“What started as a book to read for a little while before bed, turned into an obsession for the next two days.”

“This book was about real life and I absolutely loved it.”

“I enjoyed this book and I could not put down. This is the first book I read by Kristen James and it will not be my last.”

“I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! It is a very sweet story, very romantic. I finished it in one night!”


Welcome to my site!  I’ve been blogging and sharing my novels for three years now, and it’s been thrilling to connect with so many readers, authors and bloggers around the world. I live in Oregon, USA, and love to share my home state’s natural beauty in my stories. Most of my novels are set here, but to mix things up my last two are set in California and Costa Rica.

I write stories about romance and family, and I have two new releases this year: Costa Rica and In A Field of Oranges.  To celebrate, Embers of Hope is free in Kindle, Smashwords, Kobo, Ibooks and other ebook retailers. I’m working on a New Adult (college age) novel and have details under Forthcoming.   While you’re here, I hope you’ll  sign up for my newsletter so you’ll get updates on new books.

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April News — Point Hope is part of Amazon’s 20 books for $2 each, so it’s a great time to pick it up.  :)


  IN A FIELD OF ORANGES Click to preview on Amazon

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.


COSTA RICA     (Set in Coos Bay, Oregon and Costa Rica.)

Costa Rica by Kristen JamesAnnalisa 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.

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“Very enjoyable read. As always characters were believable and felt a connection to them. Love all her books! Can’t wait for the next one!!”

“Another great story by Kristen James. I have read many of her books. But, this one tugged at my heart. I loved this story. It portrayed the love between husbands and wives, friends and children for their parents. Showed true life trials and tribulations. Yet – still a happy and surprising ending.”


I got the idea for this story in 2010 while in Costa Rica, and at home I wrote about 10,000 words before moving on to other things. It bothered me, though, because I’ve never abandoned a story like that. Three years later, I came across the file on my computer and realized I was ready to write it. I had fun diving back into the material, looking over pictures and remembering my trip there. The book is very different, but my characters went to the same area, beaches, and even businesses that I did. While writing the book, I absolutely loved how the characters came alive in their own right and all the different conflicts converged. I hope you enjoy reading Costa Rica!



                                                                                 POINT HOPE

“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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Point Hope   -    Available in print, Kindle ebook, and audiobook

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?



“Don’t miss this book!”

“Kristen James’ best book yet.”

“Good story with all the right elements – mystery, drama, love, and family values.”

“This story started out tugging at your heart strings, and kept progressing, with life changing events. I was brought to tears many times throughout the story.”

“This is a book of life’s journeys and choices, and how every choice impacts another. Touching, mind provoking, interesting book.”

“The brutal honesty of the emotions of the characters made the book come to life with every page I turned.”

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A tiny flash of inspiration started this book. I saw a picture: a couple separating, and as one stepped out the door to leave, they found a tiny, abandoned newborn on their doorstep. I wondered, what would happen if a couple decided to divorce and found a baby like that? The finished novel is a bit different; I wanted to make the story more believable and complicated. The baby is actually a family member, and the main characters have their own family to consider too. Trey and Rosette have two small children in the story, plus they’re raising Trey’s teenage brother, Alex. These characters came vividly alive to me while writing, and the story seemed to naturally develop from their personalities and the conflicts in the story. It was great fun to write! Of course, it deals with difficult, emotional issues, but I wanted to show the beauty in life despite that.


The Cowboy Kiss by Kristen JamesLOOKING FOR A QUICK READ?

The Cowboy Kiss     A fun, flirty novella

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.



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