My debut novel is finally out. You can pick up PENANCE at bookstores, well, not everywhere exactly, but it’s at a lot of them, or through the usual online suspects like Indiebound, Barnes & Noble or Amazon, or, if you’re the ebook type, you can get it direct from Exhibit A. So run out and get a copy. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Back already? Purty, ain’t it?
Chicago’s dubious political history figures prominently in PENANCE, so, to celebrate, I thought I’d commemorate Illinois’s delightful political heritage with an election of my own. What political heritage you ask? Well, a University of Illinois study found more than 1,000 politicians and businesspeople convicted of public corruption in Illinois since 1970. And name another state whose last two governors have spent time in the clink.
So here’s the deal. I’m running a contest to find THE MOST CORRUPT POLITICIAN OF ALL TIME! That’s right, the granddaddy of political malfeasance, the capitain of clout, the ayatollah of pay-ola, the… aw hell, you get the idea.
And ya’ll are gonna help.
Send me a one-paragraph nomination for your political scumbag of choice. It can be anyone from anywhere at anytime in history. I’ll pick the four that amuse me most and then we’ll have us an election. Nominators for each of the Final Four will get to hijack my blog for a day to make their nominating speech, then everybody will get to vote for their favorite.
Remember, this is a Chicago election. Dirty tricks and bribes are not only allowed, they’re encouraged. Vote early, vote often and use any means necessary to curry my favor. You wanna mail me bacon? Cool. Wanna pose au natural with your copy of PENANCE? Who am I to stifle your political creativity. Go ahead, have some fun.
Nominations are due by June 1. June will be convention month. I’ll pick the Final Four and assign guest blog dates. Polls open on July 1 with the winner announced on July 11, to mark a really fun date in Chicago history (more on that later).
The winner gets a signed copy of PENANCE along with a copy of my short fiction collection OLD SCHOOL.
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! The good folks at Exhibit A are throwing in a one-year ebook subscription that’s worth fifty-two entire British Pounds. I don’t know what that comes to in real American money, but c’mon, what a haul.
STILL NOT ENOUGH? The winner will also be my guest for either burgers at Kuma’s or deep dish pizza at Gulliver’s. (I’ll mail you the books and you get the ebook thingee through the magic of the Interwebs, but you gotta get your own ass to Chicago to collect on the grub.)
So get your nominations in now and start smearing your competitors and sending in your bribes.
May the worst man win.