Smorgasbord Blogger Daily Saturday September 14th 2019 – John W. Howell, D.G Kaye with James J. Cudney and Sharon Marchisello

This series is an opportunity to showcase posts from around our community and the brilliant bloggers who share with us. It would be amazing if you would follow the links to the post I have highlighted and whilst visiting follow and support the blogger.

The first blogger who has a wonderful archive of entertaining and interesting posts is author John W. Howell.. and this post is not as is usually the case about his own dogs.. but in response to a prompt by Keith Channing

The prompt photo is wonderful and here is part of John’s response and I hope you will head over to read the rest.

Kreative Kue #228

The Big Sleep by John W. Howell © 2019


“Huh, what?”

“I hear a noise.”

“Come on, Blanch. You know I have to get up early and go chase those stupid chickens.”

“I’m serious. There is someone in the house.”

“Every time you do this. I get up and go searching, and it is always the same.”

“This time, it will be different. I thought I heard something in the other room.”

“I’m wide awake now, and I don’t hear anything.”

“Just a minute, and you will.”

“Still nothing.”

“If it is someone, what would you have me do?”

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The next author with a brand new series this week is D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies with Q & A with D.G. Kaye, Promote your Book.. and her first guest is James J. Cudney who is showcasing his upcoming release.

D.G, Kaye Book Promotions

Welcome to the first author interview in my new author interview series: –Q and A with D.G, Kaye and Promote Your Book.

I’m thrilled to introduce my first guest, author James J. Cudney IV to this series. Jay is going to share a bit about himself and his writing, as well as an excerpt for his newest release – Haunted Ghost House, Book 5 in his Braxton Campus Mysteries.

James J. Cudney IV

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. 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.

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. I can’t believe I’m already writing the sixth book in this series. Come join in the fun…

Head over and discover more about James, his series and read an excerpt from his next book due in October that is currently on pre-order on Amazon:

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Catch up with Debby’s monthly Travel Column here on Smorgasbord:

The next blogger is financial expert and author Sharon Marchisello. Whilst the children may be back at school, many of us choose this time of year to travel off peak. Even though you will generally save money on fares (if they are not on strike) and hotels, it can be the incidentals that eat into your spending money. In this post Sharon shares the key to getting the most out of the tourist information available and ensuring it is official and factual rather than ‘unofficial’.

Countdown to Financial Fitness: Trusting Tourist Information – Sharon Marchisello

Whenever you travel to a new city, the Tourist Information Office is usually your best
friend. Cheerful representatives hand out free maps, make recommendations about what to see and do during your stay, and answer questions about attractions, hotels, tours, and local transportation.

But be sure you’re visiting the official tourist information office, not just a vendor who provides “tourist information.”

On our recent cruise to Iceland, we had a stop in Akureyri, Iceland’s second-largest city, located on the northern side of the island. The onboard port lecturer told us that all the city buses in Akureyri were free, and he encouraged us to use them.

When we got off the ship, the first building we saw displayed a big sign saying, “TOURIST INFORMATION.” We went inside. It was basically a souvenir shop, but they also had an information desk and free city maps. We asked the woman at the desk where we could catch the free public bus.

She made a face. “I have no idea where it stops; I never take the bus. Tourists shouldn’t ride it. You’ll get lost.” She was selling tickets for the Hop On, Hop Off bus for $25 each.

In many cities, the Hop On, Hop Off (HOHO) bus delivers good value. Sometimes, not so much. It depends on how long you’ll stay in the city, what you plan to see, and how close the major attractions are to one another.

Head over and read the entire post and make sure you find the right source of tourist information:

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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you will head over and enjoy the posts in full, and if you are not already following the blogs, that you will do so now. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 2) by James J. Cudney..

This is my review for Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 2) by James J. Cudney.. and the second in the series that I have read.

I read and reviewed Academic Curveball the first book in the series earlier in the year which I enjoyed and I was looking forward to catching up with Kellan Ayrwick and his family and friends.

About Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 2)

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?

My review for Broken Heart Attack.

One of the good things about reading the second book in a series is that you are already up to speed with the main characters. This helps you slip into the story where the last one left off, with a bit of a cliffhanger for the lead character, Kellan Ayrwick, which continues to intrigue throughout this story. We get to know new players in the drama, including the leading family in the town, who have a finger in most pies, including the university and particularly the drama department. Nana D, Kellan’s grandmother has ambitions of her own, but when it comes to friendship, she will leave no stone unturned to find out the cause of her friend’s problems.

Rather she will get Kellan to leave no stone unturned, and in this case it is the suspicious death of the matriach of the Paddington family, who expires in an untimely fashion in the middle of a Shakespeare play. And what things he finds when he does lift some rocks and secrets and lies are abundant.

Add in a fiesty sheriff who likes to play hardball, his former mother-in-law making impossible demands, and a boss who would be delighted to see the back of him, and you have a fast paced mystery with plenty to keep the reader busy.

There were red herrings which is always a good thing in a mystery, nothing worse than identifying the killer in the first chapter… I had my suspicions about a few characters but only discovered my misconceptions in the last chapter of the book. Whilst the case is satisfactorily closed for most people concerned, the author has left some threads for us to follow up in the next book, Flower Power Trip, which I am looking forward to.

I do recommend that you begin with Academic Curveball so that you are up to speed with the cast members and you will then enjoy this next mystery to the full.

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About James J. Cudney

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:

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, 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 dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains 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. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

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I hope you have enjoyed my review for Broken Heart Attack and will consider buying and reviewing the book yourselves.. thanks Sally.