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Simone St. James

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Simone St. James is the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

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Simone St. James Lost Among the Living is out on April 5! And I am currently working on another book, titled The Broken Girls. You'll find an excerpt in the back of…moreLost Among the Living is out on April 5! And I am currently working on another book, titled The Broken Girls. You'll find an excerpt in the back of Lost Among the Living when it comes out :)(less)
Simone St. James There isn't a sequel, but Drew Merriken has a role in The Other Side of Midnight - and there is mention of Jillian :)
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The Haunting of Maddy Clare

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“You can't imagine how hard it is to come home from hell and be expected to pick up the threads of a life. Apply for jobs, go to a factory, punch in, punch out. Put your lunch in a bag and get on the omnibus every day. Like nothing happened. Nothing.
Simone St. James, The Haunting of Maddy Clare

“I believed in Oxford, and cobblestoned squares, and old bricks thick with ivy,a nd rainy days curled up reading books. I believed in my mother's strong coffee and in the lonely, aching scent of early dawn before anyone else in my boardinghouse was awake. I believed in my favorite men's cardigan and the way the wind felt on the back of my neck. I believed in life as it lay before me, spinning out slowly, day after day of warm springs and thunderstorms and laughter. These were the things I believed in.”
Simone St. James, An Inquiry Into Love and Death

“I was doomed to it. For there was no way to convince him that, with all his scars, the terrible truth was that he was still the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.”
Simone St. James, The Haunting of Maddy Clare


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Lost Among the Living Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James by Simone St. JamesEngland, 1921. Three years after her husband, Alex, disappeared, shot down over Germany, Jo Manders still mourns his loss. Working as a paid companion to Alex's wealthy, condescending aunt, Dottie Forsyth, Jo travels to the family’s estate in the Sussex countryside. But there is much she never knew about her husband’s origins…and the revelation of a mysterious death in the Forsyths’ past is just the beginning…
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Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession Cleaving A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession by Julie Powell by Julie PowellJulie Powell thought cooking her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the craziest thing she'd ever do--until she embarked on the voyage recounted in her new memoir, CLEAVING.
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The Color of Light The Color of Light by Karen White by Karen WhiteAt thirty-two, pregnant and recently divorced, Jillian Parrish and her seven-year-old daughter find refuge and solace on Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Jillian had experienced her best childhood memories here-until her best friend Lauren Mills disappeared, never to be found.
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“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
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“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
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“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
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Simone James Wow, thank you very much! Stephen King is a favorite of mine :)

Caroline Cairn There are two authors who inspire me, because I love their writing style, the vivid depiction of their characters, and most of all, the originality of their plots (the most difficult thing to find nowadays). These authors are Simone St James and Stephen King.
So there you go, as a newbie writer myself, consider me jealous of your talent!! ;)

Simone James :D

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Cathy Thanks for being book mates with me Simone :D

Cristaux Hi Simone, thanks for accepting my friend request!
I really enjoyed The Haunting Of Maddy Clare and
I am looking forward to reading your other novels.

Harlequin Historical Hi, I'm very happy to meet you and look forward to discussing books with you. If you ever have any questions about any of the titles on my shelves, please ask away. I'll be happy to answer them.

message 1: by Maya

Maya Hey, Babe! Welcome Aboard! Now you can figure out all the cool corners in this universe and tell me where they are!

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