Monday, July 6, 2015

...and it wasn't even a full moon!

Happy July!
I wish there was an emoji for fireworks :)

During the first week of June, In Name Only was on sale for 99 cents. That ship has sailed.

It's now the first week of July.

This week- July 6 through July 12 - SOLOMON'S COMPASS, is on sale for 99 cents at Amazon.

   When Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell returns to Rock Harbor, Texas, to tend to her uncle’s estate, she meets a mysterious former Navy SEAL, Jake Solomon, and learns her uncle didn't drown accidentally. His murder was one in a string of murders of a group of Vietnam veterans who called themselves the Compass Points. 
   Before her uncle died, he sent Taylor a message with the location of his buried treasure. Unearthing it will place her squarely in the killer’s crosshairs, but she’s determined to fulfill her uncle’s last wish. 
   Jake, sent to protect her and find the killer, has other plans. His mission would be much easier to accomplish if he could forget how good she’d tasted when he kissed her. 

SOLOMON'S COMPASS is the story of a woman who comes face to face with a hidden secret from the Vietnam Era.

I would love for you to share this with your friends.

Thanks to all who continue to read and purchase my books.
I all my readers!

Question: My first novel, In Name Only, was on sale the first week of June. My second novel, Solomon's Compass, is on sale the first week of July. When do you think my third novel, Secrets of Honor, will be on sale?

Moving on . . . 'cause it's a total change of subject.

Strange things sometimes happen to me. Here lately, these occurrences are becoming more frequent. I'm only going to tell you the most recent because . . . you know. Plus, I don't want you to think I'm weird or anything :)

The other day, I was taking one of those crazy quizzes on Facebook - like Which Medieval Princess Are You kind of things - yes, I'm horribly guilty of falling for that click bait.

Anyway, I'm clicking along and choosing and one group of choices is so funny I laugh out loud. I'm giggling and the dogs are looking at me as if I've finally traveled around the bend. There may have been a snort. Then I say, through another round of giggles, "Oh, God!"

From my computer speakers I hear a male voice say, "What?"

I. Kid. You. Not.

I'm glad I'd swallowed my coffee.

Then I really pay attention. I mean, something like that is hard to ignore. But I can't stop more giggles. Just in case, I say out loud, "Are you talking to me?"

Silence.

So I look up at the tabs, and the little blue circle is spinning. Ah-ha! I'm certain an ad was trying to load, but didn't make it, and all that got through was a perfectly timed "What?"

That's what had to have occurred. Right?

See you back here on Monday, August 3!





52 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That would've freaked me out as well!

Jemi Fraser said...

Yikes! I'd have jumped too :)

A Beer For The Shower said...

Sounds like your computer is haunted by ads. You need an exorcism - install AdBlock Plus. No more ads. Ever. And it's free. Haven't seen one in years.

Beth Ellyn Summer said...

okay I basically would have died!!

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

🎆Freaky is right🎆 Hum, those look more like spiders.

Bish Denham said...

Of course that's probably what happened. But because of the timing, does it MEAN something? That's what I'd be wondering.

Liza said...

I love the term "click bait."

Carol Kilgore said...

Alex and Jemi - Glad I'm not the only one!

Beer - THANK YOU! Y'all are my heroes♥ Will be doing this shortly.

Beth Ellyn - I wondered if I was about to do just that.

Holly - I thought they were spiders at first :)

Bish - I'm still wondering that.

Liza - I wish it was original with me. Sadly, no :(

VR Barkowski said...

Definitely an ad trying to load. No... really! Every once in a while, I look up and notice the light on my webcam winking at me when I haven't turned on the camera. Of course I clicked it on by accident, but that doesn't stop me from feeling as if Big Brother is watching.

Wishing you many sales of Solomon's Compass. Such a terrific book!

VR Barkowski

Mason Canyon said...

So glad you had finished your coffee before the voice spoke to you (which I'm sure was an ad trying to load).. :) But I gotta say, you need to put that in a story somewhere. It will definitely have readers stopping to think.

Elephant's Child said...

Hooray for Ad-Block. Which I have and love. Not sure I have enough lives left to be scared out of any of them.
And welcome back. You have been missed.

cleemckenzie said...

Cardia arrest for me! I can take almost anything except computers that talk to me.

Carol Kilgore said...

VR - Thanks for the good wishes! I totally get it about Big Brother.

Mason - The book I'm working on now could support this incident. I'll think about it. Thanks.

EC - I've missed everyone, too!

Lee - My heart pounded a little bit.

Melissa said...

Oh my gosh. I would have freaked.
And I have a piece of paper taped over my laptop's camera.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

What the hell, this would have scared me silly

Helena said...

Realistically, it was just an ad. But in one of my paranoid moments (and I do have those) I probably would've reacted by unplugging my computer and sprinkling it with holy water. Just to be sure.

And I'm going out on a limb here... Secrets of Honor turn will be the first week of August?

Carol Kilgore said...

Helena - I have those paranoid moments, too :)
Ding, ding, ding! Correct Answer! SECRETS OF HONOR will be on sale for 99cents August 3-9.

Also, I'm guessing you're working on your blog??? I clicked over there and it says 403 Forbidden.

Carol Kilgore said...

Melissa - I use a desktop mostly, and my monitor doesn't have a camera - for which I'm forever grateful.

Jo-Anne - It certainly did me. Last night I installed AdBlock Plus - thank you again A BEER FOR THE SHOWER guys! No more ads. So if it happens again, I'll be freaking big time.

Rula Sinara said...

I would have totally freaked out!!!

Mark Noce said...

The machines are taking over;) I'll be watching my toaster closely now:)

Carol Kilgore said...

Rula - I pretty much did :)

Mark - I hear toasters are THE worst :)

Lexa Cain said...

Ack! It's Big Brother listening in. Or a stalker! Who knows who can plug into the little camera thingies they have on all the computers now. My laptop's so old, it has no camera, and I'm going to keep it that way. No weirdo stalker is gonna talk to me over the internet! :O

Anne Gallagher said...

Ha! That's funny. I suppose if you had carried on a conversation, that might have been crazy, but for God to just say "what", well, he might have been busy.

Hope you're having a great summer!

Loni Townsend said...

Hehehe, that'd be funny if God was talking through your computer to you. :)

Best of luck with the sale! I hope it's extremely successful!

Carol Kilgore said...

Lexa - I know! Scary out here on the webz :)

Anne - I don't want to think about what I would've done if the voice had said 'Yes' when I asked if he was talking to me.

Loni - I woulda REALLY freaked! Thanks for the good wishes :)

Slamdunk said...

I love it when a plan is well executed. Sounds like a win for your readers, Carol.

Carol Kilgore said...

Slamdunk - I hope so!

Medeia Sharif said...

That would've scared me. When my browser is acting funny, I unplug my modem immediately, because I hate pop-ups and bizarre messages of any sort since I've had viruses before.

Carol Kilgore said...

Medeia - I've now installed Ad Blocker Plus. It works like a charm. I don't see that little blue circle or hear ads any more. Yay! It did freak me out. Husband called not long after. I said, "You're never going to believe what just happened." He said, "Are you all right?" He knows how I can get into trouble sitting in a chair doing nothing :)

Linda G. said...

Oh, man, that would have freaked me the heck out!

Yeah, and I too am a sucker for those FB quizzes. How else would I know that I have a 1500-year-old soul, the intellect of Albert Einstein, the creativity of da Vinci, and the selflessness of Mother Teresa? ;)

Carol Kilgore said...

Linda G - Glad I'm not the only one who clicks :)

Denise Covey said...

Fireworks everywhere! Freaky. Now I'll be interested to see what Solomon's Compass is all about. :-)

Carol Kilgore said...

Denise - I love the 4th fireworks. The doggies, not so much. Enjoy Solomon's Compass!

J.L. Campbell said...

Thanks to Bish, I heard about your sale and got my copy. :)
I'd have been startled too if that voice had come at me.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Talk about perfect timing!

Reminds me a little of a joke. This little old Italian lady was kneeling in church, fingering her Rosary beads, and praying fervently. Some workmen, who were up in the balcony doing some repairs, thought they'd have some fun with her. In his deepest, most impressive booming voice, one of them yelled, "THIS IS THE LORD!" The little old lady paused, looked up, shook her head, and then went back to her praying. So the guy did it again. "THIS IS THE LORD!" He got the same reaction the second time, so he figured he'd get her with the third try. But after he yelled the third time, she yelled back, "Shut-a you face! I'm a talk-a to your mother!"

Carol Kilgore said...

Joy - Yay! Good for Bish :) Enjoy.

Susan - I think I know that little old Italian lady :)

Christine Rains said...

Yup, totally an ad that failed to load. I've had my son's toys go off randomly and startle me. Your books are fabulous! I read Secrets of Honor recently and loved it. Now the big question remains: which medieval princess are you? :)

Milo James Fowler said...

Holy cow -- you've got a cool idea for a story starter right there!

Carol Kilgore said...

Christine - I haven't been back to find out!

Milo - Probably as part of something.

klahanie said...

Good grief, here I am, late as usual. Hope you haven't been thumb twiddling waiting for my comment :)

"What?"

I'm now going to say "Hello Google" and see what happens....

Quizzes on "Farcebook"! I found out what sort of "wife" I am on Farcebook!

Gary :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Gary - No worries. I enjoy seeing you whenever you show up :)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Ha! Weird.

(I'm guilty of playing those quizzes too!!!)

Carol Kilgore said...

Jennifer - Totally. But those quizzes are fun :)

M Pax said...

That is strange. Have you ever had someone call you in your sleep? Always wakes me up. Hope your sales are going great.

Carol Kilgore said...

Mary - Omigosh, yes! Wakes me up. Freaks me out. I'm glad it doesn't happen too often. Sometimes I know the voice, sometimes not. What's up with that?

Nas said...

I would have been totally freaked out!

DMS said...

Awesome news about your recent sales and I am guessing there is another sale right around the corner based on the pattern. :)

I fall for those quizzes all the time too. I would have been totally freaked out! But the timing couldn't have been more perfect. Wow!

~Jess

Carol Kilgore said...

Nas - I was!

Jess - Thanks. Yes, next week will be SECRETS OF HONOR's turn :)

TBM said...

I would have jumped. I downloaded The Simpsons game on my Kindle for my partner, but when I wasn't using it, Homer would say something loud and it scared the crap out of me each time so I removed it. Homer still haunted me for a few weeks, but he finally gave up. I hated it each and every time! Never again will I sign up for that game.

Crystal Collier said...

I think I might freak out if I thought someone was talking to me on my computer...randomly. (I totally fall for click bate too.)

Carol Kilgore said...

TBM - LOL! Homer Simpson would've scared me, too.

Crystal - I'm still a little freaked, even though since I downloaded Ad Blocker Plus there have no more incidences. Thank goodness!

Ernest Blair said...

You were very productive. You did an amazing job with your goals. :) Have a great weekend.

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