I’m Writing a Christmas Novel!

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Christmas is 74 day away.

As such, I will be releasing a Christmas novel right after Halloween. (Because, I hate when Christmas stuff comes out before Halloween. AT LEAST WAIT UNTIL AFTER HALLOWEEN!)

Right now, I'm listening to Christmas music. My husband gave me an eye-roll and grimace when we all piled into the car to go pick pumpkins and “Jingle-bell Rock” came on. I'll be honest, it was a little weird to have Christmas music on with pumpkins and skeletons decorating the house.

But, it's coming. It will be here for you to enjoy through Thanksgiving and into where Christmas music belongs- December.

I'm so excited for this book. It's heartwarming and sweet. I can't wait to show it to you all!

Do you want an email when the book is ready? Sign up for my newsletter (Here) Then make sure you put the signup email in your Primary tab so it doesn't go to spam! (Or make Krista.Lakes@gmail.com a contact!)

*The puppy is Nebula from last year's Christmas 🙂

Bad Boys and Babies

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Three new books! Three new books!


Not one, not two, but three new Krista Lakes books!

Book #1: Family Doctor's Baby!

When I left my small hometown years ago, I never expected to come back. I certainly never expected that when I did, I'd be working for him.

He's the town's doctor. He's supposed to be a respectable member of society, a pillar for the community. He's supposed to have come a long way from the bad boy who rode a motorcycle in high school.

But he hasn't. One glance from those lustful eyes looking at me tells me that he has the same voracious appetites that he did when we were younger.

Only it's not quite the same stare. It's more urgent. It's more intense. I'm not the same nerdy girl who tutored him. I've grown up, developed fertile curves that I know he finds irresistible.

In this small town, rumors travel fast, and the family doctor can't be seen as a player. So he does try to resist. And I do too. But with every smoldering glance and moment of sexual tension, we find our barriers breaking down.

After a stressful night of touch-and-go baby delivery, a moment of elation overcomes our inhibitions. It seems like maybe we'll need to confront those rumors sooner rather than later, especially before I begin to show the results of that night.

Can I give this doctor the family he has always desired?

Book #2! The Billionaire's Baby Arrangement

Billionaire CEO Jackson Weathers needs a family for a PR boost, and I've signed a contract agreeing to give him one. A doting girlfriend in public. A wedding ceremony to invite all the socialites to. And finally, a baby for him to parade around, to show he's really a wholesome, down-to-Earth man.

I've tried to remain cynical about it. He's going to make all my dreams come true. So what if it's supposed to be a loveless marriage?

Only, his tenderness in private has me hooked. The way he kisses me drives me wild. When we make love, I lose myself to him. His body feels like it was meant to be on top of mine, like we fit together like two puzzle pieces. I can't help but begin to fall for him.

I can't tell him, or I risk losing everything. And nobody else can find out about our little “arrangement” or it will destroy his reputation. Still, I feel like I have to know how he feels, before the marriage, before the baby, before I give my entire life over to him.

Is it still just pretend?


And Book #3! Crime Boss Baby!

I am a mafia princess.

My family is making me marry a rival crime boss.

At first, I go along with it because it's important to my family. But then I meet him.

Dante is dangerous and sexy as sin. I want him physically and mentally. His talented fingers and mouth have me panting for more before he even knows my real name.

But there are parts of my past that can ruin everything. My mother's murderer is catching up to me. If he finds me, he could ruin everything. Not only that, not everyone in Dante's family is as excited about the wedding as they appear.

And then, there's news that both overjoys and terrifies me. I'm pregnant.

Can Dante save me and give me the future we both desire? Or will my past destroy everything and everyone that I care about?


They're $2.99 for a limited time only!

Bad Boys and Babies are Coming this September!

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There is not just one book coming this month.


These books have been so much fun to write. The bad boy and the baby? It's sexy and fun and heartwarming all at the same time!

Be sure to check them all out! (They're all on pre-order!)

Family Doctor's Baby: Coming Sept. 7th

The Billionaire's Baby Arrangement: Coming Sept. 11th

Crime Boss Baby: Coming Sept. 18th

An American Cinderella is coming May 1st!

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There is a royal wedding coming up and so I wrote a book!

I love a good princess story, and I've always had a little bit of a crush on Prince Harry. (He's the cuter brother, in my opinion…:D)

I just love the way they smile at one another!

So, what exactly did I write because of the excitement for the upcoming wedding?

An American Cinderella!

“I'd give up my whole kingdom to be with you. I want to be your Prince Charming.”

Aria has a big heart but bigger problems. Her whole life is a mess thanks to her controlling stepmother. But when she's knocked over- literally- by the hottest man she's ever had the pleasure of tangling up her body with, everything changes.

Henry Prescott, second-string rugby player for the Paradisa Royals, is funny, sweet, charming, and oh-so-sexy. He's got a rock hard body and tackles her in bed as fiercely as he tackled her in the park. Knowing nothing about rugby, but absolutely intoxicated by his accent, she finds herself falling for him.

There's only one problem: Henry Prescott doesn't exist.

The man she thinks she loves is actually Prince Henry, second in line for the throne of the nation of Paradisa. He's the man who Aria's entire department has to impress for trade relations. And that makes Aria's stepmother's plans even more dangerous.

He's the man who could destroy her world or make all her dreams come true.

He lied about being a prince… did he also lie about being in love?

NYT Bestseller Krista Lakes brings you this brand new sweet-and-sexy royal romance. This standalone novel will have you cheering for an American princess's happily ever after.


It is currently available for pre-sale exclusively on iTunes

And will be available on all major retailers May 1st. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list if you want an email letting you know it's live! (http://kristalakes.com/newsletter-signup/)

A Sneak Peek at Mr. Darcy’s Kiss

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Coming to all retailers Dec. 26th, 2017

I kept dancing across the dance floor, moving my hips and having fun. I could see Lydia out of the corner of my eye shaking her booty and having a great time. For once, I wasn't worried about her getting kicked out. She seemed to be behaving herself.

A cute man came up and started dancing with me. He was mid-height with blonde hair and a couple of tattoos peeking out from under his shirtsleeves. I offered my hand, and he spun me into him, putting his hands on my hips and moving with me to the music.

At first, the dance was fun. Cute-guy kept his hands on my hips, pulling me into his body and moving to the music. It was worlds away better than dancing with Collins, but then he started going too far. He grabbed my ass instead of my hips, and he didn't let me go as he thrust his pelvis into me.

I stepped away, no longer enjoying what was going on. I wanted to dance, not to be groped.

“Come on, baby,” he said over the music, flashing me what I assumed was his best smile. He was no longer Cute-guy. He was now Cute-but-awful guy. “It's just for fun.”

“I think I'm done,” I said, turning to leave, but he grabbed my hand.

“Just another dance, baby,” he cooed. “I'll behave. Until you don't want me to.”

I tried to wrench my arm from his grasp, but he was much bigger and stronger than me. I wasn't sure what to do. Should I play nice until he let me go and then run? Should I kick him in the balls? Scream bloody murder?

“She said she's done,” a strong voice said behind me. I turned to find Mr. Darcy out on the dance floor. For the first time since meeting him, I was glad to see him.

“Wait your turn,” Cute-but-awful guy told him. He still had my wrist in his hand.

“No,” Mr. Darcy said, putting his hand on my shoulder. He looked dangerous. “Either you leave now, or they help you out.”

He nodded to the three muscle-bound bouncers in black watching them. Cute-but-awful guy dropped my wrist.

“You need to chill, man,” Cute-but-awful guy said. He blew me a kiss and walked away.

I stood there on the dance floor breathing hard even though I wasn't moving. Mr. Darcy had rescued me. I knew I could have done it myself, but his method was way more effective and didn't involve bodily harm.

“Thank you,” I told him over the music.

He shrugged like it was nothing. “Want to dance?”

He held out his hand, waiting for me to take it.

I hesitated. Not because I thought he would end up like Cute-but-awful guy, or because I didn't want to. I really wanted to dance with Mr. Darcy. I wanted to dance and then do so much more than dancing. And that's what scared me.

“Okay,” I replied before I considered all the consequences. It was just a dance. What harm could a dance do?

The music changed to the next song. A steady, pounding bass beat thrummed across the dance floor like a heartbeat. My hips moved on their own to the tempo, dancing to the sultry music all on their own.

Mr. Darcy's hands went to my hips. They were strong and confident as he guided me in the motions of our dance. He knew exactly what he was doing as he put my body against his. I could feel the strength of his muscles under his jacket, and he moved with a natural grace.

The music throbbed, and I ached with it as Mr. Darcy danced with me. His hand glided down my side, teasing me with his touch while still being completely PG. The trace of his fingers left my skin tingling for more.

I wrapped my arms around the back of his neck, drawing the two of us in closer. There was nothing now but the two of us and the heavy, throbbing need of the music. His hips went slow with mine, keeping just enough distance without letting me forget where he was.

Every move was primal and sexual. Every cell in my body turned on, wanting to know what it would be like to feel this without clothes. My pulse pounded to the beat of the dance.

I bit my bottom lip, trying to keep myself grounded as I lost myself to him. Mr. Darcy was in complete control, and I was fine with that. He made every motion, every move, sexy as hell. It was sex on the dance floor and the hottest thing I'd ever experienced with my clothes on.

I looked up, my lip still between my teeth as I met his eyes.

Blue like the ocean, even in the dark of the club. They captured me and held me there, stronger than any rope. I didn't want to leave the gaze of those eyes.

Emotions that I wasn't ready for flooded through me. I wanted him. I was incredibly attracted to him. I wanted to feel his skin under my fingers and see if he was this good a dancer in the bedroom. Heat flooded my core at the thought of the pleasure he was sure to give me. I was going to give into him.

Yet, somewhere, my brain came back. I knew he was an ass. He was a jerk just looking for his next lay. In that respect, he was no better than Cute-but-awful guy. He was just a better dancer.

I stumbled back, needing to figure out why my body was so attracted to him when my head knew better. I should never have danced with him. I should never have let myself feel the strength of the man under the suit.

My heel slipped, catching on the dance floor and my balance flew out the window. Yet, I didn't fall. Mr. Darcy rescued me, yet again. He pulled me into his body, holding me directly against him. His heart pounded with mine. I heated instantly, my skin crying out for his touch. If anything, the desire this time was almost unbearable.

I looked up again, finding those ocean eyes. They held a storm that I wanted to experience. I wanted to kiss him. I wanted to do so much more than just kiss him, but that seemed like a good starting point.

I licked my lips. He tipped his head, apparently thinking the same thing I was. I couldn't believe that I was about to do this, yet I wanted to so badly. My body was overriding my head and taking what it wanted.

I closed my eyes, letting myself go. This was what I wanted. A kiss to start.


Mr. Darcy's Kiss is coming to all retailers December 26th, 2017

Preorder available on iTunes—->

I’m Leaving Kindle Unlimited.

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To my loyal Amazon readers, I am so sorry.

I'm leaving Kindle Unlimited (KU).

Why? Because Amazon isn't paying me fairly any more. They aren't paying any author in the program fairly anymore.

If you're unfamiliar with how KU works, readers purchase a subscription to the service for $9.99 a month and get unlimited reading of any book enrolled in the program. This is great for readers, and I love that people on a budget can get my books. As a reader, this is a great deal.

On the author side, it's not quite as exciting.

In order to be a part of KU, the author must only put their book on Amazon. They can't publish it anywhere else (like iBooks or Barnes and Noble). This is a missed opportunity for authors that we have to accept in order to participate. This was a tradeoff that I was willing to make.

The real issue comes with how authors are paid. Amazon pays us by the page read. There is no set page rate for how authors are paid. There is a monthly pool that authors all have to split. Amazon calculates how many pages the entire KU reader base read and then splits the pot between everyone.

Traditionally, the page rate has been around half a cent a page. That's not great, but it was workable. This month, the split came to $0.004 a page. Not 4 cents a page. Less than half a cent a page. This is the fourth month in a row that the rate has gone down, leading to a 20% decrease in pay over the past year.

How angry would you be if your boss decreased your pay by 20% while they made record sales?

For a book that is 250 pages long (which is where most of my books are) that means we earn about $1 if someone reads the entire book cover to cover. That is not anywhere near what is considered fair value.

In addition, Amazon has allowed scammers to take over their marketplace. If you go and look at the top 100 books in the store, you'll find several with the reviews saying that this book is nothing but jibberish. However, those scammers are taking their cut of the prize pool and getting the same .4 cents per page I am.

And Amazon doesn't even care.

It takes me 2-3 months to write a book. I take time away from my family to do this. I pour my heart into each novel, and with Amazon deciding to decrease my pay every month, it means that I either have to work faster and sacrifice quality, or make less money for my family.

Amazon is hurting authors. I'm actually really conflicted about this because I know this will hurt my KU readers, but Amazon is leaving me no other choice. I used to love being a part of KU, but Amazon has ruined it for me, and now my readers.

So, dear reader, unfortunately, I have to leave Kindle Unlimited.

I hate doing this to you. If you want me to come back, tell Amazon. Tell them that they are not providing a good customer experience. Tell them that you want authors to be paid fairly. Tell them to get a grip on their business and not let fake books take all the money from real authors.

Email Jeff Bezos himself. (jeff@amazon.com)

If you want to help me, tell a friend about my books. Tell them I'll be on iBooks now.

Here's a link to what's been going on in the Kindle Unlimited program. It's ripe for scam artists to steal the pot and Amazon is doing absolutely nothing about it.

Scammers Break The Kindle Store

*It will take some time for all the books to come out of the 90 exclusive period on Amazon. Yours Truly is already out of KU. The rest will be following as their contracts expire.


Not one book, but 3!

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I have a brand new series coming on on July 3rd! To start it off with a bang for the Fourth of July, I am releasing, not just one book, but two books and a novella!


-A Forever Kind of Love

-A Hopeful Kind of Love

-A Wonderful Kind of Love

They will all be on available on Amazon and in the Kindle Unlimited program, so be sure to get your copy on July 3rd!

Hard and Deep

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I love football. I'm a Bronco's fan (born and raised) and I try to watch my “donkeys” play every Sunday.

So, I wrote a book about a sexy football quarterback recovering from a knee injury and falling in love. It was practically plotted out in my head by the end of the fourth quarter!

I hope that you all enjoy it as much as I did writing it! Fall in love with my sexy bad-boy Oliver Lance and the sweet and caring Ellie. Seriously, go check it out!

Where are the Stepbrother books?

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Stepbrother Hero and Stepbrother's Gift were Amazon top 100 books, so why aren't they on Amazon anymore?

Answer: Amazon made them unsearchable, so my publisher delisted them.

As a retailer, Amazon has the right to make their algorithms whatever they want. It's annoying, but they can do it. They decided that those books were too risque for the general public and put them in the Erotica section with an adult filter to help hide them. If you searched “Krista Lakes Stepbrother's Gift” there would be hundreds of non-erotica results before you found my book. As such, no one was buying it and the rank was plummeting.

So, they were delisted them from Amazon since no one could find them anyway. I unfortunately can't put them up on other retailers because the other retailers won't accept “Stepbrother” books. I've fought for two years now with these books- they got me into a ton of trouble with Amazon (see this post here on their re-release back in May '15) The books were first released under my erotica name (which no longer exists) and got us scolded by Amazon (read about that meeting here). We had to fight for over a month to release them as Krista, and they did great, but then they were hit again.

I'm tired of fighting it. Amazon won.

So, I am very sorry but the books are no longer available. RIP Stepbrothers.