Thanks so much for hosting me today, Jemi.
I imagine it’s already cooling off from summer up there in Canada. However, down here in Texas, the coast is still hot and sultry with a salty breeze blowing off the Gulf of Mexico.
The setting for my newest book, SECRETS OF HONOR is Corpus Christi, a mid-size city on the South Texas Gulf Coast, The story takes place in mid-May, when summer-ready temps have already been around for a month or so.
Warm Gulf breezes, cool drinks, hot sun, and the excitement of a fast-approaching summer are all around. Are you in the mood yet? Can you feel the salt on your skin? Taste it on your lips?
I hope so, since I thought I’d chat a little bit here about the main team tasked with the backbone of the story. Picture yourself sitting on a shady patio overlooking Corpus Christi Bay and meeting these good folks who live in SECRETS OF HONOR.
Kat is a member of a covert team currently based in Corpus Christi. The team is part of a unit attached to the Department of Homeland Security. Kat’s a quick thinker and has seen a lot in her thirty years. For her job, she was taught to steal. She knows how to pick pockets and locks, how to enter and exit places without leaving a visible trace, how to disguise her appearance, and how to spot attempts at disguise in others. Kat was expecting a typical working evening until….
Dave is Kat’s boss’s boss. He oversees and directs a total of three teams. Eight years earlier, he hired Kat straight out of college. He’s walked in her shoes and worked his way up. Over the years, he’s learned not to be surprised by much. But this is the first time he’s worked directly with Kat.
Remy is a rowdy Cajun and the Ops Boss of Kat’s team. He’s a communications expert and directs their missions under Dave’s orders. Dave calls him a scoundrel, but Remy knows where the bodies are buried and how to get things done.
Sadly, Peter and his appendix are no longer attached. Peter was laid up in the hospital giving the nurses a hard time for the duration of this story. He was certain he was on his deathbed. Bless his heart J
See that big white sailboat out past the pier? The one where the people are waving? That’s Kat, Dave, Remy, and Peter.
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.
SECRETS OF HONOR
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
Thanks Carol! And, yes, our over night temperature has already dropped to almost freezing a few times. So, thanks for the visit to the warm and sultry Corpus Christi! Can't wait to read Kat's story!!