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Thoughtful Thanksgivings!

ThanksgivingWe were having a wonderful discussion on the Dangerous Women Loop (you can click here to join!) about our Thanksgiving traditions and I thought I’d share mine with you and invite you to share yours.

Every Thanksgiving we go to my sister’s house for a wonderful gathering of friends and family. This photo is one I took a few years ago of the beautiful table my sister, Carmen, sets for Thanksgiving. We have a very traditional American meal of turkey with assorted stuffings and side dishes. Actually, two turkeys for this large crowd – one roasted and one fried.

Sis is an amazing cook and we spend the day chatting, sometimes playing board games, going for a walk after dinner if the weather permits and generally just enjoying being together and eating some amazing food. I usually prepare the breads, muffins and some side dishes. You can check the Cook’s Treat section for some of the recipes for that day. My sis’s favorites are the cranberry maple muffins and I always make a double-batch of those!

But Thanksgiving doesn’t end that day! The next day we visit my in-laws where we get to share good talk and good food with the Italian side of the family. My sister-in-law has taken over the reins of preparing the Black Friday meal and she always does a great job. We usually bring some pastries, wine or other goodies to add to the mix.

Through it all, we take the time to be thankful for those things we have in our lives. It’s important to remember that and appreciate how lucky we are to have homes, food, family and friends and the good health and Liberty to share all those things.

How about you? What are your traditions for Thanksgiving.

Mix-It-Up Friday Contest!

mixWe’re having a spontaneous contest today! Leave your mixed up version of an old adage here by midnight EST on Saturday, November 14, for a chance to win a copy of FURY CALLS and a SINS OF THE FLESH T-shirt!

So how does this mix-it-up Friday contest work – here’s a sample:

    Old adage: A good man is hard to find.
    Mix-it-up Version: A hard man is good to find.

Also, don’t forget there are only two more weeks to the SINFUL THINGS contest. For a chance to win, or increase your chances of winning, please do the following by midnight EST November 30:

On Twitter please Tweet/Retweet (please be sure to include the bit.ly link):

Celebrate the Release of Caridad Pineiro’s SINS OF THE FLESH! RT for a chance 2 win a $50 Gift Certificate. http://bit.ly/2AZWlC

On Facebook please post to your profile (please be sure to include the bit.ly link):

Celebrate the Release of Caridad Pineiro’s SINS OF THE FLESH! Post this link to your profile for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate. http://bit.ly/2AZWlC

Thoughtful Thursday – Sisters

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve got a new blogging gig over at PowerfulLatinas.com and this month’s theme at Powerful Latinas is sisters – La Hermana.

We’ve got blood sisters and soul sisters, but as women, sisters play a powerful role in our lives. Take a moment to stop by Powerful Latinas and also visit me there for more on the importance of sisters in our lives. Drop by on November 26th to hear more about sisters, family and a wonderful novel by my friend and fellow author Julia Amanta – EVENINGS AT THE ARGENTINE CLUB. Julia has graciously offered a copy of her book as a giveaway, but remember, that’s on November 26th (and continuing through the Thanksgiving weekend).

Here is a photo of my little sister and me! It was taken in Nicaragua after we had left Cuba and were trying to meet up with my parents in the United States. My poor grandparents were hauling us all around Latin America for quite some time thanks to Castro. My mom had to leave us when my little sister was only six months old. I don’t know how she had the courage to do it. I’m not sure I could have.

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This is a picture of my sis and me now (I think she caught up to heightwise, don’t you think? LOL!)

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Guilty Pleasure Monday – Nick Lachey

Courtesy People Magazine Used under Fair Use ProvisionsThis might be a repeat Guilty Pleasure, but it’s definitely worth it! Nick Lachey is such a cutie!

Is he still a favorite for you? If not, who are some of your favorites? I’d love some hints for future Guilty Pleasures.

Also, make sure to check the events listing for a whole mess of guest blogs and giveaways! Hope you all had a good weekend.

Tuesday Tip – Election Day and Some Places to Visit!

I have only one tip for you this Tuesday – VOTE! Get out there and use a very important right that you have to decide what happens in this Nation. In fact, it’s not just a right, but an obligation that you have as a citizen so that this process keeps on running properly.

So please go and Vote today!

On another note, I’ve got some fun places for you to visit! Drop by Night Owl Romance to see some Behind the Scenes info on SINS OF THE FLESH and leave a comment there for a chance to win a T-shirt and copy of FURY CALLS.

Drop by Romance in the Back Seat over the next few days to check out some interviews we did over the summer. Hopefully you’ll be able to see some of the beautiful Jersey Shore homes and beachfront in the background of the videos. You can also watch them here or follow this link to the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF3Hoxga3pM&feature=player_embedded

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.