Monday, October 18, 2010

Celebrating J.D. Webb's Latest Mystery

Today we're celebrating the release of SMUDGE, a new mystery from the pen of J.D. Webb.

J. D. (Dave) resides in Illinois with his wife of 40 years and their toy poodle, Ginger, losing all family votes 2 to 1. Dave served in the Security Service of the Air Force as a Chinese linguist and weather analyst in Viet Nam and the Philippines prior to spending 25 years in corporate management. A company purge promoted him to cobbler and he owned a shoe repair and sales shop for 11 years. During these careers he wrote short stories and suppressed an urge to write a novel. After making a conscious decision to live at the poverty level, those novels began forcing their way out.

Becoming a full time author in 2002, Dave has garnered several awards. A short story called The Key to Christmas placed third in the 2006 La Belle Lettre literary contest. His first novel Shepherd’s Pie won a publisher’s Golden Wings Award for excellence in writing. His second novel Moon Over Chicago was a top ten finisher in the 2008 Preditors and Editors Poll in the mystery category and was a finalist in the prestigious 2008 Eppie awards by the Electronic Publishing Internet Connection. He is also the Owner and Moderator of the Publishing and Promoting Yahoo group with almost 900 international members.


SMUDGE a page-turning mystery from J. D. Webb

A smudge of blood involves a woman in the hunt for a mob killer, leading to a life threatening conclusion.

All paralegal Trish Morgan wanted to do was grab a few bucks at her ATM one night, but she finds blood on the screen then hears a moan. Should she investigate or not? Fighting her apprehension, she ventures into the alley next to the bank and discovers a dying woman. While Trish frantically calls 911 for help, the injured woman slips a DVD into Trish's purse. Unknown to Trish the DVD is a video of a hit of a Chicago mobster, which identifies the hit man.

The assassin stalks Trish, calling her at work and demanding that she return the disk. But the police are already involved. Trish is torn about what to do, and her best friend Heather, a wanna-be PI, tries to help.

Each time Trish thinks a problem is resolved she realizes her troubles are far from over. Her marriage is falling apart and she decides to leave her abusive husband. But as she tries to begin a new life the police question her about her husband's business dealings. Unexpected ordeals and dangerous situations test her inner strength and wisdom.


WIN - Leave J.D. a comment or question today at his Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for a copy of his new book in your choice of ebook or print (shipping to US & Canada). To enter, please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner - Good Luck!


  1. Congrats J.D. on your new release!!

    Sandy B.

  2. Morning Dave! Congrats on your new book SMUDGE! loved the excerpt and can't wait to read the whole thing! Tell us how the idea for the book came to be and for those not familiar with your work tell us about the other books out .

    Enjoy your day and your party and hope your bookbis a huge bestseller for you!

  3. Smudge sounds like a good book that will keep me on edge while trying to solve the mystery. What I've read here has gotten me interested in reading Smudge.

  4. Congratulations on your new release! Nice to have a non-romance book on the Blog.

  5. Thanks for the nice comments. I had fun writing this one and I love the characters. Maybe I'll do a sequel.
    Would love to hear from any readers. And good luck to all who enter for a free book.

  6. This book was born when I drove past an ATM machine and saw a woman wiping off the screen. I wondered what it was and there went my brain.
    I've done that before. My third book, Her Name Is Mommy, was hatched that way. While sitting on a bench in a Chicago mall, waiting for my wife to finish shopping (Which will never happen) I saw a little girl sitting alone across from me. No Parents. I got mad. Finally, her mom came out of a store behind her and gathered her up. This woman needed to be punished so I wrote a book about a similar incident and had the mother kidnapped from the mall. I felt this was adequate therapy for my anger.

  7. Your books sound intriguing - I just added all of them to my Amazon wish list.

    "And if you flag me down I have a box of them in the trunk of my car. Hey, John Grisham started that way. You'll get an autographed copy." Wish you lived closer!!


  8. Congrats on the new release!!! I'd love a chance to win it!!!


  9. Thanks again for commenting on my book launch. Wanted to let everyone know that my books are all family-friendly. No graphic violence, gore or sex. Wouldn't dare put in graphic sex - my wife would want to know where I got my information.
    I do have murder and mayhem in those books, I just don't go into detail to describe the scenes. We've seen it all on TV anyway.

  10. Congrats on your new release!
    I love a good mystery.

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  11. your a ne wto me author tho i do likethe premise and more so that its family friendly and can share with my mother and such please count me in

  12. I've never read anything by this author but his books sound very interesting. I love a good mystery because I love trying to figure out what happened and who the bad guy is and seeing if I was right or wrong.

  13. Smudge sounds like my kind of book. Good luck and congrats on the release!