Do you like romance that’s a bit different? I love taking a crazy situation that doesn’t seem like a love story and making it into one–with the kind of guy we’d all like to meet. Some of my stories explore romance inside of marriage, and often have a touch of mystery. Okay, sometimes a lot of mystery, and even a hint of paranormal. You might notice I love stories that deal with amnesia and weird mind twists. This page highlights a few of these story lines, and there’s more under Novels. Learn more about me and my mission under About Kristen. Thanks for stopping by!

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    ALL IN MY HEAD    Rated 4.7 from 95 reviews

Marcus believes life is all or nothing. Can Avery handle having him in her head? 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?

An unconventional love story that will leave you wanting to read more from this author!”

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…

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“The culmination of this book in the last few chapters was phenomenal. So intense. But the chemistry between Avery and Marcus throughout the novel was also amazing, and I think what really enhanced the awesomeness of it was the paranormal aspect of the book.” ~Romance Novels 4 The Beach

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.”

All In  is my longest novel to date, and I have to admit I had so much fun writing it. The story popped into my head the way that Marcus suddenly appears in Avery’s mind, talking to her and driving her crazy. She’s not sure if he’s a ghost or she’s hearing voices; meanwhile he’s sure he has a body and life out there somewhere. I hope you’ll fall in love with these two characters the way I did.

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 In Stranger in my Bed, Megan wakes from a coma to a life that doesn’t feel right and a husband who acts like he loves her…but is he lying to her? Tricking her? What’s really going on? All the evidence says they’re happily and legally married, and yet her shattered memories say otherwise. Everyone she meets seems to be in on it, unless she’s suffering from paranoia due to her brain injury.

Ellison is the key to her past and future, even if she can’t trust him. That doesn’t stop her attraction to him. Megan plays a double agent, working with “Eli” to rebuild a life while trying to uncover the truth. Why would he do this? Does she know something she shouldn’t? He has an explanation for everything until new answers lead to an even more twisted story. What will she have to do to uncover the truth and learn who she really is?

“Great Romantic Thriller!”     “Suspense at it’s best!”

“I want to root for Meg and Eli so bad! I feel my heart breaking each time he lies and each time she doubts him. A beautiful story of mistrust, love, and redemption.”

Brianne’s Reviews: “What a great book! I could not put this book down once I started reading!  This book kept me guessing the whole time. One minute I thought I had it figured out, then bam something else comes and makes it so my theory is wrong. If you love psychological thrillers, then you will absolutely love this book! Great read!!!”

“Who is this woman? Is her name really Megan? Who is Ellison? Does he really have her best interest at heart? So many questions and so few answers. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t put the book down. Ms. James does it again. This is a great story where Ms. James took the time to build the characters and storyline.”

“Absolutely loved the story. Wondering what Eli is hiding and what Megan can remember. Anxiously waiting for the next chapter.”

This is my family drama/ married romance – a beautiful, emotional story about family, marriage, and making it all work. Trey and Rosette are hanging on by a thread; teenage Alex is wondering what’s going on with their family; and everyone wonders how to go on with all the pain life is throwing at them.

   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

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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?

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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 210 reviews.

One of my bestselling novels, More than Memories is a touching romance with a real life hero. Readers continue to fall for Trent, and I hope you do too! 

MORE THAN MEMORIES     Book 1, Memories Series

More Than Memories Can she love him if she can’t remember him?

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.

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“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     Rated 4.3 from 231 Amazon Reviews

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