I’m thrilled to be visiting here at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales. Some of the bloggers here know me, but not all. And probably most of y’all are wondering, who is this strange woman?
Well, I’m a strange TEXAS woman who’s been popping over here for a couple of years now to read what all these great authors and their guests have to say. And now it’s my turn.
My name is Carol Kilgore, and I blog on Mondays and Fridays at Under the Tiki Hut. The doors are always open, and the cabana boys are amazing. . . .
Where was I?
Oh. Besides blogging, I spend a lot of time dealing with our two high-maintenance and very vocal herding dogs – a border collie and a blue heeler – who believe it’s their job to guard me from everything. Not only from people, but from blowing leaves and, especially, squirrels. Love them dearly, but they’re a bigger time-suck than Facebook.
Mostly I daydream and look out the window, sometimes while listening to music. I’m in love with Pandora! Or I read. I get away with this because I also write novels. So I spend a little time planning and writing and rewriting every day. This part works best when the dogs are napping. Otherwise, it’s a real zoo.
What do I write?
I call it Crime Fiction with a Kiss. Always at least one crime. Always a love story. In the real world it would be a novel with strong romantic elements. Or suspense-driven romantic suspense. For me, the line is blurry, and my work wriggles all around it.
My first novel is In Name Only. It’s set on upper Padre Island, across the Laguna Madre from Corpus Christi, in the Texas Coastal Bend. Although we now live in San Antonio, I wrote the story when we lived in Corpus Christi. Here’s a short blurb:
No home. No family. No place to hide. For Summer Newcombe, that’s only the beginning.
The night Summer escapes from a burning Padre Island eatery and discovers the arsonist is stalking her, is the same night she meets Fire Captain Gabriel Duran. As much as she’s attracted to Gabe, five years in the Federal Witness Security Program because of her father’s testimony against a mob boss have taught her the importance of being alone and invisible.
No matter how much she yearns for a real home, Summer relinquished that option the night she killed the man who murdered her father. But Gabe breaks down her guard and places both of them in danger. Summer has vowed never to kill again, but she’s frantic she’ll cost Gabe his life unless she stops running and fights for the future she wants with the man she loves.
It’s your lucky day! The Kindle edition of In Name Only is on sale until December 15 for only $2.99. You can find both the Kindle and the paperback editions HERE.
I hang out at all the usual web spots:
I hope you’ll find me someplace and say hi