Thank you so much, M.J. for sharing your place with me! I truly appreciate it and I'd love to share a little but about the inspiration for the villain in FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE.

Yep, you read that right: the villain. He's a sick kind of guy. Totally twisted, but also totally in love with Broadway and that's the part I want to share with you!

You might be wondering why Broadway plays such a big role in the suspense story in FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE.
Well, many ages ago I used to play the bassoon. That’s the thing that looks like a bazooka and sounds like a foghorn. If you’ve ever heard THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE, it’s that instrument you hear with the main melody. Here’s what it looks like:

Photo Credit: Gregory F. Maxwell@en.wikipedia.com

Not a very common instrument so as a kid, I was always being asked to play in various orchestras, bands and the one thing I loved the most: pit orchestras for musicals.

I was lucky to be involved in dozens of productions through high school and even in college, where I played my absolute for my absolute favorite Broadway musical – West Side Story. My other favorite is The Sound of Music, but unfortunately I never got to do that one.

But I did do some classics, like South Pacific, The King and I, and too many others to count!

Those musicals and my love for them inspired the villain and the how and why of his deciding to target aspiring young actors and actresses.

I also walk through Times Square and the Broadway area on a regular basis both on my way to work and as a tourist.

I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look at FOR LOVE OR VENGEANCE. Now I’d love to hear from you on whether or not you like musicals or have been to Broadway or a local venue to see one!

About For Love or Vengeance~

FBI Special Agent Helene Alexander is a goddess. An actual frickin’ goddess. And her mission is clear, see that justice is served at all times or her days as a goddess are numbered.

Helene’s new FBI partner defines good-looking, but Miguel Sanchez, wants nothing to do with her ends-justify-the-means attitude. He knows through experience the type of guilt her actions can bring and Miguel wants nothing to do with Helene’s careless ways. Even if she’s so damned hot she makes him burn with the need.

When the serial killer they’re tracking strikes again, Helene and Miguel are drawn into a case that will challenge their most fundamental beliefs about justice and vengeance. But it’s the passion between them that forces a goddess to choose: eternal life with all her powers…or death—to save the man she loves.


It was crazy. Certifiably so.



Helene and Miguel had made it to her Chelsea apartment in record time and now they stood in her living room, barely a hand’s breadth apart. Anticipation charged the air around them. She couldn’t remember ever wanting a man quite this much. The evening had been romantic, he was gorgeous, and her body was pulsing with need. She felt warm despite the slight chill of the air.

Miguel gently stroked his fingers over her hair and she almost felt the blast of heat from the contact. He smoothed the curls and laid his hand at the crook of her neck.

“So soft,” he murmured, brushing his fingertips over her skin.

She worried her lower lip, even as she savored his touch.

This was a dangerous step they were taking.

Dangerous both emotionally and physically.

“Are you sure?” he asked. He reached up with his thumb, soothed the spot on her lip that she had been biting.

She didn’t delude himself that the night would lead to anything more permanent. She almost wondered what had possessed her to make the invitation in the first place. No good could come of a relationship with her partner.

Then again, they weren’t talking about a relationship. They were two consenting adults doing what consenting adults did. She smiled. “I’m sure we’ll enjoy this. And no, I won’t regret it.”

Relief washed over his features, but it was tinged with apology, and she understood. He was a man for whom sleeping together was a prelude to something deeper. Something more profound. But for her, sex was just sex.

So she took the next logical step. Literally.

She closed the distance between them until her body was pressed to his and then combed through the strands of his hair. Dipped her hand down to cradle the back of his head and urge him forward, her gaze locked with his until that moment when their lips finally touched and desire dragged their eyes shut.

She was no stranger to his kiss, having experienced it the other day, but that didn’t make it any less

He was an amazing kisser. He moved his lips against hers, urged her to open her mouth with a slight tug of her lower lip with his teeth. That gentle nip pulled a shudder from her. And a stab of desire to feel his mouth elsewhere on her body.

Without breaking away from his kiss, she eased her hands beneath his suit jacket and slipped it off his shoulders. Did the same with his holster, which thudded against the wood floor. She undid the buttons on his shirt, parted it, and covered his chest with her hands.

“Princess, are you in a rush? Because I’m not,” he said against her lips, breaking away from the kiss.

“You’re not?” she asked, puzzled by his restraint.

He skimmed his large hands across her shoulders, down her arms and to her hands. Twining his fingers with hers, he said, “All good things take time.”

About Caridad Pineiro

New York Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal and romantic suspense author Caridad Pineiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library. Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word and in 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released. Over a decade later, Caridad is the author of more than thirty published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.

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  1. Welcome back, Caridad! So nice to have you again. Well, where to start...let's go straight to it--HOT excerpt! And, I mean, this book's got everything--romance, suspense, paranormal--all wrapped up into one! And don't even get me started on musicals! My favorites are similar to yours--West Side Story, The Sound of Music--but adding some newer ones--Les Miserable, Phantom of the Opera, Jeckyl and Hyde... I've never played an instrument, always wanted to play guitar, but my mom said it was "unladylike." Someday... Anyway, thanks for joining us and for this interesting look at your novel. A villain who likes musicals, can't say as I've read one like that before!

  2. Thank you so much for letting me visit, MJ! I really appreciate it. Yep, I wanted something different for the killer and happy musicals are as far removed as you can imagine! I love Broadway and since I basically walk through Times Square almost every day, I thought it would be fun to set the story there.

    1. It was a pleasure having you and your shoe tapping Broadway killer! Thanks for joining us and come back anytime.

  3. I'f love to come back soon! Thank you again!

  4. Interesting background for you (and the villain). I love musical theater and think it's great that you had the chance to participate in so many of them.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

    1. Thanks for joining us! Isn't it great how our passions find their way into our work!


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