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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Is Bai still a smart-ass in this one? Duh.
- Will I like this one? I don’t know. You’d probably better buy it and find out.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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!