Honorary Blogger Cardeno C.: Family Series Inspiration Songs + Giveaway!


Family Series Inspiration Songs

by Cardeno C.

The titles in my Family series are inspired by song lyrics I feel fit the characters and their journeys. I think each song is pretty different and that it fits its book. I’ll share them with you to see if you agree.


The Half of Us by Cardeno C. eBookThe Half of UsSomeone to Fall Back on by Jason Robert Brown

I heard a groom sing this song at his wedding as part of his vows to his new husband and immediately thought of Jason Garcia, the arrogant, temperamental heart surgeon in The Half of Us. Jason has made his fair share of mistakes in life and he’ll probably make more. He’s the first person to tell you he’s nobody’s wildest dream. But, remarkably, the things Jason can offer are exactly what optimistic, earnest Abe Green needs.

When Jason meets Abe, he thinks about a hot night with a guy who’s probably out of his league. But one night turns into two and then more, and Jason realizes that with Abe, he can have a future he’d long since given up on. And by becoming the half of “us” with Abe, Jason becomes someone to fall back on for Abe and for a family that needs Jason as much as he needs them.


More Than Everything by Cardeno C. eBookMore Than Everything – Pictures Of You by The Cure

I absolutely love this song, have since it was released, and I couldn’t imagine a more perfect song to keep me company as Charlie/Chase Rhodes put together a scrapbook of his life.

Charlie sits at his table and tells the story behind pictures of his great loves – Scott Boone and Adan Navarro. He remembers the kisses, the tears, the love that felt too big to keep, and the pain of losing it. Charlie remembers his past step by step and through the pictures he puts into his scrapbook, he shares his heart, his world, his wants, and ultimately, his happy ending.


Something in the Way He Needs by Cardeno C. eBookSomething in the Way He Needs – Something by the Beatles

Asher Penaz is rough and unemotional. He has no interest in relationships and frequents leather bars to find men to control sexually. Asher’s intensity and harshness make him a hard man to like. But good-at-everything, dynamic Daniel Tover is the ying to Asher’s yang and he has no trouble falling for Asher.

Asher is irresistibly drawn to Daniel, which throws him for an emotional loop (not an easy thing to endure for a man unused to emotions). But there’s just something in the way Daniel needs to be held tightly that attracts Asher. To most people, what Asher offers would be frightening and controlling. To Daniel, who has spent his life running from place to place, Asher’s intensity and passion represents security and home. So for the first time in their lives, Asher wants somebody to stay and Daniel doesn’t want to go.

Strong Enough by Cardeno C. eBookStrong Enough – Strong Enough To Be Your Man by Travis Tritt

University math professor, Spencer Derdinger is a kind, intelligent man tormented by events in his past that have made it difficult to maintain a relationship. Spencer’s ego has taken a beating by the people that fade away from him.

And then vibrant, confident, kind Emilio Sanchez struts into Spencer’s life insisting he is strong enough to hold Spencer through the storm. Looking at Emilio’s close-knit family and the future he can have with a man he feels is too good to be true, Spencer finds the strength to vanquish his ghosts.


About Cardeno C.

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.

You can find Cardeno at these sites: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Page & Blog.


Cardeno is giving away an eBook copy of winner’s choice from his backlist to one lucky person! The giveaway starts now and ends October 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm. To enter, just click the link below!

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Please be aware that the only way to enter the giveaway is to click the Rafflecopter link above. Any comments on this post will not count towards entering the giveaway, except to verify your Rafflecopter entry.

Don’t forget to check out Gyn’s review of The Half of Us to see what she thought of it!

Good luck!

Categories: Book Promo, Giveaways, Honorary Blogger Post, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , | 24 Comments

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24 thoughts on “Honorary Blogger Cardeno C.: Family Series Inspiration Songs + Giveaway!

  1. Debra E

    I hadn’t heard of Someone to Fall Back on Before but I do like the lyrics. Looking forward to reading the book. 🙂

  2. Ardent Ereader

    I enjoyed Cardeno’s blog post and look forward to reading The Half of Us. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. chickie434

    I love your books Cardeno, thanks for sharing!

  4. Lisa

    I love how music inspires you to name your books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. H.B.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. O kove Cardeno’s books

  7. hmmm….maybe that was tired posting lol I Love Cardeno’s books 🙂

  8. Rod B

    Love Cardeno’s books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. debby236

    I look forward to reading this. I love Cardeno’s stories.

  10. Antonia

    Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway! I’m looking forward to reading this.

  11. jenf27

    Big fan! 🙂 Love the song associations to your books. Thanks for the post and contest.

  12. waxapplelover

    love hearing the inspiration behind your titles! to be honest, i feel that all of your titles (even from other series) have great titles that make sense after reading about the characters. thanks for giveaway.

  13. Alaina

    Great post! Looking forward to reading more by Cardeno C.!

  14. Ashley E

    I love Cardeno C.’s books, but I haven’t read this series yet. The inspiration behind the titles is so fascinating.

  15. Jbst

    Interesting post. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Fay W

    I am looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Lisa G

    I enjoyed your song inspiration choices for your books. Thanks for a chance at winning a book.

  18. Andrea M

    I’d like to win this – love Cardeno C’s writing!

  19. I finished The Half of Us yesterday. So good!! I just loved Abe.

  20. Jillian T

    Thanks for all your books!

  21. jodi marinich

    thanks for the chance

  22. Love the sound of this book. It is definitely going to the top of my tbr.

  23. Hokon

    Cannot wait to read them. Thx for the chance.

  24. That was so interesting to listen to and link the song that inspired the author for their character creation, most of my inspiration is visual and then linked aurally later. Thank you for a chance to win a book of Cardeno C, one of my favourite authors 🙂

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