Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Behind the Scenes of @CaridadPineiro's #TheClaimed!

I'm very excited to welcome back
Caridad Pineiro
to the blog today.

She's got a great behind-the-scenes post on her new book, The Claimed, just for you. So, read on...

When I finished THE LOST, I knew that now that readers were aware of the Hunters and their powers, it was time to really kick it up and show you the civil war that was going on between the Light and Shadow Hunters.  It was also time to put together the two most unlikely people as lovers - a Light and Shadow Hunter.  You might even say that THE CLAIMED is a paranormal Romeo and Juliet and I loved showing their angst and how they have to set aside old wounds in order to not only love one another, but lead their people on a brave new path.

But not without some battles and sacrifices!

I had to make a choice of location for the final battle scenes in THE CLAIMED.  As I thought about it, it occurred to me I needed a place that spoke to the past that the Light and Shadow Hunters had to embrace, but also had to speak to the future that was possible for them.  I also needed a place that was in the public eye, but could be made "private" with the use of Hunter power.  Add to that the fact that it had to be somewhere that would be a logical place for one of the characters - Samantha aka Sammie - to be as she would be pivotal in that scene.

As all those needs came together, I realized there was only one place where that very important scene could be located - the Casino in Asbury Park.
Casino in Asbury Park New Jersey

There is no doubt in mind that the Casino is a link to the past glory that was Asbury Park, much like the past of the Hunters.  But the Casino also stands poised at the edge of the future for Asbury Park.  A future that can be seen in the wonderfully renovated Paramount Theater, the Convention Center (where the early roller derby scenes in and THE CLAIMED take place), and the boardwalk that is once again brimming with life!

The Casino is a very public place for sure.  It's the gateway between Ocean Grove and Asbury Park and people pass through the shell on a daily basis.  Surely Sammie would on her way to her shop on the Asbury Park boardwalk.    Here's a picture of what it looked like in its heydey!

Photo Credit:  National Park Service

Here's another photo of the Casino from afar.  The Casino was built in 1929 and designed by the same architects that designed Grand Central Terminal.

Asbury Park Casino

In this shot you can see more of the buildings.  In the past, those to the left as well as the middle section hosted a series of amusement park games and a carousel.  At one time there was another piece to the building that jutted out to the right on stilts onto the beach.  This section had a skating rink inside.  Sadly that part of the building suffered major damage and was torn down in 2006, but the rest of the Casino remains, now used for a variety of things like flea markets and a theater company.

The Casino was therefore the perfect place for my Hunters to have a final battle and also be the kickoff to the next book in the series, THE SHATTERED, but I won't spill about that right now.

I hope you've enjoyed this little peek into Asbury Park and the Casino.  It's one of my favorite sites along the boardwalk.  As I mentioned before, there used to be a carousel in one section of the building and here's a video clip shot on October 28, 1990, the last day the carousel was open for business.  Thanks to cflynn1979 for this clip.

If you can't see the clip of the carousel below, you can click here!

You can also read more about the Casino by clicking here.

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Thanks so much for reading everyone! Please leave a comment or question for Caridad - she'd love to hear from you!



Diane said...

What a great place, I had never heard of it before; those pictures past and present are great!

Laura Kaye said...

Isn't it cool, Diane? Thanks for kicking off the comments!

Aurian said...

Thanks you for the interesting guestpost, I enjoyed reading it and watchting the pictures. I am sorry, but I have not yet read your books, they are on my wishlist.

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thank you for coming to find out more about me and my books! I appreciate you taking the time to do that. I love the Jersey Shore and that's why I decided to set the Sin Hunter series there. I hope you enjoy seeing the sights that I love!

Robin Elizabeth Mancini said...

This is awesome this is actually the town next to where I grew up. I have seen many changes to Asbury Park.

Laura Kaye said...

That's cool, Robin! Thanks for commenting!

Caridad Pineiro said...

That is cool, Robin! Where did you grow up?

Victoria said...

That's really cool! I've never been there but have heard lots about Asbury Park being a huge Bon Jovi fan and all :). Thank you for the post.

Julianne said...

Great post today. I liked that you gave this book a Romeo & Juliet kinda feel. I can't wait to learn more.
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Caridad Pineiro said...

Yep, Bon Jovi, Bruce even Hilary Duff have spent some time in these parts. I just love the area and as a Pisces, being near the ocean recharges me!

As for Romeo & Juliet, it's definitely got that vibe. I can't wait to write the next one with . . . Nope, I won't spoil who will be the next two heroes!

Have a great weekend and thanks again for coming by.

Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for all the great comments for Caridad everyone! :)