From the start, Caridad’s novels have received acclaim and have helped redefine the landscape of modern romance novels. In 1999, Caridad was published by Kensington as part of Encanto, the first line of bilingual Latino romance novels. In 2000, Caridad was one of the first Latino authors featured at the launch of BookExpo America’s Spanish Pavillion. In December 2006, Caridad helped Silhouette launch its successful Nocturne paranormal line with DEATH CALLS, one of the novels in the award-winning THE CALLING Vampire series. In addition, Caridad has appeared at BookExpo America on numerous occasions and has captained both the multicultural and vampire genre panels at the RT BookClub Conventions.
Caridad’s CHICAS novels, including her seventeenth release, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN from Simon & Schuster’s Downtown Press, have garnered praise from both fellow authors and reviewers and are helping to make Latina fiction a vital part of the publishing mainstream.
In recognition of her work, Caridad has received various awards and honors. In 2007, a year marked by the debut of six novels from Harlequin and Pocket Books, Caridad received the Golden Apple Award Author of the Year Award from the New York City Chapter of the Romance Writers of America.
Other honors that Caridad has received include the selection of DANGER CALLS and DEATH CALLS as the Top Fantasy Books of 2005 and 2006 by CATALINA magazine, the Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award for Best Nocturne in 2006 and the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf award in 2001 for Best Short Contemporary. Her other titles have received a number of nominations, such as the Harlequin Readers Choice Awards and RIO Reviewers Choice Awards. Both DANGER CALLS and SEX AND THE SOUTH BEACH CHICAS have been book club selections.
Caridad’s eighteenth novel, MOON FEVER, a paranormal anthology with Maggie Shayne, Susan Sizemore and Lori Handeland, debuted in late September 2007 as #32 on the New York Times Extended Bestseller list and #123 on the USA TODAY Bestseller List. HOLIDAY WITH A VAMPIRE, a paranormal anthology with Maureen Child, made the BookScan Top 100 Adult Fiction list.
In 2009, Caridad debuted a new paranormal romantic suspense series with Grand Central Publishing. The first novel , SINS OF THE FLESH, was released in November 2009 and the second book, STRONGER THAN SIN was released in November 2010.
Caridad has appeared on Romance Novel Television, Fox Television’s Good Day New York Early Edition , New Jersey News’ Jersey’s Talking with Lee Leonard and WGN-TV’s Adelante Chicago. Articles featuring Caridad’s works have appeared in the New York Daily News, Catalina, RT BookClub, NJ Monthly, Star Ledger, Home Tribune News, Sun Sentinel, Variety Yahoo! Online News, Latina and the Waterbury Republican-American.
Caridad was born in Havana, Cuba, and settled in the New York Metropolitan area. She attended Villanova University on a Presidential Scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. Caridad earned her juris doctor from St. John’s University and became the first female partner of Abelman, Frayne & Schwab, an intellectual property firm in midtown Manhattan.
When not writing, Caridad teaches workshops on various topics related to writing and heads a writing group. Caridad is also an attorney, wife and mother.
Today we are promoting Caridad's newest series SIN HUNTERS, a paranormal romance a bit on the darker side. THE LOST, which was the first book in the series was released on July 26, 2011 and the second book, THE CLAIMED will be released tomorrow April 24. Here's a look at the SIN HUNTERS series, in case you are not yet familiar with it…….
SIN HUNTERS. Book 1
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. She’s drawn to his strength of mind and body; he’s attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam’s powers rage out of control-destroy them. But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.
SIN HUNTERS, Book 2
Grand Central Publishing
Publication Release Date: April 24, 2012
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 . . .
Caridad wrote a great Guest Post today for you guys to learn more about the SIN HUNTERS series and where the idea of the series came from so enjoy the post and make sure you answer Caridad's Question at the end of the post and enter to win a CLAIMED T-SHIRT.
Guest Post by Caridad Piñeiro
There used to be an old commercial for a margarine that ended with the tagline “You can’t fool Mother Nature.”
Looking around at the many things that have happened in recent years, from tsunamis to earthquakes to volcanoes erupting, it’s clear to me that not only can you not fool Mother Nature, you can’t beat her either!
That power in Nature, and my respect for the things around us, was in large part what made me create the Sin Hunters, a race of people who are capable of harnessing the forces of nature around them. The Sin Hunters can tap into so many different things, like the electrical power of lightening to the force of the tides. By doing so, they can direct those forces in all kinds of ways.
The Hunters can also take and give energy to other living things. That allows them to heal or to kill with just their touch. It also lets the Hunters use the energy they absorb to do cool things like shapeshift into the forms from which they’ve just fed.
In THE CLAIMED you get to see the Hunters use all of those powers as two factions who have been mortal enemies find themselves at war. In the midst of that war, Christopher, the leader of the Shadow Hunters, will find himself falling in love with someone unexpected: Victoria Johnson. Why unexpected? Because Victoria is the leader of the Light Hunters, mortal enemies of his people.
I guess you could say THE CLAIMED is a paranormal Romeo and Juliet as Light and Shadow Hunters battle each other, but also try to find a way to let their love survive the challenge of war. THE CLAIMED is action-packed, but also sexy and tender as two enemies explore their love for one another and try to find a way to join their people so they can live in peace.
I also hope that with Earth Day having just passed, you’ll keep Mother Nature in mind. I know I do when I visit the Jersey Shore where THE CLAIMED is set. If I’m walking along the beach and spot some junk, I pick it up to try and keep the beach and ocean free of litter. I also am careful about what I take on the beach with me and always leave with what I bring. This year I’m also hoping to take part in the shore sweeps where people take the time to walk the beach and clean up!
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Do you do anything to help Mother Nature? I’d like to know. Also, do you think that it’s possible that a race of energy gatherers like the Hunters from THE CLAIMED could exist?
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