Kimberly Vargas Author
Author of Gumbeaux and Petty Cash

Kimberly Vargas

Kimberly’s first book, Gumbeaux, received a gold medal for Chick Lit in the 2011 Readers Favorite literary contest. Her second book, Petty Cash, won a gold medal for Popular Fiction in the 2014 eLit Awards contest. Kimberly is represented by the WordServe Literary Agency and is a regular contributor for the WordServe Water Cooler blog. She has called San Diego home for over ten years. Kimberly and her husband Michael spend as much time as possible in the Pacific Ocean, cooking for friends and enjoying life in
Southern California.


Where do you go when you disappear?
For young heiress Mary Fait, the answer is New Orleans. After the death of her parents, she is placed in the care of her alcoholic uncle. For years, she assists her uncle in growing the family empire, all the while plotting his demise and / or her escape. A college scholarship gives her the opportunity to break free of her life to start a new one – under a new name.

Follow Mary and her often hilarious misadventures in the early 1990’s while attending college in a small town in Louisiana. The story reads as a series of diary entries which chronicle the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of the main character during this time in her life. The novel’s title refers to a cajun restaurant in which the main character works as a waitress. The colorful descriptions of the town of Bayou Bend, the college, its inhabitants and the surrounding areas paint a vivid and amusing tale of life in the South.

Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Modern Postcard
Category: Chick Lit
Released: Modern Postcard(September 18, 2011)
Language: English

Petty Cash

Petty Cash by Kimberly Vargas

This is the romantic office comedy that human resources warned you about.

What if the smartest guy and the most beautiful girl at the office formed an alliance to help each other get promoted?

Florida resident Rebecca Blake works as an assistant to a group of psychologists. She is strikingly beautiful and athletic. People see her as a nice, likable girl who is fine in her role but who could never really aspire to more at the company. Rebecca is told in her performance review that in order to get promoted, she is going to have to work on her credibility. As part of her career development plan, she is sent to a behavioral training course (nicknamed ‘Club Detention’) at company headquarters in Virginia. In error, she is partnered with Foster Diamond, who has the highest intelligence scores in the company. Even though he is a genius, Foster has his own issues around interpersonal skills, attitude and his perception overall. Rebecca and Foster have nothing in common, but between his weakness for her beauty and her admiration of his intellect, they forge an unlikely bond. During the course they find that by pooling their respective strengths, they are able to improve their careers. Sooner rather than later, their startling natural chemistry begins to take their partnership in another direction, and they must face their glaring differences or part ways.

Author: Kimberly Vargas
Editor:Katherine Ozga Barsnica
Pages: 380 (Kindle)
Released: 2013
Language: English

Literary Awards

Petty Cash

eLit Awards

Gold Medal – Popular Fiction



Reader’s Favorite Winner

Gumbeaux received a 5-star rating and Gold level award for its genre of fiction, Chicklit.


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