Kristy K. James


Kristy K. James' first goal in life was to work in law enforcement, until the night she called the police to check out a scary noise in her yard.

Realizing that she might someday have to investigate scary noises in yards just as dark as hers if she continued on that path, she turned to her other favorite love...writing.

Since then her days have been filled with being a mom and reluctant zookeeper (7 pets), creating stories, and looking for trouble in her kitchen.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Honestly? I enjoy the Kindle reader on my computer the most, though I take my Kindle with me when traveling, spending time at a park/restaurant/coffee shop, or when I know I'll be waiting for a while for an appointment somewhere. As long as I've remembered to charge it, I'm happy. :)
What do you read for pleasure?
Of course, I read romance, but not just contemporary. I love time-travel stories, fantasy, some YA, and the occasional series that includes 'nice' vampires. I also enjoy a little fact-based historical fiction. As long as there isn't much violence (must be very mild) or gore (even milder), the odds are good that I'll at least try reading it.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Kristy K. James online


The Coach's Boys
As longtime friends - Dan, Sam, Chris, Jon, and Cal - find their lives changed by love, they must also solve the mystery of who is trying to kill Ed Winslow, the detective who is like a brother to them.

The Daddy Pact

Price: Free!

A Hero For Holly

Price: $2.99 USD.

A Harry Situation

Price: $2.99 USD.

Code Red Christmas

Price: $2.99 USD.


Cooking With the Coach's Boys
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,490. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » American / General, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
After much collaboration, Ed, his ‘boys,’ and everyone they love have put together a collection of recipes that are, to quote the loveable detective, “…rib sticking foods that don’t require three ovens and enough ingredients to stock a small grocery store.” The book also includes notes and updates from the stars of each book and around 40 pages of excerpts from 10 of Kristy’s books.
His Only Love, A Special Wishes Time Travel Romance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,210. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Before he could apologize to the love of his life, she died in a tragic accident. Now, on the third anniversary of her death, it seems a drunken wish will give him the chance to change the events of the past. Can he save her life and find the second chance he longs for? Or is it all a delusion brought on by too much alcohol and too many lonely nights?
Her Long Road Home, A Special Wishes Time Travel Romance
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,370. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Sent back to a past that is no longer hers, Lacy finds herself depending on the help of a handsome younger man. As they try to solve the mystery of how to get her home, it becomes clear that if she's able to leave, she'll be leaving a piece of her heart behind.
A Merry Depot Christmas, Book 3 in Haunted Depot: The Ghost Curse
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,850. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
What do you get a bunch of dead people for Christmas? That's the question that plagues Kate Proctor as she seeks to give the ghosts she inherited from her grandfather a holiday they'll never forget. She's determined to make it happen though, even as they continue getting the depot ready for opening day. But it's hard to keep secrets when she's being guarded round the clock.
The Depot, Book 2 in Haunted Depot: The Ghost Curse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,720. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Kate has finally returned to Hemisphere. Her plans to sell her inheritance are put on hold when she finds herself face-to-face with a ghost from the past. Literally. A ghost. And there's more than one. While trying to decide what to do about the twelve very bored, very dead people haunting her depot, Kate finds herself the target of someone who wants her gone. Will she leave?
The Secret, Book 1 in Haunted Depot: The Ghost Curse
Price: Free! Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
After receiving the tragic news that her grandfather has been murdered, Kate Proctor readies herself to go back to the only place she's ever called home. To the only place she's ever felt loved. To the place that hides a long forgotten secret.
The Princess and the Bodyguard, A Royal Sweethearts Romance Novel, Book 3, The Casteloria Royals
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,700. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
In service to his King, it's Finley Hughes' job to protect the royal family. He would lay down his life to protect them all. But the princess wants something he's not prepared to give. His heart.
The Physician to the King, A Royal Sweethearts Romance Novel, Book 2, The Casteloria Royals
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,740. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When the carefree palace doctor and a prim and proper headmistress meet, sparks fly. Will they learn that first impressions aren't always right before summer ends and she walks out of his life forever?
A Prince on the Run, A Royal Sweethearts Romance Novel, Book 1 The Casteloria
Price: Free! Words: 57,970. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Cameron Rafferty is keeping secrets. Dangerous secrets that could endanger the lives of everyone around him. The plan was simple – just keep a low profile until it was safe to leave. And it was working - until an accident changed everything. Soon, he finds himself becoming more involved with the family next door - and wishing for things he shouldn't.
Back to the Beginning, Book 8 in the Coach's Boys Series
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 14,970. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
During their bi-monthly night out, the guys take a trip down memory lane - to the summer they first met 'the coach.'
The Secret Admirer, A Lunch Hour Love Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,520. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Mark Pruitt didn't expect his marriage to become a casualty of the empty nest syndrome but it seems to be heading in that direction. He needs to figure out what went wrong and fix it, because if he doesn't, he may lose the only woman he's ever loved. Maybe the frightening gifts Robin begins receiving from a secret admirer will show her that he can be her knight in shining armor again.
Storytime Shorts, The First Collection
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,500. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
In this collection, you’ll read about Etta, driver of the tour bus for a singer she is over the moon for; Randy, a now famous author who wants to show the woman from his past what she walked away from; Monet, a kind-hearted woman who is afraid the deployed soldier she chats with wants more than friendship; and, finally, Ezra, a heartthrob who just wants to be loved for himself and not who he is.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,580. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
(5.00 from 1 review)
A new job and a fresh start await Katie Murphy at the Double M Dude Ranch. Sworn off men for the foreseeable future, she is dismayed to find her new boss seems to be as nice as he is sexy. While Josh Madigan has worked hard to make his late father's dream a reality, he's not sure it's his dream as well. But too many depend on him for their livelihood - including his pretty new cook.
The Detective's Second Chance
Series: The Coach's Boys. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,790. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
A stalker, a kidnapping, a shooting, and a car bombing. Yeah, for Detective Ed Winslow and the love of his life, Jenna Taggert, it's been a rough few years. Now that things have calmed down a little, can they finally find the happiness they deserve?
Darby's Dilemma, A Coach's Boys Companion Story
Series: The Coach's Boys. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,220. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
*****This novelette is for fans of the Coach's Boys series, and the idea is taken from a scene in the companion story, Holding Out For Love. If you haven't read Holding Out For Love, Darby's Dilemma will contain a major spoiler.***** The continuing story of Cal and Darby O'Hara and where they are a year after almost divorcing.
Holding Out For Love (Companion Book For The Coach's Boys Series)
Series: The Coach's Boys. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,100. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Jake Evans has seen enough in his life to know what really matters. He's learned to cherish the people in his life, one more than the rest. He's been in love with neighbor and best friend, Wendy Burkett, for eight long years. Can he prove to her that age doesn't matter, that they can have a wonderful future together? Or will he have to learn to live with just being her buddy?
Code Red Christmas
Series: The Coach's Boys. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,330. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Darby O'Hara wants to be a mother, something she doesn't believe will happen if she stays with her workaholic husband. So, tired of competing for his attention, she decides she only has one option. When his wife announced her plans to divorce him, Cal O'Hara's world was shattered. But then he's given a temporary reprieve. Can he get his priorities straight and find a reason to make her stay?
Her Best Friend Jon
Series: The Coach's Boys. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,840. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Angered to find that her whole life was a lie, Hannah Fletcher set out to right some wrongs - if she could keep her real identity a secret until her mission was accomplished. Jon Rambo lived his life by three rules: work hard, don't get involved in the problems of others, and don't get close to anyone. But when Hannah needs help, he steps in, even though it means deceiving everyone he cares about.
Brody's Banshee
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,200. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When the words of a long ago oracle prove to be true, Kelian forgets the rules of her world for the love of a little boy. And she will do whatever she must in order to protect him from a murderous, spiteful fairy.
A Harry Situation
Series: The Coach's Boys, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,200. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
When Harry Saunders, C&J's new construction worker turned out to be a woman, the only thing Chris Parker wanted was to fire her. In his opinion, there was no place for females in this business. But labor laws meant that she stayed, making him nothing but miserable. Until he discovers a secret she's been keeping from everyone. A secret that brings out every protective instinct he possess
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,050. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
I had a little bird, and its name was Enza. I opened the window, and in-flew-Enza. It is a time of innocence. The Women’s Suffrage Movement gains more attention every day. Patriotism is at its peak as the war to end all wars rages an ocean away. On the homefront, life is being lived like a Mark Twain novel - until an unseen enemy, deadlier than any human foe, threatens Mankind’s very existence.
A Hero For Holly
Series: The Coach's Boys, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,610. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Five years ago, Holly's husband left her pregnant, with a four year old son-and a restaurant on the verge of bankruptcy. Now her boys are happy, and the business is flourishing, but she has no personal life. The highlight of her week is seeing sexy scout leader, Sam Jensen. But he couldn't possibly be interested a single, workaholic mom. Could he?
Erin's Christmas Wish
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,130. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Erin has been in love with her neighbor, Scott, for nearly two years. While working together to raise food for the less fortunate in their community, it appears Scott may return those feelings. Or does he? Will a misunderstanding and old insecurities ruin the future they might have had together? Find out whether Erin's dreams come true in the 23,500 word novella, Erin's Christmas Wish.
Someday... Maybe (a short story)
Price: Free! Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A young girl is killed in a tragic accident. Another is forced to make a choice that results in long-term consequences. Twelve years later, Evie realizes exactly what she gave up. The question is, does she regret the decision she made so long ago?
The Daddy Pact
Series: The Coach's Boys, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 55,250. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
A murdered groom. An unexpected baby. A vengeful father. Can the killer’s brother save the day? First in the Coach’s Boys series, The Daddy Pact is a sweet, poignant romance about love lost and new, unexpected beginnings. It’s a heartwarming story of selflessness in the face of tragedy, friendships, and laughter—with a little mystery thrown in for good measure.
Reluctant Guardian
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,940. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Historical » USA
Devon O'Leary has lost everything in the world that matters to her, except her brother. But she discovers that an opportunity to start over is not what it seems. Everything Tristan Montgomery has ever wanted is finally within reach. As long as he agrees to the terms of his enemy's will. Is a dream fulfilled worth the misery it will bring?
A Fine Mess
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,050. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
When Annie Blake discovers a terrible secret, she must decide how far she is willing to go to protect those she loves. Surprisingly, Ian McCann proves to be more help than she ever imagined, but complicates her life even more than it already is. What will happen when the two forge a marriage of convenience? One that defies every Christian belief that Annie holds dear?

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Smashwords book reviews by Kristy K. James

  • Hard Press'd on Aug. 12, 2011
    (no rating)
    I keep getting reminders to write a review (automated from Smashwords) but I haven't actually had time to read the book yet. So I thought I'd just let the author know that when things slow down a little, I'll get to it. :)
  • Nate Rocks the World on Sep. 18, 2011

    When fall weather arrives, I start thinking about Christmas in earnest. And having read so many good reviews for Nate Rocks the World, All I can say is that Nate would make a great gift for any grade-school child who enjoys reading. Karen Pokras Toz captures the adolescent imagination perfectly in Nate Rockledge. Think Ralphie in 'A Christmas Story.' If you enjoyed that movie, you'll enjoy this book. So do your kids (nieces, nephews, grandkids, etc...) a favor and let them have fun as Nate rocks from one adventure to another, all the while having to deal with an annoying sister, a mom who makes life interesting, a fantastic father, and a best friend who is very cool as best friends go. Even if you're an adult, I bet you'll be grinning at the end. I know because I was. :)
  • Quickie Guide to Formatting Your Book for Smashwords on Feb. 05, 2013

    Love the brief and to the point list. I almost always need to plow through the style guide because I almost always forget to one thing or another. The only thing I'd like to see in this guide is to remind readers to use the backwards 'P' to find extra spaces at the end of each paragraph (or single line of dialog). I didn't realize it, but if there are spaces, a tiny box shows up in the Kindle version of a book.