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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

GUEST BLOGGER: Caridad Pineiro

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! It’s one of my favorite times of year, although the idea of a love for all time certainly takes on new meaning when you write about vampires. LOL!

There are lots of challenges to envisioning how two people will react to spending millennia together or in the case of the hero and heroine from FURY CALLS, the next novel in THE CALLING vampire series, how they will manage to put aside old grievances to have a happy ending.

I knew the relationship in FURY CALLS was going to be a difficult one since I first introduced the characters years ago in TEMPTATION CALLS. Blake, the hero, had accidentally turned Meghan, the heroine, into a vampire. Meghan has hated Blake ever since and yet, beneath all the fury of her hate, there lingered other emotions for Blake.

An interesting conflict, made even more interesting by the fact that Blake is not your typical hero. He’s a bad boy in some ways including dressing the role with lots of black leather and chains. But that bad boy exterior actually hides a gentle man who has had a lot of pain in his life and who is searching for love after centuries of being alone.

It only makes it harder for him that the one true love of his life is a woman who hates him for taking her life.

As a writer, I love imperfect heroes. They are so much more fun! There’s something about making heroes like Blake and Meghan rise above their fears and weaknesses to really do something special. I think readers truly enjoy that and even more, can identify with such characters because they, too, have had to overcome their fears and weaknesses in life.

I knew that when Blake and Meghan first came to life years ago that they deserved a full story that would explore all those conflicts. Even more importantly, I wanted to do a story that would let Blake shine as a hero because he is so wonderfully complex. It was truly enjoyable to see Blake rise to the occasion (and in more ways that one!)

Although FURY CALLS is a romance, there is lots of action because as a writer, and as a reader, I enjoy books with a solid suspense line. In FURY CALLS, the suspense revolves around an Asian vampire – a chiang shi – who has come to New York City to create problems for the resident vampires. When bodies start turning up, Blake, Meghan and the rest of their undead friends are going to have to find out what is wreaking havoc in their underworld.

I think the suspense elements in THE CALLING are what help readers who don’t normally enjoy vampire books cross over to the paranormal area. Likewise, those readers who are paranormal fans get a kick out of seeing real world suspense elements woven into otherworldly tales, especially in dark, edgy stories.

I want to thank TRRC for giving me an opportunity to tell you the story behind the story about FURY CALLS. Anyone who leaves a comment on this blog before midnight Friday, February 13th will be eligible to win a CALLING t-shirt, copy of DESIRE CALLS and SOLDIER’S SECRET CHILD. The winner will be chosen at random from all the blog comments.


Judy said...

I love your characters Caridad!! Not only is he a vampire but his true love hates him, that is an intriguing story line. Sounds good for a series!!

traveler said...

What a fascinating introduction, Caridad. This story is certainly compelling and appealing. Thanks.

Lori said...

I am totally intrigued by your series-I am an avid paranormal reader and yours is a new series for me. I can't wait to check it out!!!

Maureen said...

I do enjoy those heroes who have to redeem themselves. Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

lynnrush said...

Wow, I've just added you to my reading list! I'd love to be entered in the drawing (sheriboeyink[at]cox[dot]net).

Thanks for the post.
Have a great day!

ellie said...

Your series sounds exceptional and I will be looking for it.

Genella deGrey said...

Caridad - I have to tell you - that picture of the bitten candy made me LAUGH!! I just loved it! :D

I get what you are saying about the imperfect hero - but every so often I need the fantasy of a perfect man. So I write myself one! LOL

All the best -

Glo said...

Caridad great Blog, bad boys just intrigue me, they have a certain appeal. I put your book at the top of my list to buy.

What is your favorite genre to write? Does any one grab you more that another?

robynl said...

black leather and chains-sounds very intriquing and on a bad boy, oh la la.

Mona said...

Paranormals are no doubt fascinating especially vampires' tales. I'm a little new at reading it but I love it:-)

Karin said...

sorry I'm late, can't always get Internet here. I just wanted to say that heroes without 'spots' are boring. They need a little bad to balance them.

Caridad Pineiro said...

Thanks to all of you for visiting and for leaving a comment! I love to hear from you. The winner of the contest is Genella! Please e-mail me at cpsromance@att.net with your postal address.

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