I love movies and television and will often write with the television on in the
background. I’m a very visual person and draw a lot of useful cues from the
expressions on the actors’ faces, how a shot is framed or the rhythm and words
in the dialogue. Eye Candy in some cases. Of course, sometimes I watch just
because it’s a darn good movie! LOL! So today I’m sharing with you my Top 5
must see movies or television shows!
1. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – I got hooked on this show accidentally when I
caught a scene between Buffy and Angel as I was flipping through the channels.
After that, I was a loyal viewer all the way to the seventh season. If you’re
wondering if I’m an Angel or Spike girl, Spike all the way! He always had such
2. X-FILES – So loved all the creepy unexplained phenomena and Sculley and
Mulder. The tension that grew between them was so amazing and I could not wait
for the movie and that one kiss. . .and then it didn’t happen. Sigh. Still
waiting for a true happily ever after for them. I am a hopeful romantic.
3. UNDERWORLD – You may be noticing a trend by now, but I swear this list won’t
be all about paranormal movies and shows. I just love the dark quality of this
movie and the really intense story line. The chemistry between vampire Selene
and half werewolf Michael was so compelling! Not to mention that Kate and Scott
are both very attractive people. I even saw Scott Speedman in LAX one day,
munching on granola. When our eyes met . . . he really looked like he hoped I
would not realize it was him.
4. DIRTY DANCING – Again, not a romance really. No HEA and yet, I still loved
this movie and can watch it again and again. Great music, Patrick Swayze
dancing, shirtless no less. Big sigh. My daughter and I even headed out on
opening night to see DIRTY DANCING: HAVANA NIGHTS. It was awesome to see
Patrick again in that movie, if only for a short time.
5. LOVE, ACTUALLY – I love this movie and always think of it as a romance, but
when you really dig down, there’s really not a lot of the stuff that makes a
romance. Why? Because so few of the relationships are truly healthy or end up
with what I love most – the happily ever after. Still, this movie really
appeals to me and the cast is absolutely amazing.
I have to confess it was really hard to narrow the list to just these top five
because there are some other really worthy mentions, like PRETTY WOMAN, TITANIC,
A WALK TO REMEMBER, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, KIND ARTHUR (THE CLIVE OWEN
VERSION) and SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, just to name a few. I’d love to hear from you
what are some of your favorite movies or television shows.
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Caridad Piñeiro® is a multi-published and award-winning author whose love of
the written word developed when her fifth grade teacher assigned a project – to
write a book that would be placed in a class lending library. She has been
hooked on writing ever since.
From the start, Caridad’s novels have received acclaim and have helped
redefine the landscape of modern romance novels. In 1999, Caridad was published
by Kensington as part of Encanto, the first line of bilingual Latino romance
novels. In 2000, Caridad was one of the first Latino authors featured at the
launch of BookExpo America’s Spanish Pavillion. In December 2006, Caridad
helped Silhouette launch its successful Nocturne paranormal line with DEATH CALLS, one of the
novels in the award-winning THE CALLING Vampire
series. In addition, Caridad has appeared at BookExpo America on
numerous occasions and has captained both the multicultural and vampire genre
panels at the RT BookClub Conventions.
Caridad’s CHICAS novels, including her seventeenth release, SOUTH BEACH CHICAS CATCH THEIR
MAN from Simon & Schuster’s Downtown Press, have garnered praise from
both fellow authors and reviewers and are helping to make Latina fiction a vital
part of the publishing mainstream.
In recognition of her work, Caridad has received various awards and honors.
In 2007, a year marked by the debut of six novels from Harlequin and Pocket
Books, Caridad received the Golden Apple Award Author of the Year Award from the
New York City Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Other honors that
Caridad has received include the selection of DANGER CALLS and DEATH CALLS as the Top
Fantasy Books of 2005 and 2006 by CATALINA magazine, the Cataromance Reviewers
Choice Award for Best Nocturne in 2006 and the New Jersey Romance Writers
Golden Leaf award in 2001 for Best Short Contemporary. Her other titles have
received a number of nominations, such as the Harlequin Readers Choice Awards
and RIO Reviewers Choice Awards. Both DANGER CALLS and SEX AND THE SOUTH BEACH
CHICAS have been book club selections.
Caridad’s eighteenth novel, MOON FEVER, a paranormal
anthology with Maggie Shayne, Susan Sizemore and Lori Handeland, debuted in late
September 2007 as #32 on the New York Times Extended Bestseller list and #123 on
the USA TODAY Bestseller List. HOLIDAY WITH A VAMPIRE, a
paranormal anthology with Maureen Child, made the BookScan Top 100 Adult Fiction
Caridad’s paranormal romance, THE LOST was nominated for
the 2012 RITA Award for Best Paranormal. The RITA is the Romance Writers of
America top award for writing.
In 2014, Caridad participated in the Lucky 7 Bad Boys Contemporary
Romance Boxed Set which debuted on the NY Times and USA Today Bestseller
lists and in the Dangerous Dozen Romantic Suspense Boxed Set which debuted on
the USA Today Bestseller list.
Caridad has appeared on Romance Novel Television, Fox Television’s Good Day
New York Early Edition, New Jersey News’ Jersey’s Talking with Lee Leonard and
WGN-TV’s Adelante Chicago. Articles featuring Caridad’s works have appeared in
the New York Daily News, Catalina, RT BookClub, NJ Monthly, Star Ledger, Home
Tribune News, Sun Sentinel, Variety Yahoo! Online News, Latina and the Waterbury
When not writing, Caridad teaches workshops on various topics related to
writing and heads a writing group. Caridad is also an attorney, wife and
15 comments posted.
Been seeing your posts around cyberspace... congrats on your release Caridad!!! :)
(Colleen Conklin 10:05pm October 3)
Loved your blog - about your top 5 choices. I would have a hard time narrowing all my "faves" to just 5, especially if you're including both TV shows and movies. One Summer Night sounds like another great book. Good luck with it!
(Nancy Reynolds 9:33am October 4)
Interesting list. Hard to say which ones are the best. I could easier tell you my 5
(Joy Isley 4:09pm October 4)
Love the Marvel and DC movies. Captain America is my favorite Marvel hero. Wonder Woman movie is awesome. I like romances. I think the best recent one is Brooklyn.
(Melanie Rosen 2:15am October 5)