One of the first individuals to host me on their blog was the lovely Carol Kilgore. She is a fellow GIAMer and one of the sweetest ladies I know. I'm so excited to have her here today. Also, I'm giving away an e-copy of her book, Solomon's Compass, to one lucky commenter.
A few days ago I sat down to write my guest blog for Isis. Just as I moved my hands to the keyboard, the doorbell rang. My neighbor needed my help for a few minutes.
When I got back to my computer, what you’re going to read was on my screen.
This was left for me by the two lead characters in Solomon’s Compass – no-nonsense Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell and sexy former SEAL Jake Solomon.
Hi Carol … This is Taylor.
We’re going to write the post for you. While you were writing our story, you asked us each a question we wouldn’t answer. We decided now was a good time.
You kept asking me what was the craziest thing I ever did when I was a kid. And all I’d ever admit was visiting Uncle Randy and being my mother’s live-in laborer.
So here’s your answer. In second grade, I crushed on Tommy Ludlow big time. One day at school, I told him I wanted to show him something behind the cafeteria.
You lured him!
Did not. He thought I’d found a frog or something. As soon as we rounded the corner, I kissed him.
Did you give him tongue?
Jake! He ran away crying. And no. I didn’t even know what that kind of tongue meant. Jake’s laughing. But it was traumatic for my seven year old self. I was afraid to kiss anybody for years!
I’ll go find this Ludlow guy and make him come apologize.
That’s not necessary, but thank you.
I’m glad you were over your kiss phobia by the time we met.
My turn. Slide the keyboard this way.
I’m going to read over your shoulder.
Okay, Carol. You kept asking why I walked into Lulu’s when I did. Man, did you pitch a fit! You kept yelling at me to leave, that I couldn’t be there yet. As I recall, I didn’t even turn around and look at you. I just sat there and ordered a beer when Lulu came around.
That’s rude, Jake. You’re the one who needs to apologize.
I had that hat on, and I even let you think I was my dad. But you kept saying I showed up too early, and I’d ruin everything. That I was supposed to come in later and leave right away.
But I wasn’t budging. I thought for sure you’d figure out why, but you never did. Even after you decided to see things my way. You see, if I hadn’t come along when I did, Taylor would have ended up with that other guy … you know the one.
So I stayed because I knew Taylor was here. And she’s the one I came for.
We’re signing off now. See you in Solomon’s Compass!
And that’s how the note ended. They didn’t even say goodbye, and I have a feeling they had other, more urgent things on their minds. And you know what? I’ll bet Jake didn’t run away crying when Taylor kissed him.
What do you think?
From chilling prologue to final paragraph, Carol Kilgore's SOLOMON'S COMPASS is an edge-of-your-seat mystery offering a pitch-perfect blend of suspense and romance, with enough twists to keep readers compulsively turning the page. Compelling characters, a vivid Texas Gulf Coast landscape, and a town full of intriguing suspects make this novel a standout.
--VR Barkowski, Al Blanchard Award Winner
A missing belt—her uncle’s prized possession. The lure of buried treasure. And a sexy former SEAL who makes U.S. Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell crazy. What more could any woman want. Right?
Taylor is in Rock Harbor, Texas, on a quest to unearth her uncle’s treasure—a journey far outside the realm of her real life. There’s one glitch. Taylor's certain the buried treasure was all in Uncle Randy's dementia-riddled mind. Now he’s dead.
Former SEAL Jake Solomon is in Rock Harbor under false pretenses to protect Taylor from the fate that befell her uncle and the other members of a tight circle of Coast Guardsmen called the Compass Points who served together on Point boats in Vietnam.
Jake is definitely not supposed to become involved with Taylor. That was his first mistake. Taylor is attracted to Jake as well, but she refuses to wait for him to locate the killer when she knows her plan will force her uncle’s murderer into action.
But the killer's actions are just what Jake is afraid of.
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