Posted by Krista Hall
I first heard Kimberly Kincaid’s name when we were both 2011 Golden Heart nominees, and more recently when she released the first two novellas in her Line series. When I mentioned to my blogmates that I’d like to invite Kimberly to K&T, Sharon Wray told me she adores Kimberly. And after reading Kimberly’s novellas, I adore her too.
These novellas remind me of the most delicious artisan chocolates. They are beautifully crafted, packed with unique flavors, and intensely satisfying. And unlike those artisan chocolates I love, these are guilt-free treats! Read one Kimberly Kincaid novella and you’re going to want to gobble up—um, read the rest of them. Kimberly’s heroines are foodies—a personal chef and a chef/owner of a local diner—and her heroes are cops. A suspense thread originating in LOVE ON THE LINE drives the action in her newest novella DRAWING THE LINE.
When Detective Jason Morgan is tasked with keeping a local restaurant owner safe as part of a make-or-break case, he rises to the challenge. The job is his first priority, and he owes it to the memory of his father, a detective killed in the line of duty, to do it at any cost. But Jason never expected Serenity Gallagher to be so beautiful, so serious…or so tough to protect.
Serenity has moved from place to place at the whim of her capricious mother all her life. The last thing she wants is to leave the diner she finally calls home, even if it means being stuck with a sexy blue-eyed detective. But she’s the only witness to a horrible crime, and the man behind it wants her very, very dead. Going into protective custody means survival, no matter how much Serenity hates hiding.
As Jason and Serenity bide their time together, they are shocked to discover they have much more in common than the surface reveals. But keeping her safe is Jason’s number one priority, no matter how much he’s drawn in by the woman beneath the witness, and Serenity’s past makes it difficult to trust. As the stakes get higher and the spark burns hotter, can Jason and Serenity draw the line?
I love Kimberly’s novellas so much that I’m giving away Kindle e-books of DRAWING THE LINE to three commenters. But first let’s pick Kimberly’s talented and highly imaginative brain.
Writing and cooking…
For me, they honestly go hand in hand. I was raised in a family where food is definitely love, and we cook to show affection and caring. This is something I try to translate into each of my books, albeit in different ways. So whether my characters are cooking to soothe themselves through rough emotions (Serenity does this in DRAWING THE LINE) or to nurture the ones they care for (Violet, in LOVE ON THE LINE), there’s always a little food to go with the love in my books!
The first time I cooked…
My mom has always had an open-kitchen policy, so I was young! But the first thing I remember ever cooking pretty much on my own was Hamburger Helper. I think I was maybe eleven. Now we make our own version of cheeseburger macaroni at my house…just without the box 🙂
The best dinner party ever…
Has good friends, good food, and good spirits! It can be a lobster boil on the beach or a black tie affair. Dinner parties don’t need to be fancy to sustain people. Some of the best dinner parties I’ve ever had have been on a picnic blanket with my kids. For me, it’s about the gathering, and the simple celebration of whatever food you’ve got. Everything else is extra.
Opening Lines: “Having spent half her life in one restaurant or another, Serenity Gallagher had seen just about everything a professional kitchen had to offer. Except for a body on the floor. That was definitely new.”
Making up your own recipes is a little daunting at first, I admit. But here’s the crux of it: Nothing’s written in stone. I use some age-old recipes that have been handed down to me, I use new recipes that I find online and in books, and I make things up as I go. Sometimes I combine one or all of these methods. Cooking is about the journey. Sometimes, we get lost! But it’s okay to start over when that happens. It’s what the pizza guy is for!
In my spare time…
I’m laughing, because I don’t think I have any. But… in my spare time, I read (of course), cook (you know it was coming), take my kids to the library, watch action movies with my husband, study martial arts and shop for shoes. Not necessarily in that order.
The next book I write…
I’ve got two in the works right now (one is getting “The End” today!) The third “Line” novella, OUTSIDE THE LINES, which features Dr. Blake Fisher, the sexy-serious ER doc who has appeared in the other two “Line” novellas, and a fourth novel to go with my Kensington PINE MOUNTAIN series which debuts with a full length novel TURN UP THE HEAT in March. After that, I’m looking at a few other projects. There may or may not be firefighters on the horizon. I plead the fifth 🙂
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. Visit her any time at www.kimberlykincaid.com or come check her out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kimberly.kincaid1) and Twitter (@kimberlykincaid).
Tell us about your best dinner party ever for a chance to win Kimberly Kincaid’s novella DRAWING THE LINE! Three winners will be announced on Friday! Plus the three winners of Manda Collin’s novella THE PERKS OF BEING A BEAUTY!