Author Spotlight: Nicole Kimberling and Book Giveaway!

I first happened upon Nicole Kimberling when I read Primal Red, the first in the Bellingham Mysteries series.  From the very first sentence, I sensed the author’s deep connection to her story’s setting and it’s quirky, oddball cast of characters. Bellingham, Washington emerges as a character all its own in the Bellingham Mysteries series as the author’s love and respect for her town and it’s idiosyncrasies  flows through each storyline.  Through Peter Fontaine, steadfast reporter for The Bellinghamster aka The Hamster, the author gives us a character able to reflect on his town many foibles from the new agers to the niche farmers, the arty set to the druids and everything in between.  Sometimes it’s with humor, sometimes exasperation, a tiny bit of sarcasm, but mostly Peter investigates and meddles with the non-judgmental fondness of someone who loves and appreciates his town and its people.

Nicole Kimblerling’s writing brings her Bellingham into our lives, complete with realistic characters that embed themselves in your heart and mind. I can’t begin to tell you how often I laughed out loud over the antics of Peter or Evangeline or Peter’s editor, Doug Bowles. Nick, Peter’s boyfriend is far too Nordic for the laugh out loud moments but serves as a needed balance for the hijinks and tomfoolery the others are capable of.

Then there is the many subjects that come up during the course of each mystery.  One time it was the plein air artists, another ceramic forgery, and during One Man’s Treasure, it was beekeeping and mushroom poisons.  She always sends me rushing to further research a subject she has included in her plots that adds another wonderfully authentic layer to her storyline.  It’s marvelous and it fills me with anticipation to see what the next novel in the series brings.

I contacted Nicole Kimberling to talk about herself and her writing and the many elements she brings to her books. And this was her reply to my question about the inclusion of the arts in her mysteries:

“Well, I guess I would say that the reason the arts figure so heavily

in the Bellingham Mysteries is that my wife is an artist so I have had
the good luck to have an expert on the visual arts on hand when I need
to know technical details about paint or clay or counterfeiting. And,
of course, I’ve gone to a lot of openings and gallery shows for her
and for her associates so I’ve met a lot of quirky, real-life

The same goes for the characters in the Farmer’s Market. I actually
worked last season there, selling sandwiches, rain, wind and shine and
so I got a lot of first-hand experience with the culture of the market
and of the local organic farmers here in Whatcom county.

Because I live here, I’m constantly discovering new facets of the city
and new slices of society–more than I think I’ll ever be able to fit
into the stories. There are the illegal mountain bike trail builders,
the rustic folk musicians, the unschoolers, the gamers. And then there
are the institutions, like the bible software company that basically
owns two whole city blocks downtown, the Humane Society, the Alternate
Humane Society, the Alternate Alternate Humane Society… The town is
rich with unexplored weirdness.”

Thanks, Nicole.  And yes, that does explain so much about Bellingham and its importance in your writing.

Nicole has generously donated a copy of her book, Primal Red, to be given away during series week.  To enter the contest, send me your name, email address and  your favorite m/m series.  I will pick a winner on Sunday.
Nicole Kimberling’s website:

Nicole Kimberling lives in Bellingham, Washington with her wife, Dawn Kimberling, two bad cats and approximately 100,000 bees. Her novel, Turnskin, won the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror.

Books by Nicole Kimberling (available at Loose id, Amazon, All Romance):

Primal Red (Bellingham Mysteries #1)

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Bellingham Mysteries #2)

Black Cat Ink (Bellingham Mysteries #3)

One Man’s Treasure (Bellingham Mysteries #4)


Hell Cop Anthology #1

Hell Cop Anthology #2

Irregulars Anthology

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.


  1. Okay, I’m dying to know what the alternate alternate humane society is. Is that for like, goth dogs, or cats who like listening to alt rock? LOL

    Thanks for the little inside look at Whatcom county. (I guess Redmond is Dotcom county? Little ICT humour there. Sigh.)

    Don’t enter me in the draw though as I’ve already read, and loved, the whole series.


  2. I know, that just cracked me up and explained so much about Bellingham right there! I just imagined little dogs and cats with crystals but goth kitties works too!


  3. I usually don’t start a new series unless I am prepared to buy the entire list, but I simply cannot resist the possibility of winning Primal Red. Thank you, Nicole Kimberling!
    Please count me in, although declaring a favorite series is much too much to ask… LoL!
    sylvan65 at


  4. Wow…its nice to hear of a new series to read. Thank you! (One of) my favorites series is the Warder series by Mary Calmes. She has a couple of good series and her anme was the first I came across whild thinking of this really HARD question. Please count me in for the contest…thanks!
    chellebee66 @ gmail . com


  5. Hello Nicole,

    It’s always Great to meet a new Author & have another Very Intriguing Series to read, “Primal Red” (Bellingham Mysteries #1).

    It’s soooo difficult to pick just one favorite M/M Series, but if I must, I’ll narrrow it down to a few (& that was EXTREMELY difficult) M/M Authors who write Series’ ; Joyee Flynn, Stormy Glenn, Gabrielle Evans, Lynn Hagen, Stephani Hecht, Amber Kell, J.L. Langley & Gale Stanley. It’s VERY difficult for me because 80% of the Books on my eReader are M/M, M/M/M, M/M/M/M LOL you get the idea…& the rest are Menage…so there are 2 Males in those as well. 😉

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway. Thank You.

    Take Care & Stay Naughty,
    PaParanormalFan (Renee’ S.)
    paranormalromancefan at yahoo dot com


    1. Well, you did name some authors that are favorites of mine and others I am unfamiliar with and now have to look up. As I said, JL’s Sci-Regency series is a favorite and I can’t wait for October to get here along with the release of My Regelence Rake. I hope you will take a look at some of the others I mentioned and check them out too.

      And of course you are entered into the contest.



Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.