Tag: Jersey Shore

The Pen is Mightier than the Storm & The Prince’s Gamble


Princes-Gamble-326-DIGITALEverybody, I’m honored to have Caridad Piñeiro here today, talking about her wonderful fundraiser to help the Jersey Shore and to share her sexy, suspenseful release from Entangled, The Prince’s Gamble! Please give her some love!

For me the real heart and soul of New Jersey is the Jersey Shore with its miles and miles (130 to be precise) of beaches and of course, the boardwalks.  The first one appeared in Atlantic City in 1870 and it is currently the world’s largest.

The boardwalks are the place where all of New Jersey comes together.  Rich or poor, all different races and ethnicities, it all comes together on the boardwalks where people come to not only have fun and relax, but live and work.

When Hurricane Sandy struck, it destroyed homes and businesses and of course, the boardwalks all up and down the Jersey Shore.  As I saw the damage to the homes, businesses and boardwalks in my area, I knew I had to do something to help to rebuild and restore the Jersey Shore.  For that reason, I’m donating my share of the proceeds from sales of THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE, which is set in Atlantic City, to the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund.  My hope is that we can start to get things back to normal so that all the people who live and work in the area can resume their lives.

Here is a little blurb about THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE:

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.

Here is a little excerpt:

Kathleen took a long, surprised look at the image in the dressing room mirror.

Tatiana had been recruited to help her get ready for tonight’s introduction to Petrov. Alexander had invited him to one of the premier events, an exclusive invite-only wine tasting, being held at Russian Nights that evening, and since it was a formal affair, Kathleen had to be dressed for the occasion.

The form-fitting merlot-colored gown and three-inch heels from one of the casino’s designer shops that Kathleen was expected to wear hadn’t been enough to please Tatiana. Alexander’s sister had insisted on a full beauty treatment at the spa, including a facial, haircut, pedicure, and mani.

The end result was a woman Kathleen didn’t recognize as she did a slow turn, stunned by the change. Liking it more than she thought she would, and yet discouraged as well.

This glamorous female in the mirror was the kind of woman Alexander would want in his life. A polished and primped and expensive woman. A woman she could never be, other than as her pose as the  [prince’s current lover].

“I’m not sure this is a good thing considering how dangerous it is for you, but I think Alexander will have a stroke when he sees you and Petrov . . . let’s just say he’s dead if he doesn’t notice you,” Tatiana said. She stood to one side of the dressing room, a conflicted look on her attractive face. A face that reminded Kathleen way too much of Alexander’s, with its coloring and perceptive blue eyes.

“Our relationship is not what you think, Tatiana.”

“Sure, Kathleen. Keep on saying it and maybe it’ll be true,” Tatiana teased, but then her cell phone chirped and she excused herself to deal with the call.

Kathleen shook her head and with a last look in the mirror, made sure the wireless earpiece was securely placed. A sleek black clutch sat on a nearby settee. Kathleen grabbed it and the familiar weight of her small pistol tucked inside reassured her.

That pistol and her job were what she was. Not this glittering and almost unrecognizable version of herself in the mirror.

A knock came at the door and she called out, “Come in, Tatiana. I’m ready.”

When she turned, however, it was Alexander standing there. A dangerous gleam entered his gaze as it danced across the new haircut, make-up, and dress.

“Ready for what, I wonder?”

Thank you for letting me visit!  I appreciate you letting me help spread the word about this campaign.  THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE is available for download at Amazon via this link: http://amzn.to/UFCKRO or at B&N via this link: http://bit.ly/WxipEv.

Thanks, Caridad! And after you’ve stopped by Amazon or B&N, stop by Caridad’s blog where I’m sharing an exclusive excerpt from Prince of Power and talking about my favorite reason for writing about vampires. 😉