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Merry Christmas!

Today is Christmas Day, and it is best spent relaxing with friends and family, enjoying laughter, food, gifts and games. Beyond these satisfying activities, it is also the perfect time to reflect on your accomplishments, goals and favorite memories of the past year. You may find, like many people, that a change in plans or a re-altering of goals is in order. The important thing is to actually set some goals! Whatever your goals and plans may be,  I hope 2018 delivers peace and prosperity to you and your family.

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Cover Reveal!

It’s time to reveal my new cover for Concealed Love! This romantic suspense is a thrilling, contemporary romance set in San Francisco.

E-book versions will be releasing in March 2018.

Cover design by Melody Pond.


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Twenty-five year old Brooke Anderson has spent a lifetime searching for love. As her relationship with Carlos, her live-in boyfriend spirals out of control, Brooke encounters her childhood sweetheart, Adam. Daring to hope, Brooke attempts a fresh start with love and an exciting new career as a designer but first she must confront Carlos.

When she discovers Carlos has ties to the criminal underground in San Francisco, she knows he won’t let her go easily. As events turn violent, Brooke learns Adam is also a target for Carlos’s revenge.

After the city of San Francisco is rocked by an earthquake, only one man in Brooke’s life will remain standing. The fog of San Francisco threatens to conceal more than her love.


 

Halloween Spooktacular Giveaway!

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Contemporary/Romantic Suspense

I’m thrilled to be joining author Angela Scavone on her blog today for her annual Halloween Spooktacular!

I’m offering a great giveaway of a free e-book copy of Hands Full of Ashes in addition to a $5 Amazon gift card to one random drawn lucky winner!

What do you need to do for a chance to win?

Sign up for my newsletter http://www.kimhotzon.com and leave a comment on Angela’s blog!

https://angelascavone.com/

I will contact one winner by email by the end of October 30, 2017, which leaves the contest open for one week! 

Best of luck and Happy Halloween!

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT!

Rufamous90210 has won a free e-book copy of Hands Full of Ashes and a $5 Amazon gift card! Thank you for following me! Please contact me at kim@kimhotzon.com and send me your email to claim your Halloween Spooktacular gift!

 

InD’Scribe Tribe

 

Whew! I made it out of LA and landed home with a bag full of books, new connections and a whole lot of inspiration. As a first-time attendee at the 2017 InD’Scribe Author/Reader Con, I was apprehensive, curious and completely excited to be a finalist and participate in a live convention with other authors and readers.

So, did I win? Nope. But making it as a finalist was pretty darn thrilling nevertheless. I had a fantastic weekend, dressing up as a Renaissance princess, getting books signed by authors, and meeting countless industry professionals. What fun!

I enjoyed the workshops of course, learning plenty along the way. The evenings were a hoot, mingling with other costumed party-goers, and the red carpet? Oh. My. Splendid.

I plan to attend next year (hopefully as a finalist/winner) and re-connect with people I met and make new acquaintances.  To borrow InD’Scribe’s tagline, I really did ‘Fall into the World of Extraordinary’.

Writing Goals

As an author, I’ve been asked many times, “What makes you want to write?” Hmmm . . . good question! I’m pretty sure most authors write first and foremost because they feel a story bubbling beneath the surface. Often, following an encounter (or a memory resurfacing), a character takes shape, along with the roots of a setting and plot. We water and feed this precious seedling, sitting at the computer as we watch our story grow. This passion is similar to a professional athlete, who plies the track or the ski hills, in all weather, taking risks and spending time and money, pursuing something they love. Writing is the same. It’s tremendously hard and often singly focused. The rewards, though infrequent and hard to obtain, are wonderful, serving to reinforce that what we’re doing is worth it.

Authors set their individual goals and I had mine set from Day One. Here are my past, present and future goals with regards to writing:

  1. Get published.
  2. Become a finalist or win an award.
  3. Join a professional writers’ group.
  4. Attend a writer/reader conference.
  5. XXXXXX
  6. XXXX

What’s that you say? What about #’s 5 and 6? Well, some things are meant to be kept secret!

My list of goals may look similar to yours, or somewhat different. What’s important to note is my journey has been long, in accordance with most authors I know. Any amount of success or recognition with writing does not typically happen overnight. But most authors I know write not for the recognition as much as they do for the sheer necessity of putting stories to paper.

Goal #1 was finally reached after a long journey (literally and figuratively) and a year of submissions. My first manuscript took over a year to write and that moment when Soul Mate Publishing notified me that my manuscript had been accepted was like falling over a cliff into a dream world.  Those of us who have achieved this realize the degree of determination and hard work involved.

Goal #2 has been a dream come true. One of my books (Hands Full Of Ashes) made it as a finalist in the 2016 TRR Readers’ Choice Awards and my time travel romance, A Time For Love In Paris, is a finalist in the 2017 RONE Awards. My novella, The Snow Bird (included in the anthology Sizzle In The Snow: A Soul Mate Christmas Collection), became a Night Owl Review Top Pick and a lucky member of Amazon Canada’s Top 100 Anthologies.

Goal #3 occurred when I decided to apply to be a member of the RWA.

Goal #4 will become reality this Fall when I venture to Burbank, California to attend the 2017 RONE Awards. Down the road, I hope to attend more conferences.

Goals #5 and 6? Who knows. I’m still waiting . . .  and writing!

Writing has been evolutionary for me, and over time, I’ve learned a tremendous amount from the editors (and fellow authors) at Soul Mate Publishing. It’s true what they say, ‘a good editor is worth their weight in gold’.

As I continue to strive for my goals, I hope you reach your goals with writing, and know that with hard work and determination, you’ll eventually succeed.

 

And The World Keeps Turning . . .

Hello Readers!

It’s been too long since my last blog, and so much has happened lately! Like many of you, I’ve struggled with juggling several things at once and have learned a great deal about compartmentalizing my life. In addition to running a household with a husband and two lively teenagers (and a couple of pets thrown in), managing and owning a successful design business, and paddling alongside a crew of dragon boaters, I’ve kept up my writing with lots of results! Writing is a labour of love, but the truth is, it’s often labour with little love. But as any author knows, the act of writing can’t be easily separated from the writer. It’s in our blood. I admit, however, that keeping a balance in my frenetic life is difficult, but I’ve got a tremendous amount of energy and have always been goal-oriented.

First off, I’m so thrilled that my manuscript, Concealed Love, has been accepted for publication with Soul Mate Publishing! I can’t wait to introduce you to Brooke Anderson, a young, determined heroine with a lot of challenges thrown in her path. This story was inspired by previous trips to San Francisco, and the footprint of the city has always mesmerized me (think Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island, Nob Hill, and so on) and fueled my desire to write a romantic suspense amidst this historical, urban setting. I look forward to sharing the cover release with you.

Secondly, my time travel romance, A Time for Love in Paris, is a finalist for the 2017 RONE Awards happening this October in Burbank, Los Angeles, and (hands clapping enthusiastically) I’ll be there in attendance! Hosted by InD’Tale Magazine, this is a prestigious, industry-recognized award to be nominated for and I can’t wait to mingle with other authors and readers. I’ll be signing copies of my book, and giving away some Paris-themed gifts for readers. You’ll fall in love with Elise Sutherland and her whirlwind romance with the artist Michel, set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century Paris.

What else? Along the way, as I’ve published my novels with Soul Mate Publishing, I’ve had the chance to make the acquaintance of some amazing authors. These are people committed to great writing, and who also have lives behind the scenes. Some of these authors are young parents, others are retired, some are professional lawyers, teachers and doctors by day. One thing we all have in common, no matter where we are from, is the pursuit of writing that next novel as we sit by our screens and check the novel rank of our current releases. Writing is a passion, a job, and for most of us, a joyous obsession. We continue writing because it’s fun, or we feel the need to, or we’re faced with a character that just won’t leave our minds until we begin the process of constructing a storyline, giving life to this character. But there’s also the social side of things, sharing new releases with other authors, celebrating their successes as we hope for our own, and bouncing advice and tips off each other. It’s a community of like-minded people.

One of the first authors to host me, Samanthya Wyatt, is featuring past guest authors on her blog, and I invite you to stop by her website, where you’ll have the chance to view a host of authors and their books and win a free e-book of mine!

Here’s Samanthya’s link:

http://samanthyawyatt.com/likes/

I hope your summer brings as much adventure and happiness as I expect mine will this year! With my summer earmarked for racing, wedding design, travel and of course writing, I’m sure it’ll be over before I know it!

Kim Hotzon

RONE 2017 AWARDS!

Yippee! I am thrilled to share with you the news that my latest release, A Time for Love in Paris, is a finalist in the prestigious RONE Awards! Join me and several authors at the reader/author con/RONE Awards Gala, happening October 12-15, 2017 at the Los Angeles Burbank Marriott Airport hotel. This event is sponsored by InD’Tale Magazine.

I’ll be offering signed books, and gifts, while I hob-knob with readers and other authors. This 3 day event promises a whole lot of fun and excitement for writers and readers alike, culminating in the final gala on Saturday, October 14th.

You can purchase your tickets at http://www.indscribe.com.

 

 

You Can Write a Best-Seller

Almost every writer has a dream about breaking out—or achieving best-seller status. Many of us think it’s an impossibility, but recently I read something to change all of that. I joined Roman…

Source: You Can Write a Best-Seller

Author Erin Bevan Releases Wedding Day

weddingdayI know all about the excitement of having a new book released and I love jumping on the bandwagon to celebrate other authors and their new releases as well. Today I’m super excited to feature romance author, Erin Bevan and her latest release – Wedding Day!

The cover is absolutely gorgeous and truly epitomizes the symbols of a wedding day – a stunning gown with pastel roses and ribbons make this book stand out right from the start.

Erin also shares a bit of information about how she got her start writing romance novels and it’s worth reading!

Let’s welcome Erin and find out about her book and how you can get yourself a copy!

Famous Bull Rider Dallas Day met Cassie Bailey briefly in high school, but her plain looks and quiet personality left no lasting impression on him. Cassie, however, couldn’t say the same about Dallas.

Their paths cross again ten years later when Dallas is home recovering from an injury, and Cassie is the only veterinarian who volunteers her services at the home-town rodeo. She’s jump-starting her new practice, and every eligible man within a ten-mile radius is trying to land a date with the attractive vet.

Dallas’ older brother bets him that, even with all his charm and fame, Dallas can’t land a date with the reserved lady vet. Not one to turn down a challenge, Dallas makes it his mission to win a date with Cassie. After seeing her, he realizes they’ve met before, but he doesn’t remember her being so pretty. His persistence pays off, but when Cassie finds out about the bet, their new love is put to the test.

Now how about a little snippet? Read on . . .

Excerpt:

“Is there anything I can help you with?” A deep voice asked from behind her.

“No, I think we have it.” She hopped down from the pen. Glacier blue eyes locked with hers. She would know his eyes anywhere. Her heart quickened just as it did the first time she’d ever laid her gaze upon him, and a tingling sensation shot through her.

Dallas looked older than she remembered, broader, gruffer, but still sexy.

Tucker, you have Tucker.

Where was he, anyway? In her haste to get ready, she’d forgotten to call him.

“Dallas? Yeah, we can use a hand.” Chevy still fumbled with the lock. “Can you come over here and help me with Knuckle Head? Dr. Bailey wants him to walk around so she can get a closer look.”

“I really don’t think that’s necessary–”

“I would love to help. That’s why I’m here.” Dallas jogged to the front of the bull and grabbed the lead rope with his left hand. A plastered cast circled his right wrist and rose halfway up his forearm.

She turned to Spencer and furrowed her brow.

Spencer stared back at her and displayed her pageant winning 2005 Miss Frisbee smile, her thumb up in the air. Some friend she was.

Dallas and Chevy led the bull out of the pen while she observed the bull’s gait.

“Let’s get him over by a water hose. I want to get a closer look at his foot.” She pointed toward a washing station and followed behind the men as they led the bull, sure to steer clear of Knuckle Head’s hind legs in the event he wanted to kick her.

From her position, she had a clear view of Dallas’s backside. Everything appeared to be as tight as she remembered, which did nothing to settle those distracting tingling sensations.

Focus.


Want to get your hands on a copy of this romance?

Buy Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Day-Erin-Bevan-ebook/dp/B01CSM9M92/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1458588952&sr=8-3&keywords=Erin+Bevan


Want to get in touch with Erin?

Contact Links:

www.erinbevan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erinbevanwrites/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinBevan

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6927178.Erin_Bevan


Erin’s Bio:

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Erin Bevan was born and raised in Southwest Arkansas. She spent her teenage years working for her aunt at the local gas station flipping burgers and making milkshakes, dreaming of the day when something better would come her way, and it did in the form of a five foot six, one hundred and fifty pound engineer.

Fast forward ten years later, she found herself stuck inside an apartment in South Korea while her daughter went to preschool and her husband went to work. Alone and unable to speak the local language she turned to books for a friend. After reading a few hundred in such a short time, she decided to try her hand at writing one.

That first one sucked, but by the fifth and sixth book, Erin started to get the hang of this writing thing. Getting the first contract in the mail was a dream come true. Now, with three babies at home, she squeezes in stories one word at a time, one sentence at a time, one day at a time.

She’s a full time mom, a full time wife, with a little writer sprinkled in whenever she can get the chance. And the laundry? Well, it’s best not to open the washroom door!

Writing Conferences: Worth It, Or Not? by Char Chaffin

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