I'm excited to welcome Carol Kilgore! Her mystery novels are full of intrigue, adventure and, of course, love. Read to the end because there's a chance to win
a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
Thanks so much, Clarissa, for hosting me while I’m out and about talking about my upcoming novel, Secrets of Honor.
When I was just beginning to write the book, I had an opportunity to talk to someone with authority in the intelligence community. My biggest fear was that, without finding a lot of details on current operations to research, which is a good thing, I would inadvertently stumble upon and write about something that gave away the farm, so to speak.
The person I spoke with said not to worry. If I could think of something, it was almost certain someone else had thought of it, too. Or would shortly. After hearing her words, I felt free to let my imagination play.
Even so, my left brain keeps telling me that if I have accidentally written the truth, Agents in Black will come calling.
My right brain says, “No worries. We can do this. Trust me.”
So I trusted.
Because my stories are set in the real world, I have to follow real world rules. I can’t have pink grass called mallomere or invisible guns (yet). Because I write crime fiction, I also have to follow certain procedures so that when the villain is caught, his or her case wouldn’t be dismissed – my good guys have to play by the rules.
But in this story, I was free to create a few gadgets and mess with those good-guy rules a little. It was fun!
I think my gadgets could exist – and maybe they do. Would the rules for agents be relaxed in certain situations? I have no way of knowing – that particular question went unanswered in the conversation with my contact. But since I thought of it….
How I’m I to know if I created a real secret gadget? Or fictionalized an actual incident?
If I did, the Agents in Black will come calling soon enough.
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.
This summer I began a contest on my website – http://www.carolkilgore.net/contest/. Each month, a different author will give away the prize. Some months it may be an ebook, some months swag, some a signed print book, or any combination of those. This month, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner.
The contest is simple. There's a photo and a tiny story beginning with a question at the end. All you have to do is complete the short form and answer the question. The answer can be one word or you may add to the story beginning – the choice is yours.
You're invited to enter. Click on over and answer the question about the photo. I can't wait to see your answer!
Besides my website, you can also connect with me here:
Under the Tiki Hut blog: http://www.underthetikihut.blogspot.com
Website with Monthly Contest: http://www.carolkilgore.net