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Devil's Moon [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Stroud
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

REVISED EDITION:

Yes, Jane Wilson had some problems. As in, she disliked her job and her stepson disliked her. Yet, for the most part, she couldn't complain too loudly. Her new husband, Sam, was a wonderful - and gorgeous - man; her beloved - and ugly - old dog, Devil, was weathering his age well. So, with all that in mind, Jane was looking forward to the holidays. Then along came Bambi...

And Jane was not prepared for the deplorable and depraved vindictiveness soon to befall her at the hands of her husband's unstable ex-wife. For Bambi had decided that the Christmas season was the perfect time to begin her psychotic destruction of Jane and all that she held dear. The results are not pretty.

EXCERPT:

Jane tore down the hall and rammed her husband with the force of a linebacker, almost incoherent in her rapid-fire description of the grisly discovery.

Together, they went through the living room; Sam examining a couple of the corpses with professional detachment before disposing of the bodies, Jane wincing all the way.

Together, they went back to the kitchen to talk. Sam had a beer. Jane did, too.

Then, together, they went to the bedroom to change into clean clothes where the twelfth mouse lay in gory splendor on the bed. Sam fought to keep his composure while Jane lost hers...Devil never left the kitchen.


Editorial Reviews

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"Not since Stephen King's 11/22/63 have I picked up a book and felt compelled to read at every opportunity I could spare a minute. Rebecca Stroud's Devil's Moon did that for me; it is gripping, suspenseful and will pull you along from the very first word written on the page." - Sweet Diva Reader (SDR) Maria

"The writing is superb and the editing first class. The characters are well-rounded, interesting dialogue and just a damn good read. This one is worth 10 stars...A very well-written and creative piece of work." - James Anderson, author/editor and Amazon Top Reviewer

"I simply LOVED this book. A quick read, lots of suspense, very well-written and edited and deserving of 5+ stars. Highly recommended!" - Linda Tesoroni (New Jersey reader)

"Here is a tale that is absorbing, fast-paced, unpredictable...and one that deserves my 5-Star rating. Truly, a fascinating read." - John L. Evans (California reader)

"Having not read any of Ms. Stroud's works, I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. Ms. Stroud did not disappoint; she managed to pack a lot of content into a short, well-written book that was full of surprises around every corner. It packs a wallop and I loved every moment. I ran the entire roller coaster of emotions from love, hate, fright and tears and was sad to say goodbye to Jane, Sam, Danny and Devil when it ended. If you like a book with a strong heroine, a real nasty villain and a big ole softy dog, this book is for you."  - lovestodive (Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild's Dual Review Team)

Product Details

  • File Size: 229 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rebecca Stroud (November 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HFRGIS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read. Well Written. Recommended. March 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Take one, long-suffering ex-husband and his normal, down-to-earth new wife, add in one large much-loved dog, an equally loved but conflicted step-son and just to finish the mix, throw in the most vindictive, self-righteous ex-wife the world has ever known, with a passion restricted to her own desire for revenge and self-gratification... that pretty much covers the elements within this literary ride, and I have to say, Rebecca Stroud has created a hugely entertaining, well written and very creative piece of work.

The characters are rounded, real and so well detailed you know exactly how you feel about then from the start... even the dog!
There is a little harsh language, but Stroud uses nothing out of any context where you would expect from the specific character in question, and each profanity is applied almost precisely as you might expect.

The descriptive writing throughout is a very high standard and the editing is first class, coupled with a very good and well thought out storyline, make this a good, solid book for any journey or perhaps a few hours down-time.
Lots of minor twists and turns build into a superb little sub-plot revolving around the least likely character and at the end, the final twist is both remarkable and unexpected.

If this is on your To-Be-Read list, I recommend you give it a boost up, if it's not there already, it certainly should be!

4 solid stars
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tricky Title..but I get it!! January 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good author will create a connection between the reader and the characters, and this is what Rebecca Stroud was able to do in Devil's Moon. I felt I knew each and every one involved...especially the ex wife..I think I've personally dealt with that one! A good suspense novel with alot of emotional twists.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming 4 1/2 Star Read March 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not since Stephen King's 11/22/63 have I picked up a book and felt compelled to read at every opportunity I could spare a minute. Rebecca Stroud's Devil's Moon did that for me. I opened this book yesterday intending to read 2 maybe 3 chapters, but suddenly found myself a bit over 60% in with a family clamoring for their dinner. Immediately after doing the serving & clearing up, I sat back down and literally devoured the rest of this story. It is shorter then King so you can easily finish in a day, his took me a week.

The main characters in this book are mostly extremely likeable as well as believable. They are:

Sam- a kindhearted, veterinarian who is also Jane's husband. This is a second attempt at matrimony for both and a very happy one.

Jane- wife of Sam who works at a really crappy job for Randall a basket case, whiner, loser boss, but volunteers at the local animal shelter as well.

Devil- Jane's getting older, ugly, but much beloved dog who is embraced by the whole family.

Danny- son of Sam and Bambi who I will describe later and is the pretty typical 17 yr old child of divorced parents when one parent is acrimonious and can't move on. Conflicted and afraid to let his step-mom Jane too far into his life.

And then there is Bambi- a foul mouthed southern belle, piece of nasty work who believes the sun rises and sets on her or at least it should. She cannot cope with having been replaced by Jane as Sam's wife feeling Jane is inferior to her and becomes seriously unbalanced with a severe drinking problem to boot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery!!!! June 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
4****Stars

I had read the review for the PRG for Do Unto Others, and was unsure of what Ms Stroud's Devil's Moon would be about. Suffice to say this short novel under 150 pages did not disappoint. Miss Stroud has a great writing style with the POV coming from all her ensemble, so you know what is going on with all of them.

Sam Wilson has gotten it right the second time, divorcing the cheerleader Barbie doll first wife, and meeting the love of his life. He has married Jane and they are deeply in love. Enter the ex wife Bambi (yes Bambi), you all know her type, high roller, exquisite, with a black heart. She is the wicked mother of a great son who doesn't deserve any of this, Danny.

The title does not tell what the book is about, and you will only `get it' after you read the book. The mystery evolves when Bambi realizes her life is slipping by and she has nothing. Her claim to fame is her beauty, her boobs and her social status, which will all soon be a changing. She is living her life in a bottle of booze and anger, with her unhealthy hatred, and devises a plan to take Jane and Sam down with her.

The book is such a quick read as the author takes us down this windy path, during a month before Christmas. You feel the Holiday spirit of all the cast. Jane's love for the holiday makes every one of her family love it too. She is a bright light for her husband Sam, her dog Devil and her step son Danny.

The hatred in Bambi permeates the pages, and you are filled with loathing for her. Being in her head, as she rationalizes her feelings is also hard. She makes some pretty loathsome choices and you are rooting for the good guys.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read
Wow what an amazing story. I read it in one sitting. I kept trying to put it aside and get on with other things, but finally gave up and indulged in reading until the end. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ch'kara SilverWolf
4.0 out of 5 stars Divorce story
This book was an easy read without too many characters. I read it in one evening. Interesting mix of love for animals and bitter divorce.
Published 19 months ago by J. Mahan
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, short and sweet
This book isn't very long, so it's easy to read quickly. I almost think it could've used just a little bit more character development, but in all honesty, that wasn't necessary to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by trinitee0925
3.0 out of 5 stars Was Fine Until The Ending
Couldn't understand the ending even after reading it several times. Up until then, the book had a lot going for it. Good story line, believable characters, and a good pace. Read more
Published 23 months ago by William H. Grant
1.0 out of 5 stars DEVIL'S MOON
This is the first story I read by Rebecca Stroud. Its not much I can say this story just didn't hold my interest.
Published on October 8, 2012 by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Bambi was NO deer..or DEAR.
I simply LOVED this book. Every character held your interest. No "dead" spots or boring, over dramatic parts. Read more
Published on September 26, 2012 by Linda Tesoroni
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my word!
I picked this up on a free promo and now i wish I had paid full price! This is one amazingly good story. In turns Rebecca had me laughing and crying. Read more
Published on September 14, 2012 by Lisa Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil's Moon Superb Writing and Editing
Don't mess with a woman and her dog!

That's the message from this delightful book by Florida's Rebecca Stroud, a dog lover and outspoken animal welfare advocate who has... Read more
Published on September 5, 2012 by James A. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with a woman's dog
4.5 stars
Jane Wilson loves the Christmas season, and she has high hopes for this one, after all she has a wonderful new husband, Sam, and her beloved old dog Devil, a girl... Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by lovestodive
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.
Jane and Sam are happily married, and it's driving Sam's psychotic, vindictive ex-wife mad. She retaliates by hatching a scheme to make their lives miserable. Read more
Published on May 14, 2012 by mountainmama
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More About the Author

I am a former newspaper reporter/columnist and am now an independent author who - in the last few years - has published eight books. In addition to writing, I've also taken on the task of editing for those who need a polished product at a reasonable price.

An avid animal lover, I live in Florida with my beloved husband and our adored catahoula-boxer mix.

**To contact me regarding my books or editing services, please go to RebeccaStroud@aol.com with "Comments" or "Editing" on the subject line. Feedback is essential so please don't hesitate to let me know your thoughts.

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