Thursday 21 January 2010

Guest post: Caridad Pineiro with Sins of the Flesh (+contest)

Todays guest is Caridad Pineiro, I am happy to welcome her to my blog. At the end of this post you  can win a copy of her book, Sins of the Flesh.

Caridad: Thank you so much for having me at your blog!

Today I wanted to share with you some behind the scenes info about my latest release, SINS OF THE FLESH, the first book in an exciting new paranormal suspense series from Grand Central Publishing.   Hopefully you’ll find some of the places that will be appearing in the book interesting.

Because I love the Jersey Shore, I decided to set all of the books in the SINS series in various towns “down the shore” as the Jersey folk day.  SINS OF THE FLESH takes place in the hero’s home – Bradley Beach, New Jersey. According to the town website, “(t)he earliest accounts of Bradley Beach can be traced back to 1679 when it is said that Captain William Kidd anchored his vessel off Duck Creek, now known as Sylvan Lake.”

Captain Kidd! How cool is that, although I don’t have any pirates in my book, just some arguably mad scientists doing weird gene experiments.

I visited Bradley Beach several times to do research and am continuing to go back for more research as I write the second book in the series – STRONGER THAN SIN - which will feature Mick’s little sister Liliana. Liliana is a doctor at a local hospital and is doing a residency in orthopedic surgery.

Bradley Beach is a quite family-kind of town, perfect for a hero like Mick who needs to get away from his dangerous life as a mercenary.  This photo is of the Bradley Beach Centennial Fountain.  I originally had a scene where the villain finds a photo of Mick and his family in front of this fountain, but we cut it.  My editor thought it would be too easy for the villain to find them with such a clue.  If you’d like to see more pictures from the Jersey Shore towns in the SINS series, you can visit the albums on my website

In the winter, a lot of the towns really quiet down.  For example, Bradley Beach goes from having about 30,000 inhabitants down to about 4,000.  Again, a nice secluded place for nefarious activity.  In STRONGER THAN SIN, coming out in October 2010, much of the action occurs in the Fall when the area is quieter.  STRONGER is set mostly in Spring Lake and Ocean Grove.  The latter is a quaint Victorian town with beautiful gardens and the famous tent city.  These tents go up in the early spring and come down in the late fall.  People will spend their summers in these tents and that has been going on for nearly 100 years.

The different feels of the towns and their uniqueness help me give each of the SINS novels a slightly different feel while highlighting an area that I really love.

I hope you enjoyed this view into the locations for SINS OF THE FLESH.

And now to something else, thanks to the nice people at the Blog Tour


It ends already tomorrow Friday, Jan 22nd.
The winner will get the book Sins of the Flesh and a t-shirt.
Please leave your email if it is not a part of your profile.

Extra Entries:
+4 for asking Caridad a question
+2 Tweeting or blogging about this

You can also go and visit other blogs that are a part of this tour to see what happened there.

The Sins of the Flesh Book Tour 2010:

Mon Jan 11: BronzeWord Latino Authors
Tues Jan 12: Julia Amante
Wed. Jan 13th: Latino Books Examiner
Thurs Jan 14th: Babbling About Books and More
Friday Jan 15th: Heidenkind
Mon Jan 18: Una in a Million
Tues Jan 19: Pagan Spirits
Wed Jan 20: Bergers Book Reviews
Thurs Jan 21: Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
Fri Jan 22: Chasing Heroes


Link to website: Website
Link to the book on the site: Sins of the Flesh
Link to Video: Video
Link to Podcast: Podcast
Link to prequel: Prequel

SINS OF THE FLESH (Grand Central, Hachette Books, ISBN: 978-0-446-54383-5)

Caterina Shaw’s days are numbered. Her only chance for survival is a highly experimental gene treatment – a risk she willingly takes. But now Caterina barely recognizes herself. She has new, terrifying powers, an exotic, arresting body — and she’s been accused of a savage murder, sending her on the run.

Mick Carrera is a mercenary and an expert at capturing elusive, clever prey. Yet the woman he’s hunting down is far from the vicious killer he’s been told to expect: Caterina is wounded, vulnerable, and a startling mystery of medical science. Even more, she’s a beautiful woman whose innocent sensuality tempts Mick to show her exactly how thrilling pleasure can be. The heat that builds between them is irresistible, but surrendering to it could kill them both . . . for a dangerous group is plotting its next move using Caterina as its deadly pawn.


  1. No need to enter me (I already have the book!), but I just posted about this. :)

  2. Thanks, Chris! I hope you're enjoying the book! I love the Jersey Shore area and so it was lots of fun to pick the different towns for each novel. I'm currently writing the chapters for #3 and I hope we'll be able to continue the series.

  3. Thanks Chris :)

    And thank you for stopping by today Caridad, so fun to learn about locations :)

  4. That was really interesting to learn about the locations she uses for her books. Brilliant. Can I be entered if it is an international competition.

  5. Interesting post - I've never been to New Jersey. The book sounds good and the cover is definitely steamy. Thanks for entering me.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

    By the way, Blodeuedd, I have an award for you.

  6. That was very Interesting Caridad although I'm a California girl. I always enjoy hearing about other states History.

  7. Thanks to all of you for dropping by! I love history almost as much as I love science. Of course, writing is my ultimate passion. I am so glad that I get to combine all those loves in this book. I have a number of photo albums from other research trips as well as personal photos up on the site that you might enjoy also. Just visit the Photo Gallery at

  8. Vivienne
    You seldom really get to see locations, so it was fun :) Especially when they so clearly are real.

    Oh will come on over!
    Yes steamy indeed ;) never been to Jersey either, then again i have not been any longer than Prague so that explains it

  9. Snap
    That was one long name, I shortened it that is ok :)
    Same with me.

    I did forget one pic now I see, oops, well there is always that lovely photo album to look at.

  10. If this is a international contest, please count me in! :)

    Oh, I've been to Bradley Beach, it is such a beautiful place! I think I might have a photo of almost the same place your photo is from. Really cool, I would really like to read this book if it is based on Bradley Beach/Jersey. :)


  11. Of course, it's okay! I would love to go to Prague. I hear it is a beautiful city and also to Finland. I've been as far as Denmark in Scandinavia and it was delightful.

  12. I enjoyed getting the inside scoop!

  13. I was very much interested in the background for your book. I spent alot of time in Jersey and along the beach and casinos. Loved to walk the boardwalk and just view the sights. I also must say your name has become a household name around to see what you have coming out.susan L.

  14. Do you ever get close to PA for any book signings? susan L.

  15. I did a book signing in Lancaster back in October, I think. Where in PA?

  16. Milka,
    That is so cool that you have been there! Then you really could get into this book :)

    Prague was beautiful, and so old. I truly enjoyed it. And of course I have to say Finland it nice too, all nature, lakes, snow and light all night in the summer.

  17. Thanks for stopping by Staci.
    An inside scoop is always fun.

    Hi Susan
    I am happy to see you here, and I am glad you enjoyed this guest post. All this talk about Jersey sure makes me wanna go there.

  18. Being a Brit and never being to USA, let alone New Jersey, it is nice seeing pictures of where the story takes place.

    +4 - My question to Caridad is how long did the book take you to write? It sounds fun, sexy, and absolutely thrilling in the most deadliest sense! Surely that must have taken quite some time? :)

    Please enter me into your comp, Blodeuedd! Thank you!

    +2 - I'm tweeting it as we speak!

    Sassy dot Brit at gmail dot com

  19. Thank you all for visiting and taking the time to write! As for how long it took to write, I spent about two weeks researching the science, medicine and location. After that, I sat down and started writing. It took about 4 months to write, revise and do some additional research.

  20. +4 How many books are supposed to be in the series?

    +2 Tweet:


  21. I've contracted for two books right now. SINS OF THE FLESH and STRONGER THAN SIN. I just finished the proposal for books 3 and 4 and am hoping my editor will wish to acquire these stories.

  22. Hi Caridad and Blodeuedd!

    What a great contest for a great book! I love finding out about the author, why they choose a subject or location! Thanks for letting us know. Don't enter me though, I already have a copy (and the Fury Calls book too!) Just stopping by to lend my support!!


    Dottie :)

  23. Hi Sassy,
    Thanks for stopping by :) And good question there, I always wonder over things like that.

    Hi Spav
    Thanks for visiting my blog and Caridad :)

    Good luck with books 3 and 4 Caridad!

    Hi Dottie,
    Thanks, that is sure sweet of ya :)

  24. Hi Blodeuedd and Caridad,
    I'm probably too late for the contest, it was my birthday yesterday and it got a little crazy in RL, but I just wanted to say that I enjoyed this guest post! Thanks B for hosting it and C for the look behind the scenes! I saw that Sins of the Flesh is the first book of a new series and I was wondering why and how an author comes to writing a series instead of a standalone book?
    hugs, Janna

  25. Great contest. Please enter me!


  26. Hey Blodeuedd!! No need to enter me in the contest cuz I already this sinful book!! But you know I wanted to drop my and show you my support and say HI!!!! Girl, you know how to pick them for guest bloggers!!!! =)

    Good luck everyone!!!
    Have a great weekend Blodeuedd!

  27. I love it when a town has such a rich historic background to dig in, or even better, has some myths/curses etc clinging to it. That really would spike my imagination too :)

    Like it is mentioned before, if this is an international giveaway, you can count me in, thanks!

  28. I hope you had a great bday Janna! Must get on over to your blog and see what happened.

    I am glad you dropped by, you know I love it. Hehe thanks ;) I was lucky.

    Oh myths and curses, oh yes, very nice. My town sure has nothing like that

  29. Sounds good, I'd like to be included!

  30. Great post. I know all about going down the shore for the weekend, being from Philly. And the fact that some scenes are set on my hometown makes me add this to my tbr. Thanks for the info and good luck.

    I prefer Jim's to Pat's and Genos ;)

  31. Jenny
    That's cool! I will read the book this week, well next week :)
    Inside info I see ;)



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