Kristi doesn't know how she got old enough to say she's been writing for three and a half decades.
She has always considered herself a writer, although she has worn a lot of hats in the course of her work history--from cashier at the movies and carwash, all the way to insurance underwriter.
After leaving Portland, Oregon for life in a smaller town, she tried on a few more hats before she met her husband, started a trucking company, and ultimately left the office to drive over the road with him.
On the road, she rediscovered her love for writing, and knuckled down to complete her first self published novel, a romantic suspense: Knight Before Dawn. Her second novel, Blinding Justice (a suspense with a dash of romance) was re-released as Last Shot at Justice in preparation for the launch of her new series The Boys of Syracuse, Kansas.
Last Second Chance, Book 2 of The Boys of Syracuse, Kansas, was released Valentine's Day 2015.
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Knight Before Dawn
by Kristi Cramer
When kidnap victim Cassandra Reyes meets Alaskan bush pilot Nicolas Knight, she doesn't know if she should trust him, or run like hell.
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Smashwords book reviews by Kristi Cramer
on Aug. 15, 2015
I feel like I've been quick-stepped through the desert on a training run and blown away by a gorgeous, sweet, kick ass Scotsman.
Lordy, what a story. Full of excitement, sex, and sand.
I contemplate knocking off half a star for the bits that lost me. Mostly the bad guys plotting political intrigue, and the sometimes lengthy backstory tangents. Those elements are necessary to the story, I guess, which is why I'm not thinking of knocking off a whole star, but at times I did roll my eyes and sigh, wishing to get back to the action.
I realize I'm going to contradict the above statement here, but all that backstory helped to really understand Pepper, and then watching her transformation...I hardly had to suspend my disbelief that she could turn around 'so quickly'.
These characters were well developed and loveable. Larger than life in some ways, but I was rooting for them the whole way.
It would be pretty hard to say much more without spoilers all over the place. Suffice to say READ DELIVERANCE! You won't be sorry!
on Aug. 15, 2015
Forgot to add the stars to my written review.
- The Degas Girl
on Aug. 22, 2015
Broken people. That is what kept going through my mind when I stopped enjoying the story long enough to try to process what I was reading. Serenity and Zachary are broken people.
This story was not nearly as dark as I was expecting, as much of what I consider the horrific darkness happened "off scene", before we meet Serenity. Then again, maybe I'm just getting accustomed to AJ Adams' stories.
I liked that Serenity is a fighter, and I liked that Zachary grows and changes for the better as the story progresses. I like the exchange of power that occurs. I disliked the bad guys intensely. They were lovely to hate, and I looked forward to them getting their come-uppance.
Oh, and Ms. Adams does seem to know a thing or two about art and classic literature. I enjoyed reading the brief bursts of Art 101, and the way Serenity used the classics to analyze a situation.
I do wish there was another way to get these character's rich backstories without so much telling. There were a few times I was wishing to get back to the action, even as I was soaking up their histories. I'm probably just too impatient.
I think the thing that bugged me most is that it kind of came off as a fairytale in the end. I'm not opposed to fairytale endings in general, but it just seemed like the arc was a little too sharp at the end. I was 40 pages from the end, and knew the other shoe had to drop, and it did, and then bam, it was the wrap up.
Perhaps it was that the final conflict, while broadly hinted at, wasn't foreshadowed enough? I know, that means it isn't a twist, but I've never been fond of that kind of twist. Always feels a bit like a bait and switch to me.
So, with that quibble aside, The Degas Girl is definitely worth the read. The book has action, sex, and a thorough exploration of what it looks like when two broken people end up being the best thing in the world to each other.
on Jan. 13, 2016
Helpless is bold and daring, and walks the fine line between what is acceptable and what is not. The heroes are larger than life, and more than a little...bent. Damaged, but not broken. They're not hindered by the law or held to any code other than their own sense of right and wrong, which has been shaped by their histories and is also a little bent.
Caden started off on shaky ground for me. He is hard, uncompromising, and obviously tortured by something(s) in his past. He does some things usually considered unforgivable. (You'll get no spoilers out of me.) He doesn't listen! But the depth of his character is revealed in a satisfying way, and as the story progressed I actually grew to like him quite well. He is strong, and loyal, and once you get him on your side, he won't shake free.
But Fracas.... You're asked to feel sympathy for, and root for, a woman who has had the shit end of the stick since puberty. She's crass, vulgar, and goddamned if she doesn't have a fighting spirit that society would sing praises of--if she were a man. So why not? Fracas is indomitable, outspoken, blunt and honest. Even when she's having her ass handed to her--and she knows that it's time to shut up--as a reader I really wanted her to win.
On the flip side, she is so flippant about her history--especially in the beginning, during the backstory rundown--that I wondered if she was even human. She almost lost me, there. How could anyone endure the crapfest that was her life and be so matter-of-fact about it? If I were having a conversation with Fracas and she told me all of that in one sitting, as it is presented in the opening chapter, I would either be looking for an exit or Googling a good therapist.
The author has a delicate line to walk. If the backstory isn't told, the reader may not be sympathetic with Fracas. But if it is told without kid gloves, it almost becomes too much to take in. There's got to be a happy medium, of revealing information in just the right increments to deliver the character's full depth without the reader despising her for what she is, or going a little numb because we learned too much too fast.
The plot has plenty of twists, and funny moments as well as horrifying ones. I very much enjoyed reading it. I can't think of anything to say that couldn't be considered a spoiler, so I'll just reiterate, it is a story worth reading. Crazy, up and down, wild ride. I did grow to care quite a lot about the characters and their battle to prevail...(no spoilers!) I wanted Caden and Fracas and the Disciples to WIN! There were a couple scenes that even had my eyes leaking on Fracas' account--the kind of tears I get from someone's core belief about themselves getting blown to pieces, when that's a good thing.
Now, as far as that missing star...
Because it is in first person, I had a rough time with some of it. As anyone who follows my reviews knows, I'm not a huge fan of first person. I don't see the appeal, and find when it isn't flawless it feels to me like I'm overhearing Chatty Kathy in the diner, telling her best friend about what happened last night. Helpless isn't flawless, but a lot of it is pretty well done. AJ has done better in other stories, though.
I found it hard to connect with Fracas--possibly as much if not more due to the issue I discuss above. Most especially, Fracas' little asides--commentary as though she's telling the story from some future date. Most of these I just found odd enough to pop me out of the bubble, but at least one was overtly revealing. Caden does at least one of those, too. As a reader, they make me go "A-ha! Something is coming!" but as a writer, I find it...well, a cheap trick. Foreshadowing with a sledgehammer.
The other quality of note is the amount of slang in this book. Britishisms galore, and many of them just plain derogatory terms. I could follow along through most of them, because they're used pretty well in context, but at times it was a bit overwhelming to follow. It gives the story a very salty feel, and I enjoyed a lot of it, but sometimes the sheer quantity was enough to pop me out of the bubble while I tried to figure out what on earth they were talking about.
This was a solid 4 star read for me. I would recommend to anyone who has enjoyed other AJ Adams books, and also to anyone who enjoys a read about the darker side of life--people who are not held up as shining examples of humanity, but who really, at their core, highlight some of humanities finest attributes.