Welcome and Happy Thanksgiving! I’m celebrating the holiday season with a freebie, Embers of Hope. Check below for links.
2014 has been an exciting writing year for me. I set a goal to offer something new and unique with each story, along with pushing my boundaries as a writer. I published emotional romance, family drama, and my latest novel, It’s All In My Head, was a huge leap in storytelling for me. Check out my blog for a behind the scenes look at my inspiration. There’s also my collection of short Christmas stories. Next up, I’m releasing the first in a novella series called Stranger in my Bed, a light psychological thriller.
I wake up and confused and lost… except for Ellison, the key to my past and current life. My memories are shattered images at best and make no sense, and what I’m learning about myself makes me question who I am. Clues add up to different answers. Everyone else is certain about me and what’s going on, leaving me questioning my sanity. Ellison is my lifeline. He’s also a stranger to me.
Stranger in my Bed will be a novella series, and the first installment will be out in early December! (Can you tell I’m on a writer’s high from working on the story?)
Writers: Sign ups are open for the TMCC Writers’ Conference in Reno on April 18th, 2015, where I’ll be speaking about successful self publishing. My focus will be on being an Authorpreneur (like my book title) which means writing, running a business and working with freelancers and publishers.
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He’s taking over her life, but is he even real? What if he’s a real person, out there somewhere, and needs her help?
Avery Waldorf wakes up from a concussion to find a voice inside her head—an adventurous male voice belonging to Marcus, who doesn’t know where he came from, but has an opinion on everything about her life. She just wants to work on her screenplay, go to her writing classes and flirt with the guy of her dreams, Nash, who is finally noticing her.
Marcus wants to get up at dawn, run, snowboard, and basically take over her life, and even her body at times. He thinks she’s freaking hot and does not like Nash touching her. Marcus may be smart, talented at snowboarding, drawing and playing the guitar, but he’s not real! When she needs help, she has to call Nash.
She can’t tell anyone about Marcus without sounding like she’s crazy. Meanwhile Marcus doesn’t know where he’ll go if he leaves her mind. Maybe she is losing it…
From Goodreads: “I really LOVED this book! I have always enjoyed books and movies about switching bodies (Freaky Friday, It’s A Boy Girl Thing, etc.) – this book is kind of similar. Except instead of a switch, it is two minds in one body. Avery wakes up from an accident with the voice of a guy in her head – he does not know really anything about himself other than his name. Over time, Ave and Marcus talk and get to know one another. Life becomes so awkward for her. The interactions between Ave and Marcus are just great. The thing about having someone in your head is that you can’t really hide anything from them. Things with them are genuine and real. I also appreciated all the pop culture references (it is actually rare that I get to read a book that has just been released that year). This story was just FANTASTIC! It will be one I remember and talk about for a long time.” Rated 4.9 from 12 reviews
COSTA RICA 2014 Release
Annalisa and Drew have always dreamed of going to Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica, with their best friends, Vincent and Melinda. But now they’re out of time.
Annalisa feels their marriage is just a shell for others to see–there’s nothing left inside. She wonders if they can rekindle their love in paradise, but there’s so little left. They gave up on their marriage along with their dream of having children.
Time is literally slipping away from Vince and Mel. Vincent’s cancer is back–his tumor is inoperable and he won’t do chemo again. This trip is now or never.
From Amazon: “What a beautiful tale of love, betrayal, hypocrisy, friendship, forgiveness and reconciliation, all within the backdrop of a tropical island paradise. There is an overwhelming joy of life in this story that is addicting. Peering through it’s lens, it made me so excited remembering the joys of travel, and love in it’s infant stages. I am excited to declare I’ve become a fan, and am anxiously looking forward to reading more from this gifted author.” Rated 4.7 from 21 reviews.
IN A FIELD OF ORANGES 2014 Release
Sergeant Lance Smith lost his men in Afghanistan, lost his wife to divorce, and came home to an empty life. He expected to come home with his best friend, Jared. That didn’t happen either. There is one thing he needs to do. He’d promised Jared he would visit his sister if anything happened to him. It doesn’t seem like much, but Lance needs something to keep him moving forward. He just needs to track her down first.
Once a nurturing heart and a competent psychiatrist, Sierra Thomas is now hiding from the world. She tried to make a difference and failed. She couldn’t stop her brother—the brother she’d raised—from enlisting in the Marines. Then she failed her patients, ending her career. She retreated to her family’s orange groves, hoping to forget the pain of her past.
In a world where you can lose everything in any given second, it’s dangerous to open your heart. But giving up and living “dead” isn’t what life is about.
**Available for Amazon Prime borrows and Kindle Unlimited.**
From Amazon: “I just adored, loved this book!!!! It had me in tears all along as I kept reading, not wanting to stop till the very end to see how these characters worked out all their secrets and problems of their past and present lives.” Rated 4.4 from 42 reviews.
POINT HOPE from Montlake Romance
“From bestselling author Kristen James comes a hauntingly beautiful story of loss, heartache and redemption. Frozen in a damaged marriage, Trey and Rosette find themselves jolted by an unexpected tragedy – and an orphaned niece in need of a family.” Bookbub
After an IED brought his Navy career to an end, Trey became an EMT in his hometown of Coos Bay, Oregon. He struggles with PTSD, which affects his ability to do his job and connect with his family. His wife seems to be living life without him.
Rosette can’t figure out what happened to her marriage, or to Trey—the man she once so desperately loved. It feels like she’ll lose everything along with him. Meanwhile, he’s enclosed in his own world without her.
Their marriage is on its last legs when their family is faced with two deaths and an orphan. They’re already raising two young children and Trey’s teenage brother, Alex. Trey and Rosette make a shaky agreement: to play “family” for now so they can take care of Trey’s recently orphaned niece. But can faking it ever be enough? It’s make-it or break-it time. If they split apart, who will raise Hope?
**Available for Amazon Prime borrows and Kindle Unlimited.**
From Amazon: “This book is both heartbreaking, and heartwarming…it pulls and stretches your emotions from all angles!”
“Have your tissues at the ready, but still be prepared to smile. I recommend this book for everyone.” 4.3 from 198 reviews.
MORE THAN MEMORIES Book 1, Memories Series
Molly Anderson returns “home” to a town she doesn’t remember, hoping it will spark a memory. She runs into Trent Williams, an off duty police Detective, and something else definitely sparks. He wants to know why she left town, with her parents, but without a word to anyone. She doesn’t remember that life. She can only tell him she knew her parents briefly before they died . . . or were murdered, she’s not sure. She hopes regaining her memory will help answer that question.
Trent has his own secrets, but they have a mystery to solve.
“I just loved this book! Primarily because Ms. James’ equation for the plot kept me guessing the entire time.” Big Al’s Books and Pals, 5 Stars 215 Amazon Reviews!
A WEDDING TO REMEMBER an eShort — Book 2, Memories Series
Every girl dreams of a wedding… Trent knows that, and he wants Molly to have the wedding of a lifetime. She’s the love of his life and means everything to him. They eloped before she lost her memory and disappeared, and then they lost four years, so he wants to make up for that lost time in a huge way. Now that they’re reunited, he wants to celebrate their love in front of their family and friends.
It’s the happiest time of her life… but thinking of a wedding brings up all kinds of emotions. Molly’s not sure how to handle things at first! But not only is Trent there for her, he’s bringing in reinforcements.
She’s a cutting-edge travel blogger—he’s a fishing guide with strong ties to their small hometown.
She thought they were arch enemies—he always thought they’d end up together.
Autumn grew up in her parents’ fishing resort in backwoods Oregon, listening to wild travel stories from around the world. Now she’s broken free and living her dream as a travel blogger, that is until her mom talks her into coming home and writing a blog about the Rugged Resort. Autumn’s very surprised to find Cory still there. He was the thorn in her side growing up, and now he’s buddy-buddy with her parents. She plans to write her blog and hit the road, but Cory has other ideas.
EMBERS OF HOPE – Book 1, Second Gift Series FREE READ!
Savanna dreaded telling her family and friends about her failed marriage so much that she hid it while living in another state. But she can’t stay away when her best friend Cassie loses her husband, who dies on duty as a firefighter. Savanna quickly returns home to help, longing to find herself again and make a home for her daughter. She meets Mike’s best friend, Jason, the man who talked him into staying with the department just before the fatal fire. He’s also the man who once saved Savanna’s life. Though hurting herself, something deep inside her won’t let her walk away. Jason needs her but she’s off limits on so many levels. She’s falling for this handsome firefighter but he confuses her to no end, and she could lose her best friend over him.
MORE THAN A PROMISE – Book 2, Second Gift Series
Cassie escapes to Ocean View Stables on the Oregon Coast to cope with the three year anniversary of her husband’s death. She’s starting to dream about her future again and possibly romance. A safe romance, that is, where people don’t die. She runs into Ethan Caldwell, the cute boy who teased her through grade school. He sure grew up – into a man who’d catch anyone’s eyes. Now he’s a single dad to nine year old Isabel, who talks about her parents getting back together…as soon as her mom is out of rehab. Then maybe her mom can watch her while her dad goes on his work trips. Apparently Ethan has some kind of dangerous, secretive government job. This isn’t at all what Cassie is looking for! So why is she running full speed into another broken heart?
“I found myself unable to put the book down, I just had to find out if Missy and Brent could let go of their pasts, and trust each other with their deep held secrets, and learn to just let go and love each other. The sparks that flew between them was very entertaining, I loved how the storyline developed, it had a nice mix of romance and cowboy / ranch lifestyle … it let my imagination run wild.” ~ Jersey Girl Book Reviews
“A nice western read that keeps you turning the pages.” ~Babs Book Bistro
“Yummy Read!…If you enjoy romance, the countryside and amazing scenery, this book is for you.” ~ Literary Vixen .
Robin is flying back into the misty Pacific Northwest for Christmas, which is a bit fitting after her last so-so relationship ended. Alex just wasn’t the right man for her. Things look up when Grayson sits next to her on the plane—he’s hot, charming, witty and very into her. Unfortunately their chance meeting puts her in danger, and suddenly Robin is trapped into spending the holiday with this charming, mysterious man at a secluded mountain cabin.He vows to protect her with his own life if needed, but the danger isn’t just from the men tracking them down. Robin isn’t sure she can trust Grayson, and yet she’s pulled to his magnetism. Safety is quickly losing the battle to desire…
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Vivianne has been so proud her husband—a Navy SEAL—but his absence while serving has put a strain on their marriage. Due to buried hurts and different circumstances in her life, she needs him more than ever now. Aiden proposed in the snow, and Christmas has always been their special time of year. This year, however, looks bleak and lonely. If only Aiden were here, she could share a special surprise.
**Available for Amazon Prime borrows and Kindle Unlimited.**
Nick Halloway claims he wants to help Cora, saying he’s deceiving the Holloways to keep her safe…but what if he’s playing both sides? He could be using her attraction to him against her. The family orders Nick take Cora out into the wilderness to a remote cabin to keep her father in line. Cora can’t allow herself to trust Nick, no matter how sexy he is.
Soon she’s running from her feelings for Nick, running from the creepy henchman Alexander and the rest of the Holloways, and trying to find her father.
The clock is ticking…
River-Song’s father, Chief Sits-and-Thinks, is growing old and sick, but he trusts in her to lead their people. Her best friend has become her rival as they compete to marry the big chief’s son. But as River-Song proves herself to him, she begins to see he isn’t the man she thought. Then she must use her gift of words when a wandering band of braves seek a new home with them. They speak her mother’s language so she can understand them. River-Song feels pulled to their leader but confused about her place in the tribe. Can this young girl hold her tribe together as the new braves join them, and again when hostile warriors attack their valley?