Monday, April 28, 2014

April by Cardeno C.

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

  • Control was released. It’s the bear/hawk shifter story I cowrote with Mary Calmes.
  • The finishing touches were put on my rock star novel, Perfect Imperfections. It’s now available for preorder and is releasing May 5th. (p.s. You can enter to win a copy here.)
  • I reviewed the galley for All of Me, my wolf shifter novella that’ll be available for individual sale on June 1st and is part of Dreamspinner’s Mended Daily Dose.
  • I finished the editing process on In Your Eyes, the third Mates book, and started working with the always amazing Reese Dante on a cover.
  • I started the preproduction process (i.e. filled out forms) for McFarland’s Farm, the first novella in a new novella series called Hope Crossing.
  • I am writing the very end of The Half of Us, the next Family book.

Have a great week.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Song Inspirations (Cinco) & More Giveaways by Cardeno C.

Happy Monday! It's a busy writing and life day today so I'm doing a quick post with one song inspiration and links to giveaways of Control, my cowritten shifter book with Mary Calmes.

Song Inspiration

Walk with Me
Inspiration: "Walk With Me" by Neil Young

Walk with Me is about two men of faith who after many years walking together through the journey of life as friends, finally find their way to a walk down the aisle. There was never a question that Eli and Seth loved each other unconditionally, had faith in one another,  and wouldn't let each other down, but they had to grow individually before they were ready to share themselves in a new way. 

The book was also a goodbye from me to the Home series and my friends in the Emile City. Seth and Eli had small appearances in several of the books, but they had a larger role in my head all along. I saved my dear (imaginary) friends for the finale and I could think of no better inspiration for them than Neil Young. Usually I just include lyrics in these song inspiration posts, but I think this one deserves a video.

Control Giveaways

Joyfully Jay
Love Bytes
Sinfully Sexy Books

If you want to see reviews for Control, I have some posted on my website

Hopefully next week I can get it together enough to do a longer song inspiration post. Fingers crossed. Have a wonderful week.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Giveaways & Preorders

Happy Monday! Control, my cowritten shifter book with Mary Calmes, is being released in four days and is currently available for preorder. A new release always means one thing: giveaways! I'll list them below. But first, links: The paperback (with free ebook) is here and the ebook is here

And if you're already preordering Control, take a look at my next book. It's a standalone rockstar contemporary called Perfect Imperfections

More on that later, for now giveaways:

Have a great week.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Song Inspirations by Cardeno C. (Quatro)

Happy Monday! Today I'm continuing my posts about song inspirations.

Eight Days
Inspiration: "White Flag" by Dido

Eight Days is a novella about two boys whose families are close friends - studious, quiet Josh and popular, athletic Maccabe. When Maccabe realizes his friend is attracted to him and he feels the same in return, he first hides in fear and then succumbs to passion, but with youth come mistakes and Maccabe's is not realizing the value of what he had until long after he lost it. 

Though the years pass, the love both men feel for each other doesn't fade and by the time Maccabe finally matures enough to ask the right questions and listen to the answers, he is on the proverbial sinking ship. Too much time has passed. He has made too much of a mess, destroyed their relationship in painful ways, and did enough damage to justify Josh's years of silence and insistence that they're over. But when Maccabe puts his single-minded focus on something, he won't surrender or wave the white flag, he will win. And in this story, he finally realizes a life with the man he'll always love is the ultimate prize. 

Song Inspiration: "Chasing The Sun" by the Wanted

Until Forever Comes is a novel in my Mates series about Ethan a young, ill shifter who realizes his mate is an ancient, dangerous vampire and Miguel, an intelligent, blood-thirsty vampire who realizes his salvation comes in the form of a spirited young wolf. Ethan has never been right in the eyes of his pack. He is a shifter who can't shift, something that shouldn't happen. Being different and physically weak has given him more than his share of sadness and pain, but it also gave him something rare among his people - the ability to look past what's supposed to be and see what is. Ethan has lived his whole life in a way that doesn't make sense by shifter law, so when he learns he is mated to a male and a vampire at that, he manages to look past the complications that block stronger shifters and see the simple truth: Miguel is his mate.

That mating saves both men, bonding their bodies and making each of them stronger. Through their connection and love, they give each other life. A vampire and a wolf mated, it shouldn't have been possible, that day shouldn't have come. But it did and instead of running away from it, they embraced it and got to live a not-quite eternal life where a shifter can finally shift and a vampire can see the sun.

Inspiration: "The One That Got Away" by Katy Perry

Finally, I wrote about my inspiration for In Another Life in another blog post. I'll link it here so it makes my official song inspiration posts.

I hope you have a terrific week.


Friday, April 4, 2014

"Spring Affair" Now Available for Pre-Order!

"Spring Affair" -- the first book in the four part series "Seasons of Love," is now available for Pre-Order!  Here's the blurb!

Sloan McKenna is going through a tough time. His beloved mother has recently passed away, leaving him her house and beautiful garden. But should he keep the house? Sell it? To make matters worse, he’s in love with one of his best friends, Asher, a man who can’t (or won’t) love him back.
Sloan’s neighbor, Max Turner, is married to an ambitious woman with far-reaching dreams, including moving the family to France. But Max is happy teaching at the local college and living in their nice, quiet town. Then he discovers his fourteen-year-old son is not only gay, but out and proud as well. That throws him into complete disarray, for more than one reason....
When Max’s wife leaves on a two-month business trip to Paris, circumstances throw the two men together. As they become friends, Sloan finds himself falling in love with Max, who is completely unavailable… just like Asher. As for Max, he is discovering that both his son’s coming out and his new friendship with Sloan are stirring up feelings he thought buried long ago. Spring is a time for rebirth—Is there any way the two men can find happiness and a new beginning?