Wednesday, June 4, 2014

IWSG & Secrets of Honor



Today is IWSG post day. ‘The purpose of the IWSG is to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!’

The co-hosts for this month are C. Lee McKenzie, Tracy Jo, Melanie Schulz, and LG Keltner!

If your IWSG needs a little love, hop on over to the Facebook group and post your link in the assigned thread.  Last, but not least, do remember to visit other IWSGers today. 


Today, I’m not so much insecure as undecided. Having launched several books and done different things each time, I sometimes feel like a hamster on a wheel when I have something new in the pipeline. I wanna do something different, but my overworked brain doesn’t necessarily want to cooperate with me. I’ve decided to release my next book by my birthday, which is June 28. I’m still racking my brain as to what I should do in celebration of this book’s birth. I may try for something fun and easy or I may skip the hoopla (not a good thing).

What are your insecurities today? 

Please scroll down for details of what sounds like a fascinating story. Carol is sharing her cover this week!

  

Sometimes, a woman has to do what a woman has to do . . . even when she knows she shouldn't.

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 the first lady’s 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.

BIO

Carol Kilgore
Carol writes grocery lists, texts to her family, new lyrics to old songs for her dogs, love notes to her husband, and novels for herself. And for you. In between, she blogs weekly at Under the Tiki Hut and is active on Facebook and Twitter.

She sees mystery and subterfuge everywhere. And she’s a sucker for a good love story—especially ones 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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26 comments:

  1. Congrats in your accomplishments, and I'm sure you'll come up with a fabulous marketing plan. To me, that's the hardest part.

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    1. Thanks for your good wishes, MIranda.

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  2. Looks awesome, Carol!
    You need to do something special if it's coming out on your birthday.

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    1. True that, Alex. I need a serious session with my thinking cap.

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  3. I agree with Alex, you need to live it up for the double birthdays. I'll be happy to help spread the word about the new book! Congratulations on another release. :)

    Carol's cover is fantastic.

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    1. Thanks, Julie. Just wanna get the non-fiction part of my life in the bag, so I can concentrate on this.

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  4. I thought I saw another hamster sharing that wheel with me. Glad it's you. I love the idea of releasing your book on your birthday. What a great way to celebrate!

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    1. Thanks, Lee. Now if only I'd make the time to brainstorm.

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    2. Hope you found brainstorming time! That's always the most productive part of pre-writing for me. Then I doodle a lot. :-)

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  5. After seven books, I wonder what I could possibly do for the next one, too. You do need to do something special for your birthday release though.

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    1. Yeah, it's kinda challenging to come up with something original.

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  6. I say wake up on your birthday/release day and do what feels right in the moment! Congratulations, and good luck, JL! Carlo's book looks like a fun read.

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  7. Carol's cover is lovely. Your hamster cage got room for one more? I need some exercise and some energy. I want to do more, but I keep wondering why bother. Not a good attitude. Happy IWSG, Joy!

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    1. Joylene, tell me about it. This book should have been released two months ago, but hey, things happen and I believe it will happen when it happens. Keep pushing through.

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  8. Congratulations on the upcoming big day! All celebrations must have chocolate. :) And yay for Carol.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. Some chocolate is in order. :)

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  9. Marketing sounds like the hardest part of writing. Congrats for you and Carol! I hope your day is amazing tomorrow Joy.

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  10. Decisions, decisions. We always want to try something new since we always think it will be more fun than what we're doing currently. Just go with what your heart tells you to do.

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  11. Carol's book cover looks fab, doesn't it?
    Joy, a double celebration on June 28th? Yay!
    How's the brainstorming coming along??

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  12. My overworked brain doesn’t want to cooperate with me either. Maybe we should get our brains together to kick-start them ;)

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  13. I know that hamster feeling well. Maybe you can throw a birthday party. Have games. Give away favors. Serve virtual cake and ice cream.

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  14. Oops! Forgot to say thank you for participating in my cover reveal and how much I appreciate it. I got too wrapped up in the party planning :)

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  15. Thanks, Maurice.

    Ken, isn't the human heart always yearning for something more? Doing something fun sounds good.

    Michelle, I have to put some time into it. Gonna do that soonest.

    Lynda, my brain does need some sort of kickstarting. :)

    Cake and ice cream sounds great, Carol. Glad to help with the cover reveal.

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  16. Yay for Carol.

    I also want to try something new. Marketing is not an easy thing, but it's a must.

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