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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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,622,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I look very forward to Kelly's next book!!
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It was a page turner for me !!!!
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Format: Kindle Edition
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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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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By Jeff Molitz on January 9, 2014
Format: Paperback
The author spins a great tale of a family's fight to adopt a Russian child with a healthy dose of political thriller.

I was thoroughly entertained by this book from start to finish. I highly recommend it
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I found this book to be interesting in the adoption of foreign babies/children and the twists with the Russian mobsters to be thrilling. It was a page turner for me !!!!
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By Reading Addict on December 21, 2014
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Great adult suspense. You never know who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. Limited amount of sex. Strong violence.
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I was in the edge of my seat...right from the very beginning. The author did a great job of spinning a compelling tale.
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More About the Author

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.

This year, 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 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.