVBooks
Next Chapter Pub: https://www.nextchapter.pub/authors/james-j-cudney
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/james-j-cudney

James Cudney’s Social Media
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamescudney4
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesJCudneyIVAuthor/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BraxtonCampusMysteries/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyTruthNow/
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

James Cudney’s Genres, Formats & Languages
I write in the family drama and mystery genres. My first two books are Watching Glass Shatter (2017) and Father Figure (2018). Both are contemporary fiction and focus on the dynamics between parents and children and between siblings. I’m currently writing the sequel to Watching Glass Shatter. I also have a light mystery series called the Braxton Campus Mysteries with six books available.
All my books come in multiple formats (Kindle, physical print, large print paperback, and audiobook) and some are also translated into foreign languages such as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and German.

James Cudney’s Goodreads Book Links
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 (March 2019)
· Mistaken Identity Crisis – #4 (June 2019)
· Haunted House Ghost – #5 (October 2019)
· Frozen Stiff Drink – #6 (March 2020)

@jamescudney4 and @Shalini_G26

Congratulations to James Cudney IV, Ad Majora.

Valentina

Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking, and travel. She never gives up trying new things and doesn’t fear failure. Some years ago, Valentina became a TV producer/host producing shows under her label: Valentina Design Universe. The goal of her shows is to entertain, inspire, and inform, while she is living her passion.
Amazon and Barnes&Noble
Goodreads
Amazon Author’s Page

Fall Book Releases | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

Excitement is in the air this Autumn. This community of writers, I have known personally with whom I became friends, have been busy fantasizing and producing words for us to enjoy. I compiled a list of a few books coming out very shortly, keep an eye on the launches, there will be many specials offered. Happy reading.

Author James Cudney IV announced the release of his mystery novel Hiding Cracked Glass (book 2 of 2), Oct. 5, 2020.

Excerpt: “A blackmail letter arrives at an inopportune moment, and the recipient’s name is blurred out. Who is the ruthless missive meant for?
In the powerful sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, Olivia is the first to read the nasty threat. When the mysterious letter falls into the wrong hands, her sons try to figure out who’s seeking revenge on them.
Across the span of eight hours, members of the Glass family contemplate whether to confess their hidden secrets or find a way to bury them forever. Some didn’t learn an important lesson last time, and as each hour ticks by, the family has to come to terms with what happened in the previous months.
Their lives are about to shatter into pieces once again, and this time the stakes are even higher.”
Find the paperback version on Amazon after the launch date; the kindle version is available now – http://mybook.to/hidingcg

Hiding Cracked Glass

Hiding Cracked Glass

About the Author: I met Author James Cudney IV, a year ago, over the internet when I was doing the launch of my fourth book. We connected immediately and became friends. James is an accomplished writer, he wrote nine novels in three years, some of his work has been translated in Portuguese, Spanish, German, and Italian. In 2021 he will release a new book co-authored with a surprise writer. On his blog https://thisismytruthnow.com, he has reviewed over 1,000 books; he shares several fun features, including the Book Bucket List, Tips & Advice, Author Spotlights & Book Alerts, and the 365 Daily Challenge, where he posts a word each day that has some meaning to him, then converse with everyone about life. Visit his author’s page on Amazon, and  Goodreads where you will see all his reviews on books written by other authors.

Author Maria Bradfield announced the release of a motivational book Navigating The Clickety-Clack – Nov. 4, 2020.
She is a featured author in the Navigating the Clickety-Clack: How to Live a Peace-Filled Life in a Seemingly Toxic World.
Also featured in the book are New York Times Bestselling Authors, Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor, from the hit movie, The Secret, and Christy Whitman.

Introduction: “Hello. My name is Keith Leon S., owner of Beyond Belief Publishing, and I want to welcome you to our book designed to help you Navigate The Clickety-Clack. As we begin this journey together, you may not yet understand the title, but I am confident you navigate this troubling place from time to time. We all do.
Back in 2005, my wife Maura and I met a man named Fletch Rainey at the Agape International Center of Truth in California. We became good friends with Fletch. Eventually, he created a group called, “The Spiritual Posse” and became one of our spiritual mentors. We would reach out to him when we were freaking out about money, business challenges, fears, or when we were in flux, not knowing what to do next.
One time when we called him with one of our issues, he said, “Relax, you are just in The Clickety-Clack.”
We asked, “What is The Clickety-Clack?”
Fletch said, “Remember when you had a ten-speed bicycle, and you changed from one gear to another? There is that moment when the chain is jumping from one gear to the next gear, but it has not clicked in yet. What sound does it make? Clickety-clack . . . clickety-clack. You have faith it will catch eventually, so you keep peddling the bike. Your faith pays off because it eventually catches, and when it does, you are off into an even better gear! That is where you are right now—you are in The Clickety-Clack. Have faith and know that things will kick into the next gear soon enough. Trust, and know that all is well.”
His reply would stay with us, and to this day when Maura and I are experiencing worry or not knowing what to do next, one of us will look at the other and say, “ClicketyClack.” Other times I have experienced the Clickety-Clack are when others around me are freaking out, coming unglued, being judgmental, hateful, or angry toward me.
In a world filled with so much anger, resentment, judgment, hate, shame, and fingerpointing, how is one supposed to stay peaceful?”

Navigating The Clickety-Clack

Navigating The Clickety-Clack

About the Author: Maria Bradfield was one of my fun clients, I met her immediate family, a bunch of happy people, while I was working at her house’s project. She is a motivational coach, “Passionate About Performance”. Listen to her podcast https://www.coachingwithmaria.com/


Author Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
announced the release of her new novella. a Dieselpunk Adventure, Hullaba Lulu – Sept.30, 2020.

Introduction: “Hullaba Lulu is a “dieselpunk” novel. It has a 1920s aesthetic with retro-futuristic technology, a dash of magic, and some creepy settings, along with a crew of misfit characters. Lulu is a snarky, but good-hearted flapper. She and her friends get into all sorts of trouble (often due to Lulu’s clumsiness). They travel on a magical train to a lot of “sideways” places.”
Watch the trailer video.

Lulu Dancer Color

Hullaba Lulu

About the Author: I met Teagan on the blogosphere, I liked her Delta Pearl episodes and started to follow each other. She is a proliferous author of many fantasy books, including the “Punk” genres, like steampunk, dieselpunk, and atompunk. Visit her author’s page on Amazon and Goodreads where she reviews books written by other authors.

Author Melissa Muldoon announced the release of her novel The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola, end of Nov. 2020.
It is about the painting Sofonisba Anguissola, who was also a student of Michelangelo. It is based on historical facts, and most events, people, and places describe in the story are real….

Excerpt: “Set in the sixteenth-century, The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola tells the love story of a woman’s passion for art… and for a man. In a world where women painters had little to no acknowledgment, she was singled out by Michelangelo and Vasari, who recognized and praised her talent. Gaining the Milanese elite’s acclaim, she went on to become court painter to Spanish King Phillip II, and taught his queen to paint. One can’t live such an extraordinary life without having stories to tell… and tell them Sofonisba does to Sir Anthony Van Dyke, who comes to visit her toward the end of her life.”

The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola

The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola

About the Author: I met Melissa Muldoon, a few years ago, at a Christmas artsy show organized by the Italian-American Museum in San Francisco, where we both were vendors and became friends. Through the years, we participated in the same kind of shows through various venues where Italian culture and products were on display. Melissa loves Italy, she writes fiction novels based on historical Italian places. In her novel Dreaming Sophia, (Sophia Loren), she ended up meeting the one and only Mrs. Loren after the publication of her book. Visit Melissa’s website, her author’s page on Amazon, and her Goodreads page.

 

 

Author Aeriol Ascher announced the release of the book Healing Body Mind and Soul for a Better World – Feb 2021.

22 Authors contributed to this book and will participate in the book talk, which revolves around how to embrace self-care for a better you and a better world. The free Book Talk Series can be accessed at the event link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/122179290547

Aeriol Ascher

Aeriol Ascher

 

About the Author: I met Aeriol Ascher at a networking lunch meeting. I liked how she presented the subject of her talk, her energy was powerful and she had a strong presence. I invited her to appear on the live stage on my TV show, where she sang, played Tibetan bowls, and talked about healing vibrations. We had a great show. Aeriol is an international bestselling Author, Speaker, Podcast Personality, Metaphysical Teacher, Holistic Healing Master, Mentor, and Intuitive Guide on a mission to raise the vibration of the planet one soul at a time.
Visit her: Virtual business card: https://aeriol.gotmygocard.com  and her Website: https://healingbodymindandsoul.com

My new book will be on the market by the end of November 2020, I will be ready to show it very soon. This concludes my selection of new books for this Autumn, stay tuned. Ciao,
Valentina
Amazon Author’s Page  
Goodreads

 

Valentina

Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. She has conceived a few new books of various subjects to which she is working simultaneously. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking, and travel. She never gives up trying new things and doesn’t fear failure. Some years ago, Valentina became a TV producer/host producing shows under her label: Valentina Design Universe. The goal of her shows is to entertain, inspire, and inform, while she is living her passion. Get a copy of her books here:
Amazon and  Barnes&Noble 

Dedicated To Books | Valentina Cirasola | Author and Designer

In the midst of this surreal life we are all living, we must keep doing things for the sake of our sanity and maybe doing things that will reshape our future. I am seeing many people who are creating new things, new life paths, new programs, and even new entrepreneurial careers. I am one of them. Thanks to my strong will, I saw a way to reshape my work. I am devoting all my time to design a study program directed to people who want to learn to be their own interior designer and learn from me every possible strategy to decorate or remodel their home. It will happen next year.
The next project is a new non-fiction book about the relation between nature and the interiors of a home. I am pushing to publish it by November 2020. 

This week, I read some blogs I missed when they were published. Authors never stop thinking, every moment is a good time to put “words on paper” as we used to say, or at least when the inspiration comes.

Author Sally Cronin features a few authors every six weeks and includes reviews they have received from others. She is so precise featuring and including everyone she knows in her Smorgasbord Blog Café. I read a lot of excellent reviews and I am so honored to be enumerated among so many talented, successful Authors.
Here you can read about every author featured.
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-cafe-and-bookstore-free-author-promotion/

Last month, I was featured among hundreds of authors in Sally’s circle who received new reviews, mine was on a travel narrative book I wrote a year ago:
The Road To Top Of The World. 

 

(Click on each photo to view and read the review in larger prints)

 

Review

ReviewPart2

Sally Cronin featured my books for the first time, in August 2019, with an article she selected from my blog archive: Is There A Trick in Fennel And Wine? (2011) -Valentina Cirasola.  That was fun and then she featured additional three articles she found interesting. I am extremely grateful to Sally, she is such a kind and generous person with her time.
Sally is a storyteller, wrote many books on a variety of subjects, health, and fiction, including four collections of short stories. She is a great promoter of other people’s work.

Visit Author Sally Cronin on Amazon Author’s Page and on Goodreads

Thanks again Sally for your dedication to books and authors, my gratitude is immense.

My life in 2020 – What life? I was robbed of one year, this coming October I will turn my birthday off.
My friends are locked in within the coziness of their homes and are keeping distant as ordered 😱 and some other friends even have moved out of burning, tumultuous California.
Everyone I know is working from home and no one knows when and if they will return to be part of society as we knew it before the pandemic. Some people commute 4 hours round trip to work, I am sure they don’t look forward to starting that again.
Social life is almost inexistent, towns seem deserted, stores are open and empty of customers, I guess buying online has become easier, at least we don’t have to wear a mask. Not much is going on. My Honduran hairdresser comes to my home to do my hair.
I even watched two Operas from home. I paid a fee to be sitting in front of my computer dressed in short pants to watch the Operas streaming.
The Opera of course was good, I didn’t like the experience, the atmosphere of the Opera was lost.
My family lives in Italy, thanks to free WhatsApp video I can see and talk to them almost every day.
The TV station where I produce my TV shows is still closed. The travel bug is eating me up.

I look forward to new challenges in a new shaped life, maybe I will meet new friends close and far, the internet has been a saver for sure. Ciao,
Valentina
Amazon Author’s Page

Copyright © 2020 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved

ValValentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. She has conceived a few new books of various subjects to which she is working simultaneously. Her books are non-fictional practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking, and travel. She never gives up trying new things and doesn’t fear failure. Some years ago, Valentina became a TV producer/host producing shows under her label: Valentina Design Universe. The goal of her shows is to entertain, inspire and inform, while she is living her passion.
Get a copy of her books here: Amazon and Barnes&Noble

 

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