Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Guest Post: Turn Up the Heat by Kimberly Kincaid

Turn Up the Heat
Pine Mountain #1
By: Kimberly Kincaid
Releasing March 4th, 2014


"It's not you."

There are only so many times a girl can hear those words before she believes that it is, in fact, very much her. Unexpectedly jilted by her locally famous boyfriend and haunted by a boss who makes Attila the Hun look like a lap dog, Bellamy Blake does what any self-respecting girl in her shoes would do. She rounds up her two best girlfriends and makes plans to get the hell out of Dodge.

But Bellamy's escape plan takes a nose dive on the side of rural route 164 when her transmission self-destructs, leaving her in the middle of a cell phone dead zone with nothing but her wits. Oh, and Shane Griffin, the hottest mechanic who's ever checked under her hood.

Yet this small-town man isn't all he seems. Can Shane and Bellamy prove that sometimes the most unlikely ingredients make the most deliciously sexy mix?


Guest Post: A Day in the Writing Life of Kimberly Kincaid
When I meet people for the first time and they discover I’m an author, one of the first things they sometimes say is, “Oh, that must be so glamorous!” True, romance authors do glam up once a year for the Romance Writers of America RITA and Golden Heart banquet, and yes, getting fancied up for book signings is a whole ton of fun, but the truth of the matter is, those days are the minority. Want to know what my average work day looks like? Here you go…
4:50 A.M. There are two types of writers out there, friends, and I am of the early bird (read: mostly insane) variety. My pajama-clad backside is in my ancient, creaky desk chair by 5:00 every morning. I take the first thirty minutes to become functional—checking e-mail, looking at my rankings (we all do it!), mainlining coffee and just generally waking up. But by 5:30 or so, I’ve got my work in progress (WIP) open, and I’m digging in.
8:00 A.M. At this point, my kids are off to school and I am in go-mode. I take a few minutes to manage social media and marketing, but these are my golden hours, where the word count flows best for me. So I am nose to the grindstone (but still mainlining coffee) until lunch.
12:00 P.M. I split my lunch time between e-mail, setting up promo for whatever book releases are coming down the pike, flipping through GQ magazine (it’s research, people!), Tweeting about what I’ve seen in GQ, and eating cold Pad Thai over my kitchen sink (I don’t recommend this as a general rule unless you’ve got an iron stomach) Then it’s back to the grind!
2:30 P.M. My kids start filtering in around now, so I take a break to do the Mom Thing, but I still keep one eye on my social media, throw in a little research while my kids do their homework, write blogs posts, and sneak in whatever word count I can. I am notorious for editing the heck out of myself as I write (it’s often one step forward, two steps back, but the good news is, there are no rough drafts to go back and smooth) At this stage in the day, I’m usually at about 1000-1500 words.
7:00 P.M. The fabulous Mr. K takes the reigns so I can hit the chair again every night for a few hours before bed. He feeds our kids’ new HGTV addiction while I write. Ideally, I’ll top out at 2000 words in a day, but that includes everything (like, this blog post, for example!) Also, in an ideal world, I will sneak in Googling things like “axes firefighters use” or “assault under the New York penal code”, or my personal favorite—“Chris Pine, no shirt”.
9:00 P.M. This is the point at which I will crash into bed with whatever book I’m reading. I usually only make it about 30 minutes before I fall asleep with it on my face, but I can’t think of a better way to end my crazy day!

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 ├ęclairs 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 www.kimberlykincaid.com or come check her out on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kimberly.kincaid1) and Twitter (@kimberlykincaid).

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