Once upon a time there was a jewel thief

By the end of a long evening working as a special set of eyes for the presidential security detail, all Kat Marengo wants is to kick off her shoes and stash two not-really-stolen rings in a secure spot. Plus, maybe sleep with Dave Krizak. No, make that definitely sleep with Dave Krizak. The next morning, she wishes her new top priorities were so simple.

As an operative for a covert agency buried in the depths of the Department of Homeland Security, Kat is asked to participate in a matter of life or death–locate a kidnapped girl believed to be held in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since the person doing the asking is the wife of the president and the girl is the daughter of her dearest friend, it’s hard to say no.

Kat and Dave quickly learn the real stakes are higher than they or the first lady believed and will require more than any of them bargained for.

The kicker? They have twenty-four hours to find the girl–or the matter of life or death will become more than a possibility.



Giveaways Galore

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  • Amazon Echo Dot
  • $25 Amazon Gift Card (1 of 2)
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card
  • A signed print copy of any of my books. This one is for U.S. residents only.

But you must join my newsletter before April to be eligible. Just click the button on the top right. Winners will be posted on April 2.


Backlist Sale

The Kindle edition of my first published novel, IN NAME ONLY, is on sale for 99 cents this week only, February 19-25. Sale ends at midnight Sunday, February 25. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your copy for this low price.

Tell your friends!


Did you think I forgot to update my website?

I almost did because things were happening around here pretty fast.

The winner of the Star Wars Meets Romance giveaway was Michelle H. Congrats to her, and thank you to all who entered.

Big things are happening this year – sales on my backlist, more giveaways, and Book 2 of The Amazing Gracie Trilogy!

If you want to know about these first instead of waiting for me to update here, join my newsletter by clicking the button at the top on the right. There’s a giveaway going on there right now for a $25 Amazon gift card. Sign up before March 31 to be eligible to win.


Star Wars Meets Romance Giveaway

Win a copy of JALAPENO CUPCAKE WENCH! Truth.

Plus 20 more books! I know… right?

Plus a Kindle to read them on! How awesome is that!

Plus a fun R2D2 handbag! Perfect for anyone for anything  😀

I got together with 17 other awesome romance authors for this amazing giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle (and all of these books!) and an R2D2 purse! Go see the new Star Wars movie in style!

Click here to enter: http://bit.ly/2iUL2em

Good Luck!

Gracie is on tour!

Thanks to the wonderful ladies at Goddess Fish Promotions, Gracie is out meeting new readers for a couple of weeks.

We hope you’ll drop by. In addition to a meet-and-greet, there’s also a giveaway for a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card to one lucky winner. Visit and enter to win.

Here are the dates and tour stops:

October 30: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
October 30: Fabulous and Brunette
October 31: The Reading Addict
November 1: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
November 2: Harps Romance Book Review
November 2: Hearts and Scribbles
November 3: fuonlyknew
November 6: Book Lover Promo
November 7: T’s Stuff
November 8: Edgar’s Books
November 9: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
November 10: Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews
November 10: The Avid Reader

See you on the road. Good luck!

Gracie is here!

October 16, 2017. Release Day for Jalapeno Cupcake Wench! The Amazing Gracie Trilogy has begun.

KINDLE/PAPERBACK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0767XGZZS

There were times I thought this day would never arrive. And times when I wished it would hurry up and arrive. Now that it’s here, my feelings are all over the place.

You see, after spending so much time with her, Gracie is very real to me. We all want people to like our friends, and I’m no exception.

There’s also a little relief that I can stop worrying and doing just one more thing to smooth her introduction. Now I can focus on getting Books 2 and 3 ready so you can find out what comes next.

But first… a little family time is going to feel pretty darn good.

OCTOBER – The Month of Gracie

Thanks to all of you who nominated JALAPENO CUPCAKE WENCH during the Kindle Scout campaign. Although Kindle Press did not choose to publish the book, I’ve chosen to publish it myself.

JALAPENO CUPCAKE WENCH will be available in both Kindle and paperback editions on Monday, October 16, 2017. 

A special thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway in association with the Kindle Scout campaign. Congratulations to the winners: Kindle Paperwhite – Dominga G.; Amazon Gift Cards: Christina G. and Nancy L.

Jalapeno Cupcake Wench @ Kindle Scout

8/28/17 UPDATE: The Kindle Scout campaign has ended. What fun! Thank you to all who helped Gracie have fun at the party. Now we wait to see if Kindle Press will choose JALAPENO CUPCAKE WENCH for publication. If not, I will publish the book myself. So stay tuned.

The reason I’m updating this post is to announce the winners of the giveaway. I’ve notified the three winners by email and am waiting to hear back. 

Winner of the Kindle Paperwhite: Dominga G

Winners of one $50 Amazon Gift Card each:  Christina G and Nancy L


That’s right … Gracie and Jalapeno Cupcake Wench are part of the Kindle Scout program until midnight EDT on August 27.

What does that mean?

For starters, it means you have the opportunity to receive a free Kindle copy of the first book of Gracie’s story.


All you need is an Amazon.com account. If you don’t have one, visit Amazon. Setting up an account is free and does not require a purchase. Then go here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2NFU91307VBIW and click the Nominate button. The first 20 or so pages are available for you to read.

What happens next?

The book will be available to nominate until midnight EDT on August 27, after which you will receive an email from Kindle Scout letting you know whether the book was accepted for publication.

If so, you will receive a free Kindle copy about a week before the official launch.

If not, they will notify you when I publish the book so that you can be one of the first to purchase a copy in Kindle or paperback.

But Wait … There’s More!

To further entice you to vote for Gracie, I’m running a contest. It’s totally based on the honor system. The contest drawing will occur before I know whether the book is chosen.

All you have to do is send me an email at carolkilgoreauthor@gmail.com and tell me you nominated my book. Also please leave your name and a good contact email.

At the end of the campaign, I’ll draw three names.

The first name will win a Kindle Paperwhite ereader.

The next two names will each receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

So … go read.
Tell your friends.

After all, who doesn’t want the chance to get a great book that costs nothing except a few minutes of your time.