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Author of “Watership Down” dies…

One of my favorite authors died yesterday.

Richard Adams, who wrote “Watership Down,” died at the age of 96. (I like to think that watership_down_coverHazel, Fiver, Bigwig, Dandelion, and several other rabbits he created met him at the gates of heaven.)

Watership Down” is one of my all-time favorite books. Definitely in my Top 10. I’ve read this book probably six or eight times and bought at least three copies. (Just this Christmas, I bought one for my niece. Trust me, I’ve been waiting about four years and harassing my sister to no end, asking her if my niece is the appropriate age to give a copy.)

Not only did “Watership Down” inspire me to have rabbits as a kid, I also bought two rabbit bookends a few years back because of the book.

As if all that isn’t bad enough, last Christmas my sister-in-law ordered a hardback from the UK that he’d actually signed. (Now I’m more thankful than ever that she did that.)

Yeah, it’s kind of sick how obsessed I am with that book. I hate to hear he’s died… 😦 And I think it’s every author’s wish that we could write a book that makes such an impact.

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A photo of my signed book, other copies, and one of the bookends that I had to buy (and now treasure a little too much).

One final thing to add, as if all the above isn’t bad enough… Danah often calls me her “bunny goat,” because I’m infatuated with rabbits and also as stubborn and hard-headed as a goat.

Honestly, the nickname is pretty accurate. I mean, I’m just crazy about rabbits. I’ll be driving and constantly scanning the yards around my home for them. And when I see them, I often pull over and just watch them. Or shoot a quick video on my phone.

It’s also true that I’m as stubborn and hard-headed as a goat. (Only a hard-headed goat would start a newspaper and think it’s a good idea to spend a quarter of their working life trying to make it pay off…)

Sorry, guys. I’ve rattled on too long, which is the classic sign of a writer who’s too close to something. But, clearly, I’m too close to this topic.

If you’ve never read the book, check it out. And if you have kids in about seventh or eighth grade, and especially if they hate reading, hand them a copy of this book. It’s probably the primary childhood book that completely hooked me on reading as much as I did.

Here’s the link again: “Watership Down.” (For those wondering about child-appropriateness, my school required us to read it in 8th grade. I’ve also seen online that some schools require it in 7th grade. So those two facts are probably pretty good guides on whether your kid is the right age or not to tackle it.)And if you’re an adult, I think the book will blow you away as well. It’s that good.)

Oh, and if you’re an adult, I think the book will blow you away as well. It’s that good.

Just be prepared to become obsessed with rabbits after reading it… 🙂

Semper Fidelis,

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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A few quick things…

Hey, guys!

Hope everyone is doing well! I wanted to share a few quick things.

christmas-clip-art-free-large-imagesFirst, don’t forget that Christmas is just around the corner. It stayed warm well into November this year, so it’s slipping up on us faster than normal. But that doesn’t change the reality. And I know most guys start shopping for it about two weeks for now. But having said that, let me say, “Guys, don’t do that again this year.”

Can’t you remember the long lines, crazy parking lots, and “out of stock” signs you saw last year? You know, the ones that caused you to drive across town to the other store with the long lines and crazy parking lots? Hey, I’m guilty of it, too. So, start brainstorming now and at least compile a list in the next few days of what you’re buying for whom. And, maybe start shopping next week, instead of two weeks from now. : )

Trust me, you’ll thank me if you jump on it a week earlier this year.

Speaking of shopping, I’ve got to put out there the obvious: my books make excellent gifts Sold Out_Coverfor some of those on your list. Especially veterans! So if your father, brother, nephew, sister, mother, or niece served, I’m pretty sure they’d enjoy Sold Out, the first book in the Nick Woods series. The tactics are realistic, the pace is fast, and the book has more than 400 reviews, having spent much of the past four years in the Top 100 in its genre.

Plus, Sold Out is only $10.99, ships in plenty of time for Christmas, and they’ll even gift wrap it for you. Not to mention, you’d be supporting a veteran and all-around good guy. I think. : )

I also wanted to mention that if you’re going to be buying something at Amazon for someone, I’d really appreciate it if you came back to this page and clicked the Amazon banner in the upper-right corner. By using that link, a small percentage of your purchase will go to me since you used my referral link. It’s not a lot, but it can add up. And it’s a great way to support my journey. : )

Finally, I wanted to end the post by saying I’m going to be starting a series of posts called, “My time in the Corps.” These will be funny or inspirational stories, which will also teach some valuable lessons, I hope.

I’m going to be posting these about every two days — at least, that’s the goal. I also plan to do them in two formats: here, in written word, and also on YouTube, on my channel. So, if you’d prefer to save yourself some reading, or just prefer to hear me tell them, you can subscribe!

Semper Fidelis,

Stan R. Mitchell

P.S. People always ask how they can best support me as I attempt to reach my dreams. Besides telling people about my books, there are two easy ways: First, you can buy me a coffee, if you’d like. Just click this PayPal link and make a small contribution. : ) Or, you can use the Amazon link on the upper right corner when you shop with Amazon! By clicking the image to go to the Amazon homepage, a small percentage of your purchase will go to me since you used my referral link. It’s not a lot, but it can add up. Thanks so much!!!

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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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When your doorbell rings…

Hey guys!

Had to share this. It struck me as funny and true, and brought up all kinds of nostalgia.

Hope you enjoy…

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

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