Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I now pronounce you dead

Big news for two of my friends today - Elsie Elmore and Carol Kilgore

First, I interviewed my CQ buddy Elsie and she wrote this sweet intro for it...

Tara and I met several months ago through the online writing community; and it really is a community, isn’t it? I was excited for her release of Broken Branch Falls, an MG fantasy through Curiosity Quills. She was also super helpful with my rafflecopter questions. She’s quite in-the-know.

So anyway, Tara, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog for this grand interview during my release tour for The Undead. I’m strapping on my seatbelt now… Okay, let’s do this.

What is your favorite pizza topping? 
People, prepare…. what I’m going to share is often not a crowd pleaser… my favorite pizza topping is… fresh mushrooms. Are those oohs or ughs I hear? Fresh mushrooms add a layer of savory flavor to whatever they’re paired with… especially sausage, but can perfectly dress up a cheese pizza. Canned mushrooms, however, need not apply.
Hey - I like mushrooms! I thought you were going to say anchovies!

In the future, no one has dull hair – what color would you like to dye yours?
I’d love to say red because it’s my favorite color, but I couldn’t pull off red. I’d have to go with a rich chestnut brown... you know, with the light undertones.
Not bright enough, toots! At least have some sparkly glitter in it!

Where is your favorite place to vacation? 
I think instead of a favorite place, I have a favorite group to vacation with… and that’s my family. We’ve had awesome times at the beach, at the mountains, and on road trips to other states. So I’m less about the destination and more about the journey.
Good answer - the company you keep can make or break the vacation no matter where you go!

What's your favorite song to sing in the shower? 
Ha! I sound like hyena during puberty when I sing so I typically don’t sing in the shower or ever. It’s sort of a public service thing. However, in the privacy of my car, I will sing the first few lines of Fancy by Iggy Azalea when it comes on the radio. Jimmy Fallon has forever made this a “stuck-in-my-head” kind of song. Thanks, Jimmy.
I love Jimmy Fallon. He got All About that Bass stuck in my head!

What's your favorite adjective?
Awesome question. My favorite adjective is… WONKY. It’s like this subtle little word that can mean something is slightly wrong or majorly messed up, depending on use. Yep, no doubt. Wonky. (And I have been known to stretch that into WONKIFIED when the proper situation presents itself.)
A good choice, love the sound of it. Lately I've been using FLIPPIN, but I don't know if that counts as an adjective.

Briefly describe a typical day as a teenage grim reaper.
The daily routine of a grim reaper depends mostly on the territory they’ve been assigned. More populated places have more people, which means death lurks around the corner. In smaller cities, like Martin where Eric has been sent, a dwindling population means less work so there’s time to kill. 
Grim reapers receive their assignments on their phones. When a face pops up, so does a time frame and a location. They have to find their target and touch them to initiate the process of death. Once they’re marked, they’re easier for death to find them. And he always does.

With a deadly touch, mingling with humans can be extremely tricky for grim reapers, so most don’t. They’ve learned to exist in the fringes of life and keep a low profile. Eric isn’t like most grim reapers. He tends to push his luck and his boundaries. His current assignment has offered him access to his one passion and weakness, music. He figures a way to incorporate joining a band into his job so he spends some of his free time doing what he loves and what’s forbidden… play music.
And that leads us to the purchase info for THE UNDEAD by Elsie Elmore!!

Amazon US  ==  Amazon UK  ==  B&N

Plus a couple of GIVEAWAYS!

Now, it's Carol's turn...

SECRETS OF HONOR by Carol Kilgore - out now!

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:

And once again, don't forget to click a shelfie selfie for our contest!
My desk shelfie - back by request - I have books spread
 all over the house, so this is the best I have for now...
I'll put up my Selfie Shelfie next week!

Check out the entries we have so far!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And I can't believe it's already time to go to the Ohio River Festival of Books this weekend! Anyone in the Huntington, WV area, please come see us! Very excited to hang out with Elizabeth Seckman and Carrie Bulter!! Wish us luck!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like your shelfie.
Congratulations, Carol.
Elsie - he has time to kill - funny!

elsie elmore said...

Thanks so much for hosting me today. Your interview questions were a hoot and a half!!

And Alex,
;) Thanks!

Carol Kilgore said...

Great interview with Elsie! And thank you so much for including SECRETS OF HONOR in your post :)

Sarah Foster said...

Nice shelfie! I'm trying to claim some more space on my bookcase before I take mine. Good luck at the festival! It sounds like fun...I would totally go if I lived anywhere near there.

The Silver Fox said...

Fun interview!

Anne Marie Schlueter said...

Haha great interview! Definitely loled a few times.

Crystal Collier said...

Yay for Carol! And it's great to meet Elsie. There seems to have been an influx of reaper books lately, but I won't complain. They rock!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

A grim reaper in a band? Sounds like a good name for a band.

Christine Rains said...

Congrats to Elsie and Carol! I like mushrooms on pizza too. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Congrats to Elsie and Carol!

And I 100% is about the journey, not the destination.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Elsie, I like the sound of that book! Fun interview. I love fresh shrooms on pizza too.

Samantha May said...

I mean I usually ask for extra sauce and order a cheese pizza...and then take the cheese off. So mushrooms aren't THAT weird. Both stories have really interesting premises! Thanks for introducing me to them.

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M.J. Fifield said...

Great questions and awesome answers.

Have fun at the book festival this weekend!

Robin said...

I like the premise of Elsie's book. Elsie, did you watch the TV show Dead Like Me?

If not, here is the trailer...

Carol, so exciting to see your book out!!!!

Liz A. said...

Favorite adjective. That's a hard question! Good answer, though.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Fun interview! I like fresh mushrooms on my pizza, too. And green peppers and black olives. Here's the weird part: no cheese, but extra sauce.

Liz Blocker said...

Congrats ladies!!! And hey, I love mushrooms, too :)

Oh, I wish I lived in the area! Good luck, and have a great time!

cleemckenzie said...

So much to comment on today. Mushrooms yes. I'm a fan of those fungi. Also I'm an anchovy nut. Love 'em. And since, I'm the only one in the family who does, I get to have them all to myself.

Death with time on their hands is quite catchy. I like this idea and, of course, the music.

Here's to both Carol and Elsie. May their books be welcomed and enjoyed by multitudes.

S.K. Anthony said...

I loved this interview!
Elsie I like mushroom on pizza, I too do not sing as a public service, and I agree vacations are all about the company! :D

Congrats Elsie AND Carol!!!!

S.K. Anthony

Maurice Mitchell said...

Congrats to Elsie and Carol. I'm one of the few that likes anchovies but I rarely eat them if I'm not watching Futurama.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara ... loved reading Elsie's answers to your questions .. Wonky is a good word .. and the travel one being the journey makes so much sense ... but I'd go with mushrooms and anchovies too .. Good luck with grim reaping the dead .. for the Undead ...

Then Carol's gorgeous cover for her Secrets ... and the Presidential care ...

Both sound interesting reads - cheers Hilary

Quanie Miller said...

Good luck, ladies! (And cool shelfie!)

DMS said...

I love the interview with Elsie! So fun! Plus- I adore fresh mushrooms with almost anything. :). Wishing Elsie and Carol the best of luck. Awesome giveaway too!

Sandra Cox said...

Both sound like great reads.