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Huge news for the Mitchell household!

Hey guys!

I wanted to share some great news with you all! Thanks to your all’s tremendous job spreading the word about my books, I recently signed a deal with Audible to publish my books as audiobooks!

They were specifically interested in the Nick Woods series (Sold Out, Mexican Heat, and Afghan Storm), as well as an option to the fourth book.

For those that don’t know, Audible is owned by Amazon and is the world’s largest downloadable audiobook store. We recently completed signing the contract and I can’t tell you how pumped I am about this deal!

No. Like, REALLY pumped!!!

This is a chance to get Nick Woods into a new market, as many audiobook readers are pretty exclusive to that format. As one friend told me, “I don’t have time to read your book. But I listen to audiobooks every day on my drive to work. When will your books be available in audio?”

I don’t currently have any details on a timeline for when the books will be available, so stay tuned for details on that.

But before I let you all go,  I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your encouragement and support. This has been such an amazing journey, but it’s not exactly been an easy one. And there were so many times that your all’s comments to my blog posts and assistance in spreading the word has proved more valuable than you could ever know.

So thank you, each and every one. You are truly members of Mitchell’s Militia, and let’s keep spreading the word about Nick Woods. He’s got a lot more wrongs to right, and quite a bit more growing to do. (Don’t we all?)

Believe me! I can’t wait to share with you the story arc that Danah and I have planned for his character, as well as the others involved with Shield, Safeguard, and Shelter (S3)!

And seriously, if you have some small dream you’ve been suppressing or ignoring or barely feeding, will you please be inspired by my news and read (or re-read) this post:  Find true happiness: announce your dreams to the world today. I firmly believe you owe it to yourself and your family to pursue that dream.

All right. Done preachin’. (At least for today.) lol

Thanks, guys! I’m indebted to you all!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About me: I write military action books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior USMC Sgt with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business — 9 of them with a newspaper that I started. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate or inspire you.

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Update on my newest book! Afghan Storm coming soon!

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is doing well, staying motivated, and remaining strong! I know we all face our own challenges, and I know those challenges don’t go away if we back down, slack off, or give up, so I hope everyone is keeping up the good fight!

On my front, I wanted to update you on the latest news about my upcoming, third Nick Woods book!

I’m more the 3/4 of the way done with it, and should be done writing it in about a month! (Sorry, the timing of such things isn’t a science! lol)

The working title is “Afghan Storm,” and we’re already planning the book cover. Furthermore, we’ve already begun planning the fourth book in the series, which will take place in Iraq/Syria against ISIS! (Long term, I see the Nick Woods series as being 10-15 books, same as those written by Vince Flynn, Lee Child, and Stephen Hunter.)

Now, about the book…

As was hinted to at the end of “Mexican Heat,” Nick Woods and the men of Shield, Safeguard, and Shelter (S3) deploy to Afghanistan for Book 3 of the series.

The men are trying to break the back of the Taliban at a time when things are desperate in Afghanistan.  Similar to real life, I’ve lined it up in my book that very few American troops remain in the country, and those that do aren’t actively patroling.

It’s an Afghan war now, but it’s one they’re not winning. And in my book, the Afghan government teeters on the verge of collapse. Since sending more American troops isn’t politically viable, the men of S3 get the call to take down the key religious leader of the Taliban, in the hopes of stabilizing Afghanistan and buying it more time.

The Taliban have some other plans, so it goes without saying that there’s going to be loads of lead thrown and bullets dodged!

One thing I won’t lie about is that I’ve felt tremendous pressure on this book, and it’s certainly slowed down getting it finished. With the explosion in sales of the first two Nick Woods books, and the whole full-time author gig now in full swing, I know that expectations are higher than ever. And I’m also fully aware that I have a lot to lose if I put out a dud.

I know readers aren’t forgiving, and as a reader myself, I completely understand. It takes me a long time to forgive an author who publishes something that’s boring, so I’m trying to really kill it on this third book. (Here’s a teaser of how high I’m aiming! The book begins with four members of S3 going on a Top-Secret mission into Pakistan, alone, on foot, and without any form of support!)

Quite honestly, I really do think it’s coming together as a great book and the ending should be epic, as well, similar to how the amazing end of “Mexican Heat” came together.

So, to wrap up, if you haven’t started the series, I think it’s a great time to get started!

For my new subscribers the past couple of months, the book order, and a brief description about each book, follows:

  • Sold Out (Nick Woods, No. 1)” tracks the life of legendary Marine Sniper Nick Woods after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security.
  • Mexican Heat (Nick Woods, No. 2)” follows Nick Woods as he’s recalled into service in hopes of preventing the entire collapse of the Mexican government.

Thanks for everyone’s continued support! I certainly wouldn’t have made it here without you all, and one day I will come up with a really cool way to reward the dedicated members of Mitchell’s Militia!

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About me: I’m a full-time, 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 entrepreneur who spent nine years running a weekly newspaper that I started. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate or inspire you.

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What makes you enthusiastic about life?

What makes you enthusiastic about life?

It’s an interesting question. And it’s one Author Britt Skrabanek has been asking folks as part of a monthly series she’s been doing.

Last month, Britt asked me to take part and here’s my answer to “What makes you enthusiastic about life?”: The Life Enthusiast Chronicles with Stan.

And while you’re there, make sure you check out her books. Britt is a lovely writer and fantastic person! I’d love nothing more than if you bought one of her books (if it interests you), or if they don’t, file them away in your mind and tell a friend that might be interested in them.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About me: I’m a full-time, 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 writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate or inspire you.

P.S. You should really consider buying this book: The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul the Warrior’s Way. It’s absolutely changed my life for the better.

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How my life changed on this day, seven years ago

I have to give huge props to Danah. She has helped me so much with my writing and my books. Besides helping with brainstorming, editing, and creating my covers and graphics, she's also proved a HUGE help with my characters. She gets characters better than anyone else I know.

Seven years ago, I went on a blind date with a woman I met on MySpace. It started like quite a few before it: with a meet up in a very public place at Panera. At the time, I was heavily in debt with a pretty bleak outlook for my company, but still absolutely convinced of my long-term success.

And I desperately wanted to find a woman who would overlook the $400 apartment and scary financial picture. A woman who’d believe in me and encourage me and support me, all while helping guide me through some troubled waters ahead on the horizon.

I found that and a whole lot more when I found Danah Akin Mitchell. I found a woman I could be silly with. A woman I could be real with.Danah date pic

Even better, I found a woman with a keener business mind than even I possess, and a woman that gets people and can discern trouble well before it arrives. She has an intuitive sense for how things should be handled, and an incredible understanding of character, which has done much for my writing career.

We’ve traveled some rough waters these past seven years, but I can’t imagine anyone else I’d rather have in the boat with me.

She’s my soulmate and my best friend, and I’m glad that even after seven years, we still make each other smile and laugh like we did that first night at Panera.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About me: I’m a full-time, 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 writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate or inspire you.

P.S. You should really consider buying this book: The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul the Warrior’s Way. It’s absolutely changed my life for the better.

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Will write for ammo, but I had forgotten that real shooting is tough…

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The start of the day, when it was still chilly. This is the view from the 1,000-yard line. And if you click the photo and zoom in, you’ll see some vehicles at the upper left-hand corner. They are parked at the 200 yard line. (Seriously, just think of this view the next time you read about some sniper shooting a thousand yards.)

I had the most amazing thing happen this past weekend. I had a reader/follower of the site take me shooting.

We had tried to set this up last month, but it fell through due to all the snow and ice. Last Saturday, the weather was perfect and we made good on our promise.

I’ll be honest though… When the offer was made, I tried to decline. After all, I have very few guns now, having been forced to sell most of them to keep the newspaper going back when it was in its start up phase and not making any money.

Additionally, I hadn’t shot a rifle in in seven or nine years. (Truthfully, I can’t remember the last time, and trying to remember based on the life-landmarks of divorces, near bankruptcies, and practically being homeless just isn’t much fun, so let’s just say it’s been a hell of a long time since I have shot a rifle.)

So I was worried to death I’d embarrass myself, and figured stating the truth — that the only rifle I still own is an ole’ lever action given to me from a deceased relative, and that I hadn’t shot in forever — might be enough of a reason to politely decline an incredible offer from a fellow veteran.

But, this veteran came back with the even more absurdly generous offer to bring his M14 (or the civilian version, the M1A) and all the gear we needed, PLUS ammo, AND he’d even come to Oak Ridge (where I live).

At that point, I just couldn’t say “no.” Not to mention, I’ve always dreamed of shooting an M14.

Thus, we made the shoot happen this past Saturday. It was truly an incredible day and since we shot from 200 and 300 yards with iron sights, complete with raised and lowered targets, it really took me back to my Marine Corps days.

Two things stand out from the day.

First, I had forgotten that real shooting is work. Sure, plinking at cans or stumps is fun. But when you back up to 200 or 300 yards, you’re going to be in very uncomfortable positions and you’re going to be concentrating at Zen-like levels. Additionally, if your arm’s not numb from a sling cutting it in half and your back’s not killing you from being bent over in the sitting position for thirteen minutes, then you’re probably not doing it right.

Secondly, it was incredible how giving many of the instructors were that day. It was an open shoot for mostly new shooters and there were many super experienced shooters there, who seemed happy to be teaching a bunch of newbies. Four or five of them, who I won’t name, were ranked national shooters, i.e. the best in the country who shoot in ferocious competitions at Camp Perry. These included several “Distinguished Riflemen,” “President’s 100” shooters, and at least one former National Champion.

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Me, at the end of the day: Sweaty and exhausted.

The way these near legends just gave and gave last Saturday was nothing short of remarkable — and I found out afterward that it’s not out of the norm; they do this regularly.

So, to wrap up, I want to send out a huge word of thanks to Old Gyrene, who let me borrow his rifle and reminded me how a Marine should shoot, as well as all the instructors who helped make it happen that day.

It was truly an incredible day for a prior Marine who hadn’t shot in such a serious way for FAR TOO LONG, and it was really a remarkable feeling to have as an author. I mean, some guy I had never met found me on the internet, subscribed as a follower, enjoyed my books, and eventually wanted to meet me.

Is that not every author’s dream? (Add in that he’s a two-tour Vietnam vet, who earned a Purple Heart, and it’s just impossible to describe how honored and humbled I am by the entire experience.)

Again, thanks Old Gyrene, and all involved.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

About me: I’m a full-time, 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 writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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