Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rachel Thompson -- Episode 32 -- A Blondie, A Brunette, and a Bad Redhead


Click on the link to hear the podcast: 



We had such a great time chatting with Rachel Thompson of BadRedhead Media. My first task was to read her bio introducing her to the program. Rachel's bio is so lengthy because her experience in the realm of social media is legendary. Be sure to listen to our little chat, she provides a wealth of knowledge about all of the new trends in social media and book marketing. She had so much to say we've made it into two podcasts. Stay tuned, we will be sharing part two in a month or so. 

Here is her full bio:
Rachel Thompson is the author of Broken Places (one of IndieReader's "Best of 2015" top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in the San Francisco Book Festival and Los Angeles Book Festival), and the multi award-winning and bestselling Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed.
Rachel is published and represented by Booktrope, where she also directs the Gravity Imprint, bringing fiction and nonfiction stories of trauma and recovery to life. She has connected to sexual abuse survivors worldwide through her books.

Broken Places continues her exploration started in Broken Pieces, through honest, raw yet lyrical poetry, essays, and prose, one women's journey from trauma to healing. 
She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, IndieReader.com, FeminineCollective.com, and BookPromotion.com. 

Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the blog-sharing hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs and the live Twitter chat, #SexAbuseChat, co-hosted with certified therapist/survivor, Bobbi Parish (Tuesdays, 6pm pst). 

She is also the director of the Gravity Imprint for Booktrope, bringing stories of trauma and recovery (fiction and nonfiction) to life. Read more about the Gravity authors and their books on gravityimprint.com/books.
She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.

Connect with Rachel here: 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Blow -- A Short Story

Blow -- A Short Story

For the first time in over a year I am releasing a new story! This suspenseful story was inspired by a true account of a storm survivor during Hurricane Ivan. 

After being out one day it's ranked #67 in short stories, teen and young adult and reached #7 in 48 hours! 

Here is the link myBook.to/BlowbyKJWaters/  It is on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes and other retailers.


Blurb:

Caught between a hurricane and a deadly secret, Rick Harris struggles against a ticking clock when the wrong people show up at his door looking for shelter. As the storm closes in wreaking havoc on Pensacola, Florida, he has to make a choice between saving their lives and exposing a secret that could cost him everything.


Top Customer Reviews

If you read it and would like to leave a review it would be so helpful for my rankings. Appreciate the support!

From the UK site:
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a wonderfully gripping story, which make the reader want more!
KJ Waters ramps up the tension to breaking point and delivers a shuddering climax to a truly mind 
blowing and thrilling narrative!
You will not be disappointed in a single word of this utterly compelling piece of fiction!
Bravo KJ....
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Format: Kindle Edition
K J Waters does it again with a wonderful blend of plot lines, characters and atmospheres. A cracking 
short story that leaves you wanting more. Check out K J W's Stealing Time for another thrilling read.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Thrilling, fast paced and exciting, it's another KJ Waters clever and entertaining story. A short story 
that packs a punch, just like I love them.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2706b40) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2721984) out of 5 stars KJ Waters has done it again. It's no wonder ... 8 April 2016
By Rick Johnson Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
KJ Waters has done it again. It's no wonder that her stories are hurricane themed because she 
delivers her stories with category five intensities. KJ Waters is a master at slipping back and 
forth in time and keeping the reader on the edge of his seat. Rick Harris is caught up with two 
unexpected guests while riding out a hurricane. The presence of the guests threatens Rick's 
freedom and possibly his life if they discover the secrets of Rick's past. Trying to survive the 
deadly storm and his guests this story takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride. The secrets 
are dark and intense. The characters are larger than life, and KJ Waters has once again proven 
why she is a masterful storyteller. It's a five-star ride all the way!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2724bc4) out of 5 stars Blow gets five stars and my full endorsement! 8 April 2016
By Amazon Customer Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Blow is the lynch pin connecting KJ Waters’ thriller, Stealing Tim, with her upcoming novel. Based on a 
true account from a survivor of Category 4 Hurricane Ivan, Blow brings to life the gripping imagery of 
nature’s fury with a plot that keeps the reader completely captivated! While alluding to elements of 
Stealing Time and planting teasers for her next novel, the story stands well on its own with its artful 
character development, sprinkles of humor and a masterful unfolding of events. KJ Waters has a 
keen understanding of human nature and the conflicts that wreak havoc within, forces of destruction 
equal to the unleashed wrath of Mother Nature. If you are not yet a KJ Waters fan, you will soon be one!
HASH(0xa2f3dfc0) out of 5 stars Not for the Faint At Heart 8 April 2016
By D. Bratcher Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Are you brave? Do you like being thrilled by disaster? If Yes - then this is the story for you! Very 
good descriptions and realistic dialogue will bring your hands up to maybe cover your face from 
the scenes this story will be describing.
This would NOT be a movie I would want to see, but MANY people would! I recommend reading 
this is good weather.....

Monday, April 4, 2016

New Five Stars on Stealing TIme


New Five Star Reviews on Stealing Time


                                                             myBook.to/StealingTime


I'm so excited to share with you the latest reviews that are coming in on my book from Amazon. Stay tuned
I have something new coming out soon 

on April 3, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed Stealing Time. It is a really well put together time travel story with an interesting twist.
 I enjoyed the two separate story lines running simultaneously in the present and in the 1700's. It is fast paced 
and quite intriguing. I'm very much looking forward to book two!
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on April 2, 2016
...an intricately woven story with compelling strands... at the height of a powerful hurricane in Florida, 
a time warp envelops the lead female character, hurtling her across time and continents... from the 
modern day back to the eighteenth century, and transporting her to Olde London... but there’s 
more intriguing changes... her identity subsumes from her current persona to a completely different 
woman...even her appearance is altered... the single constant is her own mind, and therein lies the plot... 
dreadful, terrifying circumstances impact her new form with accusations from her ‘brother’ of witchcraft, 
leading to trials and travails of prison and impending death by hanging... but all is not completely lost... 
a distant ‘cousin’ emerges to attempt to rescue her... back in the present, the hurricane continues to 
rage with deft switching of scenes, stealing time twixt the old and the new... a clever novel, and a great 
tester for the ensuing books in the trilogy...
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on April 1, 2016
As an avid fan of ANYTHING 17th or 18th century AND once addicted (...maybe still) to Quantum Leap, 
when I stumbled across Stealing Time, by author KJ Waters, I couldn't resist adding it to my long list of 
things to do! Being a teacher, father of two and busy author myself, I find it very difficult to read as much 
as I would like, but once I began reading Stealing Time, it did not seem to be a challenge at all. The 
realistic mental imagery of 18th century London, perfectly mixed with the enticement of a perfect storm, 
time travel and spicy characters kept me on the edge of my seat. KJ Waters undoubtedly researched 
her history! I found her book to be historically refreshing and educational, rather than eye-rolling and 
inaccurate, which I have encountered in other "time-travelish" books.

Stealing Time is pleasantly packed with believable, well-developed characters worth investing your time 
with. They all keep you involved, and I applaud the Ms. Waters with the flawless way the characters 
differ based on the century they were from. This must have been a challenge.

If you are looking for a suspenseful, historical, witch-hunt of a journey - read STEALING TIME...and like me, 
you'll be impatiently waiting for round two.
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on March 2, 2016
KJ Waters must have a strong musical background because her first novel, Stealing Time, proves she's 
determined to become a rock superstar in the literary field. The author takes you on an emotional, page 
turning roller coaster of a ride. This suspenseful time traveling epic is filled with characters you love to hate, 
characters you hate to love, and a body of unforgettable characters. It's a fast-paced read that will have the 
readers sitting on the edge of their seat. Five stars all the way for an amazing author with an incredible literary
 future in front of her. Thanks KJ Waters!
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on February 7, 2016
What happens when you toss a hurricane and time travel in a blender? You get this fantastic book by, 
KJ Waters. Celebrating her birthday during Hurricane Charley that is striking Orlando with her friend Steph, 
Ronnie Andrews decides to spend the rest of her special day with her boyfriend Jeffery, who works at a weather 
lab. Little does she know, Jeffery has a gift in a watch that will send her back to eighteenth century London.
Once there, she finds herself in the body of a teenager named, Regina. Ronnie's (Regina) speech is foreign
 to everyone in that time period and throw in that Regina's brother has special plans for her, things become dicey. 
She refuses to take part in her brothers plan, becomes defiant, and is then accused of being a witch. Now it 
becomes a desperate search to find the watch Regina's brother took that can send her back to her own time.
Besides the main story arch of Ronnie, the secondary one focused on her friend's Steph and Nick as they ride 
out the hurricane within Steph's home. It was interesting, but I would have liked to have read more about 
Jeffery's frantic effort to bring Ronnie back.
Overall, Stealing Time is a great read and a fantastic debut novel from KJ Waters. The story flowed well, the 
characters were well developed, and she did a fantastic job of setting me back in eighteenth century London.
A solid 4.5. Since Amazon won't let me do a .5, this book is a deserving 5 star.
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