Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Bluebonnet Ballerina by Carol Kilgore

Bluebonnet Ballerina
by Carol Kilgore


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Carol Kilgore will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

GENRE: Mystery and Romance

Gracie Hofner returns, and chaos reigns—including a couple of ghosts trying to save their granddaughter. But as Gracie dances from problem to problem, she’s unaware the music has been orchestrated into a murderous symphony.

When a different melody reaches Gracie’s ears from a guitar played by the new tenant living in her garage apartment, her tension vanishes. She listens unseen, cocooned in the shadows on her patio, and wonders who he’s longing for—and how it would feel for someone to crave her that much.

She can’t dwell on those thoughts, however. Problems of murder and missing prisoners abound. To say nothing of the ghosts. No one ever said being a law enforcement consultant would be easy.

Bluebonnet Ballerina follows Jalapeno Cupcake Wench and is the second book in The Amazing Gracie Trilogy.

Read an Excerpt:
“I don’t even know where to begin. Oh, yes I do! With this.” Gracie pulled out her phone and found Donovan’s photo. She handed it across.

A smile spread across Ariana’s face. “Look at those eyes. Does this sexy hunk have a name?”

“Donovan Beck.”

“Tell me you like him and he likes you and it’s not some kind of police thing.”

“I thought I liked him, but…”

“Gracie.” Ariana motioned with her fingers for Gracie to tell her more, but Gracie kept her mouth shut. “Come on, spit it out.”

“He’s a good kisser.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“It means that I met him on the job, but he wasn’t the reason I was on the job. Bastion sent me to a bakery—Jalapeno Cupcake—and Donovan was there helping his sister. She’s the owner and just had a baby.”

Ariana sipped her water. “Does he know what you do?”

“Sort of.”


“He doesn’t like it.”

“Is that why you think you don’t like him?”

Gracie shook her head. “He’s controlling. We went out once—probably not again.”

“Is he really controlling, or is that an excuse?”

“No excuse. A combination of thinking he can tell me how to do my job, spend my time, and even unwarranted jealousy.”

Ariana leaned forward. “Who’s he jealous of?”

“The guy who came to look at your old apartment.”

“I see. Tell me about him.” She smiled again.

“My mother sent him.”

About the Author:

Carol Kilgore is the award-winning author of The Amazing Gracie Trilogy. In addition, she is the author of In Name Only (, Solomon’s Compass (, and Secrets of Honor (, three standalone romantic suspense novels set along the Texas Gulf Coast.

She and her husband live in San Antonio, the setting for the Amazing Gracie books, with two quirky herding dogs who still require help opening the food bin and the door.

You can learn more about Carol and be the first to know when the third book in the Amazing Gracie Trilogy will be released by visiting her website and subscribing to her newsletter at or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.



Carol is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.


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  1. I appreciate getting to read about another book my family have not known about previously. Thanks so much for the book description and giveaway also.

    1. I'm glad you're following this tour. Good luck!

  2. Thanks for hosting me today. I'll be here to respond to comments.

  3. The Jalapeno Cupcake? Is this based on a real recipe, Carol?

    1. I created a recipe after writing the book. They're yummy - with a taste similar to that of a bar of dark chocolate with chili. I send a copy to all who join my newsletter. You can subscribe at

    2. Mmm! I'm liking the sound of that & thank you!

  4. It's an entertaining excerpt!


  5. When you're writing do you have a plan of how the book will turn out, or do the characters direct you on where to go with the story?

    1. I have a plan, but the characters don't always listen to me.

      Actually, so far all my books have ended mostly the way I planned. Although there was one in which one of the characters insisted I do it his way, so I started over around page 60. He was right :)

  6. What was your favorite book growing up? Congrats on your release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. Omigosh! That's way to hard to answer. I read all the time. I had a stash of Golden Books before kindergarten. Then some comics. Then I read Trixie Belden books and other series like them. I read things over and over plus library books. Then I read my dad's mystery paperbacks starting about sixth grade. After that, I graduated to getting my own adult books from the library. I wish I could pinpoint that for you, but I just devoured them all. I loved them because mostly all of them sent my imagination spinning out of control.

  7. When I was little I dreamed of being a Prima Ballerina like Margot Fonteyn ... wonder what little girls dream of these days!

    1. Being astronauts and tech company presidents, probably :)
      The world is changing; I hope the magic and romance don't get lost in the process.

  8. It's the start of a long weekend here in Ireland - yay!