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Secrets of Honor

on September 14, 2014 in Misc 6 Comments »

First, I’ve got a small dash of news about me.  Then I’m giving you great news about Carol Kilgore and her exciting new novel.

My news: The agent who had agreed to look at my book, Charity MacCay and the Almighty Dollar, has finished reading it and asked a second reader at her agency to give it a look.

Is this good news?  I DON’T KNOW!!!  Certainly it’s better than the dreaded, “Thank you for sending us your manuscript.  Unfortunately…” (fill in the rest of the dreaded rejection).  I googled the matter and it seems that agents and editors often ask for a second in-house read when they’re not sure how to market a manuscript or they need another perspective on its potential.

I’ve decided to be positive and upbeat.  Then maybe my good vibes will travel to New York City and sprinkle fairy dust on the second reader who then declares, “WE MUST SIGN THIS  WRITER IMMEDIATELY!”

Secrets of Honor

And now onward to the mistress of Crime Fiction with a Kiss.

Carol Kilgore is one of those funny, friendly, and extremely supportive fellow writers you wished you lived next door to.  As her bio states: Carol 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.

Her new book is out today and it’s called…

SECRETS OF HONOR

By 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.

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If you want to purchase SECRETS OF HONOR, and of course you do, here are the links:

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Honor-Carol-Kilgore-ebook/dp/B00NH0QTO6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410561862&sr=8-1&keywords=secrets+of+honor

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Honor-Carol-Kilgore/dp/1500522031/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1410561862&sr=8-1

And if you want to connect with Carol and her books, here are links to her blog and more.

Under the Tiki Hut blog: http://www.underthetikihut.blogspot.com

Website with Monthly Contest: http://www.carolkilgore.net

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carol.kilgore1

 

Have a wonderful week, y’all.

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 HONOR

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.

 

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CAROL KILGORE…

… 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!

At the end of this post I have a little note about myself, but first I’m presenting the most important news, which is (drum roll, please)…

Carol Kilgore has a new book out!  Please note that it wisely has the word compass in it, as in Solomon’s Compass.  For obvious reasons I love that word in a title.  Here’s the reveal for the gorgeous cover and the blurb…

SOLOMON’S COMPASS

A missing belt—her uncle’s prized possession. The lure of buried treasure. And a sexy former SEAL who makes U.S. Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell crazy. What more could any woman want. Right?

Taylor is in Rock Harbor, Texas, on a quest to unearth her uncle’s treasure—a journey far outside the realm of her real life. There’s one glitch. Taylor’s certain the buried treasure was all in Uncle Randy’s dementia-riddled mind. Now he’s dead.

Former SEAL Jake Solomon is in Rock Harbor under false pretenses to protect Taylor from the fate that befell her uncle and the other members of a tight circle of Coast Guardsmen called the Compass Points who served together on Point boats in Vietnam.

Jake is definitely not supposed to become involved with Taylor. That was his first mistake. Taylor is attracted to Jake as well, but she refuses to wait for him to locate the killer when she knows her plan will force her uncle’s murderer into action.

But the killer’s actions are just what Jake is afraid of.

 

AND NOW ABOUT THE AUTHOR…

Carol Kilgore has always had stories and characters in her head, but she didn’t know she should write them down until about a dozen years ago. Once she started, she couldn’t stop.

Her first published short story won the Derringer Award for Best Short-Short Mystery. She continued to write short fiction for a few years and also enjoyed a small success as a freelancer before giving it all up for her true love—novels.

Carol writes a blend of mystery, suspense, and romance she calls Crime Fiction with a Kiss. Always at least one crime; always a love story. Solomon’s Compass is her second published novel.

As the wife of a Coast Guard officer, Carol has lived in locations across the U.S. She and her husband now live in a San Antonio suburb and share their home and patio with two active herding dogs that keep them free from all danger, real or imagined.

You can find Carole here:

website.blog.facebook.twitter.goodreads.amazon

Carol really is a sweet lady and a fine writer.  Check her out.

 

And now a small note about myself, which is:

I have really got to stop procrastinating.

See, there’s a major, world exclusive exhibition of 70 of Van Gogh’s paintings at the Denver Art Museum.  I think it opened in October and will be gone on January 21.   This is such a big deal people are flying in from other cities to see it, and I’ve wanted to head down to the museum myself (it’s all of five minutes away from me).  So  when am I gonna see it?

At 2:30 a.m. on January 20.

That’s right.  I procrastinated so much that the only time I could buy tickets was for between 2:30 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on the morning it closes.  And only because the museum is having a marathon showing in the final 24 hours of the exhibit because the demand has been that overwhelming.  That’s 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday night.   And I gotta go to work on Monday morning.

One of these days I’ll learn.