Purse Project: Kim Hotzon

What a fun idea! Thanks, MJ for having me here today, sharing the contents of my purse.

This is my current purse— a basic, brown tote from RW & Co.

kim hotzen purse

I tend to switch my purse every 3 or 4 months, depending on my mood, outfit, whether I’m travelling, etc. I favor tote bags because they carry lots of stuff!

I’m pretty good at reducing clutter on a regular basis, shredding receipts, throwing away wrappers, etc. I keep the essentials, things I need.

What’s inside:

kim hotzen purse contents

  • silk scarf (essential for travel and windy days)
  • keys
  • flashlight (you never know when you might need it)
  • Dentyne gum
  • mints
  • Clinique lip gloss and YSL lipstick
  • L’Occitane hand cream
  • sunglasses
  • Kindle
  • I-Pad
  • FlowerBomb perfume
  • Hair elastic
  • African bracelet (from my trip)
  • OPI nail polish for touch-ups
  • Phone and I-Pad chargers (always handy)
  • pens (always two in case one runs out)
  • postcards for my design business (my author business cards have been used and more are coming but they’re great for handing out)
  • a copy of my first book with a matching tote bag (there’s always an opportunity for marketing)
  • change purse
  • magnetized wallet
  • my favorite Eiffel tower keychain which keeps falling off

Things often found in my bag but not today:

  • granola bars
  • water bottle
  • sunblock
  • Band-Aids
  • I-Phone (used to take the picture)

My newest release, A Time For Love In Paris is now available!

kim hotzen cover

In 1975, Elise Sutherland, a young woman from Scotland, travels to Paris, France, to study art at the illustrious Fine Arts School of Paris. Stumbling upon a mysterious old book in the infamous Shakespeare & Company bookstore, her world opens up an undiscovered realm. Elise finds herself in late nineteenth century Paris, becoming the muse of master painter and sculptor, Michel Flaubert. Together, they share their passion for art, architecture and each other.

But their love is threatened by people, time and events in history. Will they find their happily ever after?

Kim Hotzon

Born in beautiful British Columbia, Kim developed a passion for writing at an early age. Her interest in people led her all over the globe, including a two year stay in Japan and a humanitarian trip to Rwanda.

She loves to write contemporary romance stories that feature strong women who deal with compelling issues. Kim enjoys adding unexpected twists, usually involving a dangerous and dramatic backdrop. Her first novel, Hands Full of Ashes, was inspired by her trip to Africa. Her second full-length novel, A Time for Love in Paris, was inspired, naturally, by her trip to Paris. Kim also wrote a short, contemporary romance story for the anthology, Sizzle In The Snow: A Soul Mate Christmas Collection, which became a top seller on Amazon Canada.

She currently resides in the sunny Okanagan of British Columbia with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found on the local ski hills in winter, or racing in dragon boats in the summer.

You can get in touch with Kim by visiting her website http://www.kimhotzon.com/ or follow her at:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimhotzon

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6491250.Kim_Hotzon

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/kim-hotzon/61/9a8/675

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kimhotzon/

Blood Pressure Awareness with Author Brynley Bush

May is National Blood Pressure month, and Roman Castile, the dark and dangerous heartthrob from The Power Games, is a prime candidate for high blood pressure.  When a person’s in a stressful situation, their body produces a surge of hormones which temporarily increases their blood pressure by causing their heart to beat faster and their blood vessels to narrow.  Although he’s young—not quite thirty—this successful internet entrepreneur has plenty of stress in his life.  Not only does he run his own company, but he’s a contestant on The Power Games, a sexy “Survivor Meets Hunger Games” reality show that’s designed to promote Club Helix, an over-the-top, no-expense-spared, sophisticated, BDSM-themed resort where guests can indulge their darkest fantasies in Sin City.
The competition to stay in the games is enough to raise anyone’s blood pressure, but Roman’s partner for the games, the reserved but beautiful Ava Summers, ups the ante.  Talk about causing a surge of hormones! The sparks fly when these two are together, and Roman wants nothing more than to break down Ava’s reserves and make her his.  But to win the title of the Club Helix Dom and sub and take home the one-million-dollar cash prize, Ava’s got to learn to trust Roman, and Roman has to break down the walls Ava’s erected around her emotions and earn her trust. 
Roman’s blood pressure won’t be going down anytime soon, because Ava’s hiding something.  She’s got ulterior motives for being on the show.  And she isn’t submissive.  But Roman won’t settle for anything less than all of the dark-haired beauty he’s starting to fall for. 
For the last two years, I’ve lived a life of lies and deceit.
Now I’m about to live the ultimate lie—pretending to be a submissive on a BDSM reality show to take down the man who stole everything from me.
Then I meet him.
A sadistic Dominant who gets his pleasure from my pain, he’s the only man who can help me.
But first I’ll have to give him everything.
The Power Games is available at Loose Id.
You can also purchase it a Amazon.
Brynley Bush has had a lifelong love affair with words.  She earned her degree in English and Creative Writing and wrote magazine feature stories for years before turning to writing fiction.  She writes the kind of books she likes to read: steamy contemporary romances featuring smart, sassy heroines with a sense of humor and strong, dominant alpha males who love their women a little feisty.  When she’s not writing, she loves to read, spend time with her family, and travel. 
Follow Brynley on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Amazon

Tantalizing Trivia: Manhole Covers

Why are manhole covers round?

My brother mentioned he was once asked this question in a job interview, and the interviewer said my brother was the only person who ever knew the answer.

Come to find out, there are many answers:

  • A round manhole cover can’t fall through its circular opening
  • Round doesn’t need to be rotated until it fits the opening
  • Round can be rolled, so it’s easier to move
  • Round tubes are the strongest shape against the compression of the earth, so the cover needs to be round, too.

So if you’re ever asked this question in a job interview, rock it!

Get Caught Reading

It’s National “Get Caught Reading” Day.

So, as I type this (when I’m supposed to be finishing up the first round of revisions on my next book), I’m re-reading Stephen King’s The Dead Zone. My husband watched the movie a couple of weeks ago and remarked how it reminded him of current events. That aside, Stephen King can write. 

If I caught the characters in my current release, Omega Moon Risingreading, the hero (Luke Omega) would be surfing the net, reading whatever he found there. Or, more likely, looking at pictures. The heroine (Abby Grant) doesn’t have time to read for pleasure so she would be studying Songwriting for Dummies or The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Songwriting. She’s a young woman focused on her goals.

Omega Moon Rising


What would I like to see you get caught reading? I’d say my first book, Moonlight Serenade, which is on sale this week for 99¢.


Moonlight Serenade



Home Town Funky Fact

I’m always curious about the quirks of places. Take my home town of Syracuse, NY.

We have the only one of these . . .

tipp hill light

. . .possibly in the world.

This “upside down” traffic light is located in the Tipperary Hill section of the city. Legend has it that the Irish immigrants threw stones at the traffic signal when it was first installed because they wanted the green on top. Eventually TPTB were pursued to see the light.

There is a little park nearby, called Stone-Throwers Park, commemorating the vandalism.

stone thrower

Does your home town have an interesting quirk?