The Australia Tour

We landed in Sydney last evening for what it would be an eventful Australia tour.

There are some landmark events planned which I will be sharing in due course.

That was a memorable evening when we caught up with my Standard Chartered, Bangalore boss and his lovely wife, who live in Sydney.

And a fabulous dinner in the very exciting ‘Spice Alley’ in Central Sydney. The place was brimming with diners on the Saturday evening.

The food and the atmosphere were just what one can hope for. Highly recommended place for an evening meal.

The Australia Tour

Cover Reveal. ‘Mistaken Identity Crisis’, by James J. Cudney

I am doing a cover reveal for James Cudney’s book, thanks to Shalini and Digital Reads Blog Tours.

Mistaken Identity Crisis


A clever thief with a sinister calling card has invaded Braxton campus. A string of jewelry thefts continues to puzzle the sheriff given they’re remarkably similar to an unsolved eight-year-old case from shortly before Gabriel vanished one stormy night. When a missing ruby is discovered near an electrified dead body during the campus cable car redesign project, Kellan must investigate the real killer in order to protect his brother. Amidst sorority hazing practices and the victim’s connections to several prominent Wharton County citizens, a malicious motive becomes more obvious and trickier to prove.

As if the latest murder isn’t enough to keep him busy, Kellan partners with April to end the Castigliano and Vargas crime family feud. What really happened to Francesca while all those postcards showed up in Braxton? The mafia world is more calculating than Kellan realized, and if he wants to move forward, he’ll have to make a few ruthless sacrifices.

Election Day is over, and the new mayor takes office. Nana D celebrates her 75th birthday with an adventure. A double wedding occurs at Crilly Lake on Independence Day. And Kellan receives a few more surprises as the summer heat begins to settle in Wharton County.


• Status: Available for pre-order now

• Series: Braxton Campus Mysteries #4

• Publisher: Creativia

• Publication Date: 6/30/2019

• Page Count: ~260



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. Come join in the fun!

List of Books

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)

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Cover Reveal. ‘Mistaken Identity Crisis’, by James J. Cudney

Walking Barefoot! The Surprising Health Benefits

Yesterday a neighbor in the resident association group forwarded an article by Dr. Isaac Eliaz on the benefits of walking barefoot.

We are all used to the comfort of wearing fancy footwear, made mostly of synthetic materials and thus lose a natural connection with earth. The situation with apartment residents are even more severe.

I remembered the days when we used to run on people layered clear water river after fish to catch them with bare hands. And now I can’t even get into the river without a footwear as my feet are made tender without any exposure to natural elements.

Dr. Isaac highlights some remarkable benefits of walking barefoot such as increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation, and improving sleep.

“Earthing means walking barefoot on soil, grass or sand (meaning: any natural surface). So we’ll have to get off the sidewalk. Early studies are showing that the health benefits come from the relationship between our bodies and the electrons in the earth. The planet has its own natural charge, and we seem to do better when we’re in direct contact with it.”

The neighbor suggested making a sidewalk in our residential complex which is a great idea. A stretch, adjacent to the cemented on with grass, sand and even pebbles then would be a luxury for the residents to connect to earth and derive the benefits.

Walking Barefoot! The Surprising Health Benefits

April Fools Day and the April Born.

I am humbled by the fact that I am April born to play any prank on the April Fools’ Day.

Maybe not! but I am aware of the day April 1 than most people since I am an April born.

That’s okay, but there’s a problem. Having been aware of smart pranks on the day, I tend to suspect most news on that day.

For example, there was a message on the family whatsapp group that one of the relations got a good job and my April antenna perked! Should I congratulate or should I wait for confirmation!

But happily the news was true.

Then there were two significant and attractive announcements.

One is about the leading beer brand announcing launch of beer crystals in sachets for the convenience of carrying and consuming by just adding water.

More interesting perhaps is the video advertisement of Ola, the rival of Uber, announcing launch of online toilet service in vans. Just call and the nearby van will reach you for your use of the plush toilet inside.

Both videos are done in style, matching any great advertising videos. Both had people and situations aptly described. Perhaps it’s not very expensive to photoshop an appealing video with all sound effects.

By the way, I am April born and didn’t bother to check if either of them is true.

April Fools Day and the April Born.

Now a Tax Incentive for Going Green. And More

A good friend of mine sent a newspaper clip on Kochi Municipal Corporation announcing a tax break for residents growing fruit trees in their backyard.

I am very excited on the news for two reasons. One that I am very fond of fruit trees and second that I live in the corporation limits.

The proposal apparently is awaiting a government nod.

The detection of excessive pesticides (poison) in vegetables and fruits imported from other states made Kerala households to grow vegetables in the backyards.

That made a 16% domestic production reversed positively to 84% self sufficiency. And healthy ones for that matter.

Fruits, however did not make the grade, though one could smell chemicals on the ones brought from outside.

Now, this may be the start of a big change. It could be revolutionary as the state is home to some of the most exotic fruits that one can find anywhere in the world.

That include mangosteens, rambuttans, Jackfruit, Anjali chakka, mangoes, Kerala bananas and the list goes on.

The advantage of backyard production is on overcoming many of the challenges of fruit planters. It’s because, the produce could be consumed by the planter family and friends.

Issues like preservation, marketing, transportation etc are resolved. And people get to consume fruits without poison.

A step in the right direction.

Now a Tax Incentive for Going Green. And More

Whatsapp Broadcast Group. Connected By A Theme

When I learned that many of my friends are interested in Intermittent Fasting to be healthy, I thought about forming a group to share information and for mutual support.

Whatsapp group is perhaps the easiest to manage such a requirement, but a regular group has it’s own limitations. For example, when a group is of members who are not otherwise connected, some may not be comfortable with giving personal details in the group.

A broadcast group is the solution. Here we can have upto 256 members and none of them need not know other members, except the person forming the group.

Accordingly I have started a broadcast group ‘Intermittent Fasting’ and happy to see many of my enthusiastic friends in it.

The only thing is that, I, as the originator or admin of the group, have to make sure that commonly beneficial feedback and updates are broadcast to every member of the group.

So far we have a collection of about 9 exclusive and greatly informative videos/articles. And these informations are making the program more valuable and taking it beyond just Intermittent Fasting.

The most interesting fact is that, out of the nine, only one is contributed by me. This shows how successful the group is.

I am happy to invite my friends who are interested in reading more on Intermittent Fasting, autophagy, keto diet etc., to join in this broadcast group. Send me your whatsapp number on my phone +91 9400056031 or mail: And let’s pool information and support each other.

Whatsapp Broadcast Group. Connected By A Theme