Showing posts with label crime fiction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crime fiction. Show all posts

Sunday, September 9, 2018

What order should I read your books? πŸ“š

People often ask in what order they should read my books. Although I think most are standalone, I will break things down for those who are just checking them out for the first time. ☺️Here goes....

The Rock Star series:

Fire (2010)
A Spark before the Fire (2012)

The Vampire series:

The Rock Star of Vampires (2014)
Her Name is Mariah (2015)









Different Shades of the Same Color (2016)



The Hernandez/Gangster series:

We're All Animals (2016)
Always be a Wolf (2017)
The Devil is Smooth Like Honey (2017)
A Devil Named Hernandez (2018)
And the Devil Will Laugh (2018)

You'll notice that Different Shades of the Same Color kind of sits alone. There is a slight connection to my current (gangster) series it is a minor one. One of the characters from my current series was briefly mentioned in a couple of chapters of this book but that's about it. It's kind of the weirdo book that doesn't really have a place on the list.

I always encourage people to go online to learn about each book, read a chapter and see which one speaks to them. My writing is dark fiction, including graphic sex, violence, and inner conflicts. Oh, and there's some dark comedy in there too. πŸ˜‰




Saturday, September 8, 2018

Does violence in books and television dehumanize us? πŸ”ͺ

We often see people dehumanizing each other on television (sadly, we don't have to look past the news for this one...) and it's unfortunate that it has become the 'norm' in our society. I'm pretty conscious of this kind of behavior and for that reason, it has become a huge part of my books...but should it be?

As a writer, I've always felt that what I put on paper (or on a laptop screen, I should say) tends to reflect what I'm viewing in the real world. The situations might be different, however, the general feeling or sense that I'm getting from life always creeps into my writing. Therefore, it makes sense that violence has become the new 'norm' for my books.  Sadly, the reality of violence in our society has become more prevalent....or has it?

Well, yes and no. The thing is that the world has always been a violent place and depending on where you grew up in, it might've been just outside your door or worse still, inside your home. In fact, if you grew up in a place that wasn't violent, you should consider yourself pretty lucky because there are many people in the world who can't say the same.

I've had it pointed out to me that displaying such brutal violence in my books could potentially dehumanize people to the reader. When we are no longer seen as real, living, breathing people but disposable to some of the more sensitive viewers, it could cause them to devalue human life. This tends to be one of the explanations for things such as school and mass shootings. When you're used to viewing someone being shot on television, reading about it in a book or even 'being' the shooter in a video game, some will walk away with a complete disconnect from reality.

To be honest, I do understand the concern but I also believe there are other factors that play into these situations. Few things in life are black and white and as with many other topics, I think there are a lot of grey areas to consider. Anyone who takes something that is meant to be for entertainment purposes and turns it into a reason or an excuse to brutalize others probably already have some issues.





Friday, September 7, 2018

Do I need to read the entire series to understand your new book? 🧐

A question I'm often asked is if it's necessary to read my entire series from the beginning in order to understand and enjoy the most recent book. The answer is...well, yes and no.

To begin with, I attempt to write each novel as standalone as possible. I want people to be able to pick up the most recent book and be able to read it with ease and no confusion. For this reason, I often make reference to previous events from other books in quick, digestible descriptions but I try to avoid retelling the story because, for those following my series, I know it could be redundant.

Spoiler Alert! As an example, in my second book in the series, Always be a Wolf, Chase Jacobs loses one of his sons. In my most recent book And the Devil Will Laugh, I make reference to it in a very general sense so that the reader has an understanding however, I don't repeat the entire story. I don't give details like how, why or explain the final resolution. Instead, I make a few broad hints and move on.

Essentially, I want the reader to have an understanding within the context of the new story without having to wade through the previous storyline. I've done this many times and find it's the best method to keep everyone happy. ☺️

The interesting thing about this series is that the first couple of books (We're All Animals and Always be a Wolf) center on the character Chase Jacobs, who tends to be slightly naive about what kind of world he is entering. A young man from rural Canada, his eyes are slowly opened up to the crime world he has joined.

My last three books (The Devil is Smooth Like Honey, A Devil Named Hernandez and And the Devil Will Laugh) has Jorge Hernandez as the protagonist and while Chase is trusting and gentle, Jorge is strong and defiant. It's interesting because not only do you get to discover the contrast between the two characters but also, you can finally see the flip side of the story as you enter the criminal side of the story. I love the fact that there is a slow discovering in the series that allows the reader to see how someone unexpected might get pulled into this dark world.

Of course, I explain this much better in the accompanying YouTube video below.







Tuesday, August 14, 2018

And The Devil Will Laugh 😈

The latest book in the Hernandez series! 😈😈😈Check out And The Devil Will Laugh



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 Mima talk about this book.


And learn about some of the topics brought up in this book.




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?