Alyssa Kress


Alyssa Kress completed her first novel at the age of six, an unlikely romance between a lion and the jackal who wants to steal his meal. Despite earning two degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spending nearly a decade in the construction industry, she's yet to see her feet stay firmly on the ground. She now lives in Southern California, three miles from where she first committed pen to paper, together with her husband and two children.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I learned how to spell. Maybe before I learned how to spell.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think I'm like other authors in getting a sense of grandiosity from creating people, their world, and their history. Hopefully, it's a healthy sort of grandiosity. But as a writer, one definitely feels like a god.
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Where to find Alyssa Kress online


The House of Spirits
Love finds those working to restore a beautiful old Victorian mansion - which may be haunted by a mysterious spirit.
Bad Boys
Three men who met as teenagers in reform school remain close friends.
Chasing the Devil
Price: $0.99 USD.
Dueling with the Devil
Price: $0.99 USD.
Luck of the Devil
Price: $0.99 USD.
The Devil Himself
Price: $0.99 USD.
Home Again
The stories of three siblings finding their own loves and reuniting back in the small California town where they suffered a difficult childhood.


The Baby Project (Book 1 of the House of Spirits Series)
Series: The House of Spirits. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,300. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Workplace
Ryan thought his relationship with his construction company's office manager was strictly platonic, but when badass, motorcycle-riding Nicole admits she wants to do something so feminine as get pregnant, he discovers a hidden ocean of desire.
The Devil Himself
Series: Bad Boys. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,960. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A federal agent who's supposed to be dead hides undercover in a small Midwestern town, where he falls in love with the one woman who could blow his cover.
Luck of the Devil
Series: Bad Boys. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,220. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Bad luck leaves would-be treasure hunter Harry stranded on an obscure island. His only way to make enough money to get home is by offering to guide shy literature professor Emily to the obscure cave she's researching. They set off on what is supposed to be one-day hike, after which the ill-matched pair will never have to deal with each other again. But when does life go as planned?
Dueling with the Devil
Series: Bad Boys. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,340. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
They both wanted to put that mistaken night behind them. But when vicious vandals break into Helena Reif's advanced biotech laboratory, cynical loner Beau Dillinger knows he must protect his one-time lover - and best friend's sister.
Chasing the Devil
Series: Bad Boys. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,610. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Wealthy Janelle longs to prove she's more than a spoiled brat with a pretty face. But is helping DA Juan find El Diablo, an evil drug lord, the best way to go about it? The handsome prosecutor will never see her as anything but a silly doll. Juan thought eager-to-please Janelle could help him exact his revenge, but instead her joyful warmth threatens to distract him completely from his mission.
For Every Season (Book 3 of the Home Again Series)
Series: Home Again. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,520. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
An expensive matchmaker is supposed to find cold-hearted attorney Alex a woman who does not want to get married. Grieving widow Veronica wants the same matchmaker to find her a purely social companion, no one to fall in love with. Their match should have worked impeccably. But neither of them took into account the power of the past to shape the present or the overwhelming force of human need.
Just Friends (Book 2 of the Home Again Series)
Series: Home Again. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,800. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
With a nightmare ex-wife still fresh in his memory, talented carpenter Clint is dismayed by the new feelings he’s experiencing toward his female ‘best friend,’ computer nerd Rosalie.
Good Neighbors (Book 1 of the Home Again Series)
Series: Home Again. Price: Free! Words: 57,860. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
A big city physical trainer must move back to her hometown to care for her teenage younger brother. There she finds unwanted complications in a good-looking neighbor with a troubled history.
Color Creativity and Relaxation Book 1
Price: Free! Words: 40. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016 . Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Crafts - General, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
36 "all-natural" hand-drawn patterns and designs for coloring relaxation and creativity.Rid yourself of stress and switch on your right brain as you color.Note that this electronic version of the book is not intended for coloring. You will be directed inside the book to a link that will allow you to download a FREE pdf version.
Forced Marriages and Fiancées 6-Book Box Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 530,270. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
GREAT VALUE. Get six Alyssa Kress full-length novels at a great discount. For the price of many single novels, you will get six full-length romance novels. Humorous and emotional, these romantic stories will entertain for many hours. Descriptions and excerpts of each book are placed at the front of the free sample so you can see what you're getting.
Gamblers and Secret Agents 6-Book Box Set
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 518,700. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
GREAT VALUE. Get six Alyssa Kress full-length novels at a great discount. For the price of many single novels, you will get six full-length romance novels. Humorous and emotional, these romantic stories will entertain for many hours. Descriptions and excerpts of each book are placed at the front of the free sample so you can see what you're getting.
Dangerous Men and Determined Women 12-Book Box Set
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 1,044,940. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Incredible value! Get twelve Alyssa Kress full-length novels for almost half the price they would cost individually. At a cost less than many single novels, you will get a full dozen full-length romance novels. Humorous and emotional, these stories will entertain for many hours. Descriptions and excerpts of each book are placed at the front of the free sample.
Call it Love
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 110,210. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A cold-blooded businessman marries the sexy, seemingly airheaded daughter of his deceased business partner in order to save his family fragrance company. Little do either of them expect to fall in love.
A Perfect Knave
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 93,140. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Lucy may be the well-dowered daughter of the wealthiest merchant in England, but no man will go near her. She's believed to cast a terrible curse. Emile 'the Fox' has no inkling of the danger when he jumps into her bath to escape the gang who seek to kill him at a market fair. He plans to jump right out of her bath again and proceed with his carefree life, but Lucy's crafty father has other plans.
That'll Be the Day
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,080. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Strong and reliable construction manager Ian has never liked his deceased wife's earth-mother sister. Feisty nursery owner Maggie has never liked her late sister's arrogant husband. But when Ian suffers a heart attack, Maggie moves in to help Ian care for his children. It isn't long before they both find all their cherished prejudices shattered, and an attraction they'd never dreamed possible.
If I Loved You
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 92,340. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When her spoiled and difficult sister dies of an alleged drug overdose, fiercely independent entrepreneur Pattie Bowen is saddled with a toddler child, his incongruous male nanny, and questions about her sister’s death.
The Fiancee Fiasco
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,400. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Roseanne knows convincing brainy Houston entrepreneur Win to re-hire her Seattle law firm will finally get her voted in as a partner. Win has no desire to re-sign with the law firm who'd botched his divorce, but he'll do it if Roseanne can halt the rumors he's reconciling with his ex-wife. Little does he expect Roseanne's scheme involves posing her exasperating self as his fiancée.
I Gotta Feeling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 93,580. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Aletheia Cooper, backwater cafe owner, is out of her depth trying to find her on-the-run brother before he's nabbed by Felix Roman, the tough security consultant who’s gunning for him.
Your Scheming Heart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,770. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
The courtly scion of an ancient Italian family enlists the services of a sassy American con woman to recover a stolen Renaissance painting.
Working on a Full House
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,710. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sensible pediatrician Valerie discovers her single wild night in Las Vegas has resulted in a baby on the way. Her one-time lover Roy, a rootless gambler, couldn't possibly want to act as father...or does he?
Love and the Millionairess
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 72,820. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Humble auto mechanic Mitch Ballard knows wealthy financial wizard Nadine Wentworth is out of his league, but figures he doesn't have to worry about the relationship getting too deep. They're both only interested in sex... Right? It doesn't take Mitch long to discover how wrong he is.
Asking For It
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,570. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
When Griffith, a workaholic land developer, gets kidnapped and then stranded at Kate's camp for disadvantaged boys, the dedicated camp director rationalizes hanging onto the arrogant businessman as the adult she needs to keep the camp legally open.
The Indiscreet Ladies of Green Ivy Way
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,500. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
When three secret agents go undercover in a quiet suburban neighborhood, there's hell to pay - and hearts to lose.
The Heart Heist
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 100,290. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When professional thief Gary Sullivan is set undercover in the small town of Freedom by the FBI, nobody expects the town's respectable mayor, Kerrin Horton, to discover his true identity. Kerrin must either expose the black-hearted criminal - or discover the surprisingly honorable man who actually lives beneath his tough mask.
Marriage by Mistake
Price: Free! Words: 96,740. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(4.53 from 30 reviews)
He woke up to find two days of his life gone. A strait-laced CEO, Dean never wanted to be like his impetuous womanizing father, but while hypnotized Dean wooed and wed some sexy Las Vegas dancer airhead. Now Kelly may be sexy but she's no airhead. She knows this cold icicle is not the man she loves. That fellow, she's sure, is buried somehow deep inside. And she's determined to find him...

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  • Smashwords Style Guide on Dec. 21, 2011

    I found this guide very easy to use and apply. I appreciated Mark Coker's plain and conversational style. Thank you!