Fun Friday Freebie Possibilities

You may remember that I did a Fun Friday a few weeks back with links to a mess of free e-book downloads (click here for that blog post as some of those freebies are still active!)

Leave a comment at my new blog at PowerfulLatinas.com for the chance to win a copy of DEVOTION CALLS, one of my earlier releases in THE CALLING Vampire novels. Just follow this link:
http://www.powerfullatinas.com/latina-leadership-lessons-our-love-affair-with-the-paranormal

Hurry before my RT Book Reviews Contest ends on October 26th. You could be one of 5 lucky winners of a SINS OF THE FLESH T-shirt, lunch bag and autographed copy of SINS OF THE FLESH. Just follow this link:
http://www.caridad.com/contest/rt-book-reviews-contest/

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Hachette Book Group is running a Spine-Tingling Giveaway which includes SINS OF THE FLESH. Check out these various sites for a chance to enter the contest! Hurry the contest ends November 1.
http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/2009/10/5-spine-tingling-books-up-for-grabs.html#
http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/contests_index.aspx

Last, but definitely not least, did you know I’m a dangerous woman? To find out more about this group of amazing authors and have a chance to win some awesome prizes, come join the Danger Women Writing loop.

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The Home Stretch

stretchWith only a few weeks left until the deadline to deliver my next book – STRONGER THAN SIN – the second book in the SINS series, I’m in the home stretch, racing toward the finish.

Just a little bit more work, some polishing and the book will be finished. Always a rewarding feeling, especially when I’m liking it as much as I am.

I always think of writing a novel much like running a race. Start off slow and get a solid foundation in the first few chapters. Start picking up speed, but keeping mindful of the pace and where I am with both the romance and suspense so that the synergy between the two is keeping things moving.

Not so easy at times, so there is an occasional stumble. There are other obligations to handle in my life, like work. My family, who always comes first. Writing obligations, like prepping everything necessary to promote SINS OF THE FLESH which will be out on shelves on October 27th! 😯

Woo hoo, but scary. My first single title paranormal romantic suspense (and isn’t that a mouthful of a description?).

I’ve waited a long time to see that happen, another kind of race. Building a career and trying to take it to the finish line for this race because inevitably, the time in the winner’s circle is short before you have to hit the track again. 😕

But if you think about it, life is a race also (and hopefully not a rat race!). I like to think of it as a race against myself and not others. Always striving to do something different and to improve. Reaching for personal bests.

How about you? How do you deal with your reaching your goals, whether it’s writing or something else? We’d like to hear your thoughts on this Thoughtful Thursday.

Also, while I’m at it, the winner for last Friday’s Favorite Hero contest is Kayla! If you could send your postal address to cpsromance at att dot net, I’ll get your prize out to you.

Thoughtful Thursday

This is my brain on a normal day.

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This is my brain today.

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I am overloaded with a list of things to do for work, writing, family and writing groups. So, I have no thoughts for today other than those involving Friday night, some pizza and possibly a glass of wine. Make that sangria. I’ve been craving that a lot lately.

Sorry. How about you? How are you doing? Crazy? Peaceful?

What to do in-between books?

This Thoughtful Thursday is about a question I am frequently asked? What do you in-between books? The answer is that you hope you’ve got something else contracted!

But seriously, what I do is start research on the next book and work on other proposals to be sent out by my agent. I’m always working on a new idea because for every book I am lucky enough to sell, there are at least one or two that end up gathering dust at my desk. Sometimes even though I think it’s a rocking book (like UNDEAD UPRISING!).

So the first answer to the question is: Always be preparing another project for consideration. Even if you’re in the middle of working on books that are contracted, keep your creative mind going, even if it’s to just to jot down some story ideas that you can flesh out later.

The second answer is: Get to work on the next book you need to write.

This spring and summer was blessedly busy for me. I had to finish two more book in THE CALLING vampire novels – ARDOR CALLS and VENGEANCE CALLS. Also had to do copy edits and galley proofs for SINS OF THE FLESH. And in the midst of all that, I was busy writing the next book in the SINS series – STRONGER THAN SIN – as well as researching that book.

Third answer: Spend some time researching your next novel.

For me, researching STRONGER THAN SIN meant long walks through some of the shore towns where I planned to set the novel. Snapping photos of places where I might be putting the hero and heroine so that I could get a real feel for the places. I’ve always thought that it’s important to really let you get a sense of the place and am always delighted to hear from someone who visits one of those towns that they felt like they knew it because of something I put in a novel.

So far in STRONGER THAN SIN, my ability to move them around has been limited, but I’m working up to allowing more and more scenes where the hero and heroine will be walking along the same streets that I visited and sharing their views of some of New Jersey’s delightful shore towns.

In STRONGER THAN SIN, most of the action will be taking place in Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Spring Lake. For today, I’m sharing with you some pictures of Ocean Grove and Asbury Park. I’ve got to head down the shore again this weekend and work on adding some shots of Spring Lake and also, the wonderful tent city area close to the Ocean Grove auditorium.

Hope you enjoy the photos and if you can’t see the slide show, you can follow this link to the photos:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2034521&id=1130005412&l=1c0a076248

DragonCon Day 1!

Arrived yesterday and was busy running around gathering everything to set up the booth and during down time, working on the next book in the SINS book – STRONGER THAN SIN. Got a lot done and then everyone started arriving at the hotel. By 7 pm we were down in our booth area, starting to set up for today when the exhibits open at 1.

Here’s step 1 of our booth – # 707 in case you’re down in Atlanta!

DragonCon Booth Step 1

We have a beautiful poster for our booth – Surrender to the Night is our theme.

DragonCon Booth Step 1

Meet my booth buddies: Joy Nash, me, Susan Sizemore and Raz Steele!

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The view from our hotel room!

DragonCon Booth Step 1

Last night was a blast, but tiring. We didn’t get to the restaurant for dinner until nearly 9:30 because we were setting up the booth and getting organized. The restaurant was close to the bar and what a sight! Dozens of people in costumes. Storm troopers, Star Trek officers, a zombie Elvis serenading people. Lots and lots of men in kilts and let me tell you – whoa, very sexy.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the camera then (will learn to always keep it with me!), so I hope to have more pictures for you either later today or tomorrow.

Stay tuned!

You can see all of the photos here as well: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2032752&id=1130005412&l=ec573e286a

New Look to the Website!

We’re busy working on a new look for the website!

Take a moment to check it out and let us know what you think about it. We’re working on updating a number of pages and any suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks! Caridad