Kristen James

Publisher info

Kristen discovered her love of writing in the fourth grade when her class wrote short stories, and she's been writing ever since. She writes family drama, romance, and new adult under Kristen James. She also writes mystery and thrillers under Kris Chaney. She loves developing unique stories with characters that pull you in.

Kristen is an outdoorsy girl who enjoys adventures, hiking, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family. At home, she keeps a garden, chickens, and bees. She's always loved art along with crafting stories, so she paints and tattoos.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
As a creative person, I enjoy having control over how my books look, not just how they read. So I enjoy formatting the inside for my paperbacks and having some design control in the covers. I also love being able to publish more quickly and not worrying so much about length restrictions or other rules. I can publish a short story, novella, or novel when I'm ready.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I LOVE creating fun, unique story lines and new characters, and then exploring what happens. I'm what you call a pantser, where I don't outline the story. Instead I create a loose movie concept in my head and start writing. But, I should add I've written dozens of novels and have a good feel for the story's pacing, arc, and character development.
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Where to find Kristen James online

A Stranger like Me
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,990. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2022 by Kristen James. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A Private Investigator... A School Counselor / Bookstore Owner... The same face... Angie doesn’t have time to figure it out while tracking down a runaway teen who’s in danger.
Stranger in my Bed
Series: Stranger in my Bed. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,110. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014 by Kristen James. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
I wake up and confused and lost… except for Ellison, the key to my past and current life. My memories are shattered images at best and make no sense, and what I’m learning about myself makes me question who I am. Clues add up to different answers. Everyone else is certain about me and what’s going on, leaving me questioning my sanity. Ellison is my lifeline. He’s also a stranger to me.


Stranger in my Bed
Megan wakes from a coma without her memory. Her husband Ellison is the only link to her past, but so many things don’t add up. Megan knows this isn’t her life. But… Is she in danger? Was she kidnapped? Why is Ellison doing this, or is being forced or tricked? Megan "plays house" while gathering evidence, trying to uncover why she's been put here. A new romantic thriller series released in monthly novellas.
Stranger in my Bed
Price: $2.99 USD.
Second Gift
A two book series featuring first Savanna's story and then Cassie's. Savanna returns to Oregon as a single mom to help her newly widowed best friend--both are hurting and trying to redefine their life. Savanna falls for Jason, finding herself caught between him and Cassie.
Embers of Hope
Price: $0.99 USD.
More Than A Promise
Price: $2.99 USD.


A Special Ops Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,130. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Holiday, Fiction » Romance » Military
They were ready to call it quits, but Aiden realizes he can’t let his marriage die this Christmas season. Can he make it home to Vivianne in time to save their love?
A Spy for Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,720. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Holiday, Fiction » Romance » Military
What’s more dangerous? The Oregon wilderness? Hit men? Or the heat in Grayson’s arms?
Sarah's Song
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,090. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Sarah Austin never had a musical bone to her body until suddenly she does. When her life gets turned upside down, she starts playing the guitar and writing songs like a pro. Half a world away, Michael Singer, lead guitarist of Mystic Mist, is mourning the loss of a band member when he sees a video of someone singing Lauren’s last song. They both want answers for very different reasons.
The Billionaire Who Bought Me
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,460. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Billionaires, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Zoe Montgomery is intrigued by an ad that promises a lot of money for a few weeks of her time--if she makes it to the end. She’s desperate for money to save her sister, but the ad is vague. 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.
Un vaquero para navidad
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,720. Language: Spanish. Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
¿Puede él confiar en que ella se quedará? ¿Puede ella confiarle su corazón?
The Enemy's Son
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,340. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Cora discovers her father is in trouble… and the only person who can help her is the enemy’s son, Nick Holloway. Her father couldn’t have stolen a million dollars, so how is he going to replace it? In one week?
More Than A Promise
Series: Second Gift. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,590. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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, but he's not what Cassie is looking for!
The Fairy and her Giant
Price: Free! Words: 10,460. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Sometimes size does matter… She is so beautiful… and so tiny. There’s no reason to stick together, except that Trisha might need his help, at least for the time being to stay safe. Besides, she can help him find his brother. But when they track him down, a secret comes out. The pirates want their fairy back and his brother is mixed up in the mess of it.
Embers of Hope
Series: Second Gift. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,660. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Savanna Thompson knows what it’s like when you blink and your life shatters. She’s been hiding her divorce from her best friend Cassie, but she knows she can’t any longer. Cassie’s husband, a firefighter, just died. Savanna rushes home, along with her one-year-old daughter to help, and now she’s staying with Cassie in a nursery meant for a baby that won’t ever exist.
The River People
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,230. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
River-Song faces many changes as she competes with her best friend in the summer games. New braves invade the valley from her mother's land, so River-Song can understand them. She tries to keep the peace while her father leans on her to help lead their people.
A Cowboy For Christmas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,630. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(3.00 from 1 review)
They both have a past that can ruin their future. Can he trust her to stay? Can she trust him with her heart?

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