Friday, April 20, 2012

Romeo and Juliet— Happily Ever After

Paranormal Romance and NYT bestselling author, Caridad Piñeiro, is my guest today. Her topic is about her fascination with the story of Romeo and Juliet and her new Sin Hunters series, and The Claimed. 

                When I wrote THE LOST, I knew it was intended to be a story about two people who were both coming to terms with who they were.  For Adam Bruno, it was about finding out why he had unusual powers and what to do with them.  For Bobbie Carrera, it was about finding her place in life now that she’s come home wounded from Iraq.

                As I was putting the finishing touches on THE LOST, I had no doubt who would be the hero of the next book in the series – THE CLAIMED.  I loved Christopher Sombrosa and knew that even though he was a Shadow Hunter, there was goodness within him.  I also knew that his role as the leader of the Shadows would not be an easy one.  In fact, it would be life threatening.

                But I also knew that the woman Christopher would come to love would also present a major challenge.  Why?  Because as I let the story ideas for THE CLAIMED percolate in my head, it occurred to me that this story had to be a paranormal, modern-day version of Romeo and Juliet.

                I guess that makes sense since over the years, I’ve loved multiple versions of Shakespeare’s tragedy.  My first love of it was Zefferilli’s Romeo and Juliet with Len Whiting (one of my first crushes).  Len could really fill out those tights nicely.

Then there was West Side Story, a more modern tale of based on the Bard’s famous play.  I loved the Sharks and the Jets and all that singing, even if there was no happily-ever-after.
Last but not least, Shakespeare in Love.  So funny and sexy and smart.  More love for men in tights since John Fiennes was sooooo sexy.

With all those sad tales of woe in my brain, I had no doubt that Shadow Hunter Christopher could only fall in love with the absolute worst woman for him – Light Huntress Victoria Johnson – a woman who is supposed to be Christopher’s mortal enemy.

There’s just one big difference between all those other tragedies and THE CLAIMED – a happily-ever-after.  But that happily-ever-after doesn’t come without a lot of war, death and huge sacrifices by many Light and Shadow Hunters.

I hope you’ll enjoy the tender and emotional scenes between two enemies who come to love one another, as well as the action-packed fight scenes between the Light and Shadow Hunters.  I had a blast of a time, literally, showing you all the different powers that the Hunters possess, including some very sexy powers!

Thanks for coming by.
  • Since I’ve shared some of my favorite movies, take a moment to share with me some of yours.

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 . . . EXCERPT

Caridad Piñeiro 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...

Caridad, welcome back to Over Coffee.

I have to tell you, I've always wanted to see a happily-ever-after ending for Romeo and Juliet!

I'm so glad that you're telling Christopher Sombrosa's story. I like him.

I have a few movies I've watched time and again. I think Princess Bride is my favorite and for a lot of reasons. :-)

Empty Nest Insider said...

Sia, Thanks for hosting Caridad! I too, am a sucker for a happy ending, and The Claimed sounds like a terrific read! Best of luck with your novel! Julie

welcome to my world of poetry said...

An excellent post I too like happy endings.


Caridad Pineiro said...

Thank you all for coming by to have some coffee and a chat with me! Princess Bride is one of my favorites as well. Loved its quirky humor and romance.

Rashda Khan said...

Hi Caridad & Sia!

You've hit on my personal favorite tragic inspiration Romeo & Juliet!
I have always wanted to rewrite the ending too, so I wrote it for my latest A Tale of Two Djinns. Lol, it's Romeo & Juliet with warring earth & water djinns, feminists and a happy ending!

Love being a writer! Good luck with Claimed!

Jo said...

As a youngster, I could deal with unhappy endings, as an oldster, who wants to?

One of my favourite movies is Anastasia with Yul Brynner and Ingrid Bergman, love the story and adore the music. Then I love the King and I which doesn't have a very happy ending. Another favourite is Gigi.

In the A to Z challenge, There are a couple writing about British castles and Bob Scotney's Scottish Rait Castle today had a real life Romeo and Juliet story with touches of George R.R. Martin thrown in.

Johanna Garth said...

Intriguing powers sound like something that's right up my alley!

Great interview ladies!

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thank you all for coming by! Yep, the Hungers have all kinds of interesting powers, like shape-shifting and being able to control the elements in nature. I've had a fun time writing about them, plus I love being able to give them a happily-ever-after.

Dana Fredsti said...

I keep hoping West Side Story's ending will change every time I watch it... but no luck! So this book sounds like a nice way to get that happy ending... with fun paranormal powers added like yummy frosting!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nice to see someone had a happy ending for that tale!

Liza said...

I'm glad you shared the happily ever after piece. I tell you I can still remember the trauma of watching West Side Story on TV (in two parts) when I was in eighth grade. That was BEFORE I read Romeo and Juliette, so I wasn't expecting the ending and I ached for years over that tragedy.

Caridad Pineiro said...

I always wanted a happily-ever-after, even in novels like WUTHERING HEIGHTS! Always wanted Heathcliff and Catherine to end up together.

Cate Masters said...

Oh my gosh, my sisters and I drooled over Len Whiting throughout our teen years. I absolutely loved this version of Romeo and Juliet, and kept updating my video library as the media changed from VHS to DVD. :)
More recently, favs include Titanic, Avatar, too many to name really, especially if I include seasonal favorites like Home for the HOlidays.
Your Sin Hunters series sounds fantastic! Wishing you the best of luck with it.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Cate, I loved Avatar! I could only watch Titanic once. There are certain scenes I've seen a few times, the I hate the ending.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Rashda, warring genies sound fun too.

Caridad, I think many of us want to rewrite tragedy into happy. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has wanted to rewrite stories to make them happier.

Robyn Campbell said...

I love happy endings! Love your choices too. One of my favorite's would have to be any movie with horses in it. Ha. I see you have horses. We do too. Ours is more of a farm than a ranch, but lots of horses and animals just the same. Lovely to meet you.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yep, I have three of them, 4 great Danes--they're the huge things with the sharp teeth, two other dogs, 10 cats, a couple of rabbits (that number is subject to change) and sheep, and soon to have 6 laying hens.

I also have had my mind examined and judged sound in mind, but slightly eccentric with preferences to fur w/4 legs than most 2 legged things, lol!

I have Teens in and out of the house on a steady basis and that pretty much blew the whole "sound in mind" thing all to hell, lol!

Thanks for stopping by Robyn. :-)

Kat Sheridan said...

I loved that early version of Romeo and Juliet! Favorite movie ever? I'd have to go back to some of the old Cary Grant comedies, especially Bringing Up Baby. SUCH a dapper man!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Yay for happy endings! A good romance loses me when it ends poorly. If only Shakespeare had agreed! :)