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‘Mexican Heat’ is “Tom Clancy on steroids,” says Author Mark Allen

Mexican Heat,” my second Nick Woods book, got reviewed by Author (and friend) Mark Allen.

Mark Allen’s review of Mexican Heat

Take a look if you get a moment, and I hope everyone has a great weekend!

(Oh! And I should say that “Mexican Heat”and “Sold Out” have been selling amazing of late, spending much of the week with BOTH of them in the Top 100 of Amazon’s political thriller genre, with the likes of Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and David Baldacci.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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“Mexican Heat (Nick Woods, No. 2)” has arrived…

Finally, it has arrived!

Mexican Heat (Nick Woods, No. 2)” is live and up for sale on Amazon! (This is the follow-up/sequel to “Sold Out.”)

So, buy it, tell your friends about it, share it on facebook, and go yell at that neighbor across the street. Tell him, too!

Book Description:

Nick Woods is tired of waiting. America’s greatest sniper has spent the better part of two years up in the mountains of Montana, waiting for the government to double-cross him and try to come get him.

Cover_Mexican Heat - SmallHe has good reason to be wary. The government has betrayed him twice already, but Nick’s a hard man to kill.

And just waiting in isolation, with his wife Anne gone, and his paranoia at dangerous levels, is killing him, day-by-day.

And so Nick ventures out. Carefully, like Nick does everything.

But what Nick doesn’t know is that the Mexican government stands on the verge of complete collapse.

A brilliant madman has united the drug cartels into a deadly alliance, and the Mexican President holds a perilous grip on power.

Now, Mexico’s leading businessman — a multi-billionaire who owns much of the country — is about to exit the country, selling off his businesses and taking his capital out of the country.

Such a move would lead to an exodus of other businesses and just like that, America would face one of its largest catastrophes in recent times: a third world country on its borders, run by a drug cartel whose reach spans from South America into deep within the United States.

America has already sent special forces to deal with this cartel, but that proved a catastrophe.

The country needs Nick Woods again, and it needs him now.


Hope you guys enjoy this book half as much as I enjoyed writing it!!!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: My name is Stan R. Mitchell and I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the news business, working as a reporter, editor, and publisher. Please consider subscribing to my blog or taking a look at some of my books.

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Another author interview and more tough questions from a book reviewer…

Morning Books and Coffee, a book review site, featured and interviewed me last week.

Huge thanks to Ash for that!!!

Among the questions she asked were, what are my ambitions for my writing career, what draws me to the action fiction genre, and why Nick Woods “can be a total ASS at times?” lol

You can read the full interview here: Author Spotlight Stan R. Mitchell.

(And if you check out the interview, can you say a kind word and thank Ash for taking the time to interview me? Thanks!)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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 If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after finding himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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The gig at the Mitchell Sweatshop…

I merely recommend my wife to a fellow author friend looking for someone to design book covers, and below is how my wife responded. (Note: Pretty much everything she said is true…)

Danah Akin Mitchell: “Wait…you mean to tell me that people actually pay for book cover design? The gig at the Mitchell Sweatshop is that I get to eat so long as I work. Do they also pay for editors? Because I’ve been polishing this one turd for what seems like forever. I get paid in cheese puffs for that. Then I’ve been informed (on a neurotic daily basis) that the second I’m done editing I need to slap together an award-winning cover with the expectation being that “it shouldn’t take more than a couple of seconds.” Tell me, Mark! Do they have still have sunlight where you are?”

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please consider subscribing for email alerts of new posts.


 If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after finding himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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A question on book prices and reader expectations

I need some help on some research from all my members in Mitchell’s Militia!

So, I just got a 4-star review on my book “Little Man,” and here is what the reviewer said:

“Didn’t expect much from this when I picked it up but it was very entertaining and the ending had a little twist to it to boot.”

Now, my question is, “What made them not expect much?”

Does the fact that the Kindle version is only $2.99 make you not expect much?

And if you buy Kindle books, how much do you typically pay?

And do you think I should consider moving the price up to $3.99 or $4.99? (Many of the self-published Westerns are $2.99, so it’s a softer field, as far as prices go…)

Love some input from you all. I’m WAY too close to it!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please consider subscribing for email alerts of new posts.


 If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after finding himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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