When a Stranger Comes...

When a Stranger Comes Satisfying one s greed can come at a devilishly high cost Achieving what you crave can also bring the terrifying fear of losing it For Alexa Wainwright this truth has become her nightmare Born Gladys

  • Title: When a Stranger Comes...
  • Author: Karen S. Bell
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  • Page: 184
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Satisfying one s greed can come at a devilishly high cost.Achieving what you crave can also bring the terrifying fear of losing it For Alexa Wainwright, this truth has become her nightmare Born Gladys Lipschitz, the daughter of an unwed Soviet era Jewish immigrant, she was beyond thrilled and amazed when her debut novel, A Foregone Conclusion, soared to number one on theSatisfying one s greed can come at a devilishly high cost.Achieving what you crave can also bring the terrifying fear of losing it For Alexa Wainwright, this truth has become her nightmare Born Gladys Lipschitz, the daughter of an unwed Soviet era Jewish immigrant, she was beyond thrilled and amazed when her debut novel, A Foregone Conclusion, soared to number one on the bestseller s list and became an international sensation The accompanying fame and riches were beyond her expectations Unfortunately, her subsequent work has yet to achieve the same reception by critics and readers Yes, they have sold well based on her name recognition, but she dreads the possibility of becoming a mid list author forgotten and ignored She vows to do whatever it takes to attain the heady ego stroking success of her debut But is she really Witnessing an out of the blue lightning bolt whose giant tendrils spread over the blue sky and city streets below her loft window, Alexa doesn t realize just how this vow will be tested as she s magically transported to an alternate reality In this universe, the characters from her books are given the breath of life and she meets publisher, King Blake, who just might be the Devil himself At first, she shrugs off her doubts about this peculiar publisher and very lucrative book deal offer because the temptation of riches and refound fame is too strong But all too soon, Alexa realizes she s trapped in an underworld of evil from which she desperately wants to escape For starters, she finds herself in an iron clad book contract that changes its wording whenever she thinks of a loophole Desperate to get her life back, she devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence She s also aided by the forces for good who attempt to help her However, King Blake is cleverer and powerful than she can begin to understand Playfully, he decides to give Alexa a second chance to save herself from eternity with him and to be free He offers her the prospect of a rewrite, as most authors do as part of the writing process Given this chance, will Alexa make the same choices and the same mistakes again

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. Title: When a Stranger ComesAuthor: Karen S. BellPublisher: K.S.B.Reviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FiveReview:"When a Stranger Comes" by Karen S. BellMy 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 remain [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. Kindle WinA 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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-dime [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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!

    14. 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!

    15. 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). [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. I really wanted to like this book since I won it on the giveaway, but I just didn't. It's listed as a psychological thriller but it seemed more like a horror/fantasy and that didn't work for me. I'm definitely in the minority here, so maybe it was just me.

    18. 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.

    19. he reader is immediately drawn into Alexa’s vividly described Manhattan loft and the mind of the eccentric author.Read full review in the 2018 February issue of InD'tale Magazine.

    20. 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). [...]

    21. 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 f [...]

    22. Horrible There are few words to describe how completely implausible this book is. I recommend not wasting your time with it.

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