Monday, April 26, 2021


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Author Bio & Giveaway~


Legally Blind Luck (Braxton Campus Mysteries) 

by James J. Cudney


About Legally Blind Luck


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.



Someone's in Kellan's Office:

With only an hour to grab lunch before it was time to introduce Tobias, I returned to my office to eat the food I’d purchased the day before and organize my thoughts. Myriam had closed the building and lent our department administrator to Fern to assist with any coordination for the art exhibition. She and Ursula would attend to ensure the Glass Hall event kicked off with no issues. I let myself onto our floor and flipped on the lights in the hallway where most of the offices resided. As I approached mine, I noticed my door was slightly ajar.

Had the thief returned with the cursed figurine? I debated whether to call BCS, but the cleaning staff could’ve left it open. No other lights were on. What could someone be doing in the dark? I quietly approached my office, tightly hugging the hallway walls. When I reached my door, I flung it open and shouted, “I’ve got the police on speed dial! Who are you?”

“No one you need to be afraid of,” responded a vibrant feminine voice. “Didn’t Ulan inform you I’d contact you this week?”

I stepped into the doorway and glimpsed a woman sitting in my chair. A narrow ray of light peeked through the window shade and settled on her face face. A pair of dark glasses covered her eyes, and she wielded a folded walking stick in her hands, which rested on the top of the desk. Finally, we could tackle the important stuff in our peculiar mystery.

“How did you know where to find my office?” I flipped on the light switch to better see who lurked in the darkness.

“My bodyguard escorts me around, as needed. He’s also my driver these days. You probably didn’t notice him, but he’s been watching you all morning. It’s imperative we speak.” 


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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1 comment:

  1. Good morning,

    I love all the four-leaf green clovers. It makes the spotlight pop so much. Thank you for the wonderful post today. You might get two comments. I meant to hit publish and thought I hit delete, but then it appeared. So feel free to delete 1.

    Much gratitude. Off to share it now. :)

    Thanks again!