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When a Stranger Comes

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Would you be willing to make a deal with the devil to have your hopes and dreams come true?

Witnessing a lightning bolt on a sunny day, author Alexa Wainwright doesn't realize she's been transported to an alternate universe. Here, she meets media mogul and publisher King Blakemore who offers her a lucrative book contract that will guarantee her comeback.

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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published September 13th 2017 by KSB Press
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Richard Bunning
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Writers enjoy having the power of God over their characters, but what if they also attract the forces of the devil? What if the power of life and death in a fiction translates into a ‘real’ existence, if some elements of the authors omnipresence on the page slips into physical life? The book is very much paranormal, some of a magical realism bend and some with a quasi-religious one. Through excepting the premise that many good versus evil, religious/paranormal boundaries collide in mystical ways ...more
Sue Wallace
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a stranger comes by karen s bell.
Alexa Wainwright is a writer. She has just finished her 10th book which is the 3rd in a trilogy when she gets a deal from king blakemore. She signs with his publishing firm for a movie deal of her trilogy. Has she just signed a deal with the devil himself? She is aided by an angel evangelica. She is on her side to protect her. Can she discover a loophole and get out of the pact she has made with king?
A fantastic read. Bit slow to start with. Then bam couldn
Sue Wallace
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
When a stranger comes by karen s bell.
Alexa Wainwright is a writer. She has just finished her 10th book which is the 3rd in a trilogy when she gets a deal from king blakemore. She signs with his publishing firm for a movie deal of her trilogy. Has she just signed a deal with the devil himself? She is aided by an angel evangelica. She is on her side to protect her. Can she discover a loophole and get out of the pact she has made with king?
A fantastic read. Bit slow to start with. Then bam couldn
Apr 12, 2022 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A writer's life reflects her work and vice versa, in a sort of magical realism type thing.

Didn't hit me.
Ronald Keeler
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Imagine yourself a successful, published author. You have had at least one book that soared to the top and you liked the feeling of being number one. Money is no longer a problem; you have an upper-class lifestyle that includes people who work for you so that you don’t have to do routine stuff. Others buy and prepare food, make appointments, and plan your daily schedule. There are not many helpers and you don’t want many. Margaret is one important helper acting as both an agent and a close frien ...more
Title: When a Stranger Comes
Author: Karen S. Bell
Publisher: K.S.B.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five

"When a Stranger Comes" by Karen S. Bell

My Thoughts....

All I will say is that this author really knows how to keep the reader in suspense in this 'magical realism, paranormal and supernatural read. It was quite interesting seeing Alexa Wainwright born [Gladys Lipschitz] as she 'soared to the number one bestsellers list and became an international sensation.'

What will Alexa have to do rema
Lynelle Clark
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Reading this book it becomes frightful to be an author, wishing for all the wealth that comes with that. The power of words and thoughts becomes very real for the main character of the book and soon she realized that she is living in a world created by herself.
This original story really touches a lot of important issues in life and where the priorities for most lies. Sometimes we have to be careful what we hope and wish for because it ca
Jewel Hart
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When A Stranger Comes by Karen S. Bell is a riveting, must read psychological thriller with an original gripping plot and heart-pounding storyline and premise.

Author Alexa Wainwright wants nothing more than for her new novel to be a bestseller and regain her renowned international status that her debut novel once gave her. Thrown into an alternate reality, Alexa makes a deal with a bizarre publisher who promises her fortune and fame with her new novel. Despite her resistance and doubts about thi
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Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a great book!

When a Stranger Comes is an excellent read for mystery/psychological thriller lovers. I loved this book.
The storyline is so interestingly written and twisted it was hard for me to put down the book. The plot is not your ordinary one, it is innovative and intriguing and the writing itself is superb.
The main character, Alexa, a writer who is presented with a deal of a lifetime realized that the deal is not as sweet as it sounds. The way she deals with this new reality is incred
R.K. Emery
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
The plot flowed nicely and the mystery kept me guessing and flipping pages. Overall a great suspense.

What a clever story with a wonderful balance of fantasy and suspense.

Karen S. Bell has created a novel in which the main character shows growth. For me that is always something I look for in my favorite main characters. I liked flawed characters and if they can overcome things, it really speaks to me.

This was a quick read for me. I felt like the words and plot just flowed long effortlessly. I f
Ever Leigh
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, suspense
Such a large cast of characters, but I felt like I got to know all of the main ones very well.

I liked how this Fantasy novel managed to be fresh and exciting and wasn't too overly predictable. I saw a few things coming, but was definitely surprised at points too.

Definitely a lot of action going on that will have readers flipping pages furiously.
C. Gonzales
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, suspense
I liked the diversity and originality of this novel. You think that you are going to know what you're getting, but Bell really manages to surprise her readers.

I really enjoyed the pacing and how it was steady throughout. It is fast paced and doesn't let up and didn't have moments that dragged. It made for a fast and furious read.
Samantha Turley
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, fantasy
Karen S. Bell has written an imaginative and descriptive novel that does a great job of pulling the reader into the world she has created.
The flow of the novel was well executed and everything as far as pacing went felt smooth.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters both primary and secondary. They all felt like they had their own purpose and had depth that made me care about them.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-win
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A writer finds herself in a midst of reality and fiction as she signs a new writing contract. Sh heo save is quickly thrown into a world of evil as she must fight to save herself or be entrapped by eveything.

The author takes you on a wild ride full of imagination as you question what is real or make believe. Full of suspense and drama.

Gina Stamper
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, fantasy
This novel has a very mysterious element to it. This was an unexpected read for me. The synopsis was intriguing, but I sure wasn’t sure exactly what kind of world I would be taken in. Karen S. Bell manages to draw the reader in from the very beginning.
Even from the synopsis you are not sure what you are going to get. I would like to say that Bell does a great job of bringing to life her characters. These characters each have their own personalities and depth to them. None of them felt one-dimens
Declan Barnett
Mar 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
To all the new and aspiring authors out there - read this book! It may be classified as fiction, but if you really dive into it you'll find a deeper meaning, a message from Karen Bell to you. Even if you're not interested in writing, you'll find at least a handful of "golden nuggets" of wisdom in these pages. ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I came ThisClose to quitting this book about a quarter of the way in. The writing is sophomoric, and the main character is unlikable. But ... stubborn me ... I continued to read til the end. Sadly, my opinion on the book did not improve.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Quite a different read from what I am used to. I did not expect this book to turn out like it did. I liked the book and hated to put it down. I needed to find out what was going on in the story and try to understand Alexa's story. 

I have to say that in the beginning I wasn't sure if this was a book I would like or not. The prologue was good, and drew me in, but the first chapter made me question the rest of the book. Wow, was I wrong. After I got through the first page of the first paragraph, I
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alexa Wainwright also known as Gladys Lipschitz was an enjoyable character. I loved how she was a writer and how that part of her played such a large role in her character and in the story line itself. The idea of the King Blakemore was also interesting as well as how he interacted with Alexa. Overall, this was a unique story that I greatly enjoyed!
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't think, until now, that I have ever read anything from this author but I do believe I will get more of her books! She has such an amazing way of story telling. Knows how to make you feel as if what you're reading is your life and your living each page. This book will keep you so intrigued and turning those pages! ...more
Jill Elizabeth
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this one a lot more than I did. To start, there's the premise - fascinating (a mysterious lightning strike, a world turned upside down, fame and riches and evil all blended together, a writer whose creations seem to be coming to life). There's the main characters - conceptually intriguing (I am fascinated by books about books and the people who write/create/publish them, plus there's the whole evil/deal with the devil set of personalities, also usually intriguing to me). ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I like a book that gets under my skin. So when I read the blurb for When a Stranger Comes…, I was intrigued. Unfortunately, When a Stranger Comes… didn’t get under my skin. If anything, I was left confused by the end of the book. I was also left dissatisfied that the book didn’t get under my skin. A psychological thriller should do that to you. It didn’t for me.

I thought the plotline for When a Stranger Comes… was great. A writer is transported to an alternate realm without her knowledge. There,
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When a Stranger Comes by Karen Bell tells the story of writer Alexa Wainwright a writer who had massive success with her first novel. Since then she's struggled to write anything that comes close to that novel in content or success. As she stands looking out the window of her loft one day wishing to write another great novel she witnessed a bolt of lightening come out of a clear blue sky and hit the road in front of her. After that everything in her life takes on a strange quality and she fears ...more
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"Rich, rich, beyond my wildest dreams."
As Alexa speculates on the possible success of her new tri!ogy, wishing for the fame and fortune her debut book had fleetingly brought to her, she is unknowingly transported to an alternate reality where her wish is about to come frighteningly true. Despite thoroughly enjoying many aspects of her new life style - the sex, the private island and more money than she could even sent in spending, she is repelled by her perceived situatio
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I received this book from ebook discovery to give an honest review.

This book at first had promise but I found myself losing interest, picking up, then falling back down. It was hard for me to actually pinpoint what it was exactly that kept me closing the book and setting it down. Maybe because there was just not enough wow factor. I really loved the idea that the main character was an author! We follow Alexa as she deals with writing and what comes along with writing a good book or series of boo
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

This book has an intriguing blurb - which I loved. I loved the beginning of the book, but unfortunately, not so much the MC Alexa. Then this book was sort of all over the place. At one point, Alexa understands what's occurring and decides to fight against it but the next minute she is involved in a sex orgy. I just did not like the wishy-washyness of the MC. I also did not enjoy the i
Jessica Belmont
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

When a Stranger Comes… has such a unique concept. I love reading stories about authors, but I don’t think I’ve ever read one quite like this. Alexa Wainwright is presented with a contract that is too good to be true, but signs it anyway, and realizes she’s just made a deal with the devil.

I love Karen Bell’s mix of magical realism, paranormal and suspense. I was taken on really unique and gripping psychological thriller. With twists and turns, I was kept on the edge of my seat from the begi
Kate Ashley
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual ratings: 2.5 stars

A tl;dr:

[+] Interesting "deal with the Devil" plotline
[+] Ending was open to reader's interpretation
[+] Prologue and epilogue was engaging
[-] MC unlikable and unrelatable
[-] Relied a bit too much on long monologues
[-] Spent too much time on back stories and Alexa's glittered life

The ending gave the much needed room for a reader’s own interpretation. It might even make one reread the last couple of chapters again just to get a better grasp on it. This, along with the capt
Monsterella Reviews
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I truly wanted to love this book since the blurb drew me in but unfortunately it just didn't do it for me,. I nearly stopped reading many times in just the first half, but i kept going hoping it would get better. Unfortunately it did not. The writing was a little underdeveloped for my tastes. The wording was overzealous in many places. I simply couldn't become entrapped in the story the way I wish I could have.

The premise is intriguing with the internal struggles the main character faces, especi
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this book. In fact, in the beginning I was into this story. Yet, several chapters later my excitement had disappeared. However, I kept reading hoping that I would find that magic again. Sadly, after reaching the half way point I put the book down. It seems that I was reading a different book from the majority of the other readers.

There was nothing intriguing about the story or the characters that kept me wanting to come back for more. There were times when I had to re-read
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