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Stepford USA (Accidental Spy Small Town Adventure Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lada Ray
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Book Description

Not all conspiracies are global; some are well-hidden in small towns with perfect facades...
Experience Jade Snow's humble beginnings as a sexy international super-sleuth in "Small Town USA," before she turns spy extraordinaire in GOLD TRAIN (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure)!
Jade Snow, international journalist who braved Iraq and Afghanistan, arrives to the idyllic Berkshires, MA. But Stepford is the perfect town where nothing is what it seems. The idea is for Jade to get her rest before the arrival of the baby and while her husband is on a dangerous assignment to Somalia. However as usual, Jade finds a life-threatening adventure where no one else would look. She must get to the bottom of the unlikely local conspiracy, free up a rape victim from her terrified silence and rehabilitate the wronged man. All this, while managing to stay sane and alive. Camouflaged as a cozy mystery, including the incumbent knitting club and a cool super-sleuth cat, Stepford USA digs much deeper, including the ironic look at a typical American small town setup, complete with kindly, yet utterly clueless local knitting ladies, and a stinging satire encouraging the reader to acknowledge the corruption and failures of the American justice system.
Beautiful setting, a wisp of romance, mystical element + humor included at no extra charge. For readers 14 through adult. Includes Accidental Spy Sampler: excerpt from GOLD TRAIN + excerpt from future DRAGON GATE, Accidental Spy Asia Adventure
Note: While each book in the Accidental Spy Adventure Series stands on each own, it is advisable to read them sequentially to fully appreciate plot twists and character development.
Also by Lada Ray:
Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure #2); Green Desert (Accidental Spy Iraq Prequel) - FREE on kindle
The Earth Shifter, a prophetic mystical thriller; Catharsis (Legend of the Lemurains)
Author blog: - predictions, geopolitics, mystical futirism
Twitter: @LadaTweets
Youtube: Lada Ray Channel

Editorial Reviews


Five Stars
"This exciting page-turner will have you guessing from the very beginning. Lada skillfully weaves many surprises into this psychological thriller. Her exquisite scene setting together with compelling dialogue makes Stepford USA a fascinating, if at times nail-biting, read. I highly recommend Stepford USA. Jade Snow is intelligent, warm and witty. Join her as she puts the pieces together and helps release a town from its dark, hidden past." Jason Sullivan, Author, The Dark Yergall

Five Stars
"Psychological thrillers don't get much better than this. Excitingly and yet chillingly gripping... plot line that surprises you at every turn and absolutely does not let you go." J.J. Collins, Author, Famine to Freedom, The Irish in the American Civil War (UK)

Five Stars
"I enjoyed reading this uplifting book by Ms. Ray, filled with intrigue and irresistible characters." Amazon review by a reader

Five Stars
"Very well written and gripping tale that will leave you guessing to the very end! Excellent storytelling!" Amazon review by a reader

From the Author

Lada Ray here. I am a linguist, financial consultant, Feng Shui Master, shaman, futurist and author of several books. You may know me from my popular blog or from my books: Amazon bestselling thriller Gold Train (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure) and the top-rated prophetic thriller The Earth Shifter, set in Moscow, Lake Baikal, NYC, and mystical realms of Heaven and Earth.
I am thrilled to introduce my exciting new project, Futurist Trendcast!  I designed this blog for all those who are interested in understanding our past, present and future - beyond the obvious. My written posts appear on and my video posts will be posted on Lada Ray channel on Youtube. I've been making accurate predictions about politics, economy and investments since the early 2000s, and it's time to share them with my fellow citizens of planet Earth. 
About me: I have written several fiction books, however I also write non-fiction, primarily articles regarding geopolitics, economy, feng shui and future predictions. My specialty is Russia, China and Eurasia. By the ripe age of 38 I managed to have three successful careers on three different continents. After quitting my financial consultant position with Smith Barney, I became Feng Shui Master after studying with famed Hong Kong and Malaysian masters. I was also privileged to study spirituality and metaphysics, evolution of consciousness, kinesiology, Zen/Buddhism, face & aura reading, Chinese & Western astrology and shamanism, with some of the world's most prominent teachers & visionaries. I discovered that I was a highly developed empath and intellect shifter, and that I possessed a gift of clairvoyance/claircognizance. Coupled with my creative, analytical and observant nature, as well as deep background, all these gifts allowed me to make predictions, which usually came true.
We live in crucial times, the times when anything old, outmoded and rotten is being destroyed and the shoots of the new start coming up everywhere, when anything that's not anchored or solidly built is swept away by the hurricane of change. However, I'm not given to fear mongering, unlike some others. My predictions and analysis, which I share for free, are for those who want to know, and for those who want to see - the truth exactly as it is. They are to help my fellow earthlings to orient themselves better in a sea of change and to prepare accordingly. Strange and quickly changing times are upon us, but as always, every cloud has its silver lining, if you know where to look. 
Visit and read my books to understand my message deeper.

Product Details

  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 295 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484034864
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ray House; 2 edition (December 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005L36DG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,429 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STEPFORD, USA - A Mystery - Highly recommended February 7, 2012
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This first instalment by Author - Lada Ray introduces us to brilliant investigative journalist - Jade Snow. Jade Snow we learn, is a twenty eight year old all action investigative journalist used to dodging straying bullets in Afghanistan, before a near death experience throws her into the arms of her soon to be husband Paul. What Jade doesn't realise is that her days of investigative journalism and an all action career are about to come to an abrupt halt when motherhood dawns or is it?

This thriller is set in the sleepy surroundings of Stepford, Massachusetts, a small town community in America that hides a deep dark secret. Jade finds herself in this sleepy town against her wishes following her husband's insistence on finding her a nice, quiet and calm environment for her to remain fit and well during her pregnancy. Jade Snow we learn is no ordinary young mum to be. It is not long before her inquisitive mind and investigative instincts, lead her onto the trail of a devastating dark hidden secret within the community. A crime so horrendous and brutal, it lives on in the lives and happenings of this sleepy hallow even until the present day.

Jade's loneliness and love of quality company finds her being introduced, and soon becoming part of the social set-up of this most picturesque of American town's. The intimate circle of six women Jade would join, unbeknown to her, will transform her time in Stepford from a peaceful relaxing stay into an intriguing web of lies, deceit and mystery. The pursuit of the truth will not only put Jade Snow and the life of her unborn child in grave danger, it will have a profound impact on the lives and community of this most fascinating of small towns for years to come.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Psychological Thriller December 30, 2011
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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 husband halfway around the world, and while she awaits the birth of her baby, Jade tries to uncover the truth. But who can she trust? In a small town that harbors a dangerous secret one misstep can be fatal!

This exciting page-turner written by Lada Ray will have you guessing who did it from the very beginning. Lada skillfully weaves many surprises into this psychological thriller. Her exquisite scene setting together with compelling dialogue makes Stepford USA a fascinating, if at times nail-biting, read. If you are a cat lover, as I must admit I am, you will very much enjoy the exploits of a certain heroic feline who plays no small part in this book. I highly recommend Stepford USA. Jade Snow is intelligent, warm and witty. Join her as she puts the pieces together and helps release a town from its dark, hidden past.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is danger in paradise... July 4, 2012
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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 reminded me of Sherlock Holmes. It especially reminded me of the relationship between Holmes and Watson because of the relationship of Jade and her best friend. I did find, as other reviewers have stated on GoodReads, several typos and syntax errors. There were several parts where the novel went from past tense into present tense and back to past tense. I found this made it so I had to re-read the paragraph more than once to clarify what had happened. This did detract from the story for me, yet it still held me in until the last page and I found the overall writing good. I look forward to seeing more from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleepy, Uneventful, Small Town Paradise...NOT! July 23, 2012
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I enjoyed solving this mystery, though we knew who the guilty ones were early on, it was the finding of the proof, uncovering the details and getting the story straight that was the heart of this book. I did like the small town warmth and the friendly people but on the flip side, it was their naivete and face-value belief in people that gave the "bad guys" free reign as they went unpunished for their crime, sending to prison an innocent man, as well as keeping an innocent woman locked in the prison of her mind. I would have liked to have heard the outcome of the victim in new surroundings, the prognosis was good but we didn't know how that turned out. I like this author; I'm now starting to read the next book in the series, I'll get back to you on that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could this happen in your town? May 20, 2013
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 club. If her thinking was correct, these women would know everything that went on in town and she could learn about Rebecca from Gossip Central.

Adelaide, one of the ladies from the knitting club, missed another meeting. Jade used the excuse of her pride in her finished baby hat to visit her. That was when she met Lily, her cat. There was something special about her, she seemed human.

While she was there, Jason came in. He had been in prison, convicted of the rape and murder of Rebecca. He sat and had tea with Jade and Adelaide. On Jade's walk home, it went through her my mind that it couldn't have been him who tortured and killed Rebecca. She felt he was a victim.

The visions would only show part of what really happened. She kept trying to see more.

She was determined to prove Jason's innocence, but someone was just as determined to stop her. The question was - how far would they go?

5 STARS - Would Buy It For Them (lol)

I love Lada Ray's books and her writing keeps me in suspense, waiting for the next surprise, twist, turn, or delightfully evil surprise. Okay, I may be a little sick, but I love reading about the evil that men do.
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More About the Author

"I've loved all the varied and exotic things I've done in life, but writing is by far my biggest love affair and most exciting adventure. Can't wait to share it... See you on pages of my books!"

Lada Ray is a writer, internationally certified feng shui master, world traveler, linguist, financial consultant, nature/animal lover and metaphysics researcher.

Born in Russia, Lada 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.)

Lada holds a Master's Degree in comparative linguistics (graduated summa cum laude,) is fluent in several languages and has traveled to over twenty six countries worldwide. She had worked in Havana, Cuba as an interpreter for the Russian educational exchange delegations, including a couple of interviews with the man himself - Fidel Castro.

In the USA, she published articles in the Hartford Courant & taught Russian on cable TV. Then, something inexplicable possessed her to work as a financial consultant for AIG and Smith Barney/Citigroup.

But later, she came back to her senses and quit the corporate world to pursue her dreams. She traveled to Asia to study with the revered Hong Kong Masters of Feng Shui and obtained her International Master's Certification (graduated first in class) with Lillian Too, world-renowned feng shui author and teacher. For years, Lada operated an extensive feng shui website and blog - a hit with both local and worldwide fans - and authored over thirty articles on feng shui and spirituality for her own website, as well as for the World of Feng Shui and other international publications. At the same time, she taught her proprietary feng shui courses and did public speaking.

Lada imagines her stories in bustling New York City and beautifully serene Upstate New York, where she lives with her family and gorgeous calico cat Lily.

Lada Ray is the author of:

~GOLD TRAIN, gripping mystery/thriller set in Russia and based on true historic events (Accidental Spy Russia Adventure, Book 2)

~STEPFORD USA, psychological mystery/thriller (Accidental Spy US Adventure, Book 1)

~Green Desert, riveting story set in Iraq (Accidental Spy Prequel)

Upcoming books include:

~THE EARTH SHIFTER, YA fantasy/thriller set in Russia (Moscow & Siberia,) US, China and other mythical locales of this surreal Blue Planet

~DRAGON GATE, Accidental Spy Asia Adventure, Book 3

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