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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “To Catch a Princess” by Caridad Piñeiro

Sep 3
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Caridad Piñeiro, is answering questions on CABR today about her latest book, TO CATCH A PRINCESS.

I also have a cool Giveaway for CABR followers – two (2) eBook copies of THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE (One per winner)

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Welcome to Caribbean Accent Book Reviews , Caridad 🙂

Did you get to take any fun research trips while writing TO CATCH A PRINCESS? 

I wish I could have gone to Monaco, but it’s so far away and so expensive.  But I have been to Vegas and being a Jersey Girl, I get to Atlantic City every now and then.  I used that experience to build the Ivanov casino world.  But I was lucky enough to be able to chat with a native from Monaco who offered up all kinds of information on what it’s like to live there.

 

Which character popped into your head first, Peter or Tatiana? Tell us about that. 

It was definitely Tatiana!  I knew Alexander needed a little sister since he was the protective type and I wanted to show that side of him in THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE.  But I also knew Tatiana needed a story of her own and when Peter popped into the picture in the first book, I knew it had to be him.

 

Are you a panster or plotter? Did the book go ‘off-course’ at all? 

I’m a recovering punster.  That means I have no choice but to write a synopsis although I always leave myself a little wiggle room.  This was a story that stayed right on track and I had a blast writing it since it had a nice mix of romance, adventure and suspense.  I can’t wait to write the next book in the series.

 

What was the most difficult scene to write and why? 

The most difficult scene to write was the chase scene on the hillside.  It was tough to choreograph what was happening and also, to make sure Tatiana had an active role in the scene.  She’s not a standby and watch kind of heroine and I think that scene really showed it.

EXCERPT:

Tires squealed loudly and both drivers tried to stop before impact. The paparazzi’s car went careening to the left and over the unprotected edge of the road.

“Oh my God!” she gasped.

With a quick check to make sure no one was behind him, Peter brought their car to a hard stop near where the other two cars had almost collided.

“Stay here,” he commanded, whipped off his seatbelt, and raced to the ledge where the paparazzi’s car had gone over.

She heard him instructing the driver of the other car to call for assistance, then vanished down the side of the mountain.

Tatiana wasn’t about to sit there doing nothing. She needed to know Peter was safe and not doing any crazy hero stuff.

Rushing to where she had seen Peter disappear, she realized he was climbing his way down to the car, which had clearly flipped a few times. To her dismay, the first lick of flames appeared from beneath the mangled hood. They didn’t stop Peter.

He approached the car, and reached in through the shattered window of the driver’s side to check the driver’s pulse.

He must have been alive because Peter struggled with getting the damaged door open as the flames grew ever larger and grey smoke wafted from beneath the hood.

She couldn’t let him struggle all alone and risk his life.

Disregarding her heels and her designer suit, she raced down the hillside to check on the photographer in the other side of the car.

“Get out of here, Tatiana. This could blow at any moment,” Peter shouted as he yanked over and over on the driver’s door handle in an attempt to free the driver.

The photographer in the passenger seat was moaning and feebly trying to unlock his door when she reached him. Hands shaking, she somehow unlocked the door through the window, and wrestled it open since it wasn’t as badly mangled as the other side. The photographer staggered out and fell to his knees, disoriented. His face was a bloody mess. She slipped her arm beneath his and half-carried, half-dragged him a few feet away, his weight almost too much for her to handle. The other motorist raced down the hillside and took over her burden, helping the photographer away from the burning car.

Peter was still battling the driver side door, ignoring the danger he was in as the fire quickly spread. Every now and then a long lick of flame shot out in his direction and he jerked back. But he kept at it. The driver had roused and was screaming frantically, aware that death was possible at any moment. The fire had engulfed the entire front half of the car.

Her heart pounded in her chest and a chill settled in her core, but she ignored her fear and raced to Peter’s side, earning his worried plea. “Get away, Tatiana! It’s too dangerous!”

“I won’t leave you, Peter,” she cried, and as he braced a leg on the side of the car and pulled, she grabbed hold of another crumpled piece of the door frame and yanked with all her might. Her legs and arms shook from the exertion and awareness of how close death was.

The door finally gave way, and sent them both tumbling backward.

The driver bolted from the vehicle, screaming and beating at his lower pant leg, which had caught fire.

The front tire suddenly exploded from the heat of the fire and its warmth spilled over them in warning that they had to move.

Peter scrambled to his feet and pulled her with him, keeping her in front of him as they tried to reach safety, the fire spreading quickly toward the gas tank.

When the explosion came, it pummeled them with searing heat and shoved them face down into the hillside.

Peter used his body to protect her from the worst of the blast.

 

Is TCAP art of a series or connected to any of your previous books? 

It’s part of the GAMBLING FOR LOVE series.  The first book was THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE and I am currently working on the proposal for the next book which I hope will be out in early 2014.

 

Where can readers meet you in the coming months?

A LOT!  THE CALLING Vampire novel series relaunches as THE REBORN in September and there will be a book every month until 2014.  That’s four new books in the series and I am so excited since is a series of my heart.

 

TRIVIA

 

Favourite snacks while writing? 

Cheese puffs, but they leave my keyboard all orange, so I try to avoid them.

 

If you could spend the day with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be and why? 

Awesome question.  I think it would have to be Leonardo da Vinci.  He’s an amazing inventor and artist and it would be fascinating to explore such a talented mind.

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ToCatchAPrincessHighResBlurb:

Untold wealth, a loving family, a solid career in America: the only thing Princess Tatiana lacks is the one thing she really doesn’t want—a husband. Unfortunately, her parents have just arranged her marriage to a royal from the old country. Are they kidding? It’s the twenty-first century!

Police Detective Peter Roman is a royal living incognito … and escaping a secret that has haunted his family for years. He’s been quietly in love with his best friend Prince Alexander’s sister for as long as he can remember. Little does she know that he is secretly the Grand Duke to whom she is unwillingly betrothed…

When a series of high-end jewelry heists threatens Tatiana’s exclusive charity exhibition in glamorous Monaco, the two must trap the clever jewel thief before he strikes again. In a fight for their lives, Peter’s secret identity is revealed. With danger and passion increasing to the breaking point, she must decide: catch a thief…or trust the heart of her true love.

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Caridad Pineiro pictureABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, and RITA® Finalist, Caridad Piñeiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library.

Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word and in 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released.

Over a decade later, Caridad is the author of nearly forty published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife, and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.

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CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

Website | Facebook | Twitter @CaridadPineiro | GoodReads |

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