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Kim


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
www.kimhornsby.com

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
Whiskey
Mint
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.

FIRST BLOOM
  • 2 oz. Material Vodka
  • 75 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 75 oz. Lavender Mint Syrup
  • 5 oz. St. Germain
Method:
  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

Directions

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

Directions

  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.

Make the most of summer with a book club

Here on the sand we have bestselling romantic suspense author, Jacki Delecki, who's going to share tips on how to set up a summer book club.

Welcome summer! The warm weather season is officially underway. For many people, summertime is an opportunity to slow down and enjoy life. If personal obligations like school, family, or work keep you too busy to participate with a book club during the rest of the year, consider setting up a summer book club. Not sure where to start? Here are some tips and suggestions.

Identify potential book club members. This can include friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, etc. Consider the tone and theme of the club to help determine the best fit of members. Do you want a casual girls’ night out or something for a range of ages?

Determine when your book club will meet. This will depend on members’ availability. Are most people available during the day or in the evening? How about weekends? Where will the group meet? Decide on frequency and how long meetings will be. Don’t be intimidated by logistical details. Book clubs don’t have to be hours and hours long. How about an hour meet-up at the local coffee shop? The goal is to merge your love of reading and time with special folks.

Decide what book(s) members will read. Your book club can be any format you choose. Instead of everyone reading the same book, maybe members share recommendations and brief critiques of books they are reading independently. If you prefer a more traditional approach, where everyone reads the same book and shares a discussion, check a best-seller list or accept suggestions from members. Put the list of titles to a vote and go from there. Here is an article with the year’s most anticipated book club reads.

Recruit volunteers. Invite members of the group to help organize the book club:
  •     Someone to send out meeting reminders
        Discussion moderators
        Refreshments (if appropriate)
        Research, such as author bio, book club discussion notes/questions
Decide on ground rules/meeting format. Will the conversation be casual or is each person expected to contribute to the dialogue? How will the moderator/group handle interruptions, keep the conversation on topic and make sure every person has a chance to be heard? Develop a list of questions to facilitate the discussion.

Read, relax and enjoy!

Do you have tips for setting up a book club or book recommendations? Share your suggestions.

From Novel to the Big Screen!

We have Kim Hornsby on the BEACH today to give us some helpful hints about pitching your novel for a movie deal...

I recently attended a conference called Connecting Writers with Hollywood in Spokane Washington, (a surprisingly ripe bed of film people live or originate there!) and was encouraged that Hollywood wants successful novels for adaptations.
Shawn West, an agent formerly with William Morris, now with the Wayne Agency, represents authors for film deals and spoke eloquently about what the film industry looks for specifically in a novel.
Shawn was talking about a film deal with a large studio out of Hollywood, not a small film company that would make an Indie Film and then sell it to a large studio at an Indie festival.

Here's what they are looking for in a novel or spec script (a tool to sell the premise but not the final script) for a film deal:

1. A Relatable Hero
2. Strong Visual
3. 3 Act Structure
4. 2 Hour Limit
5. Writers that Take Responsibility

He also spoke about franchise appeal. If the book to film is a huge hit, do you have a sequel?
Does it have mass appeal? Young Men, Young Women, Older Men, Older Women
Does it have merchandising potential? Lunchboxes, T-shirts, toys etc.
If it has many hard to reach locations, it will be a large budget film, making it less appealing.

If you get to the point of pitching to a large Hollywood studio, here are some pointers from Shawn:

Don't suggest Tom Cruise play the lead at Sony (he's with Warner Bros)
Pitch to the correct company. Don't pitch a crime drama to Lifetime or a tv drama to Universal
Have a 10 second log line ready.
Know the 3 Acts and where they come in the story.  1 hour dramas have 5 Acts
Be sure to mention if the film is visually appealing. Set the stage.

And a few things I've learned from various people about Pitching:

Sit on the edge of your chair, don't get comfortable.
Imagine telling a campfire story.
Don't pitch only to the men in the room.
Include the conflict. Make it sound life or death.

If you are reading this, I'm hoping you have a pitch coming up or intend to pitch your book. Good luck and remember that what one person doesn't want, another person might see the possibilities.


Kim Hornsby is a bestselling author and public speaker at writing conferences. Her Award-Winning Novel, The Dream Jumper's Promise is a movie waiting to happen, currently under review by a Film Company for option.