Hiding Cracked Glass by James Cudney IV

Cover Reveal for Hiding Cracked Glass by James J. Cudney

I am thrilled to be sharing in the cover reveal, organised by Shalini @ Digital Reads, for Hiding Cracked Glass by James J. Cudney. Hiding Cracked Glass is the eagerly awaited sequel to Watching Glass Shatter, the first book in the Perceptions of Glass series.

Publication date for Hiding Cracked Glass will be October 8th 2020 and here is a hint of what is to come.

About Hiding Cracked Glass:

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.  

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, 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 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.


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.

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.

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


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

Watching Glass Shatter (Contemporary Fiction / Family Drama)

The wealthy Glass family lost its patriarch, Benjamin Glass, sooner than expected. Benjamin’s widow, Olivia, and her 5 sons each react to his death in their own way while preparing for the reading of his will. Olivia receives a very unexpected confession from her late husband about one of their sons that could shatter the whole family. Prior to revealing the secret to her children, Olivia must figure out which boy Ben refers to in the confession he left her in his will. While the family attorney searches for the mysterious Rowena Hector whom Ben says holds the answers, Olivia asks her sons to each spend a week with her as she isn’t ready to let go of the past. When Olivia visits her sons, she quickly learns that each one has been keeping his own secret from her. Olivia never expected her remaining years would be so complex and life-altering, but she will not rest until her family is reunited after Ben’s untimely death. We all need family. We all want to fit in. We’re all a mix of quirky personalities. Will Olivia be able to fix them, or will the whole family implode? What will she do when she discovers the son behind Ben’s secret? Check out this ensemble cast where each family member’s perspective is center stage, discovering along the way who might feel the biggest impact from all the secrets. Through various scenes and memories across a six-month period, you’ll get to know everyone, learning how and why they made certain decisions. Welcome to being an honorary member of the Glass family where the flair for over-the-top drama pushes everyone to their limits.

Watching Glass Shatter

Kindle: http://mybook.to/WGS

Paperback: http://mybook.to/watchingglasspb

Large Print: http://mybook.to/watchingglasslp

Italian Translation: http://mybook.to/frantumi

Spanish Translation: http://mybook.to/elcristalpb

US Audiobook: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07X5MMVK9/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-162878&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_162878_rh_us

UK Audiobook: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B07X7H619V/?source_code=AUKFrDlWS02231890H6-BK-ACX0-162878&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_162878_rh_uk

36 thoughts on “Cover Reveal for Hiding Cracked Glass by James J. Cudney”

  1. This sounds like a book I would enjoy Jane.. Thank you so much for sharing and can relate to splintered Glass shards within a family circle 🙂 And for your lovely introduction to Jay..
    Hope you enjoyed the SUN yesterday Jane..
    Love and Hugs my friend <3

    1. Hello my lovely, yes, Jay’s cover is enticing. I thoroughly enjoyed Watching Glass Shatter, so will be reading Hiding Cracked Glass. I too can relate to glass shards in a family circle. Much love flowing to you both, always. ♥️????????✨♥️ Xxxxx

  2. Congratulations on your cover reveal, Jay! It turned out very well. I think the blood-smeared envelope is the kicker that will entice readers to take a look inside.

  3. Fantastic! I look forward to this book 2 and love the cover! Congrats to Jay and hugs flowing to you Jane. <3 xxx (I'm on old puter and having so much grief with WP, trying again to post my comment, and unable to 'like')

    1. Thank you, Debby, for your kind comments. Jay will be touched. I have been having the same grief with WP. Huge love flowing to you. <3 Xxxx <3

  4. Intriguing cover and the plot line! I felt the glass crackling and cracking. Great interview, Jane. Looking forward to reading Jay’s book! Instead of walking on thin ice, this family is walking on glass! ????

    1. Great metaphor isn’t it, MW? It’s lovely to hear from you, as always. I know Jay appreciates your support and good wishes. Much <3 flowing to you, always. <3 xXx

    1. Thank you for your insightful observation, Robbie. Yes, I wonder. Lovely to hear from you and much love flowing to you, always. <3 Xx

  5. Fantastic cover. Great synopsis of the book. Family. Secrets. Mystery. Suspense. Sounds terrific. I also liked all the info in Jay’s “About” section. I went to college for undergraduate at Lycoming College in small Williamsport PA. Maybe as small as Bethlehem PA. And yet I bet we both got a great liberal arts education. To writing, reading, publishing, Jay (and GREAT post here Jane).

    1. I bet you both did get a great liberal arts education, Pam. Thank you for your wonderful comment and your kind energy under Jay’s wings. <3

    2. Pam,

      Thank you so much! You’ve been very kind… we did. I miss those days, and I often wish I was a professor so I could live them over and over each day (but learn too)! Have a wonderful weekend.


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