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

28
May

My new novel, BRAVO, will be released 22 July by Mulholland Books (mulhollandbooks) in both print and e-format.

This is the second in the Jad Bell series and follows directly on the heels of ALPHA. That said, the novel serves as its own entry into the series; you certainly don’t need to have read the first to enjoy this one (though it obviously won’t hurt if you did).

I’ve no idea of any appearance/signing schedule as of yet. I’ll let folks know as I learn it myself. I suspect any touring to be limited due to a variety of factors. I’ll let folks know which bookstores to contact if you’re seeking signed copies.

Those of you who’ve read my short story, “The End is Never Pretty,” will have met one of the main characters already. Those who haven’t and want to… I’ll be posting either the story or (more likely) a link to the story in the next couple weeks.

You can pre-order the novel just about anywhere that sells novels (except at Amazon right now - for a very good explanation of the Amazon/Hachette dispute, I direct you to this very good post by Jim Huang ), much as you can, say, pre-order LAZARUS just about anywhere that sells comics. If you are told this cannot be done, I’d advise you to take your business elsewhere.

Cheers!

28
Apr
pbsthisdayinhistory:

April 28, 1926: Novelist Harper Lee Is Born
On this day in 1926, Nellie Harper Lee was born in Alabama. Harper Lee has published just a single novel, but it is one of the most beloved of all American fictions. In 1999, respondents to a LIBRARY JOURNAL poll judged Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird the “best novel of the century.”
Celebrate Nelle Harper Lee’s 87th birthday by learning more about To Kill a Mockingbird with American Masters' The American Novel timeline. 
image: First edition cover - late printing.

One of the finest novels I’ve ever read.

pbsthisdayinhistory:

April 28, 1926: Novelist Harper Lee Is Born

On this day in 1926, Nellie Harper Lee was born in Alabama. Harper Lee has published just a single novel, but it is one of the most beloved of all American fictions. In 1999, respondents to a LIBRARY JOURNAL poll judged Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird the “best novel of the century.”

Celebrate Nelle Harper Lee’s 87th birthday by learning more about To Kill a Mockingbird with American Masters' The American Novel timeline.

image: First edition cover - late printing.

One of the finest novels I’ve ever read.

(via cortexiphankid47)

15
Apr
If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes, but by no means always, find the way to do it. You must perceive the excellence that makes a good story good or the errors that makes a bad story. For a bad story is only an ineffective story.
— John Steinbeck
28
Feb
25
Feb
mulhollanduncovered:

When terrorists attack the most famous theme park in America, one man stands in their way …
Read an extract from Alpha here. 

This is a book I wrote. As in most cases, copy does not truly explain what happens between the covers.
I had a lot of fun with this one. I kinda chased every cliche I could think of and then sort of tackled it, tickled it, and tried to see what it was hiding. This is the first of the Jad Bell novels. The new one, BRAVO, will be out in July.
Please, check it out. It’s now out in mass market paperback, and it’s available in all manner of digital formats.

mulhollanduncovered:

When terrorists attack the most famous theme park in America, one man stands in their way …

Read an extract from Alpha here

This is a book I wrote. As in most cases, copy does not truly explain what happens between the covers.

I had a lot of fun with this one. I kinda chased every cliche I could think of and then sort of tackled it, tickled it, and tried to see what it was hiding. This is the first of the Jad Bell novels. The new one, BRAVO, will be out in July.

Please, check it out. It’s now out in mass market paperback, and it’s available in all manner of digital formats.

6
Feb