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.


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!

Would You Look at the Size of this To-Do List?

Things have been quiet on the blog front lately because I’ve been living it up in southern California with my family. I limited myself to just checking in on emails sporadically because I knew July was coming soon and I’d need a break before things went into warp-speed.

What’s happening in July? you ask. Oh, just a  few things:

  • TAKE THE BAI ROAD is coming out July 5, 2017. (It’s actually available for pre-order already on Kobo! Click here to put cartels, conspiracy, and chaos into your summer reading rotation). Cue much promotion and marketing.
  • CLOSE TO THE BONES anthology is coming out July 15, 2017. The story I wrote for it, The Spy Who Came in From the East Coast, takes place after the events of TAKE THE BAI ROAD and deals with what happens when Bai goes home for the first time since he started working for the CIA. You’ll get to meet his family, learn what his actual name is, and see what happens when a spy tries to be a good son. The rest of the stories in this collection are a worthy addition to any beach reads list. Cue much promotion and marketing.
  • ThrillerFest in NYC, baby!!! I’m leaving July 10 for the East Coast, where I’ll be hanging out with friends, family, and fellow authors while I roam New York City and try not to faint from the heat and humidity.
  • BAI TREASON is in progress, and my goal is to finish revisions on it before the end of the summer (which really means I have to finish it in July, because August is crazy busy).

None of this mattered while I was on a beach watching my kids play in the waves, but now I’m home and WOULD YOU LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THIS TO-DO LIST?!

Would you do me a favor, oh faithful reader? Please buy my book and take it with you to a peaceful, shady location. Put your feet up, sip a cold beverage, and read my stories. It’ll make me really happy to know that somewhere, someone is relaxing with the stories I’ve put so much work into.

Wish me luck, friends. It’s been nice knowing you!

Are You Ready to Take the Bai Road?

It hit me the other day that Take the Bai Road (book #2 of the Bai Hsu series) is coming out in less than two months. July is going to be an absolutely insane month for me, schedule-wise, thanks to the release of both Take the Bai Road and Close to the Bones, a writers conference in NYC (Thrillerfest! Woo!), and an appearance at the Eagle Harbor Book Company out on Bainbridge Island, so of course it’s right about now that I’m starting to get a bit worried about having bitten off way more than I can chew.

But listen to me, wah wah over here with my first world author problems. What I should be focusing on is that I have a new book coming out soon! It’ll be available for pre-order soon, so here’s a Q&A to fill you in on what you need to know about it:

  1. Do I need to have read Bai Tide first to enjoy Take the Bai Road? Noooooooope. You can dive right into the series with this one, and if you like it you’re welcome to circle back for Bai Tide when you’re done with taking the Bai road.
  2. What’s this one about? Bai Hsu is a CIA case officer (read: spy) who’s been stationed at Headquarters after the events of Bai Tide. He’s bored and itching to return to the field when a dangerous assignment gets dropped into his lap: His mission is to shadow a crate that’s being smuggled into Mexico along cartel trade routes by a mysterious organization that may or may not already have hooks in the U.S. government. Operating without official cover and on his own in every way, Bai must survive cartel wars, conspiracies, and chaos in order to stop corruption that reaches into the highest echelons of American power.
  3. Is Bai still a smart-ass in this one? Duh.
  4. Will I like this one? I don’t know. You’d probably better buy it and find out.
  5. Will there be more books? Yes! I’m actually in rewrites for Bai Treason (book #3 of the Bai Hsu series) as we speak. Well, right now I’m writing a blog post, but when I’m done with this post I’ll dive back into rewrites.
  6. What’s your favorite part of Take the Bai Road? The road trip with the racist truck driver, which was actually my friend Matt’s idea (he’s the King of the Beta Readers, all hail the king).
  7. Is there violence and strong language in this one? Ummm, yes. It takes place in an incredibly dangerous place with some horribly dangerous people, so yes. There’s quite a lot of violence and some profanity (though most of the profanity is in Spanish). I’d like to think the violence stays on the tasteful side of gory, though. There’s no sexual content, however, because I’m a prude.
  8. Does anyone besides you think it’s a good book? Thankfully, yes! Like this: “Mitchell’s winning tale…is constantly in motion, taking Bai from one perilous predicament to the next…Fast-paced, invigorating, and entertaining.” —Kirkus Reviews

    And this: “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.” — Jeff Ayers for Suspense Magazine

    And this!: “Take the Bai Road is chock full of danger and suspense.  Starting with a slow burn in the power corridors of Washington, D.C., the story erupts into violence in Mexico and slams to an exciting finish in Seattle.  Bai Hsu’s search for the elusive Ghost Cartel will enthrall you.”   — Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Assassins

Pre-orders are coming soon, and I’m SO unbelievably eager to share this one with all of you because it’s my most ambitious story to date with twists, turns, and conflicts that absolutely rip apart everything Bai holds dear (like all good conflicts should).

Stay tuned, dear readers! The exit for the Bai Road is coming up fast!