Book Spotlight & Guest Post - The Claimed by: Caridad Piñeiro

Publisher: Forever

Publish Date: May 1, 2012

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Victoria Johnson loves her life. She's her own boss in a quaint beachside town, and has great friends who keep her grounded. If only they knew who she really is: an heiress to an ancient race who possesses astonishing superhuman powers. It's Victoria's duty to restore her clan of Light Hunters to their former glory by choosing the perfect mate. In Christopher Sombrosa, she just may have found him. Strong, smart, and successful, Christopher exudes a powerful energy. Their connection is sensual, irresistible-and forbidden.

A member of the Shadow Hunter clan, Christopher has defied his own father to lead his people away from affliction and violence. Yet he cannot ignore his duty to carry on his ancient bloodline. Stunningly beautiful and brimming with an erotic life force, Victoria is everything Christopher ever hoped for in a mate . . . but as a Light Hunter, she's his mortal enemy. Together, they could unite their warring tribes. But murderous factions on both sides don't want peace-and they'll stop at nothing to keep light and darkness apart forever . . .

Sin Hunters Series: The Lost (1), The Claimed (2)

Author Bio: 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, Sins of the Flesh was released with Grand Central Publishing.

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.

Her latest book is The Claimed.

Guest Post:  I’ve been reading romances for as long as I can remember, going back to the summer I read and re-read WUTHERING HEIGHTS until the librarian told me I could not take the book out again as other people needed a chance to read it!

Denied the doomed romance of Heathcliff and Catherine, I turned my attentions to what some might say were an odd mix:  Shakespeare and Ian Fleming.

There’s no doubt in my mind that those choices greatly influenced my writing, especially in THE CLAIMED, the second book in the Sin Hunters series.

Action.  Adventure.  Angst.  THE CLAIMED has all those elements that I love!, Christopher Sombrosa is a determined and broody alpha hero who falls in love with the absolute worst woman for him: Victoria Johnson.

So why is Victoria not the woman for Christopher?  Think Romeo and Juliet, Capulet and Montague.

Victoria is the future leader of her Light Hunter clan while Christopher is not only one of the Dark Ones, he is will one day assume command of his Shadow Hunter people.

Did I forget to mention that the Light and Shadow Hunters have been mortal enemies engaged in a civil war for several hundred years?

Add to the mix some rather nefarious villains in the form of Christopher’s father and ex-fiancee and the betrayal of someone dear to Victoria and I think you’ll find THE CLAIMED will keep you turning pages until the very end.

But unlike Catherine, Heathcliff and all those throwaway Bond Girls, the hopeful romantic in me just had to find a path to a new and exciting place for Christopher and Victoria.

I hope you will enjoy their fight for a better tomorrow for not only themselves, but their race of Hunters.


  1. Nice post. The book sounds good.


  2. The Sin Hunters series sounds very interesting. Since this is a series, can it be read out of order? I haven't read The Lost.
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  3. Hi Julianne,
    I don't know if the books can be read out of order. I usually prefer to start at the beginning. That's why I love the library and used bookstores :-)


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