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Tour: 200. Sins of the Flesh by Caridad Piñeiro...

November 9, 2009

Today's tour is for Caridad Piñeiro's Sins of the Flesh. Come and check out what she has to say about why she writes romance...

It’s not unusual that during the course of an interview I’m asked if I write full time and people are always surprised when I say that I don’t. I suspect their surprise is due to the fact that I normally have two to three books a year from various publishers and it seems unbelievable to them that I could write that many books, blog, do workshops, attend conferences, etc. while also holding down a full time job.

As I recently commented to one of my editors, “If you want something done, give it to someone who is busy.” An old adage, but true in most cases that I’ve seen. Busy people seem to know how to manage their time and get the job done when necessary.

But the question that follows after the “job question” is the one that really throws people for a loop. When I tell them that I’m also an attorney, they are flabbergasted because what I am writing is romance.

Romance and the law just don’t seem to be a good mix apparently, although writing and the law is quite common. The publishing world is filled with attorneys who write and while the more visible ones usually write crime, suspense or thrillers, you would be surprised at the number of romance writers who used to be, or currently are, attorneys.

There is something about your legal training that naturally fits being a writer. Maybe it’s learning to take a legal argument from beginning to end, considering all the variables and possible defenses/weaknesses, etc. that you can apply to writing a plot. Both are very similar in scope.

But what about the law can you apply to romance? In actuality, not much that I can think of and so you may ask, “Then why are you writing romance?”

The answer is fairly simple – I believe in the power of love. I believe that love can overcome the most impossible of odds. I believe that love sustains us through both good and bad times. In my case, I like to throw in a lot of bad times in the paranormals that I write because that only makes the reward at the end of the novel that much sweeter.

I also believe that love between a man and a woman is a partnership of equals. So in the romances I write, it’s imperative for me to not only show that equality, but bring out how when one person is weak, the strength of the other can help lift them up.

Those positive messages in romance are, in my humble opinion, what keep romances alive and thriving in even the most difficult of economic times. It also helps that the romance genre is one of the most diverse genres in the industry. Whether the romances are heterosexual, multicultural, homosexual, historical, futuristic, paranormal, suspense, etc., the diversity of stories and characters in romance reflect our modern world in ways that few other genres do.

So I guess that’s why I write romance. Long live the Happily Ever After!

About the author:
Caridad Piñeiro is a multi-published and award-winning author whose love of the written word developed when her fifth grade teacher assigned a project – to write a book that would be placed in a class lending library. She has been hooked on writing ever since.

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.

Find her online at her website,

sins of the fleshAbout the book:
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.

drey's thoughts:
This was an interesting read--it's a romance, it's a mystery, and it's kinda-sorta sci-fi/paranormal-ish. Kudos to Caridad for blending the three such that it didn't feel more like one or the other specifically.

The heroine, Caterina, is confused and doesn't remember much other than the fact that there's a dead body, with lots of blood. Add to that confusion, the fact that she's not normal, and you have the beginnings of a major headache... She knows she's running. And she learns that she needs help to stay one step ahead of her pursuers. When that help comes in the form of a mercenary who's been paid to apprehend her, she has to decide if she can trust him, literally, with her life.

And Mick. Nice-guy-turned-mercenary who's on Caterina's trail. When something smells fishy, he naturally looks for the bait and hook. Where there's smoke, there's usually fire, right?

The mystery will keep you reading till you're done. The romance will give you warm fuzzies. And the sneak peek at the next installment of this series will have you wondering when you can get your mitts on that book...

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have up to five copies of Sins of the Flesh for you...
-- Contest is open to US and Canada residents, no PO Boxes please!
-- To enter, comment. That's it.
-- Follow for 1 extra entry.
-- Share for 2 extra entries (let me know what & where, please).
-- Every 10 people entered gets another copy in the hat, so tell everyone! =)
-- Do it all before 6:00 pm CST November 22nd. Good luck!

Challenges: 100+, Pub

Disclosure: My copy of Sins of the Flesh was provided by Hachette Book Group for this blog tour.

Tour stops:
11/9: drey's library, My book addiction and more, Just Another New Blog
11/10: Readaholic, A Book Blogger's Diary
11/11: Maria's Space, Book Soulmates
11/12: Wendy's Minding Spot, Froggaritaville's Bookcase
11/13: Parajunkee's View
11/16: All About {n}, Found Not Lost
11/17: Razlover's Book Blog
11/18: Confessions of a Romance Book Addict
11/20: Book Junkie, Morbid Romantic
11/21: Starting Fresh, 'Manda Blogs About...
11/22: My Overstuffed Bookshelf, I ♥ Book Gossip


kmt1976 said...

My daughter was into art, music, and dance and is now a lawyer in New York. I could never understand how she could go from freedom to such structure. This blog of Caridad's explains it - sort of :>) Thanks

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thanks for letting me visit and to everyone who drops by to leave a comment. Good luck in the contest.

clenna said...

I follow and I'd love to win this book!

clenna at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

This book sounds like a fun read. I'd love to win and read it.


Anonymous said...

I'm a brand new follower via google friend connect.


Jess. said...

This sounds like a really interesting book :) Sign me up for a chance to win.

+1 for following
+2 for posting on my sidebar (

Thanks so much for this chance to win. :D

lingeorge said...

I don't believe very many people actually fit the stereo type that others make for them. The blend of Romance Writer/attorney is not all that unimaginable. Keep up the good work. I am looking to reading Sins of the Flesh - of course, would like to win it...
Yes - I follow

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

I am a follower.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

elaing8 said...

I really want to read this book,please enter me in the giveaway

+1 I am a follower

+2 Tweeted


Karen H said...

I've never read Caridad's work. This book sounds like a good starting point. Enter me in the draw please.

kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

Karen H said...

+1 I am already a follower

kkhaas at bellsouth dot net

Jane said...

Congrats on the new release, Caridad.

I'm already a follower.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

enyl said...

This sounds like a Lifetime Movie; only it will be more pleasurable,because it will take all day to complete.


enyl said...

I'm a folower.

Anonymous said...

Great review! I would love to read this book, it sounds like a great read. Please count me in!

+1 I'm a follower!

+1 Sidebar:

Anna ♥

Chelsea B. said...

This book sounds amazing. I've been hearing about it everywhere!

mabelilly28 said...

This will prove to be a phenomenal read!

mabelilly28 at yahoo dot com

mabelilly28 said...

I am a follower!

mabelilly28 at yahoo dot com

Mishel (P.S. I Love Books) said...

This sounds pretty interesting, I'd love to give it a try.

Major kudos to Caridad for doing all she does with that full time job. Totally awesome =)

-I follow of course.
-I also posted a link to this on my sidebar (

Thanks Drey!

mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Hello! I've got my eye on this book - please enter me.

I'm a follower & I have added this giveaway to my Contest Bar

mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

rubynreba said...

Please enter me. Thanks.

Lady_Graeye said...

Caridad is super!
I follow

Mariee said...

Please count me in! I'd love to win a copy.


Jaime said...

would love to win a copy, thanks
copperllama at yahoo dot com

Gwen! said...

sign me up!

budletsmom said...

I would love to win this book please enter me in your giveaway.

budletsmom at yahoo dot com

budletsmom said...

I follow.

budletsmom at yahoo dot com

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thanks again for visiting with me and good luck in the contest!

booklover0226 said...

I look forward in reading this.

I am a follower (as booklover0226)

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

ninefly said...

I'd like to enter please~

+1 follower
+2 post/sidebar


- ninefly(at)

Cheryl said...

I am a new follower and would love to enter

Lady_Graeye said...

I am a follower! This book rocks!
Count me in!

Lee P said...

This sounds like such a good book and I'd love to read it. Thank you for this giveaway and please count me in.

chinook92 at gmail dot com

Lee P said...

I've shared your giveaway on Twitter #1:

chinook92 at gmail dot com

Lee P said...

I've shared your giveaway on Twitter #2:

chinook92 at gmail dot com

Lynz Pickles said...

I so want to read this book! I'd love to win a copy, so please enter me. :)

+1 follower (via RSS)


Reading said...

I would love to win this. Please count me in.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds really good, like to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


CherylS22 said...

Looks like the right blend of mystery & romance - please count me in!

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

Jaime said...

copperllama at yahoo dot com

Jaime said...

2 tweeted
copperllama at yahoo dot com

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