Cardeno C talks Eight Days ~ Retro Reads Author Spotlight, Interview

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Cardeno C for taking the time to talk with us today about their retro title from The Romance Writers, LLC, Eight Days and In Another Life. Prism recently reviewed Eight Days and In Another Life. You can find the review here.



We are here today to talk about Eight Days. What can you tell us about it?

CC: Eight Days is a childhood friends to lovers story, which is my favorite type of story to write if we judge based on the number of those in my backlist. It’s about two boys without a lot in common (a superstar baseball player and a smart, nerdy, introvert) who grow up to be two men without a lot in common (a professional baseball player and a smart, nerdy architect) but one thing they’ve always shared is their love for each other.

Tell us more about Maccabe Fried and Josh Segal?

CC: Maccabe is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get type of guy. He’s arrogant to a fault, he doesn’t see beneath the surface, and doesn’t really try, he says whatever he thinks whenever he thinks it, and he can be insensitive without noticing. But yet, despite those things, Maccabe is also caring and nice. He loves Josh and would do anything for him, so long as Josh lets him know it needs to be done.

Josh is, in almost all ways, the opposite of Maccabe. He doesn’t have a lot self-confidence and rather than express himself openly, he tiptoes around things, too afraid to make a lot of noise. But Josh loves Maccabe deeply, always has, and it’s a love that’ll never go away.

The challenge for these two guys is growing up enough to understand themselves and each other. Maccabe has to mature in order to hear more than words and Josh has to mature enough to say as well as feel. This is a romance so, of course, they do.

What about Eight Days makes you the most proud?

CC: I think Eight Days is, at its core, a happy, uplifting, romantic story with a few laughs mixed in. That was my goal in writing it and I feel like I accomplished that so I’m proud.

If you could change one thing in Eight Days what would it be and why?

CC: I don’t do post-mortems on books. Once they’re written, the characters and their stories live and I see them as they are. BUT I just re-released this story (in a combined volume with In Another Life, another novella) so I had the opportunity to have it edited again. As I was going through editing there was one change that jumped out at me – I needed to add a blow job scene. Seriously. So that was the one thing I wanted to change and I did – extra BJ in Eight Days!

Do you have inspiration images for Maccabe & Josh?

CC: I don’t have any inspiration images for them. Every once in a while I’ll have an inspiration image for a character, but more often than not, I just have a picture in my head and I go with that.

Will we be hearing more from Maccabe & Josh in the future?

CC: Maccabe and Josh are off in happily ever land and I don’t have plans on visiting them again.

Anything else you want to tell us about Eight Days?

CC: Hmm. Well, if you want to read it, you get to read In Another Life too – it’s a twofer!

Tell us about some of your other titles.

My newest release is a wolf shifter novella called Blue Mountain. It’s about an Alpha wolf who isn’t an Alpha and an Omega wolf who refuses to act like an Omega. Makes sense, right? Joking aside, Blue Mountain is a hurt-comfort story about two very strong men in very different ways. Here is the blurb:
Exiled by his pack as a teen, Omega wolf Simon Moorehead learns to bury his gentle nature in the interest of survival. When a hulking, rough-faced Alpha catches Simon on pack territory, he tries to escape what he’s sure will be imminent death. But instead of killing him, the Alpha takes Simon home.

A man of action, Mitch Grant uproots his life to support his brother in leading the Blue Mountain pack. Mitch lives on the periphery, quietly protecting everyone, but always alone. A mate is a dream come true for Mitch, and he won’t let little things like Simon’s rejections, attacks, and insults get in their way. With patience, seduction, and genuine care, Mitch will ride out the storm while Simon slays his own ghosts and Mitch’s loneliness.

Rapid Fire Time

  • Favorite Color? I don’t know! I don’t have one! Okay, red. I like red.
  • Coke or Pepsi? I love Diet Coke with a fiery passion but I can’t drink it anymore.
  • Australia or England? Both! I’ve never been and I’d love to visit.
  • Vodka or Tequila? Neither, really. Can I do Baily’s instead? In coffee.
  • Tea of Coffee? Both. Totally and completely both. As in, I will have a cup of each next to me at the same time.
  • Vanilla or Chocolate? Usually vanilla but chocolate is good too.
  • Music or TV/Movies? Music. I rarely watch TV or movies but music keeps me company all the time.
  • Alone or At a Party? Usually alone. I can do parties for short periods if I can talk to someone in a corner or a small group. A huge crowd with a bunch of people for a long time drains me and I end up hiding or wandering around looking at pictures.

What are you working on? What is next?

I’m currently working on a new lion shifter novel called Johnnie. It’s different for me and I’m excited about it!


Title: Eight Days and In Another Life
Author: Cardeno C
Publisher: The Romance Writers, LLC
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Winter Holidays



At age eighteen, Shiloh Raben is tired. He no longer has the energy to deal with mean classmates, inner doubt, and fear of familial rejection, so he takes a razor to his wrist. When he wakes up in the hospital, Shiloh meets Travis Kahn, the EMT who saved him and didn’t leave his side.

Travis is handsome, smart, and funny—the type of guy Shiloh would never be brave enough to approach. But his near-death experience has an unusual side effect: the life that flashed before his eyes wasn’t the one he had already lived, but rather the one he could live. With visions of a future by Travis’s side, Shiloh will find the strength to confront his fears and build a life worth fighting for.
Word Count: 18,388
2nd Edition


Childhood family friends, Maccabe Fried and Josh Segal have always gotten along despite having nothing in common. Maccabe is an athlete with dreams of playing professional baseball. Josh is an aspiring architect with dreams of being with Maccabe. Despite all odds, both dreams come true.

Maccabe and Josh fall into a long-distance romance, which is everything Josh thought he wanted. But after years of hiding from the world, Josh wants to bring their relationship into the open. When Maccabe refuses, Josh is faced with a tough decision: stay with the man he loves or live the life he deserves. No matter the choice, somebody’s bound to get hurt. Thankfully, in the season of miracles, there’s always hope for a happy ending.
Word Count: 18,001
2nd Edition

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/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.”





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Cardeno C has kindly offered a backlist title to one lucky commenter

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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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11 thoughts on “Cardeno C talks Eight Days ~ Retro Reads Author Spotlight, Interview

  1. I love Cardeno C’s books. I haven’t read Eight Days yet though. I think it’s one of the few I’ve missed. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  2. I love Eight Days. The two characters are so different but somehow work. It’s so great to hear the thoughts behind the writing. In Another Life was a different kind of read for me. I still loved it, but perhaps not with the same intensity as Eight Days.

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