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Guest Blog by Caridad Pineiro - Stop and Smell the Roses - December 24, 2012

It gives me great pleasure to welcome Caridad Pineiro to The Qwillery as part of her Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Campaign and Blog Tour.


Guest Blog by Caridad Pineiro - Stop and Smell the Roses - December 24, 2012


From now until March 1, 2013, Caridad is donating 100 percent of her proceeds from The Prince's Gamble to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund to help the folks who are still suffering from the effects of the Hurricane Sandy.



Stop and Smell the Roses

Friday night as I rushed to catch the train home, I noticed others scurrying about thanks to the Christmas rush. The short, but cute, stubble-faced guy heading to the Amtrak ticket window as the speakers overhead crackled an “All aboard.” A young couple arguing, hand movements sharp and determined.

Yards away, a little old lady, barely 4’8”, dodged and weaved between the people in the crowd, her bob of silver hair bouncing beneath her shocking pink beret. A quick swerve around the corner by the donut shop and she was almost gone, but the sweet smells of just fried dough lingered in her place while visions of sugar glazed donuts tempted me as they glimmered beneath the lights in the display case.

As the last bit of pink beret faded from sight, I thought, “It’s Friday night. Maybe she has a hot date.” Or maybe she's rushing home to family for the holidays.

In New York City, where an escalator just means you can walk up the stairs even faster, rushing to somewhere is just a way of life. Not that NYC is so different from many other places. As a whole, our way of life seems to be rush, rush, rush.

We’re so busy rushing to somewhere that we’ve lost our to ability to experience the where we are, much less remember the where we’ve been sometimes.

It’s the old stop and smell the roses adage.

As a writer, you almost have to stop and smell the roses a great deal of the time because one of the greatest tools a writer can have is her power of observation. The ability to remember the details of people, places and things. It’s those little details that breathe life into our characters and stories.

Next time, stop and think about the scene that you are going to write. Think about the smells in the air. The feel of the location and the noises (or lack of noises) that surround you. What do you see as you stand there, experiencing the where you are? Do you taste anything as you stand there? Where had you been before and was it different?

The five senses, or as many of them as you can possibly include, should be present in that scene to bring it alive for readers. When you enhance the descriptions by infusing them with your personal observations, it brings a scene to life in a way that can’t be accomplished just by research.

If you’re a writer, stop rushing to somewhere and take the time to experience what’s around you.

For everyone else, stop and smell the roses anyway! Time is too short to always be rushing to somewhere without savoring the here and now.

P.S. – Do you think that little old lady in the pink beret will ever make into a story?

On this Christmas Eve, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!





The Prince's Gamble

The Prince's Gamble
Dead Sexy (Entangled Publishing), November 13, 2012
eBook, 219 pages

Guest Blog by Caridad Pineiro - Stop and Smell the Roses - December 24, 2012
Prince Alexander Ivanov is scrambling to save his reputation and his livelihood. One of the Russian Nights Casino's hostesses has disappeared, and his business is suddenly under investigation by the FBI for associations with the mob and money laundering.

Special Agent Kathleen Martinez has no patience with rich, entitled aristocrats, especially one like Alexander Ivanov whom she believes is involved in the vicious human trafficking ring which she'd tried—and failed—to shut down two years earlier. With a second chance to bring him to justice, she goes undercover in the casino, but instead of facing the villain she expected, she finds herself battling a sizzling attraction to the man.

Now, forced to work together to trace the source of the illegal activities, the danger—and the passion between them—grows out of control, and they slowly begin to realize the biggest danger isn’t to the casino, it’s to their lives…and to their hearts.




About Caridad

USA TODAY and NY Times bestselling author Caridad Pineiro has nearly forty published novels and novellas. In 2007, a year marked by six releases from Harlequin and Pocket Books, Pineiro was selected as the 2007 Golden Apple Author of the Year by the New York City Romance Writers. In 2012, Pineiro was a finalist for the romance industry’s top award, the RITA. Past awards won include Top Fantasy Books of 2005 and 2006 by CATALINA Magazine and Top Nocturne of 2006 by Cataromance. In addition, Caridad’s books have received award nominations for RT Book Reviews, Affaire de Couer, Harlequin Readers’ Choice, RIO Reviewers and SingleTitles.com Top Contemporary Romance.

Caridad has appeared at BookExpo America on several occasions, including helping launch Kensington’s Encanto multicultural line and Silhouette’s Nocturne series.

Caridad has appeared on various television shows, such as the FOX News Early Edition in New York, and articles featuring her novels have been published in several leading newspapers and magazines, from the New York Daily News, and LATINA to the Star Ledger. For more information on Caridad, please visit www.caridad.com or www.rebornvampirenovels.com.

You may also find Caridad on Facebook and Twitter.




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a digital copy of The Fifth Kingdom from Caridad!

Guest Blog by Caridad Pineiro - Stop and Smell the Roses - December 24, 2012
Dr. Deanna Vasquez hasn't spoken to her mother in years, not since the renowned archaeologist abandoned her family in her quest to find the lost tomb of Montezuma. When CIA agent Bill Santana shows up in her classroom with the news that her mother has been abducted by terrorists, Deanna has to help in any way she can.

Bill needs Deanna's expertise to determine the location of her mother's latest find, before her kidnappers do. He fears whatever mysteries the tomb holds could be deadly in the wrong hands. In an effort to make contact with the terrorist cell, Bill accompanies Deanna to Mexico posing as her fiancé--a ruse made doubly dangerous because of the very real heat between them...

How:   Answer Caridad's question:

Do you think that little old lady in the pink beret will ever make into a story?

Please remember - if you don't answer the questions your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, January 7, 2013. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011

And the winners are....

Enchanted Destiny (Enchanted Destiny 1) ebook by Rayka Mennen.

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011

BlackWolf who said...
The Enchanted Destiny series sounds good. Rayka Mennen is a new author for me. ; I love the cover.

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011


Radiant Desire (Handmaid's Seduction 1) ebook by Inara Scott.

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011

QuestionBarbie or Ken?

Rebe who said...
Definitely Barbie for me! She's got great clothes and always has the perfect accessories, while I never remember if my shoes are clashing with my purse, belt, whathaveyou.

Thanks for the interview and Giveaway! I love how you got the idea for the story from the Barbie fairies!

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011


Unleashed (The Amoveo Legend 1) by Sara Humphreys

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011

Question: What is your favorite type of shifter?

orchid7 who said...
favorite type of shifter is a dragon!

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011


Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion by Janet Mullany

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011

Question: Favorite Jane Austen novel? OR Novel you would like to see given a paranormal treatment?

Alyssia who said...
What a wonderful interview! Seriously, Janet had me at "It is a truth universally acknowledged..." when I first read The Rules of Gentility. Everyone should be reading and enjoying this incredible, witty talent.

Favorite Austen novel? Persuasion. Hands down. Love Captain Wentworth and his devotion to Anne Elliot. He was and, I suspect, always will be my favorite romance hero.

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011


The Winds of Khalakovo (The Lays of Anuskaya 1) by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011

QuestionWhich is your favorite museum?

Stephanie who said...
My favorite museum is the Smithsonian.

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011


A Vampire For Christmas by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Pineiro, and Alexis Morgan, a signed copy of Embraced by Blood (Sweetblood 2) by Laurie London and a fangtastic holiday ornament

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011

Question: What’s your favorite holiday movie?

Victoria who said...
My favorite holiday movie is Die Hard. I know it's not the normal type of movie but I just love it. I can watch it over and over again. I think my second choice would be ELF. Can't stop laughing with that one.

Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011


The winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on Thursday, November 3, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery will very randomly choose a new winner or winners.

Thank you to all you read The Qwillery.

A Vampire For Christmas Blog Tour - October 19, 2011

A Vampire For Christmas Blog Tour - October 19, 2011


Thanks, Sally, for hosting the #VampXmas blog tour! It’s always fun to visit with you and your readers.

The anthology, A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS, was just released in print (November 1 for digital), and all four authors are here today, answering the same question. Stay tuned at the end for a chance to win a cool prize package.

What surprised you most about writing your short story in the anthology A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS?

Michele Hauf: That much as I hate living in Minnesota and complain about the weather and the unending snow, I really enjoy writing about it. Set in NY, this story has snowstorms, and cold, icy weather, and it's fun to play with on the page. Especially since cold weather demands cuddling. ;-)

To learn more about Michele’s books:
Website:  www.MicheleHauf.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/michelehauf
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/MicheleHauf


Alexis Morgan: I think what surprised me the most was how clearly I could see the opening scene long before I knew anything at all about the characters or how the story would unfold. As soon as I thought about a the idea of a vampire celebrating Christmas, I could just “see” him standing across the street from a diner and staring at the woman behind the counter. That image raised so many questions for me. Why was he out there? Why didn’t he come in out of the cold? What about him made the heroine so painfully aware of him standing out there when the street outside was crowded with holiday shoppers? I quickly realized that it wasn’t the chill of a winter night that left Eagan McHale feeling so cold, but the emotional price that came from living the secret life of a vampire and cop. It wasn’t the cozy comfort of diner itself that Eagan needed that night, but the gift of loving acceptance he found in Della’s dark chocolate eyes and sweet smile.

To learn more about Alexis’s books:
Website:  www.AlexisMorgan.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001176129117&ref=ts
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/alexis_morgan


Laurie London: What surprised me about writing this story was the way the Christmas theme jump-started the conflict. In the Sweetblood world, vampires don’t fear holy water or crosses…or even churches, for that matter, so I knew some other conflict would drive the story. When I saw a raven-haired woman arranging greenery and Christmas candles on a mantle, with an angry, yet gorgeous, man watching her, it hit me. Not only does Charlotte Grant not realize she’s decorating a vampire’s mansion for a big holiday party, but she’s done it before. Something terrible happened last year, and Trace is not happy she’s back.

To learn more about Laurie’s books:
Website:  www.LaurieLondon.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/LaurieLondonAuthor
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/LaurieBLondon


Caridad Pineiro: What surprised me most was a turn that the story took which departed from the traditional Dickens tale. Although I had already deviated a bit from the original story line in that my “ghost” is an angel and makes repeat visits, the real surprise was when it occurred to me that it wasn’t only the vampire who had to be redeemed, but the heroine as well. Part of the reason for her return visits to the vampire is that she has not yet learned her lesson either.

To learn more about Caridad’s books:
Website:  www.caridad.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Caridad.Author
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/CaridadPineiro


Question for you: What’s your favorite holiday movie? And since Halloween is right around the corner, let’s not limit it to just Christmas.

One random commenter will win not only a copy of the anthology, A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS, but ALSO a signed copy of Laurie London’s EMBRACED BY BLOOD, book 2 in the Sweetblood series AND a fangtastic holiday ornament.


About A Vampire For Christmas

A Vampire For Christmas
Harlequin, October 18, 2011

A Vampire For Christmas Blog Tour - October 19, 2011
All they want for Christmas is you…

It's the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.

And they don't care if you've been naughty or nice.

Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there's no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can't wait for an invitation.


Check out this amazing cover for the UK ebook:

A Vampire For Christmas Blog Tour - October 19, 2011


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of A Vampire for Christmas, and a signed copy of Laurie London’s Embraced by Blood (Sweetblood 2) and a fangtastic holiday ornament.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What’s your favorite holiday movie? 
And since Halloween is right around the corner, let’s not limit it to just Christmas.

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.
 
You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
Guest Blog by Caridad Pineiro - Stop and Smell the Roses - December 24, 2012Winners x 6 - October 27, 2011A Vampire For Christmas Blog Tour - October 19, 2011

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