Kimberly Kincaid


Sloane Russo’s turned a decade of crazy jobs and whimsical travel into a career writing steamy novels set in exotic places. Trouble is, Sloane’s flat broke now—and she can’t channel sun-drenched beaches in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The only fast cash in town comes with some seriously distracting temptation: Gavin Carmichael, hot, handsome and oh-so-hard-headed.

Gavin isn’t the impulsive Don Juan of Sloane’s novels. He’s raising his thirteen-year-old half-sister, and he’s pretty sure he’s supposed to act like he’s never heard of fun. Sloane is way too sexy and irresponsible to be his idea of a good tutor for Bree, but the unpredictable anti-nanny may be irresistible as well…

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Every book I write has its surprises and ups and downs, and the creative process for Stirring Up Trouble was no different. Here’s a list of some of the sweet, sexy, and sigh-worthy facts about Gavin, Sloane, and the third book in the Pine Mountain series.

1 I always dream-cast my books (chose actors to “play” the roles of the characters in my head), but for the longest time, I couldn’t get a good read on the hero, restaurant manager Gavin Carmichael. He appears briefly in Gimme Some Sugar, but even when I wrote him then, all I got was a blurry idea. It wasn’t until I caught a YouTube interview with actor Gam Gigandet that I went, “That’s Gavin!” PS—you can check out my Pinterest boards for my whole dream-cast list.

2 I was very hesitant to make Sloane a romance writer! But it suited her (and the book) so well, I had to take the plunge. Her process is a hodge-podge of my writer-friends’ habits. Full disclosure: author Cherry Adair gave me the idea for the Post-Its scene!

3 Sloane’s car, a FIAT, was inspired from a Superbowl commercial from a few years ago, where a gorgeous, long-legged model pops out of this tiny little car. I saw it and thought, “That’s something Sloane would do.”

4 This book had both a false start (I wrote the first three chapters and discarded 90% of them in favor of what’s there now) and an alternate ending (same thing!) It’s the only time I ever did both with the same manuscript.

5 Stirring Up Trouble’s original title was “The Fallback Plan”.

6 Sloane’s signature purple boots are based on a pair that my fabulous mother-in-law bought me for Christmas one year.

7 I am not a fan of omelets. But when it came time to come up with the recipes for this book (as I do with all the Pine Mountain books), an omelet was the perfect thing for Gavin’s half-sister, Bree, to be able to make. So my family served as taste-testers as I created the recipe for Gavin’s Swiss Omelets. They weren’t unhappy about it! J

8 There’s one scene in this book that makes me laugh every time I read it (even though I wrote it and I know it’s coming, word for word) and one scene that makes me cry every time too. I won’t tell you which (no spoilers!) but I bet you can guess when you read!

9 In the book, Sloane wears a lucky hat when she writes. While I don’t do that, I am quite particular about my writing space. She and I share the same ideas about “good writing energy”.

10 I have always maintained that writing kids into romance novels is such a challenge that I’d never do it. But I needed something unlikely to bring Gavin and Sloane together, and that turned out to be Bree. Bree’s scenes ended up being the easiest and most fun to write. The ones that were the hardest were ironically the scenes where Sloane talks about her career.     

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. Her digital Line series is all about the hot cops and sexy chefs of Brentsville, New York. She is also the author of the Pine Mountain series, which follows small town singles as they find big-time love. Kimberly resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters. Visit her any time.

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KIMBERLY WANTS TO KNOW: What's #1 on your TOP TEN list?


  1. #1 for me right now is planning for my summer holiday. (I am in Australia.) That does, of course, include which books to take + loading my Kindle.


  2. Number one right now is planning my daughters birthday party, she wants a sleepover party and we are planning on having four twelve year olds over. Her birthday is the week before thanksgiving. So that right now is on my top priority list.

  3. Going to Alaska. It was being a grandma but that was already accomplished.

  4. getting through the rest of this sports season for my three boys

  5. What a great list Kimberly!
    Always fun when you come hang with us and Get Lost.

  6. Good morning, Kimberley! and welcome to GLIAS. It's always nice to see a writing friend. My girl, you have been scribbling away. Hugs.

  7. #1 on my Top Ten List is keeping a collection of books on my ereader so that I have something to read while taking care of my husband who suffered a heart attack. There are down times in the day where I sit around, so I read.

    J. Andrade

  8. I will say that it's toilet training my little girl right now. I'll be 'free' after she is done...

    maybe31 at yahoo.com

  9. traveling around the world

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  10. Hi Kimberly!

    My current #1 is to improve my health. That means some surgery that I'd rather put off.

    Marcy Shuler

  11. My #1 on my list would be saving up for a new (to me) car. I need something more reliable than what I have now. Unless Santa decides to drop one down the chimney for me!! lol

    thebigbluewall77 (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. We want to do a kitchen renovation so tops of my list is getting a new fridge and oven so we can work around them :)

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

  13. My current #1 is getting through the first half of the school year so that I can enjoy a 7 day Disney cruise! McElroyJ at gmail dot com