Monthly Archives: January 2013

Research for a future scene in the Nick Woods’s series

You know you have the coolest job ever when your “work” consists of studying these two videos for an upcoming scene in the next Nick Woods’s series.

81mm mortar (immediate suppression)

81mm mortar fire for effect

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, 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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Sold Out gets ‘highly recommended’ by author Jack Badelaire

Wow. Just wow.

I’m still reeling over the review I got today for Sold Out from author and critic Jack Badelaire on his website.

You guys have to read it, and please, drop him a big thanks if you have a moment.

Here’s where you can find it. (And take a look at his books while you’re there and see if either of them interest you. I’m picking up his book, Killer Instincts, as my next title to read, but he has another, as well, called COMMANDO: Operation Arrowhead, which also looks interesting.)

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, 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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I have groupies!!!

I’ve always thought my writing was at least decent, but it turns out I’ve underestimated my skills: My writing is so freaking awesome that I have groupies! : )

No joke!

Take a look at this hot chick here. Angie 2

And for the guys out there, who suddenly really are paying attention to my blog, I’ll provide a second, hot chick pic below. (I know, she’s pretty damn hot, and yeah, you kind of owe me for that.)

So, why is Stan posting these hot chick pics, I hear you asking… Is he that desperate for page views?!

Well, yeah, I am, but no, that’s not why I’m posting them.

This hot-ass chick, who’ll I’ll call Angie in an effort to protect her identity, apparently loves my books soooo much that she used a company credit card to buy one of my books.

How do I know that? Well, she posted it on facebook and told me. Here’s what she said.

Sooo, apparently I embezzled company money to buy your book! Our books weren’t adding up so a quick audit revealed I used the company credit that was saved on file instead of my personal card to buy your book! I think stealing money from my own company to purchase your book makes me the official groupie of the year!

So, in her defense, she does co-own the company with a partner, so maybe it wasn’t total theft, but let’s not let the facts get in the way of a good story here. (And let’s not forget, she may have been so love-struck with me that she wasn’t thinking straight, and I earn kudos for that kind of power, as well!) Angie 1

But back to the real point, by my standards what she did makes her a groupie. I mean, she’s hot, she’s addicted to my stuff (oops, poor word choice!), and she’s willing to commit theft, company fraud, and who knows what else to read my latest work.

So, I’ve got to say… Being an author rocks. I mean, I expected the money and the huge fame, but I never expected groupies.

Speaking of which, have you seen how many followers I have! I think it’s like 10 or 20 million! Or is it 100 or 200 million?! Who knows. Tough to keep up, and we authors suck at math and are trained to exaggerate a bit if it helps tell a good story!

In all honesty, I always assumed this only happens to rock stars, but maybe women have a thing for hot authors who are four feet tall! : ) Or, maybe my books are that good! (Let’s hope!) Or, maybe, I’ve got the best friends in the world, and they just get distracted sometimes. : )

Oh, and before I sign off and get blasted by someone, Angie both saw and approved this post. (She’s one of my best friends and was in my wedding.) And my wife Danah knows all about Angie and her groupie activity referred to in this post. (Danah said on my facebook that it made her day!)

Stan R. Mitchell

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Stan R. Mitchell, author and prior Marine, is best known for his Nick Woods Marine Sniper series, which has remained in the Top 100 on Amazon for more than three years. The series has also been picked up by Audible.com for a multi-book audio deal. Additional works include a Western thriller, detective series, and World War II story.

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The “real-life Django?”

I talked last week or so ago about re-branding my first book “Sold Out” based on the movie “Django.” (See post here in case you missed it.)

Well, it turns out, the movie “Django” may not have been as fictional as everyone thought.

Read here for a story about the “real-life Django.

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, 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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So, I launched a second blog…

Today was my breaking point regarding politics. And, as the title above suggests, I launched a blog.

If you’re a moderate and sick of the extremists on left and right, go check it out. It’s here: http://fixthedivide.wordpress.com. Not a whole lot there, and it’s a work in progress, but I’ve got some great friends here and I’d love it if you joined me there, as well, but only if you’re interested, of course! : )

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, 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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I’m nowhere near ready to forgive Lance Armstrong

So, I’ve watched the two Lance Armstrong interviews on Oprah Winfrey and spent a few minutes judging reaction across the ‘net.

I’ve tried to figure out exactly how I feel and I tried to watch it with a completely open mind. I went into those two interview airings angry. This man that I looked up to had betrayed me and millions of others, and he had lied and bullied at lengths almost impossible to measure. In interviews. In depositions. In conversations with even his family.

Two of the things I hate most are lying and bullying.

Lance Armstrong did both and he made tens of millions doing it. And now caught, and much humbled, he planned to come on TV, do a tell all, and ask forgiveness.

I, a fan, hoped to give it to him. But I can’t. He really never even came close to having me.

Lying is bad enough, but I hate a bully. I was bullied in school and living with that constant fear back then cost me untold hours of sleep, and who knows how much stress and pain. I’ve seen bullies destroy people’s lives and I’ve made a career of trying to stand up to them. It’s why I became obsessed with martial arts for twenty-plus years — I wanted to use my confidence and ability to protect those who were weaker. It’s partly why I started a newspaper at great personal and financial cost.

So I knew going into those interviews that it would be hard for me to forgive him, much less ever believe in him again. And after watching them, I remain practically unchanged.

And then I read this…

Lance Armstrong, uber-convicted liar, likely lied to Oprah. (See story here.)

“That’s the only thing in this whole report that upset me,” Armstrong said during the interview. “The accusation and alleged proof that they said I doped [in 2009] is not true. The last time I crossed the line, that line was 2005.”

“You did not do a blood transfusion in 2009?” Winfrey asked.

“No, 2009 and 2010 absolutely not,” Armstrong said.

Investigators familiar with the case disagree. They said today that Armstrong’s blood values at the 2009 race showed clear blood manipulation consistent with two transfusions. Armstrong’s red blood cell count suddenly went up at these points, even though the number of baby red blood cells did not.

Investigators said this was proof that he received a transfusion of mature red blood cells.

Why would he lie to Oprah? Oh, this is rich… Here’s why: “If Armstrong lied about the 2009 race, it could be to protect himself criminally, investigators said.

Well, I’m sorry, Lance. I don’t like liars — see point above, and I’m not a real fan of cowards.

Lance is worried about the statute of limitations and whether he may be prosecuted… Doing drugs by the barrel in 2005? Not a problem. Doing drugs in 2009? Big f’in problem.

But I hear you out there. You want to give him a pass. Hey, who wants to go to prison? Or have a record and be on probation, right?

Okay, I’ll let that slide a bit. It’s not how I’d roll, but I get it. I’m different.

Let me present a second piece of evidence…

Here’s how Lance apologized to one of his strongest supporters of 14 years:

Riles, I’m sorry.

All I can say for now but also the most heartfelt thing too. Two very important words.

L

I mean, you can’t make this stuff up. Three sentences? An email, at that?

No phone call. No passionate begging of forgiveness. No tears. No flowers. No standing in the rain on your knees, knocking on a door you know will never be opened.

Nope, Lance fired off an “email,” if you can call it that, to one of his strongest supporters and expected said supporter (who severely damaged his career) to forgive.

Believe me, you absolutely have to read this column from one of his strongest media reporters who isn’t at ALL ready to forgive him. It’s all about the lies — By Rick Reilly.

Rick Reilly knows Lance better than we ever will, and he certainly knows the situation better than any of us cold dream of.

And yet… Rick Reilly is nowhere near ready to forgive Lance, and it’s this position that cements mine, as well.

Rick Reilly isn’t ready to forgive Lance Armstrong and I’m certainly not either.

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, 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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Things are dark in Tim Tebow land

For those who don’t know, things are dark in Tim Tebow land.

The team that he had the best chance of landing on says they don’t want him so things are probably as dark as they’ve ever been.

Here’s the best summary article I’ve found: Tebow: ‘I don’t know what my future holds.

And while some say he could end up in the Canadian Football League, even that is being shot down in this article.

I’m still an optimist that he’ll be starting somewhere, but I have absolutely no data I could point to that would prove my point. We’ll just have to see.

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, 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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