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. This page highlights a few stories, and there’s more under Novels.
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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?
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…
“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.
POINT HOPE from Montlake Romance
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.
“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?
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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
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 Rated 4.3 from 231 Amazon Reviews
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