A-Z Solomon's Compass Style: Zia Grant Markham

The winner of a Kindle copy of
from yesterday's contest is:
L. Diane Wolfe
Please contact me through my Blogger Profile
if my email hasn't reached you.

Welcome A-Z bloggers!
And everyone else, of course :)
My A-Z posts are all about my new book, SOLOMON'S COMPASS.

Zia Grant Markham here.

I'm the owner of ZGM Properties in Rock Harbor.

If you're interested in property here in the Coastal Bend, I'm your Realtor. And if you're interested in something really special, I'm definitely your Realtor. I have the cream of the private listings from those who wish to list their property confidentially. I will be happy to help you find the coastal home of your dreams.

My husband, Ross, and I came to Rock Harbor in the 90s and built our real estate brokerage from the ground up. He died a few years ago, and I changed the name to ZGM Properties when I became the sole owner.

I keep abreast of local news, both the official and reported news and the kind of news that spreads from neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend. It's one of the reasons I'm so successful. Another is because I keep after something until it's done. I won't take no for an answer.

All the same, it isn't always easy being a woman alone. Some of us like to think we can do everything, but sometimes I just need ... company.

You know?


This is Carol.

Well ... it's done.

You met most of the characters from SOLOMON'S COMPASS

You got a peek at Rock Harbor.

You met the killer, but I won't say when.

And to refresh your memory, here's the back-of-the-book blurb:

A missing belt—her uncle’s prized possession. The lure of buried treasure. And a sexy former SEAL who makes U.S. Coast Guard Commander Taylor Campbell crazy. What more could any woman want. Right?

Taylor is in Rock Harbor, Texas, on a quest to unearth her uncle’s treasure—a journey far outside the realm of her real life. There’s one glitch. Taylor's certain the buried treasure was all in Uncle Randy's dementia-riddled mind. Now he’s dead.

Former SEAL Jake Solomon is in Rock Harbor under false pretenses to protect Taylor from the fate that befell her uncle and the other members of a tight circle of Coast Guardsmen called the Compass Points who served together on Point boats in Vietnam.

Jake is definitely not supposed to become involved with Taylor. That was his first mistake. Taylor is attracted to Jake as well, but she refuses to wait for him to locate the killer when she knows her plan will force her uncle’s murderer into action.

But the killer's actions are just what Jake is afraid of.

I hope you enjoyed everyone's input and the time you spent here learning some of the stories behind the story of SOLOMON'S COMPASS!

See you on Friday
with a new Top Ten!


Zia would probably be a good resource for clues!
You did it - all twenty-six letters.
Anonymous said…
Good conclusion to a wonderful month.
Congratulations on completing the challenge,
Anonymous said…
Good conclusion to a wonderful month.
Congratulations on completing the challenge,
Al Diaz said…
Congratulations on reaching the Z and congratulations to Diane on winning the book.
Linda G. said…
You did it! You made it to Z! Congrats. :)
Clarissa Draper said…
Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

What a fun ride. I enjoyed your posts. Zia sounds like such a strong character.
Teresa Coltrin said…
I feel like family now with your characters. Hmm, but one is the murderer.

YAY, you finished.
Great characters, Carol! I've really gotten to know them. And you did it! Congrats on finishing the A-Z. :)
Laura Marcella said…
Congrats on finishing the Challenge, Carol!! I can't believe how quickly April went by.

Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines
michelle said…
Congrats to L.Diane!
Congrats on making it to the A toZ finishing line, Carol!

Writer In Transit
LR said…
Great character names :) Congrats on finishing the challenge
C. Lee McKenzie said…
Nicely done, Carol and congrats on crossing the finishing line, standing!

Hurray and here's to 2014.
Julie Flanders said…
Zia is a really cool name. Congrats on a great Challenge, Carol! I loved learning more about the people and places of Solomon's Compass. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Alex - Whew!

Yvonne - Thanks. You, too!

Al and Linda G - Thanks.

Teresa - Well, you know they say "there's one in every family." Of course, they don't always mean 'one' is a murderer :)

Elizabeth - Thanks. Glad you think they're a good group of characters. They mostly showed you their good sides :)

Bish Denham said…
Yikes! We MET the killer!?!

Good job Carol.
nutschell said…
Congrats on surviving the A-Z! And congrats to Diane for winning your giveaway!
Laura Eno said…
Oh, wow...we met the killer? It's in my Kindle already. I need to bump it up the line. :)
Congratulations upon meeting the challenge. Sounds like you've had a great month accomplishing your goals. The books sounds great.
Good for you--completing the Challenge in a big way!

Mary Montague Sikes
Carol Kilgore said…
Marcella - You're right about how quickly April sped by. Hard to believe we're done!

Michelle and Lee - Congrats to you, too!

LR and Julie - Thanks. I'm glad you liked Zia and the other character names.

Bish, Nutschell, Laura, and Brenda Kay - You see...it's not always easy to spot killers when they behave themselves.

Carol Kilgore said…
Mary - Looks like we crossed. Thanks. It was loads of fun!
Nick Wilford said…
Congrats on finishing - getting to know your characters was a lot of fun!
I'd like to meet Zia! She sounds a strong woman.

Thanks for the intro to all your characters, it was fun meeting everyone Carol!

Michael Di Gesu said…
Hi, Carol,

Congrats in finishing! I really enjoyed meeting all your characters ... All the best with your book!
Helena said…
You made it! And not only were your characters interesting, I did not figure out who the killer is and I'm glad 'cause I'm gonna read the book.

And by the way, your blurb is great!
Helena said…
You made it! And not only were your characters interesting, I did not figure out who the killer is and I'm glad 'cause I'm gonna read the book.

And by the way, your blurb is great!
Christine Rains said…
Yay! Congrats on finishing the Challenge! :)
VR Barkowski said…
It was a pleasure meeting the SOLOMON'S COMPASS gang and getting to know them better. Hope to see more of them in the future.

Congratulations on the A-to-Z, Carol! You did it!

VR Barkowski
Carol Kilgore said…
Nick, Nas, Michael, and VR - I'm glad you enjoyed meeting all the characters.

Helena - I'm glad you didn't spot the killer! And that you like the blurb :)

Thanks, Christine. You, too.
Robin said…
There is always someone in every small town who knows all the dirt on everyone. Sounds like Miss Zia knows it and spreads it around. Bad Zia. Soooo naughty.
Willa Blair said…
You got me into this, but I made it. The A to Z Challenge was fun! But what am I going to do next year? At least we have a year to think about it!
Jo-Anne Meadows said…
You did good to see the challenge out...........
Carol Kilgore said…
Robin - That's true.

Willa - Good thing we have a year!

Jo-Anne - Thanks!
Congratulations on completing the challenge - and being a truly awe-inspiring tease.
DWei said…
Someone give him a computer with some internet. He'll have all the company he'll ever need.
Anonymous said…
Zia is an interesting character. Congrats on finishing the challenge.
Carol Kilgore said…
EC - LOL! Thanks :)

DWei - Zia likes the internet for some things :)

Medeia - Thanks. You, too.
Jan Newman said…
Carol, congratulations on winning at Clarissa Drapers blog. Your mind was nimble this month, and probably always is! I loved meeting your characters.
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks, Jan! I was surprised. I was thrilled to share my characters. They've been making me crazy for a couple years, so I was hoping to pass them off to someone LOL!

I love learning more about Acadians and Cajun Country on your blog :)
Lexa Cain said…
Congrats to L. Diane!
I love the name "Zia." It's so unusual.
What do you mean we met the killer?! If I'd known there was gonna be a killer, I'd have paid more attention, looked for clues, suspected everybody! Darn it. I'm in the dark...
Carol Kilgore said…
Lexa - Glad you like her name. I have to be sneaky here...you all are way too smart!
I'm on to you, kid! You only named her Zia so you could use her in this year's A-Z challenge, didn't ya?

Congratulations on making it to the A-Z finish line. Great job!
Carol Kilgore said…
Susan - LOL! And next time my protagonist's name will begin with A.
Linda Kage said…
I'm definitely going to come back and re-read a to z after I finish the book, because I've met Zia in the story now and this post feels so much deeper after already meeting her! I was like "Oh! I know her!"

Taylor just cut her hand on the back of the over when trying to move it...if you were curious where I was!
Carol Kilgore said…
Linda K - Cool! When I wrote that bit about Taylor cutting herself, I kept flexing my hand and fingers to make sure mine were OK.
Congratulations on reaching the end of the Challenge! :) It was great to learn more about your characters through your posts.
Michelle said…
I haven't been in the bloggesphere to see the other post ;( well don't on achieving A-Z xx
Carol Kilgore said…
Golden Eagle and Michelle - Thank you. The challenge was fun!
Lynda R Young said…
congrats to Diane and congrats to you for making it through to the end of the challenge! No easy feat!
Carol Kilgore said…
Congrats to you, too, Lynda! We did it :)
You really did a terrific job tying your characters in with A to Z! Congrats on making it through your first Challenge with flying colors!

Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks, Julie. Congrats to you, too!