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

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 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, 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.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Getting your Characters OUT of Character

If you watch Ray Donovan (and if you don't, you really should...) you know that the Liev Schreiber plays the role of a rather stoic, stone face man who probably has the least amount of dialogue of any lead actor that wasn't in a coma; his presence is intimidating, his patience limited and when push comes to shove, he's not opposed to violence.

So you can imagine my surprise while watching an episode in season two called, Walk this Way and this happens....

Why? It's because we love seeing characters getting out of the character; We love surprises, the unexpected and are intrigued when the quiet, shy girl suddenly lashes out, when you least expect it. It keeps us on our toes and prepares us to expect, well, the unexpected.

The thing that makes a fascinating character is no different from what makes for a fascinating person; the more layers, the better. We love it when the person we've known our entire life suddenly expresses an interest or reaction that we never expected from them. If grandma never drank a drop of alcohol in her life and then gets sloshed on her 75 birthday and danced on a table, you better believe she's going to be the most fascinating person in the room.

There have been many times that the characters in my books have surprised me. When Natasha Parson did something unexpected at her uncle's fundraiser in Different Shades of the Same Color, I was shocked. When Mariah (Her Name is Mariah) revealed that as a child, she listened to Metallica when she was trying to sleep, I was intrigued. When bad boy Jimmy Groome in A Spark before the Fire broke down after his rock star idol died, I had a new appreciation for him.

Surprises are what inspires us. Small gestures, comments or acts by a character can show us a different side of their personality; rather than falling flat on the page, they slowly become alive before our eyes.

Mima is the author of Fire and the prequel, A Spark before the Fire, as well as The Rock Star of Vampires  Her Name is Mariah and Different Shades of the Same Color. Join Mima on Facebook, TwitterG+ and Goodreads also, check out her Amazon Author Page

For some reading, check out her blogs – personal or writing                                               

Friday, March 4, 2016

Did you know all my books are couples?

People who are familiar with my books kind of figure out that they tend to come in sets. Although you aren’t required to read one in order to understand the other - nor will you miss out on any major storyline if you don’t read both - the books essentially are connected. Let me explain how. 

It all started with my first book, Fire, a story that takes place in the early 90s and centers on the rock music culture. I was probably halfway through this story when I became enamored with a secondary character and knew I had to tell his story. He was so strong that he almost took over the entire book and I had a hard time not allowing him to overshadow the main character, Tarah. His name was Jimmy Groome and when I started to write my second book, A Spark before the Fire, I was stunned by some of the places his story took me. Someone recently referred to his story as ‘sharp’ in places and that’s probably putting it mildly. He embraced a lifestyle that pushed him to the edge and I’ve had one reader get half-way through the book and ask me, ‘Is Jimmy going to die?’

Although I did everything I could to fight the vampire fascination, I ended up joining many other authors and creating a group of vampires in my third book, The Rock Star of Vampires. It was a pretty intense book to put together and probably took me a little longer than the others because it required some research and a great deal of thought on my behalf. I wasn’t used to writing a fantasy novel, so it did so carefully and was pretty happy with the results. However, once again, one particular character stood out and her name was Mariah.

Mariah is, to date, probably one of the strongest, most fierce characters I have ever written about in my books. She was complicated, tragic and poignant, leaving both my readers and myself curious about what made her tick. I followed up The Rock Star of Vampires with my fourth book, Her Name is Mariah in 2015. No one could’ve been more surprised by the ending of this book than me. To this day, I can’t read it without tearing up.  

I got out of my fantasy world with my fifth book, Different Shades of the Same Color. Here, my protagonist is a young doctor who hit her head in a very controversial manner at her uncle’s political fundraiser. This story sprung from a similar (although, much less controversial) incident where I hit my head in 2013. I explored how the incident changed how Natasha saw the world around her and some very surprising things she learns about her own family. It’s kind of a quirky, funny book that involves a hilarious road trip, but the biggest comment so far is how shocked people are by the ending.

Will my fifth book be part of a ‘couple’ too? Yup. I’m currently writing my sixth book, which follows a character from Different Shades of the Same Color. I wasn’t even sure if this pattern would continue until after finishing my last book. I didn’t feel very inspired to tell anyone’s story from Shades until I started the editing phase and something told me that I should explore the story of Chase Jacobs, a young man who only has a minor role in my last book. There was something about him that really sprung my curiosity and it's turning into a very dark story that's taking me to some unsavory places.

Of course, the beauty of the characters, just like people, is that they all have a story and realistically, I could further explore any character in any book and had fascinating results. Are you one of my readers? Is there a character you would like me to write a book about?

Canadian author Mima is known for her complicated and diverse characters, a dark style and for never shying away from controversial topics. To request an interview or if you are interested in doing a book review, please send requests here  

Mima is the author of Fire and the prequel, A Spark before the Fire, as well as The Rock Star of Vampires  Her Name is Mariah and Different Shades of the Same Color. Join Mima on Facebook, TwitterG+ and Goodreads also, check out her Amazon Author Page

For some reading, check out her blogs – personal or writing