Today at My Written Romance, I am most excited to host a stop on the Tasty Book Tour for Sugar and Spice by Kimberly Kincaid. Sugar and Spice is her contribution to the new holiday anthology from Kensington, The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap.
So, tell us a little bit about Sugar and Spice:
Sugar and Spice is a novella that will kick off Kimberly Kincaid’s upcoming Pine Mountain series.
When caterer Lily Callahan goes up against hotshot pastry chef Pete Mancuso in the bake-off of the season, the stakes are high–and scandalously passionate. Will the gorgeous gourmand steal Lily’s heart–and the top prize in the Christmas cookie competition?
Here’s what I thought about it:
I do love an anthology, particularly when it affords me the opportunity to come into contact with the work of an author I’ve never read before. Kimberly Kincaid, on the strength of this novella, I will definitely be right there in line to get my hands on more Pine Mountain stories.
“Didn’t anyone ever tell you that making frosting on a Friday night will make you go blind?”
Right from this fantastic opening line, Sugar and Spice is a really fun and romantic holiday read.
Lily wants to open her own bakery and the cookie bake-off with its $10,000 first prize will help her move out of her kitchen and into her own shopfront. Pete may not want to win for the prize, he wants it more for the win itself and the name it will give him. When they are thrown together to work as a team in the first round, neither is that pleased. Lily, an inveterate planner and rule-follower can’t abide by Pete’s devil-may-care attitude (the fact that he broke her friend’s heart also gives him a black mark in her eyes), and Pete can’t see why Lily isn’t willing to trust her instincts and take a risk now and then. But soon they discover that first impressions aren’t always correct.
Now, I’m not going to go all spoilery on you, but trust me when I say watching Lily and Pete discovering each other and as an extension, learning about who they are as people, was so enjoyable. The competition setting gave the whole story that extra pace, willing them both towards where they were meant to be.
When I saw that this was only the start of the visiting in Pine Mountain, I was super excited. There’s just something about this town that I connected with, and I am really keen to read more about it!
Now for the giveaway!
Throughout the course of this book tour, Kimberly Kincaid is very generously giving lucky readers a chance to win one of two digital copies of the wonderful anthology that she is a part of with Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell, The Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Swap.
To be in with a chance to win, simply complete the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Where can you buy the book?
Here’s a little bit about Kimberly!
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 éclairs 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.
Where can you find Kimberly on the web?
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy of the book by the publisher, author and Tasty Book Tours. My thanks to them. I also read the other novellas in the anthology (by Donna Kauffman and Kate Angell) and I really enjoyed them too. Clara and Abby’s stories (and heroes) were just lovely.