Jake is racking up the ⭐ Stars!


Jake is racking up the stars for his audiobook adventures! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reviews👁 🕵  💪:

⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Lots of action and danger!…Fun yet full of twists and turns. … Colin Iago McCarthy does an excellent performance.”

Audible.com Listeners
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Would sit in car to finish chapters! … When a book leaves me wanting more, I know I’ve hit a winner!”

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved the internal repartee carried on in Jake’s head and his vulnerability, while being the tough noir PI. Very entertaining!”

Brian’s Book Blog
⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 “A thriller filled with twists and turns.”

Me Love Books
“If you are looking for a fast-paced and action-packed detective thriller that reads/sounds like a proper action movie, Secondhand Smoke is definitely a great choice.”

Erika Loves To Read
“I think this book would probably make an enjoyable movie due to the numerous action-packed scenes. P.S. This book made me wanna visit Portland!”



Where Jake Went: Books FTW

A BIG thanks to everyone who took Jake Brand PI on vacation with them.  We hope you had as much fun reading and taking funny photos as we did seeing where Jake ended up.   A compendium of photos is below for your viewing pleasure.

Reading books For The Win! 

And thanks to Jake Brand super fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for sharing the love! M. did a live video interview on the Books Go Social Readers Group last month – check it out on Facebook.

The NEWS:  BOTH Secondhand Smoke and Angel’s Devil are available as audiobooks!  #Yay!


Angel’s Devil Gets 4 Stars from AudiobookReviewer.com

We are totally pumped about the first review of the audiobook version of Angel’s Devil from AudiobookReviewer.com!

4 stars!  Yay!

“M. Louis does an excellent job of making Jake likable by adding in Jake’s devil and angel side-kicks. . . .

The story flows well, keeping the listeners on their toes.  Fast paced but not rushed, Louis reveals just enough keeping the action riveting.  Masterful story-teller, Louis keeps the listener on the edge of his seat.

Colin Iago McCarthy is a wonderful narrator, keeping the action and emotions steady and peaking when it is. . . . ”


You can read the full review here.

People are loving the audiobook and it’s been flying off the virtual shelves over at Audible.com, iTunes and Amazon.  Inspired by Jake’s enthusiastic welcome to the world of audiobooks we have just started production on the audiobook of Jake Brand PI book 2, Secondhand Smoke.  Stellar voice actor Colin Iago McCarthy returns as the narrator and you can look for this new audiobook to be out in the fall of this year.

We also have a new trailer with a free sample of the audiobook version of Angel’s Devil available on SoundCloud  and YouTube (or listen below and save yourself a click / tap).


Take Jake Book Tour Contest

M. is super busy writing the 3rd book in the Jake Brand Private Investigator series and watching Game of Thrones (which he calls “research”) so we at Team Jake Brand are taking things into our own hands to launch our latest crazy idea to get the word out about his fun and fast paced crime thrillers.  So, we bring you (drumroll)…

The Take Jake Book Tour Contest!

Jake Brand book one, Angel’s Devil and book two, Secondhand Smoke are going on a book tour with YOU!

All you need to do is take a photo of one or both books out there in the wild and post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #TeamJakeBrand or you can email it to us at  info@mlouisbooks.com

Extra credit for:

  • Both emailing a copy AND posting on social media
  • Letting us know where the photo was taken

There will be prizes!

Every month we will select a winner and award them either an Amazon gift card or a gift certificate for their local indie bookstore.

Follow M. Louis on Twitter @Jake_Brand_PI  |  Instagram @m.louis.author.guy and the hashtag #TeamJakeBrand to quadruple your fun!

So take your copy of Angel’s Devil or Secondhand Smoke with you out there in the wild world, prepare your selfie sticks and enjoy being a part of our latest crazy idea.

PS: Kindle / Ebook readers you can participate too! Just make sure that the cover of the book is visible on your reader when you take the photo.

Team Jake Brand Contest

Can’t Get Enough Free Books


We just can’t get enough of this giving away books thing!  A few digital copies of Angel’s Devil are still available on the website and now we’ve gone and set up another giveaway on Goodreads too!  From now until February 15th, you can enter to win a paperback copy of Secondhand Smoke. (For US addresses only – if you think we should do a giveaway that includes your country, Tweet to M. or post on his Facebook page.)

If you like:  Robert Crais, Janet Evanovich, Robert B. Parker, Carl Hiassen and/or Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling), you’ll enjoy the Jake Brand PI series.

Enter here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/169766-secondhand-smoke

Every time you share this post, and Angel gets her wings and a Devil gets peeved.

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Something unexpected about author M. Louis

M. Louis AuthorAn Interview with M. Louis, author of Secondhand Smoke from BooksGoSocial
Today we’re chatting with M. Louis, author of Secondhand Smoke

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!

Prior to college, I was a football, basketball and baseball competitor and fan. At the beginning of my sophomore year at Oregon State University, having played one year of intra-murals, I was dared by friends to try out for the OSU soccer team. I did, made the team, and lettered for two years. Of course I was a goalie, so many might argue I wasn’t truly a soccer player.

Secondhand Smoke_Cover_web

Jake Brand PI book 2

What kind of books do you write?

I write books that attempt to be witty, romantic and exhilarating. I want the reader to be able to relate to the characters. That requires that the characters be flawed and change with events and the passage of time. I want the reader to be engaged; to find it hard not to turn the page and read the next; or to finish one book and be anxious to begin the sequel.

What inspired you to write?

I love to read. As I do, I often find myself critiquing books and I’ve noticed that even seasoned authors occasionally struggle with their craft. After reading a couple of books by acclaimed authors that weren’t up to their past standards, I concluded I could do just as well. I decided to challenge myself to write a single novel so that I could say I had. In the process of completing the first book, which was the second book published, Secondhand Smoke, I discovered that writing was cathartic. I am incredibly entertained by the journey of starting off with a blank white page and marking it with characters in an organized fashion. And I enjoy the intellectual challenge of crafting something that others might enjoy.

What makes your writing stand out from the crowd?

I am very fortunate to be married to my best friend. I see others that aren’t so lucky and are constantly looking for happiness, comfort, security, passion, etc., sometimes in all the wrong places. I think my characters are on the same path we all take. They make mistakes with the wrong people, but they keep looking and keep trying to find their partner. This is the story thread in my books that I enjoy the most and personally feel is the most important.

Author M. Louis even surprises himself sometimes.

Author M. Louis even surprises himself sometimes.

What is the hardest part of writing – for you?

I have to take care to share the right balance of me. I believe every book contains a bit of the soul of its writer. Successful writers include enough, but not too much, of themselves in each of their characters. Recognizing that line can be very difficult at times. Particularly if challenging events are happening in my everyday life.

Where do you like to write – what is your routine?

I like to write in the mornings in my office. I tend to get into the office early, before anyone else. It’s quiet, the phone isn’t ringing and my mind is free to roam. That having been said, when I’m in the middle of the heart of a book, I’ll dream about it. Sometimes my connection to the story is so close, that I’ll dream in enough detail that the next morning I’m just writing down what I dreamt the night before.

What do you do when you are not writing – do you have a day job?

I’m a CPA and own a public accounting company. I employ 13 fantastic professionals and together we provide tax and financial solutions.

Do you work with an outline or just write?

I tend not to write out an outline, though I always have one in my head. As a manuscript increases in length I begin to create an outline of sorts, but not much more than a table of contents. I find I want to flow, and an outline feels confining to me. An outline can feel like a required direction.

With enough copies of your book, you can build a fort.

With enough copies of your book, you can build a fort.

What advice would you have for other writers?

I imagine that every writer does so for very unique reasons. Each writer’s particular reasons would influence what I might say to them. For me, it is all about the experience. At first the experience was just about creating a single novel. The greatest advice I received at this point was to write every day and write to please myself. The second stage was to publish and market. The greatest advice has been to trust the professionals and to engage with potential readers. But at all stages, a writer should embrace criticism, constantly evolve, and take risks.

How important is marketing and social media for you?

I’m new to marketing and social media. My public accounting practice advances almost entirely by word of mouth. But the books are a different animal. I’m excited to learn how to succeed using modern technology and communication methods to sell my books. I’m so very new to it that each step is an intriguing learning opportunity. One that I’m enjoying.

What’s your next step?

I believe my first two books honestly advance the main characters. I’m currently working on a manuscript that will continue that trend and experiment with different methods of storytelling. I want to evolve as a writer and engage readers more so with each book. Each book needs to be better than the last. I don’t think there will ever be a “best”, but every book is an attempt at that.

Secondhand Smoke by M. Louis is available here It’s free on Kindle Unlimited.

Tough Guys Wine

“Tough guys don’t cry.” says my little angel.
“Yeah but they do wine.” says my little devil.
Jake’s really excited that he has his own “brand” of wine! It’s called Angel’s Devil Pinot Noir, and was made just for him out of Oregon’s renowned wine-producing region, the Willamette Valley. It was created exclusively as gifts for loyal clients of Jake Brand Investigations and Team Jake Brand staff so we ran out pretty quickly. (Those folks like their vino!)

Book 1 for Free! (who doesn’t love free?)

angelscover_webIn honor of the upcoming publication of book 2 of the Jake Brand PI series – Secondhand Smoke I’m giving away digital copies of Angel’s Devil (Book 1).  You might be thinking – Why free? Does this book suck?  Is it really free?

Why free?  I want to get you hooked on this crime / thriller series that has been called “…intriguing and entertaining,” by Foreward reviews. The first one’s always free right?   But be warned these books have been known to make you laugh, have you staying up reading later than you planned and wanting to grab a drink with the characters.

Does this book suck? No.  Most emphatically NO!  It’s been rated 4.8 stars out of 5 on Amazon and that’s not just reviews from my friends and family; these are people who coughed up good money for their reading experience and then said nice things about it:
“From page to page, I never knew what would happen next – just what a reader wants. Jake’s personal devil and angel each gave him advice on the run, but Jake had to make the final decisions. Highly entertaining.”  ~Sarah H 

Is it really free?  Yes – you just need to subscribe to my email updates.  I promise not to spam you, send loads of stupid emails or do anything with your email address besides send you the occasional update on Jake Brand books and events.  Scouts honor.

So go get your free copy of Angel’s Devil – if you don’t love it, I’ll give you your money back. 😉  http://mlouisbooks.com/free/


M. Louis