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Gracie's Release Day is finally here!

A Hot and Spicy Taste of Murder – and Beyond

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.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Jalapeno-Cupcake-Amazing-Gracie-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0767XGZZS

Here's the opening page or so:

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.”

Visit the “Look Inside” feature here to read more:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0767XGZZS

Next Monday, October 23, I will be guest blogging with one of my first-ever writing friends. Stop by to see how it all began: https://jodypryor.wordpress.com

Starting October 30, I'll be on a two-week blog tour. I'd love if you stopped by and left a comment. There will also be a Rafflecopter giveaway for a $50 Amazon or BN gift card. I think you will be able to enter from every tour blog you visit, but don't hold me to that.

The tour stops in October will be:

Monday, October 30

Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog

Fabulous and Brunette

Tuesday, October 31

The Reading Addict

Gracie's been waiting to meet you for a long time. I hope you'll enjoy reading the beginning of the Amazing Gracie story in Jalapeno Cupcake Wench.

I'll be back here on Wednesday, November 1
with more of Gracie World, including more tour stops.


Congratulations, Carol!
L. Diane Wolfe said…
Congrats and good luck with the tour.
Natalie Aguirre said…
Congrats on your new book, Carol! If you want me to shout out about it in Follower News on my blog, send me an email to natalieiaguirre7@gmail.com
Murees Dupé said…
Congrats! Have a great blog tour.
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks, y'all! Natalie, I emailed you :)
Janie Junebug said…
Such a great title. You're creative.

Cheers and congrats to you and to the Amazing Gracie! May you and she both have a wealth of success!
HUGE congratulations. And happy dances for you and for Gracie.
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks so much for the good wishes and happy dances for Gracie. Hugs!
Mason Canyon said…
Congratulations on the release, Carol.
Julie Flanders said…
Yay!! So happy for you and for Gracie. Congratulations!!
Congratulations, Carol! It's a perfect fall read.
Nas said…
Congratulations Carol! Have an awesome time!
Kelly Steel said…
Congratulations on your new book, Carol! And all the best for the tour.
Jay Noel said…
Way to go, Carol!!!
DMS said…
Congratulations! Sounds like a busy and exciting time. :) Enjoy every minute!
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks! I appreciate all your good wishes ♥
Kelly Steel said…
Congratulations on your new book!
Congrats Carol!
Good luck with the blog tour!
Carol Kilgore said…
Kelly - Thank you!

Michelle - Thanks. I appreciate your good wishes!
E. Erin Smith said…
I love your blog!!!!!
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks, Erin! Visit often :)