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: 

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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My books are available here:

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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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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My First Video Interview!

So excited to share with you my first video interview on my books, my advice on marketing and how to build your social media platform, simple tips for book covers, and paperback vs. ebooks with Andrea Billig and Self-Publishing Mastery.

Also last week was quite an exciting week. I put my short-story Blow for free and unexpectedly it spent all five days at #1 in two categories and #2 in the third. If you missed out it's only 99 cents and I'm working on the sequel right now.
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I've been busy writing guest blogs and I wanted to share the quirky and fun pieces I've put together for some of my writing buddies in the last few weeks to promote my books. 

Seumas Gallacher: Time After Time. -- Why and where I time travel.

Susan Wingate: Clones and Scones -- If I could have a few clones to help me publish books.
Guest Blog on Aaron Alber's Blog -- Author interview with Aaron Albers.

Coming soon: Blog interview with Julie Whitley Pamerleau, podcast interview with Mark Combs, guest blog with Jason C. Bourne, feature on the Author Gang and several other fun things in the works. 

Let me know if you have any blogging opportunities, I'd love to partake!

My books are available here:

Blow: http://geni.us/blowblog

Stealing Time: http://geni.us/StealingBlog

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

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Time Travel and Hurricanes -- Shattering Time!

 Shattering Time is Now Available in Paperback and eBook!

It is with great pleasure that announce my second book is available in print and in paperback. It is the sequel to my best selling time travel novel Stealing Time set in a hurricane.

Why Hurricanes and Time Travel?

I've had many people over the years ask my why hurricanes? Why time travel? I think they've always been a part of me with a fascination with severe weather borne from my childhood watching thunderstorms with my dad.

I grew up in the Mid-Atlantic states and have seen my share of hurricanes and tropical storms. The worst storm I was ever in happened three days after I moved to Florida with my family in 2004 when Hurricane Charley hit. Within six-weeks four major hurricanes hit the state.

Time travel as always fascinated me, beginning with the book A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle that my step-mother read to me in an enchanting arboretum in Pennsylvania. The endless possibilities get my brain cracking. When I discovered Outlander by Diana Gabaldon where a world war II nurse goes back in time to the Scottish Uprising in the late 1700's. It completely captured my imagination and soaked into my being. After the 2004 hurricanes hit, I decided if I was going to write anything I would never get a better setting for a thriller than that summer.

The following year is when my ideas for the Stealing Time series coalesced, forming one long book, but I later realized it was better served as a series. Now it has grown to four books, Stealing Time released 2015, Shattering Time released now, Killing Time, out next year, and Fracturing Time.

Shattering Time

Shattering Time is the second book in the Stealing Time Series and it begins right after Stealing Time ends, where Ronnie Andrews has returned from her time traveling to 1752 London and is trying to piece her life back together. A monster storm, Hurricane Frances is barreling towards Florida and Ronnie begins a new job with a very intriguing boss, Mike Walsh. Ronnie feels there is something about Mike that reminds her of Mathias, the man she fell in love with back in London.

Ronnie's fears mount about being sent back in time during the storm. Her fears are realized when she goes back not only once, but three times to different troubled times, in completely different locales. One of the most dangerous places is Roanoke Island, North Carolina where she encounters the first English Colony in the New World in 1588.  This is the famed Lost Colony of Roanoke Island that to this day historians are baffled at their disappearance leaving only one word carved into a tree, Croatoan.

I'm thrilled to have such great reviews on it so far. I have 10 reviews and a total 4.9 out of 5 stars. This is the last week it will be on sale for $2.99. Next week it goes up to $3.99 so grab your copy now!

Here are some of the reviews:  Click here for the full reviews.

of 5 stars

Shattering Time is a page turner, and for that reason is a quick read. I definitely recommend it, even to those who never thought they would enjoy time travel fiction. Oddly enough, I only recognized the complexity of the characters after I completed the book and let it all sink in.

of 5 star

I have been dying for this book to be released since I read 
Stealing Time in my Indie Book Connect box and 
fell in love with this story. I was thrilled to find that 
Shattering Time picks up exactly where Stealing Time left 
off and continues this incredible yet believable story. If you 
haven't read KJ Waters yet, you are missing out on one of 
the best authors of our time!

The main character, Ronnie, is so engaging and authentic 
that you can't help getting carried along with her through 
her emotional journey and when life throws her a dummy. 
The dialogue, the characterizations and the adventures that 
the plot leads to makes this a thrilling read with a real desire 
to hurry Waters along with the next entry.

Shattering Time is a masterpiece, one of the most riveting 
books I have ever read! After reading KJ Waters’ number 
one best-selling thriller Stealing Time, her first book in the 
series, and her related short story Blow, I became captivated 
by her adeptness in taking the reader by the hand and 
whisking them through spine tingling adventures, combining the excitement of deadly hurricanes, time travel, romance, betrayal, and mystery.

of 5 The main character, Ronnie, is so engaging and authentic that you can't help getting carried along with her through her emotional journey and when life throws her a dummy. The dialogue, the characterizations and the adventures that the plot leads to makes this a thrilling read with a real desire to hurry Waters along with the next ent