Monday, March 31, 2014

March by Cardeno C.

Happy Monday! It's the end of the month, which means it’s time for my monthly writing recap blog post. 

  • I worked on Holding Court, a short story included in Dreamspinner’s Grand Adventures Anthology supporting Eric Arvin and TJ Klune. You can buy it here. All proceeds go to help Eric.
  • Mary Calmes and I did the galley review for Control, which is releasing April 18th and is available for preorder now.
  • I did the galley review for Perfect Imperfections, my standalone novel releasing May 5th. 
  • I finished the editing on All of Me, my shifter novella that’ll be available for individual sale on June 1st and is part of Dreamspinner’s Mended Daily Dose.
  • I submitted McFarland's Farm, the first novella in a new novella series called Hope Crossing.
  • I’m getting ready to receive the first round of edits for In Your Eyes, the third Mates book.
  • I’m writing The Half of Us, the next Family book.
  • And finally, I had a possibly fun idea for a freestanding shifter novel so I jotted down some notes. I’ll let you know if anything comes of it.

Have a great week.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Releases! Immortal Valentine and the Grand Adventures Anthology

Immortal Valentine Cover
Cover photo by Jackson Photografix ~ Cover design by Babski Creative Studios
I'm extremely thrilled to announce the re-release of my sexy urban fantasy long-novella, Immortal Valentine. Originally released by Amber Allure in 2012, it has been re-edited, extended slightly, and of course it had a gorgeous new cover. 

About Immortal Valentine: After a heart-pounding brush with danger on Valentine's Day, Caleb runs into a handsome stranger and decides to roll the dice on a one-night-stand. Things don't work out the way anyone intended when Caleb gets sick. He wakes up alone the next day, extremely confused and utterly embarrassed. 

  Angelo is an insomniac vampire who leads a solitary existence. Once a year he comes out of hiding—each Valentine's Day—to soothe one lonely human soul while drinking the blood he needs to survive. 
  When Caleb falls ill, Angelo winds up connecting with a human as never before. But helping this human puts Angelo's own life at risk

Get it at Amazon | B&N | ARe 

Thanks again for spending time with my vampire and his human--I hope you enjoy.

  Also, just a reminder that the Grand Adventures anthology will be out tomorrow (3/31), and it contains my sexy vamps vs. weres story, Under the Full Moon along with many other awesome storiesAll proceeds go to help Eric Arvin and TJ Klune - do do check that out.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Interview, Excerpt, Giveaway, Grand Adventure, and Honey by Cardeno C.

Happy Monday. Today I have a few things to share.

1. Mary Calmes and I did an interview at Swept Away by Romance. We talked about the process of writing our shifter novel - Control and we shared an adult excerpt. The wonderful folks at Swept Away are giving away a Dreamspinner Press gift card to someone who leaves a comment. 

2. My co-blogger BG Thomas is putting together a bears anthology called A Taste of Honey through Dreamspinner Press. It's a really fun idea and in addition to established authors, Dreamspinner often includes stories from new authors in their anthologies so don't let being new to the industry stop you from submitting a story. 

3. I wrote a short story as part of the Grand Adventures anthology Dreamspinner put together to help Eric Arvin and TJ Klune. They'll receive all the proceeds from the sale of the book and a limited edition print of the gorgeous cover by Paul Richmond. 

I hope you have a wonderful week.


Friday, March 21, 2014


Hey all! You are seeing it first here! A cover reveal for my new book coming out some time in April called "Spring Affair" painted by the incomparable Paur Richmond!  SO excited! It turns woud Paul and I are both huge Alphose Mucha fans and always wish the man had done men instead of (pretty much) just women!  I could not be more excited!  I LOVE Paul!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day! by Cardeno C.

Happy Monday! I had big plans to do more song inspirations today but the day job is kicking my butt and I had trouble logging in, so I hope you'll forgive me for visually wishing you a happy St. Patrick's day.

Have a great week.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Song Inspirations by Cardeno C. (Tres)

Happy Monday! Many moons ago I wrote a couple of blog posts with song inspirations and last week I was reminded that it's been some time since the last one, so for today's quick post, I'll share a couple more song inspirations. I feel like I shared these before but I can't find the post so please forgive me if this is a repeat. 

Now for background, when I'm writing a new book, I usually find a song that I feel represents my characters or the theme of the story or otherwise reminds me of the story. I listen to that song a lot while I'm writing and I let the lyrics inspire my title.

Wake Me Up Inside 

Inspiration: "Bring Me To Life" by Evanescence.

The lyrics of that song speak of someone whose core is numb and spirit is sleeping. They need someone to lead them out of that dark place before they come undone; they need to come home. I don't want to give too much away for anyone who hasn't read Wake Me Up Inside, but that is my first paranormal book. It's about shifters and the concept of what true mates need from and mean to each other in that world.

The One Who Saves Me

Inspiration: Wonderwall by Oasis

The One Who Saves Me is a childhood friends to lovers, my favorite type of book. Andrew and Caleb walk along a winding road for twenty years before they end up together. Caleb stands by Andrew through family heartache and relationship traumas that sometimes make him worry the fire in Andrew's heart is out. But no matter what happens, neither one doubts his best friend is there for him. And eventually, they grow up and save themselves from the trials and tribulations of life and end up right where they've been all along: together.

Next Monday, I'll share a couple more books and a couple more song inspirations. Have a wonderful week.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A-blogging I will go, a-blogging I will go...

Wow. It's been a awhile since I've been here. The cobwebs on my blog day were thick enough to be quilts.

I was asked by the indomitable T.c. Blue ( to participate in AR Moler's blog tour, and of course, I just couldn't say no. T.c. has a way of convincing people to do things - much like the Mafia, except without the drug-running and horse heads.

Usually without. 


So, here I am. The objective is to answer the following questions, then rope, er...tag three other authors to follow you. That said, I've got three powerhouses following me. March 8th will be B.A. Tortuga ( From B.A.'s website:

Texan to the bone and an unrepentant Daddy's Girl, BA Tortuga spends her days with her basset hounds, getting tattooed, texting her sisters, and eating Mexican food. When she's not doing that, she's writing. She spends her days off watching rodeo, knitting and surfing porn sites in the name of research. BA's personal saviors include her partner, Julia Talbot, her best friend, Sean Michael, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Really good coffee.
Having written everything from fist-fighting rednecks to hard-core cowboys to werewolves, BA does her damnedest to tell the stories of her heart, which was raised in Northeast Texas, but is feeling the Colorado mountains calling. With books ranging from hard-hitting GLBT romance, to fiery menages, to the most traditional of love stories, BA refuses to be pigeon-holed by anyone but the voices in her head.

On March 15th, we'll be visiting with Julia Talbot ( From Julia's website:

Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Ellora's Cave, and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved. Find Julia at @juliatalbot on Twitter, or at

And on March 22nd, Sean Michael ( Much thanks to all three for taking the time to come play on the blog tour! From Sean's website:

Often referred to as "Space Cowboy" and "Gangsta of Love" while still striving for the moniker of "Maurice," Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and persuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to "Chicago."
A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.
Barring any of that? He'll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.
Sean's available for interviews, by the way. He can always be talked into, well talking about himself. Just drop him an email here.

Now for the questions, because I'm sure y'all are waiting out there with baited breath, all jittery and sweaty and nail-bite-y because the fate of the universe as we know it will be decided by my answers to these questions.

Or not. Maybe you're just waiting for the next episode of Charles in Charge on Nikelodeon to start, and don't have anything better to do in the meantime. That's okay. It's all good.

1) What am I working on? 

I've always got a few things in the works. In fact, I have a folder on my desktop titled "WIP" in which I keep everything I've started but have yet to finish. How many items are in there you ask? Let's put it this way - if it was a brick-and-mortar folder instead of a digital one, it would be heavy enough to be a doorstop.  

Some of the items in there are no more than a title, or a first line, or an idea, while some are half-way written, with many, many manuscripts in stages in between. 

At the moment I've chosen three to work on. Two are novels, and one is a novella. The first novel is a YA (yes, I write YA under my Dakota Chase pseudonym), a reinventing of sorts of Alice in Wonderland. In this one, Alice's brother, Henry, finds himself in Wonderland where he meets -- and falls for -- the Mad Hatter. There's much whimsy and tomfoolery, and I'm having a blast letting my imagination run wild.

The second is an angel/demon/vampire novel. The heroes are very cool, one being an angel and the other, a demon and both being vampires riding motorcycles. Come doesn't get more badass than that, right? Anyway, in this one vamps are "out" but very much treated like second class citizens by the government. Those who can afford it are forced to drink blood only from government "sanctioned" sources; those who can't afford the cost are forced to find sustenance at seedy places in the underworld, such as skid row. Some vamps want to rebel, and plot against the humans. But within their own ranks are some who only wish to use the rebellion to further their own ends, including the production of a high-end drug called "VD" that's distilled from the ashes of burnt vamps. 

The third WIP is a novella for an upcoming anthology with none other than  B.A. Tortuga and Julia Talbot, which should be released in time for this year's Authors After Dark convention in August. The working title is "Midnight Rodeo," I believe. My story involves a demon and a psychic who are "patches" for the rodeo (the ones who go in beforehand and square things with local officials). Sorry I can't give out much more information than that at this time, but suffice it to say, the anthology is going to be of the paranormal variety!

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

I tend to write things others won't. For example, several years ago, well before the current zombie craze started, I wrote a zombie love story called "As Serious As the Grave." Nobody thought it would sell, but surprise! It did and still does, spawning a second story in the universe called "Lights, Camera, Zombies!" 

I've also written "odd" shapeshifters. My favorite was a villain in my "In Their Own Skins" series - the T-Rex shiter, Cain. 

I've written satyr porn stars, a book with two heroes who were both over 50 and not chiseled hunks, and so forth and so on.

3) Why do I write what I do? 

The true answer? Because I think men are hot. I like the way they think, the dynamics between them when they're in a relationship with each other, they way their bodies work. That may be politically incorrect, but...there you have it. Men are hot, and quite frankly, writing about boobies just doesn't do it for me. 

4) How does your writing process work? 

Sometimes I start with an idea, sometimes with a title, or a first line. Then I ask the infamous question, "What if?" That's usually all it takes before I'm off to the races.

I need to have silence when I write. I know a lot of writers who create playlists to listen to while they write, and I wish I could be like that, but it just doesn't work for me. I need to hear the voices in my head as they tell me the story. See, when I write, it's like a movie playing in my head. I'm just transcribing what happens.

Well, I think that does it for this blog tour. I had a blast, and thanks to AR Moler for starting the blog tour, and T.c. Blue for asking me!

Monday, March 3, 2014

February by Cardeno C.

Happy Monday! We said goodbye to February so it's time for my monthly writing recap blog post.

  • Walk with Me – the last Home series book - was released on February 7th. 
  • Mary Calmes and I finished the editing process on Control and got an amazing cover from Reese Dante. The book is scheduled for release on April 18th.
  • I finished the editing process on Perfect Imperfections, my standalone novel scheduled for release May 5th. 
  • I got a contract for the short novella I wrote as part of Dreamspinner’s summer Mended Daily Dose. The theme for this one is hurt-comfort. My story is a paranormal (shifters) called All of Me. It’ll be available for individual sale on June 1st.
  • I got a contract for In Your Eyes, the next Mates book. It’s scheduled for release in July.
Have a great week.