Monday, September 22, 2014

Secrets of Honor- Carol Kilgore


I was honored when a terrific Texas author, Carol Kilgore, asked me a few months back if I'd host her on a blog hop about her new book, Secrets of Honor. Carol is a very talented writer, and the setting of her book, Corpus Christi is close to my heart. I hope that you will enjoy Carol's writing as much as I do!

Thank you, Shelly, for hosting me. You tell such great stories here that I’m a little nervous about telling one of my own. You’ve set a high bar, but I promise to do my best.

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved the world inside her head. She was a very good little girl who usually minded her mama and daddy. She liked school and made good grades. But she liked daydreaming more than anything else.

On days when the weather was nice, she walked home from school with one of her friends. One friend lived in the little girl’s neighborhood about a block away. The streets were all straight, and each block was filled with white frame houses. The view never changed. The little girl was supposed to always walk with this friend because The Mothers knew each other.

But the little girl sometimes walked with another friend, who lived outside the neighborhood in an old, two-story blue house with a big yard. Between the school and this friend’s house was The Woods, which was forbidden by the little girl’s mother. And beside The Woods was The Creek, which was not only forbidden but warned against with the shaking of head and finger.

But the little girl loved The Woods and The Creek. The path beside the creek had been walked by many feet for many years, so much so that the earth had been worn down into a smooth, rounded indentation that made the little girl’s feet feel safe.

She always wondered who had walked the path before her. Where had they lived? Did they fish in the creek? Did their children play in the woods? Did fairies and witches live in the woods? A princess waiting for her prince? Bambi?

The little girl knew if her mama found out she walked the path between The Creek and The Woods, she would get in trouble. But it was worth taking the risk. The answers to all her questions turned into stories and played out in her head as she walked with her friend. She never told those stories to her mama.

The little girl was me.

As an adult, I can totally understand why my mother wanted me to take the safer route home. I now realize the risks that may have lurked on the secluded path, but I’m still glad I took that way home every once in a while. And the adult me is forever grateful not to have faced or even known about those grown-up dangers at that point in my life.

Perhaps the forbidden path of yesterday explains why I write Crime Fiction with a Kiss today.


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 her 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.






AUTHOR BIO
Although Carol has deep Texas roots, she’s lived up and down the eastern seaboard and in other locations across the U.S. as a Coast Guard wife. She sees mystery and subterfuge everywhere. And she’s a sucker for a good love story—especially one 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 here:
Under the Tiki Hut blog:  http://www.underthetikihut.blogspot.com
Website with Monthly Contest: http://www.carolkilgore.net







44 comments:

  1. Wow! Well done, Shelly, and well done, Carol!

    Intriguing story line. I will look into it...

    Pearl

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    1. Pearl: I'm really looking forward to reading it- thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Thanks, Pearl. I like "intriguing" :)

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    3. Hi, Shelly! Thank you again for hosting me. I love blogging on another Texas blog!

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  2. Carol, you're brave. I'd be scared to write a piece on Shelly's blog. But you held your own! Now that I'm an adult I also see the child and adult's point of view. We can't help but defy our parents sometimes and take risks. It's how we grow up.

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    1. Theresa: You're welcome anytime to guest post here!

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    2. I WAS scared! But I didn't let it stop me :)

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  3. Hello Carol and Shelly! The first story is one to which nearly every baby boomer can relate. I don't know if the world was really safer when I was a boy but it certainly seemed so. Day after day I played alone and climbed trees in a park and never once thought about the possibility that a dangerous predator might be lurking nearby. The peace, quiet and solitude that I experienced gave me a chance to think, to meditate. I enjoyed a sense of freedom, independence and security that far fewer children have in today's world.

    Carol, your new book Secrets of Honor seems like a tense thriller and I'm sure it will fly off the shelves. Congratulations on your accomplishments, Carol!

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    1. We played outside almost every day. Some place in the neighborhood. Mothers watched over the whole flock. It's not the same today. Kids miss out on a lot - some good and some bad. Thanks for your kind words.

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  4. Good little girls who stay on the pathways their mothers prescribe likely do not become published authors. I think it a shame, nay criminal, that today's children can scarce go outside because of the fear of those things that might lurk there. Thanks for sharing your backstory, Carol; and thank you, Shelly for sharing your blogspace with Carol.

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    1. Kids today have many more "things" than we had growing up in my neighborhood, but I think we probably had more fun. Wonderful to meet you.

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  5. Mystery, intrigue. I wish you all the luck for a successful publishing/selling of your newest book.
    Corpus Christi, huh? That is where I live.

    I loved reading your walking in the woods/creek...a secret for just you. Makes anyone wish for a good happy childhood for every child today...like ours was long ago.

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    1. I live in San Antonio now, but we lived in the Corpus area - Portland - before moving here. Thanks for your good wishes. I miss those happy childhood days.

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  6. This sounds like a compelling story and I hope many people buy and enjoy it.

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  7. Congratulations and best wishes Carol I thank you Shelly.
    Shelly take care of yourself.

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  8. Congratulations, Carol!
    It's good to take risks once in a while. It makes life more interesting. :0)

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  9. Dear Carol, I mostly read nonfiction history, especially about twentieth century wars and political figures and fiction mysteries. I'm not really interested in romances although back in the '70s I read lots of Harlequins. But your book seems to be not only a romance but a thriller/mystery and so I hope to give it a read. I wish you every success with it. Peace.

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    1. I went straight from Trixie Belden to Mickey Spillane. Then I found Helen MacInnes and Robert Ludlum. So all of that and more is mixed in my head and influences my stories.

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  10. Mystery and romance with humour added in - a great concept for a book series! Good luck, Carol! Your description of walking in the woods as a child reminded me of my own. There was a wooded area behind my childhood school and we spent recesses and lunchtimes in that beautiful mossy, leafy space. Good memories.

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  11. My friend Carol!! Good to see you here at Shelly's. The blogging world is such an incredibly small world :-)

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  12. You, Carol Kilgore, were a disobedient child. No wonder you turned out so well.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I didn't set out to break rules, but sometimes I couldn't help myself. And I learned a lot, too!

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  13. I like how your mind wandered as you went wandering down the forbidden path. Congrats, Carol!

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  14. Congratulations Carol, sounds like a wonderful story.

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  15. Congratulations Carol, sounds like a wonderful, interesting story.

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  16. Hi there, Carol and Shelly! So glad to see that two of my talented friends have met. :)

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    1. Aw, you're so sweet - and with plenty of talent of your own.

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  17. What an incredibly fun teaser! I don't usually read crime fiction, but this got my attention!

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    1. My crime fiction isn't dark and gritty. It has dark and gritty bits, but it also has girly bits. And a kiss :)

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  18. I love thrillers and crime stories! Congratulations Carol! This one sounds another winner!

    Hi Shelly!

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  19. Dear Carol, I now have the book on my iPad. I'm looking forward to reading it! Peace.

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  20. Hi Carol!
    Congratulations to you. The book sounds good and so did the story from your childhood.

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  21. Thank God for the angels watching over us! When I think about the things I did as a girl and teen - albeit, fairly minor - I have to smile and shake my head. I pray that those angels are still on duty with my kids... and everyone else's, too. :)

    I will remember your name and hope that it will be printed on many more books during this (hopefully long) writing season of your life.

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