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Stepford USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure)

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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, millio
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Nook, 2, 300 pages
Published March 18th 2011 by Lada Ray, via Smashwords (first published March 10th 2011)
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Jason
Dec 29, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-fiction, thriller
Some people think small town life is uneventful. Jade Snow, the protagonist of Lada Ray’s mystery-thriller, Stepford USA, thought so as well. But Jade was soon to learn that sleepy little towns can hold the biggest, scariest secrets! Jade arrives in Stepford in order to rest up before having a baby. However, she quickly starts to pick up hints that everything is not all charm and tranquility. Many years ago a horrible crime was committed from which the dust has never quite settled. With her husb ...more
Maddie
Dec 31, 2011 Maddie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: excellent-read
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. 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 cre
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Sherry Fundin
Of course, the name alone made me think of the Stepford Wives. Would it be predictable? Yes and no.

Jade was married and pregnant, so she gave up her world-traveling journalistic career and moved to a small town in Massachusetts.

She had a hard time adjusting to such a laid back atmosphere, until her visions started. She had never been psychic or had visions before, but Rebecca refused to be ignored.

To help pass the time and find out the secrets that were being covered up, she joined the knitting
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Mary Ellis
Oct 16, 2012 Mary Ellis rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Storytelling! Filled with psychic visions, virtual reality, and sassy wit.

An enlightening, 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
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Wil K
Oct 01, 2012 Wil K rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable Read that Makes You Think

Stepford USA (Book 1 of the Accidental Spy Adventure Series) is a novel by Lada Ray.
Jade Snow, 28, an ass-kicking international journalist, who has to settle down in a sheltered Massachusetts town after she gets married and pregnant. But very soon Jade starts sensing that not all is well in this seeming paradise. Gears of mystery and drama are set in motion after a wrongfully convicted man returns from jail. Jade has to risk her own life, together with the life
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Lada Ray
Aug 04, 2016 Lada Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
STEPFORD USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure) is set in the seemingly idyllic town of Stepford in the midst of the picturesque Berkshire Mountains, Massachusetts. The name of the town is fictional, but bears resemblance to the real local towns, namely Sheffield, Lenox, and especially Stockbridge, MA. While writing STEPFORD USA I lived in the area before moving back to New York. I wrote the setting, events and characters in real time based on my observations and experiences, and perhaps beca ...more
Mardi Orlando
Sep 30, 2012 Mardi Orlando rated it it was amazing
Jade Snow is an investigative journalist who has braved the hardships of such places as Afghanistan. When a ‘white knight’ leaps to save her, she quickly falls in love and gets pregnant. But this new development is about to change Jade forever. When her husband insists on moving her to the safety and isolation of Stepford, Jade characteristically finds a story to investigate.

But Jade is being watched… and the mysterious web begins to be woven – a clever simile made through Jade’s new involvement
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Cassandra Giovanni
Jul 04, 2012 Cassandra Giovanni rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie
This a good read, I found the character of Jade Snow to be interesting and fun to read about. I did find that I knew who the suspects for the crime were within the first 1/4 of the novel, but it was interesting to see how it played out, and how Ray wrapped the story up. The subject matter of the book was graphically described multiple times and fully re-hashed down to the tiny details. I assume this is typical in sleuthing novels. I haven't read many modern sleuthing stories, but this one remind ...more
Jack
Feb 24, 2012 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting mystery in which journalist Jade Snow uncovers a secret from the past in a quiet town. Needs more proofreading to correct syntax and spelling
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Living her life in the fast lane, Lada Ray, M.A., 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). Born in Russia, she is a world traveler, linguist, financial consultant, Feng Shui Master, shaman, futurist, and metaphysics/spi ...more
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