Several writers I know have had interesting events this week that you can still look for on-line. And I have one, too. Here’s the scoop. Enjoy.

Carol Kilgore had a wonderful reveal of her upcoming, what she calls “crime fiction with a kiss,” novel, SOLOMON’S COMPASS. Look at this cover:

 Carol and I share the same cover artist, Derek Murphy. We think he’s one of the best out there. Isn’t this stunning? Here’s the description of Solomon’s Compass:

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.

Her bio: Carol Kilgore is an award-winning author of several published short stories and many essays and articles. Solomon’s Compass is her second novel, a blend of mystery, suspense, and romance she calls Crime Fiction with a Kiss – always at least one crime; always a love story. Carol and her Coast Guard husband live in San Antonio, Texas, with two herding dogs that like nothing better than pack time on the patio.

You can find Carol here:

website . blog . facebook . twitter . goodreads . amazon

Find out more about Carol and Solomon’s Compass here:


Carol and I are old friends and critique partners. She gets to see my work before anyone else and tears it apart. We both seem to have different strengths and weaknesses, so this has become a very valuable partnership.

Next up is John Floyd.  Here’s the cover of his latest short story collection:

You may remember that I had a short story in SEEDS, an online newsletter for Texas Gardeners, last week. The editor, himself a prolific short story writer, includes a short story in every weekly issue in January because there’s just not a lot of gardening news in January. The stories need to have a garden theme. John’s story is called, “A Nice Little Place in the Country,” and you only need to scroll down a way to read it. What a twist! It’s amazing what John came up with. Go here to see (it’s short):


John and I have been in several issues of the same magazines and ezines over the years, including DETECTIVE MYSTERY FICTION, MYSERICAL-E, and maybe the old FUTURES MYSTERIOUS ANTHOLOGY MAGAZINE. Because we both love to write short stories more than novels, we have become on-line friends, although we’ve never met in person. John has had fifty short stories in WOMAN’S WORLD magazine alone. Plus dozens more in other places. I always check to see if he has a story in WW when I’m at the grocery checkout counter. Look for him there!

Then there’s Earl Skaggs. Here’s the cover from his first novel:


Now he’s written a blog post about his upcoming novel, JUSTIFIED ACTION.


I’d tell you more, but it’s a secret. You’ll have to read all about it on his blog.

Earl and I have known each other since before the beginning of this century. We even started a mystery critique group up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area before I went motorhoming fulltime with my husband. We still exchange, via email, writing for critique, and I keep in touch with the other members of the group, too. Earl is another writer who loves to write short stories.

And last, in case you missed it, I did a guest blog on Tuesday, here:


where I gave away, to a commenter, one copy of my last novel, ORGANIZED TO DEATH.


I also sent off my editing checklist to anyone who wanted one. You can email me (jan@janchristensen.com) to get one, too.

I’ve known Jan all her life. I know she loves to hear from you, and commenting here would make her day.

Hope this roundup has been interesting. I think it’s wonderful that so many of us had great news this week. If I missed anyone I know, contact me, and I’ll blog about you, too.


4 thoughts on “WRITER ROUNDUP

  1. Many thanks, Jan, for rounding us up in the Round-Up. Looks like I’m in good company! — John

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