Book Club Questions – The Amazing Gracie Trilogy

Thank you for considering the books of The Amazing Gracie Trilogy for your book club. These books can be read out of order, but readers will have a better appreciation for the story by reading them in order.

Jalapeno Cupcake Wench – Book 1

Gracie’s friend Ariana believes in many things that would cause some to raise an eyebrow in disbelief. For instance, she insists that Gracie talk to her plants, and she gives Gracie some obsidian stones to clear the energy out of her old apartment. Do you think her beliefs have any magic? Why or why not? Even if you didn’t, would you follow her directions, just in case?

Do you believe there’s more to life than what we can see or touch?

Do you think Gracie made the right decision when Webb Truitt was in her car? If not, why?

Did you feel empathy for the Cantu family? How about for Victor? What if this were your own family? Do you think it would be the same?

Did anything about this story give you a new or different impression of San Antonio and/or Texas? If so, was it positive or negative? Did anything make you want to visit?

Does it enhance the story that Gracie is not a traditional law enforcement officer? Have you ever met someone who works as a consultant to a law enforcement agency?

How did you feel about Roland Jackson, Gracie’s boss? Have you ever worked with someone like him? Would you like to work for someone like him?

Gracie’s relationship with Nick is platonic. She says she thinks of him as another brother. Do you think it will ever be something more or will they always be friends only?

How do you feel about Slaton Enloe? Is it a love/hate relationship? Do his good qualities make up for the bad? Do you enjoy meeting this type of character?

What about Slate’s wife? Do you think she loves him? Or did she marry him only for his money?

San Antonio is a unique city. The area was originally populated with indigenous people before Spanish explorers arrived in the early 1700s. Over a hundred years later, settlers from the eastern U.S. states began arriving followed by a large number of German immigrants. These main ethnic groups have lived together and intermarried for generations. What other cities compare to San Antonio?

San Antonio, and much of Texas, routinely receives several days—sometimes weeks—of 100F+ days every summer. Do you think you could live in a location with that climate?

What about dark chocolate jalapeno cupcakes? Do you think you’d like eating one?

 

Bluebonnet Ballerina – Book 2

In this second book of The Amazing Gracie Trilogy, Gracie’s friend Ariana has returned from her cruise. The reader gets to see her interact with Zoe, her forever spirit guide. Do you believe in spirit guides?

Are you aware of your spirit guide? Do you know anyone who is?

Ariana is a massage therapist. Do you enjoy getting a massage? If so, do you get them for a medical reason or do you enjoy them for relaxation?

Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever had a ghostly experience? What about a different type of paranormal or extrasensory experience?

Dee Shepherd is a potential witness to a criminal threat. Despite the fact that she’s an adult and married, her mother is still actively involved in Dee’s life – even from afar. How much is/was your mother involved in yours? How much are you involved in your child/ren’s life?

Have you or anyone you know ever been a crime victim or a potential crime victim? Do you think there should be a real life group like Bastion who would offer sanctuary to keep a potential victim safe until the danger has passed?

Do you ever wonder what sort of classified things occur on military bases and/or on other Federal property other than normal operational situations? Do you believe other things do occur there?

Gracie doesn’t shy from making decisions. Do you think Gracie made the right one about Donovan? If not, why? And what do you think she should have done?

In the middle of Gracie’s current Bastion assignment, she also has to do a little job for one of her brothers. Have you ever tried to disguise yourself? Did you succeed? Was it easy for you or hard? What was the most difficult part? What surprised you the most?

Do you like to dance? Do you know how to two-step?

Gracie is a bit of a klutz. Are you? If so, are you more so in certain areas or at certain times? Or does it happen at random, any time, any place?

Have you ever been pressured into doing something you didn’t want to do? How about something you knew was ethically or morally wrong or even illegal?

Do you like tacos? Guacamole? What about cucumber water?