Monday, April 20th, 2015 | Author:

It’s been a busy couple of days for me in blogger land! I had two guest posts go up on writing blogs within a day of each other. If you’re of a writer-ly bent and have some time to burn, head on over to Writer Unboxed to read my advice on handling awkward author situations, or click on over to Live Write Thrive to learn how to craft suspense in a novel. I’m really proud of how they both turned out, let me know what you think!

I was also interviewed on A.C. Fuller’s podcast Writer 2.0 last week (told you it’s been busy!) and the resulting episode is really fun. We cover all sorts of interesting topics like why my first book, PWNED, sucks, whether North Korea is a real threat, and a bonus conspiracy theory about beloved 30 Rock characters. Check it out, if only to hear how often (and loudly) I laugh.

It's okay if I touch you. I'm gonna tell the others later that our presence must be antiseptic, but I'm special and the rules don't apply to me.

“It’s okay if I touch you. I’m gonna tell the others later that our presence must be antiseptic, but I’m special and the rules don’t apply to me.”

In non-Erika-is-everywhere news, Wes and I watched The Lost World (a.k.a. Jurassic Park 2) and you know what? I remember that movie being a lot better. And making some sort of sense. Then again, I was a child when I saw it for the first time so that might explain the disconnect.

Seriously, though, unless a twelve year old wrote that script, how did that ever pass muster at a major studio? And for that matter, how did Crichton feel about them turning his awesome female lead character, Sarah Harding, into a self-righteous imbecile?

I mean, one minute she’s feeling up a baby Stegosaurus while she arrogantly assures Malcolm she’s been living around predators since she was twenty, the next minute she’s bringing a baby T-Rex back to their trailer and then acting all shocked when the baby’s parents come looking for it and beat the crap out of all of them. Afterward, she concludes that her actions changed the T-Rex’s perceived territory boundaries. Why didn’t she think of that before absconding with their baby? It’s okay, she had a lot on her mind, what with wearing a jacket stained with baby T-Rex blood through a jungle. It’s hard work making it that easy for vengeful two-story tall predators to find you so they can eat you.

I remember The Lost World being a solid, entertaining read. I even recall liking it better than Jurassic Park. Here’s hoping Jurassic World is able to live up to the legacy of mind-rupturing awesomeness set by its predecessor. I seriously still, to this day, get goosebumps listening to the Jurassic Park theme music. Amazing.

Save us, Chris Pratt. You’re our only hope!

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Friday, April 10th, 2015 | Author:
This could be you.

This could be you.

The weekend is coming up, and you know what? You look a little tired. I bet you could use some relaxation time this weekend. Know what I recommend? Wear some comfy clothes, buy something warm and comforting to drink at your favorite cafe, and then get lost in a good book for awhile. Maybe a book with a beach? And some gun fights, to keep you from drifting off to sleep in public? Oh, and definitely a chase scene in an armored school bus through a desert canyon.

Yeah, you’re definitely gonna need one of those.

Lucky for you, I have just the thing: Bai Tide! My own book! I know, I know, absolutely shocking that I’d recommend my book, but seriously? I wouldn’t if I thought it wasn’t worth your money.

I’ve been really gratified by the feedback I’m getting from readers and reviewers alike. There was Txting Mr. Darcy’s review that came out earlier this week, which had this to say:

“Erika writes thrillers for those of us that wouldn’t necessarily characterize ourselves as thriller-readers. If I was stranded at an airport and forced to choose between the latest sugary YA Vampwolf Saga or Steve Berry, you can guess which way I’d go.”

You know, that’s actually exceptionally high praise. Getting someone to hop genres is no small thing, and I’m pleased as punch to have created a thriller that’s enjoyable to readers who don’t necessarily consider themselves “thriller readers.”

Next, there was Dwell in Possibility’s review that just came out today. Bonnie writes book reviews for inquiring minds, and most of the books she reviews are more literary in nature. Imagine my delight, then, when she had this to say about my explode-y little espionage thriller:

“I like Mitchell’s writing. She’s great with a turn of phrase, and she captures the small moments really well. The book is written in the first person, although thankfully not in the present tense which I increasingly find obnoxious to read, so we spend a lot of time with Bai/Alan’s thoughts. This works out well, since Mitchell develops his character effectively by making him vulnerable enough to be a compelling character but not so vulnerable as to be difficult to accept as an intelligence officer. Also, Bai/Alan has a great sense of humor, dry and self-effacing, so it’s fun to read what’s going on in his mind.”

That first sentence is just about the nicest thing a reviewer can say. It’s simple, she likes my writing, but isn’t that all an author wants? To write prose readers can actually stand to read for a whole book?

The rest of her review is rather artful, actually, well worth reading. She manages to summarize the plot without giving anything away, which is amazing because it’s a twisty plot. Really, the whole plot is predicated on the reader knowing only exactly as much as Bai knows throughout the story, and any additional information might very well ruin the whole darn thing.

Hats off to Bonnie for sidestepping that whole problem beautifully!

Both of these ladies are seasoned readers, and I trust both of them to be honest in their reviews. If they enjoyed Bai Tide, why wouldn’t you? Check it out today, and have yourself a relaxing weekend!

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Monday, April 06th, 2015 | Author:

April 6, 2015, a date that will live in…Well, infamy’s not quite right. Remembrance? No, still not right. Acclaim? Ha! I wish. Ummm, let’s just go with mild note. Everyone good with mild note? Okay, cool.

Let’s try this again:

April 6, 2015, a date that will live in mild note, because today is RELEASE DAY for BAI TIDE!

Bai Tide is totally the book James Bond would bring to read on a long plane ride. True story.

Bai Tide is totally the book James Bond would bring to read on a long plane ride. True story.

It’s available everywhere.

(Oh, and don’t forget the giveaway that’s going on over at Goodreads through next week!)

Just in case you’re still on the fence about whether or not Bai Tide is the right book for you, here’s some trivia to help you make up your mind:

  • Bai Hsu, CIA case officer and main character of Bai Tide, first appeared in fiction in Blood Money. He was Azzam’s handler in London and first demonstrated his inimitable tough guy skills when he helped Azzam escape London with a gunshot wound through his calf.
  • Bai is allergic to most painkillers. Poor guy.
  • Bai’s favorite gun is his .22 caliber Colt A1 1911 pistol. It’s also, coincidentally, my favorite gun.
  • Bai speaks five languages fluently. Cantonese, Spanish, French, Italian, and Japanese. He learned a little Korean for his mission in Bai Tide, but mostly just swear words. He also speaks Pig Latin pretty well.
  • Bai is tall (6′ 2″) and second generation Chinese. He went to law school at Stanford and was recruited to the CIA right after graduation. His mother is absolutely appalled by his chosen career path.
  • Bai hotwired and destroyed an old junker when he was fifteen. It was right around then that he realized a suit-and-tie life wasn’t for him.
  • Bai loves James Bond movies.
  • I gave myself nightmares while researching the North Korean portions of this book. The North Korean section is as realistic as I could possibly make it.
  • Book blogger Brooke (of Txting Mr. Darcy fame) makes a cameo appearance in this book, because she won a contest! She looks great in print (and in person too, of course).
  • If you like James Bond movies, you’ll like this book. Don’t believe me? Read this review.

Thanks for making it all the way to the bottom of this list! If you’re still not convinced Bai Tide is the book for you, I say buy it anyway. Not just because it’s my book, but because the eBook is only $4.95. It’s the equivalent of buying a cup of coffee, and for sure my book will keep you entertained for longer than a cup of coffee. And it’s less fattening! And it won’t stain your teeth!

I don’t want to make the inevitable joke, but I kind of feel like I have to at this point. Bai Tide. ‘Bai’ it today!

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Thursday, April 02nd, 2015 | Author:

The guest lecture and publishing panel experience yesterday was incredible. Northwest University has grown since I graduated, and I was treated so well by everyone I met. I even ran into a couple of my former professors while I was there!

I had a blast leading a guest lecture in the Writing for Publication class, and then actually learned a lot at the Publishing Panel. The other people on the panel were accomplished, intelligent, and well-spoken, and I enjoyed every scrap of my time with them.

In other news, there’s a giveaway brewing over on Goodreads right now! Enter to win one of fifteen copies of Bai Tide over on Goodreads, all you have to do is click the button. Easy peasy! If you win, you get a free signed copy of Bai Tide in addition to a handwritten note of thanks from yours truly.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Bai Tide by Erika Mitchell

Bai Tide

by Erika Mitchell

Giveaway ends April 15, 2015.

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Good luck!

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 | Author:

Today’s the big day! I’ve got my notes ready, my PowerPoint deck finished, my nails done, and my hair and makeup mostly under control. I’m ready!

I’m going back to school…Sort of. Today will be my first visit to the Northwest University campus since I graduated eight years ago. I can’t wait!

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