Thursday, October 27, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Caridad Pineiro! + #Giveaway!

Welcome, Caridad!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

First, thank you so much for having me here!  I’m Caridad Pineiro and I write paranormal romance and romantic suspense.  I also used to write contemporary romances as Caridad Scordato and will be releasing some of the backlist titles soon!  I love to write, travel and cook.  I’m also a mom, wife and attorney.

Oh, congrats on both! So, please tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My latest release is THE LOST, the first book in the new SIN HUNTERS paranormal romance series.  The Hunters are a race of people who can gather energy and do all kinds of things with that power, like shapeshift and race across the ions in the cosmos.

That sounds so unique and cool! Which character is your favorite and why?

My favorite character in the story is Bobbie Carrera.  Bobbie is a Marine who is back from the war in Iraq and is suffering both physical and emotional wounds.  Despite that, Bobbie is strong and determined to rebuild her life.  When necessary, Bobbie is even ready to go to battle again although that is the last thing she really wants.

I love that you made the Marine a woman! *grins* As the author, what surprised you about this story?

What surprised me was how important the concept of faith became in the story.  Bobbie and Adam, as well as Adam’s parents, all have to rely on faith of various kinds in order to survive and find happiness.  I think that came about as a result of the location for the story, Ocean Grove, New Jersey, which is known as God’s Little Square Mile.  I often feel the power of faith there and that really influenced the story.

How interesting! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

THE CLAIMED will be out in May 2012 and I’ve already laid out books three and four in the series.  THE CLAIMED is a Romeo and Juliet kind of story as Shadow and Light Hunters will find love and have to battle their own people to find peace and happiness.

I love series! That’s really exciting! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

The hardest thing was portraying Bobbie accurately.  I wanted to show both the emotional and physical wounds from which she suffered and how she was trying to overcome them.  I wanted to show how hard it was and the strength necessary for her to do that.  I didn’t want it to be unrealistic because it was important for me to honor our military men, women and families and the sacrifices they make.

That’s really a great ambition! Congrats on that! What are you working on right now?

Right now I am working on editing a contemporary romance revolving around a fictional baseball team.  I’m also writing some erotic paranormal romances for Nocturne Cravings.  They’ve been lots of fun.  Finally, I am also busy promoting my Christmas release, A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS anthology.

So much going on for you! And all of it great! By the way, I absolutely loved the UK digital edition of your cover for A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

The first book I ever wrote is still sitting tucked on a shelf.  One day I will revisit it.

We’ll await that! *grins* Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

The one theme I have in all of my books is to portray women as strong and in control of their lives.  I want to encourage women to be able to stand up for themselves and to reach for their dreams.

Great message! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

That I am basically shy.  It’s taken me a very long time to be able to be out there with people.

Introverts unite! LOL Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

The IN DEATH series by J.D. Robb.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

My all time favorite is Diana Reyes from THE CALLING Vampire novel series.

Okay, now, Caridad. These are just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?  Milk chocolate.

Salty or sweet?  Definitely sweet.

Bed or kitchen table?  Bed.

Beach or mountains?  Beach for sure!

Give or receive?  Give.

Book Blurb:

Adam Bruno is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds someone who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined possible . . .

Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. She’s drawn to his strength of mind and body; he’s attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam’s powers rage out of control-destroy them. But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.
Thanks for being coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?


Thank you so much for having me with you!

Okay, everyone, thanks for reading! Now, leave Caridad some comment love to enter to win...

Caridad is giving away a Lost t-shirt and ebook copy of Rookie of the Year. 1 winner for each. T-shirt open to US Shipping; ebook to International. Must leave e-mail address in comments to qualify. Enter through 12 midnight EST Friday 10/28!

Caridad Piñeiro® is a multi-published and award-winning author whose love of the written word developed when her fifth grade teacher assigned a project – to write a book that would be placed in a class lending library. She has been hooked on writing ever since. From the start, Caridad’s novels have received acclaim and have helped redefine the landscape of modern romance novels. She has won numerous awards for her several dozen books and been featured on television programs and in newspaper articles. When not writing, Caridad teaches workshops on various topics related to writing and heads a writing group. Caridad is also an attorney, wife and mother.


Bwyatt said...

Thanks for the giveaway! The Lost sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it.

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thank you so much for having me here today! I really appreciate it.

KhelseyJackson said...

I cant wait to read Lost! Thank you for the great giveaway!! I love Caridad :D

Patsy said...

What a good giveaway! The lost sounds like a book that will keep me interested from word one- I love the cover- and the t-shirt ooks good!

Victoria said...

I can't wait to get my hands on A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS and THE LOST. I have read nothing but wonderful reviews of THE LOST. Thank you so much for the interview and giveaway.


Laura Kaye said...

Thanks to Caridad for being here! I too am drooling over A Vampire for Christmas. I'm such a vampire addict! Click on that UK animated cover link if you haven't already! :)

And thanks for all the great comments for Caridad!

Kiru Taye said...

The book looks fab. I too love that the marine is a woman. I look forward to reading it.

*yadkny* said...

I haven't tried any of Caridad's work, but they all look so good! CONGRATS Caridad on your latest release I'm sure it will be a success! Thanks for the great giveaway & HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Marilyn ~ wiggiemd said...

Hi Caridad and Laura,
I enjoyed reading your interview.

Caridad, I haven't read any of your work yet, but I'm putting them on my TBR list. I like the woman marine storyline and I'm with Laura about drooling over A Vampire for Christmas!

Best of luck to you!

Laura Kaye said...

@Kiru--I know, that's really a great element!

@yadkny--glad you're so intrigued! Give Caridad's books a try! :)

@Marilyn--*nods* Yup. Me too!

Thanks for stopping by, everyone! Keep these great comments for Caridad coming!

Emily Tardy said...

I've heard many great things about Lost, can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway

Karen C said...

I really enjoyed the interview and I am so looking forward to reading The Lost. How many books do you have planned in the Sin Hunter series?

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Rookie of the Year (not a bad cover there, either!).


booklover0226 said...

I've read Caridad's other works and enjoyed them. I look forward in reading her latest works.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Laura Kaye said...

So many great comments everyone! Thanks for turning out! The giveaway runs through the end of today, so keep 'em coming!

Laura Kaye said...

AND...the winners of Caridad's two giveaways are:

T-Shirt: Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Book: Karen C kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com


Marilyn ~ wiggiemd said...

Congratulations Tracey and Karen!

Thanks Laura and Caridad!

Karen C said...

I'm so pleased to have won a copy of Rookie of the Year. Thank you very much!!!

Congratulations, Tracey D!