Special Offer!

Like all good authors, I ordered a ton of copies of my new book when it came out and guess what? Now I have to store all these books! Maybe you can help me store some of them…On YOUR bookshelf.

I’m offering a deal on an autographed copy of Take the Bai Road. For just $15, I’ll send you an autographed copy of the book. That covers the cost of the book and shipping. I’ll even inscribe it with a message to you or a loved one if you’re hoping to give it to someone as a gift.

This offer will only last while I have books to sell, so get cracking. Just send me an email to erikamitchellbooks@gmail.com with your mailing address and I’ll send you my PayPal info. Easy as that.

You guys, please help me find a place for these books. Trust me, they’ll look GREAT at your house :)

Win a Road Trip with a Spy

Hello, faithful readers! I’m back on the west coast, mostly over my jet lag, and working hard on Bai Treason (book #3 of the Bai Hsu series, and the last one for a while).

I just wanted to make sure you all know about the giveaway that’s going on over at Goodreads right now. You can win a paperback copy of Take the Bai Road, but you only have a few more days to enter!

Good luck!

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Take the Bai Road by Erika Mitchell

Take the Bai Road

by Erika Mitchell

Giveaway ends July 25, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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This Story Has Everything

You guys, I’m so excited! It’s always been on my bucket list to participate in an anthology, so when I was invited to contribute a story to Close to the Bones by my writer friend A.C. Fuller, I said yes without even considering the answers to either of these very important considerations:

  • Did I have time to write a new story? No, I did not. I was in the middle of revisions and edits for TAKE THE BAI ROAD and the revisions for BAI TREASON were waiting patiently for me to get to them. I absolutely did not have time.
  • Did I have an idea for a new story? Oh, um, nope. No, I did not. And because  I had very little practice writing in a shorter medium, most of my ideas turned out to be too long.

I didn’t let a little thing like no time and no idea stop me, though. I forged ahead, determined to play with the the real authors, all of whom have contributed to anthologies throughout the course of their careers.

To be honest, it felt really good to write something new. I’ve been living in Revisions Land so long, I’d forgotten the wild abandon of throwing words onto a blank page. With a lot of help from my critique partners and beta readers, several of whom lovingly pointed out to me that a short story is short so the beginning should just get to the point already thankyouverymuch, I was able to carve a solidly entertaining short story out of the long, rambling stream of consciousness that is my mind.

Where am I going with all this? Ha! Yes. The point. You’d like it, please.

The point is this: I wrote a short story called The Spy Who Came in from the East Coast (name that classic espionage reference!) and it’s available now for purchase in an anthology that finally came out today!

What’s the story about? CIA case officer Bai Hsu, of course, and what happens when he goes home to visit his disapproving parents for the first time since he joined the CIA. It takes place after the events of TAKE THE BAI ROAD, so be aware of the order in which you read them.

In this story, you’ll find out what Bai’s REAL name is (Bai Hsu is his official cover name), meet his parents, and get to know some truly violent members of LA’s gangland underworld.

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In the immortal words of Stefan, this story has everything: humor, sarcasm, a car chase, gunfights, and Chinese home cooking.

So go pick up a copy of CLOSE TO THE BONES (which will only be available on Amazon), available now for a freaking STEAL of a price at just $0.99. It has stories from ten other authors, too, so get thee to a pool STAT, put up your feet, and enjoy.

Happy reading!

Onward, I Say!

Wow. I mean, right? Whoosh. Welcome to the other side of the book launch. It probably just looked like a lot (maybe too many) social media posts from your side, but over here it was like spinning ten plates with two hands. Except for yesterday. Everything leading up to yesterday was spinning plates. Yesterday? Actual launch day? That was something different.

As opposed to the frantic pace of promotion and marketing, yesterday was a nice, quiet retreat into Revisions Land on BAI TREASON.

What’s that? you cry. You cheated on TAKE THE BAI ROAD on its birthday?!

Not really. I’d just done everything I could do to spread the word about TAKE THE BAI ROAD, and the only thing left to do was let it happen (or not happen) and figure out what’s next. For me? What’s next is BAI TREASON, which is shaping up to be twisty and unexpected and fun in all the right ways.

I’m channeling Edna Mode from The Incredibles, darling, and there isn’t anything you can do about it.

I’ve always wondered if launching something is the same for movie stars as it is for authors. You work on this massive creative endeavor for months, then it’s out of your hands getting cleaned up and polished, and then, right when you’ve started working on something else, you’re supposed to get all excited to talk about this project you finished working on ages ago.

That’s not to say I’m not stoked about TAKE THE BAI ROAD. I totally am. It’s a fun book and I don’t even feel bad charging people money for it because it’s worth a few bucks and will definitely spice up your summer reading time (I recommend reading this one with a nice, cold beer under a shady tree when it’s really hot outside). I’m all for the Bai Road, so to speak, I’m just trying to make sure I don’t drown in promoting one project at the expense of doing what I love (writing a new project).

So here’s to TAKE THE BAI ROAD, which you can find here (among other places). May it find a happy place among the literal and digital bookshelves of the people who purchase, borrow, steal, and are gifted it.

Now onward, I say! To a mystery! To Ukraine! To BAI TREASON!

Behold, My Newest Baby!

Not many of you will remember this, but once upon a time I was a mommy blogger. I got my start in blogging by venting about my intolerable boss on an old Blogspot blog, and eventually moved up to the WordPress big leagues where I currently (happily) reside.

When I had the first of my two children, I shared pictures and tales from the new mother trenches. Doing so was a ton of fun, but when I was published for the first time I realized I’d really rather keep my children’s privacy in mind so I stopped posting baby pictures and started posting book covers, instead.

Posting book covers is as close as I come to publicly sharing photos of my progeny, and the two are not as different as you might think. For example:

  • Both a child and a new novel take WAY longer to produce than you’d like.
  • They both require research and intellectual flexibility.
  • I’ve been sleepless with worry over the fates of both my children and my books.
  • I’m inordinately proud of my kids and my books. They’re my best offerings to the world.
  • They all make me laugh when I’m least expecting it.

So to that end, will you please help me welcome my newest addition? Weighing in at 832 KB and a length of 242 pages, please welcome TAKE THE BAI ROAD to the book family, born today on July 5, 2017.

What can you expect if you buy this book? Well, in this way kids and books are different because I can tell you exactly what to expect from my book whereas my kids? Giant, goofy question marks.

TAKE THE BAI ROAD puts smartass Chinese-American spy Bai Hsu on the trail of the elusive Ghost Cartel, a shadowy organization moving product through cartel-controlled Mexican trade routes. It’s his most dangerous mission to date, pitting him against warring cartels without cover, resources, or backup. It’s an assignment that will test him, make him question himself, and put him at risk of losing everything that’s ever mattered to him.

According to Kirkus Reviews, ““Mitchell’s winning tale…is constantly in motion, taking Bai from one perilous predicament to the next…Fast-paced, invigorating, and entertaining.” (Click here for the full review, it’s awesome.)

Jeff Ayers, who reviewed the book for Suspense Magazine, had this to say: “What makes this series so pleasurable to read is Bai himself, his somewhat snarky attitude and self doubt make him more than the mere superhero jumping into the chaos to save the day.”

If you’d like to read a sample chapter before you buy, please click here.

If you’re sold, you can purchase your copy of TAKE THE BAI ROAD at any of these fine online retailers:

Thank you for supporting my writing by reading my work. I hope TAKE THE BAI ROAD gives you many enjoyable hours of entertainment!