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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Carol Kilgore's SECRETS OF HONOR Contest

I'm delighted to have Carol guest posting on my blog. Let's make her feel all warm and welcomed as we sit around a sip our favorite adult beverage!

Thanks for hosting me, Bish. It’s fun to be on the blog of another Texas writer.

Bish and I live fairly close to one another by Texas standards – an hour and a half or so, depending on traffic and how closely you adhere to the speed limit. Yet we've never met in person. Maybe one day we’ll remedy that, especially since we share a love of the beach and the ocean.

We tried to put our heads together to think of something unique for this post, but we weren't terribly successful. Plus we were each busy with other projects at the time as well. So I decided to riff off of one of Bish’s suggestions and write about tropical drinks.

Sadly, the characters in SECRETS OF HONOR drank mostly coffee and water, as they were working during most of the story. Even so, beer, wine, and a few drinks made appearances, too. And there was one scene in which iced tea was the star – yes, you’ll need to read that scene for yourself J

But what beach book blog post would be complete without saying something about the beach. So I looked up the recipe for Sex on the Beach – it sounds much less gritty than the real thing, but just as potent!

It’s also appropriate since in my original thinking about this story, I envisioned a yummy sex-on-the-beach scene – that didn't make the final cut. Wouldn't you know.

But there is a scene in a hotel bar in Corpus Christi. Surely someone there was drinking a Sex on the Beach.

But we can’t forget these other beachy drinks: Mojito – Margarita – Daiquiri – Pina Colada.

So after I wrote this I asked Kat Marengo and Dave Krizak what their favorite tropical drink was.

Kat said hers was a Margarita – because it goes with Mexican food.

Dave said he wasn't fond of umbrellas, but he’d choose a Mojito.

I know they really meant Sex on the Beach but didn't want to fess up J


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,, 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.

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This thriller was so much fun to write. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.


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.

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  1. Congratulations, Carol!
    Really having sex on the beach just sounds messy.
    As for beach drinks, I'll take a Corona with a lime.

  2. Bish - Thanks for hosting me today!

    Alex - A back-to-basics kinda guy :)

  3. Pina Colada has my vote for sexiest beach drink! So many innuendos can be made there.

  4. I don't drink, so I stick to non-alcoholic pina colada. Sex of the beach (literal) has never appealed to me. I will leave it to Burt Lancaster and ???

  5. It's all about sex on the RIGHT beach, Susan! :)

    Happy to have you here, Carol!

  6. Nicky - I like that song about "Do you like pina coladas..." I like them every once in a while, but they're sweeter than what I prefer. My favorite is a Margarita.

    Susan - Non-alcoholic anything tastes pretty much the same.

    Bish - And the right person!

  7. I like a good Margarita, preferably at Maria's in Santa Fe, but on the beach? I agree with Alex: Corona and lime. Much easier to handle than a 'rita or (a) sex on the beach.

    VR Barkowski

  8. VR - I've visited Santa Fe, but not Maria's. However, I have heard of their Margarita's. Next time :)

  9. I wonder what it is about summertime and the beach that makes us think about fruity rum-laced beverages with (or without) colorful paper umbrellas in them? Or better yet, with coconut rum...

    Hmmm, I haven't had any of those fruity drinks this summer, so maybe I'd better consider having some orange-pineapple juice spiked with a splash of coconut rum this weekend before the summer comes to an end. Don't know what to CALL it... other than "tasty."

  10. Susan - Pina Colada l'Orange :) Enjoy!

  11. Pretty fond of Mojitos myself. When my mint patch perks up in the spring, I have to have one.

  12. I'm going to have to mix myself something with rum in it after reading this.

  13. I'm in the mood for a fruity drink.

    Congrats to Carol.

  14. Medeia - Step right up to the bar :)


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