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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Guest Blog: Caridad Pineiro: Challenging Myself as an Author

Thank you for letting me visit to chat about my two new releases. As an author, I always strive to create something new for readers and to challenge myself as well. I hope that readers will definitely think I’m bringing something different with my two new novellas.

I have to confess that it was a challenge to create a romantic arc in so few pages. It was also tough to create a mystery plot in GHOST OF A CHANCE and a new shifter mythology in THE SHIFTER’S KISS in shorter works.

I set GHOST OF A CHANCE along the Jersey Shore and wrote a story where the mystery revolved around a murder/suicide that had happened during Prohibition. It was fun doing the research and working in facts about what happened along the Jersey Shore during those years. It was also a lot of fun to add not only the ghostly element to them, but the romance between true crime writer Tracy Gomez and sexy Peter, the lawyer who has put together the crew he hopes can solve the mystery.

To read an excerpt from GHOST OF A CHANCE, you can visit

For THE SHIFTER’S KISS, I went for a totally different feel for the novella by choosing the San Blas Islands. The indigenous people there believe in shark gods who protect their islands and I used that to create a mythology about Nali, a shark-shifting goddess who is the last of her kind.

It became a very emotional story for me as I imagined how lonely Nali would be as the last one of her kind. It also upped the kind of sacrifice she would have to make to find and keep the man she came to love. It was a challenge working in the romance arc with the erotic story elements, but for me the romance has to be there otherwise the sexiness falls flat.

To read an excerpt from THE SHIFTER’S KISS, you can visit

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA® Finalist 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 nearly 40 published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife, and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista. For more information, please visit

I hope you will enjoy reading the stories as much as I enjoyed writing them! Thank you, for letting me visit!


Melissa Keir said...

Thank you for sharing your books. I love the idea of the Shark Goddess! How wonderful to have two books coming out.

Congrats and all the best!

Sandy said...

Caridad, you're one busy lady. Both of your books sound fantastic.

jean hart stewart said...

Love the originality of your plots. Best of luck with both of them...

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thank you so much for visiting! I do love challenging myself because I want to offer you guys interesting reads.

Diane said...

You put so much in your books and we as readers do not know the work involved so thank you for the blog today!

Caridad Pineiro said...

You're very welcome, Diane. We recently did a fun workshop at a conference - We had the readers build a world with us. It was so much fun to see them come up with ideas, but it also let them see the many paths we could take when crafting a story and how hard it might be at times to decide which way to go. Lots of fun for everyone involved!

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