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Today we have the talented Caridad Pineiro’s call story!

Carol W is the winner. Email me at

Welcome all! Welcome Caridad!

Remember all posts run noon to noon Mountain time for prizes. Caridad’s post will be up today noon– okay a few minutes late — my computer crashed and I had a freak out 30 minutes where I couldn’t get my files to load but all is well.

Today’s prize will be two SOURCEBOOKS Laura Kinsdale trade paperbacks. UNCERTAIN MAGIC AND THE PRINCE OF MIDNIGHT. Gorgeous covers and a wonderful author. AND a copy of AWAKENING THE BEAST that has my story and Caridad’s in it:)
Just post to get a chance to win! I am headed to Donna’s post to post the winner for yesterday too.

Onward to Caridad’s call story. Caridad not only writes amazing vamps for HQ she has an awesome paranormal series at Grand Central.

The Call

There are days that you will always remember no matter how much time passes. The day that you get “The Call” that someone wants to buy your book is one of those not-to-be-forgotten moments.

For me, “The Call” happened on a Good Friday. I had off from work, but it wasn’t a relaxing day. It was the kind of day working mothers have way too often – trying to fit in household chores, preparation for the upcoming Easter holiday and traditional egg hunt, and a visit to my mother-in-law and great-grandma (who passed away last year on her 103rd birthday!).

My husband was tied up with work at home and I had decided to take my daughter to visit the two grandmas since we wouldn’t see them at Easter. After loading their Easter baskets into the car, we headed to Brooklyn.

We hadn’t been in the house more than about half an hour when my husband called. Someone had just phoned for me and he had almost hung up on them, thinking that they were a telemarketer, but something made him stop and listen (quite rare as those of you with husbands know). Then he said to me, “She says she’s an editor at Kensington and wants to talk to you about the book you sent them.”

He read off the number she had left and I took a deep breath. My hands were shaking. Heart pounding a rabbit-fast beat. After so many rejections, I didn’t want to believe that this might be it – The Call!

I phoned the editor and she answered immediately. Even more importantly, it was “The Call.” The editor indicated that she wanted to acquire the book I had sent in about a month earlier, but would call me back in a few days with all the details like the advance, publication date, etc. I thanked her, gave her some numbers where she could reach me and hung up.

Then I started jumping up and down and screaming, “I just sold my book! I just sold my book!”

The floor groaned and creaked – okay, I needed to lose a little weight — but the home is older so that was the real reason for everything shaking. Or maybe it was that my mother-in-law, daughter and great grandma all came in to ask me what had happened and when they realized, they started hopping up and down as well.

So that was The Call, but publishing is fickle. Two years after the publication of my first book the line closed, leaving me to struggle to sell another book. It took nearly two years, but five years later, I was lucky enough to get The Call again, but I wasn’t surprised when The Call came.

“Why not?” you are probably asking. Well, it was Good Friday and as soon as the editor identified herself, I knew what she would say next.

I’ve had The Call come often in the last ten years although not always on Good Friday. Each and every time it is special to hear those words and know that my dream continues.

If you’re an aspiring author, I hope that you one day experience the thrill of The Call.

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18 comments to “Today we have the talented Caridad Pineiro’s call story!”

  1. Minna
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 1:26 pm · Link

    Great story!

  2. Ilona Fenton
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 1:30 pm · Link

    Lovely story and I’m glad that all that jumping around didn’t cause the floor to break :D

  3. Samantha
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Nice story.

  4. Linda Henderson
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 2:55 pm · Link

    I’m so glad you got THE CALL because I really enjoy your books. I especially like The Calling series and anytime I’m asked who my favorite vampire is I always say Ryder.

  5. Larena Wirum
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 5:01 pm · Link

    wow what a great story. That would be very memorable. :mrgreen:

  6. Caridad Pineiro
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 7:07 pm · Link

    Thanks for dropping by! Believe me, I was worried about the floor giving way with all of us hopping around. It was a memorable day for me. I won’t ever forget it.

  7. infinitieh
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Good Friday sure has been good to you!

  8. Pat Cochran
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 8:22 pm · Link

    How exciting it must be to get the Call!! “Congratulations”
    Caridad and continued “Good Luck.”

    Pat Cochran

  9. Judy Cox
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 8:23 pm · Link

    I enjoyed your post!! I can imagine how exciting and satisfying that is. I enjoy your books.

  10. lorettaC
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 8:49 pm · Link

    I have read your books and I glad you got The Calls.


  11. jennifer mathis
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 8:52 pm · Link

    aww what a great story lol I love the hopping around part :)

  12. Fedora
      · October 23rd, 2010 at 11:13 pm · Link

    Caridad, congrats and thanks for sharing your story! I love that you were able to share your news immediately with your family, who celebrated with you right then!

  13. Yadira A.
      · October 24th, 2010 at 1:40 am · Link

    Hi Caridad!
    The covers on all your books are fantastic! That’s an awesome call story:) That Good Friday must have been a great Good Friday!

  14. SiNn
      · October 24th, 2010 at 3:34 am · Link

    Caridad Im sooo glad you got teh call loved the story and honestly imglad you did ur an awesome lady and ur books are awesome!

  15. Caridad Pineiro
      · October 24th, 2010 at 6:14 am · Link

    Blushing here from all the nice comments! Thank you all for coming by to hear about my “Call”. It was a very happy moment for me.

  16. Lindy
      · October 24th, 2010 at 9:12 am · Link

    Shooooooooot! You should celebrate it as FANTASTIC Friday now! What a cool story!


  17. Karin
      · October 24th, 2010 at 10:23 am · Link

    Loved the story about The Call. Does The Calling have any relation to The Call?

  18. Carol Woodruff
      · October 24th, 2010 at 1:48 pm · Link

    It must be really great to get that call, but even nicer to share with so much family. Congrats.

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