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Hello people,

The Blog of Sid Love is celebrating and not for just one reason. For the ones who don’t know, TBSL completed its 7 months yesterday and this has been a memorable journey for me as well as my reviewers. The authors, my followers and readers have been amazing in participating in our events and following our reviews. Your words of appreciation always encourages us to do better.

So on this special occasion, we have a big event planned for you all. Also, we are going reveal something quite amazing to you (Well, it amazes me at least 😛 ) and we hope you like whatever it is and support us.

Event Details:

We have a new FB page, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/theblogofsidlove

Author Cardeno C. will be taking over this page TODAY between ONE PM TO TWO PM Pacific Time and you can chat with the author while the author will reveal some facts about his upcoming book “More Than Everything”. There will be a contest whereby you will get a chance to win a free ebook copy of any ONE of Cardeno’s books. So be there and participate!

We ALSO have a new twitter page, the link to which is: https://twitter.com/BlogofSidLove

Rhys Ford will take over this twitter feed and chat with you between the same time as Cardeno will be on FB. She will run a similar contest over there and will tell you about her new book “Fish and Ghosts”.

Like and Follow the two accounts so that you will be entered into both the contests. At the end of the chats, both the authors will choose a winner and also make an announcement for us! So be there on time.. they will let you know about how you can also win a goodie pack that comes from The Blog of Sid Love 😀

More details on that coming soon!

So, gear up people and show us some LOVE!

Today we have with us a well-known author whose books have managed to win a million hearts. With lively characters and some romantic sizzlers in each of this author’s novels, the author has gained an immense popularity among M/M readers.

I take this opportunity to welcome the award winning author – Cardeno C. to The Blog of Sid Love! CC is here talking about and promoting his newly released novel – Strong Enough – which is the second installment in CC’s “Family” series.

SL: An author never ceases to challenge himself. With your upcoming book, what challenges did you set for yourself during its creation and do you think you have achieved them?

CC: Some challenges are constants in my writing. I always set out to write books that make people feel good and warm and uplifted. I set out to write books with positive portrayals of relationships. And I set out to write characters readers can relate to, characters readers will feel they know. All of those things were true for this book.

One goal that was unique to this book was my desire to portray different needs in these characters than those in the first book of the Family series (Something in the Way He Needs) and to show those need being met. We’re all different people and we need different things to fulfill ourselves. Finding a person who loves us for who we are, flaws and all, is wonderful. The characters in the Family books are not the perfect men for everyone. But, I hope, they’re the right men for each other.

SL: The main characters in the story seem different from each other. Was it difficult to come up with their identities and their overall background?

CC: I was lucky with this book. The characters and their story came easily. Yes, they’re different men. Different backgrounds. Different families. Different appearances. Different ages. Different education levels. Different job types. I could go on, but I’m boring myself here. Spencer and Emilio are different. But these aren’t men looking for a carbon copy of themselves to stand at their side. They admire in each other the qualities that they themselves don’t possess.

SL: Which of the two main characters deeply spoke to you – the one that maybe made an empathetic link with you?

CC: I can’t write about people unless I can get into their heads. That’s a critical part of my writing process. So to write Spencer and Emilio, I needed to empathize with both of them. The same is true for all my characters. To write a book, I need to get into those characters’ head space. Sometimes that easier than others and this was one of those times.

SL: To what extent did you research for this novel?

CC: This is contemporary, character-driven novel, so it didn’t require a lot in the way of research. The internet is my friend and I used it, but most of the book came from within.

SL: Is perfection in your writing important to you? What do you do to achieve the kind of perfection that is needed?

CC: I don’t think I know what perfection in writing would look like. I want to write books that are clean, well-edited, easy to read and understand, and meet my writing goals (which I listed in response to the first question). If I can do that, I’m happy. If I can’t, then I need to keep working on the book until I get there.

SL: Do you think Strong Enough will help you grab another of those shiny lot of awards you have deservingly won for your past works?

CC: I hope readers who have been loyal and supportive to me book after book enjoy this one. I think of them when I’m writing and hearing that I’ve made them smile and feel good makes me feel like I won the award for goal-accomplished.

SL: What’s next, after Strong Enough, then?

CC: My next book is More Than Everything, scheduled for release in mid-November. It’s also in the Family series. One of the characters was introduced in Something in the Way He Needs. The other two characters were introduced in Strong Enough. Yup. That math adds up to three. We already talked about stretching wings, right?

After that, I have a short holiday novella being released December 1st. It’s called Miracle and it’s a different kind of story for me, told in a different kind of way. Fingers crossed that different is good.

And then, though it pains me to say this, I’ll have the last book in the Home series being released in mid-February. It’s called Walk with Me and it’s about Seth and Eli, characters who have made appearances in some other Home books. Right now, I’m struggling with my goodbye to the series that led me on my writing journey.

SL: What kind of books do you like to read?

CC: I love to read the same types of books I love to write – happy, uplifting romances.

SL: And what are you currently reading?

CC: I’m not reading anything new right now. Do you have any suggestions?

SL: Oh I have many on this blog!

What would you say to all your fans out there?

CC: Thank you. Two simple words, but I mean them wholeheartedly. Thank you.

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STRONG ENOUGH

Strong EnoughBLURB: When twenty-two-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.

Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.

THE BLOG OF SID LOVE rates it: four-stars_0

[…]“Strong Enough” made me feel like I was on a fluffy cloud…and I’m still smiling…

Read Susan Lee’s full review: STRONG ENOUGH

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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 feels that characters write their own stories and just hopes to find enough time to get those stories on the page.

Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads 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.”

Website: cardenoc.com
Facebook: Cardeno C. Author
Facebook Author Page: Cardeno C.
Twitter: @cardenoc

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Reviewed by Susan Lee

TITLE: Strong Enough
AUTHOR: Cardeno C
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner
strongenoughBLURB:
When twenty-two-year-old Emilio Sanchez sees handsome Spencer Derdinger walking by his construction site, Emilio makes it his goal to seduce the shy professor. Getting Spencer into bed isn’t difficult, but Emilio soon learns that earning the trust of a man deeply hurt will take time and patience. With a prize like brilliant, sweet Spencer on the line, Emilio decides he is strong enough to face the challenge.

Spencer is surprised when he’s approached by the gorgeous construction worker he’s admired from the safety of his office window. Acting spontaneously for the first time in his thirty-eight years, Spencer takes Emilio home. When the casual hookup turns into the potential for love, Spencer realizes that if he wants to build a life with Emilio, he’ll need to be strong enough to slay his personal demons and learn to trust again.

REVIEW:
This book was sappy, sticky, cheesy, almost-too-perfect…and I ADORED IT.

As a single person “of a certain age” (ha!), this book is the fairy tale.  Feeling “ordinary” – but suddenly pursued by a HOT model-looking man, who not only is beautiful, but gentle, supportive, totally into you, AND the “settling down” kind.  Duh…sign me up! And maybe it’s this personal connection to the story that had me smiling ear-to-ear as I read each page, but, in the end, my heart felt full.

I love that Cardeno C writes characters who’ve lived life…who are older, successful, yet still lost when it comes to love. I relate to these characters.  Spencer Derdinger is a 38 year-old math professor, successful professionally, but unlucky in love, suffering from erectile dysfunction, insecure, lonely, and just going through the motions of life. Yes, he’s slightly pathetic.  But, I found him lovely and sympathetic…and adorable.

Emilio, a 22 year-old construction worker is a larger-than-life character.  He is perfect in every way and though this would typically make my eyes roll, I think he needed to be THIS amazing to build up someone like Spencer.  Emilio is the prince, the dream man, and this WORKED for me.

I loved them together. SWEET, KIND, TENDER, BEAUTIFUL, HOT…I loved their conversations, their interactions, and their sexual connections.

All the side stories: ridiculous ex-boyfriend, caricature family members and best friends, etc. did, actually, annoy me a bit.  And truthfully, the main story line itself was truly too much. But, as I mentioned…it so matched/suited the fairy tale in my head of that perfect romance, it worked for me.  Make Spencer & Emilio break out into song and this could easily be a Disney movie.

Cardeno C is a self-professed romantic so you know what you’re going to get when you read these books…ROMANCE…in the sappiest way possible.  But, you know, for me, I need this every now and again.  And I’ve never once, even in the books I didn’t like as much, walked away feeling down after reading a Cardeno C book!  “Strong Enough” made me feel like I was on a fluffy cloud…and I’m still smiling…

Susan’s Rating:four-stars_0

 

BUY LINK: DREAMSPINNER PRESS

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Review by Susan Lee

TITLE: Until Forever Comes

SERIES: Mates Series

AUTHOR: Cardeno C.

PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press

BLURB: Ethan Abbatt is a wolf shifter who can’t shift. Plagued by pain and weakness all his life, he hopes to find an honorable death by joining his pack mates in a vampire attack. Instead, Ethan learns two things: draining his blood releases his pain and his wolf, and he has a true mate—a vampire named Miguel.

Miguel Rodriguez is more than four centuries old. Strong, powerful, and vicious, he walks through life as a shadow, without happiness or affection. When a young shifter tells Miguel they’re true mates, destined to be together, Miguel sends him away. But Ethan is persistent, and Miguel can’t resist for long. Once Miguel gives in, being together comes naturally. The challenge is keeping themselves alive so they can stay by each other’s side until forever comes.

REVIEW:

I am CHARMED! This book is sweet, and romantic, and tender…and the BLOOD…so much BLOOD! Ha!

I have to admit that I’ve never read a “shifter” book (ummm…let’s pretend I’ve never read Twilight, shall we?) and hadn’t even realized it was about werewolves and vampires.  So, I can’t tell you if this is original or not, or if it’s true to “shifterdom” or not, or if it’s even got the right amount of action or not.

All I can say is that I adored it!

Ethan, the never-felt-right-in-his-pack shifter, is the sweetest thing EVER! I want to eat him up…like a cupcake! I loved him. He’s naïve and innocent, but knows what he wants, what he needs, what he’s due, and what’s his.  Oh, and he’s little, but his prick is the size of his arm (the author’s words, not mine! 🙂 )

Miguel, the 400-year-old indestructible alpha vampire is the sexiest thing EVER! I want to eat him up…like a steak! I loved him. He’s strong and passionate, and he will do whatever it takes to protect his mate. *sigh* Oh, and he’s funny and this big huge guy isn’t afraid to bottom (the author’s story, not mine! 🙂 )

Their relationship had my heart all a-flutter and their insatiable appetites for each other had me breathing extra heavy.

Sweet, sexy, and fun…highly reco’d for escapist-fare…

SUSAN’S RATING: four-stars_0

BUY LINK: Dreamspinner Press

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