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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway: Caridad Piñeiro

The Prince's Gamble
Caridad Piñeiro

Prince Alexander Ivanov is scrambling to save his reputation and his livelihood. One of the Russian Nights Casino’s hostesses has disappeared, and his business is suddenly under investigation by the FBI for associations with the mob and money laundering.

Special Agent Kathleen Martinez has no patience with rich, entitled aristocrats, especially one like Alexander Ivanov whom she believes is involved in the vicious human trafficking ring which she’d tried—and failed—to shut down two years earlier. With a second chance to bring him to justice, she goes undercover in the casino, but instead of facing the villain she expected, she finds herself battling a sizzling attraction to the man.

Now, forced to work together to trace the source of the illegal activities, the danger—and the passion between them—grows out of control, and they slowly begin to realize the biggest danger isn’t to the casino, it’s to their lives…and to their hearts.

*~* Guest Post *~*
by Caridad Piñeiro

I'm not much of a gambler, but for some reason I love going to Atlantic City and visiting the casinos.  It's just hard to resist getting caught up in the excitement of seeing people win a big prize or celebrating some big event.  I usually head to the roulette table with a little bit of cash and play the safe bets, winning and losing just a few chips on each roll.  Enjoying spending time with the other gamblers on the table which can be more interesting than the actual roulette game.

Of course, the suspense writer in me recognizes that beneath all that fun, excitemen and glitter there are some very nasty things.  Prostitution, drugs and money gambling.

After a trip to Vegas with some friends and a double dog dare, it came to me that it would be interesting to set a story in a glittering casino and show that dark side.  As for the setting, being a Jersey Girl, I decided to set the story in Atlantic City, especially since I was familiar with the area.

As soon as I was done choosing the location, the prince started screaming in my head to tell his story.

I knew that Prince Alexander, the Russian prince behind the amazing themed casino, was going to have lots of layers.  Unexpected layers because despite the way he would appear to most – an ultra-rich man who has had every imaginable opportunity in life.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.  In fact, as you learn more and more about the prince, you realize that he's been trapped by a number of things.  His fame has made privacy impossible.  His weath has made him a target to some.  Last but not least, his royalty makes it difficult for people to see that his success has been hard-earned and not just inherited.

It was lots of fun (and very sexy), to have the no-nonsense FBI Agent Kathleen Martinez peel away those layers and find out who is the real man behind the wealth, fame and success.  What Kathleen finds is impossible to resist and the sparks will fly as she and the prince try to find out who is responsible for the crimes going on the prince's casino.

I hope you will check out THE PRINCE'S GAMBLE and fall in love with the prince the same way that Kathleen and I did!

Also, please note that my share of the proceeds from THE PRINCE'S GAMBLE are being contributed to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.  I really want to help rebuild all the damage that's been done along the Jersey Shore.

Thank you for letting me visit today!   


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Bill needs Deanna's expertise to determine the location of her mother's latest find, before her kidnappers do. He fears whatever mysteries the tomb holds could be deadly in the wrong hands. In an effort to make contact with the terrorist cell, Bill accompanies Deanna to Mexico posing as her fiance--a ruse made doubly dangerous because of the very real heat between them...

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