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.






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?


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



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

GET YOUR GHOST ON!

Fear of the unknown is a powerful emotion.
What's more unknown than paranormal? And that includes ghosts. Bwwwaaaaaa...
I'd like to say my new novel series is really spooky and scary but it's more suspenseful and amusing than filled with horror and fright. There will be spooky moments because it's about a woman inheriting a haunted house, but the book is also about her trying to cope with being newly blind and discovering her new life as a blind paranormal investigator.
As the title of the series mentions, there is a ghost and I'll let you figure out how that entity comes into her life and what that ghost does for her.

Find DEAD AHEAD on  AMAZON
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Dead Ahead - Book 1, is a 3-hour read at 40,000 words (half a novel) and is on Presale now for only 99 cents. The book launches SEPT 6th.
I'm not sure if the price will go up but it won't go down. That I know. It's been read by my team of beta readers and typo hunters with great excitement. Everyone loves Bryndle Moody and can hardly wait for Book 2.

"Such a fun read! Can't wait for the rest of the books." Chetty M

"Oh Kim, I love this story and Bryn is awesome and the storyline is awesome I think that’s why I’m dying here cause I wanted more!!" - Donna B

"The book is wonderful! It is definitely going to be an interesting series and I look forward to it." - Lavisha P

"I have to say that I really enjoyed this and look forward to seeing what comes next!"  - Sandie K


If you like ghosts, mysteries, snark, paranormal, affordable books, humor with your mystery or just me, I can highly recommend you take a chance with DEAD AHEAD.

Here's a sneak peek of the first 2 pages to see if you like it:

Chapter 1

Five months ago, I was perfectly capable of more than descending a staircase on my own. I often took two stairs at a time.
These days, I must be helped down stairs by my younger cousin, Eve. Being dependent on someone else 24/7 was on my This Totally Sucks list, along with having someone buy my groceries and lead me to a car I can no longer drive. And, although this next one doesn’t keep me from functioning, I have a large cut on my face that’s “healing nicely,” according to the plastic surgeon. The wound I originally called "Frankenscar," runs from my cheek to my chin and is responsible for introducing me to scads of doctors and nurses at Seattle’s Swedish Hospital in the last few months.
There have been many adjustments since the accident, not the least of which was the loss of my soul mate, Harrison Moody. But, I can’t talk about Harry. Not yet. I’m trying to concentrate on the positive, as suggested by everyone who knows me. Including the woman helping me down the stairs, Evelyn Xio Primrose, a woman with whom I used to share that last name until I married Harry last year. Then I became a Moody.
My name is Bryndle Moody and I have a Youtube show called Moody Paranormal Investigations. Ghosts are my specialty. They love me. In the biz, I’m known as a medium, but I like the more badass term Ghost Hunter, even though my small team of investigators hunt to help ghosts, not annihilate them. I’m a bit of a celebrity in paranormal circles. At least I used to be.
I’m known to my Youtube followers as Moody, which is appropriate as I attempt to adjust to not only being a young widow but being as blind as a bat. This expression, I have recently found out, isn’t accurate. Bats are not blind. I looked it up online with the help of my vocal software that translates screen to audio.
As I walked to the car, on Eve’s arm, I thought how this day was getting stranger every hour. First, I woke to my mother, Rachel Primrose, calling my cell phone to say her neighbor and friend, Mrs. Giovanni had died mysteriously.
 “I watched the ambulance take her away just now. Horrible. She was such a good neighbor.”
My mother wanted me to come over to do a reading. “Why not let the police handle it?” I asked, knowing better than to engage with her but I was fuzzy from sleep and temporarily forgot her history of being a dangerously aggressive Budinski.
“They think she died in her sleep but that daughter of hers…”

“I’ll call you later,” I said, ending the call. My mother and I have a complicated relationship. That doesn’t stop her from calling me three times a day. Or me from hanging up on her at least twice. We have a strange dependency on each other.
Then, while I was walking from the houseboat to my car an hour ago, a crow landed on my shoulder. Eve screamed when she saw the big thing alight on me, but I happen to love crows. I once befriended one, who could say “Shut the god-damned door.” It flew away after a few days of hanging around my uncle Ogden’s house, where we lived temporarily. They are so incredibly smart. If my telepathy wasn’t dead-in-the-water right now, I might have known why this morning’s crow came to me. I’d often read my dog Hodor’s mind. But, I didn’t get anything from the crow except that it thought I was its private launch pad. I just stood very still, enjoying the moment with the weight of a large bird on my right shoulder until Eve shooed it away.
“Scram,” she said, after her little yelp to see a large black bird on me.
Eve is very protective, sometimes taking her job as my assistant a little too seriously. I later wished she’d gotten a photo of the crow sitting on the shoulder of my favorite pleather jacket. I choose to not wear real leather, but you can. I don’t judge. I eat hamburgers so go figure.
With social media such a big deal now, and me a business owner, I was constantly telling either Eve or my tech guy, Carlos, to take a picture for our Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts. Today was no different except I was too thrilled to have the weight of a crow on my shoulder I didn’t dare say anything. You could say Moody Investigations is as big on social media as we are on ghosts. Youtube is our livelihood, our bread and butter.
On the drive to Seattle’s downtown, I wondered if the crow was Mrs. Giovanni, then realized that was not possible. It was a strange thought, even for someone who believed in some pretty wacky stuff.
The next unusual event occurred when we arrived at the lawyer’s office, were seated and were told that I’d inherited a house from someone I had no recollection of ever meeting. I’d previously been informed there was something left to me in this woman’s will and I’d thought maybe as a fan of the show she’d left me a weird statue or a favorite black cape. But the woman, Belinda McMahon, had left me a house. On a piece of property. In Oregon, which was the next state over. I didn’t know yet if the house was a dilapidated shed on a sliver of swampland but the fact that someone wanted me to have her house was both touching and mysterious. Unless the house came with a curse.
Unfortunately, the lawyer, a man named Sheldon Rinkle, (who Eve had secretly renamed Seldom Wrinkled,) knew nothing about the structure, only that I was the recipient of the house.
The deal was that if I accepted the house, I couldn’t sell it for five years. I immediately wondered how many years of upkeep I’d have to contribute to warrant inheriting real estate. And how much I’d need to spend on taxes. Then, Mr. Wrinkled told me five years’ worth of taxes and repairs had been factored in to an account his office was paid to manage.
Very mysterious.
Walking across the parking garage, I suggested Eve and I pretend to both be blind when we saw a car coming. “Keep your eyes open a little to tell me if they look horrified,” I said. But no cars approached, and I didn’t think Eve was totally on board with my little joke. Knowing her, she’d think it was unsafe for her to even partially close her eyes in a parking lot.

To Be Continued...

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Ghosts, Braille and Lasagna

My newest book, which launches Sept 6th, is the ongoing story of a woman who's lost her sight and just might lose her business if she doesn't think of something fast.
Bryndle Moody is a paranormal investigator with a Youtube show and thousands of followers who are waiting for her next show. But, having not only lost her sight in a car accident but losing her new husband, has Bryndle grieving and consequently unable to access her clairvoyance or abilities to reach ghosts, something that defines who she is.
In accepting  she's now blind, Bryn must learn to use a white cane as well as her braille watch and practice listening, instead of relying on sight. Cooking is something she longs to do but is unsure how to go about it. In the book, she makes dinner and I've included her lasagna recipe in the back matter of the upload. Yummy!

The first book has Bryn inheriting a house months after the accident and that mysterious incident leads her to take action to try to get her "super power" back. But, it's not as easy as it might seem and things look bleak until a strange entity enters her life.

The book is on presale everywhere, is a 3 hour read and only 99 cents!
I'm now busy writing the second one which will be available in early October for 99 cents.
Check it out...
AMAZON
iBooks
KOBO
NOOK
Other etailers

I wrote the book with lightness, humor and ghostly apparitions. If ghosts intrigue you, like me, you might enjoy this book that follows the life of a medium who speaks to ghosts.

Happy Reading!
Kim

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kindle Worlds Dissolves Tonight!

Hundreds of books will cease to be tonight when Amazon closes Kindle Worlds, the imprint that promoted fan fiction.
With over 40 worlds to choose from, there was a lot of variety and talent from established authors hoping to network broader into the fan base of more successful authors. Some KW authors were NYTimes Bestselling authors themselves, writing for friends, fine-tuning their pen on another genre.
I wrote ROCK BLUFF for the Lei Crime World by Toby Neal. I loved this book and have plans to rewrite it soon, taking out all characters and locations that belong to Toby.
It will still be called Rocky Bluff and have the same cover, but the story will be different.
I wanted to preserve all my wonderful reviews which will also disappear into obscurity and decided this morning to post them here. Thank you everyone for reading and reviewing. I appreciate your support more than I can say.

Rocky Bluff

A death at the Historic Iao Theater on Maui has detective Lei Texeira going under cover in the cast of The Rocky Horror Show. 

Detective Lei Texeira has just moved to Maui from Kauai with boyfriend Michael Stevens when they witness a tragic accident during a performance of The Rocky Horror Show at the local theater. A closer look suggests murder. Stevens is assigned the case but Lei can't keep her nose and her theories out of his investigation especially when she realizes that her new running partner and friend, Kali, might have been the ultimate target.
Lei goes undercover in the bizarre theatrical rendition of a narcissistic transsexual and his band of weirdos, but soon finds herself a target as well.
When Kali's tragic past catches up with her, Lei and Stevens struggle to apprehend a clever killer who stays steps ahead of the police in this game of terror. It isn't until the Iao Theater ghost intervenes and Lei finds herself conspiring with a dead woman that final clues fit together to form a bizarre mosaic of treachery.

Although it's not necessary to read the Lei Crime Series to enjoy Rocky Bluff, Kim highly recommends the Bestselling Police Procedural books by Award-Winning Toby Neal.
Rocky Bluff takes place between TORCH GINGER and BLACK JASMINE and includes a yummy and sugary RECIPE for Malasadas (Portuguese Donuts)
Toby Neal, the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Lei Crime Series calls ROCKY BLUFF "A Twisty, Fun Mystery!"




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This is a wonderful addition to the Lei Crime Series! Ms, Hornsby wrote a great story with well known characters and gets them spot on.Read more


on January 28, 2018
The first book in this new series and I found it quite interesting!
 Lots of turns and twist!!

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on December 29, 2015
Kim Hornsby's story kept me on the edge of my seat. I love these 
K W books! Gives an interesting twist to Toby Neal's books without 
diluting the characters. Can't wait to read more by Ms Hornsby.

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on January 27, 2016
Great story... interesting twists, well worthy of being included in the
 Lei Crimes Series. In fact I thoroughly enjoyed all of this series, and 
will investigate other Kindle series in the future.

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on November 3, 2015
This was a awesome book full of all kinds of excitement and action. 
Definatly unpredictable!! Great imagination!! I hope there's more to come!

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on December 1, 2016
Good read

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on December 30, 2015
A very good mystery with surprising twists. Loved the characters. 
And the thought of Lei doing The Time Warp- I wish I could have seen it!!

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on May 7, 2016
Loved that she used lei and Stevens from toby neals series.
 Enjoyed all of the twists and turns. Thought I had figured out the ending then it turned again. Thanks for a great read.

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on September 25, 2017
I enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing throughout the story.
 I really enjoy this series.



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on March 7, 2016
This is a great Lei Novella that not only stays true to the series,
 it adds a new element to the stories with Kim's addition. I eagerly await the next Bluff!

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on March 8, 2016
Rocky Bluff is the first time I have read Kim Hornsby’s work. 
Crime fiction is not my genre of choice to read but I was enticed 
by the synopsis and gave it a try. I wasn’t sure what to expect but 
it didn’t take long to get hooked into the story. Once I started reading it, 
I couldn’t put it down and when I did, I couldn’t wait to get back to it. 
I read it in two sittings.

This novel is beautifully-written. Hornsby’s writing flows seamlessly 

through a fast-paced plot with many twists and turns that kept the 
suspense and tension high. Her characters are well-developed--
believable and multidimensional --and her ability to show conflict kept 
me fully engaged throughout the story. The surprise ending left me 
reeling.

Hornsby delivers in this riveting and suspenseful crime drama which

 left me wanting to read more of her work.