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Beautiful Evil Winter, a Russian Action Thriller, earns a list of accolades including an Eric Hoffer Award for "...writing of significant merit..." and a Readers' Favorite International Book Award. The novel takes place in the 1990s after the fall of the USSR, a time reminiscent of the unforgiving, gunslinging days of the frontier west.
A couple weather a hellish adoption eventually as a Mafia target in this chilling yet heartwarming odyssey. Beautiful Evil Winter is an epic story about the human capacity for hope, the traumas that shape our lives and the hardship we'll endure for love.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: First Edition Design Publishing (November 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1622874412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1622874415
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,701,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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READERS FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS named Beautiful Evil Winter a 2014 TRIPLE GENRE FINALIST: Fiction-SUSPENSE, Fiction-THRILLER-GENERAL and ROMANCE SIZZLE! Reader's Favorite contestants include celebrities and New York Times Best-Selling Authors. Beautiful Evil Winter earned more accolades with READERS FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS by securing a place in the Winners' Circle-Fiction Suspense.

So proud that THE ERIC HOFFER AWARDS honored Beautiful Evil Winter by selecting it for the Winners' Circle-Commercial Fiction!! The Hoffer Award honors "...writing of significant merit..."

The NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS chose Beautiful Evil Winter as a New Fiction Finalist!

DAN POYTNER'S GLOBAL EBOOK AWARDS placed Beautiful Evil Winter in the Winners' Circle for FICTION SUSPENSE.

In 2014, Beautiful Evil Winter earned 7 AWARDS, including 5 international honors!!

My fascination with fiction began in middle school when I entered a book-reading contest and won. As an ardent fan of the resonating narrative and the cliffhanger, I decided to dedicate myself to becoming a skilled writer. When college professors spotlighted my writing in the classroom, it anchored my interest in becoming a novelist. I continued to pursue my education at UCLA, via the UCLA Writers' Extension Program, where my writing earned praise from an Award-Winning Author. Of equal and enduring importance, in my life, is a passion for horses. As an avid, lifelong equestrian and horse owner,I now live on a ranch with my family,which we share with a menagerie of four-legged friends. Beautiful Evil Winter is my debut novel.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sara on March 27, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
**I was given a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Beautiful Evil Winter is a book that intrigued me, because the story line of a US couple wanting to adopt an orphan from Russia is something that I've never encountered, and the premise sounded promising. At first, I disliked Ethan, because as Sophia's husband, he seemed way too passive, and there was one scene in particular (which makes the 18+ recommended age reasonable) where I found myself a little annoyed at him. I didn't feel he was as well developed as he could have been either, and I found it hard to connect to him on any emotional level. That might be why the story, at least in the beginning, didn't draw me in as much as it could have, but it did pick up in the last third or so. Something else that I loved was the description of the brutal Russian winters. There were times I could almost feel the cold as I read.

In contrast to that, I'll state that Sophia proved to be quite the lioness, and I actually admired the strength and determination she displayed in protecting her adoptive son Zack and herself when it was necessary. By the end of the book, I found that I had warmed up to her as a character more than at the beginning. Natasha, their contact in Russia and their guide through the adoption process was someone that intrigued me from the beginning, and I liked her a lot. I could almost hear her heavily accented English as I read her dialogue. She, by far, was my favorite character out of everyone. I also loved little Zack, and enjoyed reading about him.

Now, for the things I picked up on that could be improved. I did catch several grammatical errors which threw me out of the story from time to time, which caused me to lose the flow of the novel a little.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rockvixen on March 18, 2015
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Sophia’s last chance was Russia. She had read about adoption there and thought it was the best way for her and her husband Ethan to go. There were dangers in Russia. Some include corrupt police and Mafia. Knowing the dangers, Sophia and Ethan travel to Russia. When they arrive they are greeted by Natasha, the woman that has been helping them through the process. She advises them to listen to her so they don’t cause unwanted attention from the Mafia. They travel to different places and end up in a hotel waiting to go see the baby. Natasha makes it clear they are to stay in the room and wait to hear from her. After many days of waiting, they decide to go down to the bar for a drink. Being cooped up in that room was taking it’s toll. What was supposed to be a night to unwind turned into a terrifying night that neither would forget.

What a great read! It was an emotional roller coaster of feelings and events. I cried and felt for Sophia. Sophia’s character is a strong one and I love that even though she had been through a lot she didn’t give up. I give this 5 stars
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A book you won't want to put down until the very last page is read! Full of unexpected plot twists! Sophia and her husband Ethan have hopes for an easy adoption of their baby boy in Russia, With her fathers reluctant help, only to find themselves innocent targets of the Russian mafia. Never knowing who to trust.
Ethan is mild mannered and prefers to settle things quietly and diplomatically. Sophia, on the other hand. loses her temper easily and doesn't mind who gets in the way. In a country that is as harsh as it's winters, that in not wise. Can he be the voice of reason and keep her calm until the very slow and confusing adoption process slugs its way through? All he wants is to have a baby, a son, and to go home to be a family. Sophia wants that too, but she has limited patience.
They are forced to endure many days alone in their hotel room alone. This gives them a chance to evaluate their own relationship, and to rekindle the love that has grown stale as they have led their lives on separate tracks for so long.
It keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see if all goes well. If they will get their baby, if he is the one they chose, is he healthy, and most of all, will they make it out alive? My only complaint, it ended anti-climatically to me. I waited for the ax to drop at the end, but it ended on rather a mild note after the harrowing journey into Russia's Beautiful Evil Winter.
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Format: Paperback
Beautiful Evil Winter is full of adventure and engagement, even in times when the protagonists are holed up in a small apartment. While visiting Russia in hopes of adopting a child, Sophia and Ethan become targets of the Russian Mafia.
Lavendar's debut novel led me to research the stories of adoptive parents, as well as, the violence within Russia. I look forward to seeing/reading more of her work.
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By deweykilgore on December 1, 2013
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Beautiful Evil Winter should appeal to anyone who has, or is considering, adoption in a country outside the US. It is also an intriguing read with an excellent mix of excitement from mystery and danger, as well as romance.
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A breathless read, full of unexpected twists and turns. Sophia and her husband Ethan have high hopes for an easy adoption of their baby boy in Russia, only to find themselves the unwitting targets of the Russian mafia. This page-turner is a must read whether you are a prospective adoptive parent or not!
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