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Please welcome author Caridad Pineiro as she gives us a behind-the-scenes look at her new romantic suspense TO CATCH A PRINCESS.

When I first got the idea for a series set in a casino, I had no doubt that the first book would be set in my home state of New Jersey and highlight Atlantic City.  I’ve been there a number of times for concerts and yes, a little gambling, and I thought it would be fun to give readers a view into that city as well as the nearby Jersey Shore.

But after THE PRINCE’S GAMBLE, I really wanted to go somewhere glamorous and very romantic.  After all, TO CATCH A PRINCESS was going to have an arrange marriage, a prince and a princess and a jewelry heist.  It needed to be set in an ultra-rich and over-the-top location:  Monaco.

Many of us have watched at least one movie with a scene set in Monte Carlo with its elegant casinos.  Who doesn’t know about Grace Kelly falling in love with Prince Ranier and her tragic death along one of the dangerous hillside roads?

There was just one problem with choosing Monaco as a location:  I’d never been there!  LOL!  How I wish I had been able to visit like I have with some of the other locations in my books.

Luckily, I have a dear friend, Irene Peterson, whose sister-in-law was born in Monaco and was kind enough to answer some of my questions about the sights and smells of this amazing principality.  Plus, there are a number of webcams as well as a fabulous site at www.visitmonaco.com where I was able to explore this location.

I hope that when you read TO CATCH A PRINCESS you’ll get a feel for the elegant casinos, lethal roads, and the azure majesty of the Mediterranean.  Yes, all that as well as a sexy tale about two people who have been attracted to each other forever and now face having to marry thanks to an outrageous bargain made by their parents!

And don’t forget the jewel thief!  I sure couldn’t.  For some reason Shea worked his way into my heart, so look for him to pay Princess Tatiana and Detective Peter Roman a visit in the future.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by to find out more about TO CATCH A PRINCESS.

To Catch a Princess

Untold wealth, a loving family, a solid career in America: the only thing Princess Tatiana lacks is the one thing she really doesn’t want—a husband. Unfortunately, her parents have just arranged her marriage to a royal from the old country. Are they kidding? It’s the twenty-first century!

Police Detective Peter Roman is a royal living incognito … and escaping a secret that has haunted his family for years. He’s been quietly in love with his best friend Prince Alexander’s sister for as long as he can remember. Little does she know that he is secretly the Grand Duke to whom she is unwillingly betrothed…

When a series of high-end jewelry heists threatens Tatiana’s exclusive charity exhibition in glamorous Monaco, the two must trap the clever jewel thief before he strikes again. In a fight for their lives, Peter’s secret identity is revealed. With danger and passion increasing to the breaking point, she must decide: catch a thief…or trust the heart of her true love.

To Catch a Princess | Excerpt

Tatiana gave him a puzzled look when he approached and sat beside her.

“Something wrong?” she asked.

“I know about the marriage bargain that your parents made with Grand Duke Roman Alexandrovich,” he began. She dog-eared her page in the novel and closed it, her demeanor deceptively calm, though he could see her eyes had grown turbulent.

“How do you know about that stupid plan?”

“Because I’m Velikiy Knjaz Pyotr Romanovich, the only son of the Grand Duke.”

She waved her hands and shook her head, making a face. “You’re the prince? No way.”

“I never kid about things like this,” he replied, and met her gaze dead-on so she would realize that he wasn’t kidding.

Hot color flooded her face, but she retained control, staring silently at him for a long time.

At length, she leaned toward him, and said in low tones, “All this time we’ve known you, that I’veknown you, and you’ve been lying to me about who you are?”

“It’s a complicated situation, Tatochka.”

“Do not call me that. Only friends or family call me that, and you are neither right now.” She surged from the chair and stalked a few steps away, contained by the size of the plane, just as he had hoped.

She raked her fingers through her ebony hair and held them there for a moment before allowing the thick strands to fall back into place.

She whirled to face him. “Why? And why tell me now?”

He drew in a breath. “The first why is complicated. I hated having my life plastered all over the papers.”

“You mean like when my college roommate and supposed friend stole my diary and sold it off to one of the tabloids?”

He finally remembered the details of the incident and understood now how that had made her distrustful of others.  How as royals too many people wanted to be there “friends” for ulterior motives.

“I would never—”

“You already did, Detective.  A lie of omission is still a lie isn’t it?  So why are you coming clean now?”

“It’s only fair you know exactly whose involved in this crazy ass marriage arrangement. And I also wanted to let you know that I have no intention of going ahead with it, even though our parents are suddenly deciding to push on it.”

She stared at him and her shoulders notched down a fraction. “Good, because I’m not doing it either. Especially with a man who lies like the proverbial rug. A man I obviously can’t trust.”

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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