Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Caridad Pineiro - To Love and Serve is featured on the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA® Finalist Author Caridad Pineiro. She is a Romantic Suspense writer.

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Paranormal Romantic Suspense

To Love and Serve

The Vampire Reborn Series

Author: Caridad Pineiro

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Five years ago, vampire Ryder Latimer stepped into the path of a bullet meant for FBI Agent Diana Reyes, at once saving her life and condemning her to death when his blood contaminates her open wounds. Now only an experimental treatment, transfusions, and allowing Ryder to sink his teeth into her when they make love keep her alive.

Born to Survive…
Ryder has always known that no matter what they try, Diana can’t possibly survive what contact with his blood did to her. The reality for him is that no matter how much he loves her, he will lose her if he doesn’t turn her—a choice Diana may have put off for too long.

Born to Serve…

Even as her health continues to deteriorate and they battle with that difficult decision, Diana tracks a serial killer targeting their vampire friends. It’s a dangerous job, but she was born to it and, with Ryder’s help, she’ll serve and protect until the day she dies—or until a miracle turns their world upside down.

Ryder should have stayed at the Lair until closing time. Not that his staff needed him there to run the place smoothly. Until Diana had come into his life, he'd been at either his bar or his restaurant virtually every night...mainly because he had nothing else to do.

Maybe he should have gone to Diego's when he’d called wanting to speak to him in person about Council business.

But Ryder had wanted to be home instead.

That had been hours ago, and Diana was still in her office. He'd be damned if he let her avoid him again. They had to face what had happened. Because of all the places he could go, the only place he wanted to be was here with her.

Bolting from the bed, he dashed down the stairs, taking them two at a time. His feet barely touched the polished hardwood floors until he jerked to a halt in front of her door.

Still closed. He heard the rustle of papers behind it, but he was tired of waiting.

He flung the door open. She spun around with a shocked gasp, papers clutched to her chest.

Her surprise flipped to anger.

“Ever hear of knocking?” She skimmed her gaze up and down his naked body, and she arched a dark brow. “Or pants?”

He smiled, loving her brashness, experiencing a brief moment of pleasure because his nakedness brought a flush to pale cheeks and a glitter of life to those tired eyes. But the moment was spoiled by the shadows smudged beneath her eyes and the weary droop of her shoulders.

He sauntered toward her and only stopped when inches separated them.

Her hands fluttered nervously as she set aside the papers. Then she laced her fingers together, and raked her gaze along his body again. This close, it was impossible not to hear the skip in her heartbeat and smell her growing arousal. It stirred his desire. Passion had never been an issue between them, but there was something more important binding them together now.

“We need to talk,” he said.

Her gaze dipped down again to his growing erection before fixing on his face. “Seems to me you have more in mind than just talk.”

He cupped her cheek. “Were you really still working? Or are you just avoiding me?”

“I'm not avoiding you.” She snagged his hand off her face and gripped it tightly, as if afraid of his touch.

“I think you are.”

Author Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Thrillers

Website: Caridad Piñeiro
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Author Description: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA® Finalist Caridad Piñeiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project - to write a book for a class lending library. Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word and in 1999, Caridad's first novel was released. Over a decade later, Caridad is the author of nearly forty published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife, and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.

SHOWCASE Questions and Answers with the Author

First things first. Let’s start with what’s next. Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

THE REBORN vampire series (formerly THE CALLING series) is going to be AMAZING this year. We had the release of FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE in September and up next is TO LOVE AND SERVE on October 28th. I am so excited about this book since it brings back fan favorites FBI Agent Diana Reyes and Southern vampire Ryder Latimer. There is so much going on with them and it’s emotional and action-packed. Demanding and dangerous. I can’t wait for you guys to read it and anticipate where the next two books this year will take them. Right now, I’m working on a future novella and the story arc for another full-length book in the series for next year.

You have a good following on twitter. Since you started before the social media buzz, what impact has social media relationships had on your current success? How much has it changed your book launch process?

While I think social media has helped sales, the best thing about it has been all the fun and interesting people I’ve met. It’s been great and I’ve even been able to meet quite a lot of them up close and personal, which I love. It hasn’t change my book launch process all that much since I’ve been active on the Internet for quite some years, but it has given me more venues to share my book info and meet new people.

Do you do book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

I mostly do local bookstores and street fairs, but I try to get to at least two bigger conferences every year. Also, if I know fans are in an area, I reach out to them personally to try and arrange to meet them one-on-one. I can be reached via my website at www.caridad.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

On my indie releases I get very involved with working with the cover artist to create the look and feel that I want. With traditionally published books, I am as involved. I offer suggestions as to what to put on the cover, send photos of what my characters look like, etc. Unfortunately, it’s hard to involve readers with that, but I do get them involved with our weekly Wednesday #MANWARS on Facebook. They get to let us know what kinds of Man Candy they prefer.

How important has Audio Books been to your success? Do you recommend new authors going this route to get more exposure?

I have a few audio books out and readers seem to really like them. I plan on having my indie books done as audio as well. I would recommend to new authors that they consider doing this as there are very viable avenues for producing an audio book.

What kinds of writer support groups do you belong too? Do they help with the writing, marketing and the publishing process?

I belong to the Liberty States Fiction Writers which is a local multi-genre fiction group and to RWA.

Between your book writing, blogging, marketing, family and all the other things that can get in your way, how do you manage your time? Do you have a set schedule or do your sort of play it by ear?

I have a very set schedule for when I write, do promo, work, etc. But, I always put family first no matter what.

Has the advent of ebooks changed anything in your writing, your marketing and the relationship with your readers and fans?

E-books have given me the flexibility to write shorter works and also, to re-release my older books. I’ve enjoyed doing that and also exploring characters like those in TO LOVE AND SERVE. This paranormal romantic suspense is very emotional and sexy, but also has lots of action. Plus, it starts a new story arc that will continue for future books. That’s something that I was not been able to do with this series before, but with e-books it is possible. Plus, I’m happy to say it will be out in print eventually also.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

I’ve done only one free book giveaway and it did boost sales of that and other books. My main goal was to reach readers who might not have otherwise read one of my books. My one concern is that there are some people who will only do free, but the reality of it is, writers do need to make money on their books. It is a job and people do support their families with their writing. So I hope people use the free books to learn about new writers, but then check out their other work also.

Do you publish your books in other languages like Spanish?

Some of my books have been done in various languages, mostly through the Harlequin overseas program

Author's Book List
To Catch a Princess
Untold wealth, a loving family, a solid career in America: the only thing Princess Tatiana lacks is the one thing she really doesn’t want—a husband. Unfortunately, her parents have just arranged her marriage to a royal from the old country. Are they kidding? It’s the twenty-first century!

Police Detective Peter Roman is a royal living incognito … and escaping a secret that has haunted his family for years. He’s been quietly in love with his best friend Prince Alexander’s sister for as long as he can remember. Little does she know that he is secretly the Grand Duke to whom she is unwillingly betrothed…

When a series of high-end jewelry heists threatens Tatiana’s exclusive charity exhibition in glamorous Monaco, the two must trap the clever jewel thief before he strikes again. In a fight for their lives, Peter’s secret identity is revealed. With danger and passion increasing to the breaking point, she must decide: catch a thief…or trust the heart of her true love.

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Faith in You
Paul Stone accepts Connie Gonzalez’s invitation to join her for a traditional and fun-filled Cuban Christmas Eve dinner. Paul is instantly captivated by her intriguing kid sister. Carmen Gonzalez is leery of the self-assured FBI agent whose upscale upbringing provided him with all he ever needed. . .except love. After a fast-paced courtship, Paul and Carmen are ready to walk down the aisle, blissfully unaware that fate – and their own secret fears – will test their fragile commitment long before they make it to the altar . . . .

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Now and Always
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? FAITH IN YOU, the sequel with Connie's sister, is now available. Check out her sexy and emotional story as Carmen deals with the complicated, but very enticing, Paul Stone. Yes, Paul Stone, Connie's nemesis from NOW AND ALWAYS!

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The Prince's Gamble
Prince Alexander Ivanov is scrambling to save his reputation and his livelihood. One of the Russian Nights Casino's hostesses has disappeared, and his business is suddenly under investigation by the FBI for associations with the mob and money laundering.

Special Agent Kathleen Martinez has no patience with rich, entitled aristocrats, especially one like Alexander Ivanov whom she believes is involved in the vicious human trafficking ring which she'd tried--and failed--to shut down two years earlier. With a second chance to bring him to justice, she goes undercover in the casino, but instead of facing the villain she expected, she finds herself battling a sizzling attraction to the man.

Now, forced to work together to trace the source of the illegal activities, the danger--and the passion between them--grows out of control, and they slowly begin to realize the biggest danger isn't to the casino, it's to their lives…and to their hearts.

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Kissed by a Vampire - The Calling
For two thousand years, vampire elder Stacia has roamed on her own, haunted by the betrayal that turned her into a creature of the night. Her nights looming empty and eternal, Stacia longs for love, but settles for quick bites and sinful pleasures in South Beach. Until she comes face-to-face with the unforgettable DEA agent she once brought back from the brink of death. Alex Garcia knows that demons exist—the real kind, the kind that are kidnapping women and selling them into slavery. Finding those victims is his focus—not a beautiful seductress whose otherworldly abilities can't possibly be real. But when Stacia summons all her powers to prove what she really is, Alex will summon all his to believe in the vampire's kiss….

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Her Vampire Lover
American high school teacher Sonja Dubcek hopes her vacation in Prague will be filled with beauty, history, and maybe a little romance. But reality proves better than fantasy when a chance encounter with a sinfully sexy count turns her journey into an erotic adventure. Gregori has never met a woman who arouses his desire—and his vampire's hunger—the way that Sonja does. After only one taste, he craves more than just her flesh and blood. He invites her to be his guest, but soon fears what he might do to keep her with him forever…

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The Claimed - Sin Hunters
Victoria Johnson loves her life. She's her own boss in a quaint beachside town, and has great friends who keep her grounded. If only they knew who she really is: an heiress to an ancient race who possesses astonishing superhuman powers. It's Victoria's duty to restore her clan of Light Hunters to their former glory by choosing the perfect mate. In Christopher Sombrosa, she just may have found him. Strong, smart, and successful, Christopher exudes a powerful energy. Their connection is sensual, irresistible-and forbidden. A member of the Shadow Hunter clan, Christopher has defied his own father to lead his people away from affliction and violence. Yet he cannot ignore his duty to carry on his ancient bloodline. Stunningly beautiful and brimming with an erotic life force, Victoria is everything Christopher ever hoped for in a mate . . . but as a Light Hunter, she's his mortal enemy. Together, they could unite their warring tribes. But murderous factions on both sides don't want peace-and they'll stop at nothing to keep light and darkness apart forever . . .

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The Vampire's Consort
Vampire Adrian offered Eliza a choice: die of a fatal illness, or become his consort and attend to his every need. Eliza chose life, but she did not expect to fall in love--and lust--with him…. Nothing compares to the erotic excitement of watching Adrian pleasure one of his many willing companions, but she's tired of waiting for Adrian to see her as more than his consort. She thinks she's ready to move on with her human lover, John--until Adrian surprises all three of them with a sensual encounter that changes everything….

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The Lost - Sin Hunters
Adam Bruno is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds someone who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined possible . . . Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. She's drawn to his strength of mind and body; he's attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam's powers rage out of control-destroy them. But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.

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Sins of the Flesh - Sin Hunters
Caterina Shaw's days are numbered. Her only chance for survival is a highly experimental gene treatment-a risk she willingly takes. But now Caterina barely recognizes herself. She has new, terrifying powers, an exotic, arresting body-and she's been accused of a savage murder, sending her on the run. Mick Carrera is a mercenary and an expert at capturing elusive, clever prey. Yet the woman he's hunting down is far from the vicious killer he's been told to expect: Caterina is wounded, vulnerable, and a startling mystery of medical science. Even more, she's a beautiful woman whose innocent sensuality tempts Mick to show her exactly how thrilling pleasure can be. The heat that builds between them is irresistible, but surrendering to it could kill them both . . . for a dangerous group is plotting its next move using Caterina as its deadly pawn.

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  1. Awesome interview - LOVED the excerpt - Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by! Many thanks to HBS for sharing their blog with me!