Monday, September 8, 2014


Hi! I’m Kat Marengo, and I live in the soon-to-be-released novel SECRETS OF HONOR. I’m here to dish on Carol Kilgore, the author who created me.

Well, Carol thinks she created me, but we both know better. I found her mind floating up in the clouds one day and hopped inside. Omigosh, what a mess!

She kept tossing things in and other things out. I got hit with a couple of pillows and had to dodge a toy truck before I realized she was searching for Christmas gifts. See, I arrived between books.

Once I caught on to how she thought, the rest was easy. I started tossing in things I liked, and I knew the minute she realized I was there. Then I messed with her head for a while before I introduced myself.

Of course once I did, she tried to take over. Carol initially wanted me to be an antihero with a little ink and some piercings. I laughed and told her she needed to chill. It might’ve been fun, but my mama would've pitched one big hissy fit if she’d seen me that way. 

Besides, while I’m perfectly capable of taking care of myself in most situations, I’m a little bit girly-girl, too. So Carol listened to reason. She also heard me when I said I'd really a man in my life. The minute I laid eyes on Dave Krizak, I didn't know who to hug first–him or Carol. How she knew I wanted someone and with muscles and blue eyes, I don't know. She read my mind as easily as I read hers.

Besides Dave Krizak, who’s in a whole class all by himself, SECRETS OF HONOR was so much fun. I got to show off some of my skills, and one of my new dresses. We had a huge mission to accomplish, and our team came right together. We like to take all the credit, but to be fair, Carol may have had a hand in making sure our work paid off.

I told her if she ever wanted to write a sequel, I’m all in. She said she’d remember that and let me know if that time ever came up. One thing about Carol – she plays her cards close to her chest. She’s a Scorpio, you know. They’re like that.

Oops, would you look at the time. I gotta run. Meeting Dave, Peter, and Remy at Parrot Cay – it’s the best bar for our kind here in San Juan.

What are we doing in San Juan?

I may talk a lot, but I don’t share secrets, especially 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 those 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.


Natalie Aguirre said...

Fun post. Sounds like Carol and Kat had some fun together. Good luck to Carol on her book.

Kat Sheridan said...

I loved seeing this from Kat's viewpoint! And the books sounds sexy and interesting and fun! Adding it to my list!

Mason Canyon said...

I have to say Kat is one interesting character and I'm enjoying getting to know her. Great post.

Jennifer Chandler said...

What a fun interview! This character sounds like a lot of fun with more than enough spunk to go around! Congrats to Carol and thanks to Sia for a marvelous interview :)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I have a feeling she'll continue to mess with her until that sequel happens.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Mom might've protested the piercings. Smarter to make her girly.

Carol Kilgore said...

Hi, everyone! I'm happy to be here visiting with Sia and seeing all of you. And thanks for all the good luck wishes :)

Sia - Thanks again for hosting me.

Natalie - Kat was a great character to write.

Kat - Well...what can I say. Great name! And thanks for adding Secrets of Honor to your list :)

Mason - Happy to read that!

Jennifer - Kat is spunky all right. During the writing, there were a few times when I went 'whaaat?' :)

Alex - That's what it feels like.

Diane - Girly will always be in, right?

Liza said...

Loved this! Carol what a fun way to get us to know Kat. Awesome voice. Happy Monday, Sia!

Clarissa Draper said...

Cool character. Can't wait for the book to come out.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Carol--It was my pleasure to have you visit!

Gotta say I love the cover and that slightly sly look on Kat's face. I liked how you introduced her--we get a feel of her personality and voice which is always good and you didn't rely on the old character interview--which is fine the first time you read one but boring when you see them time and again. I also liked how you use Kat to introduce the intrigue of the story. Well done!

She's a feisty character from what I've seen here. I love those sorts of characters.

Carol Kilgore said...

Liza - Glad you like her!

Clarissa - One more week.

Sia - Kat is quite a character. Literally, LOL!

Helena said...

Kat sounds like a hoot but also savvy. I'm glad she said no to the tattoos and yes to muscle man. I'm looking forward to reading her story!

Carol Kilgore said...

Helena - Cool! Only a few more days :)

Julie Flanders said...

Kat Marengo is such a great name for a character and she obviously lives up to it. Fun post and a fun character!

Carol Kilgore said...

Julie - Thanks for the great support!

Carol Kilgore said...

Sia - Thank you for letting me blog with you this week. I had a great time!