Monday, March 25, 2013

Kimberly Kincaid

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.”


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.”

Curtis Brown Digital

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?

Writing contemporary romance novels that split the difference between sexy and sweet, taking the traditional idea of boy-meets-girl and infusing it with a sassy magic all her own. She believes in fiery yet flawed characters destined for a crash-course in falling in love-- usually the hard way-- and injects her trademark humor as well as poignant touches into her writing to create her stories.

Kimberly's writing journey has led down some bumpy roads (that first manuscript is under the bed, where it is very likely to stay), but there has been some fresh pavement too (her second manuscript earned her very first contest final, and landed the fantastic Maureen Walters at the Curtis Brown Literary Agency). One thing is certain -- the wild ride of being a writer is a lot richer in both its ups and downs because of friends and readers along the path.

When Kimberly'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 eclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
KIMBERLY: Definitely every day! Usually they’re of my own making, but I read like hungry people eat! I have so many favorites, it’s hard to keep track.

ANGI: What's the first book you remember reading? 
KIMBERLY: The first romance I ever read was Judy Blume’s Forever. But in college, I read Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, Jackie Collins…you name it, and if it was romance, I read it!

ANGI: What's your favorite “love” word?
KIMBERLY: Oooh, this is tough! I think my favorite love word is “respect”. For me, they must go hand-in-hand for an HEA to happen.

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you've met?
KIMBERLY: I know it’s very “awww”-worthy, but my husband is totally hero material. From making our girls dinner so I can squeeze in extra writing time on deadline to answering my unending questions (“What kind of guns do cops really carry?” “How do you pick a lock, anyway?” “Can this bad guy really hack into the heroine’s email like that?”) Total hero!

ANGI: What's your favorite fairy tale?
KIMBERLY: I’m partial to Hansel and Gretel because they used their smarts to outwit the witch. To me, smart is sexy!

ANGI: What's your favorite cartoon character?
KIMBERLY: I really wanted to be Wonder Woman when I was growing up. Give me an invisible plane and a hot pair of boots and I am good to go!

ANGI: What do you like about the hero of your book?
KIMBERLY: Oh, he’s such a broody thing! I AM A BIG FAN OF Alpha brooders, and Noah definitely fits the bill. I made sure the circumstances were just enough to really knock him off-kilter, too. But he’d definitely the tall, dark, silent type.

ANGI: Is there a playlist you'd recommend for reading your latest release?
KIMBERLY: I listened to a lot of Matchbox 20 (especially “Overjoyed”) for this one, as well as Matt Nathanson’s “Room at the End of the World”, Vicci Martinez’s “Come Along” and Saving Jane’s “Sleep On It”. I’m very inspired by music!

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
KIMBERLY: I read as often as possible, almost always snuggled in my bed. There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by comfort when you lose yourself in someone’s words.

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
KIMBERLY: Each of my girls has a very distinct, very awesome laugh. I also love the sound of food sizzling in a skillet, and when I meditate, I listen to recordings of wind chimes and water.

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
KIMBERLY: I am a go-go-go girl. Love adventure! But mine always has a happily ever after, so it might be a blend of both!

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
KIMBERLY: My first book was a cardboard classic titled “When I Got Stuck”. I wrote it in kindergarten, about getting stuck on a swing. My mom actually saved it (it’s been a LONG time). But it still makes me grin to look at it.

ANGI: What's your favorite movie of all time?
KIMBERLY: This is a really hard question for me. But I could watch Shakespeare in Love on an endless loop and never ever get tired of it. I have a huge soft spot for Old Bill. Oh, and also, Joseph Fiennes. Yeah.

ANGI: Who's your favorite villain?
KIMBERLY: I love this question! Baddies have to be memorable. Hannibal Lecter still scares the pants off me. And I loved Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
KIMBERLY: I wish I were more patient J

ANGI: Is there a “Blooper” in your story (it may have been changed before printing)?
KIMBERLY: Not really a blooper, but I had intended to add more about Noah’s brothers, maybe have them show up at some point in the story. The opportunity just never presented itself, but I still wish I could’ve done it. Four hot cops all in one place? Priceless!

ANGI: How is it working with hot guys and sexy women all day?
KIMBERLY: It’s the best job ever! I wouldn’t trade it for anything, not even a lifetime supply of calorie-free cheesecake! That is how you know it’s good.

ANGI'S GOTTA ASK: I read on your website that you picked up a handful of books for a vacation and wrote to one of the authors and it helped you realize you could be an author. What was it about the story that made you want to tell your own? 
KIMBERLY'S GOTTA ANSWER:   Oh, I will happily answer this one! It was Wendy Markham’s Hello, It’s Me. Wendy also writes terrific thrillers under her “real” name, Wendy Corsi Staub, and she and I still keep in touch and get together at RWA Nationals once a year. She is an amazing lady, and I fully credit my kick-start to her answering my fan mail!

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Jason (Violet’s brother)  will have a story and it’ll be out in late May. No title or cover yet…stay tuned.

Kensington’s Christmas Anthology
with Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell
"What a blast!"

KIMBERLY IS GIVING AWAY  a digital copy of Love On The Line Internationally
It’s a digital copy, so it can go to anyone with Kindle-ready capability or the free conversion app from Amazon.

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KIMBERLY WANTS TO KNOW: Have you had a mentor or someone inspire you to keep trying?


  1. Good morning and welcome to GLIAS, Kimberly !
    It's so good to see you here.

    You know, my kick-in-the-pants-you-ought-to-be-an-author came from Sharon Mignery. She read the beginning of my story waaaayyy back in 2001. She found me at the RWA conference and told me face-to-face to never give up, that I would be an author. She's the reason I kept going. I love her !!

  2. My high school English teacher inspired my love of reading. These many years later I still remember her encouragement to read anything and everything; and her excitement for the written word. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

  3. I love being a part of a well-deserved fairytale ending!!! Xoxo. WCS

  4. You really did inspire the whole thing, Wendy! :) I'm grateful! And I love hearing stories of who inspires us!

  5. Nice interview. A teacher inspired me.

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    (bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com)

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