Wednesday, August 21, 2013

VBT Review and Interview: Outside the Lines by Kimberly Kincaid

Outside the Lines
By: Kimberly Kincaid

Welcome to my stop on the Outside the Lines tour! I've got an interview today with the author, Kimberly Kincaid, and I'm sharing my review of her book, Outside the Lines! Please help me in welcoming Kimberly to the blog!

tell me about yourself, and your writing.

I’m a wife and mom of three daughters, a giant foodie, a martial arts enthusiast, and a certified yoga instructor. I write contemporary romance, one sexy chef at a time. Sometimes I throw in a little suspense. You know, to keep everyone on their toes

How long have you been writing? How many published books do you have, and what genres?

I’ve been writing with the intention of being published for a little over five years. Outside The Lines is my third published novella, and I have four books coming out in the next calendar year from Kensington Books as well (I’ve been busy!) There’s a list on my website.

Do you write in multiple genres or just one? If just one, do you ever consider straying outside your genre?

Everything I write is contemporary, and everything has a food theme in some way. I stick with what I know!

Are you a plotter or do you write from the seat of your pants?

I’m a militant plotter. I brainstorm and outline and do Post-It chains, the whole nine yards. And then, inevitably, one of my characters goes and does something to screw up all my planning! I try to stay flexible, but I really, really like to plot.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

I get up at about 5:15 and check email over coffee. I do email and marketing until my kids are off to school at 7:30. Then I write until they get home at 3:00, then again most of the time from 7-9. Then I turn into a pumpkin.

Who do you love to read? Favorite authors, favorite books?

I read a LOT. I love Julie James, Jill Shalvis, Louisa Edwards, and Bella Andre. But that’s honestly the tip of the iceberg! My number one favorite book of all time is Barbara O’Neal’s The Lost Recipe For Happiness. It changed the way I look at foodie writing.

What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?

I dream of the RWA RITAs! But really, I’m thrilled to be right where I am.

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?

I would love to stop time to sneak in naps. There’s just not enough time in the day for a really good siesta…

If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?

Oooo! My kids would probably get uppity if I didn’t say a unicorn.

Tell us a little about your latest release.

Outside The Lines is the story of Ivy League ER doctor Blake Fisher, who unexpectedly comes back into contact with his ex-fiancee Jules Shaw. She manages a restaurant, and they have to plan a charity event together. Sparks fly in the kitchen… and a few other rooms too!

What is something that you absolutely can't live without? (Other than family members)

Coffee, my ancient desk chair, vintage dresses and five inch heels. It’s a crazy life!

Could you ever co author a book with someone? If so, who would you choose, and what would you write?

The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap (my September release) was quite collaborative. It’s an anthology with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell. The three heroines are best friends. There’s a prologue, then each story, and an epilogue with all three couples together. It was really fun to write.

If you could spend a day with anyone from history, dead or alive, who would it be, and what would you do? What would you ask them?

I’d probably pick Shakespeare. I have such a thing for him! I’m not sure exactly what I’d ask, but I’d definitely want him to reply in iambic pentameter. The whole time.

What are some of your other hobbies outside of writing?

I study martial arts, practice a lot of yoga, and obviously I cook. I also love to read and I’m a diehard shopper.

What is something you've always wanted to do, but haven't done yet. Why not?

I’d love to travel more for pure pleasure. Once my kids are a little older (not long now!), it’s on my agenda for sure.

If you were on the staff to have a book adapted to movie, what would you pick?

Any book? I’d love to see JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood on the screen!

What is a talent you wish you had, but don't?
I’d love to be more patient. That’s a talent if I ever saw one

Favorite color?


Weather: Hot or cold?

Cold—I love the snow.

Favorite place to read?

I’m not picky—I can really read anywhere. But my favorite place is snuggled by a crackling fire in the winter.

Favorite meal

One shared with people I love. Doesn’t have to be fancy. In fact, one of the best meals I ever had was a PB and J that my husband made. Food is love!

Favorite non-alcoholic drink.

Chai tea

If you could travel anywhere and do anything, no limits or money holding you back, where would you go?

Italy. And I’d eat a LOT!

As an ivy-league ER doctor who eats double shifts for breakfast (and lunch…and dinner), Blake Fisher has little appetite for anything other than work. Being on the staff at Brenstville Hospital means taking care of people, a need Blake understands all too well from losing his brother to cystic fibrosis eight years ago. When he’s asked to coordinate a carnival fundraiser for the cause, he jumps at the chance to help others with the disease…until it lands him side by side with the one woman he never thought he’d see again: his ex-fianc√©e.
Streetwise and rough around the edges, Jules Shaw is no stranger to earning a living through hard work. But when her job as the restaurant manager of Mac’s Diner puts her shoulder to really broad shoulder with Blake Fisher, she nearly balks. She’d rather dodge and deflect than admit the real reason she broke things off, but the catering contract for the carnival means big business for Mac’s, and feeding people is Jules’s lifeblood.
As Blake and Jules join reluctant forces, they quickly rediscover the spark between them. But the possibility of a future together hinges on coming clean about the past, with potentially devastating consequences. Can Blake and Jules overcome their drastically different backgrounds and learn to love again, or will they always be outside the lines?

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review: Outside the Lines is a second chance story with some sweet and emotional moments, a quick and light read that tugged on my heartstrings and had me rooting all the way for this couple that had a chance before, but life tore them apart.

Jules is a kick butt heroine, one that I enjoyed getting to know immensely! She's had it rough growing up, and she's worked her butt off to get where she is today. A little accident lands her in front of a man she never imagined she'd run into again- her ex fiance, Blake.

Okay, fine, so they run into each other. That's it for the two, right?  


Now the pair are forced to work side by side for an event. The attraction sizzles once again as their emotions ignite. But Blake can't ignore the past, and neither can Jules. 

This is my first read by this author, and I'm glad I had a chance to read Outside the Lines. Ms. Kincaid has a breezy writing style that's full of humor, wit and the emotions come right off the pages and right into me...yes, I was feeling the things Blake and Jules did, which had me drawn into the story.  

This is a quick read, and I recommend it to anyone that enjoys second chance stories. I'll be looking for much more from this author! 

Author Info   
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 √©clairs 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 has written two digital novellas, Love On The Line and Drawing The Line, about hot cops and sexy chefs, with a third novella, Outside The Lines, due this summer. She is also 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. Kimberly’s first full-length novel, Turn Up the Heat, will follow in February 2014. She resides in northern Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.
Visit her any time at or come check her out on Facebook ( and Twitter (@kimberlykincaid).
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  1. I enjoyed the post thank you. OUTSIDE THE LINES sounds wonderful. If I went to Italy I'd eat a LOT too.