Behind the Scenes of SINS OF THE FLESH by Caridad Pineiro
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I want to thank Night Owl Romance for having me here today to share a little Behind the Scenes stories about my new release, SINS OF THE FLESH, the first book in an exciting new paranormal suspense series from Grand Central Publishing.
SINS OF THE FLESH is set “down the shore” as us Jersey folk like to say. I had a great time scoping out all kinds of places along the Jersey Shore and also in Philadelphia where the first few scenes of the book were set.
Why Philly? Well, I went to school right outside Philadelphia and have always liked the city. Plus the heroine is a musician and I wanted to have her somewhere cozier than New York City. I also needed to be able to have a location where the heroine could go hide without attracting a lot of attention. The Philadelphia Music Academy was a perfect place for those opening scenes.
But then the action moves right away to New Jersey. From the Pine Barrens to the hero’s home in Bradley Beach, most of the action takes place in locations I was able to visit for that real life experience that adds detail that isn’t possible from just book research.
Bradley Beach is a quiet, family-oriented shore town and quite lovely. It’s a place where the hero feels safe which explains why he goes there when he feels all his regular haunts are compromised. If you click here, you can see some shots of the town’s annual Memorial Day parade.
The picture to the right is of the Bradley Beach Centennial Fountain and I’ll tell you a secret – I had a scene where the bad guy finds Mick and Caterina thanks to a photo of Mick’s family in front of this fountain, but that scene was cut!
The big climax at the end of the book also takes place along the shore at Fort Hancock which has a long and storied history. From defending New York City during the Civil War to having Nike missiles during the Cold War, it was the perfect location for a chase and fight scene at the end of the novel. You can click here for some more information on Fort Hancock and the tunnels beneath the fort!
I hope you’ll find the Jersey Shore locations in SINS OF THE FLESH unique. I also hope you’ll think the paranormal premise about a genetically engineered woman is also unique.
If you’re wondering what prompted the genetic engineering angle to SINS OF THE FLESH, I must confess to being a science geek. Caterina’s transformation and glowing skin is factual and based on the real life science of fluorescent proteins which have been used to track gene expression. Some scientists have even produced mice and cats that glow in the dark with these FPs and you can even buy glowing fish online and in your local department stores. To see some shots of a cat that is glowing the way Caterina the heroine might, you can click here.
Thanks again for taking the time to visit with me and my thanks to Night Owl Romance again for hosting me!