Secrets of Honor Cover Reveal

on June 2, 2014 in Misc

There’s a special reason why I’m happy to be part of Carol Kilgore’s cover reveal.

You see, months ago I posted here my draft for a blurb of my novel, Charity MacCay and the Almighty Dollar, and I asked y’all for your opinions.  Several of you left positive comments, for which I am ever grateful.  The only exception was… Carol.

Instead of giving praise, Carol emailed me and said that my blurb was good but could be better, and then she patiently and generously guided me through rewrites until my three paragraphs crackled with life.  Later I even used her blurb rules when I sent out query letters, one of which caught an agent’s eye (I’m still waiting with bated breath for the agent’s take on my manuscript.  Keep your fingers crossed.)

Wanna know how good Carol is at blurb writing?  No, make that damn good at writing, period?  Read the smack-down, wow blurb below for her new novel, Secrets of Honor, which is coming out in September.  And while you’re at it, enjoy the gorgeous cover.


Secrets of HonorBy the end of a long evening working as a special set of eyes for the presidential security detail, all Kat Marengo wants is to kick off her shoes and stash two not-really-stolen rings in a secure spot.  Plus, maybe sleep with Dave Krizak.  No, make that definitely sleep with Dave Krizak.  The next morning, she wishes her new top priorities were so simple.

As an operative for a covert agency buried in the depths of the Department of Homeland Security, Kat is asked to participate in a matter of life or death—locate a kidnapped girl believed to be held in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Since the person doing the asking is the wife of the president and the girl is the daughter of the first lady’s dearest friend, it’s hard to say no.

Kat and Dave quickly learn the real stakes are higher than they or the first lady believed and will require more than any of them bargained for.

The kicker?  They have twenty-four hours to find the girl—or the matter of life or death will become more than a possibility.




… writes grocery lists, texts to her family, new lyrics to old songs for her dogs, love notes to her husband, and novels for herself. And for you. In between, she blogs weekly at Under the Tiki Hut and is active on Facebook and Twitter.

She sees mystery and subterfuge everywhere. And she’s a sucker for a good love story—especially ones with humor and mystery. Crime Fiction with a Kiss gives her the latitude to mix and match throughout the broad mystery and romance genres. Having flexibility makes her heart happy.

You can connect with Carol and her books here:

blog . website .facebook. twitter . goodreads . amazon

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

12 Responses to “Secrets of Honor Cover Reveal”

  1. Hart Johnson says:

    That’s excellent that Carol could help with the pitch–I am lousy at them and ALWAYS appreciate help! And Carol’s next book sounds great! Carol-I’m happy to help with any promoting you want to do this summer. Just let me know!

  2. Helena says:

    Hart – I really enjoyed Carol’s last book and I know I’ll love this one.

  3. Congratulations to Carol. But don’t sell yourself short. You are a fantastic writer in your own right.

  4. I’m blushing. Thank you, Helena, for such a fantastic introduction. I was happy to help with your blurb. I think they’re much easier to write for someone else than for your own work. Fingers crossed for positive news from the agent!

    Hart – Thanks. I’ll be in touch :)

  5. Helena says:

    Michael — I do think I’m a good writer (and you are SO good!), but when it comes to blurbs and queries, I really do need help.

  6. Helena says:

    Carol – You certainly brought an objective eye and a punchier style, which was what I needed. Congrats on your fab book cover!

  7. ann says:

    Carol’s book looks interesting. I hope you hear from your agent soon.

  8. Helena says:

    Ann — I know you’d enjoy Carol’s book. And thanks for the support!

  9. Old Kitty says:

    Carol is totally super amaznig and utterly lovely! So so happy for her!! Yay! Awwww Helena – fingers and everything crossed for a fab agent response!! Take care

  10. That’s an excellent blurb — we can use all the help we can get, methinks.

  11. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – And my fingers are crossed for you and your house-hunting (and of course for Charlie and Gumtree’s new home with you).

  12. Helena says:

    Milo – Methinks me agrees!