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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Author Guest & Giveaway : Caridad Pineiro

The Book 

Loving a dead man can be brutal . . .

Diana Reye’s pregnancy is draining her of life. Now vampire Ryder Latimer is faced with the most difficult choice of all. Turn Diana, or lose her and the baby. If Ryder chooses to save them, he risks the wrath of the Slayer Council and will be marked for death by their friend Michaela.

Chasing a vampire can be consuming . . .

While acting as an enforcer for the Slayer Council, FBI agent Michaela Ramirez has been searching for the vampire who raped and killed her mother. Since meeting FBI Director Jesus Hernandez, however, Michaela is losing a bit of her edge. She can’t stop imagining the possibility of a life full of happiness and passion with her handsome boss by her side…and in her bed.

Living without love isn’t an option . . .

But soon trouble comes calling as the vampire she hunts makes Michaela his prey. Now, as she and Ryder both make the difficult decision to break all the rules for love, Michaela finds herself in a battle not only for her own life, but for her friends’ lives as well.

The Author

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 through high school, college and law school. In 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released and over a decade later, Caridad is the author of almost forty published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.

The Giveaway

The Excerpt

New Jersey Shore
Eighteen Years Ago

The rich scent of the woman’s blood peppered the night air.

The woman who should be long dead.

Connall Burk had grown up on the Jersey Shore centuries ago, and now as an immortal vampire, he came back every summer to relive the many pleasant nights he’d experienced on the oceanfront. Good thing. Apparently he had loose ends to tie up.

He hadn’t seen the woman in the yellow sundress for nearly eight years. Not since the warm summer night he had wooed her at a bar just a few towns over. He remembered her vividly; her blue eyes were amazing, mesmerizing. They’d gone for a walk that night, and after finding a quiet place under the boardwalk, he’d led her deep beneath the fragrant, freshly laid planks of wood.

And then he had raped her and drained her dry of blood, relishing the intoxicating sight of life extinguishing in those blue, blue eyes.
Or at least he had thought it had. Now that he knew better, he intended to fix his mistake.

But not before having a little fun.

Moments ago when he spotted her, he’d gone after her, but the bouncer at the bar had stepped between them, keeping him from seizing her and hauling her off.

She’d run, of course. But he had scratched her arm as he’d grabbed for her, and she was bleeding. Child’s play for a vampire to follow.

With mounting anticipation, he tracked the scent of her blood and the crackle and snap of the sharp marsh grasses as she fled down the dunes. It had been a dry summer along the Shore and the noise was enough to wake the dead. But they were alone on the beachfront.

Or were they…? She crested a dune and the moonlight shone down, highlighting her bright yellow sundress. Beside her, closer to the ground, there was a brief movement of a shadow. But it disappeared just as quickly.

Her gaze connected with his, filled with fear. He smiled. The only thing more intoxicating than the fragrance of her blood was the smell of her terror.
She turned and ran again. Not that she would escape him.

Eager for a taste of her, he hurtled toward her at vamp speed, but she surprised him, whirling to hold her ground. She held her head high in what she must have thought was a courageous tilt, but it was merely reckless. Did she not remember who he was? What he was? Blood flowed freely from the cut on her arm, liquid obsidian in the moonlight, making him salivate. So tempting…

“You didn’t think you could escape me again, did you?” Connall said, sauntering to stand before her.

She looked past him, but when he went to track her gaze, she challenged him. “You will not rape me again. I won’t allow it.”

He stared at her, incredulous and angry. “You won’t allow it?”

He laughed then, and with a quick slash, he raked his razor-like fingernails across her throat, slashing it open.

Blood gushed from the wound and spilled down her throat, staining the bright yellow sundress with streaks of crimson.

She brought a hand to the wound, trying to stop the bleeding, but he yanked it away and laughed even louder. “I’ll rape you as you die. And I’ll rape you afterward, as your body cools. But first—” No sense wasting such delicious fare.

He wrapped his arm around her, holding her body tight to his as he buried his mouth in the slash of her wound and fed greedily. The life force in her blood awakened his baser desires, and he ripped off the top of her sundress.

The blood from her throat dripped down onto her breasts and he licked at them, then bit her hard. She moaned in pain and tried to push him away, but by now her actions were half-hearted. Half-dead.

He forced her to the ground, alternating between feeding from her throat and her breasts. Jerking open his pants, he freed his cock, then tore off her panties. He drove into her, relishing her agonized moans and the orgy of her blood. Pleasuring himself long after her heart had stopped beating.

His head spun, high from the feeding, his bloodlust sated for now. With one last, powerful thrust he spilled his seed, then fell away from her onto his back with a groan of contentment.

Another perfect night on the Jersey Shore.

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Victoria said...

This sounds SO good. It's going to pull at the heart. What a nice giveaway too - thanks.

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thank you for doing this spotlight for me and thank you so much Victoria for coming by! This book has brought so many things to the series that I'd been hoping for since the very first book. I hope that readers will enjoy it and I'm already working on a new novella in the series.

catslady said...

I've enjoyed hearing about this story and it looks like something I would really enjoy! Thanks for the contest.

Julia Lourdes said...

I've loved the entire "Reborn" series and always look forward to the next one. These last three did not disappoint. I loved the stories, loved how it all came together.

Looking forward to the next book in the series. :-)

Gracias Caridad for these books.

Unknown said...

Lovely to have Caridad here on the blog again!

Susan M said...

Looking forward to reading this book! Appreciate the giveaway as well!

Unknown said...

I really need to catch up on this series! This excerpt has me most definitely wanting no needing to read it. I would be tickled pink if I won.

clynsg said...

Have come across her name as an author several times, but have not yet read any of her books. Maybe should get started!

annalisa said...

The excerpt was awesome! Left me wanting to read more! :)

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thank you for sharing your space with me again and to all of you for coming by! Sorry I'm running a little late, but I'm recovering from shingles and things have been crazy! I hope you are all starting off the New Year wonderfully!

Victoria said...

Thank you :).