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Simone St. James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel, The Broken Girls and 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 outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

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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 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.”
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“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.”
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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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“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Stephen King

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you'll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.”
Stephen King

“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.”
Marilyn Monroe

“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.”
Ray Bradbury




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message 9: by C. (last edited Oct 13, 2019 02:14PM)

C. HAPPY THANKSGIVING, dear appreciated Simone! May we all be blessed, happy, and at peace. May we all be in long-lived good health and may the prayers we have, be answered!

I am proud of the spotlight that free e-book campaigns of "The Broken Girls" has clearly shone on your work. However, I want you to know: my spouse happily invested in the full-priced hardcover as a gift for me! Our favourite authors are worth buying new and you know your non-horror paranormal mysteries thrill me. Your friend, Carolyn.


Danika Tres Thank you for the add, Simone! Love your stuff!! :) You're easily one of my favorite authors. Love how you write, your writing style, the content, everything. I love how the feeling of eeriness just resonates from your books, completely making me feel like part of the story. :)


Simone St. 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 St. James :D


message 4: by Cathy

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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