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#FreebieFriday FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE #Giveaway

Good morning and Happy Friday! It’s #FreebieFriday and today I’m offering the first 15 people who e-mail me at caridadpineiro at gmail dot com an ARC of FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE! I’ve just re-released this book which is #12 in The Calling is Reborn Vampire Novel series.

For those who haven’t read any stories in the series, don’t worry. These stories standalone although you will see characters from other books and know what’s happening in their lives. I don’t know about you, but I just love finding out what happens to people whose stories I’ve read. I like to know that the happily-ever-after continues past the first book!

Here is a blurb for FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE:

What’s a goddess to do when her job is to mete out justice?

FBI Agent Helene Alexander is Nemesis, the Goddess of Vengeance and she has a job to do or her days on Earth as a goddess may come to an end. To accomplish her mission, she has lived with a ends-justify-the-means attitude for centuries. That is until her sexy new partner Miguel Sanchez has her wondering what it would be like to be more human for a change.

He’s carrying the weight of guilt for a death that could have been prevented . . .

FBI Agent Miguel Sanchez watched an innocent bystander get caught in deadly crossfire and so he knows what can happen if his partner should get careless with her quest for justice. Her cannot tolerate her harsh ways and brash attitude, but it’s hard to ignore how hot she is and the soft center he sees beneath her hard façade.

A dangerous serial killer will test their newfound love and risk their lives . . .

When the “Broadway Butcher” strikes again, Helene and Miguel are pulled into an investigation that will force them to face their greatest fears and their beliefs about finding justice for the killers victims. In a battle for life and death, Helene will have to choose between exacting justice or saving the life of the man she loves.
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#WriteWed The 12 Sexy Heroes of the Dangerous Passions Box Set & Flower Show

Today’s Write Wednesday inspiration is a sneak peek at the heroes of the Dangerous Passions Box set. They’re alpha and in command. Ready to take on the fight and find love along the way!

Dangerous Passions eBook box set is now available and you can get the Dangerous Passions Box Set at the following e-tailers!

Amazon: http://bit.ly/DPAmzUS
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/DPAmzUK
Amazon CA: http://bit.ly/DPAmzCA
iBooks: http://bit.ly/166itSE
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1z6xv1g

You can click here if you can’t see the Sexy Heroes video below!

And now for something kinder and gentler! LOL! I mentioned I was going to the Philadelphia Flower Show yesterday and we had a blast. The theme was Hollywood and in particular, movies from Disney, Pixar and their related companies. The show was lovely this year and here are some photos for you. You can click here if you cannot see the Philadelphia Flower Show photos below.

#TeaserTuesday with Cathy Perkins and CYPHER

Cypher-Cover-Woman-Final1-72dpiWe’re really lucky to have with us today my friend and fellow author Cathy Perkins. Cathy is sharing a teaser from her new release CYPHER.

But first, here is a little more about Cathy!

BIO: An award-winning author, Cathy Perkins works in the financial industry, where she’s observed the hide-in-plain-sight skills employed by her villains. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters’ lives. A member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death chapter) and International Thriller Writers, she is a contributing editor for The Big Thrill, handles the blog and social media for the ITW Debut Authors, and coordinated the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.

When not writing, she can be found doing battle with the beavers over the pond height or setting off on another travel adventure. Born and raised in South Carolina, the setting for CYPHER, HONOR CODE and THE PROFESSOR, she now lives in Washington with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deer herd.

Blurb

Cara Wainwright thinks life can’t get tougher when her mother’s cancer becomes terminal—until she returns home from the hospital and finds a courtyard full of police officers and her houseguests dead.

Greenville, SC Detective David Morris, is unsure if Cara is the suspect or the intended murder victim. As he searches for insight into her family, their mounting secrets, and the conflicting evidence from multiple crimes, his attraction to Cara complicates his investigation. Is the lure need, manipulation—or real?

While David pursues forensic evidence, Cara pushes for answers about her father’s possible involvement, for at the center of the mystery stands Cypher—the company her father built and will take any measures to defend.

When the assassin strikes at the heart of the family, Cara and David have to trust each other and work together to stop the killer before he eliminates the entire Wainwright dynasty.

Teaser

In this section, against her attorney’s instructions, Cara Wainwright has arranged to meet Detective David Morris at the hospital where her terminally ill mother is a patient. Newspaper coverage speculating about her murdered friends, Natalie and Reese, and Cara’s role in their death prompted her give him a different perspective on all of them. Through his investigation into Cara’s life and personality, David is already fighting his attraction to her. He doesn’t know if she’s the murderer, a co-conspirator—or innocent.

Morris led Caroline through the ordeal, in detail this time, from Natalie’s arrival on Friday to this meeting. After probing for details about the various relationships, he took her through the weekend several more times, looking for holes, but her story matched the evidence he’d found. He made notes as she talked, listening for the little signs that indicated she might be lying. All he heard was her bewilderment and determination to find the murderer.

“I still can’t believe they’re dead.” She traced a circle on the table with her finger.

“Ms. Wainwright, there’s one area we haven’t discussed.” He waited until he’d recaptured her attention. “This took place in your home. Is someone trying to hurt you?”

She met his eyes. “I don’t know.”

He waited for more.

Her hands rose and fell in a frustrated gesture. “Don’t you think I’ve asked myself that a thousand times? Ever since it happened, I’ve asked why? Was it random? Were they after me? One of them?” A flush climbed her cheeks, but her eyes didn’t waver. “Natalie looks a lot like me. She was in my bed.”
She stopped, her lips pressed tightly together. He was intently aware of her—how she held her head, her hands. The way she stood and sat. He didn’t want to be aware of her on that level, knew it couldn’t go anywhere. He also recognized the sensation wasn’t going to go away.

“Nothing makes sense.” Her fingers clenched the edge of the table. Her expression said she was remembering more than she was saying. She was finally feeling the events. Until now, her emotions would’ve been too numb. Her friends had died, violently. Nothing he said could touch that pain.

Biting her lip, she again blinked back tears.

Morris stalled, reading through his notes. He sometimes felt awkward when a victim or witness cried, but Caroline’s struggle to control her emotions punched through his professional skin. He wanted to take her into his arms and let her sob, but he couldn’t. Instead, he had to be heartless. “Caroline, I know this is hard, but I’m not the enemy. I need your help to find whoever killed your friends.”

Swallowing hard, she whispered, “I’m sorry.”

“I’m sorry for your losses. All of them,” he said—and meant it.

She took a deep breath, visibly setting her grief aside.

He waited a beat, but she didn’t speak. “Can you think of any reason someone would want to hurt your friends?”

“No.” She looked up. Her eyes were red-rimmed but focused. “I’ve tried to think through the possibilities.” Her forefinger flicked out. “One, Natalie got mixed up in something in Atlanta. Trouble followed her up the road.”

“That’s possible,” he said. They hadn’t really considered that angle. He needed to call the Georgia officers.

Caroline shook her head. “She never mentioned any problems. And believe me, Natalie can’t keep a secret. If something were wrong, she’d have told me.”

Another finger came out. “I’m sure you’ve heard the stories—Reese and his women. That was before Natalie, but even if he made a massive error in judgment about some woman’s mental state, I can’t believe she’d break into my condo. Or if he slipped up and got involved with a married woman, her husband would have the same problem. How would he know where to go, that Reese would be at my place?”

Before Morris could ask her to explain the “error in judgment” or prod her about Reese’s drugs, she said, “There may be another possibility.”

“Oh?” His attention immediately sharpened. They’d already covered his primary motives.

Her fingers drummed the table. “As far as I know, no one hates me. My family has money, but most of it’s tied up in Cypher. The company’s never been an active target before.”

Before? “Is something different this time? Have there been threats?”

“I’m not aware of any.”

She was hedging. “Anything from a disgruntled employee?”

“It’s just a feeling. That something’s going on. With the company.”

He found himself in the uncomfortable position of pulling a Pennell. He couldn’t take her instincts to court. He needed something solid. “You aren’t involved in the company?”

Caroline shook her head. He tried to focus on the subtext of her words rather than her perfume and the way her chest rose and fell sharply when she tried not to cry.

“It was a mutual decision. I enjoy my work with Robeshaw Advertising. I called Crystal earlier today. She said the police were there. Was that you?”

He wasn’t going to let her off that easily. “I could talk to your father about threats to the company.”

Her body language said, Good luck with that one.

The corner of his mouth twitched. “Already tried that, huh?”

“He’s big on Need to Know.”

“What about you?” He tried to say it neutrally. He didn’t want to be attracted to her, but he wasn’t looking forward to hearing about her love life either.

“Me? I’ve already told you, nobody’s threatened me.”

“This could be directed at you personally rather than your family. Maybe an old boyfriend?”
She recoiled as if he’d slapped her. “Bill would never—”

“If it is directed at you,” he interrupted, “the guy could try again. We need to consider the possibility.”

For a long moment, she stared at him. Then she released a slow breath and relaxed her shoulders. “You can take my old boyfriends off your suspect list.” A wry expression twitched her mouth. “I can think of one guy who broke my heart back in college, but I didn’t exactly leave a trail of crushed men in my wake.”

Don’t sell yourself short.

More About the Author

To find out more about Cathy and CYPHER, you can go here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCathyPerkins

Twitter: @cperkinswrites

website: http://cperkinswrites.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5367341.Cathy_Perkins

GooglePlus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CathyPerkins/

Chicken Cacciatore Thanks to Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers

I’m still a little behind, so today I’m offering up a recipe from my friends Lois Winston and Caroline Mickelson. So click here to visit the fabulous Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers blog for a very tasty recipe for Chicken Cacciatore!

Did you know “cacciatore’ is Italian for hunter? This style of meal was prepared hunter-style with whatever vegetables and meats were at hand.

Also, please take a moment to visit with me at Paranormal Dimensions! I’m sharing some behind the scenes details on my latest release in THE REBORN vampire novel series.

#ManCandyMonday Robert Taylor & Bailey Chase from Longmire

I’ve gotten hooked on Longmire. What’s not to like about the gruff steely-eyed sheriff played by Robert Taylor and his young handsome rival, Bailey Chase? Of course, I’ve loved Bailey from the Buffy days when he was the sidekick to Marc Blucas (Riley Finn, Buffy’s Season 4 love interest).

Plus there is the whole cowboy thing with the faded jeans, boots and cowboy hats. Man oh man, what could be hotter? Not to mention the fascinating story lines based on Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire mystery series.

What’s not to like? If you can’t see the video below, you can click here to watch!

Video Credit= A&E Television

GHOST OF A CHANCE Free Read

GHOST OF A CHANCE paranormal mysteryToday I’ve got a free read for you from my paranormal mystery/romance e-novella, GHOST OF A CHANCE.

This story first appeared in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GHOST ROMANCE. As a thank you to fans, the e-book specially priced at .99 until March 31! For all of you who still love a print book, it is also available as a paperback for only $3.99. Here’s what the Paranormal Romance Guild had to say about GHOST OF A CHANCE:

Paranormal Romance Guild: 5 Stars – “This is not just a ghost story and romance but it is a very good murder mystery. Who killed the Ryan’s and why? The wife and daughter’s bodies were never discovered are they really dead? This short story was a wonderful mystery in addition to a wonderful ghost romance.”

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

GHOST OF A CHANCE, paranormal mystery e-novella by Caridad Pineiro

THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE Free Read

I am pleased to say that THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE is now available at B&N! You can click here to buy it.

I am also happy to share with you an excerpt from this new romantic suspense. In this scene FBI Agent Kathleen Martinez has tracked down a white slavery ring to a warehouse in Manhattan. Unfortunately, the lawyers for the warehouse owners – the Ivanov family – have been stonewalling their entry into the building.

I hope you’ll enjoy this scene and when you’re done, you’ll understand why Kathleen is less than enthusiastic about helping Prince Alexander, scion of the Ivanov family, when he’s got a problem at his new casino in Atlantic City.

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

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As you know, I am donating my proceeds from sales of this book from now until March 1, 2013 to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund. So please help spread the word by posting this where you can:

Best-selling author Caridad Pineiro is helping to rebuild the shore by donating proceeds of her latest romantic suspense release, THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE, from now until March 1, 2013. Caridad’s share of the proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief fund. THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE is available for download at Amazon via this link: http://amzn.to/UFCKRO or at B&N via this link: http://bit.ly/WxipEv

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