An armed-and armored-terrorist breaks into the Longview Police department, shooting anything in his path before detonating the explosives hiding beneath his body armor. As retired police detective Alex Mendez waits for news of his injured cop wife's condition, the whole of East Texas begins to dig out from the carnage visited upon it. While Alex sits with Lisa, the television screams with reports of similar attacks in small towns all across the country. They've struck again. And just as it had on September 11th, 2001, the game has dramatically changed. As the local law enforcement adapts to being overwhelmed for such carnage, Alex is forced to wrestle with demons both personal and professional. When terrorists connected to the cell group responsible for the Texas attacks kidnap a severely injured Lisa Mendez, the stakes are raised for Alex yet again as he weighs the hazards and benefits of coming out of retirement or sitting on the sidelines, leaving his family's fate in the hands of strangers. Terrorists have invaded his country. They've destroyed his town. Now they've raided his home. They've drawn the line in the sand. Badge or no badge, Alex Mendez is just the man to take the fight right back to them.
Mourning Reign was chosen "Book of The Day" From BookOfTheDay.org on June 27, 2015. Pretty awesome that it's still getting recognized all these years later!
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Alex Mendez had knelt over countless dead bodies in his career. Young, old, male, female, short, fat, black, white, brown, red and yellow. Alex had seen it all... or so he thought. Kneeling over the body of Andrew Kramer -- father, husband, racist -- Alex discovered a reluctance he'd never experienced. As he stared into the lifeless eyes of a man who'd just as soon have seen Alex swinging from a tree, Alex found himself in the midst of a heated internal battle like nothing he'd ever known. A dead man deserved justice. A dead racist had received his.
As the mystery surrounding Kramer's untimely demise unravels, Alex finds himself deeper and deeper in a web of misery, deceit and destruction. It is up to him to balance the scales of justice before he, too, falls victim to the very darkness that got Andrew Kramer killed.
**ORIGINALLY Published in February, 2014, Heart Beatings is, CHRONOLOGICALLY, placed before Connection Terminated** 2017 marked the first time it was available in PAPERBACK, having previously been published in Kindle only, by Buoy Up Press.
Alex Mendez was hoping his tenure as Acting Captain of Longview Police Department's Homicide Division would be uneventful. As he kneels over a dead body, holding the ominous calling card of a serial killer with a twisted mission, any hope of a quiet reign falls by the wayside. While Alex struggles to adjust to an office he did not want, a separate battle rages. A killer is on the loose. A community is looking for a hero. With everything he's ever believed being put to the test, Alex must battle an enemy he doesn't expect if he has any hope of defeating the devilry invading his town.
*Though it is chronologically in between Mourning Reign and Connection Terminated, Heart Beatings came out AFTER the nomination for the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading contest. I was honored to be nominated, thrilled to win and I look forward to being interviewed on the Authors Show to speak at length about Heart Beatings.
Twelve years ago, Alex Mendez was a fresh-faced uniformed police officer, unsure of himself or the profession he had chosen. When a drunk driver kills a family on its way home from vacation, Alex was forced to grow up quickly, witnessing unrepentant evil the likes of which he'd never seen. Derrick Calloway was a shiftless drunk. No job, no ambition. Only a devoted wife and loving child to inspire him to get clean. Covered in the stench of alcohol, blood and saliva, Derrick Calloway is cuffed and forced into the back of a police car. Meanwhile, across town, fate deals Calloway a gut-wrenching blow. One that causes him to swear revenge on everyone responsible for his incarceration. Having served his time, Calloway is now out. And, as the saying goes, revenge is a dish best served cold.
SPLINTERED SOULS: Tina Miles is a young girl starting a new chapter in her life. When she encounters Devin Snow, everything changes. Deep down, she believes there is more to Devin than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Det. Lisa Warner is convinced there is more to Tina's story. People are dying. No one has answers. What mysterious force binds these Splintered Souls
- Paperback: 344 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 151967922X
- ISBN-13: 978-1519679222
BREATH OF GOD: After a horrible accident leaves him partially paralyzed, it takes the enigmatic power of heaven to bring Lieutenant Alex Mendez back from the dead, unlocking a secret as old as time that may have been hidden inside his four-year-old daughter. To make matters worse, Detective Lisa Mendez, Alex's wife, confronts her own demons, all the while chasing the most unlikely of suspects in connection with multiple homicides. Is it possible a seventeen-year-old boy with Spina Bifida is singlehandedly responsible for the worst crime spree to ever hit the small east Texas community? Lisa Mendez believes it is possible, though a thousand questions remain. As with Alex, the answers to Lisa's questions lay buried deep within the innocent soul of her daughter. While Alex searches himself for strength to battle physical and emotional uncertainties, Lisa must search inside herself, taking charge of courage and faith she never dreamed existed.