Thursday, August 18, 2011


Today I have Caridad Pineiro with me to discuss her new release "The Lost" that released on July 26th, 2011.

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R:Welcome Caridad...tell us a little about yourself.

C:  I’m a multi-published author who writes paranormal romance, romantic suspense and contemporary romance.

R: If you were not a writer, what would you be?

C: I think I would love to be a chef.  I can spend hours working on a dish.  I find it very relaxing.

R: Where do you get your ideas for your books?  

C: The ideas come from all kinds of different things, but more often than not, I get a sense of a character in my head and that character starts coming alive.  Some even start screaming for me to do their story.  We have a dialogue and I get to know more about them and then decide what kind of story would work best for them.

R: Can you tell us a little about The Lost and its characters?  

C: THE LOST is the story of Adam Bruno, a man who is heir to an ancient race with incredible powers but doesn’t know it.  He’s a Hunter, a group of people who possess the power to gather and dispense energy.  They can kill with it or heal with it.  Shapeshift, you name it.  The heroine, Bobbie Carrera, is an Iraqi veteran who is home from war and is both emotionally and physically wounded.  The last thing Bobbie wants is to end up in another conflict, but her attraction to Adam will force her to once again fight for what she believes in.

R: What was the hardest part about writing this book?  

C: The hardest part was portraying Bobbie realistically.  I did not want to dishonor the men, women and families in the military who have served and sacrificed.  I wanted Bobbie’s wounds to be realistic, but to also give hope about overcoming such tragedy.  That was a tightrope that was difficult to walk at times.

R: Were there any deleted scenes that you wanted to keep in?   

C: Yes, there were.  I had a few scenes with Bobbie and her family, but unfortunately we had to cut them to keep the focus on Adam, Bobbie and the Hunters.

R: Is this a series and if so how many books will there be total?  

C: THE CLAIMED will be out in May 2012 and I’ve already loosely plotted out another two books.  I’m hoping the publisher will want to continue the series.

R: How to you cope with writers block?  

C: I don’t get it that often and when I do, I usually set aside what I’m working on and read or watch movies.  That usually helps me get some fresh ideas and get going again.

R: Are there any special things you need while writing and when do you normally write?  

 C: I normally write on the train ride to and from work and in the very early morning on weekends.  I can write anywhere and prefer not to work at a desk.  I do that all week long and would rather be more informal when I’m writing.

R: Are going to be attending any conventions in the 2011-2012 season? 

C: I will be at the Liberty States Fiction Writers conference in March 2012.  I highly recommend it and if you’re a reader, there is a brand new reader’s track where you can meet some of your favorites.  I am also the Vampire Panel Captain at RT in Chicago and may be attending RWA’s National Conference in Anaheim and the Readers and ‘Ritas Event in November 2012.

R: Thank you so much for the interview!

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.

Like nothing I have ever read before!

Adam Bruno is definitely lost. He has no idea why he is the way he is and has no idea of his past. His powers allow him to do things he doesn't understand. The only person who knows of his powers is his adopted father and he has forced him to stay hidden all his life. 

Bobbie is a retired marine. She was injured in battle and is now home struggling to recover. She is sick of hurting, frustrating cause she is not healing and the last thing she wants is to fight another battle.

When the two of them meet, you can feel the attraction instantly. It is as if they are drawn to eachother. The chemistry is electrifying and hot. The story line is so unique. I have read about shifters and I have read about magical people but this is nothing like that. The things Adam does with his power are amazing. Caridad does a very good job with description to give you a very clear picture. I absolutely enjoyed this book to it's fullest.

It does take a little while to get going. There are three sides to the story and setting up all perspectives took some time. Also keeping them straight is sometimes confusing and I did have to go back to reference a name once or twice. This book was equally split up between various view points. I loved how during a scene Ms Piniero would frequently switch view points in order to show both sides simultaneously

You will be chomping at the bit for the next book in the series "The Claimed" Ms Piniero leaves you wanting more!!! A definite must read.

4 drinks for this one!

Caridad is offering one commenter copies of both books in her sin series. "Sins of Flesh" and "Stronger than Sin" and a Fifth Kingdom T-shirt. Follow this blog and comment telling me how you feel about cliff hangers. Do you like it or not when an author leaves unanswered questions at the end of a book? Please leave your email addy so I can contact you if you win. I will choose a winner on 9/16/11 and post here.
Thanks for coming! Be sure to stop back tomorrow for a fabulous interview with Cynthia Eden.
* US Residence Only
* Must be 18 to enter


  1. Mannnnnn!! This book I sooo want. I really liked Bobbie from the two Sin books. I like her family. Damn, the birthday is around the corner I wonder if I can fleese the hubby

  2. Wow, what a great sounding book. Putting it on my wish list. Regarding the question about cliff hangers, not a big fan of them, because I keep thinking and wondering what happens. Now if I know there is a book coming along that will help me answer those questions, then I am fine with a cliff hanger.

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  3. I have heard such great things about Lost and am dying to read it! Cliff hangers are ok IF the next book is coming out sooner or later. To read a cliff ending book and the have to wait a year or longer is just plain mean! LOL!

    books4me67 at

  4. Lost is an incredible book!! I was lucky and won an ARC of it so I got to read it ahead of time :) As for cliff hangers, as long as there is going to be a sequel or something that answers the questions. If the book just ends with questions and there is nothing that answers them (no sequel or anything) that just drives me totally crazy!!
    Ashley A
    GFC follower: AshleyAnne

  5. Thank you all so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it and hope you like it. As for cliff hangers, don't mean to be mean, but I like letting you know what's coming up in the next book. THE CLAIMED is action-packed and will explain a lot more about the Hunter mythology and power base.

  6. I have not read the book yet, but after reading such great comments of it I look forward to reading it.

    I love cliff hangers it gives you something to look forward to or to think about. If it is the end of a book with no others in the series it give you a chance to play out all of the what if situations and kind of make your own ending. If it is in a series it makes you anxious to see where the story is heading.

  7. i have the book but haven't had the time to read it. I have plans to sit down and emjoy it this weekend.

  8. i prefer each book to stand alone but a series that has an underlying mystery is good to. It the waiting for the next book in the series that gets you.


  9. I have a love/hate relationship with cliff hangers. If they are good then I will have the cliff hanger but love the least until the next book comes out!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  10. I actually like how frustrating cliffhangers are... gives me something to look forward to more in the next book. As long as the next book does the cliffhanger and the time the reader has waited justice then the author will get major props for taking the risk and build a very loyal fan base.


  11. I enjoy them as it keeps me anticipating as to what will happen next!

  12. As to cliff hangers, it depends on how long the wait is for the next book. If it is only a short wait, I can stand it. However, if it is over 6 months, I get annoyed.

  13. Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway! I love the sound of Lost. Ive heard so many good things. :) I hate cliff hangers. I hate the wait. The book is always at the back of my mind and i hate the book when it leaves you hanging. Im an impatient person. lol Thank you!

  14. Awesome sounding books! I hate cliff hangers. Actually, alot of the time, that will ruin books and sometimes authors, for me. I cant stand waiting for the next book to come out. Im an impatient person. Thanks for the contest!


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