Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
One of my absolute favorite characters is FBI Agent Diana Reyes who has a cameo role in For Love Or Vengeance, but who will be featured in the upcoming books in The Reborn vampire novel series. Diana is determined and complex and I love exploring her many facets. In many ways, Helene Alexander, the heroine of For Love Or Vengeance is similar, although she has the fault of not understanding the difference between vengeance and justice, something Diana has learned through her many years of being an agent. That makes for an interesting mix between Diana and Helene in this book, and also between Helene and Miguel Sanchez, the too sexy hero!
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I dream of visiting Macchu Picchu and Chichen Itza. I'm fascinated by ancient cultures and love exploring their history and what they've left behind. I also love Italy and hope to one day visit Tuscany and its many vineyards.
Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Travel does play a role, although not in the way you might think. I travel to Manhattan every day and love the city. It's the city of my heart and in THE REBORN series, I try to show readers the many facets of this city as well as some of its secrets, like abandoned subway stations or what lies beneath Central Park.
Tell us about your current release.
For Love Or Vengeance is the story of two FBI Agents who couldn't be more far apart in so many ways. For starters, the hero, Miguel Sanchez, can't understand the heroine's ends justify the means brand of justice. But the heroine, Helene Alexander, can't fail or else she risks losing her powers since she is really Nemesis, the Goddess of Vengeance. Because of that, she will risk all, including Miguel, to find a vicious serial killer who is targeting aspiring actors on Broadway.
The next release in THE REBORN series is TO LOVE OR SERVE which brings back fan favorites FBI Agent Diana Reyes and Southern vampire Ryder Latimer. There is lots happening in their lives, including an unexpected arrival that may risk Diana's life. In the background of the story, Diana and Ryder have to deal with a rogue vampire slayer who is attacking innocent vampires and threatening to spark a civil war between the vampires and the slayers. Additional releases in THE REBORN will also be out in November and December.
What do you think makes a good story?
For me a good story is all about the characters. I want them to become totally real to the readers so that they care about what happens to them and want to keep on seeing how their relationships develop in later books! Kind of like them becoming friends to you.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
I actually don't listen to music, but I do watch television/movies while I write. I pop in movies/shows that fit the mood of what I'm writing.
At what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was in the fifth grade when our teacher gave us a project: to write a book for a class lending library. I started writing and never stopped!
About For Love or Vengeance
FBI Special Agent Helene Alexander is a goddess. An actual frickin’ goddess. And her mission is clear, see that justice is served at all times or her days as a goddess are numbered.Helene’s new FBI partner defines good-looking, but Miguel Sanchez, wants nothing to do with her ends-justify-the-means attitude. He knows through experience the type of guilt her actions can bring and Miguel wants nothing to do with Helene’s careless ways. Even if she’s so damned hot she makes him burn with the need.
When the serial killer they’re tracking strikes again, Helene and Miguel are drawn into a case that will challenge their most fundamental beliefs about justice and vengeance. But it’s the passion between them that forces a goddess to choose: eternal life with all her powers…or death—to save the man she loves.
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Helene and Miguel had made it to her Chelsea apartment in record time and now they stood in her living room, barely a hand’s breadth apart. Anticipation charged the air around them. She couldn’t remember ever wanting a man quite this much. The evening had been romantic, he was gorgeous, and her body was pulsing with need. She felt warm despite the slight chill of the air.
Miguel gently stroked his fingers over her hair and she almost felt the blast of heat from the contact. He smoothed the curls and laid his hand at the crook of her neck.
“So soft,” he murmured, brushing his fingertips over her skin.
She worried her lower lip, even as she savored his touch.
This was a dangerous step they were taking.
Dangerous both emotionally and physically.
“Are you sure?” he asked. He reached up with his thumb, soothed the spot on her lip that she had been biting.
She didn’t delude himself that the night would lead to anything more permanent. She almost wondered what had possessed her to make the invitation in the first place. No good could come of a relationship with her partner.
Then again, they weren’t talking about a relationship. They were two consenting adults doing what consenting adults did. She smiled. “I’m sure we’ll enjoy this. And no, I won’t regret it.”
Relief washed over his features, but it was tinged with apology, and she understood. He was a man for whom sleeping together was a prelude to something deeper. Something more profound. But for her, sex was just sex.
So she took the next logical step. Literally.
She closed the distance between them until her body was pressed to his and then combed through the strands of his hair. Dipped her hand down to cradle the back of his head and urge him forward, her gaze locked with his until that moment when their lips finally touched and desire dragged their eyes shut.
She was no stranger to his kiss, having experienced it the other day, but that didn’t make it any less enticing.
He was an amazing kisser. He moved his lips against hers, urged her to open her mouth with a slight tug of her lower lip with his teeth. That gentle nip pulled a shudder from her. And a stab of desire to feel his mouth elsewhere on her body.
Without breaking away from his kiss, she eased her hands beneath his suit jacket and slipped it off his shoulders. Did the same with his holster, which thudded against the wood floor. She undid the buttons on his shirt, parted it, and covered his chest with her hands.
“Princess, are you in a rush? Because I’m not,” he said against her lips, breaking away from the kiss.
“You’re not?” she asked, puzzled by his restraint.
He skimmed his large hands across her shoulders, down her arms and to her hands. Twining his fingers with hers, he said, “All good things take time.”
New York Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal and romantic suspense author Caridad Pineiro 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 more than thirty published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.
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