I’m really excited to have released ROOKIE OF THE YEAR mainly because this was a series of my heart when I wrote it over 10 years ago. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR was originally slated for release in 2001, but the line for which I was writing went on hiatus and the book was never released. This is what the original cover looked like! Cartoon covers were big back then, but I like the new cover much better!
I love baseball as you know and back then very few publishers were willing to take on any kind of book with a sports hero. It was therefore quite awesome to be able to do the series about a sport I love. Plus, I got to give NJ their own team finally! Yes, we do have lots of minor league and independent ball clubs in NJ, but I wanted a Major League Baseball franchise in NJ. Maybe one day we’ll get one.
I hope you’ll check out ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. It’s specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time.
The next book in the series, A WINNING SEASON, will be out soon!
I’m a sucker for romance. What can I say? I love a good love story. I have since I was a little kid and I’ve yet to lose my hopeful optimism that there is someone out there for everyone.
With that in mind, today and tomorrow we’ve got two fabulous giveaways to help you get in the spirit of love!
To celebrate the release of THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE, join me today and until February 14 at the Entangled Publishing Facebook Page for a chance to name a character in a future book or a Sony E-reader or a $25 Gift Card. Just share your gamble on love to be entered in the giveaway.
For those of you who don’t do Facebook, you can leave a comment on this blog post with your gamble on love.
All of your stories must be posted by midnight PST on February 14th for a chance to win!
WOW! I got home to find my copy of the November RT BOOK REVIEWS sitting on the kitchen table and opened it up to read their review for KISSED BY A VAMPIRE. I’m sharing a little snippet of it with you today.
KISSED BY A VAMPIRE (4 1/2 stars) by Caridad Pineiro:
“It’s quite interesting how Pineiro manages to separate Stacia’s vampire nature from her kinder human instincts in this compelling read with sexy characters and an exciting storyline.”
Woo hoo! I am so glad that they loved Alex and Stacia’s story because Stacia is one of my all time favorite characters.
So I guess it’s time for a little celebration and a lot of Friday Fun! I’m going to get you in the mood for some of that South Beach sizzle from KISSED BY A VAMPIRE with an oldie, but goodie.
Crank up the volume and get on your feet (another great song by the way!) for Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine!
If you can’t see the video below, you can click here.
The heroine in the novel is Stacia, a nearly two thousand year old vampiress who has seen her share of pain and death. She herself experienced it in the days before her wedding when she is turned by her husband-to-be and after, when he enslaves her as she struggles to deal with her new undead life.
Stacia always presented a wealth of contradictions for me. When she first appeared in DEATH CALLS (a 2006 CATAROMANCE Reviewers Choice Winner), you knew she was brash and almost promiscuous as she chased after both Ryder and Diana with equal fervor.
I knew that her sexual pursuit hid a much greater need: To be loved.
That became very apparent in DESIRE CALLS where Stacia and Blake explore their attraction. You can read that story for free by clicking here.
Ever since then, I’ve been trying to find a way to give Stacia her happily-ever-after. There was something about her deep loneliness and the outrageous behavior that she uses to hide it that really called to me. I hope you’ll enjoy her story, KISSED BY A VAMPIRE, when it’s released on October 16.
I also hope you’ll enjoy a slightly different location for KISSED BY A VAMPIRE since I’m moving Stacia’s story to South Beach. It was time for a bit of change from the other Manhattan locales for THE CALLING/REBORN novels.
South Beach was the perfect location for Stacia to meet the man who would challenge her: Sexy DEA Agent Alex Garcia. You might also remember Alex from DEATH CALLS. Alex is Diana’s ex-lover and the events from their brief reunion in New York have had a lasting effect on Alex. KISSED BY A VAMPIRE is as much Alex’s story as it is Stacia’s and I hope you will love this honorable and caring man as much as I do.
I also had another reason for setting the story in South Beach — I’ve been there a few times and wanted to share with you the feel of the sizzling South Beach strip. To get you in the mood, here are some photos of the area where Stacia and Alex will meet and face danger as they fall in love.
I’ll be sharing more Behind the Scenes photos and history with you as we approach the release of KISSED BY A VAMPIRE!