24
Jul

The End is Never Pretty: A Short Prequel to BRAVO 

My new novel, BRAVO, came out this past Tuesday and is now available everywhere books are sold, except, apparently, via Amazon, because I am a Hachette author, and Amazon and Hachette are at war.

Be that as it may, the book is out and it is available in both hardcover and various electronic formats from a long list of retailers. If you’d like a personalized, signed copy and cannot attend any of the signing events I’ve blogged about, I urge you to take a look at this post, and contact Seattle Mystery Bookshop, where I’ll be signing on 2 August.

So.

Before I sat down to write BRAVO, I wrote a short-story that was half-character study and half in service of a very good cause, that of supporting the Muskego Public Library. The short story in question, “The End is Never Pretty,” was first published in Murder and Mayhem in Muskego, edited by Jon and Ruth Jordan of Crimespree Magazine.

The story is part of the “Bell canon,” though it is not itself a story about Jad Bell at all, but rather about Petra Nessuno, who plays a very large and very crucial part in the new novel. Petra herself recounts a somewhat edited version of this story to Bell in the course of BRAVO. The story served as the introduction of Petra and Heath both, as well as an explanation as to how Petra ends up where she is at the start of the novel. It is by no means required reading to enjoy BRAVO, but it certainly is, as they say, “value added content.”

Hope you enjoy it!

Links:

The End is Never Pretty - PDF version
The End is Never Pretty - ebook version
The End is Never Pretty - mobi version

24
Jul
Kill yourself.
— Anonymous

You first.

22
Jul

humanoidhistory:

July 20, 1969 — While Neil Armstrong was taking a picture of Buzz Aldrin, Aldrin’s visor was taking a picture of Armstrong.

22
Jul
Over the past few years, private prison firm GEO Group has become known for inmate abuse, workplace violence, and fraudulent reporting at its U.S. facilities. One federal judge found that GEO “allowed a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts and conditions to germinate” at one Mississippi facility for juveniles.
But on Monday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) will headline a $10,000-per-person VIP fundraiser at the home of GEO Group Chief Executive Officer George Zoley, Mother Jones reports. Attendees can also attend a general reception for $3,000 per person. The proceeds will go to both Rick Scott’s gubernatorial campaign and the Republican Party of Florida.
Scott has long been a proponent of private prisons, even as he has maintained a cozy relationship with prison executives. In 2010, he campaigned on pledges to save the state money by turning more state-run prisons over to private companies. But several years later, prisons were costing Florida more money. Scott has since backed a move to privatize prison health care, and his Department of Corrections forged ahead with a plan to do so even without the approval of the state legislature. That move was eventually upheld by an appeals court and the move will now cost 2,000 state workers their jobs.
Private Prison CEO Will Host Florida Governor At $10K-A-Plate Fundraiser | ThinkProgress (via alexsegura)

(via alexsegura)

22
Jul

humanoidhistory:

July 20, 1969 — Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin at work on the Moon, photographed by Neil Armstrong, who can be seen reflected in a couple of the images.

(NASA)

22
Jul
comixology:

We couldn’t wait any longer so we started our imagecomics SDCC Sale a day before the con even starts!
Featuring

East of West by Jonathan Hickman & nickdragottaLazarus by ruckawriter & Michael LarkNowhere Men by Eric Stephenson & fetorpsePretty Deadly by kellysue & steinerfrommarsRat Queens by kurtiswiebe & johnnyrocwellSaga by Brian K Vaughan & fionastaplesSex Criminals by mattfractionblog & zdarskyThe Manhattan Projects by Jonathan Hickman & nickpitarraZero by aleskot & jordiecolorsthings(Plus a whole lot of other people)

comixology:

We couldn’t wait any longer so we started our imagecomics SDCC Sale a day before the con even starts!

Featuring

East of West by Jonathan Hickman & nickdragotta
Lazarus by ruckawriter & Michael Lark
Nowhere Men by Eric Stephenson & fetorpse
Pretty Deadly by kellysue & steinerfrommars
Rat Queens by kurtiswiebe & johnnyrocwell
Saga by Brian K Vaughan & fionastaples
Sex Criminals by mattfractionblog & zdarsky
The Manhattan Projects by Jonathan Hickman & nickpitarra
Zero by aleskot & jordiecolorsthings

(Plus a whole lot of other people)

(via imagecomics)