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James J. Cudney

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in Fort Myers, Florida, The United States
March 18

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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 accepted roles working in technology, program management, and business operations in the retail, sports, entertainment, and media industries. Although I enjoy my career, I began to focus on other passions in 2016: 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. From there, I've written other family dramas and a seven-book mystery series. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscr ...more

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James J. Cudney As an only child, I often spent a lot of time in my head, curious over who I was and why I did things the way I did them. Eventually, I began making u…moreAs an only child, I often spent a lot of time in my head, curious over who I was and why I did things the way I did them. Eventually, I began making up stories about people I found interesting, leading me to write them down for others to read. When people laughed and cried over them, I thought it was a good career for me to follow. I took a rather different path to get there, but once I found this passion again, I dove into it.(less)
James J. Cudney Writers can always write (it may not be very good!), but when they hit a block, they need to figure out what’s causing it. If you can determine the ro…moreWriters can always write (it may not be very good!), but when they hit a block, they need to figure out what’s causing it. If you can determine the root cause, you can trace a path to success. I write an outline for each chapter. If I attempt to write the words for that chapter, and they won’t come through as I need them to, I ask myself why. If I can’t solve it in 10 to 15 minutes, I switch to a different chapter or start editing earlier chapters. When I go back to write that chapter again, if I still can’t do it, then there’s something wrong in the story, which is a different problem, not writer’s block. Hopefully that makes sense, as I’ve definitely had moments where I don’t like what I’ve written, but I do think you need to find a way to keep moving forward rather than stare at a screen hoping something changes. That’s painful!(less)
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message 45: by James

James Adrian wrote: "Happy Birthday for yesterday Jay, sorry its a day late. 🎉😊"
Thank you so much! Very kind of you.. GR never tells me anyone's birthday. How did you realize it! :)


message 44: by Adrian

Adrian Happy Birthday for yesterday Jay, sorry its a day late. 🎉😊


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James Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰ wrote: ""
Thank you! You too. Happy New Year!


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James Shalini wrote: "Wow... Saw all the comments, so decided to post one too.

Happy New Year. Happy 2020"
Happy New Year! :) Thank you.


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Shalini Wow... Saw all the comments, so decided to post one too.

Happy New Year. Happy 2020


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James Monica wrote: "Hey, James,
I hope your week has been a good one.

I'm writing to ask if you happen to still have a copy of Red Velvet Cake Murder. I'm visually impaired and am listening to the audio books.

I ..."
Hi. I do not. When I moved, I donated tons of books, keeping only a few treasures. But, I could request the Kindle version from the NYPL and get it from there if that would help.


Monica Hey, James,
I hope your week has been a good one.

I'm writing to ask if you happen to still have a copy of Red Velvet Cake Murder. I'm visually impaired and am listening to the audio books.

I usually copy down all of the recipes but something went weird when I was trying to get the recipe for "Double Wammy Lemon Cake," the one with vodka.

When you get a minute, and if you still have a copy of this book, would you mind messeging me or emailing me with the recipe?

Best,
Monica


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James Calista wrote: "I hope you have a year filled with peace and joy and many good books. Keep those reviews coming!" Thank you so much! I wish for amazing things for you as well!


message 36: by Calista

Calista I hope you have a year filled with peace and joy and many good books. Keep those reviews coming!


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James Rebecca wrote: "
Happy holidays!
:)"


Happy holidays! Rebecca, Love the green reindeer.


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James Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Julie!


Julie Merry Christmas, James!





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James Luffy wrote: "" Merry Christmas, my friend. Happy New Year!


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James Kelly✨ wrote: "hey James, Thanks for accepting my friend request, your too kind, I hope I can actually accomplish my goal. Have a nice day ahead of you! xx

-Kelly"


You're welcome. I look forward to comparing 2018 reads!


message 29: by James

James Apuca wrote: "Dear James J. Cudney,
Thank you for the "Friendship"!
Sincerely appreciative, Apuca Kislanya"



You're welcome. Glad to e-meet you.


message 28: by Kelly

Kelly hey James, Thanks for accepting my friend request, your too kind, I hope I can actually accomplish my goal. Have a nice day ahead of you! xx

-Kelly


message 27: by Apuca (last edited Jan 25, 2018 05:47AM)

Apuca Dear James J. Cudney,
Thank you for the "Friendship"!
Sincerely appreciative, Apuca Kislanya


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James Michelle wrote: "Merry Christmas!"

Hi Michelle,

Same to you - hope it was a happy holiday week.

J


Michelle Merry Christmas!


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James Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰ wrote: "Merry Christmas!

Hope you have a day filled with love, laughter and most importantly... books! 💕

"


Thank you so much! I hope the same for you. I did read 1 books between the airport and the flight, then I got 5 for Christmas!


Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰ Merry Christmas!

Hope you have a day filled with love, laughter and most importantly... books! 💕

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James SumitRK wrote: "All the best for your new book!"

Thank you very much, I appreciate it.


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Sumit RK All the best for your new book!


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James Beverly wrote: "Thank you James, I'm happy to connect and encounter new people,new stories,new interests and new books. I appreciate your positive reception to my friend invite =)."

It's great to meet you, Beverly. I look forward to connecting over different books we have in common. -Jay


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James Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕ wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite. :)"

Nice to meet you and chat!


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James Andreia Fernandes wrote: "Good morning from a rainy Brazil!
No wonder you are number #1 Best reviewer in the USA!
I am just astonished by how well-constructed your reviews are James!
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for ..."


I just saw this... don't think I got a notification. I'm sorry for the delay! But thank you so much for the note. I really appreciate it. Sometimes it's a little hard to remember every book I read a few years ago... but with the new ones, it flows out quickly! Thank you! And I hope the rain went away.


Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂ Thanks for the friend invite. :)


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James Sionna wrote: "Hi! Thanks for the friend invite! ^_^"

Glad to connect!


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James Linda wrote: "Thanks James for accepting my GR's friend request.... enjoying your reviews & list of tbr.....looking forward to sharing our reads
! Good luck with catching up with your review, looking forward."


I appreciate it. Thank you very much for the feedback.


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Sionna Hi! Thanks for the friend invite! ^_^


message 13: by Linda

Linda Thanks James for accepting my GR's friend request.... enjoying your reviews & list of tbr.....looking forward to sharing our reads
! Good luck with catching up with your review, looking forward.


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James Orient wrote: "Thank you for the friendvite ;)"

I'm glad to connect!


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Orient Thank you for the friendvite ;)


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James Maddie wrote: "It is Easter weekend – so let the hunt begin →

Do not do too much running – more relaxing and reading :D

Happy Weekend my friend"


OMG, that is hilarious. Somehow, I missed this comment... and just saw it this morning. Made me laugh so hard. Thank you. Hope you had a great weekend.


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James Morgannah wrote: "Hello James, thank you for accepting my friendvite!"

Thank YOU!


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James Mike wrote: "Thanks for the friend invite, James. Looking forward to checking out more of your reviews. Happy reading in the meantime."

Glad to meet you!


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Mike Thanks for the friend invite, James. Looking forward to checking out more of your reviews. Happy reading in the meantime.


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James Pam wrote: "Thank for the friend Request James! :-)"

I enjoy your reviews... thank you!


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James Frances wrote: "Thanks James for the friend request. I see we have similar star ratings!! Will watch for your reviews."

Yes, I will for yours, too!


Frances Thanks James for the friend request. I see we have similar star ratings!! Will watch for your reviews.


message 3: by Pam

Pam Nelson Thank for the friend Request James! :-)


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James Cheryl wrote: "Thanks for the friend request, James. Nice to meet another cozy mystery lover! :)"

Yes - good to meet you!


message 1: by Cheryl (last edited Sep 26, 2016 05:23PM)

Cheryl Landmark Thanks for the friend request, James. Nice to meet another cozy mystery lover! :)


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