Beginnings Blogfest + Cover Reveal for Solomon’s Compass

I'm going to keep it short and simple. I always link the beginnings of my writing journey to my love for words. The two are intertwined.

Words… words… words… for me, it begins with words! I simply LOVE words. I've always had a "thing" for words. After all, words are the building blocks of writing.

I love the written word in all its many and varied forms: stories, poems, quotes, haikus, slogans, adverts, reports, drabbles, flash fiction… I could go on and on… I've always felt comfortable around words. Always felt this connection, sense of knowing and contentment.
I simply love the many facets of the written word: the ebb and flow… the push and pull… the literal and figurative… evocative and provocative… clarity and ambiguity… foreign and familiar… once again, I could go on and on…
Words have a life of their own! Words can elevate you to dizzy heights and then drop you to the depths of despair. Such is the power of words.

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This cover reveal was planned for Monday 07 January, which means I'm 4 days late. My apologies. I've had such a hectic week. Anyway, I figured it would be okay to post it today…

Solomon's Compass
By Carol Kilgore
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.
Carol Kilgore is an award-winning author of several published short stories and many essays and articles. Solomon’s Compass is her second novel, a blend of mystery, suspense, and romance she calls Crime Fiction with a Kiss – always at least one crime; always a love story. Carol and her Coast Guard husband live in San Antonio, Texas, with two herding dogs that like nothing better than pack time on the patio.
You can find Carol here:

website . blog . facebook . twitter . goodreads . amazon




  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh on January 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Yeah for Carol!
    Words are definitely your passion.

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      I love words!!

  2. Tyrean on January 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Words are powerful, evocative, and wonderful! Thanks for this great post!

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Perfectly worded Tyrean!

  3. Jemi Fraser on January 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Yay for Carol!!! 🙂
    Words really are powerful – I love your description of them and echo the sentiment 🙂

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Jemi! 🙂

  4. Carol Kilgore on January 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Words are wonderful! I love when I find the perfect one 🙂
    Thank you for including my cover and blurb here today. Much appreciated!

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      I also enjoy searching for that one specific word that fits, and gives you that aha! moment when you do find it! 🙂

  5. Nick Wilford on January 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I love words, but it drives me mad when I can't get the right ones together! Guess that means I'm always striving to get better, though!

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      Yes, it's a continuous process… our vocab is growing all the time and that means our writing improves!

  6. Rose on January 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I love the cover. Her face is interesting and beautiful; It just makes you want to read the book all the more.

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      I also love the cover… especially that brooding expression… it's beautiful! 🙂

  7. joylene on January 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Better late than never. The cover is very stunning, very classy. I think/hope it does well.

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      The cover is stunning, classy… with a quality that you can't quite put your finger on…? Almost like a timelessness…

  8. C. Lee McKenzie on January 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Carol is everywhere this week! Super congrats.

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Yes, she's all over Blogland this week!

  9. Morgan Shamy on January 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Oh my gosh… I think you made me fall in love with words all over again… 
    GREAT post. Really lovely. And go Carol! 

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks Morgan! There are some that have such an aural appeal… really sound good on the ear…

  10. Sherry Ellis on January 11, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    You certainly have a way with words!

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks Sherry! 🙂

  11. Emily R. King on January 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I love words too. 🙂
    Great cover, Carol!

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Another word lover! 🙂 Yes, the cover is awesome!

  12. tara tyler on January 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    so you are power hungry! words can create & destroy worlds!
    and go carol!

    • michelle on January 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Power hungry? It depends. What type of power are you talking about? Literary power? Yes. And that's it. 🙂

  13. The Golden Eagle on January 12, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Words can definitely be influential. Great post!
    Congratulations to Carol!

    • michelle on January 12, 2013 at 6:18 am

      Thanks Golden Eagle!

  14. Elise Fallson on January 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

    And you sure know how to dance with your words! (: 
    Congrats to Carol!! 

    • michelle on January 13, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Dancing With Words. Mmmm… sounds like it could be a new reality series… or a title of a story… 🙂

  15. Kimberly Gabriel on January 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I also love words – I love when I read a book and am blown away by its beautiful use of language.
    Congrats to Carol!

    • michelle on January 13, 2013 at 11:16 am

      I know exactly what you mean! There's nothing more exciting than a story that has beautiful language…

  16. Jocelyn Rish on January 12, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I definitely share your love of words. They are amazing and powerful!

    • michelle on January 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

      …and that's why I enjoy your tweet tales which always offer up new and exciting words… 🙂

  17. PK Hrezo on January 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Seeing Carol's book around a lot. It looks great! 
    (I'm a word lover too–always have been in a big geeky way! ) 😉

    • michelle on January 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

      It does look great! 🙂 Double thumbs up to us word lovers!!

  18. Misha on January 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Ah yes. I think most of us start to and continue to write because of our love of words. 🙂

    • michelle on January 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Absolutely… 100% spot on! 🙂

  19. Nas on January 13, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Congratulations to Carol!
    Words are beautiful!

    • michelle on January 15, 2013 at 8:38 am

      …and there are millions of them floating about out there just waiting to be discovered…  Thanks Nas!

  20. J.L. Campbell on January 15, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Carol definitely has an interesting cover.
    I think all of us writers have a love-hate relationship with words. They ebb and flow, make life wonderful and sometimes miserable, when they won't come out right.

    • michelle on January 15, 2013 at 8:39 am

      Spot on, Joy! You've summed it up neatly… 🙂

  21. Jen on January 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Sometimes, words are the only things that can bring me comfort, joy, or peace. I have always loved words! I was (and still am) the kid in the corner with her nose stuck in a book. My favorite days during elementary school were book fair days! We should have book fair days for adults!
    Happy Tuesday,

    • michelle on January 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Ah, book fair days for adults… sounds heavenly Jen! I totally agree! 🙂

  22. Medeia Sharif on January 16, 2013 at 12:10 am

    I'm in love with words.
    I look forward to Carol's new book. I enjoyed her debut. 

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