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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Twenty Questions with... Kimberly Kincaid

I am delighted to welcome Kimberly Kincaid onto my blog today, author of Outside the Lines, the third book in the 'Love on the Line' series.

If you haven't already discovered Kimberly online, they you really must - especially on Fridays, when Kimberly and her comrades-in-arms launch into a delicious vicious game of Man Wars. Yes, that really is as visual as it sounds. Now that Kimberly is back from her road trip to the RWA conference in Atlanta, I've hoodwinked her for a round of twenty questions.

ACT ONE – all about you…


Kimberly Kincaid

Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet. When she's not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as "The Pleather Bomber", she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a 2011 RWA Golden Heart® finalist who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. She has written two digital novellas, Love On The Line and Drawing The Line, about hot cops and sexy chefs, with a third novella, Outside The Lines, due this summer. She is also thrilled to have collaborated on a Christmas anthology with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell, titled The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap, to kick off her Pine Mountain foodie series with Kensington this October. Kimberly’s first full-length novel, Turn Up the Heat, will follow in February 2014. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters. Visit her any time at www.kimberlykincaid.com or come check her out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kimberly.kincaid1) and Twitter (@kimberlykincaid).

1) Have you always been a writer or is it something you fell into? 

Yes, and yes! I’ve always loved to write, but becoming an author was something I kind of dove into and fell into all at once. I wrote a fan letter to author Wendy Corsi Staub five years ago, and she wrote me back herself to say thank you. It showed me that authors are real people, and it was then that I decided to sit down and write a romance novel. I vowed right then that if I ever got published, I would always answer my fan mail, too J

2) Do you have a particular writing style or ritual?

Tons of them. I need total quiet to write, so that rules out a lot for me. I’m kind of a homebody with my space, so I like being in my awful, old, creaky desk chair and my yoga pants. But once I’m set, I put my hands on the keyboard and go, go, go!

3) Is there a book or an author that has influenced you in your writing?

The Lost Recipe For Happiness, by Barbara O’Neal, changed the way I look at food and writing and, well… everything. I would never be the writer I am today if it weren’t for that book, and every time I re-read it, I get new little gems of inspiration. It’s truly brilliant. I highly recommend Barbara’s work!

4) Is there one piece of writing (or life?) advice that has stuck with you, or that you would like to share?

PERSEVERE. It deserves the caps. If you want to be a published author, you must persevere, even when you think, “Nope! This is it! I quit!” (and here it is: every single writer on the planet has thought that at one time or another. Some of us have thought it *lots*). You can quit every single day if you want to, but only if you get up the next day and put your butt back in the chair. PERSEVERE.

5) Can you tell us three things about yourself that we probably don’t already know? 

Ooooh, secret time! Let’s see. My favourite color is purple, my favourite place to read is in the bathtub, and I am ambidextrous.

6) What five luxury items or gadgets would you hate to be without?

I’m assuming sentient beings don’t count—but I really couldn’t live without my husband and kids! As far as gadgety things go, my Kindle, my laptop (must… write… every day…) my car (I bought a supremely fun little red Audi when I sold last year. Not gonna lie. I love that thing!) my stove (foodie!) and my fridge (wine snob!)

ACT TWO – all about your new release…


As an Ivy League ER doctor who eats double shifts for breakfast (and lunch…and dinner), Blake Fisher has little appetite for anything other than work. Being on the staff at Brenstville Hospital means taking care of people, a need Blake understands all too well from losing his brother to cystic fibrosis eight years ago. When he’s asked to coordinate a carnival fundraiser for the cause, he jumps at the chance to help others with the disease…until it lands him side by side with the one woman he never thought he’d see again: his ex-fiancée.
Streetwise and rough around the edges, Jules Shaw is no stranger to earning a living through hard work. But when her job as the restaurant manager of Mac’s Diner puts her shoulder to really broad shoulder with Blake Fisher, she nearly balks. She’d rather dodge and deflect than admit the real reason she broke things off, but the catering contract for the carnival means big business for Mac’s, and feeding people is Jules’s lifeblood.
As Blake and Jules join reluctant forces, they quickly rediscover the spark between them. But the possibility of a future together hinges on coming clean about the past, with potentially devastating consequences. Can Blake and Jules overcome their drastically different backgrounds and learn to love again, or will they always be outside the lines?

7) Congratulations on your recent release of Outside the Lines, what was your inspiration for writing Blake and Jules’ story?

Originally, I was supposed to only write the first two. I had Noah and his detective partner, Jason, and those were gimmes. But when I was done with Jason’s book, something just didn’t feel quite “done”. I kept going back to Blake and thinking, “Wow, he needs a book.” Thankfully, my amazing agent is willing to let me take on these projects of imagination! But once I started writing it, we knew Outside The Lines needed to be told!

8) Did the story flow from your finger tips or did some scenes take a bit of cajoling?

This one flew out! I love the “one who got away” stories, and I already had a great idea of who Blake was from the other two books. I wrote the whole thing start to finish in about 4 weeks. It went really fast!

9) How long did it take for the initial spark of the story to make it onto the page and then onto the publisher’s desk?

Planning and outlining and plotting (I am such a plotter!) took about three days, then 4 weeks for the story, give or take a few days. Very different than Drawing The Line—that Jason gave me FITS.

10) Do you have a favourite paragraph or sentence from your story that you would like to tantalise us with?

Oh, this is a fun one. Blake is an ER doctor in charge of coordinating a charity event at his hospital, and he thinks he’s going to work with Jules’s boss, Serenity, on the catering. He’s about to get the shock of his life:

Blake’s eyes flashed, the same stormy green as the ocean in a thunderstorm, and he pinned her in place with his stare. “I came here for something else. In fact, it’s something that has nothing to do with you and me.”
“Okay,” Jules said, extending the word by several syllables to form a question as she belatedly recovered her wits. “What’s that?”
“The Brentsville Hospital Carnival For A Cure.” He pulled a crisp, dark blue folder from the laptop bag he’d propped over the bar stool next to him. “I’m the event coordinator, and Mac’s is the catering restaurant. I came to see Serenity so we can get a tentative schedule set since it looks like she and I will be working pretty closely together for the next six weeks.” 
Jules white-knuckled the edge of the apron around her waist, her heart doing its level best to vault clean out of her ribcage. She was so far past this-can’t-be-happening, and yet…“You…you’re the event coordinator for the Carnival For A Cure?”


“Yeah.” Now it was Blake’s turn to draw the word into a question. “Why?”

“Because I wrote that proposal. I’m in charge of all the catering and planning for that event on our end.”
Jules shifted her weight to stand as tall as her five-foot-nine frame would allow, her palms going slick with realization as she finished, “You won’t be working with Serenity for the next six weeks, Blake. You’ll be working with me.”

11) Over to you, what can you tell us about Outside the Lines, to make us rush out and buy it? 

It combines an quietly intense ER doctor, a rough-around-the-edges restaurant manager, a kitchen full of sparks and a bedroom full of sizzle!

12) What can we expect from you next? Is there something you are working on right now?

I’m working on the fourth Pine Mountain book, series coming from Kensington starting in September with The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap. I love them all, but book #4 might just be the hottest one yet!

QUICK FIRE ROUND – it’s pop quiz time…


13) Plotter or pantser?

PLOTTER (again, it deserves the caps)

14) Secret Seven or Famous Five? (please tell me you know them!?)

Ohhh, good one. It’s been a while, but probably Famous Five!

15) Digital books or print books?

Yes J 

Seriously, I do love both.

16) Tea or coffee?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon or on cold days. But if I had to pick, coffee.

17) Cats or dogs?

Sadly, my kids have such bad allergies that all we can manage is fish. But we love them!

18) Extrovert or introvert?

Big, fat, giant extrovert!

19) Save or spend?

Hehehe, save a little, but spend a lot.

20) Facebook or Twitter?

Another “yes”. I love social media! But if I had to pick one, I’d say FB. I’m too wordy for 140 characters in the long run.

And that’s a wrap!

Thank you so much for taking part, Kimberly, I wish you every success with your new release.

To discover even more about Kimberly Kincaid, and to keep up with her latest projects, you can visit her at:

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Violet Morgan puts the personal in personal chef, catering to clients who want the full cooking experience rather than a culinary drop-and-dash. But when her brother’s police detective partner is injured in the line of duty and needs help during recovery, she makes an exception. Violet lost her father to the job seven years ago, and worries for her brother’s safety every day. The last thing she wants is to get up-close with her brother’s career-cop partner…again.

For Noah Blackwell, being a detective isn’t just a lifestyle, it’s a legacy. So when he’s forced to take mandatory leave and deal with the trauma amnesia keeping him from identifying his shooter, it’s a literal case of adding insult to injury— and now he’s got to deal with an unwanted culinary caregiver on top of it. Never mind that he and Violet shared a steamy, secret kiss last New Year’s Eve. She rejects everything related to the job, and Noah’s not about to be distracted from recovering his memory and getting back to what he does best. No matter how pretty Violet is.

Despite their differences, Violet and Noah share a surprising bond in the kitchen that grows into something neither of them expect. But as Noah heals and their feelings for each other extend from the kitchen to the bedroom, Violet knows she must make an impossible choice. She may wear her heart on her sleeve when it comes to food, but can she risk it all to put love on the line?


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