Saturday, March 10, 2018

Are You Making these Book Link Mistakes? #BookMarketing

Are You Making these Book Link Mistakes?

Genius Link Co-Founder Jesse Lakes Solving World Peace (or Maybe it was International Link Issues)

Blondie and the Brit Podcast - Writing Publishing and Beyond
Have you ever wondered what happens to your book links after you post them? Did you know that most links don't allow your international audience to find your book?  

I've been using this amazing tool called Genius Link for the past six months and was so happy with how it has helped create intelligent links that solve this problem, I reached out to the co-founder, Jesse Lakes, for an interview on Blondie and the Brit, the podcast I co-host with Suzanne Kelman. Click below to listen to the full interview. 

Jesse Lakes is part nature lover part self-proclaimed nerd who just can't help solving problems he finds on the Internet. 


Jesse's avatar on LinkedIn -- Follow him here.

He first tackled an issue that plagued his early website traffic (and connected affiliate income) that was keeping international visitors from finding their way to his links on iTunes. His solution was so genius that Apple first threatened a lawsuit until they decided to hire him. 

Since then Jesse partnered with Microsoft engineer and best friend, Jesse Pasichnyk, to create Genius Link to master this issue while providing an incredible tool for pushing traffic to the proper site no matter where your visitors are coming from. 

Don't miss Jesse's generous offer for a free 30-day trial of GeniusLink, see below for details.




Here is the blurb from the Podcast:



This month on Blondie and the Brit we are pleased to introduce you to Jesse Lakes, one of the masterminds behind the company Genius Link (www.geni.us). Genius Link is an incredible online tool that provides intelligent links to help you to improve your sales by routing international readers to their local stores while helping you earn affiliate money and valuable insights in the process. They also own the booklinker.net link management service that is a simpler version of this concept but focused on authors, indie publishers, and Amazon.

This in-depth interview covers many of the elements of this fascinating tool that would be ideal for any authors toolkit. 

Jesse is also giving a wonderful gift to our listeners, offering a 30-day free trial (double the standard) to anyone who mentions "Blondie and the Brit." Just click here to begin your trial (https://my.geni.us/join) then use the messaging bubble inside the dashboard to mention the extended free trial.

Suzanne and I also give you our latest tips on planning and rewarding your accomplishments with a Victory Journal.

Follow the GeniusLink blog for great tips and tools here.
You can find Jesse here on twitter and GeniusLink here.




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Shattering Time: http://geni.us/ShatterBlog










Sunday, March 4, 2018

Wrong Place Wrong Time for a Movie -- David P. Perlmutter

Wrong Place Wrong Time 


Meet my buddy David P. Perlmutter. He has some exciting news to share with you and an offer for other authors.

Also, his book is only 99 cents right now so don't miss out on a true adventure. Click here. Don't miss out on his other books specifically for authors.




Don't miss this best seller here

Since we were last in contact, I have some exciting news that I would like to share with you. Some very exciting news indeed. The first book that I wrote, Wrong Place Wrong Time which has been a #1 BESTSELLER across Amazon in many different categories, is now a book to movie project with Golden Mile Productions, based in London, Marbella, and Los Angeles. Yes, the book which is based on true events and with over 800 x 4/5* reviews across Amazon, Waterstones and Goodreads is currently in development.




When it was announced that a film was in the making, I did a live Facebook video which went down a storm and once the cast has been put together with the director, I will be arranging another video on Facebook.

I have been asked many times how I managed to gain a production company who desires to make a movie about my book. Well, apart from having a decent book, that is maybe a bit different from others which Wrong Place Wrong Time is, to me it’s about marketing the hell out of the book on all your social media platforms. This is what I have done for a few years for this book and all my others.

Also, patience’s is very important. As an author, of course, you have patience’s as writing a book can take months, even years. Why am I saying this? Well, because, I have had this production company sniffing around at my book for two years and only since the turn of the year, 2018, that developments have been rapid and up and running.

So, be patience, keep marketing and keep dreaming. It will happen.

If you like to keep up-to-date with the progress of the book to movie, then why not become one of my 44,000 plus followers on Twitter, https://twitter.com/davepperlmutter

Also if you would like to be BOOK OF THE MONTH on my website www.davidpperlmutter.com, email me at david@davidpperlmutter.com.  

David P. Perlmutter

Wrong Place Wrong Time 


Meet my buddy David P. Perlmutter. He has some exciting news to share with you and an offer for other authors.

Also, his book is only 99 cents right now so don't miss out on a true adventure. Click here. Don't miss out on his other books specifically for authors. 
Since we were last in contact, I have some exciting news that I would like to share with you. Some very exciting news indeed. The first book that I wrote, Wrong Place Wrong Time which has been a #1 BESTSELLER across Amazon in many different categories, is now a book to movie project with Golden Mile Productions, based in London, Marbella, and Los Angeles. Yes, the book which is based on true events and with over 800 x 4/5* reviews across Amazon, Waterstones and Goodreads is currently in development.


When it was announced that a film was in the making, I did a live Facebook video which went down a storm and once the cast has been put together with the director, I will be arranging another video on Facebook.

I have been asked many times how I managed to gain a production company who desires to make a movie about my book. Well, apart from having a decent book, that is maybe a bit different from others which Wrong Place Wrong Time is, to me it’s about marketing the hell out of the book on all your social media platforms. This is what I have done for a few years for this book and all my others.

Also, patience’s is very important. As an author, of course, you have patience’s as writing a book can take months, even years. Why am I saying this? Well, because, I have had this production company sniffing around at my book for two years and only since the turn of the year, 2018, that developments have been rapid and up and running.

So, be patience, keep marketing and keep dreaming. It will happen.

If you like to keep up-to-date with the progress of the book to movie, then why not become one of my 44,000 plus followers on Twitter, https://twitter.com/davepperlmutter





Also if you would like to be BOOK OF THE MONTH on my website www.davidpperlmutter.com, email me at david@davidpperlmutter.com.  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Shattering Time Book Signing

Last week was a doozie. In preparation for my first book signing for Shattering Time, I was asked to be on two radio shows.  

The Chad Hasty Show

First I joined Chad Hasty on his radio program to promote the first book signing for Shattering Time. 

Here is the radio interview with Chad: 



I was also on Chad's show in 2015 when I first released Stealing Time. You can hear that interview here


LoneStar Country

When I was finished with Chad I walked down the hall to meet Jan Miller from LoneStar Country and chat for a bit about her book and the Stealing Time series. Check it out here, she even added some snazzy pics to go with the audio. 





Free Books!

In celebration of the season, I have two of my books for free if you want to check them out here. 

Stealing Time is available here as a free download here.




Also for a short time my short story is free on all outlets: 


Amazon
iTunes, Google Play
All other outlets (BN, Kobo and more)



Don't miss the latest in my series, Shattering Time available here.






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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Book Festival Fun

I wanted to share my Book Festival experience with you. It was an incredible day full of mind-sparkling meetings and programs. I had a blast and met some seriously talented authors. In fact I came home with a pretty big stash of books that I can't wait to dig into.

I also spoke with them about joining us on the Blondie and the Brit -- Writing, Publishing and Beyond Podcast that I co-host with Suzanne Kelman and they've all agreed to be on the show! I'll be scheduling them soon for 2018 so stay tuned. You can find us here on Podbean or iTunes.

I was the moderator for the first session of the day for Middle Grade Authors and was lucky enough to introduced these two incredible authors and manage the 45 minute session with them: Xavier Garza and S.J. Dahlstrom. Xavier also illustrates his stories and presented an excerpt from one of his books. S.J. read the first chapter of The Elk Hunt from his Wilder Good Series. Both captivated the room with very different styles.

Xavier Garza, KJ Waters, S.J. Dahlstrom

The next session was about Science Fiction writing and as that is my genre I didn't want to miss it. I watched these two lovely ladies, Rachel Caine and A.G. Howard, weave a magic spell on the audience. Rachel spoke about her neck injury from leaning over the laptop so much. A.G. spoke about using a kernel of a fairy tale to write her novels. When they were finished I immediately bought their books and introduced myself.

Rachel Caine, KJ Waters, and A.G. Howard
While talking to A.G. Howard one of my fans came up and asked me if my books were available for signing, which they were. This prompted A.G. to ask about my writing. Imagine my shock when she jumped up and purchased my book on the spot! While waiting in line we encountered a young girl with her hands full of books and she nearly bumped into us. A.G. noticed that the girl had every single one of her books and I believe the girl nearly fainted standing next to her favorite author of all time. I got a picture and A.G. kindly held my book up in the photo. I'm sure this pic is floating around on social media somewhere. If you find it let me know!

A.G. Howard and my book! 

I attended the Romance Author session with Timothy Lewis and Linda Broday and was really impressed with their presentations. I found it interesting how different they were albeit both very successful with Linda the ultimate pantser writing by the seat of her pants and Timothy who plans out every detail to the nth degree.

Timothy based his internationally best selling book on a photo album full of postcards he found at his uncle's estate sale after his death. His uncle sent a post card to his bride every Friday since the day they met. Such a touching story.

Linda talked about her extensive research library to capture the essence of the wild west in her historical romance novels. Two extremely talented authors I'm looking forward to reading.

I finished my day raptly listening to Jodi Thomas recount how she began her dream of writing. She was an average student with the not so lofty goal of just getting a date before she finished high school, not interested in college or writing. Her humble and endearing account was so inspiring. I will be interviewing her this spring just before she launches a new women's fiction series about a quilt shop and I can't wait to share her awesomeness with our podcast listeners.

The cashier eyed me as I appeared again and again to purchase more books. I believe I encountered her at least 10 times that day and she even took care of me as I ditzed out leaving my purse at the counter while I took advantage of the moment to capture this picture with Jodi Thomas. 

Me with Jodi Thomas

I also met local TV News personality Karin McCay and had her sign her book for my little Shorty. I was sorry to miss her session since it was at the same time as Jodi Thomas. She writes an incredible series for kids that was inspired by her grand kids who moved away to Germany.

KJ and Karin McCay

I captured this shot of all the signed books I came home with that day. I wish I'd taken more pictures with the authors. Please check out these amazing authors on Amazon. Books make great holiday gifts!

From left right, The Elk Hunt by S.J. Dalhstrom, Magic Mommy Stories by Karin McKay, and Maximilian and the Lucha Libra Club by Xavier Garza.

To Purchase: S.J. Dahlstrom: http://geni.us/SJDalstrom
Karin McCay here: http://geni.us/ZBwD 
Xavier Garza: http://geni.us/XavierGarza

Forever Friday by Timothy Lewis, and The Whole Enchilada cookbook by Angeline La Rue
To purchase:
Forever Friday by Timothy Lewis: http://geni.us/tVBFOu
Angelina LaRue's Cookbook: http://geni.us/TheWholeEnchilada


Rustler's Moon by Jodi Thomas, Splintered by A.G. Howard, Ink and Bone by Rachel Cain, and To Love a Texas Ranger by Linda Broday.
To purchase:
Jodi Thomas: http://geni.us/JodiThomas,
A.G. Howard: http://geni.us/AGHoward
Rachel Caine: http://geni.us/RachelCaine
Linda Broday: http://geni.us/LindaBroday



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Stealing Time: http://geni.us/StealingBlog and only 99 cents in the UK site on Amazon this week.

Shattering Time: http://geni.us/ShatterBlog






Friday, September 29, 2017

Stealing Time is Free!

I have some great news! My #1 best selling novel is #free! And I've expanded the outlets you can get it! It's now available on KOBO, Barnes and Noble Nook, and Amazon, plus more.

If you love a book that grips you from the first page to the last check out the first book in my time travel series for free!



Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/2xFJHPs
All other outlets: https://books2read.com/u/bOkwEb


Here are some of the reviews:

Top customer reviews

ByThomas Whaleyon April 1, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

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.

ByJennieon June 13, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Are our souls continuous between lives in time and space? Are we irresistibly drawn to those past times and places? Stealing Time explores these questions through an exciting, fast-paced adventure of time travel from current day Florida in the midst of a hurricane to 16th century London.
The past is awful for women and those designated witches in particular. The rule of religion over law is rampant and the detailed description of the experience of those times makes one very happy to be living in the present. The characters are well developed with even the basest of persons appearing to have some degree of morality in intention.  This is good writing. I will happily buy the sequel, Shattering Time, to find out how this saga ends. Will Mathias and Regina, aka Ronnie, find each other again? Is love stronger than death? An absolute five star read!
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ByStephanie on January 10, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

This was a great read. I rate it 4.5 (rounding up to 5, since 1/2 points aren't available to me here). I was immediately sucked into the suspenseful storm of this story. I liked the fact that there were two simultaneous storylines running, one following Ronnie and the other following Steph. Just as I began to become too nervous for Ronnie, I was allowed a "break" by checking in on Steph. Then things would start to get pretty intense with her, and we'd flip back to Ronnie. I also really appreciated the amount of research Ms. Waters put into this project. Her depiction of the 18th century was very believable (reminding us just how lucky we are to live in modern times), as was the reality of riding out a major hurricane. The reason for my "1/2 point rating deduction" is the ending. Obviously with "Book 1" in the title, one can anticipate unfinished business at the end of the book. That being said, I expected to walk away from the book with some sense of completion, much like walking away from the 1st movies in the original Star Wars trilogy - unfinished business, but also some completion. The existing abrupt cliffhanger wouldn't have been so bad if there had been a warning in the book's description (as you sometimes find with other books). Write away, Ms. Waters; I anxiously await book 2!


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Blow: http://geni.us/blowblog

Stealing Time: http://geni.us/StealingBlog and only 99 cents in the UK site on Amazon this week.

Shattering Time: http://geni.us/ShatterBlog

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief Discount

Hurricane Harvey Relief Discount on my Hurricane Series

The horrible scenes coming out of southeast Texas this week as a result of Hurricane Harvey breaks my heart. I truly am in awe of the strength and soul of Texas and their ability to tackle the worse disaster in American history with class and neighborly love.






Like many of you, I want to do something to help and I'm contacting my local Food Bank and Rotary Clubs to see how I can help locally in their broader projects to support victims of Harvey as well as donating to the larger organizations helping in disaster relief. 

I wanted to do something more personal as well and I've been struggling with something related to my writing to help in a small way. I don't think I need to encourage anyone to help out, but I did want to offer a little bit of thanks for supporting the relief effort. 



If you're interested in my Stealing Time Series set during the hurricanes of 2004 I'm offering the biggest discount I've ever offered at 30% off one or both paperbacks. To take advantage of this please email a screen shot of your Hurricane Harvey Relief donation to a reputable organization (not sure click here for ideas from NPR) to this email: 
kjwaters@protonmail.com or click here for the link. Sign up for my newsletter here and join the fun!  Insider deals, behind the scenes looks at my work and more!


Hurricane Charley and Time Travel back to 18 Century London

As you may know already I'm an author who was inspired to write my time travel series after living through the hurricanes that hit Florida in 2004. Hurricane Charley was the last Category 4 hurricane to hit the United States before Harvey devastated Texas last week. Charley is the backdrop for the first book in the series Stealing Time and you can read a sample, reviews, and the blurb here or buy on Amazon (ebook is only $2.99) here


Hurricane Frances and Time Travel to The Lost Colony in 1588 Early America


This weekend is the anniversary of Hurricane Frances that hit Florida 13 years ago only a few weeks after Charley hit. This storm was the size of Texas and impacted nearly the entire state of Florida and like Harvey was a slow mover with a lot of rain. It is also the backdrop for the second book in the series, Shattering Time. You can read the reviews and blurb here or buy on Amazon (ebook is only $3.99) here.

Thankfully, I wasn't affected in any serious way by the storms, just some minor damage to my Florida room, but it was definitely a dramatic welcome to the state, as I had just moved there three days before Charley struck and within six week four major hurricanes hit the state. 

I was going to launch a blog series with storm stories from my readers, but as the events of this disaster Hurricane Harvey have given us all enough to focus on, I've decided to put that on hold for a bit. I'll continue that blog idea in the future and would love for you to send me any storm stories you'd like to share. 

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My books are available here:

Blow: http://geni.us/blowblog


Stealing Time: http://geni.us/StealingBlog and only 99 cents in the UK site on Amazon this week.


Shattering Time: http://geni.us/ShatterBlog










Sunday, August 13, 2017

Little Blondie in the Lac

Little Blondie in the Lac


The breeze lifted the hair off my shoulders and reminded me that I was no longer in Dirtville, as it was a comfortable eighty degrees, not the sweltering dry dirt-laced one hundred plus temps that I had become accustomed to in my arid home.



Up in the tallest tree before me was a bald eagle looking directly into my soul. His magnificent head held high as he surveyed his kingdom, looking down upon us peasants.

“Up there!” I said to my nine-year-old daughter who glided towards me in her red kayak.


“Oh wow, an eagle!” She said doing her best to not run into me. Shorty, as she was now known by almost everyone but her classmates who were all considerably shorter than she was, paddled in the one direction she had mastered – forward. I reached out to catch the front of her kayak to lessen the collision.


“What are they doing here in Canada?” She asked noting the irony of America’s symbol enjoying the fresh air in another country. She tried to cover her childish question with a more mature one, “Are they protected here, too?” I glanced from his highness to her clear blue eyes and pink cheeks kissed with new summer freckles as she pushed a section of her thick blonde hair out of her face that spilled over her life vest.


“They are in the US but I’m not sure about Canada.” I responded, knowing we would likely look it up at her insistence when we returned to the comfort of the air-conditioned rental house. This girl had picked up her brother’s love of learning much to my delight.

We paddled quietly around the wilderness exploring Lac St. Charles just outside of Quebec City. For Shorty, it was her second time out in a kayak under her own power, so she was focused on not tipping over. I was focused on the pure bliss of being surrounded by water and breathtaking natural beauty. Another reminder I was no longer in Dirtville, for as you can imagine from the fond nickname of my current home, it is not littered with tall trees or beautiful lakes.

As she worked out the nuance of kayaking, I led us to the deeper part of the lake past the quaint cottages that dotted the shore. While we paddled in peaceful silence, I relived my childhood lakeside life with my grandparents each summer. We pushed through a patch of seaweed and I glanced back to make sure Shorty was handling it well.


“Mom, why is it called seaweed in a lake? Shouldn’t it be called lake weed?” Shorty quipped in her usual inquisitive happy nature. 




I laughed, marveling at the way she always thought things through with logic and reason. It was such a joy to peek in the windows of her mind. I didn’t ruin her clever observation by noting that lake weed sounded like some new form of pot. Instead, I gave her full credit for her clever observation and navigated around a peninsula enjoying the view of the wide-open water imagining what it would be like to own one of the cottages. 

A few paddle boarders passed nearby and they said the obligatory Quebecian “Bonjour.” I was envious of their mode of transportation and such an easy body of water to paddle on. Someday I would try that and hopefully with Shorty.

I cherished this time with my youngest daughter. Shorty still loved spending time with me, and I was going to soak that in as long as humanly possible. I appreciate this more because of the contrast of my other children. 

My son graduates high school this year and he is always busy with his numerous academic and social activities. Not that the boy doesn’t love me, just that he was looking towards his future and approaching adulthood and no longer had much time or interest in his dear old mom. In fact, he turned downtime on the lac with me to study for next year’s Academic Decathlon, preferring the vast open spaces in his mind to the ones the rest of us enjoyed in nature.

Shorty, on the other hand, was my constant companion and I savored every smile, clever wordplay, sniffle, and ornery moment because soon she would be like her teenaged sister and pour on the attitude. Le sigh. It was only fair, I had been a sassy lassie with my mom as a teen. I likely deserved every criticism and snarky comment purely as payback for giving the same to my mom.

I pushed that aside and in this blissful moment, I focused all of my attention on Shorty. It was a magnificent feeling to share another first with her, one that I wish I’d savored more completely when my older two were this age. Back then I had been hopped up on caffeine, plucking the baby food out of my hair, chasing three kids around and adjusting to Dirtville. I am just glad they are all turning out to be such great young adults and look forward to any time they will give me.


I turned around to watch my Shorty paddling hard against a gust of wind, looking quite satisfied with her lot in life having mastered a new skill and an early love of all things water. She was the picture of summer bliss with the freedom of a day ready to be filled with adventure and thoughts of a confined classroom all but a distant memory. I wish I could give her that joy every day but like the rest of us, the thrill of adventure would soon become ordinary. It is the hard work over the cool winter months that make these moments so glorious. 


Today we have a new place to explore, a new skill mastered, and someone special to share it with. For me, these are life’s greatest joys all wrapped up in my love of the water with the bright sunshine on my shoulders. There is no better joy to experience in this short and busy life. 



If you like my writing please check out my other water blogs and if you enjoy fiction I have three books out for your stormy time-travel loving pleasure. 

My books are available here:

Blow: http://geni.us/blowblog


Stealing Time: http://geni.us/StealingBlog and only 99 cents in the UK site on Amazon this week.


Shattering Time: http://geni.us/ShatterBlog