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(CABR Top Pick) Review & $100 Amazon G.C. Giveaway: “The Slayer” by Kele Moon

Apr 11

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Review: Kele Moon has outdone herself in THE SLAYER (Untamed Hearts #2), and that’s saying a lot because THE VIPER (Untamed Hearts #1) built on the powerful story lines, strong characters, raw emotions and hot sex we’ve come to know in the Battered Hearts series.

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Drawing The Line” by Kimberly Kincaid

May 8

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Kimberly Kincaid is on CABR today  😀

As you can tell by my big smile, this is one fun lady who knows how to write a story any romance-loving foodie would enjoy.

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Kimberly, in 120 words or less, tell us about DRAWING THE LINE

Drawing The Line is the story of Jason Morgan, a fiercely dedicated police detective, who must protect headstrong Serenity Gallagher, a restaurant owner, in a make-or-break case. He never expected her to be so beautiful, so serious…and so tough to protect.

 

Did you have to do any fun or unusual research for this book? 😉

I got to “talk shop” with a fantastically patient police officer about procedures, I asked my nurse friend all sorts of questions about head injuries, and I got to eat a LOT of apple turnovers. All fun!

 

Did you struggle to put down words when it came to a particular scene in the book?

This whole story was a bit of a labor of love. In the beginning, I saw Jason a lot differently, and he kept surprising me as I got him on the page.

He was originally a lot less intense and more playful. But I love how he fooled me! His intensity is a lot different than his partner, Noah’s (from Love On The Line, book #1). But Serenity suits him perfectly, I think.

Excerpt:

“Is everything okay in here? I heard a crash from the nurse’s station.” The nurse looked down at the still-overturned blood pressure monitor, then narrowed her eyes on Serenity’s wardrobe change. “You shouldn’t be out of bed. And where’s your gown?”

Serenity’s dark eyes went as round as her mouth, and she took a step back, bumping to a halt against the edge of the bed rail. “I, um…I…”

“It’s actually my fault,” Jason said, stepping in to give the nurse a sheepish smile while he blocked Serenity from the woman’s view. “I knocked right into this thing while I was helping Ms. Gallagher back to her bed so she could rest while she waits for her release papers. I’m so sorry, I didn’t even see it.” He tossed up his hands in a whoops-like approximation, cranking up his most winning smile as he reached down to set the rolling stand back to rights, and God bless her, the nurse bit hook, line and stethoscope.

“Oh.” The nurse blushed, her attention diverted. “I apologize, detective. I didn’t mean to interrupt. I just wanted to make sure everything was okay down here.”

“Everything’s great,” Jason said, choosing as much genuine truth as possible while still cultivating an advantage. “Sorry to alarm you.”

The woman’s glance flickered over Jason’s shoulder, where Serenity must’ve given some sign of acknowledgment, because the woman headed toward the door without wasting so much as a step. “Just use the call button if you need anything. And please stay in bed, Ms. Gallagher. Just because your MRI came back clear doesn’t mean you should be running around. It’s easy to get dizzy with a head injury, even if you think you feel fine.”

He waited until the door bumped shut against its frame before turning to lift his brows at Serenity, who perched on the edge of the bed even though every inch of her body language had her poised for the door.

Nope. No chance. Jason angled himself directly into her exit path, smiling to temper the move. “Now where were we? Ah, right. I was helping you get back into bed,” he said, stepping in to pull back the thin cotton blanket and offer up his hand.

Her expression was wary, but she balanced it out with a firm grip of her fingers over his as she replaced herself against the mattress. “Why did you cover for me?” Serenity asked, and Lord, he was a sucker for a woman who got right to business. Her eyes flicked to the spot on his shoulder that blocked her view of the door, and okay, yeah. She meant a lot of business.

“I didn’t think you getting on the nurse’s bad side would help either of our causes,” Jason said, shocking himself at the straight answer.

Her brow popped high enough to disappear under the dark fringe of her bangs, and even though she made a good effort to cover the resulting wince, he caught it. “And what causes would those be?”

“You want to get out of here against medical advice pretty badly, Ms. Gallagher. And I don’t want to let you.”

 

Did you find inspiration from particular songs/albums while writing?

I love this question! I always have a theme song for each of my books, and for Drawing The Line, it was “Gone, Gone, Gone” by American Idol cutie, Phillip Phillips. I think I burned a hole in my iPod listening to it!

 

TRIVIA

 

KimberlyKincaid picFavourite snack?

Depends on my mood. I have a particular fondness for pretzels and cream cheese (I blame my husband for this). But I also love cucumbers and ranch dip, and almost any kind of cheese.

 

Ideal getaway?

Anywhere I can relax with good food, great friends and lots of books! A hammock in Hawaii wouldn’t be bad 🙂

 

If you could be someone from history for a day, living or dead, who would it it be and why?

I have a really giant history-crush on Shakespeare. I’d so be Old Bill for a day. Truly.

 

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Beyond The Page: “Love on the Line” by Kimberly Kincaid

Mar 8

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Kimberly Kincaid has stopped by CABR to answer a quiz about her latest release – “Love on the Line“.

‘Foodies’, you are gonna love this one! 😀

You can WIN an eBook copy of LOTL by posting a comment to a simple question in the Rafflecopter below.

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Using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about LOVE ON THE LINE.

Take one gruff cop, add a feisty personal chef, mix well. Watch the kitchen, and the pages, heat up.

 

What led you to writing this novella? 

I had some rare down-time between projects for Kensington, and my brilliant agent suggested an e-novella. It was a lot of fun, and it gave me a chance to explore digital publishing while getting my toes wet as an author.

 

Kimberly Kincaid picIs there a soundtrack for “LOTL” or did you have one while writing it?

While I can’t write unless it’s quiet, I am very music-driven while drafting and plotting and coming up with scenes! I played the song “Overjoyed” by Matchbox 20 when I crafted the more tender scenes in this story, because the soulful honesty sounded like Violet and Noah to me. I also listen to a lot of Matt Nathanson, Norah Jones and Sarah Bareilles when I’m plotting.

 

What was your favourite/most difficult scene to write? Please include an excerpt from it.

My favorite scene, oh this is hard! I love the pivotal moment when Noah, who has been shot in the line of duty and has temporary trauma amnesia, has his first flash of memory after the incident…and it just happens to be of the heroine, Violet, being in his hospital room when she wasn’t supposed to be.

It goes down like this (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.”

What’s next for you in 2013? 

Oh, I’m a busy lady in 2013! I’ll be at RT in Kansas City in May, and also at RWA Nationals in Atlanta in July. I’ve got a Christmas anthology coming out with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell (from Kensington) in October 2013 too. Then my single-title releases will follow in the winter, starting with Turn Up The Heat.

 

eBook or paperback?

Oh, I am equal opportunity! I love to read, so really, it can be the back of a cereal box, and if it’s engaging, I’m in 😀

 

Fruits or chocolate?

I know people will think this is crazy, but fruits. I have a fundamental love for food that comes right from the earth. There’s only one fruit I don’t like, and that’s bananas (sorry, bananas!) Otherwise, I love them all.

 

Dogs or cats?

Neither, sadly! My daughters are allergic. So we love fish!

 

Ideal getaway?

A place where there’s good food, great company and lots of love. If the place happens to be Hawaii…that wouldn’t hurt 😀

 

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why?

Oh, I would totally hang out with William Shakespeare. I have a huge literary crush on old Bill, and would just love to be spoken to in iambic pentameter.

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Book blurb:

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?

AUTHOR’s bio:

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 is 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.

Her first full-length novel, Turn Up the Heat, will follow in February 2014. Kimberly 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 and Twitter.

 

 

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