Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Take a Moment to Reward Yourself – Read!

With: Kim Hornsby

Congratulations to "Janet K.", "Mary P.", "Trude V.", "Maureen C.", "Erin F.", "Laura S.", the winners in Kim's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
Kim and Harvey Stables - Cover Model Extraordinaire!

Sometimes I wonder if I actually like to be tortured. This is a very busy time of year for moms, women, people, right? (Mostly women)
Why did I take on the assembling and publishing of a Christmas Box Set of Suspense Holiday Books when I had a new release October 31 (Lei Crime Series Kindle World ROCKY BLUFF), have another box set of 10 Suspense Novels for .99 I’m still pushing, (PASSION & DANGER) and rebooted my Christmas Rom Con novella recently with plans to promote to the nth degree this year? Oh, and I just wrote a companion novella to my bestseller The Dream Jumper’s Promise with a Christmas theme that needs to be promoted as well. And my first written novel, Necessary Detour, just got picked up by Amazon Encore for another go around at life and I really should be promoting that novel too. Can you say “Tweet Your Head Off?” It was a busy Autumn. Apparently not busy enough for me. Read on… 

I really hate to be left behind on anything and when I saw the Christmas Box Set bus leaving the station I bought a ticket and jumped on board. I asked my buddy, USA TODAY Bestselling Author Alexa Grace if she wanted to do this with me and when she said yes, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ride some coattails and offer the eBook reading world a Christmas-themed box set of Suspense stories by some kick-ass authors. (Can I say that in this nice blog?) She brought Misty Evans and Adrienne Giordano on board then Jacki Delecki agreed to write a brand new novella to her Marriage Under Fire novel, Lori Leger said she’d write a Romantic Suspense novella, Alicia Dean too, and I asked new author, Amara Draska to give us her chilling thriller.

Suspense, murders, crime, that sort of thing customarily doesn’t do that well during the holiday season and I wanted to change that this year. Or at least help our genre. The way I see it, women need down time, especially when we’re in the thick of decorating, baking, shopping, wrapping, entertaining, and all those time-sucking chores that come with an annual holiday that really only happens if women make it happen. (Sorry guys, but it’s so true!) And not all women want to read a sweet story for their nightly entertainment when they’ve finally put their feet up. Some want DANGER!

Thus, the box set of Suspense stories. Most are 3 hour reads, except for the full novel at the end and a short story by Ann Charles.

I have always wanted to do something with mega-star author, Ann Charles, besides just taking her writing classes or fan-girling her at conferences. When she agreed to join the set, I was determined to make this happen. I finished my Dream Jumper’s Christmas companion novel, assembled a group of hot-shot, cracker-jack Suspense novelists and voila! A box set was formed.

A cover was designed by the amazing Steven Novak Illustrations and we launched. Thousands of readers have us on their devices this holiday season and our only bad reviews on Amazon are from readers who never got the eBook delivered (sorry that happened!) or people who chose poorly, thinking the books were men’s thrillers. Criminal Christmas is a box set of wonderful, diverse, suspenseful, romantic, stories.

So, this year, instead of obsessing about overdoing Christmas at my house of teenagers, dogs, and one husband, I am promoting, reading, and smiling over here. Cookies are being bought at the grocery store, the outside holiday light display is lite this year, presents have been scaled way down, and I haven’t even made a menu plan for Christmas dinner yet. And that’s not a bad thing. (My family is way too spoiled.)

Neither is taking an hour here and there for your own entertainment to read a book.
Enjoy our diverse, suspenseful, romantic collection! Here’s a list of the books in Criminal Christmas:

Deadly Holiday - Novella
It is four days before Christmas and the characters you grew to love in The Deadly Series are struggling with life-threatening problems.

The Old Man’s Back in Town – Short Story
A sizzling, suspenseful SHORT STORY wrapped in a puzzling mystery that will leave you hungry for more. **It’s “Groundhog Day” meets the modern day Old West!**

Holiday Justice – Novella
When Justice Team partners, Mitch and Caroline, discover a Santa sneaking around behind the restaurant, Grey and Mitch uncover a theft ring sure to ruin Christmas.

Christmas Interrupted - Novella
Christmas in snowy Carnation, Washington seems like the idyllic get away until Jamey Dunn has a prophetic dream of his father’s house burning to the ground on Christmas Eve.

Marriage Under Fire - Novella
Marine veteran Maddy Jeffers never expected her most demanding and daunting mission would come off the battlefield posing as a wife to Major Hunter Hines.

The Twelfth Day – Novella
Years ago, Sabrina Spencer was the lone survivor of a serial killer's attack on her family, and her testimony put the killer behind bars. When she begins receiving bizarre gifts and messages related to the Twelve Days of Christmas, Sabrina suspects her new love is behind the twisted countdown to the twelfth day.

Christmas 911 -- Novella
Mother-to-be Corrine Landry stops off to purchase a gift for her niece on Christmas Eve, and finds herself in the middle of a crisis situation involving a robbery, a 911 dispatcher, and an unexpected arrival.

The Way Evil Does - Novel
When novelist Rebecca Reis interviews convicted serial killer, Thomas Eisenbrey in the Washington State Penitentiary she finds herself having strange feelings for the crafty psychopath.

Criminal Christmas – A collection of Holiday-Themed Suspense Books

Five lucky people will receive a Kindle Copy of Criminal Christmas. Just comment below to tell us what you’d like for Christmas in one word.

One lucky person will receive a Kindle eBook of THE DREAM JUMPER Series – Three novels by Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Kim Hornsby

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Dec. 23rd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. I want a Fitbit and an amazon gift card to buy books.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  2. I would like Cool Water perfume and Barnes and Noble gift card.


  3. an amazon giftcard to fill my kindle :) thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  4. Books :) Happy Holidays!

  5. trip

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  6. I was so thrilled to participate in this fantastic boxed set. Thanks for inviting me, Kim. And, I LOVE that pic of you and Harvey! :)

  7. Here's something funny I noticed on this page...Harvey Stables is featured at least 3 times on book covers, not counting the photo of he and I at the top of the blog!!! Anyone else notice that?


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