Happy Monday, everyone! Today I have a special treat for you, NYT Bestselling Author Caridad Piñeiro, talking about her latest release, THE LOST! Without further ado:
Thank you so much for having me here to share THE LOST, the first book in the new Sin Hunter paranormal romance series that I’m writing for Grand Central Publishing. The Sin Hunters mythology is steeped in the history of the Americas, filled with characters with amazing powers and very sexy and romantic as well. The premise of the Sin Hunters is that the The Hunters, a race that has existed on this planet for millennia, gathering energy and possessing a wide range of abilities due to that power. From shapeshifting to travel at the speed of light, the Hunters possessed incredible powers that they kept to themselves for centuries. Occasionally the Hunters would breed with the humans, creating hybrids who oftentimes possessed greater intelligence and strength. Because of that they often became the leaders and warriors of the humans.
The ideas for the energy gatherers comes from exploring some concepts about life forces, auras and even physics! It was a blend of so many real life things which when mixed together became something extraordinary.
I even threw in a little history, relying on some reading I had done about what happened when the Conquistadors landed on the shores of the Americas. The Conquistadors brought all kinds of illnesses to the indigenous people, including the Hunters. When smallpox contaminates the Hunters, it ignites a civil war between those who have survived the pox–the Light Hunters–and those who are forever blighted by the disease–the Shadow Hunters.
The hero in THE LOST, Adam Bruno, is an heir to this ancient race, although he does not know of their existence at the start of the story. All he knows is that he possesses unusual powers which have the capability of hurting others and he is trying to understand how to control those powers.
And now for a little intro to this excerpt featuring Adam Bruno, the hero, and Bobbie Carrera, the heroine. In this upcoming excerpt, Bobbie and Adam have just survived a battle with two men who were trying to abduct Adam. During the fight Bobbie, who is rehabilitating from wounds while suffered as a Marine in Iraq, is slightly injured. When Adam touches her, however, she feels her injuries improve. In this scene, Bobbie has gone to Adam’s home to speak to him about what happened and things start to get interesting.
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She stopped as he ran the tip of his index finger along her lips and made it impossible to deny the sparks that flew from that contact and the way it roused an ache along her sex. The color of her eyes darkened to amber and she licked her lips nervously. “Why am I feeling this way?”
“You have an aura. It’s stronger than any I’ve ever seen, except for possibly the two men from this afternoon,” he explained and because he couldn’t stop touching her, he laid his hands on her bare arms, rubbed them up and down. It generated yet more electricity and heat between them. Everywhere he touched, her blue aura danced with silvery light.
Bobbie sucked in a shaky breath, battling the way her body was responding to his caress. Her nipples were rock hard and between her legs an insistent throb had her damp and achy. There was no denying his actions were the reason for it, but she needed to maintain a level head.
“Are you saying I’m like them?” she asked and laid her hands against his chest. As she did so, another wave of power had her biting her lip against the sensations rocketing through her which were mirrored in the rainforest green of his eyes.
“Not quite. Their touch didn’t make me feel like this,” he admitted. Beneath the controlled tones of his voice was a low rumble, like thunder in the distance.
She licked her lips and gazed at him again. Noted the concern and ardor battling in his features as he released her and backed a few feet away, creating needed space, but also a strange sensation of emptiness within her.
He continued with his explanation. “When they touched me, it was like I had run into an electrified fence. Intense shocks nearly took me down each time they laid their hands on me.”
“But you got away. Did you do the same thing when you touched them?” she asked and because she seemed to need something to do with her hands, she picked up the glass of scotch and took a quick sip. That perfect nose once again twitched in apparent distaste, although she didn’t release her grip on the tumbler.
“I thought there was a jolt when we fought, but I’m not sure.”
“Seems weird that you don’t know what you can do.” Her training as a Marine had taught her to understand her strengths and avoid any weaknesses. Years of training and war had honed that awareness of her abilities.
His lips thinned and she realized how her comment could have been taken as condemnation, so she quickly did damage repair. “In the Marines we were trained to know what we could do. I’m guessing you weren’t lucky enough to have someone to help you like that.”
“I’ve had no one.” The pain behind the words was achingly alive. So much so that she couldn’t ignore it even though the last thing she wanted was to get more involved with him. She’d already had too much of conflict and wanted nothing more than a peaceful and stable life.
But she couldn’t ignore his pain and so she closed the distance between them and cradled his cheek. That unnerving chatter of energy greeted her, but she pushed it back as she said, “I’m here now.”
Adam’s stomach did a somersault while his heart constricted almost painfully. “Now” was so fleeting an instant in time, but he welcomed it. In the brief moments that Fate had tossed them together, the growing emptiness he had been experiencing had abated.
He locked his gaze with hers-that smoky hot look which ignited heat like that of the finely aged scotch he had tasted earlier. Shifting his face, her palm was soft against the rasp of his evening beard. A memory rose up, that of the cat twisting and lifting its head for her caress. The pleasure that followed.
He wished he could do the same. Feel her touch across his skin. Experience the wonder of her kiss, but kissing her…
Kissing her would be insane, he thought in that split second before he made up his mind.
Whew, great excerpt! I’ve had the pleasure of reading some of Caridad’s work, and I have to say it’s fantastic! If you’re into paranormal romance, her stories are not to be missed!
Want to learn more about Caridad or the Sin Hunter series? Visit her at http://www.caridad.com/.
If you’ve already had the pleasure of reading this story, please do squeal (without giving away any of the storyline, of course. :-)).
Now for the question of the day: Do you enjoy reading books that meld fiction with history?
I have to say I love it! To me it gives the story an added layer of realism that is always welcome.