June Blogging Challenge

crownOnce upon a time there was princess who inherited a great kingdom from her father. Growing up, the princess imagined that when she became queen, it would be easy to rule the kingdom, and so she spent much of her time with her hobbies, friends, and family. But when the princess actually became Queen, she realized that being in charge took much more time and energy than she ever thought. One day she found that she had all but given up her hobbies, and had nearly forsaken her friends and family in order to run her kingdom.

With that revelation, the queen decided that she had better make time for all the things she loved, not just the kingdom, or she would be a sad and lonely monarch, hunched over her desk. Thus the queen embarked on a great adventure of a blog challenge, reconnecting her daily with her passion for writing.typewriter

Okay, maybe that introduction is a tad dramatic, but I have missed my blogging since taking over our family business. For the month of June I will be trying to blog every day, if only to prove to myself that I do have time to write. And if I have time to write a little piece each day, then I probably have time for all of the other important people and events in my life.

Why the month of June? Well, lots of reasons. It’s a super-busy month for me. My baby boy’s birthday is in June. (My baby turns 21 this year.) My anniversary is in June. (30 years, thank you very much) I’m hosting a big party/ fundraising rehearsal event  for my local writers’ group. AND I have a self-imposed deadline for a book I’m trying to finish this month. But even with all of that, and the 15 active business projects I have, I am determined to write a little blog post each and every morning.

Kim 2Thank you for reading, and please comment when you feel so moved. And if you have an extra minute, please sign up for my newsletter. I promise I won’t email you with every blog post I write. I reserve my newsletter for big events like book releases, signings, and other major milestones.

If you have an idea or suggestion for a blog topic, shoot me a message. I would love to hear it.

My Thank You Note

This is my favorite time of year, and perhaps the busiest. Maybe that’s why I love it. There is always an activity planned, a gift to buy, or friends to visit.

I am richly blessed, and incredibly grateful for everyone who keeps me going. I have a beautiful family, a pretty fun day job, the best friends anyone could want, a terrific church family, a talented writing network, and on and on….

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I simply want to take a minute to say THANK YOU to my readers, too. I may not have the opportunity to meet you all face to face, but your support means the world to me. Without you, I could never enjoy my dream job.

Besides writing this blog, I have one children’s book published, four more coming soon, a Historical Christian novel in the last stages of editing, and a suspense trilogy in progress. As soon as I have them available, you all will be the first to know!

NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFF!

As my way to thank you, I would like to give away a  few books. To be eligible, just leave a comment for me ON THIS POST, telling me the name of your favorite holiday or seasonal movie. (These can be Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or anything, really—if you can give me a good explanation.) This will serve two purposes. I will draw names from the comments on this post over the next three months, and send the winners a free copy of my book, POCKETS. Also, the  holiday movie mentioned most will be the subject of one  or more of my holiday blogs!

***Official Rules for Eligibility: 1- You must be a resident of the United States, with a valid mailing address. 2- You must leave a comment on THIS blog post. 3- Your comment must include the title of a holiday/ seasonal movie that carries a G, PG, or PG-13 rating, or equivalent if a classic. (No R, X, or NC-17, please.) 4- Comments may not include profanity, spam, or anything that I deem inappropriate for my site. Only approved comments will be eligible for the drawing. 5- Members of my own family are not eligible. 6- Once your name is drawn, any additional comments made by the same person will be ineligible for this contest. One winner per household, per contest.

I will draw the first name on October 6 or when I have 10 comments, whichever comes first. I will draw 2 more names on October 20, from all remaining comments. If your name is drawn, I will contact you by responding to your comment. It will be your responsibility to contact me by email and provide a valid mailing address. I will ship the book within 5 business days of the drawing. This offer expires on October 20, 2013 at 10 PM, Central time.

Winners will receive 1 (one) free copy of POCKETS, by Kimberly Black. No substitutions of prizes of any kind. The book will be autographed by both myself and the illustrator, Sean Black. I will include a personalized message at winners’ request.

Please feel free to share this little contest with friends and family, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or wherever you like! Remember, the first ten comments have the best chance to win!

That’s a wrap for this Toast to Cinema, Thanks for reading!