#BookTour “An Untidy Affair: A David Blaise Mystery” by MB Dabney

An Untidy Affair: A David Blaise Mystery
by MB Dabney

About An Untidy Affair

An Untidy Affair: A David Blaise Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Per Bastet Publications LLC (June 25, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 280 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1942166761
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1942166764
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B097YPJYWN

Struggling Philadelphia private eye David Blaise gets two routine but unrelated cases on the same day in May 1985 – the day city police firebombed the MOVE house, which killed 11 people and destroyed an entire neighborhood. When Blaise starts following a cheating husband and searching for a missing person who may not actually be missing, he also discovers his cases may be related, and that he is being followed. When his tail is murdered, implicating the P-I, Blaise must find the true killer before he is literally buried alive.

About MB Dabney

MB Dabney is an award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in numerous local and national publications, such as Indianapolis Monthly, NUVO, Ebony magazine, Black Enterprise.com, the Indianapolis Recorder, and the Indianapolis Business Journal.

A native of Indianapolis, Michael spent decades as a reporter working at Business Week magazine, United Press International and the Associated Press, the Indianapolis Star, and The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest continuously published Black newspaper, where he won awards for editorial writing.

He has co-edited two anthologies — Decades of Dirt: Murder, Mystery and Mayhem from the Crossroads of Crime; and MURDER 20/20 — and has published numerous short mystery stories, including Miss Hattie Mae’s Secret (Decades of Dirt), Callipygian (The Fine Art of Murder), and Killing Santa Claus (Homicide for the Holidays). An Untidy Affair is his first novel.

The father of two adult daughters, Michael lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Angela.

Michael took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to do a Q & A for us!

Q & A with author MB Dabney

I can tell from your bio you’re no stranger to writing, yet this is your first full-length novel. Is this something you’ve always wanted to do or a new direction for you?

When I started writing fiction nearly 15 years ago, it was basically a new direction. I wrote the first draft of a Star Trek novel back in the 1980s, and started work on a suspense/thriller in the 90s, but I didn’t really focus on writing fiction until the mid-2000s as I started to wind down work as a daily journalist.

 Describe your protagonist, David Blaise.

David is a tall, lean, light-skinned Black man just reaching his mid-30s. He’s lived in Philadelphia his entire life, except for his years in the Navy as an intelligence officer. He is single and, as he struggles to make-a-go-of-it as a detective, has become a bit of a loner, though not by choice. He is smart, hard-working, kind, and a do-the-right-thing sort of guy in a general sense, though he is willing, sometimes, to do something that’s ethically questionable. A failing is that he can be myopic – so narrowly focused on a task that he can miss important information just off to the side. But he is often under-estimated by an opponent. Both his parents are dead. The oldest of four children, he has a difficult relationship with his two brothers and dislikes his brother-in-law. But he’s very close to sister and absolutely reveres his grandmother. He lives and works in West Philadelphia but has Sunday night dinner with his family in North Philly nearly every week.

 Do you write full time, or do you also work outside the home?

I’m retired and don’t work outside the home.

 What is your work schedule like when writing a book?

While I work on short stories throughout the year, as well as re-write and edit full-length work, I generally only start a novel in November, during National Novel Writing Month. The goal of finishing the first draft of a novel in 30 days is a great motivator. During NaNoWriMo, I dabble at writing a little throughout the day, time permitted, but really sit down and focus after about 8 p.m. until around 1 a.m. An Untidy Affair was my first attempt at National Novel Writing Month back in 2009 and I finished the first draft in 18 days.

I listen to portions of movie soundtracks as I write.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

Something of a hybrid, I think. I have a small, traditional publisher in southern Indiana but she works through KDP Select in Amazon

What do you do when you’re not writing?

In addition to reading, I love to walk. Gives me time to imagine stories that I can work on later. I love Star Trek and auto racing, especially Formula 1 and Indycar. I play tennis, but not often enough, and I enjoy traveling. Can’t wait to go abroad again.

Do you have pets who “help” or inspire you?Pluto

No, certainly not as inspiration. But for 17 years we had a dog named Pluto, who, sadly, died last December. Pluto would sit at my feet when I was writing. And I certainly do miss that.

As a child, What did you want to do when you grew up? 

I wanted to be a lawyer and I considered law school well into my 30s, long after I started working as a reporter. But I never took any serious steps to do it.

What’s your next project?

I’m working on a prequel to An Untidy Affair that I plan to deliver to my editor by the end of the year. And if I’m far enough along with the prequel by then, I’ll write a novel in November and put it on a shelf to re-write later. If I do it, this year’s novel will be about an American driver in Formula 1.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Keep working on developing your craft and don’t ever give up.

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#BookTour “Legally Blind Luck (Braxton Campus Mysteries)” by James J. Cudney

Legally Blind Luck (Braxton Campus Mysteries) by James J. Cudney

About Legally Blind Luck

Legally Blind Luck (Braxton Campus Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery 7th in Series

Independently published (April 15, 2021)

Gumshoe – A Next Chapter Imprint

Paperback: 295 pages ISBN-13: 979-8707757341

Digital ASIN: B08R347N84

Surprising new family members. A hidden talisman. Deadly curses. Murder. Months after tragically losing a loved one, Kellan learns his relative’s death wasn’t an accident.

Someone has discovered a cursed talisman, and a rogue government agent will stop at nothing to retrieve the heirloom. Unfortunately, it has already changed hands and found its way on campus. Moments before Braxton’s controversial art exhibition opens, Kellan stumbles upon another murder victim, and it appears he might be next on the avenger’s list.

Can Kellan protect the talisman’s true heir and prevent the killer’s nefarious plan? Given all the suspects have ties to prominent Braxton citizens, he’s uncertain whom to trust. Together, Kellan and Sheriff April are determined to solve the mystery – via legal means or blind luck.


Hot Seat Questions with Bitsy Jaccard from Legally Blind Luck

Bitsy is –

  • 40ish
  • a museum curator with a resemblance to two vibrant cartoon characters.
  • a suspect in the murder mystery
  • the wife of a very peculiar man with a weird speech pattern.
  • The character is noted as having a voice like Betty Boop and similarity to Jessica Rabbit. I’d go with this clip that combines them both!



Bitsy, What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Drinking a bottle of wine while perusing the latest art show with a hunk on my arms.

What is your current state of mind?

If that Kellan guy wasn’t such a snoop, I’d try to seduce him even more.

What is your most treasured possession?

My hourglass figure. It’s gotten me pretty far in life… at least where men are concerned. They never suspect I hold even more brilliance and intelligence than I do curves.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

I might flirt with all the men I meet, but hubby Sawyer is my soulmate.

What is your greatest fear?

This curse! It’s really got it out for someone, and with 2 dead bodies already, I don’t want to be the third.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

A hot body. A charming personality. Someone who surprises me.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Busy-body snoopers who don’t believe me. Get my drift?

On what occasions do you lie?

When I feel trapped or cornered and someone just won’t leave me alone.

Are you a lover or a fighter?

Both. I feel all the passions… they just bubble out of me, honey.

Which is your favorite word or phrase?

Studmuffin? Give it to me? I say honey a lot too, honey.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d love to control my temper a little more. Sometimes I get heated quickly. Bad things happen when I can’t manage that side of my personality too.

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About James J. Cudney

Background 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, hospitality, and entertainment industries. Throughout those years, I wrote short stories, poems, and various beginnings to the “Great American Novel,” but I was so focused on my career that writing became a hobby. In 2016, I committed to focusing my energies toward reinvigorating a second career in reading, writing, and publishing.

Author Writing has been a part of my life as much as my heart, mind, and 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 conjure 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 two 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.

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