Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Secrets of Honor by Carol Kilgore

It's always a treat to welcome Carol Kilgore to my blog. Carol is one of the first bloggers I met out here in blogland and it's been a pleasure to be able to cheer her on as she puts out wonderful stories in her patented "crime fiction with a kiss" style. Carol is here today to talk about her latest, Secrets of Honor, as well as the contests she is running as part of its release.

Take it away, Carol! :)

Thanks so much, Julie, for hosting me today. I’m thrilled to be here to talk about my new novel, SECRETS OF HONOR.

My natural instinct is to see mystery and intrigue around every corner, under every shrub, in parking garages – and look at that strange man coming up the escalator!
See what I mean?

In SECRETS OF HONOR, I turned my imagination loose, watched it play, and wrote the story. It was such fun!

I started with the premise of a jewel thief, Kat Marengo, working for the U.S. Government. Far-fetched? Not so much in my world. See above J

For animal lovers like Julie, and I hope some of you, there’s even a brief appearance by a little poodle puppy named Dolly. Not much intrigue there, but a total dose of cute.

And then there’s Dave Krizak – he’s just plain intriguing without doing anything at all. But he does plenty.

Moving along, ahem. Husband says I can complicate the process of boiling water, so I got right to work complicating Kat’s life. Part of Kat’s job is stealing, but another part is looking for people trying to disguise themselves.

Kat doesn’t spot a spy at every gathering, but she’s always aware of anything out of the norm. My goal was to give her plenty of opportunities to notice things – even things I created. Like mic dots. And yes, you’ll need to read SECRETS OF HONOR to learn about these J

In addition to being able to spot attempts at disguise, Kat is adept at disguising herself. She uses this talent in a different part of her job, which is to assume the identities of others.

Is it any wonder that her title is Forward Solutions Specialist?

She gets the job done in any way she can.


Monday through Friday this week, I’m visiting five different blogs to promote my just-released novel, SECRETS OF HONOR. You can visit my blog, http://www.underthetikihut.blogspot.com, to see where I am each day. On each blog, I’ll give away a $5 Amazon Gift Card.  Everyone who comments on my posts will be entered into a drawing for a $5 Amazon Gift Card for that blog. So there will be five separate contests, and it will be possible to win all five, for a total of $25. Although what are the odds of that? Don’t ask me – math isn’t my BFF!

Winners will be announced next Monday on my blog, and I’ll make an effort to contact the winners over the weekend prior to the announcement.


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.


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


  1. Just how does one complicate the boiling of water?
    Congratulations, Carol!

  2. Alex - First you have to find just the right pot :)

  3. Hi, Julie :)
    Thanks for hosting me today. I'm happy to be here!

  4. Ah, what a great/fun premise. I have a little spy action in my novel too. Funnest chapters to write. :)

    Congrats, Carol!

  5. And after finding the right pot, then what do you do, decide what kind of water to use? Hmmmm, distilled, tap, spring, bottled from Europe... oh the choices!

  6. One can make anything complicated:) I mean, I was surprised when I asked for water in a restaurant once they had 5 different types. The novel sounds like a fun read.

  7. Congratulations to Carol! The book should be wonderful. The title is tempting.

  8. L.G. - Yay! All kinds of things you can do with that element :)

    Bish - Once you have the exactly right pot, then you have to decide if that's really what you need, or if a kettle would be better :)

    Birgit - Isn't that the truth!

  9. Ha! Your busy brain would explode with all the strange things you'd see in Houston. :D

    Congratulations, Carol. :)
    Hi, Julie. *waves*

  10. Carol, I'm curious about the phrase "mic dots" - what's that? Something to do with nanotechnology? A clue please? Yes? No? Okay, I'll have to wait and read the story....
    Hi Julie! *waving*

  11. Melissa - Been there - I totally get it!

    Michelle - Oh, yes...you must read :)

    Cathrina - Thank you!

  12. Sounds like an interesting story! And kidnapping cases are always so intense because as you said, time is crucial so it leaves you on the edge of your seat, not knowing what's going to happen.

  13. Yep...that complicating boiling water hit me too! Although, I supposed it is as easy as boiling the teapot dry...which I have done on more than one occasion. Congratulations, Carol!

  14. Neurotic - I had to mark out a close time table chart for parts of this story because of the events.

    Liza - I may have done that. More than once :)

  15. With a natural (and imaginative) talent for seeing mystery and intrigue around every turn, it's a darned good thing you're a writer. Not sure how well those talents would lend themselves to something like accounting...

  16. Yay for Carol! Love the sound of this book.

  17. Congrats Carol! It's a gorgeous book, and I love the premise. And the fact that there's a poodle puppy. I'm an animal lover too (though I don't write about them often).

  18. LOL! Complicate boiling water... I love it. Congrats, Carol. I'm super stoked for you.

  19. Love animal sidekicks! I've got two of my own. :) Best of luck, Carol! The cover and blurb are fantastic.

    (Hi, J! Hope you're doing well. :)

  20. Oh, this sounds like a really fun read. Congrats, Carol!

  21. Susan - With apologies to any accountants reading, I'm glad somebody keeps the beans in order. It is so not my thing. I would be bored beyond belief in, like, ten seconds. Or less.

    Christine - Cool!

    Loni - Thanks! I didn't plan for Dolly, but she showed up anyway. And who can turn such a cutie away :)

    Crystal - Thanks. That's just one of my many talents :)

    E.J. - Great to see you here! Glad you like the look and sound of the story.

    Mary - Thanks! Looking forward to reading your new book, too :)

  22. Looks like a good read! Best of luck Carol! Love the idea of the blog to blog give away.

  23. Nice to "meet" you, Carol!
    Secrets of Honor has my attention now, cool cover too. :D

    By the way, my mom has the ability to burn water, so I know I like you already lol

  24. S.K - Same for me! I'm sure your mom and I would get along great :)


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