Lainey Lee has always dreamed of going to Hawaii. It should have been her honeymoon trip, only it never happened. Now, in a poetic twist of fate, she is making the journey twenty-seven years later—following a messy divorce.
Once on the Big Island, Lainey discovers paradise, but white sand beaches and blue skies are not all Hawaii has to offer. She soon meets Julian, a mysterious stranger ten years her junior. They share an instant connection.
Lainey is eager to shed the fears that trapped her in a loveless marriage, but is Julian a tempting distraction, a new beginning, or a snake in paradise?
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Genre: Psychological Suspense, Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Novella, 67 pages
After Lainey’s husband blindsides her by filing for divorce after 27 years of marriage, Lainey decides she’s finally going to take that trip to Hawaii – the one she wanted to take on her honeymoon.
At almost fifty, she has to learn how to be comfortable on her own again. She sheds her skin with her marriage and gets a tattoo that represents herself and her new journey: a coral snake.
News of sexual crimes and murder reminds her to keep her wits about her and stay safe. This wasn’t the Hawaii she read about in brochures! Still, she’s determined to enjoy herself on this vacation.
But then, a creep bothers her at a resort bar and a charming man named Julian swoops in to her rescue. This vacation is starting to look up… or is it?
First, I’d like to say “mahalo” to the author for the complimentary copy of A Snake in Paradise. 🙂 I spent an enjoyable afternoon reading it!
This empowering novella pulled me in right away and had me at the edge of my seat throughout. It was also great that the themes of this novella are self-discovery, self-growth, and triumph from evil. A Snake in Paradise also has a satisfying conclusion.
I loved Lainey and all of her astute observations. She was super intelligent and the wrong “little lady” to mess with!
I loved the rich setting of this story and enjoyed reading about the turquoise waters and the different terrains of the island. What I love about reading is living vicariously through the characters so I really appreciated the setting! I felt like I was in Hawaii. 🙂
I would recommend this short read to fans of crime fiction and psychological suspense aimed at empowering women. A quick, yet satisfying read!
About the Author
Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write. Incorporating some of her favorite things such as travel, culture, and a deep curiosity for what turns people on, her brand of writing is sensual and literary.
She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.
On June 30, 2014, she released her first novel–a psychological mystery/thriller set in Jamaica called STRANGER AT SUNSET.
Eden loves hearing from readers, so connect to her via her website at www.edenbayleebooks.com and all her social networks.
In March of 2015, I interviewed Author Eden Baylee on my (inactive) blog after reading her psychological suspense, A Stranger at Sunset. The following is taken from that interview: (questions in bold are mine).
Hi Eden, thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed on A Well Read Woman Blog. Please tell me a little about yourself and your background.
EB: Hi April, thank you so much for the opportunity to be on your excellent blog. It’s great to be here.
I’m Canadian and was a banker for twenty years before I turned to writing full time five years ago. It was a difficult decision to leave a secure, full-time job to chase a dream, but I am very happy I made the leap. Writing is a tremendously rewarding profession, even though I work harder at it than anything else I have ever done before.
That is incredible. I’m glad everything worked out for you! What have you written?
EB: I’ve written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction—Spring into Summer, Fall into Winter, and Hot Flash,along with contributing to the anthologies: Allegories of the Tarot, Indie Authors Naked, and Triptychs.
In 2014, I released a mystery/thriller and suspense novel called Stranger at Sunset, the first of a trilogy with my protagonist, psychiatrist, Dr. Kate Hampton.
I recently read and enjoyed your psychological thriller, Stranger At Sunset. inspired by your trip to Jamaica. Please tell me a little more about that.
EB: Yes, thank you so much, April for reading and reviewing. I’m so happy you enjoyed it. You’re right that I formulated the idea for the book in January 2013 after a trip to Jamaica. There, I stayed at a small resort next to where author Ian Fleming of James Bond fame once owned a property. A place where such a prolific writer lived and wrote obviously inspired me. I’m a James Bond fan and spent a lot of time gazing in the direction where Fleming lived! Being in the sun and sand helped cultivate my ideas as well. I’m a sun worshipper!
In my book, the story takes place over a week’s time at a holiday resort not unlike where I stayed. Twelve guests, including the owners of the small hotel and their staff make up the characters of the book. What happens during the week is an intricate play of events, mind games, and of course—murder.
In Stranger At Sunset, after a scathing review, the resort owners invite the reviewer back, hoping for a more favorable review. Have you ever received a negative book review? If so, how do you deal with it?
EB: Oh yes, I’m sure most authors get them eventually. There are two ways I look at them.
One – if it’s a critical review that touches on any aspect of my book, and I think I can learn from it, then I’m very grateful for it. As a writer, there is a certain amount of detachment required. I cannot take criticism personally, otherwise it would cripple me and I’d never get any work done. I view these types of reviews as an opportunity to improve as a writer.
Two – if it’s a review that is critical but does not offer anything I can learn from, then I simply ignore it. I don’t dwell on the negative. I’ve had one-star reviews because my book was too short, even though it was advertised as a short story. There is not much I can do about this.
I’ve heard authors complain about the reasons they get negative reviews, and I understand that sometimes the motives may seem questionable and/or irrational, but … there really is no point getting upset over it. We need to grow thick skins and realize that readers have diverse tastes and not everyone is going to like what we write. Readers can leave negative reviews for any reason. We cannot stop them.
What are you working on at the moment? Care to share?
EB: Yes! I just completed a novella called A Snake in Paradise as part of a new Kindle Worlds offering, which will launch April 7th.
I’m also writing the second and third books in Kate Hampton’s journey. Book two is called A Fragile Truce, and book three is nameless for now. I really want to get them out this year.
Great! I look forward to Kate Hampton’s next book! I’m glad her journey continues!
How can readers discover more about you, and your work?
EB: I’m very accessible via all my networks, and I’ve included them here (below). One of the great pleasures for me is talking to readers, so always feel free to connect to me. Sign up to my mailing list and blog to receive information firsthand or email me.
My laptop is practically attached to my hip!
Many thanks again April for the interview. I’m so thrilled we are connected! –eden
Thank you, Eden!