Mitch Rapp Is Back

So, earlier this week, I finally finished my ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy) of The Survivor by Kyle Mills, who has taken over the series since Vince Flynn passed away 2 years ago. I meant to start it sooner, but I wanted to re-read The Last Man before starting The Survivor, and I had a minor setback with being sick last week.

And I wanted to take my time with it, meaning I didn’t want to read it in 2 days or less, even though I could. I just didn’t want to rush it, since it wasn’t Vince (except Chapter 1) and I felt that I couldn’t just get lost in the story, but needed to pay attention to the characters and the story, and all that jazz.

And let me tell you, Kyle Mills has done an incredible job. INCREDIBLE.

If I hadn’t been paying attention, and didn’t know that Vince didn’t write it, I may not have guessed it. Mills has done his research and knows Rapp, and the other characters, inside out. He has captured Vince’s voice.

Mills has taken over the series, making it his own, yet staying true not only to Vince Flynn, but to his characters, and more importantly to his fans.

After Vince passed, many fans would ask me over on VinceFlynnFans twitter if someone would be taking over the series, if I wanted someone to take over the series, or made the comment that they wanted someone to take over the series. At that time, I was against it, I didn’t want the series to continue. I felt that it wouldn’t be Vince’s voice. Yet, last year, shortly after Vince Flynn Day (to be exact), it was announced that Kyle Mills would be taking over. As soon as I saw that email, I got really excited and had a huge grin on my face. Even though the previous year I didn’t want it to continue, and I actually had never heard of Kyle. So, I started to do some research on him. The monthly VF email newsletter started doing Q&A with him. And one of the questions was what books of his to read that are similar to Vince, and one of the suggestions was Fade, so that night I got the kindle edition. And I read it. And I loved it. Months passed, and more Q&A’s made me excited. He was doing tons of research, becoming so familiar with the Rapp series in and out (he was already a Rapp fan). I knew he was the man for the job.

Flash forward to this year. He finished writing the book. The ARCs started coming out. Over at vinceflynn.com you can sign up to become a Mitch Rapp Ambassador. If you become an ambassador, you will receive an ARC. New ambassadors are picked every month until October. So if you are a Vince Flynn / Mitch Rapp fan, head on over and sign up (if you haven’t already).

I got my copy on Wed. I was so excited. And it helped take my mind off of being sick (damn kidney stone). And even though I had my copy, I was jealous of those that already started reading or even already finished their copies. I just couldn’t focus enough to read.

Anywho….

I started it. And finished it. In about 4 days.

AMAZING

There are tears. There are cheers.

I can’t wait until October when ALL the fans will be able to read The Survivor. I guarantee all Rapp fans will love it! 100%

Thank you Kyle Mills, for bringing Mitch Rapp back!

And of course thanks to the best in the business: to everyone at Emily Bestler Books, Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, David Brown, and to the Flynn Family.

10.6.15 #MitchRappIsBack

Remembering Vince Flynn

It’s June 19th

I still can’t believe that is has been 2 years already

Since we lost a great man

Vince Flynn

My heart goes out to all of us fans, and especially to the Flynn Family and his friends.

Vinnie is a guy that will never be forgotten. For the lucky to have known him, for the fans that got the chance to meet him, and for the world to see his Mitch Rapp legacy live on, through Kyle Mills.

It is a sad, but let’s make it a happy day. Share your memories…..because we are #RememberingVinceFlynn

My post Remembering Vince from last year.

And be sure to check out my friend, RTR’s (Ryan the Rappologist) post Remembering Vince Flynn

Keep The Faith! my friends

Authors are the best kind of celebrity

For today’s blog, I was going to list the books that I am most excited to read that are currently stuck in my HUGE to read pile. But after some events that took place tonight, specifically on twitter, I decided to put that one off and do another one for tonight.

I wanted to talk about celebrities. And authors.

To me, it seems, that authors are the best type of “celebrities” (if you want to label them as celebrities). They seem to be really genuine and nice and caring towards their fans (in which many don’t want to label their fans as fans). They interact well with us (fans). Whether it be at a signing, out in about in public, on social media, etc. Of the many authors that I have met in person (and this includes some big named ones too), this holds true. They talk to you like you’ve been friends for years. They talk to you like they are actually interested in your life and care.

Now, I guess, considering that I haven’t met many big named celebs, movie stars, music stars, sports stars etc, that I really can’t compare. But, in those gossip magazines, tv shows, and internet sites, you usually don’t hear anything bad about authors. I guess, you don’t really hear much about authors. Maybe that is because they are busy writing, LOL.

But, the best fans in the world, are those that belong to an author. I run a fan twitter for the late Vince Flynn. And I will say, he has the best fans hands down (and I am proud to be one of them). I know a few people that have done fan twitters/facebook pages/sites for other public figures/celebs/tv shows, and I have always noticed drama. But, I have never once had any drama or issues while running my twitter. Not 1. So, this is why I say authors have the best fans. And they are the most loyal of fans too.

So what happened tonight to make me blog this? (1) Brad Taylor had posted his book tour dates on Facebook, but didn’t on his twitter, so I tweeted about them on my twitter and the VFF twitter. He replied and thanked me, that he forgot to do it on twitter. (2) As well on the VFF twitter, I tweeted how many followers we needed to reach our goal. And Brad Thor retweeted it. Thus, increasing our numbers.

It’s just little things like that. They make me smile. 🙂

This isn’t in any form to name drop, but to share. I know it doesn’t apply to ALL authors or ALL fans (but that applies across the board as well).

Honestly, I would much rather meet/hang out with a favorite author than a “celebrity” in any other field.

New Book Releases: 2nd Half of 2015

So for todays blog, I am making a list of the 2nd half of 2015 book releases that I’m most excited about and am recommending because they are either a favorite author and/or series. As I discover more books, I will just add them in an edit at the end of this post. The majority are thrillers, but I do enjoy books of many different genres.

Here we go!

And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side by Dana Perino – available now

Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate by Kimberly Guilfoyle – available now

Independence Day by Ben Coes – available now

In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World by Joey Graceffa – available now

I, Justine: An Analog Memoir by Justine Ezarik – available now

The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer – 6/16

Sins of the Innocent: A Novella by Jamie McGuire – 6/28

The Insider Threat by Brad Taylor – 6/30

The English Spy by Daniel Silva – 6/30

Code of Conduct by Brad Thor – 7/7

Something Beautiful: A Novella by Jamie McGuire – 8/16

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes – 9/8

Murder, She Wrote: the Ghost and Mrs. Fletcher by Donald Bain & Jessica Fletcher – 10/6

The Survivor by Vince Flynn & Kyle Mills – 10/6

Mentions for 2016: Beautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire – 1/31, The Year of the Locust by Terry Hayes – 5/3, and the next Murder-By-Month mystery by Jess Lourey

Meeting Brad Thor

Last night (July 22nd), I had the honor of meeting Brad Thor! His book tour for his latest release “Act of War” brought him to Once Upon A Crime Books in Minneapolis, MN. I’ve never met him in person before, but have talked to him via Twitter (his is @BradThor, mine is @StacyReller) for some time now, and he has been a great supporter of @VinceFlynnFans.

First, I want to start off with, I have never been to Once Upon A Crime before, and, what a wonderful bookstore! The owners, Gary and Pat are just delightful. If you ever find yourself in the Cities, you must visit this place. I wish I lived closer. I hope to make another trip in the near future.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and I have only been to one other signing before (Vince Flynn’s “American Assassin” tour in 2010), but it was pretty much more or less the same. The only sadness of the night was how it just made me miss VF that much more (which is the case of a lot of us fans). Now I will admit, I was a bit nervous, but as soon as it was my turn, it just disappeared. What a nice guy! I really think that authors are the best “celebrities”. They generally care about their fans, and it definitely shows. And for the most part, in my experience, fans of authors are less crazed and more laid back (yes, there are still some of those crazy ones, who think it is all about them, but not like a movie star’s or rock star’s fan, if you know what I am saying). While I have seen and heard about bad experiences with fellow fans from friends who run fan twitter pages, I have never once experienced it on any level while I have been running VFF the last 4 years. Of course it is true, that Vince Flynn HAS the greatest fans ever (and you can loop Thor fans in there as well, because for the most part, we are one and the same), but writer fans in general are just a different breed.

Ok, back on topic. Thor did a little talking, then a Q&A, then signing and pic time (there wasn’t any pics when went to the VF signing, because if there had been, we would have been there until 2 am). I had 4 books to get signed, so I waited near the end, which was totally fine with me. It was fun to watch the interactions between Thor and fellow fans. While sitting there, I also had the time to chat with one of the store owners, Pat. A lovely conversation, which included some Flynn talk, because OUAC was pretty much his stomping grounds. And I can see why.

Ok, back on topic, again. So, now it was my turn. Like I said, I was a lil wee nervous, but as soon as you get up to the table, and Thor invites you in with a warm welcome and smile, poof, it goes away. You can tell just how thankful he is that you are there to meet him (and that he gets to meet you), and that you have purchased his book. “What a Nice Guy” doesn’t really do it justice, but, he really is. And there is no faking that smile you have seen, especially is you’ve been catching all the pics on twitter/facebook this past week (which I will I say, I have been enjoying immensely). It was very cool to finally meet him in person, and vice versa. I don’t get to feel special very often, but he definitely made me feel special last night, even though I’m just one among the thousands and thousands of fans.

Thank You to Once Upon A Crime Books, Pat and Gary, the fellow fans, and Brad Thor for a terrific night.

As soon as I got home, I of course posted on the Twitter and the Facebook, but I also just had to send an email to Once Upon A Crime for such a lovely evening. They host many many events (signings and launch parties) throughout the year, and I definitely hope to get to more. Especially since I now know how to get there and that the drive wasn’t nearly as scary, LOL (I dislike freeways and any downtown areas).

And I just want to finish on a personal note. It’s amazing how lately (mainly the last couple of years) everything comes right back to Vince (it is seriously becoming a Six Degrees of Separation type thing). I won’t go into the story of how I became of Vince Flynn fan, but after I had gone to the signing in 2010 (which was a Thursday), I created VinceFlynnFans that weekend, because I noticed he wasn’t one twitter, and there were no fan ones, so I thought “Hey, I should create one for a place for VF fans to connect on twitter”. That Monday, I had the backing of Vince’s publicist, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. We are nearing 5,000 strong, which is amazing!! I have never done it for any perks or freebies, or anything like that. I just wanted a place for us all to connect. For the most part, I treat it like a job. Always keeping the tweets professional (no personal drama, like I have seen done on other “fan” pages). Because first and foremost, I am representing Vince. And then, I am representing the publishing house company(ies) and everyone involved in that. I am representing the fans. 90% of the book giveaways I do, is out of MY pocket, and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂 Lately, I have been “promoting” other authors, and I feel ok to do that, since if I can introduce new/other authors to more fans, I feel it is better for everyone.

I honestly HONESTLY believe, that even though I did read Vince’s books, if I never created VFF, I may never have come across Brad Thor (as weird as it sounds even though it is the same genre) and others like Brad Taylor, Ben Coes, etc, etc, etc. Fellow fans have recommended them, and I am happy to be able to recommend them to others who ask. I’m working hard, very hard, to get to reading them all, but this stack is ever growing, and I have recently pushed Kyle Mills’ book “Fade” ahead, for “important” reasons. I haven’t read all of the authors I now recommend, and it somewhat bothers me because I don’t like to put out recs if I haven’t personally read them (just like if I am going to tweet about a charity, I am not going to unless I have donated first. Doesn’t seem right for me to ask you to do something, when I haven’t). I believe in paying it forward, and I was very lucky to have had Thor send me all of his books, which was a complete shocker, because I was expecting one, maybe 2 books. So, when Vince Flynn Day rolled around, what better way to pay it forward with a trifecta of wins (maybe a win-win-win-win situation), was to purchase ALL of Vinnie’s books and donate them to The Harvath Directive, which sends books over to the troops!

It is just amazing how many doors have opened, so to speak.

And it ultimately all comes back to, Vince Flynn.

Almost forgot, here’s my mug with Brad Thor:

Brad Thor 7/22/14

 

Some new thrillers released today

Some new books came out today:

Brad Taylor’s Days of Rage

Daniel Silva’s The Heist

Just thought I’d let you know, in case you didn’t 🙂

 

And don’t forget to check out:

Brad Thor’s Act of War (the next Scot Harvath thriller)

Terry Hayes’ I Am Pilgrim

Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Oblivion

 

And any Vince Flynn novel!!

Mitch Rapp Lives On….

Attention all Vince Flynn fans: today we received a very special announcement, the Mitch Rapp series will continue on. Here’s the announcement in full from the Official Vince Flynn website, which can be found here:

VINCE FLYNN’S MITCH RAPP SERIES WILL CONTINUE; THE SURVIVOR TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR 2015
Monday, June 23, 2014

The Vince Flynn Estate, along with Emily Bestler, Senior VP and Editor-in-Chief of Emily Bestler Books are excited to announce the decision to continue the Mitch Rapp series.

Bestler, who was Vince Flynn’s only editor throughout his entire career and whose imprint is a division of Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, signed a three book deal with 47-year-old New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills.

Mills was first published in 1997 and has penned 13 thrillers, most notably Fade and The Ares Decision.

Mills will complete The Survivor, the book Flynn was writing at the time of his death on June 19, 2013, and then write two additional Mitch Rapp novels. The Survivor is tentatively scheduled to release in the fall of 2015.

“I’m really honored to have been asked to continue the Mitch Rapp series,” Mills said, “Vince was a great guy who helped me out in my career and as a diehard Rapp fan, I know how devastated his readers are.  They’re big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to the challenge of continuing an iconic thriller character.”

“Vince and Mitch Rapp are so beloved by readers,” Bestler said, “It’s wonderful that we’ve found just the right partner to uphold the legacy of both.”

“To Vince’s wonderful fans, thank you for your love, support and patience, ” Vince’s widow, Lysa Flynn said, ” Vince was very proud of his team and we are confident that Kyle Mills will be a great addition. God bless and keep the faith!”

Pocket Books will be the paperback publisher of all three books, which will also be available from Simon & Schuster Audio and from Simon & Schuster UK in the UK, Australia, India and New Zealand.

 

Even though, honestly, I am still a little hesitant about the series being continued on without Vince (just because it won’t be his voice), it sounds like Kyle Mills has everyone’s blessings, and I welcome him with open arms. It sounds like he is a huge Rapp fan as well, so I know he won’t let us fans down. I am so excited!!!

I haven’t read any of Kyle Mills’ novels though, but will definitely be checking them out.

This has been a GREAT day with the BEST news!!!

Remembering Vince

Remembering Vince…

 

Today marks the one year anniversary of the passing of Vince Flynn. It’s hard to believe that a year has already gone by. It stills feels just like yesterday.

As fans, our entire world collapsed. There would be no more Mitch Rapp. And every October/November, we have a pang in our hearts. Even though other authors and books help fill the void, it is a void that will always be there.

But it is his family and friends who have suffer the greatest loss. We send out our love to them. Because without the love and support of them, we may never have had Mitch Rapp. We pray to give them the strength that they need for no one will ever replace the man that they lost in their lives.

A husband.

A father.

A son.

A brother.

An uncle.

A cousin.

And a friend.

Memories that will be cherished forever. Even though he doesn’t walk on this Earth, he is here. Always in our hearts.

Through his novels, Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp live on.

 

Thank You, Vince!

We love you.

We miss you.

Speaking of typos…

I do have a favorite one. And I do consider it the fairest of them all

It can be found on page 3 in Vince Flynn’s The Last Man.

The typo is … “immediately immediately”

The line is: “When the morning guards showed up, they had discovered the bodies and the absence of Joe Rickman and had immediately immediately alerted John Hubbard, the CIA’s Jalalabad base chief.”

Do you have a favorite typo?