Don't believe in ghosts? Let Simone St. James convince you

It's release time for one of GET LOST IN A STORY's own--Simone St. James.  From the dawn of time, man has been intrigued by the paranormal.  And obviously Ms. St. James is no different.  Writing her first story about a library being haunted eventually led her to write THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE and to NAL's eventual purchase.  What is different ...Simone St' James ability to sweep you away.  Check out these lovely pull quotes.

"With a fresh, unique voice, Simone St. James creates an atmosphere that is deliciously creepy and a heroine you won't soon forget. The Haunting of Maddy Clare promises spooky thrills and it delivers. Read it, enjoy it - but don't turn out the lights!"

-Deanna Raybourn, author of the Julia Grey series

"Fast, fun, and gripping. Kept me up into the wee hours."

-C. S. Harris, author of the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series

"The Haunting of Maddy Clare is a compelling read. With a strong setting, vivid supporting characters and sympathetic protagonists, the book is a wonderful blend of romance, mystery, and pure creepiness. Simone St. James is a talent to watch."

-Anne Stuart, New York Times bestselling author of Shameless

"A compelling and beautifully written debut full of mystery, emotion and romance."

-Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of The Surrender of Miss Fairbourne

"The Haunting of Maddy Clare is a novel of chilling romantic suspense that evokes the lost era between the world wars that so wounded the lives of the young men and women of England , and adds to the mix an inventively dark, gothic ghost story. Read it with the lights on. Simply spellbinding."

-Susanna Kearsley , New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Winter Sea


Sarah Piper’s lonely, threadbare existence changes when her temporary agency sends her to assist a ghost hunter. Alistair Gellis – rich, handsome, scarred by World War I, and obsessed with ghosts – has been summoned to investigate the spirit of nineteen-year-old Maddy Clare, who is haunting the barn where she committed suicide. Since Maddy hated men in life, it is Sarah’s task to confront her in death.

Soon Sarah is caught up in a desperate struggle. For Maddy’s ghost is real, she’s angry, and she has powers that defy all reason. Can Sarah and Alistair’s assistant, the rough, unsettling Matthew Ryder, discover who Maddy was, where she came from, and what is driving her desire for vengeance – before she destroys them all. 


Congratulations,  Simone!   

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  1. Congratulations to Simone. DQing myself from the drawing of course because I'm doing the give away. But, yes, I believe in ghosts. I've often felt someone standing beside me or behind me. Particularly when I went to my office after my father passed away. I'd been off work to attend the funeral, and went into the office late at night to catch up on work. This might sound crazy, but having a hard time focusing, I was obviously grieving. I felt someone place his hands on my shoulders.

    I gasped and turned around but no one was there. In the next moment, however, it was as though my dad was saying I'm okay, move on. Wishing you all the best, Simone.

  2. I do believe in ghosts. After my Father passed away, I know he visited me, but only for a short time.

  3. Yes, I absolutely believe in ghosts, as do most members of my family. I wonder is it the Irish in us? Not that *being* Irish makes you believe, but that we're raised on those tales?

    In any case, I'm super excited for this book! Off to add it to my wish-list for the next book order now : )

    1. Jen, I'm Irish and Scottish and English and Spanish.... In other words I'm all mixed up. But I love a good ghost story. My favorite one as a kid was.... "I am the ghost of the three bloody fingers." Anyone remember that?

  4. I do believe in ghosts even though I have never encountered one. I've always been fascinated by ghost stories and shows based on true events. One of my favorite tv shows is A Haunting on the Discovery Channel. Unfortunately they stopped producing new shows for some time now. I think some people with keen senses can "feel" them or there are animals who do seem to see ghosts.

  5. What an interesting novel. Those quotes have me a very curious and a little spooked about reading it. :) I definitely believe in ghosts. We had some experiences in a condo my family lived in when I was growing up and a few more when my uncle passed away. He was sort of a prankster and we were sure he visited us a few times while we were together for his funeral. I can't explain it all, but feel certain that there are beings that we can't see, at least most of the time... ;)

  6. Awesome! Congrats on release day, Simone! Woo hoo!

  7. Congratulations on the book! I believe in ghosts based on what I've seen and read.

  8. Congratulations. This book looks and sounds wonderful because I do believe in ghosts! My sister's house is over 100 years old and there are just too many unexplained happenings, including an "old man" and a little girl that can be seen periodically in the house when no one else is in it.