Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas Looms!

I guess it isn't very nice to say that Christmas is looming. That word suggests something ominous hovering over the city.
Christmas is on it's merry way!
And no one is thinking Christmas more than me because for the last month, I've been writing Christmas Romance screenplays in hopes of selling one!
I have books, novellas, short stories, screenplays, and scripts. Take your pick. But my latest work is writing a believable Christmas movie but still keeping in the hunky new guy, the old boyfriend who's all wrong and lots of mistletoe and skating on a quaint frozen lake with twinkly lights and a cocoa stand. See? I'm up to my eyeballs in Christmas.
And for that reason, I combined 4 of my novels into one set and called it Christmas in Love.
All four stories are romances, the last one less of a full-on Christmas romance and more of a suspenseful Christmas story with a couple that's still in love after a baby.
Instead of publishing these books individually, I made a marketing decision to presale the set at a discounted $4.99, launch on the 11th of December and try for a Book Bub ad shortly after to lead me to stardom in the Christmas Romance World.
Two of my books in the set are on desks around Hollywood being considered as 2019 Christmas Romance movies. The scripts are, at least, not the books themselves. I wrote screenplays to go with the books Christmas in Whistler and Christmas in Crystal Creek. And, as I type this, I'm working on the next one, Christmas in Snowflake Lake.

According to the Hallmark movies I watched in the last two days, my screenplays should get picked up and make PDQ. They are as good, if not better scripts and locations and premises.
If you are looking to get into the Christmas spirit and don't mind falling in love in a book, check out my new set, Christmas in Love which includes

Christmas in Whistler
Christmas in Crystal Creek
Maui Kalikimaka
Dream Come True

Christmas in Love
Available for purchase now
Delivery Dec 11th
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Monday, November 19, 2018

Mistletoe, Stories & St. Jude's

The Holiday Season is upon us!
And that means lots of work for women who put together decorations, cookies, presents etc. What better way to relax and do something special for yourself than feeding your mind and heart with happily-ever-after Christmas stories? Get lost in a romance? Read a book that warms your heart?

Snuggle up by a fireplace with a mug of hot cocoa, burrow in to a mohair blanket and open this Christmas anthology by USA Today Bestselling and Award-Winning Authors.

My contribution to the anthology is Christmas in Crystal Creek, the story of a country singer trapped in a small town over Christmas who meets the town doctor and is convinced to give the ultimate Christmas gift to a child in need. The book was originally written as a screenplay to be considered as a Hallmark movie.

Every year I put together a box set for charity and this year, the anthology will be donating most of the proceeds to St. Jude Research Hospital where no child is denied treatment regardless of medical insurance. It's a wonderful cause and all ten of us are proud and excited to see how much money we raise for the hospital and research center. Aside from taking out the cost of advertising and the cover and other incidental expenses, everything goes to St. Jude's.

Every purchase is a donation.

99 cents for 10 Heartwarming Christmas Books

No Brainer

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

FREEBIE Book Today!

How would you cope if a car accident took your sight?
"Being blind sucks the big one," Bryndle Moody says in Moody & The Ghost.

5 months after the accident, Bryndle is finally trying to pick up the pieces from the accident that took her husband's life when she discovers she's lost her clairvoyance too.

Her whole life, Bryndle has seen and talked to ghosts. Except now. Grieving for Harry, then grieving for her eyesight, and now this. As a well-known ghost hunter with a famous You-Tube show, Bryn must regain her freaky mojo or lose her business too.
With the help of her paranormal investigative team, Eve and Carlos, Bryn tries to piece her life back together with the driven optimism and snark that has always kept her relatively sane as a clairvoyant.

FREE TODAY - Saturday November 17th, 2018
Pick up your copy on AMAZON for this 2-3 hour read that just might make you laugh out loud.


Dream Jumper Series
The Dream Jumper’s Secret – Book 2
The Dream Jumper’s Pursuit – Book 3
Girl of his Dream - Prequel
Dream Come True – Book 4

Moody & The Ghost Series
Dead Ahead – Book 1
Batten Down – Book 2
Coming About – Book 3


Christmas Romances
Maui Kalikimaka
Christmas in Crystal Creek (Christmas Heartwarmers)

Find ALL these books on Amazon HERE

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Adapting Your Novel to a Screenplay


Hollywood loves Adaptations (See? I even capitalized the “A”.)

The number of Academy Award Winning movies that were once novels, memoirs, comic books, stage plays, etc. is staggering.

A studio executive in the movie industry is more likely to read an adaptation from a successful book than a screenplay with no history of fans and nothing to speak for it.
Even if your book isn't a NY Times Bestseller, it might translate well to screen.
Have you ever thought this?
Me too. 

A few years ago, I attended a Sisters In Crime event at Universal Studios Hollywood that brought together a group of Hollywood’s Who's Who to talk to a select group of crime writers about turning a book into a movie. It was highly inspirational, to say the least. I got to talk to the woman who wrote Batman Forever, the show runner (big shot writer) of Bones, the woman who negotiated Gone Girl for Gillian Flynn, Shari Smiley, and many other big wigs. I came home pumped and ready to find a screenwriter for my novel.
Cut to a year later and I still hadn't found someone to write the screenplay, but I was wondering about writing a script. I attended another conference, this one in my home state of Washington and it was there I met my book to film agent and shortly after that, was offered an option for my 3-book series. Luck had something to do with it, being at the right place at the right time, then having an agent with connections and vision and tenacity had something to do with it too, although the book is high concept.
Before I’d signed the option contract, which is a very thick bundling of legal papers talking about subsequent film deals, merchandising, payment, option length, consequences if the movie doesn’t get made, legal rights etc I was asked by my agent to write the screenplay.
ACT I, ACT II and ACT III
And, because I didn’t want to tell this amazing angel from my dreams that I couldn’t write a screenplay, I started reading everything I could find about how to do such a thing. I read Save the Cat three times, I read the Screenwriters’ Bible twice, I read how to Adapt a Novel to Screen, and anything that was written online that suggested it was possible for a verbose novelist to reduce their 100,000-word book to a mere 100 pages of mostly white space. My agent reassured me that she just wanted to have a spec script in hand. It looked better than having a book in hand with no script.

It took 3 months to polish the script to a blinding shine, but I wrote the thing. I went through a lot of recipe cards. There were loads of rewrites, scenes were dropped or rewritten or combined until everyone thought my screenplay of 102 pages sounded marketable. The company who optioned the 3-book series, 5 x 5 Productions, liked the script and set about showing it around Hollywood to draw other producers in to the fold.

Films take a really long time to get made. Many optioned books, or screenplays never see the camera lens and although I know this, I am hopeful mine will. To help the project, I’ve begun looking for investors, actors, awards for the script. At this point, I'm trying to get a TV actor interested in the project. The production company is in pre-production for another book to film project and mine is next. They don’t object to me dabbling in producer-type activities and I’ve been looking for investors to help with the money needed. That’s what I’m working on in my spare time between writing books.
 And as far as awards are concerned, The Dream Jumper’s Promise screenplay won The Los Angeles Film Awards Best First Screenplay, semi-finaled in the Burbank International Film Festival Screenwriting Competition and won Best Feature Screenplay in the Royal Wolf Awards. There were other smaller wins, but these were the biggies, the ones I’m most proud of.

I wrote another script from a Christmas Romance novel (these are wildly popular!) and then wrote a TV one-hour pilot, then wrote the book from the pilot, something I don’t recommend. I found it hard to go back to write a big ole book after finishing the screenplay, but that could be just me. Then I wrote another script called Christmas in Crystal Creek about a country music singer stranded in Maine over Christmas. I wrote the novella to that one simultaneously with the script.
Writing both at the same time was confusing. It isn’t hard to confuse me.

These days, I speak on the subject of adapting your novel to a screenplay at writer conferences and promote the idea that novelists make fantastic screenwriters, especially of their own work. No one knows the story like you. You already know how to write. Boiling your story down to 45 key scenes that are visually pleasing to carry the story line to a satisfying end is all you have to do. Here's how to start:

Read Save the Cat.
Isolate those 45 scenes in your book that support the story and would translate visually. 
Buy screenwriting software like Final Draft and watch the tutorial.
Buy The Screenwriters Bible by Dave Trottier.
Start writing it scene by scene. 
Only write what the movie audience can see.
Enter scenes late, leave early.
Make all dialogue necessary to the story.
Polish it.
Send it out to a pro for "Coverage"
Rewrite
Register it with WGA
Join Screenwriter Support Groups like Blue Cat, ISA and local chapters of screenwriters.
Upload your screenplay to Film Freeway and enter contests!

Good luck everyone and be sure to keep in touch on Facebook at my private beach where everyone looks great in their bathing suit!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Favorite Fall Pizza with Squash and Bacon!


Do you love comfort food as the weather gets cooler here in the Northern Hemisphere? Me too. And comfort food means carbs, a veggies, cheese and something I can eat with my hands. 


FAVORITE FALL PIZZA

Squash, Cheese & Bacon Pizza!

Dough

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 T honey
1 T olive oil
1/4 T salt

In a large bowl, combine water, yeast and honey. Mix with a spoon, then let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add in the flour and olive oil stirring with a spoon until the dough comes together but is still sticky. Using your hands, on a floured surface, form the dough into a ball and work the additional 1/2 cup flour into the dough if needed. All of the mixing and kneading can also be done in a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. Next, rub the same bowl with olive oil, then place the dough inside, turning to coat. Cover with a towel and place in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours.

Toppings

1/3 cup olive oil
4 cups cubed squash or pumpkin
1 T honey
2 small sweet onions sliced thinly
1/4 tsp honey
1 T butter
1 cup apple cider
1/2 tsp cumin
1 small apple
salt and pepper
6 oz sharp cheddar
2-3 oz blue cheese
6 slices cooked bacon
1 large bunch fresh sage
pumpkin seeds if desired


About 40 minutes before the dough is done rising, start assembling the pizza. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.* In a small bowl whisk together 2 tablespoons olive oil,  cinnamon, honey and a pinch of salt and pepper. 
Spread the veggies out in a single layer on one or two baking sheets. 
Drizzle  2 T olive oil mixture over the veggies and toss well to coat. 
Roast until vegetables are tender, 20 to 25 minutes, stirring the veggies halfway through. Remove and set aside.
While the veggies roast, caramelize the onions. Heat a large skillet with high sides over medium  heat.Cook onions in butter for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened.
Slowly add the cider, let it cook into the onions, add more and let it cook. Do this until 1 cup of cider is gone or the onions are caramelized to your liking and the cider has evaporated.
In a bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil,  cumin and a good pinch of salt + pepper. Once the pizza dough is ready, lightly flour a counter.
Use your hands or a rolling pin to roll the dough out until you have a flattened disk. Place the pizzas on a greased baking sheet and then use your hands to gently tug, pull and push the pizza dough into your desired shape. Spread the olive oil mixture over the dough.
Add the caramelized onions and half the roasted butternut squash. Add the cheddar cheese and then the sliced apples and remaining butternut. Sprinkle with the blue cheese, sage and bacon.
Bake the pizza for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is all melty and gooey.
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Moody & The Ghost - DEAD AHEAD - Discussion Questions for Book Club

This novel is a 4-5 hour read and is the first book in the Moody & The Ghost series, originally written as a TV pilot.
AMAZON: http://amzn.com/B07G1G5VN3

Moody is a paranormal investigator who has recently lost her sight in a tragic accident that took her husband's life and left a large scar across her face. After months of grieving, she's ready to pull up her big girl pants and get back to helping ghosts move on to the after world. But, it's not so easy. Her clairvoyance has left her and she's left with a big hole where she used to talk to ghosts. Until . . .



If you read this novel for your book club, and I hope you'll consider it, here are some questions I've written to get the discussion going.



1. Have you ever felt or seen a ghost?

2. Moody had an unusual childhood with her mother Rachel. In what ways does Bryndle show that despite Rachel's unorthodox upbringing of her, she still loves her mother?

3. How do you feel Eve and Carlos contribute to Bryndle's acceptance of her blindness?

4. What role do you think Joan Hightower will play in this ongoing story?

5. The author uses humor to detract from Bryndle's sad situation and gain sympathy from the reader. What's an example of where humor leads the reader to identify with Bryndle?

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

How to Write a Book Review

Most Indie Authors count on reviews, the good reviews with lots of stars, to help them get out of bed in the morning and get to that laptop to write. Without validation, we are simpering, insecure, highly-imaginative slaves to the written word. We need lots of love and that means reviews.
Not everyone is prolific on the page and that's why I often write blogs to help readers review.

If you like a book, write something nice for the author. Simple as that.

Here's some examples of perfectly fine reviews.

1. I just finished reading _____ and really enjoyed the book. The story was ______ and the characters were _______. I recommend this book to readers who like _________.

(Insert words like compelling, fun, interesting, very good, easy to identify with, well-written, Mysteries, Romance, Suspense, Supernatural, Y/A, Humor, Memoir)

2. This book is about _________ . I found the story _______ and would recommend it to other readers who like ___________

3. I was given a copy of this book to read in exchange for a fair review. ____________ is about a person who________ and needs_______. I found it a _______ book and enjoyed _______.


That's all you need to write, readers, and remember that 3 stars is a bad review to a writer. You might as well not review at all because a lack of reviews says something too.

ALSO, do not spoil the ending for anyone reading reviews to decide if they'd like the book. Spoilers in reviews are not nice.


After you write your review, copy it and paste on:

Amazon
Goodreads
Nook
Bookbub
KOBO

and anywhere else you might have seen the book, if you feel generous.

And THANK YOU from all the authors who write for you.

Kim Hornsby

KIM HORNSBY is an Amazon Bestselling Author best known for The Dream Jumper Series, which is optioned for film, with over 400 reviews on Amazon at 4.5 stars.
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