Blurb Blitz & Giveaway ~ Jalapeno Cupcake Wench by Carol Kilgore

Posted: November 3, 2017 in giveaways, Mystery, Romance
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Jalapeno Cupcake Wench

by Carol Kilgore

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Genre: Mystery / Romance



During the day, law enforcement consultant Gracie Hofner is on assignment at a small San Antonio bakery, waiting for a delivery. No one knows what it is or when it will arrive. The upside? Working next to Donovan Beck, a flirty hunk and a half, who is perfect fling material.

At night, Gracie resumes her search for a little girl and her mother who went missing following a double murder. Finding the pair is imperative or the girl will become a target.

At the girl’s aunt’s house, she experiences an unexplainable need to leave immediately. She tries to deny the urge to flee and pushes the pressure aside, but the compulsion intensifies. Gracie thinks she must have a brain tumor. Or is losing her mind. When similar events occur, Gracie hopes the new quirk will help her find the missing girl before time runs out.


Enjoy the excerpt

The Beginning

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?”


Author Carol Kilgore

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Carol Kilgore is the author of Jalapeno Cupcake Wench, the first book in The Amazing Gracie Trilogy, and three romantic suspense novels: In Name OnlySolomon’s Compass, and Secrets of Honor. She’s married, guardian to two quirky dogs, and lives in San Antonio, the setting for the trilogy.

You can learn more about Gracie and be among the first to know when the second book in The Amazing Gracie Trilogy will be released by subscribing to Carol’s newsletter at her website: or connect with her on her blog, Facebook, or Twitter.

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  1. James Robert says:

    Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

  2. feeroberts64 says:

    I’ve never eaten a jalapeno cupcake before. Are those really a thing?

    • fuonlyknew says:

      You’re welcome and thank you for this fun tour:)

      • Thank you for hosting me and letting me introduce Gracie to your readers. My avatar here looks like I haven’t had any coffee yet :)

      • fuonlyknew says:

        I’m a cozy addict and so are many of my reading pals. I’m thrilled to have you on my blog and loving your comments! My brother-in-law would love that cupcake. It sure looks yummy to me but I’d have to approach it cautiously. LOL I hope your tour is a smashing success.

      • Thank you for such kind words and good wishes. I’m thrilled to be here!

  3. Lisa Brown says:

    I think it sounds like a good story; congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  4. Oh – that give a new meaning to ‘hot chocolate’ LOL

  5. Carol, I meant to ask… is there an actual jalapeno cupcake? :)

  6. Sounds like a great read!!

  7. Oh no…no jalapenos for me, but if you leave it off, I’ll definitely eat the cupcake. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

    • That whole ripe jalapeno on top in the cover image would be too much for most people, I think. But look at all that luscious and yummy dark chocolate. Truth: Now I’m hungry :)

  8. anxious58 says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt.

  9. Rita Wray says:

    I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  10. Anne says:

    Thanks for this intriguing feature and giveaway.

  11. Sounds like a good one and I like that cover. :)

  12. Sandra Watts says:

    OMG! I love the title!

  13. karenh43 says:

    Authors always talk about their muses. Do you have a muse? And if so, what physical shape/characteristics does it have?

    • My muse stands behind me with a loaded .45 and tells me to write.

      That’s only somewhat true. But here is a true story.

      Several years ago, a muse woke me from a sound sleep very early in the morning. She took the form of a character I’d known nothing about. She kept telling me to go write her story. It was as if she stood behind my right shoulder dictating to me. I couldn’t type fast enough to suit her. Her arms were crossed and her foot kept tapping the floor.

      What appeared on the screen ended up a short story, written, edited, sent off, and accepted all in only a couple of days. I am not a fast writer on my own. This had never happened before, and it’s never happened again since.

      Now you know writers really can be weirdly wired some of the time :)

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  15. Victoria says:

    Happy Friday! Thanks for sharing the great post :)

  16. diannekc says:

    Great cover and title. Really enjoyed the description of the book. Sounds like a great read.

  17. Mary Preston says:

    An interesting synopsis.

  18. Trix says:

    I’m definitely intrigued!