I Didn't Run Away and Join the Circus - I'm Back!

After we returned from vacation, I came over to the Tiki Hut, swept the joint and made a few repairs, updated the bar stock, and hired a few new cabana boys. Under the Tiki Hut is open for business!

My vacation was awesome. As wonderful as it was, both Live-In Handyman and I were really happy to be back home. I'll tell you more about our meanderings next week.

And yes, vacation news has to wait because - as promised - I have a cool surprise for you today.

Here it is...the cover for IN NAME ONLY:

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.

IN NAME ONLY will be available on July 10, 2012. You'll be hearing more about Summer and her story as time gets closer.

Now that I've told you my news, what's up with you?

Did you stay out of trouble while I was away?

Any juicy gossip? New books? Things I should know?

Fill me in!


Jennifer Shirk said…
LOVE the cover and the colors!

Glad you had such a great vacation! Missed you though!
Ciara said…
LOVE the cover. I'm so excited for you!!! Woot!
Kyra Lennon said…
Welcome back!

Your cover is awesome, and the book sounds fab - can't wait to read it!
Jan Morrison said…
What a HOT cover! I love it. And the book sounds a delight. I don't have a bit of juicy gossip. Hmmm...went out on the bay yesterday and thought about how bizarre it was that I was canoeing on the same ocean that I had been swimming in only a month before. We didn't swim yesterday - in fact this is the earliest we've been out on the bay - it is an unusually nice spring (a season we don't usually enjoy).
Linda G. said…
Welcome back! Glad you had an awesome vacation.

IN NAME ONLY sounds like a thrilling read, and that cover is great!
That is BIG news. Can't wait to read it.
Carol Kilgore said…
Jennifer - I missed everyone, too. It's good to be back :)

Ciara - Glad you like the cover. That goes for everyone who does. I love it, too :)

Kyra - Hope you'll love the book as much as the cover!

Jan - I think the spring weather has been awesome everywhere.

Linda G - Vacation was just what I needed!
Just saw the cover on Ciara's site so had to come looking for you. Very bright and colorful - will definitely attract attention. Congratulations, Carol! Are you doing a blog tour? I have room for you in the second half of July - you have only to ask.
Southpaw said…
When you say you have news you have NEWS! It's a stand-out cover!

Love the blurb too.
Rula Sinara said…
LOVE that blurb! Sounds like an awesome read. So glad you had a great vacation!
Linda Kage said…
Woo Hoo!!!! What an amazing cover. I like the tag line too! July seems soooo far away!

I think time in my world stood still while you were gone. Seems like absolutely nothing happened to me while you were gone...except I got a few weeks older!

Welcome back.
Julie said…
Great to see you back, Carol!! I LOVE the cover, it looks fantastic. Congratulations and I can't wait to read In Name Only! :)
Lydia Kang said…
Wow, you did have a huge surprise! Congratulations Carol! It looks awesome!
The colors on the cover are so pretty. Love the title as well. YAY!
Laura Kaye said…
Pretty, eye-catching cover! Congrats Carol!
Carol Kilgore said…
Delores - I'm glad you're excited. I am, too.

Alex - Glad you like the cover. I'll be in touch.

Southpaw - Exactly. I AM a Texan, you know - LOL!

Rula - Thanks. I'm totally refreshed.

Linda K - July will be here before you know it. I still have a lot to do between now and then.
That's the best news. Yay!

Carol Kilgore said…
Julie - Great to be back! Glad you like :)

Lydia - Yep, I did :)

RaShelle - I love those colors, too.

Laura - Thanks :)

Teresa - I think so, too.
Stephen Tremp said…
Welcome back and Congrats! on the great newa! I'll do a shoutout for you ral soon.
Talei said…
Whoop!! Congrats on your book - and what a fabulous looking cover, LOVE IT. Looking forward to hearing more, dear lady! x

Ps: Can we break out the margaritas?
Kevin R. Tipple said…
Congrats on the book!

Now, bring back the cabana babes. I demand equal time and eye candy.
Summer Ross said…
That cover is so beautiful Carol! Congrats! I'm so glad you are back.
Welcome back though I've been off site for a week not well.
Loved the read and hope you had a wonderful vacation.

Carol Kilgore said…
Stephen - Thanks! I'll appreciate the shout-out :)

Talei - $1 margarita special at the Tiki Hut - noon 'til close :)

Kevin - Ran an ad this morning. Babes will be restocked by the weekend :)

Summer - Thanks. It's good to be back.

Yvonne - So sorry you've been unwell. I'll be around to all your blogs in a few hours.
lbdiamond said…
LOVELY cover. Congrats!!!
J.L. Campbell said…
Congrats, Carol! The plot sounds intriguing. Like the boldness of the cover.
What an eye-catching cover! Love the tag line too.

Welcome back. I look forward to hearing about your travels.
Clarissa Draper said…
I love the cover and the story! Can't wait to read and review it. I'll help you promote your book in anyway possible.
M Pax said…
Congrats, Carol! Awesome. Love the premise.
Lynda R Young said…
Congrats, Carol!! I love the cover!!!

What a great way to come back from vacation. I love the new cabana boys too. I think one winked at me ;)
Jan Christensen said…
Welcome home! Love the cover. It's a standout, as is the blurb. Can't wait to read the final product.
Carol Kilgore said…
lbdiamond - Thank you :)

J.L. - I hope readers find it intriguing :)

Carol - Next week :)

Clarissa - Wonderful! Thank you.

M Pax - Let's hope it works.

Lynda - That must have been Cody. He's a real flirt :)

Jan - Thank you. Hope you'll enjoy.
VR Barkowski said…
I swore I left a comment earlier. You'd think I'd know how to do this by now...

Congratulations, Carol! Love the cover and can't wait to get my hands on the book.
Congratulations and welcome back!
JoLynne Lyon said…
Welcome back! I like your cover.

While you were gone I crossed Wyoming, came back and ran into a pony show.

It's been a good few weeks.
LR said…
What a gorgeous cover! Love it

And the story sounds irresistible. Will definitely be added to my "summer read" list. :)
Laura Eno said…
That's an awesome cover! Congrats!
Woohoo darlin'...I love that cover!

I'm so happy for ya I could do one of my famous happy dances...'do believe I will!!!

It's great that ya got away for a bit before all the total craziness 'round the book begins.

Me?? Pretty borin' but busy 'round here. Soybeans are in the ground, that's a big deal. Sorghum is bein' planted right now. Calves need to be weened and cattle need to be sold.

I killed a copperhead last night in the yard. Me in my cute little biker shorts donned in Farm Boys knee high barn boots, leather gloves with rake and shovel in hand. I have a system. Heeehehee!!!

Good to have ya home sweetie.

God bless and have an awesome week!!! :o)
Carol Kilgore said…
VR - LOL! I leave comments like that, too, sometimes. July 10 :)

Janet - Thanks! It's great to be here :)

JoLynne - It was a good few weeks :) What is a pony show?

LR - Cool! It's a Summer story :)

Laura - I think the designer did a great job. I just started reading about Cassie :)

Nezzy - OMG! That's scary...snakes can kill you. You be careful. I want you around for many more Nezzy Happy Dances :) Can you tell I'm a City Woman?
L.G.Smith said…
Oh, wow, how cool is that! Love the cover and the blurb. Sounds like lots of action and drama!

Very cool. Congrats on that, and I look forward to hearing more about it.
Welcome back. So glad to hear you had a good time!
The cover looks fantastic and the story sounds great.
Having my own ex-Fire Captain and current Dept. Safety Officer at home I can't wait to read your story!
Carol Kilgore said…
L.G. - You'll hear plenty more :)

Heather - Your own personal sexy firefighter :)
Jayne said…
What an eye-catching cover! Congratulations! How fantastically exciting!

Love the tag as well - crime fiction with a kiss - very nice. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Thank you so much, Jayne. I am totally excited!
Glynis Jolly said…
WOW! So that's what you've been up to in the back room! What form is it going to be available in?

Welcome back home, Carol.
Carol Kilgore said…
Glynis, the book will be available from Amazon in both Kindle and print versions.
Congrats!! I cant wait to read it!