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About Raina James

Raina James

Raised in an Air Force family, Raina lived in such diverse places as Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Gander, Newfoundland, before leaving the nest and settling down near Ottawa, Ontario.

Some skepticism about the earning value of an English degree made Raina turn to a career in journalism. While almost two decades in newspapers in Canada's capital has made her revise that opinion, there's still no thrill quite like getting the paper to press on a heavy news day with an early deadline.

At home, when not riding herd on her four children -- two girls and two boys -- or trying to squeeze in some writing time, Raina can most often be found reading the work of her favorite authors, new and old.

Raina is a great believer in happy endings, as anyone who reads her work will attest. After all, what's the point of writing fiction if you can't put a little joy in people's lives?


in her own words ...

What I'm ...

  • Working on Hidden Jewel, sequel to The Family Jewel and Stolen Jewel
  • Watching Anything on the Food Network
  • Reading Just finished Buried, by Kate Watterson
  • Anticipating Getting going on a free read for my newsletter
  • Listening to The furnace kicking on
  • Building in my mind Sequel to Three Wicked Wishes
  • Wanting to see on the big screen I, Frankenstein

Favourite Reads

  • No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong
  • Lessons From a Scarlet Lady by Emma Wildes
  • A Year and a Day by Virginia Henley
  • Mastered by Love by Stephanie Laurens
  • Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Mooncalled by Patricia Briggs
  • Scandal by Amanda Quick
  • Vanity by Jane Feather
  • Son of the Morning by Linda Howard

Favourite Discs

  • On and On by Jack Johnson
  • Curious George soundtrack by Jack Johnson and Friends
  • Red Album by Weezer
  • Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
  • Release the Stars by Rufus Wainwright
  • Cold Roses by Ryan Adams
  • American Idiot by Green Day
  • Ella Enchanted soundtrack
  • Across the Universe soundtrack (Beatles covers)
  • Mona Lisa Smile soundtrack
  • 21 by Adele

Favourite Movies

  • The Avengers
  • Love Actually
  • Indiana Jones ,  trilogy
  • Star Wars ,  trilogy (original)
  • Star Trek ,  with Chris Pine
  • Underworld
  • The Lord of the Rings ,  trilogy, especially Return of the King
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles
  • Breakfast Club
  • Unstoppable ,  with Chris Pine and Denzel Washington
  • Pretty Woman
  • Far and Away
  • The Bourne Trilogy
  • The Hobbit
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