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© Francine Saint Marie 2009-2012

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E-book Edition 2012

First Edition Paperback 2011

ISBN 10: 1439299153


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The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI and is punishable by up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. PERSUASION is a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons, places, events, etc, is a coincidence.


First published in 2006 by the renowned women’s press Spinsters Ink, Francine Saint Marie’s debut novel The Secret Keeping was a LAMBDA Notable Book, Goldie Award finalist, semi-finalist for the Independent Publishers Award and an IPPY Bronze medalist. Her popular three-novel series The Secret Trilogy containing her acclaimed debut was nominated for the prestigious Ferro/Grumley literary prize in fiction. She is also the recent recipient of the Green Book Award which honors works of fiction and nonfiction that bring greater public awareness to issues concerning the environment. A writer and artist living in New York, Persuasion is her fifth published novel to date.

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