Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Welcome Guest Author Kimberly Kincaid #FoodieRomance

Welcome Guest Author
Kimberly Kincaid
to the blog!
See below for her giveaway!
Welcome!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I write contemporary foodie romance, both novella length and full single-title. I’m just me—it’s hard enough to keep up with one persona!

LOL! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My current release is a foodie novella titled Love on the Line. It takes a rough, gruff cop, adds a sexy, soulful chef, a dash of mystery, and a whole lot of heat in the kitchen. A companion novella (as yet untitled) will be out this summer to go with it.

Awesome! Which character is your favorite and why?

This is a tough call, because I am quite attached to both Violet and Noah (my heroine and hero). But to be honest, I have a soft spot for Violet’s brother, Jason. He’s got a great sense of humor, and those Caribbean-blue eyes don’t hurt him, either!

I’m sure they don’t! *g* As the author, what surprised you about this story?

That it even came to be! I was lucky enough to have time in between projects for Kensington (my publisher), and when my agent suggested I write a novella or two, I jumped on it. In terms of the story, I had planned to make Noah’s family more of a focal point. But the bond between Violet and Jason kind of surprised me with its strength every time they both hit the page, so I ended up highlighting that instead.

Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Yes! Jason’s story will be out this summer.

What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

Coming up with the original idea. I had several stutter-starts, both of which looked nothing like Love On The Line. I had wanted to go lighter, but the cop/chef combination kept tumbling back into my head, begging to be written. In the end, I couldn’t say no!

What are you working on right now?

I’m writing Jason’s story, as well as a full-length manuscript that would continue my Pine Mountain series with Kensington. It’s got a fair amount of RS in it, like Love On The Line, and I am enjoying it a lot!

Good luck with them both! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It plays with the dust bunnies under my bed J The first three books I wrote are under there, although I’ve cannibalized parts of two of them to use in other stories. But that first one is a doozy. Let’s just say I’ve learned a lot in four years!

LOL Love it! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest is a tie—characters and dialogue. I never have trouble coming up with my people, and putting words into their mouths is pretty easy for me. It’s conflict that’s a killer. I hate messing with them, even though I know they’ll be happy in the end. My critique partners are constantly asking me, “But how can you make it *worse* for them?”

Ooh, I identify with this a lot! Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

I am notorious for snagging things my friends and family say and twisting it to suit my purpose! For example, in Love On The Line, one of Noah’s funniest lines is something my husband says all the time. But as far as actual people, no. Everyone I write, and everything that happens to those characters is completely fictional. Otherwise people would avoid me!

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

Definitely food. And feisty heroines. And really, really hot heroes. Even though they differ greatly.

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I have a pretty bold personality, but I would never in a million years go skydiving (a bold maneuver) The plane would have to be going down in flames for me to even consider it. Truly.

*snarf* Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

The Black Dagger Brotherhood, by JR Ward. Hands down. It doesn’t get any better than edgy, dark, sexy vampires and the heroines who steal their hearts.

I knew I liked you. Couldn’t agree more!

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

This is a hard one for me, but I think it’s the hero I’m writing in my full length manuscript right now. From the minute I wrote him into the first Pine Mountain book, I knew his story was going to be a whopper. And so far, it hasn’t disappointed!

Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Depends, but usually dark

Salty or sweet? Definitely salty. Please pass the chips.

Bed or kitchen table? What happens in the kitchen stays in the kitchen J

Beach or mountains? Mountains

Give or receive? I’m totally a giver!

Love On The Line Excerpt:

As soon as Noah got behind her, the smell of coconuts and warm sand filled his senses, delivering a crystal clear image to his brain. His heart slammed in his ribcage, and without thinking, he cupped Violet’s elbow and swung her around, so tight to his body that he felt her gasp as much as heard it.

“You were in my hospital room yesterday. Before I woke up.”

“I…I—”

But he barreled on, the memory as bright and vivid as if it had just happened a minute ago. “Your hair was braided, on your shoulders, and you were wearing a…a bracelet that sounded like wind chimes. You said the doctor was coming. It was you.”

The fan of her gold-tipped lashes fluttered wide, and the warm puff of her breath heated his cheek as she nodded. “I didn’t mean to intrude. I was looking for Jason, but I didn’t think you’d wake up.”

Noah shook his head to quell her apology. “It doesn’t matter,” he said, his resolve locking into place, and Violet went utterly still against him.

“It doesn’t?”

“No. You’re the first thing I’ve been able to remember since I got shot in the first place. In fact, you’re the only thing I can remember since I got shot.”
Where can we find you on the web?

Book blurbs, buy links, newsletter sign up, it’s all at www.kimberlykincaid.com
Giveaway!
One commenter who leaves their email address will win an ebook of Love On The Line! Open to international. Giveaway ends midnight EST 3/24. Good luck!
Thanks so much for reading, everyone! Leave Kimberly some new release comment love!

Laura

13 comments:

Shelley Munro said...

Hi Laura & Kimberly,

Sounds like the perfect mix to me - food, a hot hero and a little RS.

I've read a couple of your YA books and look forward to this one.

Kimberly Kincaid said...

It is like the perfect storm-- each aspect is hotter than the last ;)

What is it about those gruff heroes that make us all swoon?

Jeannette Aguilar said...

Sounds like a complete package for a book.
Jeann830@yahoo.com

Rashda Khan said...

Love the excerpt! Good luck with all your writing projects!

rkhan@wcc.net

Kim Hornsby said...

I'm intrigued now! Short stories are up and coming, for sure.
Good luck with this one, Kimberly.

Kim (berley)Hornsby

lindsey8907 said...

Thank you so much for the interview and for offering the giveaway! Love On the Line sounds as if it will be very good, so my fingers are crossed for the chance to win... :-)

Best Wishes,
Lindsey V.
Lindsey8907@yahoo.com

MsChris1161 said...

Great interview. Love the book cover, looking forward to reading the book.

Christina G
MsChris1161@aim.com

slinkydennis said...

What an awesome excerpt! It was just enough to make me want to go out and buy it. Good Job! Definitely going on my to buy list. Thanks for sharing.
Rhonda D
slinkydennis@yahoo.com

Chrisbails said...

Great cover. I love stories with cops. Definately that alpha character that I like and also the protector. A Chef and a cop together sounds like a good mix.
Thanks for the chance to win.
christinebails at yahoo dot com

Kimberly Kincaid said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone! I had a great time writing this one, and I'm currently up to my eyeballs in Violet's brother Jason's story, so there's even a sequel. So far, it's given me a few surprises, but I think you'll all be happy to see the end result (more hot cops, more great food, and yeah. Lots of sizzle in the kitchen!)

Mary Preston said...

I do love the idea of "a foodie novella". Perfect for lunchtime reading.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Kimberly Kincaid said...

Yeah, don't read this one while hungry! Although there's a recipe in the back, so you could get cooking when you're done :)

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner is...Rhonda D
slinkydennis@yahoo.com

CONGRATULATIONS!

And thanks to everyone for commenting!