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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Musings: a gal pal weekend and a new release

I don't mean to offend my men friends, but there is nothing like what happens when good women friends get together. It's magical. You don't have to explain what you mean about anything. They just get it. You don't have to ask what's going on with them, they share perfectly well on their own. And shopping together is so much fun. I spent a night in Taos, NM with two wonderful friends. I had just finished the latest revision on my novel and it was a perfect time to let go of everything. So here's to gal pal weekends. I have one more revision pass through on the novel and I am going to call it a done deal. Will hit the deck running today.

How about you?

And our blogging buddy, Carole Kilgore has a new release. Here's the scoop:


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 the first lady’s 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.


Carol sees mystery and subterfuge everywhere. And she’s a sucker for a good love story—especially ones 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 and her books here:
Under the Tiki Hut blog:  http://www.underthetikihut.blogspot.com
Website with Monthly Contest: http://www.carolkilgore.net

It's here! SECRETS OF HONOR, the novel. Kat Marengo will finally spill her story. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Honor-Carol-Kilgore-ebook/dp/B00NH0QTO6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1410561862
Once upon a time, there was a jewel thief...for the government. SECRETS OF HONOR, the novel. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Honor-Carol-Kilgore-ebook/dp/B00NH0QTO6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1410561862
24 hours to find a kidnapped girl. Failure is unthinkable. SECRETS OF HONOR, the novel. http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Honor-Carol-Kilgore-ebook/dp/B00NH0QTO6/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1410561862


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Sounds like a great weekend! Congrats on having the one revision left!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Carol!
Not offended. Women wouldn't understand what happens when guys get together either. Glad you had a good weekend with friends.

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend, Karen. Good luck with your last revision and congrats to Carol.

Mary Clark, Traveler said...

I just couldn't do without my girlfriend time. It's just so easy to be with them. I think guys do it in a different way - centered around activities like hunting and golfing.

Karen Walker said...

Elizabeth, I'm praying this is the last revision!
Alex, very true!
Mason, thanks
Mary, hi - nice to see you here. Yeah, guys definitely do it differently.

Carol Kilgore said...

I love gal pal get togethers. Much appreciate the shout out. Thank you :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Sounds like a fun weekend indeed :) and congrats to Carol!!!

Arlee Bird said...

It's kind of the same when I get together with my male friends though sadly I don't get to see them much. I don't have any really close friends here where I live now.

Congrats to Carol!

Tossing It Out

Karen Walker said...

Carol, my pleasure!
Keith, it was lovely -
Lee, oh,that's sad. Make some!!

Suze said...

I can't believe I've never been to Taos. So happy you enjoyed a nice weekend there!

Karen Walker said...

Suze, you, too? My two girlfriends hadn't been there either. Come back for a visit and we'll go....

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like fun! :)
Yay for Carol!!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Girlfriends are the best therapy! The laughter and fun totally refresh and revitalize you. Glad you have some friends to share down time with. Wishing you the best on the latest revision.

Fundy Blue said...

Girlfriends are the best! I'm glad that you had a fun weekend!