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Say Yes… A story about love, marriage, friendship, life, loss, and how to bounce back.

Special Pre-order price of only 2.99! Releases June 7th.

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Lily Ann McKee thought she had it all… Her quirky Victorian house, her own marketing company, and best of all, she was head-over-heels in love with her handsome, charming husband Breandan. They planned a life of adventure together, just the two of them.

Then tragedy struck a year ago, and everything changed. Lily Ann began to want a baby of her own but she was afraid to tell Breandan. A year later, she has no choice but to share, and discovers he has a secret of his own, something too painful from his past to share.

She had pulled away from everyone, most of all her best friend Cici, the one person who would understand what she’s going through. Her business isn’t thriving like she thought either; just the opposite. Now her marriage is on the line. Will she have to choose between her marriage or having a child of her own?


Seven years ago when we were dating, I once joked to Breandan that one of my life goals was to have a garage and actually park in it. Everyone fills it with junk and parks outside!

After we got married and bought our loudly purple, contemporary Victorian-style house five years ago, he emptied all the boxes from the garage within a week and moved my car inside. Back then, he called me the Lady of the Castle. A little castle, but it did look like my own tiny castle, and I loved it.

For several years, I always smiled when I went into the garage and got into my car, thinking how much my husband loved me.
Today as we got into his Jeep together, I didn’t. It’d been hard to find anything to smile about the last year, and I was thinking about dinner with our friends, who had invited us over for dinner on a Monday night out of the blue.

We had both just gotten home, freshened up, and then jumped in his Jeep to head across Eugene. I had pulled on a pale green lacy T-shirt dress, which I liked because it seemed fancy and casual at the same time. With a shiver, I realized it probably wasn’t warm enough for a March evening in Oregon but it was a bit late to change.

Breandan noticed my shiver and turned on my seat warmer. His freshly applied Vince Camuto cologne tickled my nose, a light sophisticated scent. It made me think of the year after we met, our last year of college, and our summer hikes for some reason. It’d been a couple of years since we’d gone. He wore a green long sleeve shirt, one that he often wore for St. Patties or anything else remotely Irish-related.

“How did it go with that house?” I asked Breandan as we both buckled up. He owned a small real estate company and invested in properties. He had gone to Florence on the coast today to look at a two story house that he wanted to buy and then rent. “You were super excited about it yesterday.”

“Well…” He blew out his breath as he backed out of the garage and swung backwards onto the street. I waited, wanting to hear about the house but also about his day. He use to tell funny stories about his nerdy-hipster business partner Jerry talking with the coffee pot in his hand and accidentally smashing it against a corner. A few years ago, he would have launched into something like that, letting his Irish accent out in full force.

Breandan McKee was the most charming, handsome, fun man I had ever met…and fell in love with and married. The man melted hearts with a look. With his thick, loosely wavy hair and distinctive nose, he looked a lot like Patrick Dempsey from in Gray’s Anatomy (but with lighter hair) who played Derek Shepherd, or Dr. Dreamy. That really fit Breandan, so much so that for a long time I thought the actor was Irish too.

We used to joke about it a lot. He moved his hand on the steering wheel and my gaze caught on his wedding band. That made it hurt all the worse now. He didn’t know, of course. I was the one who changed.


Nature’s Beauty, new adult coloring book

I published a second adult coloring book!

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This one features flowers like my first one, along with birds, sea creatures, and mermaids. I included a few of my favorite drawings from the first one as well.

This one has a few illustrations that include the linework and then a shaded version.

I love getting creative in lots of different ways, and making pretty pictures. The cover illustration was inspired by the fushia bush in my mom’s yard. It attracted tons of hummingbirds every year. You could lay under it and watch the tiny birds buzzing around and fighting.

7.99 on Amazon; click the cover to go purchase.

Relax, Renew & Rejuvenate with flower and ocean scenes inspired by the West Coast! Coloring not only calms you, it energizes you and boosts your creativity. Lose yourself and relax while coloring these hand drawn flower, bird, and sea illustrations inspired by Oregon, the Pacific Ocean, and nature’s beauty. Illustrations are printed on one side so you can display your finished artwork without worrying about color bleeding through. Some drawings have linework and grayscale (shaded) versions. From the illustrator of Flower Therapy: Adult Coloring Book.



New Audiobooks

All in my Head, Embers of Hope, More than a Promise, and Stranger in my Bed all have audiobooks now!

Below you’ll find all of my audiobooks, available on Amazon, right on the book’s page, and

And guess what? If you’re not already a member of, you can get a free audiobook for signing up at their site for a free trial month; just pick an audiobook below and click on it to visit Audible.


All in my Head audiobook

Stranger in my Bed audiobook

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Point Hope audiobook

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More than a promise

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A Cowboy for Christmas audiobook




New Year Updates

So… I didn’t publish a new novel in 2017, but I had four audiobooks in production. I got to approve two of them today!!

More Than Memories and Stranger in my Bed will have audiobooks out soon.

And there’s on in production for All in my Head and Embers of Hope. Luckily Embers of Hope is scheduled to be finished soon too, since it’s the first book that goes with More Than a Promise. 

I also published several translations last year, so there’s almost 20 out now. Which reminds me that I haven’t been good about updating my site pages with new translations…

Last year was busy! I took up tattooing and had to give that my full attention for a while. I went through an apprenticeship and have been working part time tattooing–I’m still working out how to balance everything, but it’s making more sense. I love creating across several mediums, and sometimes that pulls me in lots of different directions.

While I didn’t publish anything last year, I did work on two novels. One is romance/women’s fiction–a married romance that will focus on her story and growth the most. Sometimes I write a novel like this in a month, but I haven’t been clear on the direction in the story, so it’s a longer journey with this one.

The other work-in-progress is a fantasy novel. I’ve written a few short stories in that genre but nothing in depth in like this, and I have a lot to learn! It’s a fun process but I know this book will take longer to write. It’s called The Mermaid Necklace and I’m so excited about the story and everything I’m learning about fantasy.

Here’s to a productive, fun, and adventurous 2018!

XXOO Kristen


Happy Autumn!

Happy Halloween (if you celebrate) and happy everything autumn! It seems like almost everyone I know says fall is their favorite time of year. Or maybe we all feel that way as it draws near, and we sip our pumpkin latte and pull out the fun decorations.

I need to decorate for a birthday/autumn/festival party next weekend. My mind has been focused more on the yummy treats I want to make.

I also love to get out into the woods this time of year and hunt for chanterelle mushrooms. Hiking is fun in the summer, of course, but it feels magical to go out in the bright yellow and orange leaves, walk between the towering evergreens,  maybe in the mist or rain, and see how the forest changes.

So… I have been very bad about updating my blog this year.  Instead of working on a novel, I focused more on my painting and even began training as a tattoo artist.

I still plan to write! I just wanted to expand my horizons, and I love expressing myself in many creative ways from writing to painting to tattooing. Life got super hectic while I was training, but now it’s settling down a little bit, and I have to say I love tattooing!

You can check out my work at – there’s some pretty Oregon creek photos too.

One of my designs–I love nature themes:steelhead with color



It’s a perfect day when I can write and tattoo, or write and paint, and basically explore lots of ways to be creative. And it never hurts if I can sip hot apple cider or a cinnamon-chocolate-mocha while doing what I love!

Hope you’re having an awesome autumn with lots of creativity, and/or yummy drinks, or a hike on a misty trail surrounded by a rainbow of fall colors. 🙂


6 Years!!

I was looking through my Facebook page the other day and something hit me: I started that page and this blog back in March of 2011, six years ago!

It’s been a fun ride since then, and I’m so grateful not just that I get to be an author, but that I am living the life that I am. I’m a super creative person in several formats, and being self employed and working at home allows me to draw, paint, and explore other art forms. I like painting Oregon landscapes in acrylic and oil, drawing flowers for body art in temporary jagua ink, and I’m starting to explore things like wood burning and even tattooing fruit.

And of course I love to create new stories! It’s an amazing journey, and each novel is a process where I enjoy writing it, getting to know the characters and their arcs, and learning more about storytelling.

Seems like I should celebrate 6 years of blogging!

I posted an audiobook giveaway on my FB page, with 5 copies of Point Hope up for grabs.

And I have a bunch of my Kindle ebooks on a 99 cent special for a while, including Covetous if you haven’t read it yet!

I’ll come up with some fun things throughout the month of April too.

So my next novel…. a past/present time split story

I’ve been painting a lot so far this year, and I’ll share those below, but I wanted to tell you about the novel I’m writing. It’s about a woman in a dying marriage–Lily can grasp the issue but doesn’t know how to get around it. She desperately wants a baby and her husband Mic is dead set against it. She wishes for a different life and wakes up on the Oregon Trail with Mic and their children. That’s all I’m sharing for now! I’m 20,000 words into the book, and I’m not sure how long it’ll be. So more to come…!

Here’s a few of my paintings; I love painting Oregon forests and the beach. And the last pic is my newest tattoo–very Hawaiian themed this time!



NaNoWriMo – a novel in a month

National November Writing Month… I’ve wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo for several years now, but I’m usually in the middle of a writing project when it starts. If you write year round, it can be trickier to plan a novel and start it on November 1. This year, however, I got an idea on Oct 30, and decided to jump in.

I’m still amazed that I did, but I finished on November 28 with 50,000 words.

What was the biggest thing I learned? It takes passion and excitement about your story to write that much in that short of a time. Because I’m also a freelancer, I had other writing and editing projects too. So my actual word count was around 80,000 for the month.

The second lesson was to use my creative time–I often worked on my novel at nine at night, when I have a really creative hour or two.

As far as my novel writing method, I’m not sure I’d recommend it to other authors, and especially not newer authors. But here goes:

I get an idea out of the blue (which actually means different things in my life suddenly mixing together) and once I see the story line, I start writing. With this story, and some before it, I busted out 10,000 words in the first day in my giddiness over the idea.

So at that point, I usually pause and realize I need some structure. I start putting in headers before my scenes (marked with Header 2 in Word) and open the Navigation Map, which displays an outline to the left of the text. I’ll start jotting down scene ideas too, right in the manuscript, so I have something to jump into when I sit down to write. I like keeping it all together in one file.

I write in a mostly linear way, but if I don’t feel too motivated on a section, I’ll jump to a different part. Then later, when I feel more focused, I go back and figure out why I wasn’t excited about that problem scene–because when it’s working, I love to write.

I haven’t always used this fly-through-the-novel method. When I began writing in grade school, I would create an outline and type it up on my electric typewriter. Then I’d write chapter by chapter, and if I changed the story, I retyped the outline.

Later on, I went through a phase in my twenties where I’d plan my novel, write it, and then go through a long revising stage where I’d rearrange the story and add quite a bit. A few times I even changed entire novels from third to first person and then back to third.

I think it’s all that writing that got me to my present method. But even though I jump right into it, I do have the story and characters clearly in my head. I even start by writing the book blurb. And on that note, here’s the blurb for my NaNoWriMo novel, Covetous:

Two couples are found murdered in their beds. The only link comes from their phone records, leading Detective Hounder to Lucy Marshal.

Lucy and her live-in boyfriend might be next on the hit list. She doesn’t know who she can turn to. If Luke knew the truth about Lucy, he would have more motive than anyone, but does he know? Her best friend Emma is someone connected to this mess—and hiding now. Her other close friend James was still in love with one of the victims…and involved with Lucy without knowing her connection.

She wants to hold onto everyone but can’t control the web she’s weaved around herself. Lucy can’t trust anyone anymore, not herself, and not the stranger leaving messages for her.

You may have noticed… it’s not like my previous novels. This is more of domestic thriller. (Murder mystery psychological thriller–is that a genre?)  I’m currently polishing the story, and adding to it because 50k is a pretty short novel, and then I plan to submit to agents. 

Will I try to write another novel in a month? We’ll see; maybe if I get another awesome story idea… like the sequel for this one.