Monday, June 13, 2022

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: And Time Stopped: Dimension 9 by Kristen L Jackson @KLJacksonAuthor @XpressoTours

And Time Stopped: Dimension 9
Kristen L. Jackson
(Keeper of the Watch, #3)
Publication date: Kristen L. Jackson
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Young Adult

After a smooth jump to Dimension 9, Chase, Alyx, and chimera pup, Bo, discover that this world’s peaceful existence only extends as far as the local high school. A different kind of battle wages there, and the identity of the school bully is a surprise they never anticipated. When Chase decides they have no choice but to enroll at Dune Harbor High and repeat their senior year, Alyx is less than thrilled. But the two soon discover the influence just one person can have over the decisions, lives, and even deaths, of those around them. While they try to prevent one tragedy, another one unfolds even as Chase unravels one more piece of his family history. What he discovers will leave him reeling, and his life will never be the same.

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Interview with Author, Kristen L. Jackson

How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

This series is a sci-fi/fantasy, magical, dimension travel tale. In the first book, Chase Walker discovers a watch that can help him travel the twelve dimensions. The storyline was inspired by my dad, who always wore a watch. When he passed away a few years back, it was my dad’s love of time, watches, and our shared love of science fiction that inspired me to begin writing the Keeper of the Watch series.

What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

My goal in writing AND TIME STOPPED (Book Three in the Keeper of the Watch Series) was to open up a dialogue about two very important issues that most teens face to some degree every day: teen bullying, and teen suicide. Awareness is the first step in prevention, and if I can open even a tiny window on these topics and get people talking, then I feel I have achieved my goal.

My intentions during the writing process were to weave in an underlying feeling of hope through the storyline despite the heaviness of the issues. I want to send a message to my readers. Don’t lose hope.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

There were two factors that made the entire book a hard one to write. First, the storyline was very emotional for me, making it a very difficult story to write. The realization that teen bullying and teen suicide happen more often than I realized rattled me, and just made me want to write this story even more.

The second most difficult part of writing this book was that I was writing it in 2020, right at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was hard to find inspiration at times.

This book is a true work from the heart!

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I enjoyed reconnecting with my characters. They have become like old friends to me, and I’m always happy to re-enter their lives when I start writing another book in the series.

Were there alternate endings you considered?

No, not an alternate ending. But I did consider making one of the scenes in the book less tragic. When I was writing; however, it seemed inevitable for the storyline to go in that direction.

Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?

What really moved me was not people I met, but rather statistics and information about teen suicide in our country. It saddens me that so many of our youth feel so lost they think there is no other way out. My hope in writing this book is that it will open up a dialogue about this serious and heartbreaking issue with the teens, (and adults!), that read my series.

What genre of books do you enjoy reading?

I love reading romance, science fiction, fantasy, young adult, & mystery novels. As long as it captures my interest, I’m willing to read it!

Author Bio:

Kristen L. Jackson lives in Reading, PA, with her husband, two grown sons, and four large-breed dogs. She has been a teacher for over 20 years, and writing for children of all ages is close to her heart. Her debut novels KEEPER OF THE WATCH and MAGIC HARBOR (Books 1 & 2) are available now, as well as a novella, DIMENSION KEEPER, which is the prequel to the series. A children’s picture book, JOCELYN’S BOX OF SOCKS, (2019 1st Place Pencraft Award Winner) is also available now. Kristen enjoys writing, reading, and spending time with her family at their cabin in the Pocono Mountains of PA. Follow Kristen on Social Media:

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Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour!

Sherry said...

I like the cover and think the book look interesting.

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