Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway with Caridad Pineiro

What do you think of when you hear the words “South Beach”?  Sultry.  Sexy.  Sinful.

As a kid, we used to stay in South Beach when we were visiting friends and family in Miami.  It was affordable and right on the beach.  Lincoln Road was this cool pedestrian mall with a little tram to take you from one end to the other.  Then the hotels and stores started to get really rundown and the area got a little scary so we stopped going and went somewhere else.

Funny thing how so many years later my family and I would head down to a very different South Beach.  One that was glitzy and glamorous and more importantly, restored the beauty of the Art Deco landmarks all along Ocean Drive and brought new life to Lincoln Road.

It was these visits to South Beach that had me thinking that it was time for a change of pace for THE CALLING/REBORN series, especially since the heroine in the new book, KISSED BY A VAMPIRE, really needed a very unique locale to match her very different personality.

You see Stacia is a 2000 year old vampire who has seen too much of life and finds it boring and lonely.  To her South Beach is an easy place to find some sexy nights and easy bites.  The last thing she expects is to find a man who will challenge everything she believes is possible in her undead life.

The South Beach setting really let me give you a different taste in THE CALLING/REBORN series.  I chose Manhattan for the series because it provided a location where the vampires could remain anonymous amidst the skyscrapers and unique neighborhoods in Manhattan.

In Miami there are fewer vampires and the sun creates its own issues for the undead.  Of course the nightlife in Miami makes some things easier as Stacia discovers, but easier isn’t always better.  Especially when all those easy bites are nowhere near as intriguing as DEA Agent Alex Garcia.  LOL!

Thank you for letting me share a little bit about my new release.  I hope you’ll enjoy Stacia’s story as well as the South Beach locale.

Have you had a chance to visit South Beach?  Are there any places you’ve been that you think would be good for a vampire story and if so, why?  I’d love to hear from you!

 Kissed by a Vampire
by Caridad Pineiro
October 16, 2012
Harlequin Nocturne

A vampire who has given up on love gets a second chance from a most unlikely mortal…For two thousand years, vampire elder Stacia has roamed on her own, haunted by the betrayal that turned her into a creature of the night. Her nights looming empty and eternal, Stacia longs for love, but settles for quick bites and sinful pleasures in South Beach. Until she comes face-to-face with the unforgettable DEA agent she once brought back from the brink of death.Alex Garcia knows that demons exist-the real kind, the kind that are kidnapping women and selling them into slavery. Finding those victims is his focus-not a beautiful seductress whose otherworldly abilities can’t possibly be real. But when Stacia summons all her powers to prove what she really is, Alex will summon all his to believe in the vampire’s kiss….

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You can follow the tour here:  
Kissed By A Vampire Blog Tour

10/06/12 - All Things Books
10/07/12 - Literal Addiction
10/08/12 - Books-n-Kisses
10/09/12 - United by Books
10/12/12 - Sizzling Hot Books
10/13/12 - Grave Tells
10/14/12 - The Jeep Diva 
10/15/12 - The Reading Cafe
10/16/12 - Book Lovin' Mamas
10/17/12 - Riverina Romantics
10/18/12 - Romancing The Book
10/21/12 - Book Monster

********* GIVEAWAY *********

Caridad has generously offered up a paperback of THE CLAIMED along with some SWAG. Contest is open to international. Just fill out the rafflecopter below to be entered.

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sam atkin said...

No i have never left England but hopefully one day i will travel..

miki said...

no i've nerver visited that place by living in europe it's a bit normal^^;;

i don't think i know a plaace where a good story vampire could take place

thank you a lot for opening this giveaway to international

Alison Rush said...

love your books

kazza16 said...

Hi Caridad,
I've never been to South Beach as I'm an Aussie, but the setting sounds a lot like our Sunshine Coast here in Queensland (just north of Brisbane).
I've just recently visited New Orleans and can totally understand why it has some Vampire stories in it's history. It's the perfect setting for the ancient Vampire.
Thanks for opening this up to the international readers, we so often miss out!

Elizabeth H. said...

Never visited South Beach but I have visited Branson, Missouri. That would be a good place for a vampire story because there is a lot of nature around to hide, plus, there are a lot of revovlving tourists for the vamps to feed on :)

aerstad said...

I have never been to South Beach, so I am not even sure where would be a good place for a setting.

Gale Nelson said...

never been to south beach and I can honestly say that any where is a great place for vampires!! lol

Amiee Ryan said...

The only place I have been outside of Ireland is Tenerife :) But I would love to visit America someday, I think Dublin would be a great plavce for a vampire story because you'd have great fun writing about what the people off Dublin are like and all the places you could go :) Thanks for the giveaway!


Caridad Pineiro said...

You guys live in such interesting places! I hope I get to visit where you are one day and maybe write some vampire stories there. Thank you all for coming by to chat with me.

I would love to write a vampire story in London. I've been lucky to go there and always thought it would be cool. Maybe Diana and Ryder can take a trip there in an upcoming book. Of course, I could not go there again and not get to Ireland and Scotland. Unfortunately I could not get there!! To make up for it, I set part of THE VAMPIRE'S CONSORT novella in Ireland.

Branson also sounds like an interesting place. I've heard a lot about it.

Chrisbails said...

I have never been to South Beach. I would love to go and visit. I think you could almost do a vampire story anywhere. You could do a story of a vampire hiding and not wanting to be found and have him live in Iowa. You could have him wanted by someone or just not wanting to be outed as a vamp.
This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the great giveway.
christinebails at yahoo dot com

erin said...

Thanks for the great post and congrats on the newest release! Haven't been to Long Beach... would love to visit!

Bren's Stitches said...

I have never been to Long Beach. But I have been to other Beaches along the North East Coast.

Caridad Pineiro said...

I'm a Pisces so anywhere near the ocean is fun for me! I really love the beach. Thank you all for coming by and sharing your ideas. Always looking for good ones for the stories.

Michelle said...

I haven't been to South Beach but I live in Scotland so I'm a little far away. There are some places in Europe that I would say would be perfect for a vampire tale because of the architecture like Belgium.

Jeanette Platt said...

I have never been to south beach... But when thinking of places a vampire would live i would say Savannah, GA as it is a great setting with all his history and just has that vibe at night not to mention the clubs and bars by the river.

Fannie said...

I have never been to South Beach but it sounds interesting. Any place you can think of is a good place for Vampires.

Niki I said...

South Beach is on my to visit one day list. I think Asia would be a great locale for a vampire story. With all of the history and deities.

Anonymous said...

I have never been to south beach. I have not been anywhere that I could picture vampires. Maybe Salem Mass. Though. They can join the witches there.---Rachel

Diane said...

I've never been to South Beach but I would love my town to be in a vampire story, maybe it would bring some authors my way!

Ileana A. said...

I have never been at South Beach, but thinking about vampires I always imagine them living in Europe!

Olga Sergejeva said...

I've never visited South Beach, but I think Europe would be the place for the vampires!

Mina said...

Florida is my second home. I am Italian and the first time I moved to the US was in Orlando for work. During the weekends friends and I used to drive to Miami and have fun. Years later, after getting married, I moved back to Florida, between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale...less South Beach fun, but still great time with my family and countless hurricanes! I live in Philadelphia now and I believe the "city of the brotherly love" could be a great backdrop for a vampire story.

June M. said...

I have never been to South Beach but would love to go. I would think that places where there is not so much sunlight or where it is common to stay in due to cold weather would be good for vamps. I have read many stories set in Canada and since they have a lot of underground places such as stores and ways to go from place to place underground would be great for the vamps.

bn100 said...

I've never been to South Beach. How about Australia as a place for a vampire story?

Annwitch said...

I haven't been to South Beach in years, but I live just outside San Francisco. With all the fog a great setting for a Vampire book.

Ann Q said...

I love the sound of vampires at the beach.Good to give them a bit of a challenge.

Mary Preston said...

I've never been to South Beach. I like the idea of vampires in different settings.

crystalg123 said...

No, never visited South Beach, but being from Louisiana near New Orleans we have tons of places for good vampire stories, lol!


SdyLion said...

South Beach is beautiful- but let's take those vamps to New Zealand! Great Place. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thank you all for taking time to chat. I've loved hearing all your suggestions for future vampire locations and also your recollections of your visits to Miami. I used to visit Miami as a kid all the time and was lucky enough to go back a few years ago for work. Lots of fun and that in part inspired the location for the book!