Anniversary Shenanigans: Author Visit & Giveaway: Cardeno C.

Cardeno C. is here! HERE! Omigod. Have you all read her Home series? If not, you need to meet the guys of Emile City. Stat. Anyway... stay and fanigirl with me while we chat with Cardeno C.

BMBR: What are your favorite M/M themes?
CC: My favorite theme is childhood friends to lovers. I revisit that theme often in my books: More Than Everything, Wake Me Up Inside, Walk With Me, The One Who Saves Me, Where He Ends and I Begin, Home Again, Eight Days, and All of Me are all childhood friends to lovers books.

I also like enemies to lovers books although I have to admit, I'm more of a happy writer than an angsty one, so my enemy parts can't ever take long. Still, I'd say In Your Eyes, A Shot at Forgiveness, and maybe even McFarland's Farm (kind of sort of) have an enemies to lovers bent.
BMBR: The One Who Saves me is a definite favorite!

BMBR: What books do you consider Desert Island Keepers?
CC:  My top three desert island keepers are:
Frog by Mary Calmes – The characters in this book are the embodiments of people I love in real life. It touched me deeply.
The Blinding Light by Renae Kaye – Renae is a new writer who wowed right from the gate. I enjoyed the warm, fuzzy feelings evoked by both of her novels.
The Magpie Lord series by KJ Charles – I don’t read historicals or mysteries and yet, I adored this book. What KJ can do with words is awe inspiring. 

BMBR: What's your go-to tasty beverage?
CC: I should confess up front that I have a caffeine addiction. I am constantly drinking stay-awake beverages. I loved iced tea (earl gray w/ vanilla soymilk), Chai, Diet Coke, Yerba Mate, and, of course, coffee in any of its forms.
BMBR: Chai! Mmmm... chai.

BMBR: Do you have any secret talents? Inquiring minds want to know.
CC: If people consider my writing a talent, I'd say it's that I'm a writer. I known it's not a secret to anyone reading this, but it's a secret to all but a handful of people I know through my legal name.
BMBR: I'm pretty sure people consider your writing a talent!

BMBR: If you had to choose to be one magical beast, what would it be and why? (you don't have to say unicorn...but we won't say neigh either)
CC: *snort* I do love unicorns. And now that you've mentioned them, I'm totally distracted and can't answer the questions. "Why am I distracted?" you ask. Well, it was a dark and stormy night ... or at least a really, really late one. And I was punch drunk and chatting with the great Mary Calmes and we were, ehm, *researching* unicorns and shifters and part man part unicorn and ... did you know there's a thing called a manicorn? If you find him online, try to look away. You can't. He'll keep watching you. Even after you turn off the computer. It's been over a year I think and he is *still* watching me.
BMBR: Ah, yes. We are well acquainted with Manicorn. The best research happens when punch drunk.

BMBR: Do you have author envy? Whose words do you read and think, "GAH, I wish I wrote that!"?
CC: Not envy and I don't think I've ever wished I wrote something but there are authors who I admire immensely, whose work I devour, and who inspire me to be a better writer. I named three of them up there. :)
BMBR: Any new projects you're currently working on?

CC: Always! I always have new projects. My next release is November 21st - a shifter novella called Blue Mountain. You can find information about it here. And I'm currently writing a new novel called Johnnie in my new Siphon universe.

Thanks so much for stopping by & chatting with us CC! 

About the Author:
Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

Author Links:

To enter to win an ebook copy of The Half of Us by Cardeno C. please leave a comment on this blog post and let us know your name and a means of contacting you (e.g., email, Twitter handle, link to Goodreads account, etc.)

The giveaway is open until 10:00PM (Pacific time) on 11/20/14. Shortly thereafter, we will contact a winner whom we will select using a highly scientific "names in a hat" method (or, you know, an internet randomizer). Please respond to the winning notification within 48 hours or we will choose another winner.

Thanks for celebrating with us & GOOD LUCK!


  1. Always enjoy Cardeno's stories. Thanks for the chance


  2. Cardeno is one of my fave author, I loved all of her stories. Thanks for this chance and the interview

    1. Don't forget to leave a way to contact you :)

    2. Damn I forgot
      Hope it's not too late

  3. I adore Cardeno's books. Wonderful shifters. I hafta admit I was unfamiliar with "manicorn" as I don't drink due to being on so much medication....some of it can make for "drunkeness" if you aren't careful. :) I am now, educated on manicorn and I just hafta say oh my! hahaha

    Thanks for the interview and the chance at a great prize!

    your fan,

  4. Thanks for the great interview! And the contest! Manicorn was a new one for me...just googled it and got some interesting hits.

    The Half of Us on my TBR list - would love to win a copy. :-)

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  5. Loved the interview and always Cardeno's books. Have to admit I'm going to look up a manicorn as soon as I finish this comment. :) Thanks for an opportunity in the giveaway.
    flutterfli01 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. Will have to check out Manicorn since it's new to me. Thanks for the giveaway!
    strive4bst(AT) yahoo(Dot) com

  7. I love Cardeno C's books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I just started reading your books and have loved every one.
    Debby236 at gmail dot com

  9. Great interview! Big fan of Cardeno C's books! Thanks for the chance to win!

  10. Who doesn't love CC?!? Great interview and thanks for the Manicorn comment. Had to go and check him out immediately and OMGs! He's Hawt!

  11. Awesome interview! My impulsive manicorn search is haunting me however....


  12. Great post! Will have to check out Manicorn since it's new to me1 Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!


  13. I would love to win a copy of this. Thanks for the giveaway, and HAPPY BLOGIVESARY.

  14. Absolutely love all of your books, was afraid to read the shifter series, but broke down and said what the heck and found out that they weren't scary at all! (totally hate scary books!). Based on your co-authoring with Mary Calmes I have now started devouring her books. Your Home series is my absolute favorite series of them all, and childhood best friends is my favorite of the types of love stories! Keep them coming!

  15. I absolutely ADORE CC's books!! I'm glad she's always writing! :D