Saturday, January 25, 2020

Ghosts, Recipes & Laughs

I write a fun little series called Moody & The Ghost about a paranormal investigator who's lost her mojo (clairvoyance) after a car accident that also takes her eyesight, and her husband's life.

OK, so far this doesn't sound fun, right? But the story picks up right when she inherits a house on the stormy Oregon coast and things start to happen to give her hope.
Bryndle Moody has led a colorful life as her grifter mother's cash cow, doing ghost readings for money since she was a small girl. Her relationship with her mother is complicated and twisted with her dear mommy still trying to live off people, Bryndle especially.
As part of her investigative team, Bryndle employs her cousin who is an anime-loving, sarcastic, young woman named Eve, a sloppy but technically talented friend, Carlos (Eve's ex-boyfriend) and Bryn's dog, Hodor who has been shipped off to guide dog school when Bryndle's eyesight doesn't return after the car accident takes her other form of Sight.
Bryndle is not your average heroine. She drinks, swears, has nasty thoughts about offing her mother and is trying to cope in her new world after surviving a traumatic car accident in Seattle, where she lives on a houseboat. Seeing the world through humor helps her cope and helps us enjoy her journey.

If you like heroes that rise above their circumstances with a dose of humor, you might enjoy this series. There's a ghost to take your breath away, plenty of fun while the team tries to investigate spirits on their YouTube channel and a house in Oregon filled with history that must come out.
A Recipe Booklet is included at the end of Book 4 with lots of yummy dinners that are mentioned in the 4 books!

The whole 4-book series in a box set will be on sale for only .99 from January 28th to January 31st. Be sure to pick up a copy AMAZON LINK

OR, if you have KU, (Kindle Unlimited is a subscription that is $9.99 per month offering 1.4 million
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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

SAD in January

January is a tough one. Not everyone loves being cozy inside their house in the dark days of January.
December is tolerable because of the holiday season but even though we are now on the upside of getting more light hours in our day, January can be difficult for people.
I'm feeling like I made it through November, the climb to the dark days, then did Christmas with a certain degree of festivity and competence. Getting to January happily was a milestone and accomplishment and now I feel like getting to March will the end game. That's when weather gets warmer in the Seattle area and the days will be long enough to satisfy this need for sunlight.
It's a strange way to live, to be sure, but not a permanent lifestyle. I hope.

Last year, my hubby and I made a slightly fluid plan to spend winters in a warmer clime in the not too distant future.
I met my hubby when I lived on Maui and he lived in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and we both had chosen warm climates to settle in. Then, life took us to the Pacific Northwest and then kids and now the kids love the PNW area. I imagine our children will stay in the Seattle area. They don't mind the rain for some reason. But my hubby and I crave the tropical lifestyle and seeing we didn't need to cross a major ocean to get to Mexico, we started our search there. I love Maui but getting my kids to visit us in Hawaii when their lives are in Seattle, or to move our dogs to an island where there's still a canine quarantine, does not seem as plausible as Mexico.

In the meantime, when the dark cold days get me down I've been known to check out Mexico real estate, plan a nice 3 bedroom house with a view of the ocean and a pool. It is a wonderful distraction everyone should try.

And it isn't that I don't have a ton of stuff to do. Or a ton of stuff to be thankful for.
I made the USA TODAY Bestseller List in October, I won some amazing contests with my screenplay and as a result, have attention from a producer and several screenwriters/producers who are helping guide this project forward. I am very grateful for everything wonderful that happened in my career in the last six months but somehow when faced with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) all that good luck doesn't change the problem.

I'm fortunate that I can control my environment to a certain extent and the idea of having a place in Mexico and the means to get there is a possibility. I know I'm lucky. Hope is a big deal when you battle SAD. You need to hope for something.
If you're struggling, I hope you know that you're not alone. There are a lot of us out there and if the longer days and sunlight help, know that it's coming. The days are getting longer, your coping strategies are in place and ready and there is always going to be something wonderful around the corner.
Hang in there to get through January. I find reading a good book helps enormously. And watching movies. Concentrating on the positive.

Monday, December 23, 2019


๐ŸŽ„Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Readers!๐ŸŽ„

This week, I've lowered and obliterated prices as a gift to you. I know how important reading is, especially if this time of year leaves you lonely or wanting. And for the rest, just grab a book and curl up in a big chair to enjoy the adventures.

All my books are on AMAZON over here:

The Dream Jumper's Promise - 99 cents this week only

Christmas in Crystal Creek - FREE Dec 23rd and 24th

Christmas Cookbook - FREE this week

Christmas in Love (Set of 4 books) - $1.99 this week

Girl of His Dream - Always FREE

Moody Books - Always 99 cents

Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge (Set of 10 books) - 99 cents until Dec 26th

     FROM KIM ๐ŸŽ„

KIM HORNSBY is the bestselling Amazon Author of The Dream Jumper's Promise, Book 1 in a Supernatural Suspense series. She lives in the Seattle area and writes stories for women about overcoming tragedy, adversity and coming out the other end. She also writes Christmas Romances, several in production to be TV movies in 2020.

Find her on Amazon Books.

Sunday, November 24, 2019


For some, winter is upon us with snow, Christmas decorations, gift shopping and more.
If you're like me (Last minute Lulu) the only thing Christmasy around here is my reading material. I love to read holiday Feel-Good books at this time of year.
Christmas is a time when goodwill is alive and kicking more so than any other time of year and I like to revel in that. So many women (and maybe men?) love watching Hallmark movies and this year that network started earlier than ever with more choices than in past years. The Lifetime Channel has It's a Wonderful Lifetime, a lineup of Christmas movies that began right after Halloween.

It's for this reason I write Christmas Romances for the holiday season. I usually write Suspense Mysteries with the possibility of Supernatural (ghosts and such) but this time of year, I head into those heartwarming stories like nothing else will do.

For anyone who appreciates a heartwarmer, I have 3 short novels published this year as stand alone books.
And, I have a novella inside Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge, a box set of 10 Holiday stories from USA TODAY Bestselling Authors. All books are under $1.00.

I hope I bring a smile and some goodwill to you in my romances. Crystal Creek is optioned to be a movie in the lineup next year and will film in a few months!

Christmas in Whistler 
Daria Stark faces a lonely Christmas with her two young children promised to her recent ex-husband and his competitive girlfriend who’s out to ruin Daria’s Christmas. Hoping for distraction, she leaves Seattle for the picturesque Canadian ski resort, Whistler Mountain, where a friend has a gorgeous mountain lodge. A second house guest has Daria tempted by the attentions of the charming vintner, Pierre Charbenaud. With her ability to read auras, Daria fears this man is too good to be true. Days spent skiing the mountain with Pierre and nights in front of the fire have Daria under the mistletoe with the dashing vintner. Falling for the mysterious man who rescues dogs and speaks four languages has Daria worried it’s just a vacation fling and that it’s not.
Christmas in Whistler is a Sweet/Sensual Romance, with implied moments of intimacy. No swearing, no violence.

Christmas Cookie Recipes are included at the end!
99 cents

Christmas in Crystal Creek
A road closure and snowstorm traps country music star, Luanne Billings in a small town at Christmas and she finds herself at Crystal Creek Inn's Holiday Extravaganza while waiting to fly out to an important performance in New York City in Time Square. Nick Dales, the town doctor, befriends Luanne, helping her realize what the real Christmas spirit means when she meets his young patient waiting for a heart transplant. When a brief opportunity to escape presents itself, Luanne must decide between a career-changing performance and helping a child in need.
99 cents

Maui Kalikimaka
Lena Patterson's ex-husband has the children for Christmas and things are looking lonely for the young mother. Her friend, Pepper, is housesitting a beachfront home on Maui and invites Lena, and her new rescue dog, to fly over from Kona.
Big Island coffee farmer, Kalani Shipton must evacuate his house as Kiluaea's lava flow threatens to take his home. He ends up on Maui and finds himself in the company of a woman he once propositioned in a drunken stupor. And told he was a stud in bed.
Thrown together by circumstance, the two realize that there is more beneath the surface of their first impressions. Once a playboy partier, Kalani is now sober and working towards atonement and Lena is a soft-hearted mother, not just a sexy divorcee. As Christmas approaches, hearts open and secrets are revealed to make the possibility of love even more complicated as Lena falls hard for the handsome Hawaiian business man with a suspicious past.
99 cents

The Christmas Challenge inside the Box set Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge
A hermit psychologist, Tori Jackson, takes her blog's Christmas Challenge to be more sociable and attends her BFF's destination wedding in Mistletoe, Oregon. At the lodge, she tries to stay in the shadows but Matt Kingfisher, a handsome and benevolent doctor with a cute dog, has the room across the hall and encourages her to leave her room for the festivities. After a year of hiding, Tori finds that Matt gets her heart racing again only to discover he has a game-changing secret—about her.

And for anyone who likes a little edgier Christmas story (with Suspense)

Dream Come True
Picturesque Carnation, Washington seems like the idyllic Christmas vacation until Jamey Dunn has a prophetic dream of his father’s house burning to the ground. When Jamey and Tina rush from Maui to Washington State, they discover suspicious neighbors, creepy pranks, and explainable occurrences that lead them to use dreams and intuition to determine who wants Jamey's likable father dead, and why. But, what they are up against is something they couldn't have ever imagined, something sinister and beyond their collected pool of experience with not only criminals, but the after life. In a mad rush to Christmas Eve, the twosome are desperate to prevent the prophetic dream from becoming a heart-wrenching reality and to save not only the Dunn family home but the patriarch- Pops.
99 cents

OR Check out this set of 4 books for a better deal 

Christmas in Love

MERRY CHRISTMAS & Happy Holidays! 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Steps to USA Today Bestseller

We made it to #88 of the top 150 books in the Nation last week, according to the USA Today Bestseller List.
Many authors have sought this title in the last few years with a targeted campaign to sell a ton of books in one week through the specific retailers that report to the publication. I once turned up my nose at the authors who banded together in box sets to offer their 10 book sets at 99 cents to cash in on this phenomena of making the USA Today Bestseller List with a deal most romance readers can't resist.

That was years ago and now I'm one of those authors. The sad reality is that you can buy your way to the Bestseller list with either enough money or a nice deal with a big publishing company who will promote your book. The lists aren't a true reflection of the best books, nor are they stacked with Indie authors spending advertising dollars to reach the list (money that the big publishers spend on their new releases).
It's a game just like all advertising. That's not to say that many of the books that reach the top 150 aren't worthy of the accolades. In our week, there were books by investigative reporters, super megastar celebrity writers, reality show star memoirs, children's books by beloved children's authors, cookbooks, SAT exam guides and of course, us. We have a Box Set of 10 Christmas Romances.

How did we make it? We started early knowing if we waited until November to release our Christmas books, we'd compete with all the other Christmas Romance box sets going for the list.
In past years, I've started late. I also did a box set of Christmas Suspense books with an ominous cover and that did not even get close to listing.

I contacted authors mid-August and got 9 commitments to write a new novella with a Mistletoe Lodge in the story somewhere. I needed a couple of really successful heavy hitters in contemporary romance at the head of the line to pull people in. Sabrina York, Tamara Ferguson, Jen Talty, Natalie Ann all have pedigree in the genre and box set followers.
The common theme of having a Mistletoe Lodge  in each book would be our catch. That and donating to St. Jude's which was something we did last year as well, but did not make the list. The years before we donated to Breast Cancer Research.
We knew if we launched our book in late October to get ahead of the pack, we only had two months of presales to accumulate for dumping day on Oct 21st. We didn't have the 3 months allowed on Amazon for presales, or more, if you publish wide at Nook and iBooks. Longer presale periods are allowed over there, which is recommended if you're hoping to make the USA TODAY list. We had 60 days before launch.
We had a cover done quickly, wrote a blurb and published as a presale with launch day October 21st, a Tuesday. We chose that day of the week because we knew USA Today tabulated sales Sunday to Sunday and sales tended to trickle late in on Monday as well as presales dropping early sometimes on a Monday night instead of a Tuesday. We needed to include those presales. Tuesday is the day.

I compiled a FREE cookbook with Christmas recipes and crafts to advertise the set, calling it by the same name with the words Cookbook at the end. 50 recipes plus additional bonus craft ideas. I put the buy links on almost every page for our box set and we included recipes talked about in our books (that weren't finished yet.) I launched the cookbook everywhere and it shot to the top of the FREE lists everywhere.
While I set up the main ads, saving the best ones for launch week, we wrote our stories and promoted on Facebook, Twitter and BookBub. Getting a #1 BADGE on Amazon early helped. Our categories were obscure, giving us the best chance to reach #1 faster. We could see our numbers in presales and knew which ads helped the most.
Each author had contributed $500 so we had $5,000 to work with to support our book. A lot was spent on FB ads. Amazon ads weren't all that effective, nor were BookBub ads, we found. The ROI was not good. For USA Today, you need at least 500 sales combined from B&N and iBooks (we were told Kobo didn't count but it does, it turns out) so we spent a lot of money to try to get those sales at sites other than Amazon. Certain ads did better than others. Book Doggy had a great ROI, Robin Reads, Fussy Librarian, and some others. We found a Facebook Nook site and used that twice. Some ads that don't allow you to post more than every two months, were used twice. Once at the beginning of presales and again launch week.
We concentrated on e ads but did make up postcards to give out at several writers' conferences where we raffled off Xmas gift baskets. We offered Nook users bonuses on Facebook and we set up a presale bonus to try to drive sales to dump on launch day.

On launch day we loaded over 3,000 sales to our Kindle site and saw we had over 1,000 reported on Draft 2 Digital. Our biggest, most expensive ads were stacked all launch week, some days having 2 biggies. The ads went out Tuesday to Sunday, to get as many sales as possible. We ended the week (6 days) with 6500 sales on Kindle. Sunday, all day, we were gifting books on Amazon to anyone with an email address who wanted one. Several of us attended a big FB reader party and got our gift recipients there. We just wanted to do everything we possibly could do so that if/when we didn't make the List, we could say we tried everything.
Launch week, we started spending our own (extra) money for FB ads. Before we launched we'd set up a link on BookFunnel with nine FREE books (including a chocolate cookbook) for anyone who ordered the book in presale or bought during launch week and advertised bonuses to buy early. We weren't beyond bribery, at all! Beautiful posters were created by our authors and we even had a terrific video!

By Sunday night, several of us had been online for pretty much 48 hours selling, promoting and giving away books.
We couldn't figure out how to give away Nook books if the recipient didn't have a B&N account set up and iTunes/iBooks is just about impossible to figure out even if you have the iBooks app. As well as needing a 2D cover, iBooks also will not take a placeholder book until the day you need to upload the actual book so remember to leave the book file empty at D2D! We lost a week of iBook sales just before we launched because they delisted it due to the placeholder book not being the correct book. I'd uploaded last year's box set to hold the place and show a set of 1200 pages.

We also had contracts drawn up, giving me, the publisher, permission to use the author's individual books until the agreed upon delisting date. Each author signed the contract and sent it back to me in case I got into any copyright problems. I sent these in to Customer Service and to Contact Us just to be safe weeks before launch. We'd heard of sales being halted for a week while Amazon straightened out copyright rights and didn't want it to happen to us.
Then, knowing there was nothing else we could do, we waited for the list to come out. Although the official list is released Thursday, the PDF comes out Wednesday afternoon. We discovered it around 2 pm, PST and although I only checked the last 50 of the 150, and saw we hadn't made it, I later looked at the whole list and realized that I'd been wrong. I never thought we'd do better than 100, so I only checked the bottom 50. I was disappointed to not see our title and started processing that it hadn't worked out for us. Imagine how happy I was to see us on there at #88.

Five minutes later, I saw our title was at #88! We made it. Not only made it but were in the top 100! With roughly 8,000 sales, 1200 of them not Kindle, we'd made the list.

Our group started texting, calling, emailing, posting our happiness. It was such a great feeling. I almost cried. I texted my agent and my husband first, then the other authors.

Days later, we were still in awe that we made it. Starting early had worked in our favor. Several others in our group had hit the list with box sets earlier in the year and never without less than 10,000 sales so we weren't sure how but we were so grateful that everything lined up and our box set landed somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Now, after a week of good sales, we have delisted on Draft 2 Digital in preparation of raising the price and entering the book into Kindle Unlimited Select to help recoup costs so we can eventually make money to send to St. Jude's. On KU, counting page reads in a 1200 page book, will help us as will the $2.99 price as Christmas gets closer. We're able to advertise that all authors are USA Today Bestselling, the book is a USA Today Bestseller and we've maintained #1 in many categories for several months, including dog breeds, medical romance, Christmas books and Christmas Kindle. Dog breeds is a category that doesn't have a lot of bestsellers and there are a lot of dogs in our books!

It was a marketing game with $5,000. to spend. I estimate 4 or 5 of us spent an extra $100 - $200 to support the book on launch week, but I don't have exact numbers. Some wanted to make the list more than others. I was at the top of the pack in desperation because it was a professional milestone I wanted. This is why I put the set together and dropped everything for 2 months to devote myself to this book. I pretty much ignored my own book's launch in late September, didn't speak to my family much for a month and was very hard to live with towards the end while we waited to hear if we'd made it.

Was it worth it? For me, it was. I hope the other authors think so too.
Writing is such a solitary profession and any time you can band together to work with others, it's a joy. We've had a lot of fun on our Facebook page posting anything and everything to communicate with each other. It's how we share information, ask questions, share ideas and feel a part of a club.
The USA Today Bestselling Author Club!

KIM HORNSBY is the bestselling Amazon Author of The Dream Jumper's Promise, Book 1 in a Supernatural Suspense series. She lives in the Seattle area and writes stories for women about overcoming tragedy, adversity and coming out the other end.

Find her on Amazon Books.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Halloween BOOKS!

Do you love this time of year? Do you like spooky but not too scary? Me too.

I write somewhat spooky stories but am always aghast to be clumped with Stephen King on book lists. No horror here. No gore. No ghoulish stuff. Just some ghostly action and suspense.

I have a number of books that are perfect for reading at Halloween time.
ROCKY BLUFF is a Maui Murder Mystery that takes place over October leading up to Halloween and is set during the ROCKY HORROR SHOW at Maui's Iao Theater. A new Maui cop who's out to prove herself infiltrates the cast of ROCKY to find out how one of the cast members died on stage opening weekend.
Detective Maya Flores works the case with the help of a floating entity in the spooky underground dressing rooms of the historic theater and finds that she's now become a target for the murderer.
The book is a police procedural, a mystery, a suspense with elements of romance and supernatural. It's 2/3 the size of a full novel and the edition you see on Amazon is the second. Rocky Bluff was previously published with reviews and a different cover a few years ago. I revised the book, rewrote the protagonist and republished with a new twist at the end that will curl your hair. It was a book in the Lei Crime Kindle World and Kindle Worlds dissolved over a year ago, leaving our books unpublished and floating in nowhere land. All books had to be rewritten to be republished.

If you like Maui, mysteries and guessing the end, you might like ROCKY BLUFF!
Free Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Halloween week.

Click Here  AMAZON BUY LINK   (Even though it's FREE!)

I write a continuing mystery series about a Paranormal Investigator, Bryndle Moody, who's recently lost her eye sight and her sixth sense when she mysteriously inherits a house on the Oregon coast where the resident ghost offers something she desperately needs.

Moody & The Ghost is a fun, snarky, fast series with 4 books (so far) that are only .99 each, allowing anyone hooked on the series to keep going!

I like to write strange occurrences in my novels when I'm not writing Christmas Romances.

In The Dream Jumper Series, Jamey Dunn can enter dreams and uses that ability to solve the mystery of his ex-girlfriend's new husband's disappearance. This story is a mystery, a supernatural thriller with dreams and weird happenings. It's a 5-book series so if you get hooked, you can get to know the characters really well!

Check out my Amazon Books page to see what grabs your fancy and while over there, feel free to pick up a copy of ROCKY BLUFF!

Free Oct 30th to Nov 2nd.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Need Escapist Entertainment this Weekend?

Life is tough, my mother always said, optimist that she was.

In these days of strangeness and worry, we need entertainment.
For this reason, I keep on writing Christmas romances. Christmas embodies a simpler time when the world is at peace, when we focus on love rather than hate and when we get to let go of our worries and get back to remembering the good times.

I have several Christmas Romances novellas for sale at etailer book stores like Amazon, Nook, Kobo, iTunes etc and although they aren't Pulitzer Prize winning works of art, they are entertaining. And romantic, another part of life we all need to believe in.

Every year, I put together a box set anthology of Christmas stories that are heartwarming and guaranteed to leave you smiling. This year's set is Christmas at Mistletoe Lodge for sale at AMAZON, Nook, Apple, Kobo and pretty much everywhere. It's in preorder until launch on October 22nd. Then, the price goes up. Get your copy of 10 books for 99 cents by Award-Winning Authors while you still can!

As an author and screenwriter, I love to adapt my books for the screen. Christmas at Snowflake Lodge sold last spring to a production company who plans to make the film this winter. I'm not involved in the project at this point because we sold the screenplay outright for them to do with it what they wanted, including changing the name.
But now, I'm involved with the development of another Christmas screenplay I adapted from my book Christmas at Crystal Creek as we do screenplay revisions and look at who will play the leads. Crystal Creek, or CC as my producers, agent, and I now call it, is looking good for filming this winter with an up and coming star attached who can sing like the country music star she'll be playing. I'll be announcing her name soon, once the contracts are signed.

Enjoy the book if you'd like to read the story of the country star who gets stranded in a tiny town in Maine during a snowstorm.

Feel free to follow this blog to keep up on news of the movie.

Or, join my beach club site on Facebook where I post news... no membership fees or commitment.

As we head into colder weather and Christmas approaches, remember to read those heartwarming stories and stay positive while you wait for the Hallmark Channel to air the movies that even the most snarky, skeptical cynic seems to love to watch.