Sarah can suddenly, magically make music. Michael thinks she stole Lauren’s last song.
Sarah Austin never had a musical bone to her body…until suddenly she does. A car accident reveals her boyfriend’s darker side and turns her life upside down. She moves in with her best friend Melody and finds herself turning to music, playing the guitar and writing songs like a pro. Melody’s entire life is about music so she’s ecstatic but also confused, and maybe a bit jealous…although this might be what she needs to launch her own career.
Half a world away, Michael Singer, lead guitarist and singer of Mystic Mist, is mourning the loss of a band member when he sees a video of someone singing Lauren’s last song. How did this American girl steal it? With his band falling apart around him, he decides to take matters into his own hands.
Sarah wants to know where her musical ability came from—and if she has any right to use this talent she didn’t earn. Sarah and Michael both want answers for very different reasons. Neither is prepared for how they’ll feel about each other.
“Let’s go for a walk,” I said, not wanting to stand there gazing up into his eyes under the porch light. The electric energy from singing and playing together lingered, and I needed to move.
Then, I hesitated on the bottom step. He had not been a happy camper when he first saw me, and I still didn’t know what I was getting into here.
He noticed and said, “I promise not to bite your head off.”
Somehow that had come off as flirty, naughty even, but maybe it was just that accent of his. He ducked his head, hiding a small but genuine smile playing on his lips. He knew what he was doing. Something told me I’d just bitten off more than I could chew.
A little zing of attraction hit me, irritating me. I was not getting the hots for a rock star, accent or not. He surly had plenty of fan girls out there, all over the world. I had to keep my face blank because Michael looked up at me.
“So how does it work? Do you know chords and progressions and how to read music?”
I shook my head as he talked. “I can just start playing. Well, I knew how to tune a guitar. And when I play, it’s like I understand more.”
“Come here.” He scooted back and patted the cushion between his legs. Oh, no no no. “I want to show you a few things.”
His words rolled off his tongue, sounding fun and flirty like most of the things he said in that Irish voice.
“Just humor me.” His eyes lit up, his lips doing that lopsided smile. Did it work on everyone?
The story is about friendship, healing, growth, music, a little magic, and of course romance . . .
Talk to Me (Previously All in my Head)
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.”
“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?
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.”
EMBERS OF HOPE – Book 1, Second Gift Series
Savanna dreaded telling her family and friends about her failed marriage so much that she hid it while living in another state. But she can’t stay away when her best friend Cassie loses her husband, who dies on duty as a firefighter. Savanna quickly returns home to help, longing to find herself again and make a home for her daughter. She meets Mike’s best friend, Jason, the man who talked him into staying with the department just before the fatal fire. He’s also the man who once saved Savanna’s life. Though hurting herself, something deep inside her won’t let her walk away. Jason needs her but she’s off limits on so many levels. She’s falling for this handsome firefighter but he confuses her to no end, and she could lose her best friend over him.
MORE THAN A PROMISE – Book 2, Second Gift Series
Cassie escapes to Ocean View Stables on the Oregon Coast to cope with the three year anniversary of her husband’s death. She’s starting to dream about her future again and possibly romance. A safe romance, that is, where people don’t die. She runs into Ethan Caldwell, the cute boy who teased her through grade school. He sure grew up – into a man who’d catch anyone’s eyes. Now he’s a single dad to nine year old Isabel, who talks about her parents getting back together…as soon as her mom is out of rehab. Then maybe her mom can watch her while her dad goes on his work trips. Apparently Ethan has some kind of dangerous, secretive government job. This isn’t at all what Cassie is looking for! So why is she running full speed into another broken heart?
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.
From Amazon: “I just adored, loved this book!!!! It had me in tears all along as I kept reading, not wanting to stop till the very end to see how these characters worked out all their secrets and problems of their past and present lives.”
Annalisa 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.
From Amazon: “What a beautiful tale of love, betrayal, hypocrisy, friendship, forgiveness and reconciliation, all within the backdrop of a tropical island paradise. There is an overwhelming joy of life in this story that is addicting. Peering through it’s lens, it made me so excited remembering the joys of travel, and love in it’s infant stages. I am excited to declare I’ve become a fan, and am anxiously looking forward to reading more from this gifted author.”
“I found myself unable to put the book down, I just had to find out if Missy and Brent could let go of their pasts, and trust each other with their deep held secrets, and learn to just let go and love each other. The sparks that flew between them was very entertaining, I loved how the storyline developed, it had a nice mix of romance and cowboy / ranch lifestyle … it let my imagination run wild.” ~ Jersey Girl Book Reviews
“A nice western read that keeps you turning the pages.” ~Babs Book Bistro
“Yummy Read!…If you enjoy romance, the countryside and amazing scenery, this book is for you.” ~ Literary Vixen .