Monday, October 16, 2017

Have You Seen Gracie?

I’m excited today to share something with you, but first I have to ask, “Have you seen Gracie?” If the answer is no, then you’re in for a treat and if you said yes, then you know why I’m excited.

Today is the release day for JALAPENO CUPCAKE WENCH - A Hot and Spicy Taste of Murder – and Beyond. Congratulations to friend, fellow blogger and author Carol Kilgore on the release of her first installment in the Amazing Gracie Trilogy.

Now it’s time to meet Gracie.

Law enforcement consultant Gracie Hofner is assigned to a trendy San Antonio pastry shop to watch for a delivery. In addition to the intoxicating aromas of sugar and chocolate, she also has to fight her own attraction to the man working beside her, Donovan Beck. He’s a hunk and a half and perfect for a spring fling.
If she had more time, Donovan would rank higher on her to-do list. But the number one spot is occupied by her search for a missing little girl, the target of a killer. Gracie needs to find her pronto, and the odd super-instinct quirk that’s started plaguing her may help. If not, she can always see what happens if it tells her to buy a lottery ticket.

Jalapeno Cupcake Wench is the first book in The Amazing Gracie Trilogy, a story so big, it takes three books to tell it.

Here’s a brief excerpt for your reading pleasure:

Chapter 1

Cold! Cold! Gracie Hofner looked down. I can’t believe I did that. While reaching for her buzzing phone, she’d poured the remains of her water bottle, intended for her impatiens, over her bare feet. She pressed the button. “Hi, Nicky.”
“Morning. I’ve got something you may want to see.” The voice on Gracie’s phone belonged to Nick Rivera, her partner.
Former partner. Their paths had been the same—patrol, homicide detectives, and then detectives in the San Antonio Regional Intelligence Center—SARIC. San Antonio Police Department all the way. Except unlike her, Nick had found his niche there.
In addition, they were friends. “Fun or work?”
“Nothing fun about murder, Gracie.”
She went inside for a pad and pencil, greeted by the aroma of the coffee that had brewed while she jogged. “Are we cleared?”
“Negative. Double homicide. Missing family.”
“If the family’s missing, who’s dead?”
“Hector and Therese Cantu. You ever heard of Cantu Electric?” 
“Don’t think so.”
“Good reputation on the West Side. They’ve been around since my dad was a kid—started by Hector Cantu’s father back in the fifties. The old commercial was like Cantu can do. Hector’s son runs the business now. Mr. Cantu’s retired. Rephrase—now he’s good and retired. He and his wife are the deceased.”
She moved to the table and put her phone on speaker so she could take notes. “Who’s missing?”
 “The Cantus have three kids, two daughters and the son, all grown. Besides the electrician business, the son owns an upscale retail lighting store. High end only. Kim and I went in there after we bought our house. I couldn’t afford a switchplate, much less a lamp or fixture. The son and his family are missing.”
“How many?”
“Three. Husband, wife, daughter.”

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Author Carol Kilgore
In addition to Jalapeno Cupcake Wench, Carol Kilgore is the author of three romantic suspense novels: In Name Only, Solomon’s Compass, and Secrets of Honor. She’s married, guardian to two quirky dogs, and lives in San Antonio, the setting for the trilogy.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you’ll get to know Gracie better and say hi to Carol. Doesn’t that cover make you wonder what Gracie is up to?


  1. Carol was one of the first of the 'authors' I found here in the blogosphere. I have (and love) her other books and will acquire this one too (despite needing another book rather less than I need another head).

  2. Carol, congratulations on the release of Gracie's story. Looking forward to her adventure.

  3. Well done, Carol! It sounds like a fun story, and the context is interesting. I wish you much success. Thanks for sharing the news, Mason!

    1. Thank you, Margo. Over the writing of the trilogy, Gracie and I became great friends.

  4. Congrats to Carol. This looks like a good book.

  5. Well, that's an eye-catching name and cover. Congratulations, Carol!

    1. Thanks. All kudos for the cover belong to Ada Frost. She's awesome!

  6. Thank you for introducing Gracie to your readers, Mason!

  7. Congrats, Carol. I think the inside turned out spectacular. LOL

    1. Yes! Kudos for the formatting layout to you. Wonder Woman :)

  8. Hi Mason and Carol - certainly the first chapter set the scene for those two mysteries ... I'd love to read it sometime ... Congratulations - cheers Hilary


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