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About Kristen James
The Billionaire Who Bought Me
Kristen James began writing in the fourth grade; since then her novels have been top 100 Kindle bestsellers. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, a great backdrop for her romances. When Kristen isn’t writing, you can often find her out in her garden or in the woods foraging berries or mushrooms. She loves spending time with her family, and she’s also a food truck owner, tattoo artist, painter, and beekeeper.
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Every girl dreams of a wedding… Trent knows that, and he wants Molly to have the wedding of a lifetime. She’s the love of his life and means everything to him. They eloped before she lost her memory and disappeared, and then they lost four years, so he wants to make up for that lost time in a huge way. Now that they’re reunited, he wants to celebrate their love in front of their family and friends.
It’s the happiest time of her life… but thinking of a wedding brings up all kinds of emotions. Molly’s not sure how to handle things at first! But not only is Trent there for her, he’s bringing in reinforcements.
A Wedding to Remember follows More Than Memories.
A romantic novella featuring 'married romance.'
Molly’s eyes swept the dress store, taking in the racks full of billowing gowns. Molly, Alicia, and Karen had already admired the white dresses displayed in the window, although none of those was quite right. They were in the only dress shop in Ridge City, deciding to start in town before visiting shops in surrounding communities.
“Are we waiting for your mother to arrive?” Nancy, the store’s owner, asked politely.
Molly felt the sting of tears in her eyes as the pain hit her heart. She turned away and blinked furiously, hearing the silence of held breath behind her.
“No,” she said, glad to hear her voice hold steady. “She passed away two years ago.”
“Oh, I’m so sorry!”
As Nancy gushed with overplayed sympathy, Molly glanced down at her glittering ring, wondering what her mom would think of all this. There were so many things they wouldn’t get to share.
“Are you okay?” Alicia asked, suddenly beside Molly, her voice soft and full of concern. Her expression matched her voice. Alicia’s entire personality matched that sweet voice, actually.
Molly nodded and tried for a smile. “Everyone warns you,” she said with a forced laugh, “but you don’t expect yourself to get so emotional.”
“With a pregnancy? And planning a wedding?” Alicia slid her arm around Molly and pulled her close. “We’re in this together, ‘kay?”
Molly stayed in her embrace, her chin on Alicia’s shoulder. It felt so good to have friends around.
“We could invite Mom to this,” Alicia said. “It’s not the same as having your own mom here, I know, but she loves you. She’s so happy for you and Trent.”
Why hadn’t she thought of that? Molly quickly pulled out her phone and called her mother-in-law, who answered on the second ring.
“Oh good, you’re home,” Molly said. “We just arrived at the dress shop. Would you like to come down and look at dresses with me?”
“Oh!” Brenda squealed. “I would absolutely love to. I’ll be right there.”
Kristen James writes romance, romantic suspense and women's fiction, often featuring the beauty of Oregon's mountains, rivers and coastline. Her novellas include A Spy for Christmas and A Special Ops Christmas. Her full length novels include Point Hope, A Cowboy for Christmas, More Than Memories, Embers of Hope and More Than a Promise. Learn more and connect at writerkristenjames.com.
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, being happy, and even romance again. 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 would 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. “Isy” also talks about her dad’s work trips. Apparently Ethan has some kind of dangerous and secretive government job. Cassie wants to run but she loves spending time with both Ethan and Isy. This isn’t at all what Cassie is looking for! So why is she running full speed into another broken heart?
“Want to go swimming?” Ethan asked.
She was busy thinking and thought she misunderstood him, but the expectant smile on his face told her otherwise. “Right now?”
He got up and stuck out a hand. Before she could think the situation over, or create a good reason to say no, he had grabbed her hand and was pulling her toward the river, looking back once to grin mischievously. “We’re being sneaky!”
“I’m not wearing…” a swimsuit. “Same old Ethan!” He’d always been a dare devil.
He let go of her hand to pull off his shirt. The moonlight silhouetted his body as he walked closer to the water, his shorts dropping. Either he hadn’t been wearing underwear or he dropped them with his shorts. It was nothing but skin. She looked away, pretending she didn’t just see his naked body…his very toned, naked body.
“I can show you the world…” he sang as he walked toward the water. “Take you wonder by wonder…”
Was that from the movie Aladdin? She giggled. She couldn’t help it; she giggled like a little school girl.
“Over, sideways and under…”
Could he possibly be thinking the same things she was? This man was not like those other guys, the ones who wanted to sit in a restaurant and ask her about life plans.
“I won’t look,” he said, wading in, with a hint of repressed laughter.
From the author:
I'm so excited about this story! Ethan might be my best hero yet. He's deeply committed to people he loves, like Trent is from More Than Memories, and he's wounded like Jason in Embers of Hope. He's also daring and super romantic. I'm dying to share this story with you!
Also by Kristen James:
It's All In My Head
In A Field of Oranges
Embers of Hope, Book 1, Second Gift Series
More Than Memories
A Wedding To Remember
A Cowboy for Christmas
The Cowboy Kiss
A Spy for Christmas
A Special Ops Christmas
Molly Anderson returns “home” to a town she doesn’t remember, hoping it will spark a memory. She meets Trent Williams, a Ridge City police detective, and something else definitely sparks. Not only does he know her, Trent takes on her case and promises to do everything he can to solve it. 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. As they work together, and Molly meets their old friends, she realizes her relationship with Trent went deeper than memories. In fact, she grew up in Ridge City, even though her parents had said they lived there just a few years. How could she have forgotten her lifelong friend and love? Has he really been looking for her—waiting for her—for the last four years? Can she love him again if she doesn’t remember him?
There’s also the possibility that she did something awful –and maybe that’s why she’s afraid to remember her old life. Molly knows she wants Trent now, but the truth might destroy their love.
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Sample Question - #40. Do all of your characters have strong feelings about each other?
Working on this element truly adds another layer to your story. In life, we meet people and classify them right away. It’s not often that we know a person but don’t have any opinions or feelings about them. But we see that in stories all the time.
Sometimes I read or edit a novel and have a hard time telling the characters apart. This arises when the characters aren’t distinct, but it’s also caused by a lack of feeling toward each other. If your hero really dislikes another character, that will color the hero’s description and interaction with that character.
Take a closer look at your work: make a list of all of your characters and then describe how your hero feels about them. If your hero doesn’t feel anything that shows in your story right now, do you need to make that character more colorful? And by colorful, I mean annoying, more pushy, more opinionated, more deceitful, more secretive, more talkative, more silent, more helpful, more sweet, more of a pushover, more something?
Look at the relationship between all of your main characters. It might help to make a chart. Then think about how they interact and secretly feel about each other. You can have a lot of fun in this area, and it really deepens your story.
Ellison is the key to her past and future, even if she can’t trust him. That doesn’t stop her attraction to him. Megan plays a double agent, working with “Eli” to rebuild a life while trying to uncover the truth. Why would he do this? Does she know something she shouldn’t? He has an explanation for everything until new answers lead to an even more twisted story. What will she have to do to uncover the truth and learn who she really is?
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My hand in his, he leads me back to the bedroom. Alarms go off in my head—how did I miss it? He’s trying to seduce me.
“We can go pick out some furniture soon, if you like,” Eli says as we sit down by the fireplace in the bedroom. He hands me my wine glass, which I didn’t even see him carry back. “And we can get cable.”
“We could get internet.”
A pause. A look. “That too.”
He pulls a blanket over me and pauses. I think he wants to lay it over both of us but I’m still not comfortable being that close to him. So he sits on the other side, conceding.
I could be wrong about all of my doubts. The fact hits me like a cup of cold water to the face. Here I am imagining him to be some kind of monster, but he hasn’t hurt me. Why play house like this…? And which is scarier, if I’m right and this is all a lie, or I’m wrong and crazy?
We watch the flames in silence for a few minutes as I sort through what I’ve learned here. I’ll have to find a way to write it down, even if I have to hide it.
I look his way, hoping all of my thoughts haven’t been playing out on my face.
“I found your wedding ring in the hospital bag. Someone must have brought…” He holds out the ring I had found in the hospital: the little diamonds in the braid of gold. It’s breathtaking. I’m not sure what to do so I take it, turning it to watch the facets gleaming.
I check his hand and see a silver band.
While I’m thinking, he takes the ring and slides it onto my finger.
“You’ve seemed uncertain about things… I thought it might help to have your ring on again.”
Again? I don’t see how it’ll help at all. But it’s gorgeous.
What are readers saying?
"I want to root for Meg and Eli so bad! I feel my heart breaking each time he lies and each time she doubts him. A beautiful story of mistrust, love, and redemption."
"The story itself was well written and even had an otherworldly feel to it because the author does a great job of making us feel like we are right in the moment with Megan as she is trying to recover her memory and her life."
"Who is this woman? Is her name really Megan? Who is Ellison? Does he really have her best interest at heart? So many questions and so few answers. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't put the book down. Ms. James does it again. This is a great story where Ms. James took the time to build the characters and story line."
She will fix their relationship, but it’s complicated with Jason around. He’s the firefighter who saved Savanna’s life two and a half years ago. He just lost his best friend, and like Cassie, he blames himself for Mike’s death. When he convinced Mike to remain with the department, how could he know Mike would die fighting a house fire?
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 sexy firefighter but he confuses her to no end. Being stuck in the middle is enough stress, plus her own problems are festering behind her helping smile. Can Savanna find the balance between loving Jason, helping Cassie, and taking care of herself and her daughter? Or is she going to lose this bet and her best friend?
What are readers saying?
"I was looking forward to a good story about friendship and love, and your story did not disappoint! I haven’t been in Savannah’s or Cassie’s situation personally, but I was able to feel all of the emotions they were going through as they dealt with the changes in their lives. I can’t imagine the overwhelming feeling of loss and hopelessness that Cassie was facing after her husband died. I think you did a great job of showing her in a bit of a free fall – distancing herself from friends and family, changing the outside of her life (taking down the pictures of her and Mike) but unable to change her inner feelings of anger and hurt, and acting out by doing things she might not ordinarily do.
I really loved how both Savannah and Jason both were deeply affected by their “first” meeting. The way you described it from both perspectives was great and really helped the reader “see” what they were going through in those scary moments in the fire. It gave them some history without a history, if that makes any sense. It also added an additional layer to the complications in Savannah and Cassie’s friendship, as well. I really liked the way everything wrapped up – but I feel like Cassie may have more love in her still, so maybe she needs a follow-up romance of her own!" ~from an email from a reader.
From the author of A Cowboy For Christmas, A Spy for Christmas, and More Than Memories. Coffee Time Romance called A Cowboy for Christmas “a great romance for the holidays or anytime you like. A bit fun and flirty read that will not disappoint.” Visit www.writerkristenjames.com for more information on all her books
Embers of Hope is a heartwarming and emotional romance about second chances, friendship and family.
Could I do it? I needed A LOT of money to help my sister stay alive until she could get a heart transplant. Maybe this was the answer.
Zoe Montgomery is intrigued by the ad that promises a lot of money for a few weeks of her time--if she makes it to the end. She’s desperate, but the ad is vague. What will he want from her? His ad mentions travel and "no touching" so what else does he want? She finds the billionaire behind the words just as mysterious and confusing, breaking all her conceived ideas and toying with her emotions. She also discovers the rules in their ruse are made to be broken. Will she make it the full two weeks and get her big payday? And will it be enough money to save her little sister?
**Also published as a Vella story
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 Field of Oranges is an emotional romance about second chances.
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Inside, Sierra still sat on the sofa, looking sleepy. She watched Lance walk in and stood up, reaching for the tray.
“No, let me do that.” He lifted it before she had a chance. “I’ll take this to the kitchen.”
She nodded, and that’s when he noticed she was unsteady on her feet. He dropped the tray back on the coffee table and gently took her by the arms. “Maybe you should sit down.”
She didn’t, though. She looked up at him with deep, needy eyes and a face that clearly said, “Kiss me.”
She’s high on that pain pill.
But knowing that didn’t stop the desire rushing through him or keep him from running his hands up the bare skin of her arms. She let her gaze drop to his mouth, and that sent him over the edge. Pure, hot lust spiked right through to his groin. Fighting and losing, he brought a hand to her chin and slowly, thoroughly kissed her. Her lips felt soft and pliant, and her body leaned into his. She was kissing him too, the kiss growing deeper, her body pressing even closer. A pleasurable haze had descended on him, so he almost didn’t feel her stiffen.
She pulled back and looked at him. “That’s why you can’t stay.”
Vivianne has been so proud of her husband—a Navy SEAL—but his absence while serving has put a strain on their marriage. Due to buried hurts and different circumstances in her life, she needs him more than ever now. Aiden proposed in the snow, and Christmas has always been their special time of year. This year, however, looks bleak and lonely. If only Aiden were here, she could share a special surprise.
A Christmas novella from the author of A Spy for Christmas, A Cowboy for Christmas, More Than Memories and the Second Gift Series.
A Zulu 7 Productions LLC Project
From Coffee Time Romance and More: "A Great Romance for the Holidays and Anytime You Like!
Due to the death of a brother she barely knew, Missy has just become co-owner of a horse ranch in Oregon. This is great timing for her as her old boss and job are now dust. However, things may just be a bit more than she bargained for.
Brent is put off by Missy being there. He does not want anyone coming in and taking his dreams away. Dreams he has worked hard on and wants to keep on enjoying. He truly believes that Missy will not stick around for very long.
Missy is thrown into a situation she is very unsure of, has many trust issues behind her, and did not know her now dead brother very well. She is unsure what to do, but with the help of one handsome cowboy showing her the ropes, she just might be able to make a life here.
A Cowboy for Christmas is a great romance for the holidays or anytime you like. Real flaws are found in Brent and Missy which result in the great journey this couple takes on. Humor and strength are also found in the pages of this book. A bit fun and flirty read that will not disappoint."
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
Angie doesn’t have time to figure it out while tracking down a runaway teen who’s in danger. She's already ignoring her love life.
Private Investigator Angie Duval lives in her RV with her over-sized, furry best friend and partner, Galaxy. She found Galaxy abandoned as a puppy out in the Eastern Oregon desert. She’s in Eugene now to locate a missing teen when she runs into herself–or, a mirror image of herself. Her newly discovered twin sister is named Vivi Leavitt, a school counselor who co-owns a women’s boutique and bookstore with her mother.
Vivi is a perky bookworm, so basically Angie’s identical twin AND complete opposite. Or so she thinks at first. For most twins separated at birth, it’s awesome to find the other one. But these two both know they weren’t adopted. It doesn’t make sense, except that they were lied to. Angie’s mom passed away a year ago, leaving only questions. Angie has a teen to find, who is reportedly with a man who calls himself Demon, so she can’t drop everything and dig into her birth situation. In fact, she’s worked hard to forget her childhood and wants to walk away from this too…except she can’t.
Suddenly she has two cases, and one’s a little too personal. Angie and Vivi don’t like what they find when they start investigating their respective parents, and Angie's missing teen case gets complicated too.
The twins want to know why they were separated and lied to…but at the same time, they don’t. However, it’s starting to look like whatever happened is bigger than just them.
Rosette can’t figure out what happened to her marriage, or to Trey―the man she once loved so desperately. 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?
Alex senses something more is going on and questions what really caused Amanda's accident out on a dark, coastal highway.
It’s make-it or break-it time. If they split apart, who will raise Hope?