Kim Kincaid – Joyfully Loving Romance

August is Read-A-Romance Month.


I hope you’ll visit every day in August to see what 93+ of your favorite authors have to say about the Joy of Romance.

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Do you love Romance? Let’s celebrate. xo

So Much Joy to Find in Romance

As a romance author, I find joy in romance in no less than three dozen places. I get to research exciting professions for my characters, from professional chefs to Just one Tastefirefighters to journalists to Army medics. I get to noodle all sorts of scenarios, and conjure edge-of-your-seat conflict along with sexy passion, and eventually, love that conquers the odds. But even with all the joy in my daily job, writing romance wasn’t my first joy at all.

Reading it was.

Seven years ago, I had a six-year-old, a three-year-old, and a baby who had just turned one. To say that my time was at a premium is a massive understatement! But still, when our family’s annual beach vacation rolled around, I was determined to relax at least a little bit. My neighbor was repurposing a bunch of books at a yard sale, so I decided to snag a few for my trip. In the pile was a book titled Hello, It’s Me, by Wendy Markham. Even though I hadn’t picked up a book that wasn’t Goodnight, Moon in half a decade, I started reading.

And I didn’t stop for six hours until the book was done.

I loved the story. In fact, I loved it so much that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The characters were so wonderful, the conflict finely-wrought, the emotions gut AWU coverdeep. In the back of the book, Wendy left a note from the author. It read: “I love to hear from my readers! Drop me a line.” Even though I thought it was probably crazy—she was an author, after all, and surely an assistant or someone at the publishing house would answer my fan mail—I wrote to tell her how much I loved the story. I even added how I always had stories in my head and wondered what it would be like to write them down and tell them to the world.

Wendy emailed me back personally to thank me for my note. She said, “If you want to be a writer, you should check out the Romance Writers of America.”

That email started my career. There aren’t a lot of people in the world who get to do their dream job every day, and I am humbled to be one of them. But that joy didn’t come from hard work or research or putting my butt in the chair every day to write even when things get tough (although those things are part of my world on a very regular basis, and I do find joy in them—even the hard parts.) That joy came from being a reader first, from picking up just one book, from getting lost in just one story, and the lovely reply I got from Wendy when I emailed her. The joy of romance comes from the sweetest, simplest places. So the next time you read a romance that moves you, do the author (and maybe yourself!) a favor and write to her. Share her book with your neighbor, your sister, your friend.

Because readers embody the true joy of romance. One happily ever after at a time.

Kim recommends:

Authors I love!

Meredith Duran writes breathtaking historical romance (Fool Me Twice is one of my favorite books ever, in the history of ever).

Samanthe Beck writes sexy, fun contemporary romance.

And if you haven’t read Sonali Dev, you’re missing out. Not a little! (You can read Sonali’s RARM post here.)

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

I got a phone call this past March telling me my book Pushing the Line was an RWA RITA® finalist. This award is like the Oscars for romance writers, and it’s a peer-chosen award, so to have been named a finalist was incredibly humbling and definitely joyful! I screamed pretty loudly when I got the call, I’ll admit. Then I asked Shirley Jump about forty times if she was really sure (she assured me she was) that I’d finaled. And then I had champagne and chocolate for breakfast with my critique partner, Avery Flynn, who lives down the street. It was a great day.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

My family goes on vacation to a teeny little town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and every time I am there, it’s as if nothing could be wrong with the universe. The views are gorgeous, the air is clean, the steaks are on the grill, and the company is perfect. If joy was a place…it would be in the Blue Ridge!

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

There’s not a whole lot in life that’s more contagious than laughter. My kids’ laughter? Gets me every single time. It’s so full of unadulterated happiness. Especially when all three of them laugh together.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

Well, obviously, there’s a book in my post that brought me so much joy, it launched my career! But I’d have to add Barbara O’Neal’s The Lost Recipe for Happiness. It’s so lush and vital and moving. If you haven’t read it, go now. Really. I’ll wait.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

I cannot pick just one Chris! They are like potato chips! Okay. Okay okay. I’ll pick even though it’s painful. Chris Pine. I have a Star Trek thing ☺

Kim is generously offering one copy of Fire Me Up, either electronic or paper, winner’s choice or as delivery is available. Open to international readers (providing you are able to receive an electronic copy). Entry below. Good luck!

about-kimberly-kincaidKimberly 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 2015 RWA RITA® 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.

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  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    that’s ok Kim my brother was a trekkie too….and star wars….his tomb stone is the star ship enterprise with the saying “scotty beamed me up” took years for it to be done cause my grandmother went through getting permission….almost 30 years ago now

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      I love the original Star Trek episodes, but have enjoyed the remakes too. Your brother had excellent taste 🙂

  • It’s so true that there is a great joy in being a reader! I love Samanthe Beck too!

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Isn’t she amazing? I am a big Trevor fan from Lover Undercover 🙂 hehe!

  • Message for Bobbi: there are not written news about books for the giveaway, here and in Maya Rodale’s post. 😉

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      That might be my fault! I am under the weather and I got the details to her late, but do stay tuned…

  • Jennifer C

    Oh I love the Blue Ridge Mountains, too! I am married to my own hot cop, so grateful to have found your books! 🙂

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Enjoy them! I am headed to the Blue Ridge next week– so excited. Will post plenty of pictures for y’all!

  • alisha woods

    Chris Pine always

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      I know, right? He’s just so…so…yeah 🙂

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    You give hope to all as yet undiscovered authors.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      I am glad and humbled to hear that 🙂 It truly does start with one word, one paragraph, and one will to make it happen. Good luck, Dorothy! Can’t wait t hear your success story.

  • Why does it not surprise me that “Hello, It’s Me” is one of your favorite books? I love that one, too!

    Although we’ll have to agree to disagree on the Chrises. (William Shatner will always be Captain Kirk to me!)

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Truly, one of my favorite books to this day! 🙂

  • Quinn Fforde

    That’s a great list of picks!

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Enjoy them (if you haven’t already!) 🙂

  • Molly

    I would love to read it

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      It’s part of a series, but it does stand alone. You can check out all the books on my website. Enjoy!

  • jcp smith

    Another new to me author!!

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      *waving hello!*

  • Karen Mikusak

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Have fun visiting Pine Mountain!

  • kirsten west

    The Blue Ridge Mountains sound beautiful.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      I’m excited to be there all week next week, for sure 🙂

  • Debbie Fuller

    Thanks for sharing and being a part of this site. Love reading all the posts.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      This site is amazing. So many wonderful authors to read!

  • Kareni

    Congratulations on being a 2015 RWA RITA finalist; I can only imagine how good that champagne and chocolate breakfast tasted! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and happy writing.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Thank you– it was a good day, for sure!

  • Aleen D

    I too have stories and characters urging me to write about them, thank you for this post, it gives me hope 🙂

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      If you want to write romance, Wendy’s advice was fantastic. Check out the RWA. And no matter what you want to write–grab that dream! Good luck 🙂

  • Sharon Forbes

    I really enjoyed reading your story about writing to your fave author and getting a response when you were younger! Talk about dreams coming true! I am so enjoying RARM! 🙂

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      It really is a dream come true for me– I love going to work every day, even when it’s tough. Glad you’re enjoying the posts!

  • mariannewestrich

    It really is wonderful when an author responds to an email or fan letter. Thanks so much for the post today.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Thanks for stopping by! I love chatting with everyone– you’re such a fun bunch.

  • Texas Book Lover

    You’re story is wonderful! I’m gonna have to check out Samantha Beck. I already read and love your other recommendations.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Oh, do– she is wonderful! I really like her contemporary romances 🙂

  • Rochelle

    Inspiring story on becoming a writer. I love your books. I discovered them through an anthology and have really enjoyed the Pine Mountain and Line series.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      I’m so glad! It makes my day hearing that…

  • Glenda

    I love the story of how you started writing. It was a great day for all of us readers. 🙂

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      For me too, hehe!

  • Sue G.

    That is so fun that you and Avery are neighbors!

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      We are! Five minutes away makes it so easy to get together for champagne and chocolate (we’ve only done that once, but it was worth it, haha!)

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I read Hello, It’s Me. It was a very moving book. Loving your series, too! Thanks for the post!

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Kortney

    I have Kimberly’s All Wrapped Up on my to read list. Can’t wait!

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Enjoy Brennan and Ava’s book!

  • Carol Luciano

    What a great story of how you got into writing. I look forward to reading your books. Thanks for the post and the giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Glad to have you along for the ride, Carol 🙂 Welcome!

  • Pamby50

    Love how you started writing. I just started writing reviews but never thought to just write the author also. Looking forward to reading your books.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Oh, please do! As an author, I can tell you, it honestly is the best part of my day when I hear from a reader who loved one of my stories. It makes the hard stuff easier 🙂

  • Dawn Anderson

    I have The Line series on my kindle just waiting to be read. Hopefully, I’ll get to them soon.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Oh, those hot cops! I loved writing those 🙂 Enjoy!

  • Erin F

    that is such a great story!! It’s so fun to read about what jump starts a writing career 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      My pleasure! Thanks for stopping in 🙂

  • Michele Hayes

    I love finding authors that are new to me. Thanks for the

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      You’re very welcome!

  • Juanita Decuir

    Meredith Duran is one of my favorite authors of historical romance. Want to read Somali Dev’s stories!

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Mine too. Her books are so rich and wonderful! Sonali is the same way. Both fabulous 🙂

  • flchen1

    I love how one chance book changed your life, Kimberly! And how lovely that Wendy not only responded but nudged you in that direction also! I do love how social media and the Internet have made getting in touch with authors (and authors with readers) easier and more frequent. What a blessing! Congrats on your latest, and of course, looking forward to more! 🙂

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Wendy is a bit of a mentor to me now, and we just got a chance to see each other in New York a few weeks ago. It was wonderful!

  • Diane Blaser

    I don’t believe in coincidence. I think everything happens for a reason, so that one book was meant to change your life Kimberly. I love being able to chat with my favorite authors…it adds a new dimension to reading the author’s books (in this case, yours) when you have a chance to get to know them on facebook! Thanks for visiting with me!

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      My pleasure– and thanks for tuning in. Without readers, I wouldn’t be able to do the job I love so much!

  • Christyna

    Ah, that first book, read in six hours in your case, makes all the difference, doesn’t it?

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      It really does! I still have the book too. I re-read it once a year 🙂

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I’ve read almost all of Wendy Markham’s books and I am not surprised that it changed you. I’ve enjopyed your books too. Of course, I also love your wonderful fb posts, especially the Taste Testers group. I don’t have stories in my head trying to escape, that’s why I read. Thank you for sharing your post.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      Hey, a familiar face! 🙂 I’m happy to share the stories with you all. It let’s me give the voices room to run, hehe…

  • Linda Henderson

    I have been an avid reader for a lot of years and I frequently recommend and loan books to friends of mine to read. My sister and I read a lot of the same authors so we read and then discuss books all the time.

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      That’s the way to do it! Book networking 🙂 I love it.

  • Melisa Safchinsky

    Love Sonali Dev’s first book and I’m reading her second now!

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      So so so so so good!

  • Mary McCoy

    I love your FB posts, and agree with you about Sonali Dev’s books

    • Kimberly Kincaid

      XO, Mary! Happy to see you 🙂

  • Jane Bassett-Nelson

    Love your books, Kim and this one sounds like another hit!

  • Rhi

    I do love the Blue Ridge Mountains. They are so pretty!

  • Waves hello to Kim! You guys will LOVE her books and she’s the nicest person around! xo

  • Joan Varner

    I have been blessed to read every one of your Pine Mountain books and loved every one of them. I am so glad that you emailed Wendy and began your journey.

  • rebecca moe

    What a wonderful post! Thanks so much for sharing.