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RIP Jose Fernandez

The shocking news came on while we were watching the Mets game last night. Cuban-American Jose Fernandez, who we feared as a competitor for the Miami Marlins, was dead at 24 in a boating accident.

Yoenis Cespedes, a fellow Cuban and Mets outfielder, hung up a Mets jersey with Fernandez’s name and number in tribute. Others followed suit all around the league.

Fernandez was voted the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year award. His was a promising life cut short, but it was a life of inspiration and as a fellow Cuban-American, it pained me to hear of his loss.

A Cuban-American sportscaster from Miami spoke about what Fernandez meant to the Cuban community, much like each and every successful Cuban resonates with Cubans all across the U.S.

We came here for freedom and to live the American dream. Fernandez embodied that spirit and attaining the dream.

At 14 he attempted to defect, but was caught and sent to prison. He tried again three other times and for each failure, he went to prison. During the successful attempt, Fernandez’s mother fell overboard and Fernandez had to rescue her, risking his own life to do so.

While Fernandez, his mother, and sister attained freedom here in the U.S. in 2007, his grandmother was left behind and it took six years before she could join her family in 2013. In 2015, Fernandez became a U.S. citizen.

Freedom was that important to Fernandez as it is to so many Cuban refugees who risked so much to get here. I understand. I lived it and have had the ability to attain the American Dream.

It’s why I stand and place my hand over my heart for the national anthem even when I’m at home and watching a game.

RIP Jose Fernandez. My sympathies to his family on their loss and to the families of the two other men killed in the boating accident.

José Fernández on April 12, 2016

#WriteWed In Search of the Older Heroine

TO CATCH HER MANAs I grow older, I’m always tempted to write a story about an older heroine – a woman in her forties or more who has had life experiences such as having children, ending a marriage, changing careers and most importantly, finding love again.

I am, after all, a hopeless romantic. In TO CATCH HER MAN, Tori’s mom Virginia and her ex-husband Pablo are on the way to finding love again. I’ve been toying with the idea of writing their story, showing how they first met and what happens after they find each other again.

What do you think? Would you be interested in a story with an older heroine?

#ManCandyMonday In search of the older hero

When I wrote TO CATCH HER MAN, I knew that the heroine’s mother, Virginia, needed a story of her own. In fact, the original version of the book had a lot more scenes in which Virginia meets sexy Pablo Amenabar, but they were deleted during the editing process.

Despite that, I loved giving Virginia a little bit of romance in that book and I do plan to eventually write her story as well as finish off Adriana and Juliana’s stories. Maybe when I have more writing time.

My question for you today, on Man Candy Monday, is: Would you like to see a story with an older hero and heroine? A “mom-lit” story with forty and fiftyish characters?

For now, here is how I pictured Pablo and Virginia!

#FreebieFriday NOW AND ALWAYS Free Download

NowandAlways Amazon GR SWAs I mentioned, in September it will be 15 years since the release of my first book, NOW AND ALWAYS. This novel will always be special to me since it was my first! To celebrate that anniversary, it’s available for free on various vendors (see below).

I’ll also be specially pricing the South Beach Sizzles Collection, which includes NOW AND ALWAYS and the sequel FAITH IN YOU, for .99 from September 1 to September 30 as part of the 15th Anniversary celebration.

I hope you enjoy Connie and Victor’s story!

Get it free here!



Romantic Times: 4 Stars “Pineiro “ignites her own brand of Miami heat in this sexy and humorous romance.”

Rendezvous: “. . . a fast-paced, well-developed plot . . . anxiously await other books by this gifted author!”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “. . . a compelling love story. . . beautifully imbued with details of everyday life in Miami….”


Connie Gonzalez is a driven, ambitious woman who is one of the FBI’s best agents and determined to prove herself in a man’s world. Assigned to the Miami Bureau, Connie soon finds herself going undercover in Miami’s glamorous South Beach area. An injury throws her together with the very rich and tempting Dr. Victor Cienfuegos. Victor is everything Connie should avoid, but despite the risks of her work and allowing any distractions, Connie cannot deny the attraction between herself and the sexy physician. Will danger keep them apart or is their love strong enough to survive for now and always?

Behind the Scenes

Photos from the South Beach Area


If you can’t see the excerpt below, you can click here to read it.

Now and Always Contemporary #Romance by Caridad Pineiro

#FreebieFriday NOW AND ALWAYS Contemporary Romance Anniversary

In September it will be 15 years since the release of my very first book, NOW AND ALWAYS. I’ve since gotten the rights back to this book and have re-released it! To celebrate that 15 year anniversary, NOW AND ALWAYS is now free on these sites:

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id846124993
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/now-and-always-2

Now and Always Contemporary Romance by Caridad PineiroIf you’d like it free on Amazon, please click here and tell Amazon about the free pricing.

I’ll also be releasing NOW AND ALWAYS as part of the South Beach Sizzles Collection boxed set which contains four very different and sexy stories: NOW AND ALWAYS, FAITH IN YOU, TORI GOT LUCKY and TO CATCH HER MAN! Look for special anniversary .99 cent pricing on the boxed set starting on September 1.

Click here if you can’t see the NOW AND ALWAYS Excerpt below.

Now and Always Contemporary #Romance by Caridad Pineiro

Picadillo #Cuban #Recipe

We’re expecting a big snowstorm tomorrow, so it’s time to think about hunkering down and having something hearty and tasty, but also easy-to-make. After all, you’ve spent time shoveling so you don’t want to slave over the stove to fill your belly.

This dish was always a staple in my house and it still is because it’s easy to make and delicious. Think of it as Cuban-Style Sloppy Joe’s.

My favorite way to serve picadillo is over white rice and topped with a fried egg. Yummy!!

Cuban-style Picadillo

1 cup chopped onions
1 cup green peppers (although I prefer red peppers)
3 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped green olives with pimentos (These are your regular olives in a jar!)
1 pound chopped meat
1 small can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tsps cumin
salt and pepper to taste

The above recipe serves 2, so you can double accordingly.

Heat olive oil and then add peppers. Cook until starting to get soft. Then add the onions and saute until starting to get soft. Add the olives, garlic and chopped meat. Cook until chopped meat is starting to get brown. Add cumin, salt, pepper and tomato sauce.

Simmer for about half an hour.

Serve over white rice (or brown if you’re trying to be healthier).

Again, I like to top mine with a fried egg. In TORI GOT LUCKY, two of the friends own a restaurant and I have not doubt they’d have some snazzy version of picadillo on the menu. Maybe they’d add some raisins or capers as some people do. Or possibly serve it over a saffron-flavored rice or ripe plantain nests! This dish is so versatile, it allows you to really experiment with things to add.

cuban picadillo recipe