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Kelly Simmons is clearly out standing in her field.  (This is not my own field, but I am, in fact, standing. And wearing so much natural bug spray you can probably smell it. Okay, back to third person to make it easier for the journalists.) 

Kelly is a former journalist (see, I understand) and creative advertising director who started writing fiction over fifteen years ago, while studying creative writing and screenwriting at Temple University and University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her critically acclaimed novels {STANDING STILL, THE BIRD HOUSE and ONE MORE DAY} she is developing a TV series and has been writing a memoir for what seems like her entire life.

Praise for Standing Still:

An electrifying debut.  The perfect read for a stormy night, Simmons's suspenseful tale contains nary a wasted word.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Invigorating prose.   Like Midnight Run with a female Charles Grodin.--Entertainment Weekly (B+ review)

 Subtle, scary, yet almost gentle. -- New York Daily News

The prose is concise, resonant, vibrant, thoughtfully crafted, and worth savoring.-- Romantic Times (four stars)

Kelly Simmons debut novel is an emotional page turner reminiscent of best-selling authors like Lisa Gardner or Kay Hooper.--Curled up.com

This compelling debut is a clever, nervy thriller.--Financial Times of London

 The most impressive debut novel I have read in a long time.  A novel of breathtaking originality.  Highly recommended.--Reviewers Bookwatch

Praise for The Bird House:

“An intergenerational school project unlocks a Pandora’s box of unsettling truths.  Evocative and detailed.”--Kirkus (starred review)

“Smoothly shifts between past and present.  Complex and poignant.” ---Publishers Weekly

 "Honest, tender, and very funny." --Shelf Awareness

 “A great title for book groups and fans of ‘Still Alice’.” --Library Journal

 “A surprisingly dark novel of modern family life."  --Booklist

Praise for One More Day:

"Simmons hits all the right emotional notes (in this) wrenching ghost story."  -- Publishers Weekly

"Twisty, psychologically deft and wildly original. It'll have you guessing to the very end." -- Megan Abbott, Edgar Award Winning Author

"Even when you think you know where the story is headed, there is a twist you do not see coming. It will keep you reading well into the night."   -- Cathy Fiebach, Main Point Books