Stepford USA [NOOK Book]

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Not all conspiracies are global; some are well-hidden in small towns with perfect facades… Married and pregnant, international journalist, Jade Snow, must exchange her exotic and dangerous lifestyle for a boring existence in sheltered Stepford, MA, where nothing is what it seems. Who committed rape and murder – corrupt police chief, womanizing banker, tragic hunk, millionaire nerd, or sleazy politician? In this town, where unpleasant things are simply swept under the rug, who ...
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Stepford USA

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Overview

Not all conspiracies are global; some are well-hidden in small towns with perfect facades… Married and pregnant, international journalist, Jade Snow, must exchange her exotic and dangerous lifestyle for a boring existence in sheltered Stepford, MA, where nothing is what it seems. Who committed rape and murder – corrupt police chief, womanizing banker, tragic hunk, millionaire nerd, or sleazy politician? In this town, where unpleasant things are simply swept under the rug, who can Jade trust?
Leave it to our spunky heroine to expose what’s hidden and to shake up the status quo… if she can survive an attraction to the enigmatic convicted rapist and the encounter with a desperate killer.
Warning: contains enough psychology, mystical happenings, amazing pets, virtual reality, romance, and humor to be a thrillingly delightful, yet dangerously sobering read!

Includes Accidental Spy Sampler:
Bonus 1: Extensive excerpt from GOLD TRAIN, Accidental Spy Russia Adventure
Bonus 2: Excerpt from upcoming DRAGON GATE, Accidental Spy Asia Adventure

Also by Lada Ray:

Stepford USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure)
Green Desert (Accidental Spy Prequel)

THE EARTH SHIFTER, a top-rated & prophetic real world fantasy

EARTH KEEPERS CHRONICLES:
Catharsis (Legend of the Lemurians), book 1 - download FREE
Lemurian Crystal, book 2 - coming soon
Atlantis, book 3 - coming soon
Earth Keepers Chronicles: Origins - coming soon
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Editorial Reviews

Smashwords, Goodreads, Amazon - Jason Sullivan
FIVE STARS
"This exciting page-turner will have you guessing from the very beginning. Lada skillfully weaves many surprises into this psychological thriller. Her exquisite scene setting together with compelling dialogue makes Stepford USA a fascinating, if at times nail-biting, read. I highly recommend Stepford USA. Jade Snow is intelligent, warm and witty. Join her as she puts the pieces together and helps release a town from its dark, hidden past."
Goodreads - Wil K
FIVE STARS
"If I had to compare it to other books, I’d say that Stepford USA reminded me of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, but lighter and easier to read. The book boasts a great balance of character development, action, mystery, beautiful setting, as well as a modicum of paranormal and romance. It is an enjoyable read, which will make you pause and think about things we take for granted and things we overlook, about what is important and what is not."
Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari - J.J. Collins
FIVE STARS
“Psychological thrillers don’t get much better than this. Excitingly and yet chillingly gripping… plot line that surprises you at every turn and absolutely does not let you go."
Goodreads, Shelfari, Smashwords - Madeline Walsh
FIVE STARS
"Finding the monster within... A Beautifully Written Tale! While the story is told with light-hearted humor, deep, dark, hidden secrets is the theme of this book. It shows great insight into human behavior, perceptions and manipulations. The book has a true to life quality about it. Very well written and gripping tale that will leave you guessing to the very end!"
Amazon - Brenda Jane
FIVE STARS
"I enjoyed solving this mystery, though we knew who the guilty ones were early on, it was the finding of the proof, uncovering the details and getting the story straight that was the heart of this book. I like this author; I'm now starting to read the next book in the series, I'll get back to you on that."
J.J. Collins
FIVE STARS
“Psychological thrillers don’t get much better than this. Excitingly and yet chillingly gripping… plot line that surprises you at every turn and absolutely does not let you go."
Wil K
FIVE STARS
"If I had to compare it to other books, I’d say that Stepford USA reminded me of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, but lighter and easier to read. The book boasts a great balance of character development, action, mystery, beautiful setting, as well as a modicum of paranormal and romance. It is an enjoyable read, which will make you pause and think about things we take for granted and things we overlook, about what is important and what is not."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015596854
  • Publisher: Ray House
  • Publication date: 10/10/2012
  • Series: Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 510,770
  • File size: 209 KB

Meet the Author

Born in Russia, Lada Ray always wanted to write cool stories, which she'd been imagining in her head ever since she can remember. Instead, she listened to her well-meaning parents and started her life in a more traditional way (for her, that is). She is a linguist, internationally certified feng shui master practitioner, world traveler, financial consultant, nature lover, spirituality & metaphysics researcher, and writer. Lada imagines her stories in the bustling New York City and serene Catskill Mountains, New York, where she lives with her family and gorgeous calico cat.

Also by Lada Ray:
New release! CATHARSIS, Legend of the Lemurians (Earth Keepers Chronicles 1)
GOLD TRAIN, Accidental Spy Russia Adventure
STEPFORD USA, Accidental Spy US Adventure

Coming soon:
THE EARTH SHIFTER, new YA fantasy thriller – release December 2012
Earth Keepers Chronicles: Books 2-4 – release 2013
DRAGON GATE, Accidental Spy Asia Adventure – release TBD

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LADA’S BOOKS:

CONNECT:
Twitter: @ LadaTweets
Goodreads: Lada Ray
YouTube: LadaRay Channel
Facebook: Lada Ray

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    Finding the monster within... A Beautifully Written Tale! While

    Finding the monster within... A Beautifully Written Tale!

    While the story is told with lighthearted humor, deep, dark, hidden secrets is the theme of this book.
    It shows great insight into human behavior, perceptions and manipulations. 
    The book has a true to life quality about it. It's amazing how the minority in power can manipulate a whole
    population to suit their own agenda! I like how the story portrays the "Stepfordness" of the town,
    how mindless consensus and conformity can dangerously create serious injustices in this world.
    Remember, Stepford is not just a physical location, it's a state of being inherent in the human condition.
    A timely written warning that only when we can honestly look within, can we identify
    and root out all the evil from without. Very well written and gripping tale that will leave you guessing
    to the very end! Excellent storytelling, 5 enthusiastic stars!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    I loved the book. It's an easy read with a few unexpected twists

    I loved the book. It's an easy read with a few unexpected twists. Very true to the environment and psychology of people in small US towns. Th  mystery was interesting to solve. While we knew who the potential offenders were, it was quite a tease to get the story straight and to find the proof. The characters of jade Snow, Adelaide and Jason, as well as few others were very believable and sympathetic, and the cat, Princess Lily stole the show!   

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    An absolute must read- brilliant thriller

    This first instalment by Author - Lada Ray introduces us to brilliant investigative journalist - Jade Snow. Jade Snow we learn, is a twenty eight year old all action investigative journalist used to dodging straying bullets in Afghanistan, before a near death experience throws her into the arms of her soon to be husband Paul. What Jade doesn’t realise is that her days of investigative journalism and an all action career are about to come to an abrupt halt when motherhood dawns or is it?

    This thriller is set in the sleepy surroundings of Stepford, Massachusetts, a small town community in America that hides a deep dark secret. Jade finds herself in this sleepy town against her wishes following her husband’s insistence on finding her a nice, quiet and calm environment for her to remain fit and well during her pregnancy. Jade Snow we learn is no ordinary young mum to be. It is not long before her inquisitive mind and investigative instincts, lead her onto the trail of a devastating dark hidden secret within the community. A crime so horrendous and brutal, it lives on in the lives and happenings of this sleepy hallow even until the present day.

    This story of a horrific crime, a victim, an accused person and powerful local interests, desperate to keep the truth hidden from the larger world, only makes Jade Snow throw off her restrictive temporary physical shackles and risk all, to unravel the truth. The pursuit of truth among the complex personalities of this town, and an eagerness for someone to keep it hidden at all costs makes the challenge appear impossible.

    Stepford USA takes us on a journey with this charming, sharp minded young journalist in a race to reveal the truth before someone else is killed, will Jade succeed? Can she protect herself and the life of her unborn child? Who can she trust? Anyone? Will she manage to discover the facts before it costs someone their life or even her own?

    On the face of it, Stepford is a thriving small town community the likes of which are splattered across the American continent however, the deceit and manipulation facing Jade threatens not just people, it threatens the very way of life of this beautiful town. Undeterred, Jade Snow takes us on a gripping, dark psychological adventure, where unrealised talents may be the difference between life and death for Jade and others.

    Does the answer to the secret rest within the group of six ladies “Knitting Club”? All women of varying ages and loyalties. We are introduced to Lady Adelaide Paphos, an elegant motherly like lady, who develops a fondness and close bond with Jade during her time in Stepford. Her son Jason who harbours a long held secret. Then a chance lunch time meeting with the power players of the local community that introduces us to the young police chief – Chief Nordini, Judge Bowman, Lawyer Marc Catcham, Banker Peter Burns and the quiet Jack Maloof. These men all with varying i

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    Wonderful Storytelling! Filled with psychic visions, virtual reality, and sassy wit - it's a Winner!

    I enjoyed reading this uplifting book by Ms Ray, filled with intrigue and irresistible characters which make you question the very reality that we are living through during these uncertain times. Like the proverbial Alice falling the down the rabbit hole, this story leads you on a journey where the world we live in, with our conditioned beliefs and conclusions, are not what it seems. What if EVERYTHING you thought that's real was but manufactured illusion, and reality can only be pierced consciously by breaking out of ourselves to uncover the hidden truth within?

    This seminal work allows you to question everything you hold sacred, all the sacred cows, established institutions of society that espouses living the "American Dream", one must succeed at all cost. Jade, an investigative journalist sensed that all is not right in this idyllic sleepy/ creepy little town of Stepford. By all appearances, Stepford seemed like the perfect place to nurture a pregnancy when one is not covering the latest reports from war torn countries. Well, Eden is about to reveal it's darkest secret, with the help of Jade's best friend Rachel- a psychoanalyst, an adorably smart and sassy cat named Lily and a group of small town ladies known only as "the knitting club". From paranormal psychic visions to virtual reality laboratories, Jade experiences life beyond her wildest expectations. Laced with cool humor and insight, Jade and her friends solve the most daunting mystery ever imagined. In total denial at first, the towns people must slowly come to the realization that not all is well in paradise and need to face their own prejudices and shortcomings in order to heal and come together as one community. A superb social commentary, Stepford USA is a microcosm for Anytown Internationale.

    I love the positive, optimistic ending. Can't wait for the next Jade Snow adventure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    I love this exceptional international spy thriller. Vivid action

    I love this exceptional international spy thriller. Vivid action across 4 continents, intrigue, mystery and suspense easily best novel of the year!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Great, very good!

    Great, very good!

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