Thursday, March 7, 2019

Straight Browsing from the Library: Don't Mess with Gracie by Carol Kilgore

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The mysterious Mr. Ott is trying to intimidate Gracie Hofner into being his internal spy at The Bastion Group. She’s learned a lot about him through several sources, even using information provided by the pair of ghosts trying to save their granddaughter. But it isn’t enough. Mr. Ott is an expert in hiding his true identity.

Gracie isn’t as worried for herself as she is for her family, her friends, and her new tenant, Milo Porter. Her feelings for him have grown, but she can’t show them. Mr. Ott’s threats involve those she loves, and one friend has already been killed. Besides, she’s certain there is someone else in Milo’s life.

It takes Gracie and her growing support team to unmask Mr. Ott, but it’s what Gracie learns along the way that shows readers the wisdom of the advice Don’t Mess with Gracie.

This is the conclusion to The Amazing Gracie Trilogy—a story so big it takes three books to tell it. Gracie’s adventures begin with Jalapeno Cupcake Wench, continue with Bluebonnet Ballerina, and conclude here.


Gracie’s heart still pounded from the fall, but as she completed the half-turn, her eyes locked with Milo’s. Her whole world zoomed into focus. Her heart stilled to its normal beat. What was going on? Milo looked different. She didn’t know him well, but she’d never noticed such an intensity. It was as if he were exploring her soul. Only one tiny muscle on the left side of his jaw moved. He hadn’t shaved, and she had a wild desire to run her fingers over the blond stubble to quiet the movement, soothe him.

“Did I hit my head?” Must have.

“No. I caught you.”

He’d gotten a haircut. His shaggy hair was tamer. Why did she tingle inside? Maybe something ruptured. Milo continued to study her. She drank in his attention.

His eyes—I feel like he’s kissing me with just his look. Her knees shook. “Do you know one of your eyes is greener than the other?” Oh, stupid! Of course he knows. He sees them in the mirror every day.

“I do know that.” He smiled. “Baseball bat to the browner one when I was a kid.”

“Omigod, Milo! She’s bleeding! Fix her.”

The spell was broken. Gracie blinked before glancing toward the door. A woman who looked like Milo except with long hair and makeup hurried toward them.

Milo squeezed Gracie’s shoulders. “Cameron, this is Gracie Hofner, my landlord’s niece. Gracie, this is my sister, Cameron.” He nodded toward the woman standing two feet away.


Carol Kilgore is the award-winning author of the three books in The Amazing Gracie Trilogy: Jalapeno Cupcake Wench, Bluebonnet Ballerina, and Don’t Mess with Gracie.

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 by visiting her website and subscribing to her newsletter or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. Newsletter:

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

The book will be on sale $0.99 from Mar 4-18. Beginning Mar 19, it will be regular price of $3.99.

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  1. Sound like a trilogy I should start.

  2. Thanks for hosting me today. Looking forward to chatting with your followers :)

  3. This trilogy sounds amazing!!!!

  4. At which age did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. I'm not one of the writers who wrote her first book in third grade. I've always read a lot and my day jobs have always included writing all different sorts of things. I didn't seriously consider writing fiction until later, even though I've had stories and characters in my head since I was a pre-school little girl. I think I may be a slow learner, LOL :)

  5. Thank you for sharing the blurb, this sounds great