Monday, January 7, 2013

Come Take a Peek

Thought for the day:  I think I did pretty well, considering I started with a bunch of blank paper. [Steve Martin]
Every book, no matter how big or small, starts with a ream of blank paper or an empty computer screen. (With an annoying cursor nagging us to write something.) Transforming that blank paper or empty screen into a book is a monumental accomplishment.

To do it more than once? Better yet!

Well, the lovely Carol Kilgore has done it again! And it's a pleasure to slap on some perfume and participate in her tantalizing peep show today. We're gonna wiggle our hips, and strip off the sexy veil...  to (ta-DA!) reveal her cover and blurb in all its glory, and whet your appetite before her buxom book makes a sinewy splash this spring. (Okay, so it isn't buxom... or sinewy... but gimme a break, okay? I was on a roll.)


Anyhow, cue up the appropriate music, and take a good gander at her latest book cover. Isn't it gorgeous? While Carol's had numerous stories published in magazines, I've only had the privilege of reading her first novel, In Name Only, and its short story prequel, Never Say My Name. Thoroughly enjoyed both of them, too. I guess her work could be described as suspense... as mystery... or as romance, but I like her description the best: crime fiction with a kiss.

And, oh, boy, I really like the description of this book, too:


US Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell is back 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 is 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.
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I mean, yum, right? A hunky SEAL... a determined woman with a mission... buried treasure... murder and danger... and somewhere along the line, I suspect there will be at least one ... kiss. I can't wait to read this one. How about you? Tempted...?


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. (Told ya!) 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 Carol here:


                                    Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.


46 comments:

  1. That is, indeed, a beautiful cover, and she has a beautiful smile.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. It sure is, and she sure does. Can't wait until her book is released this spring. (Matter of fact, I can't wait until spring, period... it's COLD this morning!)

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  2. Looks like an interesting book.

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  3. Hi Susan .. love Carol's description ... 'crime fiction with a kiss'. The cover stands out ... while Carol's cheerful face is a delight to see ...

    Good luck Carol - it's on my to buy list ... love crime fiction .. Cheers Hilary

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    1. I don't know if Carol originated that description or not, but I sure do like it. Her book is definitely on my wish list, too.

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  4. It's always an inspiration when people have the courage to put the infinite possibilities of imagination onto paper - - and it's even more of an inspiration when they succeed. The book looks great, and congratulations to Carol!

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    1. You're right about how a person's successful writing path can be inspirational, but you know what? I have no doubt YOU could write a fascinating memoir.

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  5. That is a beautiful book cover, it would make me stop and pick it up if I saw it in a bookstore.

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    1. Isn't it? Well, hopefully, you can "pick it up" on Amazon in a few months.

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  6. Oh, I love that cover, and it certainly has an intriguing premise. A secret Coast Guard society. Hmmm ...

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  7. I love Carol's "Crime Fiction with a Kiss" genre -- so much fun! That cover is great, too. :)

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    1. Me, too. We should come up with something equally fun to describe your books.

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  8. I truly love that cover. Looks to be an interesting read :)

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    1. Super! I'm sure Carol will be thrilled to know her book holds appeal for male readers, too.

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  9. I have read three posts about this book. The cover is beautiful and the story sounds intriguing.

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    1. Cool! Sounds like the word is really getting out there.

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  10. Susan, I am blown away by this awesome introduction. Thank you. I only hope the Solomon's Compass story still shines after you rip off the sexy veil! Love that :)

    To answer your question, Crime Fiction with a Kiss is my own interpretation of the books I write.

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    1. Thanks. Glad ya liked it. And as you can tell, a LOT of us like the way you describe your books. Very clever.

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  11. Susan....I am so sorry I missed this post. I do indeed love Carol's written words and I've always been a fan of the mysterious. The cover and description are very enticing. Way to go, Carol.
    Thanks Susan

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    1. Um, I don't think you DID miss it... I mean, here ya are! HA!

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    2. Ha ha ....I guess I should have said, I missed it on my first comment round of blogs. I'm laughing at myself and your witty comment.

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    3. What can I say? I'm a bit of a smart ass. (But that beats being a dumb bunny, right?)

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  12. I haven't heard of Carol, but if you all like her writing, I will definitely check her out. Thanks for this.

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  13. Cogito ergo spud. Love it! This is a terrific post. I will check out Carol's website right now. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks. Good to know I'm not the only one who likes that "cogito" phrase.

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  14. That cursor does get annoying ;)

    Congrats to Carol!!!

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    1. HA! It sure does, and covering it with "white-out" doesn't help a bit.

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  15. Really love the cover!

    All the best, Carol :)

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    1. It's a beaut, isn't it? Thanks so much for dropping by and for signing on as a new follower. Welcome aboard! I'll visit your blog asap.

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  16. "Crime Fiction with a Kiss" ... I love it! Will you remind us here when the book comes out?

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    1. Isn't that a great description? Sure, I'd be happy to remind you. (If I remember... HA!)

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  17. That is a wonderful photograph. Yes, Carol's cover is wonderful.

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    1. Indeed. WOW! What an illustrious bunch of authors amassed on your webpage! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  18. Hi Susan and hi Carol,

    Yes, it's me, that shy, humble and oh so unassuming guy that leaves one of his 'eagerly awaited comments! :) Yes, I remain rather delusional.

    The cover is as impressive as Carol's writing. Although I certainly don't have the urge to kiss a gangster. Ignore me.

    And continued fulfilling writing to you, dear Susan.

    In kindness,

    Gary :)

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    1. Hi-ya, Gary. But of course your comments are eagerly awaited. No delusions about it, dear sir.

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  19. Great review! On my TBR list! And thanks for the suggestion, Susan. I removed anonymous comments.

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    1. Oh, super. I hope removing them does the trick for you as well as it did for me.

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  20. I've seen Carol's cover all over the blogosphere today! It looks awesome! I hope she does well with it!! :)

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    1. I hope she does well with it, too. The blog-wide peep show has definitely gotten her some good... exposure.

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  21. Congratulations, Carol! Like DL, I saw the cover everywhere and do wish her the very best!

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    1. Thanks, Suze. I think we all wish her the best.

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  22. Way to go Carol I think you are exactly what we need to read. I will be looking for your books. B

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    1. Indeed. Stay tuned for free give-aways of Carol's new book in March and a blogosphere book tour to celebrate its launch in April.

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