30 July 2012

Blogging Mentor Monday: Book Giveaway

It's the fifth Monday of the month, so not only do I have a Blogging Mentor for you, I have a giveaway! Carol Kilgore from Under the Tiki Hut is here. Let's dive right in, shall we?

Carol, when and why did you start your blog? 
I offered my first blog post on November 2, 2008. Some of your readers were probably still in school then. I blogged to myself for a couple of weeks without letting anyone know. Since I'm not a journal keeper, I didn't know if I could come up with anything to say day after day. I learned I could spout off about most anything. Who knew?

Blogging was something I'd considered for a while because I wanted to meet more readers and writers. Writers work in such a vacuum, creating characters and events from nothing. It's all in our heads. I needed contact with people who did the same thing. And with people who loved what we created.

I started blogging for the same reasons, just a little later than you did. :)

How has blogging helped you prepare to publish your book? 
Blogging has helped me prepare for publication in several ways. When I started on the journey, I stepped out of my comfort zone into unknown territory. But many of my blog friends had taken the step before I did. I asked questions. Without fail, everyone responded with wonderful information and advice. I'm grateful beyond words and will continue to pay the favor forward. 

The blogging community is extremely supportive, and I'm proud to be a member. Blogging has also taught me how to better budget my time. This skill is always important in our busy lives. With the added tasks of publishing a book, time management becomes critical. I also have to thank my husband because he had a hand in this part, too, helping me fine-tune the basics I'd developed.

On a writing level, blogging has taught me not to be afraid of the words I write and to trust my instinct. Go with your gut. It's almost always right. And when it isn't, you can fix it.

Following your instinct seems like an easy task, but it can be hard to have faith in yourself. You're so right that blogging helps build experience and confidence.

What is your motivation for blogging today? 
I still crave the connections with readers and writers. But I also want to give back in some way. I haven't figured this all out yet. But I will. The giving back will probably take a few different forms, but it will not be by way of me blogging how-to lessons. Other writers do a great job of teaching, and I'm happy to let them.

Giving back is a great goal!

Random Question: You get the chance to meet your favorite literary hero. Who is it, and what would you say to him/her? 
Theodor Geisel. Better known and loved as Dr. Seuss! I would thank him for writing words that always bring a smile and for creating such wonderful characters. Who can forget Horton J Or the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two, and, of course, the Grinch. Dr. Seuss's stories and characters have shaped all our lives.

Excellent choice. Who doesn't like Dr. Seuss? Thanks, Carol! 

Now for Carol's book:

No home. No family. No place to hide. For Summer Newcombe, that's only the beginning.

The night Summer escapes from a burning Padre Island eatery and discovers the arsonist is stalking her, is the same night she meets Fire Captain Gabriel Duran. As much as she's attracted to Gabe, five years in the Federal Witness Security Program because of her father’s testimony against a mob boss have taught her the importance of being alone and invisible.

No matter how much she yearns for a real home, Summer relinquished that option the night she killed the man who murdered her father. But Gabe breaks down her guard and places both of them in danger. Summer has vowed never to kill again, but she's frantic she'll cost Gabe his life unless she stops running and fights for the future she wants with the man she loves.

Sounds awesome, right? 
For a chance to win IN NAME ONLY, 
leave a comment.
The winner will be drawn randomly and announced August 6.

You can buy IN NAME ONLY here
Congrats on the release of your book, Carol!

Carol Kilgore is a Texas native who has lived in locations across the U.S. as the wife of a Coast Guard officer. Back under the hot Texas sun in San Antonio, Carol writes a blend of mystery, suspense, and romance she calls Crime Fiction with a Kiss. She and her husband share their home and patio with two active herding dogs, and every so often the dogs let them sit on the sofa.

Learn more about Carol and follow her here:
Blog: http://www.underthetikihut.blogspot.com


Kyra Lennon said...

Lovely interview! I am really looking forward to reading Carol's book, it's on my to-read list! :D

Brinda said...

Hi Carol. I agree that blogging teaches you to be confident in the words you write and trust yourself. Great interview!

S.P. Bowers said...

This book sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Giving back is a great reason for blogging!
Don't need to enter me as I already have my copy of Carol's book.

Suzi said...

Wow. 4 years of blogging. That seems like so long. I don't think I've been to Carol's site. I'll have to go check it out. Thanks.

Stephen Tremp said...

Its great to know you a little better! Meeting Dr. Seuss would be great. Good luck with In Name Only!

Linda G. said...

Another lovely interview! And I love the idea of meeting Dr. Seuss, too--that would have been marvelous.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Great interview! I think you're right on about trusting your instincts!

Peaches Ledwidge said...

The book sounds interesting &intriguing. Women who kill - always fascinating to learn why.

Carol Kilgore said...

Kyra - I hope you enjoy.

Brinda - Blogging has taught me a lot. I love it.

S.P. - Nice to meet you.

Alex - Blogging is all about sharing, helping, building relationships.

Suzi - The Tiki Hut is always open. But the cabana boys leave at midnight :)

Medeia Sharif said...

Fantastic interview. I also find the blogging community supportive. When I started blogging I felt like I was talking to myself and then people actually responded.

I plan on reading Carol's book.

Kelley Lynn said...

What a great book and interview! Thanks ladies!

Tara Tyler said...

great interview! and sounds like a thrilling book!

Carol Kilgore said...

Stephen - Thanks for the good wishes.

Linda G - Think how much we could have learned.

Jennifer - When I listen, it's working. Sometimes it's hard to listen.

Peaches - Place yourself in Summer's shoes to know what her life was like.

Medeia - I continue to be amazed by how supportive the blogging community is.

CarrieBoo said...

Wow, what a wonderful interview. Blogging has been a great step in building confidence and meeting supportive friends, for sure. I have lots of people to look up to now and admire! :)

Ciara said...

Blogging does build confidence in writing and provides a platform to give back to other writers.

No need to enter me. I'm buying my copy today. My Kindle is working again. Yay!

Jessie Humphries said...

Crime fiction with a kiss!?! I love it. SO awesome. Glad to meetcha Carol!

Taffy said...

I enjoy hearing about other authors! THANKS for the interview and giveaway!

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I love Dr. Suess....right now I get to enjoy him all over again with my 2yr old. ;) Carol's book sounds fabulous! Thanks for a great interview ladies!

Anne Gallagher said...

Great interview. Thanks Emily. Thanks Carol.

Johanna Garth said...

I love Carol's blog and couldn't agree more with her thoughts about the process of blogging pushing us out into the public eye which is good preparation for the book launch. I only wish I'd started mine earlier.

Jay Noel said...

I've seen Carol all over the blogosphere. Nice to meet another blogging veteran!

I decided to change my blog for the very same reason - just wanted to meet fellow readers/writers.

Hope Roberson said...

Ooh, my kind of read! I love it, crime fiction with a kiss! Fun!

Jasmine Walt said...

4 years of blogging! That's quite the experience! Dr. Seuss is awesome, he was so insightful. And I love the concept of IN NAME ONLY! Definitely my kind of book. :)

Leigh Covington said...

Awesome interview! Love the book cover and can't wait tor read it! And I totally agree... when I started blogging, it was NOT in my comfort zone. I'm feeling much better about it now though. :)

Slamdunk said...

Nicely done Emily and Carol.

Like Carol, I have been very impressed with how much support is available via the blogging community--no matter what your interest is.

Gina said...

Ooooh, loving the sound of that book! Thanks for another lovely interview, Emily :)

Angela Cothran said...

Carol's book sounds so fun! And what a great interview. I love Dr. Seuss too :)

creativewritingintheblackberrypatch said...

I've been a follower of Carol's for quite a while. I write for children, so I'd also like to meet Dr. Seuss.

Carol Kilgore said...

I apologize for being absent since this morning. Life in general and an unexpected adventure into the carpool lane intervened momentarily.

And I forgot to say hi to Emily. So, "Hi, Emily! And thanks again for hosting me here."

Now I'm back down to business :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Kelley Lynn - I'm glad you enjoyed!

Tara - If you read and enjoy, please tell your friends :)

CarrieBoo - I had no idea I would fall in love with blogging the way I have. Mostly I've fallen in love with all the wonderful people I've met. Like everyone here.

Ciara - Yea for your Kindle!

Jessie - Glad to meet you, too! Always at least one crime; always a love story :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Taffy - I enjoy learning more about other authors, too.

Kimberly - Lucky you! Nice to meet you.

Anne - Thanks :)

Johanna - I'm glad I started blogging when I did :)

Jay - Are you saying I get around, LOL :)

Jenny Morris said...

I LOVE that she picked Dr. Seuss. I'd never thought of him, but he might be my #1 choice. LOL.

The book looks fabulous. I'll have to add it to my list.

Nancy Thompson said...

Great interview! I have Carol's book on mt TBR list. It sounds like just my thing!

Carol Kilgore said...

Hope - Nice to meet you. I "Hope" you'll enjoy :) Sorry, couldn't resist. It's been that kind of day.

Jasmine - I'm loving meeting all of you here! Four years of blogging and it's experiences like today of meeting so many new bloggers that keep me going. It's wonderful :)

Leigh - At first I didn't have my photo on my blog. And I still have a pen and ink version of a photo on my blog. But now I keep that one because I like it instead of because I thought no one would recognize me from it. My real mug is up everywhere, so I'm like Summer now - No Place to Hide :)

Slamdunk - Exactly. Since I'm an eclectic, I have many interests. There's a blog for everyone :)

Gina - I'm loving that you like the premise! Nice to meet you.

Theresa Milstein said...

Emily, it's great to see Carol here.

Carol, I love Dr. Seuss too. The Lorax is one of my favorite stories ever. And I have the ABC book memorized from reading it to my kids so many times.

Lisa Regan said...

Great interview! Carol's book sounds great! And yeah, I heart Horton!

ilima said...

Nice to meet you, Carol. As always, Emily, great interview.

Michelle said...

Thank for the inspiring interview. I love dr Seuss too!

Carol Kilgore said...

Angela - Thanks. I can still recite the opening few pages of The Cat in the Hat from memory - LOL.

Janet - There's still a little bit of kid left in most of us, I think :)

Jenny - Thanks, please do :)

Nancy - I hope it is!

Theresa - Dr. Seuss was just so inventive and always brought a surprise.

Carol Kilgore said...

Lisa - Smiling :)

ilima - Same here.

Michelle - Seuss Rocks.

David P. King said...

How awesome is that? I just barely found Carol's blog last week. Thanks for hosting her this week, Emily! :)

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Great interview! I agree, the blogging community is so friendly and welcoming. I struggle to give back as much as is given to me. I don't have much to offer, but I try to share as much as I can! It was nice to meet you, Carol!

Carol Kilgore said...

David - It's great to see you here!

Lara - Nice to meet you.

Everyone, I'm outta here for the night. I barely got started on visiting your blogs today, but I'll be around to everyone tomorrow - at least that's the plan.

And I'll be checking back in here, too.

J.L. Campbell said...

Hey, Carol,
Blogging has also helped me in the discipline department. Didn't think I'd stick with it, and I have. Now, I wish I would apply myself to my wip's with some level of diligence.

J.L. Campbell said...

Forgot to say 'hey' to Emily. Hope you and the little one are doing great.

Michael Pierce said...

Great interview! I feel that fear of not trusting what I'm writing on my blog. I don't have someone editing that, so I'm always afraid I'm leaving a trail of mistakes.

elizabeth seckman said...

Blogging has saved my sanity with all the advice and support from wonderful, generous people all over the web!

Melodie Wright said...

I love Padre Island - so cool this book is set (at least party) there!
Great interview, ladies!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

Interesting book! And firemen make for good love interests in fiction, because they are cute. :)Carol's right in that time management is critical. That's something I still need to work on, because I spend way too much time online.

Missed Periods said...

I've had the same experience with blogging! Also, the book sounds great.

Shelley Munro said...

Great interview. It would be very cool visiting with Dr, Seuss.

Peggy Eddleman said...

I totally agree about blogging. Great interview!

Carol Kilgore said...

J.L. - It helps me to make a rough draft of the day's schedule the night before.

Michael - Good editors are wonderful! I've tried to pay more attention to my guest blogs and interviews, but on the Tiki Hut it's pretty much in my head and on the screen. With a quick read through and touch ups.

Elizabeth - Saved mine, too! Nice to meet you :)

Melodie - I love Padre, too :)

Neurotic Workaholic - It's way to easy to spend too much time online. I'm guilty of that, too.

Carol Kilgore said...

Missed Periods - Thanks. Blogging rocks!

Shelley - I agree.

Peggy - Nice to meet you :)

Donna K. Weaver said...

Ooo . . . I've not heard of this one, but it sounds like I need to add it to my to-read list!

Carol Kilgore said...

Donna - Go ahead. I'll wait. And I won't tell anyone. Oh yeah...thanks. And enjoy :)

Coleen Patrick said...

Super interview! I so agree with what Carol said about blogging allowing her not to be afraid of the words she writes! I find that to be so true--and of course helpful for continuing on this writing journey!

Carol Kilgore said...

Coleen - The writing journey is all-consuming. No time to be afraid!

Carrie Butler said...

What a great choice for Mentor Monday! Carol had such wonderful advice to share. :D

Carol Kilgore said...

Carrie - Thank you for such kind words.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Great interview. Carol comes off as both talented and sweet. Nice to throw a giveaway into the mix. Her character Summer definitely has a complicated life.

Carol Kilgore said...

Sheena-kay - Sweet? Remember I write fiction! But thanks :) It's nice to meet you.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Emily - I love your interviews! You draw out the best in each writer. Big HUGS to you today!

Carol - Love Dr. Seuss! I started my blog without knowing anything about it, and just blogged by myself for a while. It took me a lot longer to get the hang of it - like a year.

Stephen Tremp said...

Good luck to Carol and her book In Name Only! Its great to see all the love and support she's been receiving.

J. A. Bennett said...

Great to meet Carol! I love that book cover and the blurb sounds fun as well. Hopping over to follow her blog :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Tyrean - Don't feel bad. It took me a year to figure out Facebook and I'm still learning. And I don't really have the hang of Twitter yet.

Stephen - I appreciate yours, too :)

J.A. - Readers seem to like it so far. I'm totally grateful! Thanks for the follow :)

Mark Noce said...

cool interview! I especially like the part about motivations and what drives a writer forward:)

Carol Kilgore said...

Mark - Something motivates each of us. Otherwise we'd never take up this crazy world.

Suze said...

'The blogging community is extremely supportive, and I'm proud to be a member.'

Amen to that.

Congratulations, Carol -- all the best to you!

The Golden Eagle said...

I love your blogging motivation!

Meeting Dr. Seuss would be awesome. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Suze - Thank you!

Golden Eagle - So if there's ever a time machine in my lifetime :)

Tracy Bermeo (A2Z Mommy) said...

Fabulous interview! Carol, I'm with you, the writing/blogging community is full of support and people willing to help other writers. I hope to one day be able to do the same.
A2Z Mommy and What’s In Between

Leslie S. Rose said...

Nice to meet you, Carol. Congrats on your book. I am never disappointed with the generosity of bloggers. It's great to have a place you can go for inspiration.

Carol Kilgore said...

Tracy - I think the blogging community is awesome! Nice to meet you.

Leslie - Thanks. Great to meet you, too. A big Friday cheer for bloggers!

Raquel.Somatra said...

Very cool! It's great to read more about you and your writing & blogging journey. Thanks for the opportunity!

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