Saturday, November 13, 2010

STRONGER THAN SIN BLOG TOUR: REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

 GIVEAWAY ENDED
STRONGER THAN SIN
BY CARIDAD PINEIRO
ABOUT THE BOOK:
It's been six months since Liliana Carrera helped her brother rescue Caterina Shaw from Wardwell Laboratories, a group of fringe scientists experimenting on human beings. Now, Liliana--with funding from the FBI--has set up a new facility to continue testing the inhibitor complex, a cure for the patients of Wardwell. What's even better is the FBI has managed to recover another of the patients, Jesse Bradford.

When Jesse arrives at Liliana's facility, he has been drugged and displays violent erratic behavior. As Liliana helps him detox, Jesse demonstrates strange powers--superhuman strength and the ability to heal quickly.

Despite their growing attraction, Jesse is secretive and Liliana remains fearful of him. Eventually he admits that Wardwell scientists threatening his sister's life in order to maintain control over him and his powers. As they try to locate her, they begin to suspect that the scientists may have corrupted the FBI. Unless they can discover Wardwell's master plan soon, Jesse's sister, the other patients, and an unknown number of innocent people, will pay the price.


   
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.

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.

From the start, Caridad’s novels have received acclaim and have helped redefine the landscape of modern romance novels. In 1999, Caridad was published by Kensington as part of Encanto, the first line of bilingual Latino romance novels. In 2000, Caridad was one of the first Latino authors featured at the launch of BookExpo America’s Spanish Pavillion. In December 2006, Caridad helped Silhouette launch its successful Nocturne paranormal line with DEATH CALLS, one of the novels in the award-winning THE CALLING Vampire series. In addition, Caridad has appeared at BookExpo America on numerous occasions and has captained both the multicultural and vampire genre panels at the RT BookClub Conventions.

Caridad’s CHICAS novels, including her seventeenth release, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR MAN from Simon & Schuster’s Downtown Press, have garnered praise from both fellow authors and reviewers and are helping to make Latina fiction a vital part of the publishing mainstream.

In recognition of her work, Caridad has received various awards and honors. In 2007, a year marked by the debut of six novels from Harlequin and Pocket Books, Caridad received the Golden Apple Award Author of the Year Award from the New York City Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Other honors that Caridad has received include the selection of DANGER CALLS and DEATH CALLS as the Top Fantasy Books of 2005 and 2006 by CATALINA magazine, the Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award for Best Nocturne in 2006 and the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf award in 2001 for Best Short Contemporary. Her other titles have received a number of nominations, such as the Harlequin Readers Choice Awards and RIO Reviewers Choice Awards. Both DANGER CALLS and SEX AND THE SOUTH BEACH CHICAS have been book club selections.

Caridad’s eighteenth novel, MOON FEVER, a paranormal anthology with Maggie Shayne, Susan Sizemore and Lori Handeland, debuted in late September 2007 as #32 on the New York Times Extended Bestseller list and #123 on the USA TODAY Bestseller List. HOLIDAY WITH A VAMPIRE, a paranormal anthology with Maureen Child, made the BookScan Top 100 Adult Fiction list.

In 2009, Caridad will debut a new paranormal romantic suspense series with Grand Central Publishing. The first novel in the series, SINS OF THE FLESH, will be released in November 2009.

Caridad has appeared on Romance Novel Television, Fox Television’s Good Day New York Early Edition , New Jersey News’ Jersey’s Talking with Lee Leonard and WGN-TV’s Adelante Chicago. Articles featuring Caridad’s works have appeared in the New York Daily News, Catalina, RT BookClub, NJ Monthly, Star Ledger, Home Tribune News, Sun Sentinel, Variety Yahoo! Online News, Latina and the Waterbury Republican-American.
When not writing, Caridad teaches workshops on various topics related to writing and heads a writing group. Caridad is also an attorney, wife and mother.

MY REVIEW:
STRONGER THAN SIN is Caridad Pineiro’s follow-up to SINS OF THE FLESH. Although I think STRONGER THAN SIN can stand on its own, I would read them in order if possible. I have to say Pineiro brings these extraordinary characters to life with her writing talent and the story moves at a good clip. The story tells of the Wardwell scientists experimenting on humans for gene therapy with not much success but plenty of evil, and readers will find several things going awry. Jesse Bradford is infected by a Wardwell scientist with a gene that has mutated and because they are threatening his family, he can’t tell Dr. Lilliana Carrera about it. Dr. Carrera is trying to find a cure for this gene because it seems she also has a personal stake in it as her sister-in-law is infected with it as well. Jesse finds it hard to resist Lilliana but then things get out of hand as his body reacts in a wild and dangerous way.

How all this progresses and the relationships between the major characters are fine but STRONGER THAN SIN was just not to my liking. I was too confused with an improbable plot that is just not the kind of genre I guess I like reading. Perhaps it was bad timing on my part, but I didn’t really care about the characters enough to try and enjoy such an improbable story line. Paranormal romance, science fiction, or whatever this genre is, happens to be a huge industry, and author Caridad Pineiro is very highly regarded in her genre. I apologize that I just couldn’t get into this story. I am sure there are many, many fans out there who will.

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ANNA AND THE GOOD FOLKS
AT THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP,
I HAVE 3 COPIES OF THIS NEW
BOOK TO GIVE AWAY!


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HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU READ ABOUT THE AUTHOR, CARIDAD PINEIRO, ABOVE THAT YOU FOUND INTERESTING

+1 MORE ENTRY: GO TO THE HACHETTE BOOK GROUP WEBSITE HERE AND READ THE "FIVE FUN FACTS" ABOUT CARIDAD AND THEN COME BACK AND COMMENT ON ONE OF THEM

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND THEN COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW

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GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, NOVEMBER 30
GOOD LUCK!
BE SURE AND CHECK OUT THE OHTER
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30 comments:

rubynreba said...

She attended Villanova University on a Presidential scholarship and graduated magna cum laude.
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rubynreba said...

To do research on the Jersey Shore, she spent many weekends traveling around the vrious towns in which Stronger Than Sin is set.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

chey said...

Her 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.
chey127 at hotmail dot com

Bethie said...

I didn't realize that she wrote so many novels. The only one I was familiar with is Sins of the Flesh.

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elaing8 said...

Interesting fact-she became the first female partner of Abelman, Frayne & Schwab,a property firm in midtown Manhattan
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elaing8 said...

A character Caridad would pick to be most like is Dr. Liliana Carrera.She prefessional,logical,passionate.
elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

elaing8 said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/3987656304234496

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I now FOLLOW CARIDAD PINEIRO ON TWITTER

http://twitter.com/#!/caridadpineiro

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Lisa Ann Richards
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http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1184379567

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/4108102131519488

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Caridad is also an attorney as well as an author, mother and wife.

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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Although New Jersey is home to two professional football teams, neither one bears the Jersey name. So for her home state and Jesse Bradford, the hero in Stronger Than Sin, Caridad created a new team: The New Jersey Marauders.
Oh, that we could all do that.


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Tore said...

It is interesting that she choose the Jershey shore for the setting of this book. Please enter me in contest. I have been wanting to read this book. It sounds really good. Tore923@aol.com

hendy said...

I found it interesting that she is an attorney and still finds time to write, teach workshops, and be a wife and mother. BUSY LADY!
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hendy said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/HendyMartin/status/4303555905200128
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justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. I found it interesting that Caridad first started writing when she was in about 5th grade, me too!

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justpeachy36 said...

I follow Caridad on Twitter @justpeachy36

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mbreakfield said...

She is, also, an attorney.
marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

mbreakfield said...

Because she is a former science major, getting the physical aspects of her new hero was a snap.
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mbreakfield said...

I follow Caridad on Twitter @mbreakfield.
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mbreakfield said...

Like her on FB.
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000437196175
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holdenj said...

I think it's great that her Chicas novels helped launch interest in Latina fiction.
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holdenj said...

I liked the fun fact about her naming her professional football team after the state it's in! Go NJ Maurauders!
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bison61 said...

2007, the debut of 6 novels from Harlequin and Pocket Books-wow!

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clenna said...

I found out that Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother and teaches writing workshops.

clenna at aol dot com

clenna said...

I found out that: Although New Jersey is home to two professional football teams, neither one bears the Jersey name.  So for her home state and Jesse Bradford, the hero in Stronger Than Sin, Caridad created a new team:  The New Jersey Marauders.
Wow, I live in New England and didn't know that.

clenna at aol dot com

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