Monday, January 17, 2011

Celebrating The Release of A New Night Train Book For Carolina Valdez

Today we're celebrating a new Amber Allure release for bestselling author Carolina Valdez.

Carolina warns not to be fooled by the photo. "Even if you walk most of the race, you want to be sure to break into a run for the camera." Although most of her running days have morphed into walking days, she's completed over a hundred distance races - six of them marathons. Her short story about a murder on the streets she's actually competed on, in the Los Angeles Marathon, appears in a Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles anthology.

After a varied career as a registered nurse while winning awards and making sales writing freelance, she decided to retire to finish her first novel. Now she writes about searing passions and the sweetly explosive ecstasies of love.



The sequel to Amber Allure's Best Seller NIGHT TRAIN TO NAPLES

Confusion, danger, and passion heat up the reunion of Italian diamond courier Dante Rocco and his former business-rival-turned-lover, the vampire Alexandros Nicolaides.

Alex has never wavered in what Dante means to him, but Dante arrives in New Orleans suddenly unsure of his feelings and the impulsive promise he'd made to leave Italy for America. In the historic richness of the French Quarter, Dante must decide how he really feels about Alex, even as the powerful ruler of the Louisiana vampires complicates their lives, and Giacomo, the vampire who'd tried to murder them in Naples, arrives on the scene to try again.


WIN - Leave Carolina a question today at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for a free download of her bestselling Amber Quill release SOMEBODY TO LOVE! Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner!


  1. Super congrats on the new release Carolina!!!

    I'm so thrilled to see a new book in your Night Train Series. It's a great mix of M/M, erotica, paranormal and suspense!

    For those not familar with these books, can you tell them a little bit about them and how the books fit together.

    How many books to you have planned for this series? And what are you working on now?

    Best of luck with the new release and I know it's going to be another bestseller for you!!!

  2. Congratulations on the new release. I realize the series is about Alex and Dante, but where does the train in both titles play in the series?

  3. I'm so interested in this series. Do you plan to continue the series with further titles?

  4. Hi Anne:
    If you're a vampire hurt by sunlight and you're drumming up new business for your boss, how do you arrive? You fly from London to Rome and take the NIGHT TRAIN TO NAPLES.

  5. Hello Jason:

    The next book in the series will be NIGHT TRAIN TO VENICE. I haven't begun it yet, however. I just handed in UNMASKED, a masquerade story that will be released by Amber Quill Press's Allure line May 1.

    And I just received the edits on IN FROM THE COLD, which will be released next month.

    Now I can start this third Night Train novella. Whew!

    Carolina Valdez (who for some reason turned up as Anonymous when answering Anne.

  6. I forgot to respond to Author Island's question! I wrote Night Train To Naples simply because I wanted to write a vampire. Mine, Alexandros Nicolaides, meets and falls in love with the Italian Dante Rocco in Naples. When the novella ended, their story was unfinished. So I received the okay to write this latest release, Night Train To New Orleans. Dante lives in Florence, Italy, but Alex lives in New Orleans.

  7. Hello, Carolina.

    I love your book covers in this series. Do you work with one particular cover artists?

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com


  9. Hi Booklover and Hotcha:

    Award winning designer Trace Edward Zaber creates all the Amber Quill Press covers. I told him the mood for the first in this series should be dark, and that was his interpretation.

    I love all my covers, and I have way too many favorites among them.

    I'm glad to be able to offer a free book. SOMEBODY TO LOVE had some great reviews.

  10. One of my favorite locales for stories is New Orleans! Looks like a great book - and I LOVE the "chicory" coffee.

  11. Carolina,

    I how I love books that are based on New Orleans. I go twice a year. And I have breakfast at Cafe Demonde everyday when I'm there.

    My first question is: why did you pick New Orleans?

    My second question is: being a woman, how did you come about writing m/m erotica, and where would you get your informantion on the subject?

    I've read the excerpts and the books sound so yummy. Congratulations on the New Release!!

  12. For Jacki:

    I think I'm going to order some of the coffee for myself. My nail salon people just visited and they thought it wasn't a strong coffee. I guess the winner and I will see.


  13. Carolina,

    I forgot to leave my email address. It's tcwgrlup41 AT yahoo DOT com.

    I love the name Carolina. I wonder why, could it be that I live in North Carolina? Have a great launch party.

  14. Hi Teresa:

    First, let me warn those who've been there this isn't a guidebook of N'Orlins. Much of it is fictionalized. Alex's home, however, is based on one in a gorgeous book of photographs of the houses in the View Carre. His garden belongs to that house, too.

    I picked New Orleans because I love history, and it's a fabulous city rich in it. Unique in the U.S.

    Frankly, I turned to writing M/M erotic romances because the heterosexual market bottomed out. At least with our publisher. It's not unusual for females to write M/M stories.

    As a student RN, I was assigned to a male psych unit where almost every man was gay. I read about sex practices in their charts. Also, I'm married and have had children. Too, as a nurse I just know a lot about anatomy and sexual response. Many things, such as sex toys and "equipment" can be researched online.

    Lyndi Lamont, another AQP author, and I recently taught a class on writing erotic romance. Lots of prep for that.

    I'm assigned to a general editor at Amber Quill. After she returns her edits to me, my manuscript goes to the editor who reads all the erotic sections of our stories. She's very knowledgeable and once caught a huge mistake in something I'd written that could have killed sales. I had to take the character out of SOMEBODY TO LOVE. I thought he was a great character, so it hurt to delete him. HOWEVER, he hung around, and suddenly stood up right in front of me and said, "Hey, kiddo. I'm here and I belong in Night Train To New Orleans."

    So there he is.


  15. Note for Teresa:

    My name isn't pronounced the same as your state's is. Car-oh-LEE-nuh is the Spanish pronunciation. The accent on the last name is VAL-dez.

    Author Island selects the winner. DeNita will be happy you provided your email address.

    Thanks to everyone who has participated so far.

  16. im sorry but i did not read none of them but were did you get the name for books and t he cover

  17. I've not read the first book in the series yet but both books sound really good. How many books do you plan on having in the series?

  18. To answer Desitheblonde:

    Wanting to write a vampire, I decided he should be a diamond courier (because I love gems). The publisher required the story be set in Italy. I'd already written one set in Pompeii, so I was familiar with southern Italy. So if a vampire is going to drum up business for his boss, how will he travel? By night train. By night train to where? NIGHT TRAIN TO NAPLES.

    Trace Edward Zaber, an owner and creative director of Amber Quill Press, designs all our covers.

  19. Hi Sherry:

    So far, I only have three novellas planned. I'm starting now on NIGHT TRAIN TO VENICE, the third in the series. It felt like Malcolm, Alex's undead co worker in New Orleans, deserved his own romance.

    That's all I know about the story so far. I don't plan my stories before I begin writing. Until I've created my characters and opened the first scene, I have no idea where my story is headed.

    Of course, Alex and Dante will be in this story, too.