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Day #9 Birthday Bash with Caridad Pineiro

May 26, 2010

Welcome to Day #9 of JoJo's Birthday Bash!! Today we have the pleasure of visiting and getting to know Caridad Pineiro Author of Sins of the Flesh, and upcoming release Stronger than Sin. So help me welcome Caridad!!!!


~How do you think romace has changed in the last 30 years? I’m very happy to see how much the romance genre has grown in the last thirty years. In addition to so much greater variety, we are seeing heroines who are dealing with real life issues and who still get their happily-ever-afters. For readers facing the same dilemmas, it’s very uplifting to believe that such happiness is possible.

~What type of romace do you prefer to read? I read a lot of what I write, namely, romantic suspense, paranormals and a blend of the two. My favorite is the IN DEATH series by J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts.

~What are your favorite types of Heros & / or heroines? I love military/ex-military men as heroes and as for women, kick-butt kinds of heroines who still remain feminine.

~Can you tell us a little about yourself? I am a wife, mother and attorney when I am not busy being a writer. I started off writing contemporary romances, but realized that I needed a place to vent my dark side and started writing paranormals and romantic suspense. My 25th book, STRONGER THAN SIN – a paranormal romance, comes out in November 2010.

~Fav color – Red.

~Fav Scent – Paris by Yves St. Laurent.

~Fav Flavor – Chocolate and strawberries

~Fav shampoo – Any of the Dove shampoos. They are really great!

~Fav movies – Underworld 1 & 2, Conspiracy Theory, King Arthur, The Replacements, Chocolat, A Walk in the Clouds, Gone with the Wind, Bend it Like Beckham

~Can you tell us about your favorite / strangest fan letter? I had two letters that really moved me. The first was from a young lady in Yemen who wrote to say how my books transported her to worlds that she could not visit. The second was from someone with an illness and said that they were able to identify with a heroine with similar issues and that I had treated the matter of the illness in a good way. It makes me feel as if I am doing something good for the world if my writing is able to connect with people in that fashion.

~What are some of your favorite Hero / Heroine names? Favorites are Diana, Ryder, Caterina, Mick, Liliana, Jesse from my characters. From the books/movies, Selena, Eve, Roarke (LOL!)

~Do you read any reviews on your books? I do read reviews. Whether good or bad, I take a moment to see how people reacted to the book so that I can either repeat that for the future or make changes when I think the reviewers are spot on about where the book needed improvement.

~Do you read your own books after they make it to final print? Not right away. I sometimes will read one a couple of years later when I have some fresh perspective. That helps me see what I am doing wrong or right.

~ How did you get into writing? I wrote my first book in the fifth grade when the teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library. I’ve been hooked ever since!

~Is writing your full time job? Unfortunately writing is not my full time job. I still am a full-time lawyer in Manhattan.

~Whats a typical writing day for you like? I typically write on the commute to and from work. Then I also devote about 3 to 4 hours on the weekend mornings to do yet more writing. During “down time” I work on my website, blogs, etc.

~Do you set a daily writing goal? I set a weekly goal, but not a daily one. Sometimes too many things get in the way and it’s never good to get upset about not meeting the requirements for that one day.

~When and where do you like to write? I like to write on my couch with my favorite blanket over me, even in the summer. But my absolute favorite place to write is on my balcony during the summer when I can feel the sea breeze and smell the ocean from a few blocks away.

~Are there any processes you use when writing? Do you keep journals, sticky notes, chicken scratch on the back of receipts? I usually visualize a scene in my head before I write it. If I don’t like what’s happening, I can replay it in my head until it’s write. Then I sit down and put that scene into my computer.

~Do you prefer to write on a computer, typewriter, or paper and pen? My handwriting is awful. I do everything on a computer.

~What is the hardest / easiest part of writing for you? The hardest part is not having enough time to write more. I would love to do more stories, but can’t because of the fact that I’m still working.

~Whats the best thing about being an author? The best part of being an author is getting to meet so many nice people! I love getting to know new people and the writing makes that possible.

~Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Don’t give up and Don’t give up your day job. If you do the first you will never realize your dreams and if you do the second, you may find yourself agonizing over paying the bills rather than devoting time to your story. 

~How man books / series have you written? STRONGER THAN SIN is my 25th novel/novella and the second book in the SINS series. I’m happy to say that there will be at least two more books in that series in 2011! The new books in the SINS series will introduce an ancient race that has amazing powers as a result of being able to absorb life energies. I also write THE CALLING Vampire novels. I’ve delivered two more books in that series and am waiting to hear from my editors as to the publication dates for the novels. In addition, I’ve got two Aztec-themed stories coming out from Carina Press in 2010 and 2011. One is a novella about a vampire Aztec demi-goddess and the second is a romantic suspense which involves terrorists, a broken mother-daughter relationship, a sexy CIA agent and an ancient relic with mystical powers.

~Is there a Genre you have always wanted to write in but for reasons you have not been able to? I’ve always wanted to write a young adult book, but have not been able to find the time to do that.

~What are 3 things that are “must haves” for you when you sit down to write? Three must haves are coffee, my laptop and a comfy chair/sofa.

~Do you have a webiste or blog that your readers can keep up with you and your books? You can visit me at and I love to hear from readers and answer each and every e-mail!


Pizza or burger
 - Pizza

Dress or jeans
- jeans

Highlander or vampire
- vampire

Fire or water
 - water

Up or down
- up

Black &white or color
- red

Half full or half empty
- half fill

Day or night
- day

Star trek or star wars
– star trek

Sword or gun
– that’s a draw!

Eyes or mouth
- eyes

Strawberry or cherry
– strawberry

Old or new
- old

High or low
– low (I’m afraid of heights!) Me TOOO *cringes*

Shower or bath
- shower

Paperback or hardback

Desktop or laptop
- laptop

Coke or pepsi
- pepsi

Winter or summer
- summer

Dog or cat
- cat

Movie theatre or movies at home
– Either. I love movies.
Check out Caridad Here:
Thank you so much for being here with us today Caridad
and for helping me Celebrate my 30th Birthday!!

And now a total SQUEEEEEEE moment!
Caridad is giving all commentors the chance for 1 lucky person to win an
and a copy of SINS OF THE FLESH
PLUS a t-shirt!!!!

Have you read anything by Caridad? If so what did you read, and what are your thoughts?
If not which books would you like to try?
Only Rules:
MUST leave a comment (please feel free to ask Caridad any questions)
 and please include
an e-mail address so the winner can be contacted)

*Open US  ONLY / Ends June 18th*

48 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Karin May 26, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

Very good interview. I enjoyed the 'short' questions at the end. I was just watching one of those TV ads for things you never knew you needed :>) This one was for thing for your key chain so that you could tell it where you parked your car and when you look for said car later you can replay the message. Long way to ask, "Have you ever thought of something like this that would be with you most times in case you think of something to add or change in the book you are writing?"

Fannie May 26, 2010 at 8:38 AM  

I am a regular to Caridad's blog. I have read all but two of her calling series and the first Sins book. I want to read her Chica books but haven't found them yet. Anyone who hasen't read her books is in for a real treat. They are great.I think Fury Calls is my favorite so far. Happy birthday JoJo. Have a great day.

Victoria May 26, 2010 at 8:39 AM  

So far I haven't read anything by Caridad. I must say the vampire Aztec sounds wonderful - especially with how the Aztec's had all those lovely heart tearing celebrations.

Anonymous,  May 26, 2010 at 8:40 AM  

Awesome interview. I really liked the short questions at the end, and the random ones in the middle (shampoo? Never seen that one before) it really helps you get a look at the author as a regular person.

Caridad - what is one of the books that changed your life? And how?

Robin K May 26, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

I have not read any yet but will read them all when I do. I tend to author hop :) I love the cover of Sins of the Flesh!

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

tetewa May 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM  

I've not read anything by her yet but would love to give them a try!

Pamk May 26, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

I read most of her calling series and loved them. I have sins of the flesh to read in my mountainous tbr bookshelf.
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

Caridad Pineiro May 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM  

Thank you all for dropping by! I appreciate all your comments.

As for books that changed my life -- SHANNA and WOLF AND THE DOVE by Kathleen Woodiwiss. After reading them I realized that what I wanted to write was romance.

Annette,  May 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

I Started with Darkness Calls and everything else in the Calling series.I just can not get enough of Ryder and Diana and Im looking forward to more. Caridad is a wonderful writer and im so glad i discovered her.

Anonymous,  May 26, 2010 at 12:06 PM  

I haven't read Caridad's books but I would love a chance to. I don't think anyone asked this, which of your books is your favorite?

Stephanie G

Colleen,  May 26, 2010 at 12:52 PM  

I truly loved SINS OF THE FLESH! Can not wait until the next one comes out... thanks for the chance to win an ARC!!! :)
greenshamrock AT go DOT com

Lanae T. May 26, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

Hi Caridad & Jojo!!!

Nice interview!

I've read Sins of The Flesh. Awesome book! I am looking forward to Stronger Than Sin.

It will be a draw to see if I can get a copy before my sister!!! She was the one who introduced me to Caridad's writing.

Have a great day!

Caridad Pineiro May 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

Oh man! Asking which one is my favorite is like asking which is my favorite child! I solved that problem by only having one. But - I would have to say it's a close tie between DARKNESS CALLS and the next book in the SINS series. I love how different the story is and Jesse and Liliana were wonderful characters! Can't wait to see more of them, as well as Mick and Caterina, in books 3 and 4 in the SINS series.

Amber Skyze May 26, 2010 at 1:40 PM  

Great interview. I enjoyed the short questions as well. Though you gave great advice about not quitting the day job.

Bells May 26, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

This was a great interview and so many interesting questions were answered. I think it's great when an author allows their readers to peek into their life a little. :D

mbreakfield May 26, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

Great interview. I haven't read of Caridad's books but have several in my TBR mountain. The new series looks great and I agree with Star Trek over Star Wars.

Armenia May 26, 2010 at 5:06 PM  

Ladies, great interview. Caridad is a new-to-me author but I've had Sins of The Flesh on my TBR list. I've been so intrigued with the storyline and definitely want to get to reading it. I do enjoy strong heroines in any romance.

armiefox at yahoo dot com

Kaye Manro May 26, 2010 at 5:29 PM  

Loved the interview, Cairdad! I found out a few things I didn't know about you!

Barbara E. May 26, 2010 at 6:06 PM  

I enjoyed the interview, it's always fun to learn more about a great author.
I've read some of Caridad's Silhouette Nocturne's, including Holiday with a Vampire and I've really enjoyed them.


heidi330 May 26, 2010 at 8:15 PM  

Hi Caridad & JoJo, great interview, I really enjoyed it. I have read most of Caridad books and asking which is my favorite is nearly impossible to answer. I really don't know. I would say the next in the sins series because I'm waititng for it?? Too hard!!
I also left a comment on Caridad blog.



Martha Lawson May 26, 2010 at 10:24 PM  

I've read Sins of the Flesh and absolutely adored that book! I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series. Maybe I'll get lucky and win it!!

I follow on gfc

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Lady_Graeye May 26, 2010 at 11:19 PM  

Hi Ladies! I follow both of your blogs. I can't wait to read Caridad's next book, it sounds fabulous!

Jason May 27, 2010 at 12:32 AM  

I haven't read anything of hers yet, but this interview makes her work sound interesting. Thanks!

The Book Vixen May 27, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

I read Sins of the Flesh and really enjoyed it! I can't wait to get and read Stronger Than Sin :)

thebookvixen at gmail dot com

Caridad Pineiro May 27, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

Thank you all for taking the time to visit and chat with me. If you'd like to check out something else, I've created this fun behind the scenes video you can watch. It's available at

Anonymous,  May 27, 2010 at 4:29 PM  

love her vampires!!!!!!!!!!

susan May 28, 2010 at 9:04 AM  

I have read Sins Of The Flesh and hope to read more as I love the book I read. Thanks for the great question and answer review..I think these are good as the reader gets to know more about an author. Have a great day. susan L.

Michelle @ The True Book Addict May 29, 2010 at 2:11 AM  

Great interview! This is the post I was most looking forward to. I haven't read any of Ms. Pineiro's books, but I've really been wanting to read Sins of the Flesh. Thanks for the giveaway!


Emmagan May 29, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

I have not read anything by her yet by MOON FEVER sounds really good.

Jenn May 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM  

I haven't read anything by her yet - but am checking out her site and adding books to my wishlist!

Elizabeth June 1, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

I would Love to read her book called"The calling" because it sounds like a book that I would love to read it has suspense and romance.

Diana (Book of Secrets) June 1, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

I have read several books from her "Calling" series (Silhouette Nocturne). I really enjoyed them!! I especially liked Devotion Calls. I fell in love with Ricardo! Looking forward to starting her new series!


Leilani @Leilani Loves Books June 1, 2010 at 8:01 PM  

Sounds awesome!!!
Thanks o much for the opportunity!!


CrystalGB June 3, 2010 at 3:16 PM  

I love Caridad's books. She is an awesome writer.

Andrea I June 7, 2010 at 6:48 PM  

Yes. I read Sins of the Flesh and some of the Harlequin Nocturne books. I have liked all that I have read by Caridad.

Caridad Pineiro June 9, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

Thank you all again for dropping by! It's nice to see some familiar names as well as meet new people.

booklover0226 June 9, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

I enjoyed the post; it was great.

I've read Sins of the Flesh and loved, loved, loved it!

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Virginia C June 10, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

I have not yet read Caridad's work--but this would be a great way to start! From the reviews and interviews that I've read, Caridad appears to be a very creative and imaginative writer--an original : )

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

CatsMeow June 12, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

WOW! You are one busy lady. Impressive. I have not read any of your books, but after viewing your website I must say, "The Calling Series" calls to me (LOL). I'm a big vampire fan. The "Sin" series also sounds intriguing.

ccr0816 at yahoo dot com

Heather M. June 13, 2010 at 5:26 PM  

I haven't read any of Ms. Paneiro's books but I want to. I have the book Sins of the Flesh on my TBR list. I've heard such great things about her work. I can't wait to read it.

Anonymous,  June 13, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

I've never read her books but been wanting to. I prefer paranormal to regular or historical romance... Sins of the Flesh looked really good. That's one I really want to read. :)

Anonymous,  June 15, 2010 at 1:09 AM  

I haven't read any of her work. But both catch my interest and both are goining onto my wish list. :)


JoAnna June 16, 2010 at 8:49 PM  

I have not read anything by Caridad, I think any of her series would fit what I read. Love paranomral.

Anne June 17, 2010 at 2:52 PM  

I've read two or three of Caridad's Silhouette Nocturnes. I love reading the supernatural genre so I enjoy how Silhouette's Nocturne line combines romance and the supernatural in short, quick reads.

Darcie K. June 17, 2010 at 3:41 PM  

I read Sins of Flesh and loved it! Can't wait to read the new one!

Julie June 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM  

I haven't read anything by her but I'm interested in her vampire series, The calling.


Anonymous,  June 17, 2010 at 5:30 PM  

I haven't read anything by Caridad, but her books are on my TBR list. They sound really interesting, the TBR pile just keeps piling up higher and higher.

jellybelly82158 June 18, 2010 at 5:47 PM  

I haven't read anything by Caridad but now that I have heard of her - her books will be on my must read list

jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

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