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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Victory and a Giveaway!

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.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Good luck!

Giveaways and whatnot

This is just a little update to let Brooke, Delisa, and all my newfound Goodreads friends know that I paid a (costly) visit to the post office today and shipped your books today. I shipped eleven books in total…Whew!

This won’t be the last time I offer free books, so don’t despair. Keep checking in with me here and on Facebook or Twitter.

For those of you who won, congrats! I hope you enjoy taking a tour of my brain.

And the Winner Is…

And the winner of a signed copy of my book and a cameo in my next book is…


For those of you who don’t know Brooke, she loves England and writes a charming blog and I wish she would update more often but she’s busy with her husband and adorable dog and I suppose that’s neither here nor there because we’re talking about how she won the contest, not how much I would like to read more of her blog posts.


Look for her in the pages of my new book, which is SO CLOSE TO BEING DONE I ALMOST CAN’T STAND IT. Who knows when it’ll be published though, so nobody hold your breath or anything. I still have to pitch it and get a publisher interested in it and then edit it and revise it and it could be years before it comes out. But still, when it does, Brooke will be in it. Yay Brooke!

In consideration and appreciation for the over-and-above-excellence displayed by Delisa, however, who really made me feel so very special by promoting my book to anyone and everyone, I’ll be sending her a signed copy of my book as a gesture of gratitude.

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and helped spread the word about my new book. I appreciate all of you!

The Coolest Giveaway I’ve Ever Masterminded

This very copy of Blood MoneyIf you’ve “Liked” me on Facebook, you probably already know all about this giveaway. Heck, you might have even egged me on and told me to do it. Yay for you!

If not, here’s the deal: I’m offering a pretty cool contest for a two-part prize. If you win, you get

  1. Your very own signed copy of Blood Money (maybe even the one I’m holding up in the picture above!) AND…
  2. A cameo in my next book. I’m almost done writing the book, which means I want to find this cameo winner pronto so I can add him or her in.

Now, you might be wondering what’s so cool about a cameo. Surely it’ll just be a tiny mention of your name somewhere, right?

Wrong. When I say cameo, what I mean is that you’ll actually be in the book. Characters will interact with you and you’ll have something to do with the plot. I’ll tailor the role you play in the story to your real world interests.

Pretty cool, right?!

So now you’re (hopefully) pretty excited and wondering how to enter. Marvelous! Here’s what I’m looking for:

I want to spread the word about my new book, and the best way to do that is through word of mouth. If you want to enter this contest, tell as many people as you can about the book.

For example, if you’re on Twitter, tweet about my book using the hashtag #bloodmoneycontest. Or you can mention me in the post (@parsingnonsense)

For another example, if you’re a blogger, you can write a post about how you’re blog friends with this crazy writer chick and you’re hoping she’ll put you in her next book. Then, link to my current book somewhere. Bam.

If you tell your friends, recommend it to your mailman, write a post on Facebook about how your childhood friend Erika used to run around the schoolyard pretending to be a horse (true story) and now she’s an author and hey, here’s her book, those all count too.

Now, obviously I can’t verify whether you actually told your mailman, but if you leave a comment here and tell me you did, I’ll believe you. I’ll tally up the entries and assign points and random numbers and then pick the winner using a random number generator.

I’ll give you a week to enter, which means I’ll be picking a winner next Monday, April 1.

In case you’re still curious about how to enter, here are some guidelines:

  • Make a video of you being goofy in some way (pigtails, costumes, etc.) talking about how you want to read my new book. Post it online. That one’s gotta be worth at least two entries right there. Three if you make me laugh.
  • Tweet (hashtag #bloodmoneycontest), blog, post something on my Facebook wall (worth one point or maybe two or three depending on how much effort you put into it).
  • Add my book to your Goodreads or Shelfari list (worth one point).
  • Recommend my book to your friends, family, and coworkers whenever they ask for book recommendations (worth one point for each recommendation).
  • Ask you local library system to order copies of my book (surprisingly easy to do. Even still this one’s worth three points).
  • Buy a copy of my book in either format and gift it to someone you think will enjoy it (three point entry).
  • Upvote this on Reddit. It’s on the books sub-reddit (courtesy of Rockstar107!).

Phew! Every time you enter, no matter how you enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what you did. It’ll make my life easier.

I can assure you, the cameo I write for you will be cool, so get after it! Tell the world to buy my book and maybe, just maybe, you will find your way into fiction thriller immortality.