Tuesday, August 14, 2018

And The Devil Will Laugh

Coming soon! The latest book in the Hernandez series! 😈😈😈



Jorge Hernandez is a driven man. What he sets his mind on he goes after relentlessly, and doesn't care if he leaves his adversaries in body bags or covered in pools of blood.

He's ruthless and determined to stake a claim on the Canadian legal marijuana industry. Government operated or privately owned, he and his loyal foot-soldiers will muscle in and tear off a big chunk of it for themselves.

His sinister ambitions aren't limited to the pot business. He's also got dreams of making a splash in the political realm.

Unfortunately, if you're rattling a few cages some very unsavory characters will take notice.

But Jorge is more than a match for whoever takes him on - whether it be muck-raking journalists or political opponents who want to challenge the candidate he bought and paid for. Those who oppose him quickly learn he makes a formidable enemy.
Politicians, police or white supremacists, nothing stands in his way because Jorge Hernandez always wins.


The angels may sing in heaven but here on earth, the devil will laugh. 

Watch author Mima discuss the latest book here and check out the topics brought up in this book here. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Devil Named Hernandez by Mima

If you've been following my work, you might already know that the last few books I've written somehow became a series (although, it wasn't on purpose....it just sort of happened ☺️) The latest book in this is series is about to be released and I'm super excited! I had a blast writing this book and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it. Check it out.




In the thrilling sequel to The Devil is Smooth Like Honey, Jorge Hernandez is muscling in on the Canadian marijuana industry, unleashing the same savagery that made him a big player in the Mexican drug cartel. Whether it’s controlling politicians and government officials or using intimidation and violence to get what he wants, few people dare stand in his way.
  
Although he takes on his enemies with a deceptive ease, it only takes a single threat to his family to bring out the demon inside of him. Fueled by blinding rage, he attacks with a relentless brutality, showing no remorse and offering no mercy.


In a world tainted by racism, corruption, and greed, he proves once again there is a devil and his name is Jorge Hernandez.



In this eye-opening look into the life of the silver-tongued Mexican fox, you find yourself rooting for the society's underbelly, as sex, drugs and death intermix with family, love, and friendship. 








Also, check out my latest YouTube video where I talk about this book in a little more detail.



And remembered how I mentioned that this book just sort of became a series? There are three books that precede it that you might like to check out too:




It started with a broken heart and it took no time for Chase Jacobs' world to spin out of control. An unwanted pregnancy allows his mother and obsessive future bride to manipulate and control his life, turning him bitter and resentful. His destiny becomes a dark road to misery and whenever he tries to take the wheel, temptation only leads him further astray.
When a provocative and sinister side of life introduces itself, Chase discovers there's an animal lurking inside each of us; a powerful creature that wants to take over. But will he let it win?












In the gripping sequel to We're All Animals, Chase Jacobs moves to Toronto with his Colombian bosses, Diego and Jolene Silva, where they expand their elite sex party business. The underground's best-kept secret is going legit, but just as Chase starts a brand new life, tragedy strikes.
The heartbreaking lessons ahead of him are the most difficult he's ever had to face, and Chase must rely on his new family to help him through. But will his blind faith in Diego and Jolene prove to be a mistake, and has he underestimated just how far they are willing to go to prove their loyalty?

He learns there are times when passion and anger cause you to throw away the rule book even in the face of deadly consequences. He learns that words have a great deal of power but not as much power as silence. But most of all, Chase learns that in a world full of sheep, one should always be a wolf.








El narco. A monster. Un diablo. Jorge Hernandez had been called many things, and it always made him laugh. If there was one word that could be used to describe him, it would be untouchable. Corrupt politicians combined with his charming disposition had contributed to Jorge's success, but it was often the underlying threats behind his handsome smile that sealed the deal. He was unstoppable.
In Paige Noel, he had met his match. She was a woman as dangerous and sadistic as she was soft and gentle. The last thing he expected was to propose after an explosive first meeting, but the intense fire between them was as addictive as the thrill of violence and power.
When some of his personal enemies turn up dead, Jorge shuffles his daughter into a Canadian school, deciding that things are getting a little too hot in Mexico; but does life ever slow down in this dark underground world?
The devil is smooth like honey, but is heaven ever far away?

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Series that Wasn't Meant to be a Series

When I started the book We're All Animals back in 2016, I really hadn't anticipated that it would turn into the series it has become. Now with the recent release of the third book (and having started the fourth), I recognize that maybe it is time to let people know about the series and the best order to read these books. So, here we go...

It started with a broken heart and it took no time for Chase Jacobs' world to spin out of control. An unwanted pregnancy allows his mother and obsessive future bride to manipulate and control his life, turning him bitter and resentful. His destiny becomes a dark road to misery and whenever he tries to take the wheel, temptation only leads him further astray.

When a provocative and sinister side of life introduces itself, Chase discovers there's an animal lurking inside each of us; a powerful creature that wants to take over. But will he let it win?



Check out the CBC interview here.


Check out the YouTube video here.







The second book in the series is Always be a Wolf, published in April 2017. 




In the gripping sequel to We're All Animals, Chase Jacobs moves to Toronto with his Colombian bosses, Diego and Jolene Silva, where they expand their elite sex party business. The underground's best-kept secret is going legit, but just as Chase starts a brand new life, tragedy strikes.
The heartbreaking lessons ahead of him are the most difficult he's ever had to face, and Chase must rely on his new family to help him through. But will his blind faith in Diego and Jolene prove to be a mistake, and has he underestimated just how far they are willing to go to prove their loyalty?
He learns there are times when passion and anger cause you to throw away the rule book even in the face of deadly consequences. He learns that words have a great deal of power but not as much power as silence. But most of all, Chase learns that in a world full of sheep, one should always be a wolf.


Check out the YouTube video here.





The third book in this series was published in the fall of 2017 and is called The Devil is Smooth like Honey



El narco. A monster. Un diablo. Jorge Hernandez had been called many things, and it always made him laugh. If there was one word that could be used to describe him, it would be untouchable. Corrupt politicians combined with his charming disposition had contributed to Jorge’s success, but it was often the underlying threats behind his handsome smile that sealed the deal. He was unstoppable.

In Paige Noël, he had met his match. She was a woman as dangerous and sadistic as she was soft and gentle. The last thing he expected was to propose after an explosive first meeting, but the intense fire between them was as addictive as the thrill of violence and power.

When some of his personal enemies turn up dead, Jorge shuffles his daughter into a Canadian school, deciding that things are getting a little too hot in Mexico; but does life ever slow down in this dark underground world?

The devil is smooth like honey, but is heaven ever far away?


Check out the CBC interview here.

Check out the YouTube video here.


The fourth book is A Devil Named Hernandez


In the thrilling sequel to The Devil Is Smooth like Honey, Jorge Hernandez is muscling in on the Canadian marijuana industry, unleashing the same savagery that made him a big player in the Mexican drug cartel. Whether its controlling politicians and government officials or using intimidation and violence to get what he wants, few people dare stand in his way. Although he takes on his enemies with a deceptive ease, it only takes a single threat to his family to bring out the demon inside of him. Fueled by blinding rage, he attacks with a relentless brutality, showing no remorse and offering no mercy. In a world tainted by racism, corruption, and greed, he proves once again there is a devil, and his name is Jorge Hernandez.


In this eye-opening look into the life of the silver-tongued Mexican fox, you find yourself rooting for the society's underbelly, as sex, drugs, and death intermix with family, love, and friendship (Amazon review).


Check out the CBC interview here






To learn more about my writing, please go to www.mimaonfire.com or check out my YouTube channel!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Music that inspired The Devil is Smooth Like Honey

Can you believe that's it's been less than six months since I published Always be a Wolf? In no time at all, I created the sequel - The Devil is Smooth Like Honey and baby, it's hot stuff!


El narco. A monster. Un diablo. Jorge Hernandez had been called many things and it always made him laugh. If there was one word that could be used to describe him, it would be untouchable. Corrupt politicians combined with his charming disposition had contributed to Jorge’s success but it was often the underlying threats behind his handsome smile that sealed the deal. He was unstoppable.
In Paige Noël, he had met his match. A woman who’s as dangerous and sadistic as she was soft and gentle, the last thing he expected was to propose after an explosive first meeting but the intense fire between them was as addictive as the thrill of violence and power.
When some of his personal enemies turn up dead, Jorge shuffles his daughter into a Canadian school, deciding that things are getting a little too hot in Mexico; but does life ever slow down in this dark, underground world?
The devil is smooth like honey but is heaven ever far away?


Of course, just like any book that I write, there is a list of songs that I was drawn to through the writing process. You might be surprised by a few.....

1. LAY IT ON THE LINE - TRIUMPH
This is the first song that captivated me, back in chapter one when Jorge is arriving in Toronto after a less than stellar trip from Mexico.


2. ONE DAY - ASAF AVIDAN

I think that once you read the book, this song will make a lot of sense...




3. Miracles - JEFFERSON STARSHIP

It seems like the strangest choice for a book about a group of criminals, however, this song really captures the relationship between Jorge and Paige. 



4. SHOUT AT THE DEVIL - MOTLEY CRUE

If there was a song that captured Jorge Hernandez, this is it! 








5.  NO MORE MR. NICE GUY - ALICE COOPER

This song stems from a line in the book where Jolene insists there will be 'no more Mrs. Nice Guy' for her...




Throughout the writing process, I also listened to a great deal of Spanish guitar and developed a deep love for the beauty of the music. This is one of the places I would listen:




That about covers everything for this book. I'm already discovering the music that I will be listening to for the next one;-)





Check out the CBC interview! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Songs that Inspired Always be a Wolf!

Here we are again! My latest book, Always be a Wolf is coming out and as with all my books, I have a list of inspiring songs that I listened to during the writing process. These are the songs that I felt drawn to throughout the writing process and might help to demonstrate the vibe of the book. Here we go!

In the gripping sequel to We’re All Animals, Chase Jacobs moves to Toronto with his Colombian bosses, Diego and Jolene Silva, where they expand their élite sex party business. The underground’s best-kept secret is going legit but just as Chase starts a brand new life, tragedy strikes.

The heartbreaking lessons ahead of him are the most difficult he’s ever had to face and Chase must rely on his new family to help him through. But will his blind faith in Diego and Jolene prove to be a mistake and has he underestimated just how far they are willing to go to prove their loyalty?

He learns there are times when passion and anger cause you to throw away the rulebook, even in the face of deadly consequences.

He learns that words have a great deal of power but not as much power as silence. 

But most of all, Chase learns that in a world full of sheep, always be a wolf



Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

This was definitely the song that stood out to me in the weeks leading up to starting Always be a Wolf. It was the song that encompassed the energy of the book, especially the first few chapters.



That Smell by Lynyrd Skynyrd

This song was mentioned while Chase and Diego were stuck in traffic and although it seems minor in context, readers will get a sense as to where the story is headed. 





Swim by Madonna

Madonna's music has been inspiring me for years and this particular song helps capture a heavy mood during a traumatic time in Chase Jacob's life.



Disassociative by Marilyn Manson

As I said many times, Marilyn Manson's music has always been a huge influence on my writing and his book was no exception. This song definitely captured the mood for the second half of the book, especially near the end.

(Sorry, I was having issues uploading the video...here is the link:-)

Break my Stride

This is a song that unexpectedly came along while doing the edits for the book. In fact, this is one of two songs in the final and ironically, very violent scene.



Summer of '63

Also, a song that popped up at the end of the book, during final edits and it just worked...for so many reasons, it was perfect.






To learn more, check out my own YouTube video where I talk about this in more detail and go to www.mimaonfire.com to learn more about Always be a Wolf as well as the book that precedes it, We're All Animals.



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Songs that inspired We're All Animals by Mima



We’re all animals; led by our desires, ready to fight in the light of fear yet with a soul that leads us on a path to wherever we must go.


It started with a broken heart and it took no time for Chase Jacob’s world to spin out of control. An unwanted pregnancy allows his mother and obsessive future bride to manipulate and control his life, turning him bitter and resentful. His destiny becomes a dark road to misery and whenever he tries to take the wheel, temptation only leads him further astray.
When a provocative and sinister side of life introduces itself, Chase discovers there’s an animal lurking inside each of us; a powerful creature that wants to take over. But will he let it win?


With every book I write, there's a soundtrack that has inspired me through the writing process. It's never the fact that I look for the music that will work for me, but more the other way around. A perfect example would be with my next book - We're All Animals - where the music seemed to follow me through each day, even when I wasn't writing and the biggest example of this is the first song on my list...

1. High Hopes - Pink Floyd

This is probably the one song that inspired me the most throughout the writing process. In fact, I found myself listening to this song all the time, almost obsessively for the months I was working on We're All Animals.




2. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd



3. The Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace




4. The Trouble - U2




5. Last Resort - Papa Roach




6. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard 



Check out the songs that inspired all my books here! 

Here is the corresponding YouTube video to this blog:


Monday, September 5, 2016

Why I Hate Genres

I hate the word ‘genre’. It sounds so pretentious as if you define your book in one, single category rather than having it overlap in many areas. Then again, is that really surprising since we also live in a world that wants us to define ourselves into small categories that are easily digestible, uncomplicated and make other people comfortable?

I stopped trying to define my books. With the exception of The Rock Star of Vampires and it’s follow up, Her Name is Mariah, I have always stuck with the genre of ‘fiction’ when checking in with my publisher and later when asked the question in which category my books fit. I guess in my mind, a great book should overlap into many categories; there should be some romance – but not too much. There should be some drama – but not to the point that it becomes unrealistic. There should be some suspense but not necessarily non-stop from chapter one. There should be some erotica but not in the Fifty Shades extreme. I think it’s important that readers get a glimpse of themselves in the story as well as someone they want to be or a fantasy that they may have, but would never act on. 

When I write a book, I visualize it as if it were one of my favorite dramas on television. I like surprise twists and turns, I love strong emotions, I dive into dark topics that we don’t like to talk about as well as the light side of our personalities that makes us human.

Genres tend to be suffocating. When asked for themes in my first book, I stupidly suggested ‘romance’ even though it was only a fraction of the book. My publisher immediately suggested that I change the ending and do things differently to connect with the ‘romance’ fan. I wasn’t about to make my book into a tacky, $2 trash romance book and immediately said no. Same thing with the vampire books; I was told they weren’t ‘vampiry’ enough, not what fans wanted in this kind of genre – but to me, that was the point. Who says that all vampire books have to be the same? Isn’t the point of creativity is to be unique? Sometimes I think this is no longer the case.