Serenity has moved from place to place at the whim of her capricious mother all her life. The last thing she wants is to leave the diner she finally calls home, even if it means being stuck with a sexy blue-eyed detective. But she’s the only witness to a horrible crime, and the man behind it wants her very, very dead. Going into protective custody means survival, no matter how much Serenity hates hiding.
As Jason and Serenity bide their time together, they are shocked to discover they have much more in common than the surface reveals. But keeping her safe is Jason’s number one priority, no matter how much he’s drawn in by the woman beneath the witness, and Serenity’s past makes it difficult to trust. As the stakes get higher and the spark burns hotter, can Jason and Serenity draw the line?
Well good morning Kimberly! It's so nice to see you. Come on in and have a seat. I'm working on muffins this week so there's all sorts if your interested. The blueberry-lemon ones are just to die for.
*Grabbing a muffin (okay, two) and some coffee and taking a seat!*I saw you have a new release coming out...Drawing the Line. That's wonderful! Could you tell us just a little bit about Jason and Serenity and what brought these two together?
Jason is the brother of the heroine in my first novella, Love On The Line-- they're twins, actually (but he will be the first to tell you, he is six minutes older). He's also the detective partner to his sister's love, Noah Blackwell. Serenity owns Mac's Diner, where Jason and Violet have lunch every week. When she witnesses a brutal crime and he's tasked with keeping her safe as part of the case, sparks fly (along with danger...and pastry)!
Ah I love that connection between Noah and Serenity's diner! Very nice. I always loved that show Pop Up Video. Could you share 3 fun behind the scenes facts about the series?
So much went on behind the scenes of this book!
- First, the crime was originally different (the bad guy was a stalker, but it got too involved for a novella).
- Then Jason got kind of, uhm, intense on the page. I'd meant for him to be more smart-alecky than serious, but he kept coming out with such dedication, I had to go with it.
- I did have a lot of fun weaving Violet and Noah back in too (they each get a good scene with Jason). My characters never really leave!
Aws I love that they come back! So, say you have 24 hours to spend with any of the characters in the series...who would you pick and what would yall do?
I'd go on a police ride along with Jason and Noah, where we'd stop by the hospital to say hi to Dr. Fisher (keep an eye out for that guy!) and then have a meal at Mac's with the whole gang. Apple turnovers for all!MMmm sounds pretty perfect. I love that the series has a foodie theme. Are there any delicious cooking moments in Drawing the Line like there were in Love on the Line? Did you get to indulge in any yummy research while you were working on the novella?
Oh yeah! Serenity cooks as a way to bring her chosen family together, and Jason is already a believer in food-is-love because of his sister's chefy ways. The recipe for Drawing The Line is apple turnovers. Let's just say my family wasn't unhappy when it came time for taste-testing!Oh I will so be making those! Alright, favorite make you *swoon* quote from the book?
I have such a hard time quoting myself! I don't usually pick the ones everyone else does (like in Love On The Line, everyone loves the part about the peas! Who'd have thought?) But I will admit, when I wrote the precursor to the love scene where he tells her he wants to look at her, I did a little bit of happy-squealing
“Jason, please. Take me to bed. I can’t wait,” she breathed, reaching low for the hem of his shirt. His hands dropped down to skim the length of her thighs, coasting over hot, faded denim as he returned them higher to still her fingers.Oh yum. That's so swoon-worthy! Whew! So, any gossip you can spill about what's coming up next? Will we be hearing more from this group?
“And I can’t hurry.” Jason pulled back, his eyes glittering to a near-navy blue with want, but he stared into her all the same. “Let me look at you.”
“What?” Serenity hitched, but only enough to put a few inches between them.
His gaze never wavered. “I want to see you. All of you.”
Of course! There will be one more "line" novella, Outside The Lines, coming later this summer. It's the story of Blake, the ER doctor (who surprised me by coming back again, and again, until I knew I had to give him a book) and Jules, the restaurant manager at Mac's. And I can tell you, it's a doozy! I'm having a blast with it.Oh I just love those determined characters. How about a couple just for fun questions and we'll let you get back to Blake and Jules. Lord knows we're gonna want their story soon! lol
- Favorite man candy? Photos are welcome!
I'm big on visual inspiration, and I dreamcast every one of my books! In my head, Jason looks like Chris Pine. My photo board was loaded with him. Right now I'm kind of partial to Scott Eastwood, who I picture as Blake. And Noah was Taylor Kinney, all the way!
- Favorite guilty pleasure?
Nothing guilty about it, because I embrace my addiction wholeheartedly :) But I am a shoe nut. I could buy a pair every day, really. But if we're talking food...I like a lot of natural stuff for the most part. Chips and fresh-made salsa...I could plow through that, lickety split!
- Lawn gnomes or pink flamingos?
Flamingoes. Gnomes freak me out! *hmmm. so maybe I shouldn't post the flamingo eating gnomes? ;) *
- I'm obsessed with...?
Aside from the aforementioned shoe thing, I am a giant word geek. Crossword puzzles, reference books, novels, it doesn't matter. And anything having to do with food is a big YES for me too. I once spent two hours at a Farmer's Market with fourteen stalls. Everything was just. so. pretty. I had to see it all!
- Best cooking disaster?
Once upon a time (a LONG time) when I was newly-married, I tried some dish I'd pulled out of a magazine. I worked pretty hard on it, so when it came time to eat, my husband was all, "Oh, yeah, this is, mmmm, great!" But when I took a bite, it was awful. I mean, AWFUL. He was trying to spare my feelings, but the dish was just plain bad. So I took his plate and said, "We're not eating this!" And he flung his arms around me and ordered a pizza. Poor guy was going to slog through it! *Aw that is so sweet. What a guy. lol*
- Cats!! or dogs?
Neither, actually! We have wicked allergies over here at Camp Kincaid. But we live vicariously through others with both.Oh noes! Can't imagine no little herd. You're always welcome to live vicariously through the herd! Thanks so much for dropping by Kimberly! Can't wait to get to know Jason and Serenity!
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