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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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A free story for the millions

I threw some bait in the water tonight.

I uploaded my short story “Momma Knows Best” onto www.scribd.com. We’ll see what comes of it.

My hope is people enjoy the story, which is short and fast paced, and fall head over heels for me as a writer.

Then buy the books teased at the end of the story. : )

Silly plan, I know. But stranger things have happened. Here’s the link if you haven’t read the story before: http://www.scribd.com/doc/119734158/Momma-Knows-Best (Or if you want to share it. You want to share it, right? Nod your head now… And no, I’m not standing closer or balling up my fists in a threatening manner…)

Note: It has profanity and violence in it. If that bothers you, don’t read it. And then go ahead and talk about me behind my back. I know your kind. Think and say what you want!

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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The Next Big Thing blog hop

Emma McCoy nominated me here for The Next Big Thing blog hop, which was a very kind thing for her to do. Thanks, Emma! You rock!

The idea behind The Next Big Thing is to answer ten questions about a current work in progress. Without further adieu….

1.What is the working title of your work in progress?

Mexican Heat, though a quick Google search shows that name’s already in use. I usually sweat the title as I get closer to completion.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve been reading about the violence from drug cartels in Mexico for some time, and it’s impossible to not be drawn — as an action fiction author — to the violence there. It’s just south of the United States, there have been 60,000 deaths in less than a decade (more than we had in Vietnam), and there have been all kinds of crazy things happening, like beheadings, abductions, and insane hour-long gunfights in some areas.

It’s the perfect place to send Nick Woods…

3. What genre does your book fall under?

I’d call it a crazy thriller, but Amazon gives you two slots, and I usually pick the categories of “Thriller” and “War.”

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Actors aren’t my strong suit. How ’bout we let them cut me a check and pick whoever they want?

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Actually, when I started outlining the book, I created a three-sentence synopsis based upon the screenwriter’s format of logline, tagline, and headline. (Hat tip, Guy Bergstrom.) Here are the three:

A powerful drug cartel, led by a madman, threatens to topple Mexico’s government.

An American Seal Team sent to handle the situation is ambushed and decimated.

Can one of America’s greatest warriors stop this madman?

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Still working on it. I’m just on Chapter 3.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Something along the lines of Stephen Hunter, Lee Child, or Tom Clancy.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Countless stories like this: http://stanrmitchell.com/2012/11/26/my-god-what-a-woman/

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It will deliver on the formula I follow for all my writing: “I write books chock-full of shooting and stabbing. Description? Not so much. So, if you’re looking for an action-packed, fast-moving thriller, I’m your man. If you’re looking for literature, hate the thought of blood or pain, and are bothered by profanity, then move on. I’m most certainly not your man.”

Thus, I’m pretty sure most readers will be interested. The vast majority of all best sellers follow this formula.

As part of this post, I’m supposed to nominate five others. Many of my blogging friends may be too busy to do this, but in the spirit of the idea, I’ll make some nominations anyway. The five I nominate are:

Carrie Rubin

Embattled Farmers (Inside joke: Yes, ma’am, I’m trying to force you to talk about your work.)

T. W. Dittmer

Thomas Rydder

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War  has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Outhas also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.

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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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