Monthly Archives: February 2012

Get my book, for free. Yes, you heard that right.

To all my die-hard fans out there, I ask a favor… : )

Can you please download my ebook off Amazon between now and this Sunday, March 4th?

It’s free — yes, it won’t cost you ANYTHING — and you can download it from here.

So, how does downloading a free ebook help me? Especially when I could be twisting your arm to buy it from me instead?

Well, first of all, I’ll never twist someone’s arm to buy something of mine out of guilt, so the latter option isn’t even a possibility.

And second of all, you downloading it for free will help push the title toward the top of the Amazon list, where I’ve been told I’m competing against just over a million books. That’s a lot of muck to try to stand out in, and believe me, there’s a lot of muck out there. But, if I can get toward the top of the list, I could potentially reach a 100,000 readers who may want my book.

So, please, don’t feel guilty — at all — for downloading it for free! By downloading it for free, you really are seriously helping me. A lot. (If you feel any guilt at all by taking part in this offer, then please, rate the book on the 1 to 5 star scale and write a review after you finish it. That will help me TONS, as well, since many won’t buy a book unless there are quite a few positive reviews.)

Thanks a million, everyone!

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. You don’t need a Kindle to read this ebook. You can read ebooks from your computer, laptop, ipad, phone, or other device with this free app. Click here.

P.P.S. And yes, please forward this message to any friends who may have Amazon accounts. Or definitely friends who like Westerns!

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Three economic misconceptions that need to die

Read a great article recently about three economic misconceptions that need to die. (Hat tip, Chuck Morris of  Morris Creative Group in Knoxville.)

This article is one of the better news articles I’ve read of late and definitely worth reading. Link to the full story is located here.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. I continue to get many of the same questions about my ebook, Little Man, and the Dixon County WarFirst, if you want to buy it, it’s currently priced 99 cents and you can buy it here.  Second, some have said, “I’d love to buy it, but I don’t have a Kindle.” Well, you don’t need one. There’s a free reading application that will let you read my book and thousands of other ebooks on your computer, laptop, phone, or other device. That link is here.

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J.A. Konrath — an author you want to know

I just finished two great books, from a new author (for me) that I hadn’t heard of. His name is J.A. Konrath, and he writes like a buzz saw. Sharp. Loud. And scary.

The first I read was “Shot of Tequila.” It’s without question one of the best books I’ve read in at least a year or so. It’s a straight-up mob story with plenty of action, blood, and tension. So many times I think there’s no way the main character can get out of the situation he’s in, and so many times he does. All in a believable fashion, with plenty of back clues that were in hidden (not really) in plain view.

The second book of his I just finished with “Bloody Mary.” It’s a super-tense police thriller that I can’t say much about without giving away too much. It just barely fell below “Shot of Tequila.” But “Bloody Mary” — with less action — has far more anxiety and tension. It’s honest-to-goodness almost spooky, and there’s not a single ounce of horror or supernatural involved. It’s just you’re living the book with the main character — a police detective — and she’s basically being stalked. The killer keeps doing things to get in her head, and by the end, she knows the killer is after her. And he’s an incredible character, too. As fearsome a foe as I’d want to face, and I don’t fear many foes.

Somehow, Konrath nails both characters and pace; something most authors struggle with. In my opinion, most authors either have incredible characters or an out-of-this world ability to come up with plot and tension. Rarely do the two combine. And when they do, said author gets rich and famous.

Anyway, if you haven’t checked out J.A. Konrath, you might put him on your reading list. I guarantee you won’t regret it. (And don’t believe just me. J.A. Konrath has written more than a dozen books, had his stories appear in more than 60 magazines, and has sold more than 500,000 ebooks. That number will continue to go up, by at least about ten more before I’m through this year.)

Stan R. Mitchell

P.S. I’ve lowered the price of my book to 99 cents for a limited time, and since I continue to get many of the same questions, let me lay out the facts. First, if you want to buy my ebook, Little Man, and the Dixon County War, it’s here. You can read a long sample of the book if you’re on the fence about whether you’re interested or not.

Second, some have said, “I’d love to buy it, but I don’t have a Kindle.” Well, you don’t need one. There’s a free reading application that will let you read my book and thousands of others on your computer. That link is here. (I warn you though, that’s a very addictive program to have… The price, selection, and convenience of an online bookstore will win you over quickly.)

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My late night message, unedited

Ever notice how when you’re tired, or drunk, you say things you probably normally wouldn’t say?

Well, last night, while exhausted, I spoke a bit more honestly than I normally do on my facebook page. And since I figure most of the folks following this blog don’t see my facebook pages — and since I always wish my favorite authors would share more of their lives with nobodies like me — I thought I’d share the post here.

So, here she be. Just one long comment, hastily thrown together after about a sixteen-hour work day — something I’ve done way too much the past seven years, but hope to steer away from.

The post:

Danah and I just finished up our deadline, which was a bear because we had a special section that doubled our work. And though I’m exhausted, I’m super pumped because today I verbally closed the largest single sale The Observer has ever had. Should get the formal insertion order tomorrow, but still… Wow. Been a hard climb. Bout didn’t get up several times through the past seven years. Had the shit kicked out of me too many times to count. Been counted out by the critics too many times to even remember. But I’m getting stronger and rejuvenated, and I’m looking forward to finally slowing down some this year, getting some time off, and spoiling my wife. Life’s a marathon and if you’re in front coasting right now, thinking how easy it is, just remember not to mock that person you’re about to lap. Turns out, they may sleep less and run more and you might just be begging them for a job someday. That might be years from now, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. Guess I’m not 27 anymore. Guess The Observer’s not a joke anymore. Guess it’s true that the rewards of a journey are at the end, not at the beginning. Guess it’s true that God has your back more often than not. That you can be stupid and get in overhead, but with some serious prayers and some serious hard work and some serious readjustment in your life (yes, living broke), you can dig your way out. You can go from being the guy everyone thinks is a joke and feels a bit sorry for to the guy that quite a few folks envy. But like some fools have said, “I got lucky.” Sure, that’s right. Just don’t say that to my face if we happen to be in a parking lot and I happen to be in a bad mood. I’ll straight knock your teeth down your throat. I’ve born some scars these past seven years. And I’ve taken a lot of shit. So to all my critics, doubters, and haters, I’ll say what Tim Tebow says… “Preciate that.”

P.S. I continue to get many of the same questions about my book, so I’m going to start including this at the bottom of my future posts. First, if you want to buy my ebook, Little Man, and the Dixon County War, it’s here. You can read a long sample of the book if you’re on the fence about whether you’re interested or not.

Second, some have said, “I’d love to buy it, but I don’t have a Kindle.” Well, you don’t need one. There’s a free reading application that will let you read my book and thousands of others on your computer. That link is here. (I warn you though, that’s a very addictive program to have… The price, selection, and convenience of an online bookstore will win you over quickly.)

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My latest short story

I’d love some feedback from you guys about my most recent short story.

It follows the jump.

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