Showing posts with label series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label series. Show all posts

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Why is the first paragraph so important? πŸ€“

You know what they say about first impressions? Especially in today's world where everything is fast-paced and people are much too rushed to give much of anything a second try, it's more important than ever to capture a reader quickly...but what does that mean exactly?

The obvious answer is to have an engaging first chapter. This doesn't mean it has to be perfect. It also doesn't mean it has to be over the top or gimmicky. What it means is that you want the reader to get a sense of what they're getting themselves into. What is the theme of this book? What kind of genre does it fall under?

As a writer, the first paragraph is like meeting someone new for the first time. If you want to make a good impression, you'll probably throw on some makeup, hopefully, some clean clothes and put a little extra attention on your hair. With books, it's really about pulling someone in and showing them a glimpse into your character's world.



As an example, in my 11th book, The Devil May Lie, I talk about power in the first paragraph or more specifically, the importance of power in our world. What does it mean? Why do people want it? I talk about how 'it starts when we're children on the playground and ends in our death'. I also say 'we lust after it as if it were the flesh of a lover'. I use specific words that are powerful as well - bold, passion, addictive, crave, roaring fire - these are words that give readers a sense of what is to come. If I were writing something about something with more of a romantic theme, I would probably choose some powerful words like 'passionate' but also gentle words that give the impression of a soft place to fall, such as comfort and warmth, things we associate with love.

Also, another thing I want to note is that I often connect the first paragraph in chapter one with the first paragraph in the final chapter (in my case, chapter 50). So once again, in The Devil May Lie, I talk about power in the last chapter. This is important because we're kind of revisiting the place we started with to see where we are on the same topic. In this last paragraph, I ask the question when do we have enough power? 'When do we cross the line? Who wins when there's nothing left to take?' My hope is that after having read the entire book, this gives you something to ponder.

The first paragraph should give readers an impression of what they can expect. Of course, you have to remember that like any relationship, you must work hard to keep the reader interested throughout the book and to live up to that first impression.




Friday, January 25, 2019

Let's talk about Paige NoΓ«l-Hernandez 🧘🏼‍♀️

Paige NoΓ«l-Hernandez is the assassin wife of Jorge Hernandez and makes her first appearance in The Devil is Smooth Like Honey and is also a prominent figure in A Devil Named Hernandez and And the Devil Will Laugh.

What I love about Paige is that she's incredibly calm and balanced regardless of the situation. She manages to keep a little sanity to the otherwise erratic group of characters and yet, you're left wondering if maybe she's a little too calm in various situations. I guess it's the meditation. 

Paige enters the series (and meets her husband Jorge) in a very unique and dramatic way. Although it's probably a situation that seems absolutely insane, for some reason the two find themselves drawn to one another and start a very fiery, intense relationship which dominates this series almost as much as....well, the violence. There's a strength to their relationship that can't be denied and in many ways is admirable. 

Of course, if you're looking for a fairytale princess meets prince storyline, the relationship between Jorge and Paige Hernandez might horrify you.



Tuesday, December 25, 2018

How a simple story turned into a brutal series πŸ™€

It started with a very simple concept. The first book in the series is about the boy next door who finds his life taking a very dismal turn. This combined with an unstable family relationship put him on a dark, lonely path that led him to a group of criminals and a lifestyle he never would've imagined. Driven by naivety and desperation, he finds himself joining their world.

If you pick up the third or fourth book in the series, it might be difficult to imagine that it all started off in such a simple fashion especially when reading about the brutal crimes, collusion, and gang-like mentality. However, that's why I love it. I love the fact that it starts off so smoothly and slowly walks the reader into an unexpectedly dark world that grows in its ferocity with each book. It's like a slow burn which I believe demonstrates how all of our lives are the result of many decisions, the people we meet, the places we work, the world which we choose to explore. Nothing is by accident but certainly, many things are unexpected.

I've often said that this is the series that wasn't meant to be a series, however, the characters were so compelling that I had to keep writing. Who knew where it would lead me. 😈





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 NoΓ«l, 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






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