Do You Buy Box Sets?

On the beach this week, we're doing a survey for readers. It's fast, it's easy and we'd appreciate you taking less than a minute to let us know your answers.


1. How many books do you read in a month?
2. What do you usually spend for a book?
3. Do you buy box sets on Kindle? If so, do you read all the books or only some?

List your answers in the comments and thank you for taking the time to help us!

I LOVE The Beach!!!

Today on the beach, we have Kim Hornsby, Bestselling Suspense Novelist and screenwriter. Take it away, Kim...

I love the beach!

And looking out at the ocean. That's why my brand as an author is associated with the word BEACH. I write beach reads (entertaining fast-paced, story driven) suspense books and envision people on a beach reading it in print. Or reading on a Kindle, although they can be hard to see in bright sunlight!
In THE DREAM JUMPER'S PROMISE, there are many beach scenes because the protagonist is a scuba dive shop owner and a diver.
The second book THE DREAM JUMPER'S SECRET begins on a dive but the story is quickly taken to Seattle and then on to Afghanistan where most of the country is beach with no ocean.
The third book THE DREAM JUMPER'S PURSUIT travel all over the place on a manhunt, ending up in Nicaragua and on the side of Volcano Mombacho. Not alot of beach in that one but definite adventure and high action story.
NECESSARY DETOUR has the protag living on a lake, swimming, pulling her canoe up on her beach, then the story moves to a sailboat off Seattle.

ROCKY BLUFF is set on Maui and features another scuba instructor. Beach plays a small role as they hunt for a stalker and killer in the Wailuku area of Maui.

GIRL OF HIS DREAM is all beach as the hero teaches diving and gets involved with her student while teaching him to deep dive.
DREAM COME TRUE has no beach whatsoever seeing it's a Christmas story set in a small town outside Seattle during the holiday season. But, it's a great beach read.
All books can be found on Amazon HERE.

As a person, I'm always longing to get back to the beach, the ocean, scuba. Writing about settings that make me happy, keep my mind in a happy place. See where I'm going with this? Happiness is a mindset and I'm setting my mind to a happy, sandy place!

My brand is Beach. I'm a Beach Girl. My books are Beach Reads.
My first one is free...

Kim Hornsby is a National Bestselling Author of Suspense who’s won numerous awards, including Chanticleer’s prestigious Supernatural Thriller First Place for The Dream Jumper’s Promise, which is currently in development for a feature film. Once a Maui scuba instructor, Kim now divides her time between Seattle and Maui where she writes overlooking the ocean.



eBook Giveaways from Kim Hornsby - NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

*Enter to Win eBooks*

Romantic Suspense - Necessary Detour by Amazon #1 Bestselling Author Kim Hornsby - Entry Closed Nov 26th

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Sexy Romance with Suspense Elements - Girl of his Dream - Prequel to Dream Jumper Series  - Entry Closed Dec 4th

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Supernatural Suspense Thriller with Romantic Elements - The Dream Jumper's Promise  - Entry Closed Nov 23rd

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Drop in Price for the Dream Jumper Series  to $1.99 - 

December 1-5

5 Books - Suspense! Supernatural! Romance!

AND, until the end of January...
12 novels for only 99 cents!
Proceeds Benefit Breast Cancer Research

As always, if you read and enjoy, I'd appreciate a review, no matter how short. I know it's hard to write reviews so just pretend we are talking and you're telling me what you liked about the book.
Thank you for supporting Indie Authorship.


Kim Hornsby is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author with a Book Series (Dream Jumper) optioned for film, due to begin production next year. Follow her on Amazon here and be sure to sign up for her monthly newsletter to get more info on Freebies, Giveaways and News!

Hitting the USA Today Bestselling List

Here on the hot sand is Kim Hornsby, who's gathered together a bunch of BRA authors in a Christmas Romance anthology box set. Read on to see what they are doing with this set!

 Hello Readers: This month, a group of us are trying to reach USA Today Bestselling Author status. A lofty goal, I know, but not unattainable or undeserving, I believe.
I put together a box set of 12 Christmas novellas. Some sweet romance, some sexy, one a mystery, one has a Marine, one has a coffee farmer, one involves jurors, one a cowboy, another has hockey players, one a photographer. All have Christmas and happy endings.

If we sell a ton of these box sets, it might happen that our set reaches the top 150 books sold that week. 
It's hard for Indie authors to achieve this because you need money to buy ads to drive sales and the big publishers have the money to buy their authors BIG ADS.
Sad but true that an author can buy their way to the bestseller lists. Money buys ads, ads sell books.

On November 14th, our box set, Romancing the Holidays, loads to Amazon and the book becomes available to the public. That's our official launch day but you can purchase your copy now and have it automatically delivered to your inbox. That's called a presale and as of today, we have 800 presales reserved by readers. We need at least 4,000 sales to hit the list and just might make it. We have $1,000 worth of ads coming out Nov 14-18 to boost sales for the week that counts our sales to see if we make the top 150 books published that week. This is the closest I've come to this strategy working. My first box set in 2015 got really close but we didn't make it. WE had a ton of fun trying and gave over $1,000 to breast cancer.

Please, please, if you can spare 99 cents, and would like to see the underdog win something, consider buying your copy of this set of 12 novellas, even if you don't read romance. We are donating a big chunk of proceeds to Breast Cancer Awareness again and that’s even another reason to buy a copy of Romancing the Holidays. 
Here's where to buy your copy!

Giveaway - $30 AMAZON CARD!

The Beach welcomes Suspense Author Kim Hornsby, who just signed a deal with a production company to have her Bestselling Book made into a film. The Dream Jumper's Promise will begin production in 2018 on Maui.
In honor of that, Kim has a fun giveaway this month...

Who doesn't need a $30 AMAZON Gift Card?
Pretty much no one. So enter to win my giveaway and on Sept 1st, I'll be drawing a name and emailing one lucky person.

YOU WON A $30 AMAZON Gift Card!!!!!

How do you enter to win?

Sign up for my newsletter - a one page chit chat that comes to your email inbox every month. It's super easy to sign up, totally safe and I promise not to give your email address to anyone else. Honestly.
I talk about books, travel and sometimes include recipes or quotes for inspiration.

Everyone on the list will be in the drawing and the winner will be emailed on September 1st to hear that they have $30 to spend at Amazon.
That can buy a bunch of books, school supplies or something you've had your heart set on.

Sign Up Here

Good Luck!

Kim Hornsby

And the winner is.... Margaret L.! Congratulations!

Summer Cocktails For Thirsty People

Summer Drinks are being talked about on the BEACH today. Here's some of our favs as authors who need libations to keep going some days...

The Whiskey Smash

Fresh Lemon Juice
Simple Syrup or Agave Syrup
The picture is a bit misleading since I used a blend of Whiskey and Rye, an all Rye version is fantastic as well.  Either muddle the Mint at the bottom of the glass or give it a good clap between your hands to release the oils.  Fill the glass with ice and fill it 2/3 with Lemon Juice (about 3-4 lemons) and 1/3 Whiskey.  It is pretty tart as is so a shot of Simple Syrup helps to balance out the cocktail.

  • 2 oz. Material Vodka
  • 75 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 75 oz. Lavender Mint Syrup
  • 5 oz. St. Germain
  1. Combine vodka, lemon juice, lavender mint syrup and St. Germain in shaker with ice.
  2. Shake for 20 seconds.
  3. Strain into a coupe glass.
  4. Garnish with a cherry blossom sprig

The Paloma

2 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
½ ounce fresh lime juice
¼ ounce St. Germain
¼ ounce simple syrup
Lime or grapefruit wheel, for garnish


In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila with the grapefruit juice, lime juice, St. Germain and simple syrup. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled bucket glass. Serve immediately, garnished with a lime or grapefruit wheel.

Mojito Slushie

  • 1/2 c. fresh lime juice (about 4 to 6 limes)
  • 1/4 c. agave
  • 1/3 c. fresh mint leaves
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 1/2 c. light rum
  • ice
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for garnish


  1. Add the lime juice, agave, mint leaves, lime zest, and rum to a blender. Blend until smooth. Fill the blender to top with ice and blend until slushy.
  2. Pour into glasses, garnishing each with a sprig of mint and a lime slice.

Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer

Here on the sand we have bestselling romantic suspense author, Jacki Delecki, sharing summer safety tips for pets. An avid dog lover, Jacki's contemporary romantic suspense series features several animals as secondary characters. You can download the Grayce Walters Boxed Set which includes all four books in the series, for just $.99 for a limited time.

Keep your Fourth festive (and your summer sunny) by implementing these strategies to keep pets safe and healthy. It is especially important to consider the welfare of your pets during Fourth of July celebrations because many are terrified of fireworks and loud noises.

-Keep pets indoors.
-Use only pet-specific products such as bug repellant and sunscreen.
-Prevent pets from drinking alcohol, which can poison them.
-Outfit pets with ID tags and/or microchip. Keep a clear, current picture of your pet in case they get lost.
-Do not use fireworks around pets.
-Keep harmful chemicals such as lighter fluid and citronella products away from pets.
-Don't give pets table food. Many human foods are hazardous to animals.
-Supervise children around pets who may be agitated or frightened by loud noises. Additionally, make sure children do not inadvertently leave behind toys, such as glow sticks, which dogs may chew and ingest.
-Secure your pet in a safe, quiet, comfortable area at home while you enjoy fireworks and celebrations.
-If traveling with your pet, bring health/vaccination certificates. Check any requirements if you are traveling internationally or flying.
-Plan ahead to find pet-friendly hotels.
-Install pet restraints, pet barriers or use a travel crate in your vehicle to avoid your pet being injured in an accident or distracting the driver.
-Pack pet gear for your road trip: water bowl, toys, dog food, leash, grooming supplies and pet first-aid kit.
-Never leave pets alone in an unattended vehicle, especially in hot weather.
-Learn water safety tips to keep dogs safe around pools and at the beach.
-Know the signs of heat stroke (rapid panting, bright red tongue, thick sticky saliva, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea) and proper treatment.

Have another pet safety tip? Share it here.