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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


10 Easy Steps to Write Your Novel

My newest writing guide is out! This project began when I tried writing a blog post about how to write a novel, but I quickly realized just how much I had to say on the topic. It turned into a 100 page guide on the entire process. Take a look at the table of contents below!

(More info on all my books for authors under Authorpreneur Press)

10 Easy Steps to Write Your Novel: The Quick Start Guide to Novel Writing.

Print for only 7.99

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The “Quick Start Guide” to outlining and writing your novel!

Helpful exercises with each step.

Tips for beginnings and more advanced writers.

Have you ever wondered how to write a novel? Have you started and got frustrated? Or have you written a few novels but still want to streamline your process and learn more about structure, plot, characters, setting, and putting it all together? Do you struggle with outlining? 10 Easy Steps to Write Your Novel covers developing ideas, conflict, characters, setting, big plot points, outlining, the writing process, writing scenes, and editing and revising.

Table of Contents:

  • Step 1: Develop your Idea
  • What about a title?
  • Developing “Sparks”
  • Questions to Consider
  • A Solid Foundation
  • Developing Your Idea Exercises
  • Step 2: Develop Your Conflict
  • Conflict Exercises
  • Step 3: Add Your Characters
  • Play Around with Character
  • Character Exercises
  • Define Your Characters
  • More Character Exercises
  • Step 4: Define Your Setting
  • Using Setting to Shape Story
  • Setting Exercises
  • Step 5: Outline your Big Plot Points
  • My Novel Structure
  • Expanding the 7 Plot Points
  • Step 6: Plan Act I to the Door of No Return
  • Outlining
  • What about Prologues?
  • That Opening Line
  • Beginnings
  • Genre Beginnings
  • “The Beginning” Exercises
  • Complications
  • The Door of No Return
  • Step 7: Plan Act II to the Midpoint
  • Act II Exercise
  • Low and High Points
  • Midpoint
  • Step 8: Act III: Plan the Middle to the End
  • Taking Action
  • Dark Moment
  • Climax
  • Resolution
  • Ending Exercises
  • The Last Line
  • Step 9: Writing
  • Writing Scenes
  • Should you write every day?
  • Should you set a daily word count goal?
  • Should you write in order?
  • Should you edit and revise during the first draft?
  • Staying in the flow
  • Keeping up your momentum
  • Celebrate your progress
  • Step 10: Re-writing & Editing
  • When should you share your work?
  • Critique Groups?
  • Start with the big issues
  • Checking Smaller Elements
  • Should you have a theme?
  • When is your novel finished?

Marcus and Avery on my mind

So whenever I’m working on a novel, the characters basically hang out in my head. I see them going about their day and think about how they think, talk, feel and dream. I’ll get scene ideas throughout the day or even think about how they’d react to what’s going on in my life. That has taken on a life of its own as I work on In My Dreams… I’m starting to feel like Avery in the first book! The reason is both Marcus and Avery feel so real to me. I can see the way Marcus’s eyes light up and how his face changes when he laughs good and hard, and I hear his comments. I’ll be picturing something for the story and hear him say, “That girly? Really? Dude, you’re turning me into a girl.” Or, “You think I’d hold back like that? When did my mouth get so PG?”

And I imagine Avery going through my crap with me – I’m pouring a lot of my emotions into her right now. My life took some crazy turns and I’m starting over in many ways, and she’s like a friend going through the same thing. When my emotions try to eat me alive, she’s there feeling it too. She’s gotta figure out who she is even while she cares about other people so much; it’s hard to see where the lines are. She’s surprised sometimes as she thinks, “Holy shit, I can do this.” But it’s still hard for her to own that.

So this is going to be one interesting sequel – I want it to be as raw and intense as the first one, or maybe even more so. There’s a crazy wild amount of possibilities too, now that Marcus is back in his body and they both have to figure out their relationship and their separate lives again. Of course they don’t want to be separate. Can you imagine having someone in your heart and mind 24-7 and then you can’t hear them anymore? It’s like falling off a cliff in the dark. That twirling free fall is a good metaphor for the emotions pouring out of them and into the story.

And this story isn’t about just them. We have all these other threads to pick up with Kristina, Kyle, Nash and Jazz. And some weird things happened when those guys started talking, and now some of them have their own chapters and are feeling certain things for each other… Yeah, a big hint there, but I don’t want to give away too much just yet!

First Tracks Series:    All in my Head     In My Dreams


…and Upcoming Novels

So, on the writing front, I edited several novels over the last few months for other authors. It’s been a hugely fun process, and I got to work in romance, fantasy, historical, and crime fiction. I’ve been editing for ten years, and the last few years I’ve seen a dramatic increase in quality in terms of writing and the stories I’m seeing. I think it’s due to the Indie movement and all the content so readily available. There’s books, articles, blogs and Facebook groups that help writers learn about writing and the publishing process. So, it’s lots of fun all around!

And yes, I’m working on my own novels too. I’m working to finish the 4th novella in the Stranger series. It’ll be the final one and complete the story, although it opens the door for a new series if I want to continue it. Here’s the cover for the 4th book: Meg finally learns the truth and has decisions to make…

(I don’t want to give the story away yet, especially if people didn’t read the first three.)

I’ll publish this one and then a full novel version with all four novellas.


I also started another story inspired by a video on Facebook. You might have seen the clip of a girl at a cam when the kiss cam zooms in on her and her boyfriend. The guy ignore the kiss cam but a mascot runs over and carries her off. I love that video! And I wanted to start a story with that, so I did. It might be a novella – I’m not sure at this point. I’m just having fun with it and writing away. Here’s the cover. What do you think???

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This story is lighthearted and fun with a big dose of humor.

Working blurb:

The Trail Blazer’s mascot sweeps Abby off her feet, literally, but she doesn’t get his name. Luckily he happens to know she writes the “Honest Abby” column in a local paper. The mascot is a fun loving, hot guy, but he also has a sick father and a load of responsibilities that lead to a little complication.