#WriteWed What Inspires Me to Write? You, the Reader!

Yes, you read that right. Look in the mirror and you will see who inspires me to write.

Why? Think of it this way: If a tree falls in a forest and no one sees that, did the tree really fall?

So, if I write a book and no one reads it, did I really write it?

One of the most rewarding things about writing the books and sending them out into the world has been YOU, the reader. I have loved chatting with you, meeting with you and hearing from you.

I love that you love the stories and that you don’t. I love that exchange of ideas and that we share a common love: books.

So if you’re ever wondering again why I write, it’s because I love giving you stories to read and getting to know you better in the process.

Speaking of stories, I am in the home stretch on the new novella in the Take a Chance series. This one has been a tough one to write because of the characters and the very emotional reason they get together. Yes, it’s erotic romance so you can expect lots of sexiness, but I hope the takeaway from this book will be much much more for you!

I hope to have it ready for you in late October so that you can snuggle under the blanket with a bucket of Halloween candy glommed from the kids and chase away the chill with Maggie and Trevor’s story.
Mirror

Share Button

#TeaserTuesday Sexy Excerpt from VAMPIRE REBORN

Good morning! It’s Tuesday and you know what that means – a Teaser! Today’s teaser is a sexy excerpt from VAMPIRE REBORN from The Calling is Reborn Vampire Novels. This novella is available as a standalone, but also as part of the Seductive Supernaturals box set.

In this scene, Ryder has been out earlier in the night to try and find out more about what is happening to him and now he’s coming home to Diana. As it is with them, he is impatient to have time with his newlywed wife and sexiness ensues.

Warning, this excerpt is for Mature Audiences Only!

Click here if you can’t see the excerpt below from VAMPIRE REBORN!

Vampire Reborn Novella Excerpt by Caridad Pineiro


VRMeme3

Share Button

#ManCandyMonday Jersey Boy Mike Trout

Today we’re doing a shout out to Jersey Boy Mike Trout! Mike plays for the Angels (who knows what city they are really in!) and was named the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year and won a Silver Slugger Award! You go, Mike!

2013 was another awesome year for Mike when he again won the Silver Slugger Award and finished second in the voting for American League MVP.

Mike was born in Vineland, NJ and attended Milville High School in NJ. That’s why his nickname is the “Milville Meteor”, especially since Mike also had a league record for stolen bases in 2012.

Mike Trout on July 22, 2011.jpg
Mike Trout on July 22, 2011” by Keith Allison on Flickr – Originally posted to Flickr as “Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27)“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Share Button

#FoodieFriday Tex-Mex Dip & Ropa Vieja

Seductive SupernaturalsTall, Dark & ParanormalI am going back to some favorite foods for today’s Foodie Friday! These are two of my favorites and they totally fit the mood of my contributions to the Seductive Supernaturals and Tall, Dark and Paranormal Box sets.

Why you may ask? Well, the Tex-Mex Dip reminds me of the many little Mexican restaurants along the Jersey Shore that inspired the Carrera family restaurant in SINS OF THE FLESH and the other stories in the SIN HUNTERS series.

As for the Ropa Vieja – Cuban Shredded Beef recipe, if you don’t think Ryder knows just what to feed Diana to get her in a good mood, boy are you wrong! Diana loves her Cuban food, especially Ropa Vieja. You may even see a scene or two in the stories from The Calling is Reborn and in VAMPIRE REBORN where Ryder brings Diana a tasty Cuban treat.

I hope you will try out one of these two recipes for yourselves. The Tex-Mex is easy to do and a crowd pleaser. Make it for your next party!

The ropa vieja takes a little bit more time, but served with rice, it’s a perfect dish for a chilly fall or winter day!

Ropa Vieja Recipe

Share Button

#ThrowbackThursday A Quinceañera!

In Latin tradition, girls are given a quinceañera, or Sweet 15, in order to celebrate their passage from girl to woman.

We had a quinceañera for my daughter with our family and close friends as well as a number of her friends. It was a lovely time and I think everyone had a blast!

Part of the tradition is that the women of the family, mom, aunts, grandmother and godmother, each present the young woman with a gift that symbolizes the passage. Things like earrings, bracelets, rings and other items that a woman would wear.

Here are some photos of my daughter, her godmother (my sister), her aunt, her grandmother and me doing that rite of passage.

Here is a photo of my daughter, hubby and me. If you believe in such things, you will notice the orbs that were present in this photo and many of the others. One friend who attended and is a sensitive said the place was haunted. It could be. We had the celebration in an old inn that has been around since 1843.
Mom, Sam & Dad

Share Button

#WriteWed Inspiration for #Vampire Reborn

My contribution to the Seductive Supernaturals #Boxset is VAMPIRE REBORN, from The Calling is Reborn vampire novel series.

What inspired me to write this particular story in the series? I think from the very first book, DARKNESS CALLS, I knew that I wanted to have characters that didn’t necessarily have a happily-ever-after right away. I mean, vampire and human.

There was the easy way to have it happen – turn Diana in the first book. My editors wanted me to do that at first, but I really resisted. I knew that it would be much more special if Diana and Ryder could find happy at that moment in time, but that their love had to grow stronger over the many books in the series.

Even after their big moments in BORN TO LOVE and DIE FOR LOVE, I knew that their love and their lives had to change.

Think about your own life. If you’re married, did the happy end right there? Was it always happy?

Probably not and that’s what I wanted to explore with VAMPIRE REBORN – the life after the big moments and how people grow together and drift apart (yes look for that in FIGHT FOR LOVE) and then come back together again.

I hope you’ll enjoy exploring all that as well in VAMPIRE REBORN. I also hope you’ll enjoy reading all the other books in this boxed set from my wonderful writing buddies.

VRMeme1

Share Button

#TeaserTuesday VAMPIRE REBORN Excerpt & #Giveaway Winner

SEDUCTIVE SUPERNATURALS Paranormal Romance Box SetI’m having a lot of fun participating in the box sets with my author friends. It really gives us a chance to hang out together and to bring you all lots of stories to read at a really special price.

Our gift to you guys for being so awesome! Speaking of awesome, THANK YOU :) for participating in yesterday’s contest. It seems like Mick was the winner, so Ryder is going to have to go home and work out some more for you!

The winner of the giveaway is Colleen!!! Yeah, Colleen! E-mail me and let me know what format you need for the e-book.

Now back to the box sets! SINS OF THE FLESH is in the Tall, Dark and Paranormal box set.

VAMPIRE REBORN, from The Calling is Reborn vampire novel series, is my contribution to the Seductive Supernaturals Box Set.

Some of you may know that The Calling is Reborn is a series of my heart and that Diana and Ryder are some of my all time favorite characters. I have so loved exploring how their relationship has developed since the first book was released and I look forward to many many more books with them and with the other characters from the series!

Click here if you can’t see the VAMPIRE REBORN excerpt below!

Vampire Reborn Novella Excerpt by Caridad Pineiro

Share Button

#ManCandyMonday Mick v. Ryder Hero War #Giveaway

We’re going to do something different today! We’re going to have a Hero War on the blog and for a chance to win an e-copy of JUST ONE NIGHT, leave a comment with who you think is the sexiest hero.

On the left we have Mick Carrera, ex-Army Ranger from SINS OF THE FLESH (available as part of the Tall, Dark and Paranormal Box Set). Mick is a mercenary, but beneath that hard exterior is a caring and honorable man.

On the right we have Ryder Latimer, sexy Southern Vampire from The Calling is Reborn Vampire Novel series and VAMPIRE REBORN (available as part of the Seductive Supernaturals Box Set). Ryder was a loner until kick-ass heroine Diana Reyes showed up on his door step. Beneath the distant vampire is a man who yearns to love.
ManCandyManWars

Share Button

Last Day of Excerpt Wars #Giveaway

It’s bright and early this Saturday morning. I’m trying to catch the last few days of working out on my balcony with the sun warming me! I hope your Saturday is off to a nice start as well and to help you get it going this a.m. I’ve got another excerpt from SINS OF THE FLESH, my contribution to the #boxset!

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

For more on the Excerpt Wars giveaway please visit the Tall, Dark and Paranormal Fan Page for details on how to win a $100 Gift Card or e-books.

For those not on Facebook, please leave a comment here or tweet this phrase:

Excerpt Wars Tall Dark & #Paranormal .@CaridadPineiro #99cent #Boxset http://bit.ly/1btXKrp

SINS OF THE FLESH Paranormal SuspenseCaterina woke him with the gentle whisper of her lips against his. Invited him to join with her.

“Are you sure?” Mick asked, his voice husky from sleep.

That he asked confirmed to her just how different a man he was from her father who would have never sought to seek another’s permission for anything.

“I’m sure,” she replied and so that there would be no doubt about it, she grabbed the hem of the t-shirt he wore and made short work of pulling it off his body.

She pressed against him, warm skin against skin. The hard tips of her breasts brushing his smooth chest as they kissed over and over.

Beside the soft flatness of her belly, his erection jerked to life and hardened.

Laying her hand over him, she caressed the shape of him beneath the denim and he groaned into her mouth, reached down, and undid his jeans.

The hard length of him sprang forward and she encircled him with one hand, stroking him. Urging him onward as he cupped her breasts and teased her nipples with his hands, drawing a pleased sigh from her.

“Make love to me,” he said and sat up against the headboard. He urged her over him with the gentle grasp of his hips and she needed no further invitation.

She held onto Mick’s shoulders and sank down onto him, gasping as the length and width of him filled her. As the comfort of his arms surrounded her and drew her near until she was tight against his chest.

She couldn’t move, overwhelmed as she was by the sense of unity in his arms. Desire growing with her possession of him along with something else. Something she could no longer deny.

“When I’m with you . . . it’s like my soul is filled with music,” she said as he cradled her face in his hands and tenderly brushed his lips across hers before moving them to her cheeks and then to her forehead.

“It’s special for me, too,” he whispered, the words so soft she thought she might have imagined them until she met his gaze and it confirmed his sentiment.

“Very special,” she responded, earning a smile from him which she kissed, memorizing the feel of it against her lips as a talisman for what would be the hard days to come.

He returned the kiss and then she moved on him, offering herself up to him. Accepting what he offered in return.

As she slowly rocked on him, he bent forward and suckled her breasts, alternating between them while holding them in his hands.

Teasing the sensitive tips with his lips and hands, each little tug traveling down to her center to heighten the pleasure growing in her body.

“Touch me down there, Mick. Please, touch me,” she said, needing him in every possible way.

To purcahse the Tall, Dark and Paranormal Box Set, visit these retailers!

Amazon: http://bit.ly/AMZTDP
All Romance Ebooks: http://bit.ly/1p33Gdu
B&N: http://bit.ly/1peDUTz
Itunes: http://bit.ly/ITTDP
Kobo: http://bit.ly/KOBOTDP
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/SWTDP
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/GdReadTDP

TDPmeme1

Share Button

#FunFriday My Writing #Playlist & Excerpt Wars

I wanted to change things up and offer you something fun that will hopefully get you looking forward to the end of Friday and a fabulous weekend! It’s chilly today in NY/NJ, but we are looking at weather in the 80′s. There are some fun things happening this weekend. Taking a walk with a girlfriend to check out the British Car Show in Ocean Grove. I love cars, especially those little MG roadsters.

Going for a run with my daughter on Sunday. She’s been doing the From Couch to 5K workout and I’ve been stepping up my game since we made a deal to run a 5K together next year. Wish us luck!

Excerpt Wars are still going strong at the Tall, Dark and Paranormal Fan Page. Please visit the page for details on how to win a $100 Gift Card or e-books.

For those not on Facebook, please leave a comment here or tweet this phrase:

Excerpt Wars Tall Dark & #Paranormal .@CaridadPineiro #99cent #Boxset http://bit.ly/1btXKrp

I’ll share my excerpt down below, but for now, today’s Fun Friday is a playlist for songs that get me going! Sometimes it’s just the catchy beat, other times the theme, but for whatever reason, these songs are on my must listen to playlist. So here goes!

Caridad’s Playlist

Excerpt Wars!!

Here’s my excerpt for today’s Excerpt Wars! This is from SINS OF THE FLESH, my contribution to the box set.

SINS OF THE FLESH Paranormal Suspense“Easy, Cat. They’re just memories,” Mick said softly.

She grabbed hold of his t-shirt, her hands fisted tightly into the fabric as she keened like an animal. Only the press of her body against his was very human and very womanly.

Too much so, Mick realized, fighting his visceral reaction to her proximity.

“Why is this happening?” she murmured against his chest, rubbing her head there as if by doing so she could erase the images.

He cradled the back of her head with immense restraint and tenderness, sifting his fingers through the thick curls. “They gave you small doses of LSD in addition to a bunch of other hallucinogenic drugs. It may take a little while for all that medication to work out of your system.”

“What’s a ‘little while’,” she said and wagged her head more forcefully, as if trying to dislodge the visions.

As he glanced down, he realized she had gone all camo on him again. Her hands were the color of his dark blue polo shirt and the rest of her was beginning to blend into the rust brown of the over-sized t-shirt he had offered her to wear.

“A couple of days or even weeks. It’s hard to tell with LSD, but try to focus, Cat,” he urged, recalling the mantra she had used the day before to regain control.

She listened to his command. She repeated the word over and over and as the tightness left her body, so did the color, but not before she caught a glimpse of herself in her altered state.

She released him and raised her hands. Held them before her and examined them while her skin slowly faded back to normal.

“What am I?” she asked, puzzlement in the stormy ocean blue of her eyes when her gaze skipped to his.

He could have lied. Tempered his words with tenderness, but he had a limited quantity of that and holding her had expended most of it.

“A science experiment,” he said, released her, and returned to his spot in the chair.

Her eyes narrowed as she considered his statement. The soft curls of her hair bobbed back and forth with the motion of her head as she said, “They were supposed to help me.”

“You’re not blind anymore,” he reminded, although he wasn’t sure she would consider that a worthwhile trade-off to becoming someone’s lab rat.

He wouldn’t.

She leaned back against the headboard, raised slender elegant fingers to her temples and rubbed tiny circles there. “Toward the end, when I was sick, I couldn’t see. But it was the pain in my head . . . ”

Meeting his gaze directly, she said, “It was the pain that stole the music.” Tapping a spot above her heart with one hand, she added, “My music.”

The passion in her words was unmistakable.

He understood it. Admired it.

He couldn’t allow those sentiments to change what he had to do. “Someone killed Wells. Do you know who?”

“If I did, don’t you think I’d tell you so you’d let me go?” she shot back.

“Not if you were the one who did it,” he replied calmly, barely controlling his smile at her show of spunk. He liked feisty Cat much more than the mewling weak Cat the drugs had created.

She threaded her fingers into her hair, pulling it back off her face. Releasing the long locks to fall back onto her shoulders as she said, “Why don’t you turn me over to the police? Let them decide.”

He shrugged and intentionally kept his tone neutral. “Because I’ve been paid to return you to Edwards.”

Her skin paled for a moment before a bit of the t-shirt’s rust color leaked onto her body.

Fight or flight, he thought again.

“You’re afraid of Edwards. He hurt you?”

“Morales. Edwards,” she admitted, looking downward at the sheet covering her body. Plucking at the folds of it nervously before she asked, “Are you going to give me back to Edwards?”

“Do you think that’s what I’m going to do?” he said, perversely intrigued to hear her initial thoughts about him.

She slowly lifted her head and tilted it at a slight angle. She examined him intently, but the look wasn’t one like he generally received from most women. This one reminded him of the look from one of his elementary school teachers.

Exasperated described it best. That brought a disappointment he didn’t understand, so he arched a brow and said, “Well?”

She raised her chin a defiant inch. “I think that if you were going to do that, you would have done it already.”

Her slightly rebellious response roused his smile once again. “So what do you propose I do?”

Her chin shot up another tiny bit, but there was nothing tiny about the determination in her voice.

“Help me find out who killed Dr. Wells.”
TDPmeme2

Share Button