Friday, November 5, 2010

Can Love Work Miracles?

My guest, Caridad Piñeiro, is a multi-published and award-winning author whose love of the written word developed when her fifth grade teacher assigned a project—to write a book that would be placed in a class lending library. She has been hooked on writing ever since. I, for one, am thrilled.

Caridad is another bestselling author who writes dangerous but intriguing heroes. She writes paranormal romance but her past two books are paranormal with a touch of sci-fi, which makes for an absorbing story.

Personally, what I enjoy about Caridad’s books—aside from hot heroes and intriguing storylines—is her use of common themes we all face. The power of love and the chance of redemption. I like the way she presents characters that at first glance would be considered bad or wicked—but are they really? Or have circumstances pulled and shaped them into the person they appear to be today?   

First of all, thank you for having me on your wonderful blog again, Sia! It’s been too long since we shared some time at the RT Conference.

I’ve been traveling all around the blogosphere to celebrate the release of STRONGER THAN SIN which is a very special book for me since it’s my 25th publication. It seems like yesterday that my first book came out in 1999 and I want to thank all of you who have been on this fabulous ride with me.

But STRONGER THAN SIN is special to me for another reason: Jesse Bradford, the hero in the novel. From the moment the idea came to me that Jesse would be a wounded warrior with an unsavory past, I knew that STRONGER THAN SIN would not only be a paranormal suspense, but also a powerful story of redemption. Especially since I’m a firm believer that thanks to the power of love anyone can be redeemed.

In Jesse’s case, he was a hard-working young man who made it through college by playing football and then became a superstar on the gridiron. Unfortunately, with money, fame and fortune, Jesse lost sight of his family values and became as well known for his antics off the field as on. When an injury causes Jesse to love the only thing he has left – football – he’ll do anything to be able to play again including radical gene therapy.

But somewhere along the way things go horribly wrong. Jesse is forced to confront the man he has become versus the man he once was, especially when he meets a woman who makes him wish for more.

I really enjoyed writing the story of how Jesse rediscovers the honorable and caring man he had been at one time and how he redeems himself on behalf of those he loves. I guess that’s because I’m a hopeful romantic and believe that anything is possible with love.
  • How about you? Do you believe someone can change for the better? Do you believe that love can work miracles?

Stronger Than Sin:
Dr. Liliana Carrera has had a few rough months. First her fiancé’s depression turns her into his punching bag. Then her brother – a gun for hire – involves her in a dangerous assignment to save world famous cellist Caterina Shaw. Now Liliana has even made a new life for herself and has found a new friend in her brother Mick’s newlywed wife. With stability returning to her life, Liliana turns her attention to keeping Caterina healthy and overcoming the trauma of the violent incidents which have colored her life in recent months.

Jesse Bradford had wanted only one thing when he approached Wardwell Laboratories in order to participate in their gene therapy trials – to stop the deterioration of his bones brought so he could return to his career as a football player. Jesse had never imagined that the cure would be worse than the disease.

Liliana knows of Jesse’s checkered past as a high profile celebrity and sees the rage in Jesse. Both bring back painful memories and awaken fear in Liliana. But she cannot be blind to Jesse’s suffering and just walk away. Especially when Liliana begins to see the honorable and caring man struggling to emerge. Together, Liliana and Jesse will battle to recover Jesse’s humanity and explore the dangerous love taking hold in their hearts. Excerpt  Trailer  Caridad has all sorts of background info here too.


Caridad Pineiro is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Look for STRONGER THAN SIN, the second book in an exciting new paranormal romance series, on November 1 2010 from Grand Central Publishing. In 2007, a year marked by six releases from Harlequin and Pocket Books, Caridad was selected as the 2007 Golden Apple Author of the Year by the New York City Romance Writers. Caridad's novels have been lauded as the Best Short Contemporary Romance of 2001 in the NJ Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest, Top Fantasy Books of 2005 and 2006 by CATALINA Magazine and Top Nocturne of 2006 by Cataromance. Caridad has appeared on various television shows, such as the FOX News Early Edition in New York, and articles featuring her novels have been published in several leading newspapers and magazines, such as CATALINA, the New York Daily News, NJ Monthly and the Star Ledger. For more information on Caridad, please visit or Facebook Fan Page



~Sia McKye~ said...

¡Recepción caliente! Es una alegría y un privilegio tenerle aquí, Caridad. Gracias!

There's plenty of coffee, Cari, and a nice comfortable chair for you.

I'm in the process of reading Sins of the Flesh. Can't wait to read Stronger Than Sin.

Tonya Kappes said...

Hi Caridad! Thanks Sia for having her here! We love her over at the naked hero!!! I too love her books because of the hopeless romantic in me! Great way to end the week!! Thanks!

Jo said...

I won't be able to keep up with all this new reading to which I am being intrdouced. Thanks Sia and delighted to read about you Caridad.

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thank you all for dropping by! I'm very excited about this new series and hope you all will enjoy this different approach to both a paranormal and romantic suspense. I also want to share a little surprise - anyone leaving a comment has a chance to win a STRONGER THAN SIN t-shirt or a copy of one of my earlier releases! Also another surprise - there are two more books in the series coming in August 2011 and early 2012! Thank you all! Be back to chat with you some more. Can I make mine a latte, Sia?

~Sia McKye~ said...

Jo, I just make lists of books I find and like and make my way through eventually.

Loved the recipe you put up. I'm going to try it this weekend. Tis the season for soups and such.

~Sia McKye~ said...

oooh, Caridad. Love the idea of two more in the series!

I'm commenting, see? I want one of those t-shirts. Darn it, I'm the hostess.

Here's your latte, Cari and I'm really looking forward to meeting up with you later this coming year.

VA said...

Absolutely. I believe people can change, make a new start, BUT they must want that change. Another person can be a catalyst, but the power to change always resides with the individual.

Caridad, I love the theme of redemption. It is special, not only does it transform the individual, but everyone around them. For it is the ripple in the pond. Change can be a fantastic experience for not only one, but all that one comes into contact with.

Off to read the excerpt. Fab, as always, Sia.

Mason Canyon said...

Sia, another fabulous interview. Thanks for introducing another great new author to me.

Caridad, I found your post both interesting and inspiring. Love can change a person. Your book sound intriguing. Best of luck.

Thoughts in Progress

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thank you all for coming by to sit and have some coffee with me! I appreciate your thoughts about redemption. Can't wait to see you again, Sia. Going to RT?

~Sia McKye~ said...

No, I doubt I'll be at RT, but I will be going to Nationals, maybe romcom, maybe Lori Foster's gig. Not sure about those two yet. I'll let you know.

Carol L. said...

I love the theme of your book. I positively believe that anyone who tries can change and maybe through love without even realizing it. I definitely have to read these books. They are on my TL and seeing you hve 2 more coming is even better. :)
Carol L.

Minna said...

My TBB list just keeps growing longer!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Carol, I believe the same. There has to be a personal motivation, a reason to change, don't you think? Otherwise, all the pressure from others won't matter.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Minna, mine does too, much to my husband's dismay, lol!

Good to see you here!

lindseye said...

I do think people can change and love can be one reason a person might start the process. How another person views your actions can influence the decisions made. Looking forward to reading this book.

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