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.
Twenty minutes later, Gracie parked at Papito’s. It was mid-afternoon and not many cars were in the lot. Two servers were working, neither of them Dee Shepherd. The bartender looked lonely, so Gracie went over and sat on a stool.
He smiled. One of his front teeth was chipped, and it gave him a watch-this-y’all look. “What can I get for you?”
“Guacamole and a club soda with lime.” She’d never noticed him before, but she and Nick, her former SAPD partner, never sat at the bar, either.
“Coming up.” He entered her order on the register and placed the ticket face down in front of her. A few seconds later, he returned with her club soda.
She raised the clear plastic bubble-filled glass. “Cheers.”
He grinned. “Wish all my customers were as easy as you.”
“I’m not always easy. You just caught me on a good day.”
“I’ll remember that.”
Someone from the kitchen wearing a paper hat and an apron brought her guacamole.
He nodded and beat a hasty retreat, but not before she saw the prison ink on his hand and arm. The barkeep sliced limes about a foot from her food. They smelled delicious.
Gracie stuck her fork into the guacamole, her mouth already watering. “You know this is some of the best guac around, right?”
“That’s what I hear. I don’t really like avocados, so I haven’t tried it.”
“You should. It’s good enough to change your mind.”
“I’ll remember that, too.”
About the Author:
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.
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Carol is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.
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