Welcome, to the Watching Glass Shatter Blog Tour!!
Today we celebrate the debut novel by James J. Cudney
Watching Glass Shatter
James J. Cudney
Most first time novelists will keep their story simple and the number of characters to a minimum, in order to manage the task of development and continuity within the narrative. This strategy makes perfect sense and has been successfully employed, many times, by young writers looking to produce a strong, first effort. Numerous moving parts can be difficult to pull off even for seasoned writers, so many debut novels will be lacking a particular depth, or breadth, within the story itself. James J. Cudney boldly ignored that safe path and crafted a story full of colorful, flawed and relatable people who have, not only their own demons to wrestle, but issues to resolve that affect the future of their entire family.
Watching Glass Shatter revolves around Olivia, the proper and controlling matriarch of the Glass family who, until the death of her husband, has been under the assumption that all was well with her five sons and their respective families. The sudden and unexpected death of the beloved Ben, husband and father of the Glass clan, throws the presumed perfect family into an uncertain future, one that neither the sons nor Olivia are prepared to handle. What will become of the family business and legacy? How will Olivia move on without her husband of 40 years? The reading of Ben’s will only presents more problems as two mysterious letters are bequeathed to Olivia, and she alone controls the power held within those pages, knowledge that will forever change the dynamics of the Glass family. She has some tough choices to make regarding the son Ben speaks of in those letters. Which of her 5 sons will have his world come crashing down?
Cudney weaves the story lines of these many characters together brilliantly. The first few chapters are a lot for the reader to absorb as each new family member is introduced, but soon you will find yourself wondering what will happen next to Olivia and her sons Caleb, Teddy, Ethan, Matthew and Zachary, as Cudney draws you further into the Glass family dynamics. The cliffhangers are well timed, as is the overall pace of the story. There is no dull moment, there are twists and turns and unexpected, even tragic, revelations.
Watching Glass Shatter is the first effort for James J. Cudney and his writing will only elevate as he evolves into a more seasoned story teller, and I can’t wait for his next publication. I highly recommend Watching Glass Shatter.
- Available in both electronic form (PDF, MOBI or ePub) and physical form
- Buy @ Amazon
A Conversation with the Author
James was gracious enough to answer some questions that I had after finishing the book. I wanted more time with the Glass family, so much had happened and a few of the unresolved issues were niggling at my brain!
Q: Where did the inspiration come from for the characters in the Glass family?
A: “Completely made up as I am an only child…I am detail oriented, so I just kept pushing myself to think of relatable people we all knew on some level.”
I then began asking very specific questions to which James answered quite honestly.
I wanted to know more about the contents of the second letter and its impact on the other family members.
Will the Glass men resolve their problems or will they go off course again?
Has Olivia really changed her controlling ways or does she fall back into her old habits?
And, so many more! I can’t include them here as they are huge spoiler alerts and I am not going to ruin the story for anyone! However, I did mange to get some news out of him that he will allow me to share now, with you!
James will be publishing a sequel to Watching Glass Shatter!!! The timeline will be announce in early 2018!
Now we will all get to see what happens to the Glass family, thank you James!!
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More fun ways to support James!
- Jina @ Author Inspiration is hosting a GIVEAWAY for a free e-copy of the book. Feel free to share her post; you can see the guidelines and enter here.
- I will announce a Goodreads Giveaway free signed physical copy available for entry from 11/10 thru 11/30.
Goodreads Debut Author Award Nominations (By 11/5)
- If you want to vote for Watching Glass Shatter in the Goodreads Choice 2017 Book Awards, the book is eligible for many categories, including as a write-in vote for ‘Debut Goodreads Author.’ You can vote here for Round 1 by 11/5 by scrolling to the bottom and entering in Watching Glass Shatter, then clicking Submit.
Favorite Character Poll
- Enter the poll to choose your favorite character thru 11/20. You can choose from all the major family members or submit your own write-in vote.
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I am sure you will all join me in congratulating James on this tremendous accomplishment!