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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