Review: The Case of Secrets (1 Third Floor Mysteries Series) by Alfred M Struthers

I won this book on the giveaway for it on here and I am glad I did because it’s a fantastic book & i can’t wait for the next book in the series.

The story is a about a young boy named Nathan who finds a normal old book in the attic of a family home but it turns out to be anything but normal as strange things that he can’t explain begin to happen as soon as he finds it. The book leads Nathan and his friend, Gina through a complex set of clues which have been left by a Renowned Architect from New York named Alistair Raven, who vanished with out trace in the mid 1800s at the height of his career.

I gave this book a 5 star rating because the descriptions that the author gave about the book and the effects it had on both Nathan & Gina as well as all the other things that happen in the book and the characters themselves were great and kept you gripped. Because of this I would and will recommend it to other people.

When he & his friend solve the mystery that Raven wants them to it only leads Nathan to an even bigger mystery that dates back through his family for countless generations and is connected to the Old Bookcase and the old books that it contains.

The Case of Secrets by Alfred M. Struthers

Author Biography: Alfred M. Struthers

Alfred M. Struthers   Goodreads Author

   gender                    male

   member since      May 2013

 

Book Information

The Case of Secrets
      Edition(s):           Paperback
      Pages:                    232
      Publish date:      September 1st 2013
      Publisher:            All Classic Books
       ISBN:                    1938759117 (ISBN13: 9781938759116)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Book Synopsis
 
It looked like an ordinary book. Old and boring. But when 11 year-old Nathan Cole picks it up off the attic floor, strange things begin to happen. Things he can’t explain…or ignore. The book leads him through a complex set of clues left by Alastair Raven, a renowned New York City architect who vanished in the mid 1800’s, never to be heard from again. Through every twist and turn, Nathan is convinced that Raven reaching out to him, leading him to something. But what? What could a man who lived 150 years ago possibly want him to know?
As Nathan works to answer that question, an even bigger mystery looms, one that dates back through his family for generations. See what surprises await him in this action-packed novel that shows how one ordinary book can change your life.

The Goddess and the Thief by Essie Fox

Author Biography: Essie Fox

Essie Fox   Goodreads Author

   born                              Hereford, The United Kingdom

   gender                          female

   website                        http://www.essiefox.com

   twitter username    essiefox
   genre                            Historical FictionMystery & ThrillersRomance
   influences                   Dickens. Wilkie Collins. Brontes. Charles Palliser. Michael Cox. Miche…more
   member since            February 2011
I write dark gothic mysteries, all set in the Victorian era.

The Goddess and the Thief – with deposed Indian Maharajahs, Hindu gods and sacred diamonds, and Victorian seances in candlelit rooms – was published in December 2013.

Before that, I wrote The Somnambulist, which is set in the Victorian music halls and a secluded – perhaps haunted – country house. It appeared on Channel 4’s TV Book Club and was shortlisted for best debut in the National Book Awards. It has also been optioned for TV/film by Hat Trick Productions.

My second novel, Elijah’s Mermaid, features the hypocrisy in VIctorian art and literature, and how those worlds sometimes overlap with the murkier demimonde. There are brothels and freak shows…and mermaids!

For much more information please visit my website: www.essiefox.com, or my blog:www.virtualvictorian.blogspot.co.uk

You can also find me on Twitter as @essiefox, and on Facebook as Essie Fox Books.

Book Information
The Goddess and the Thief
     Editions:                Paperback           Kindle
     Pages:                     Paperback      31o           Kindle 310
     Publish Date:       December 5th 2013
     Publisher:              Orion
     ISBN:                       Paperback   409146197 (ISBN13: 9781409146193)
                                        Kindle  9781409146216

other:                      Won this book off of a goodreads giveaway in December

Book Synopsis
A beguiling and sensual Victorian novel of theft and obsession from the author of the THE SOMNAMBULIST.

Uprooted from her home in India, Alice is raised by her aunt, a spiritualist medium in Windsor. When the mysterious Mr Tilsbury enters their lives, Alice is drawn into a plot to steal the priceless Koh-i-Noor diamond, claimed by the British Empire at the end of the Anglo-Sikh wars.

Said to be both blessed and cursed, the sacred Indian stone exerts its power over all who encounter it: a handsome deposed maharajah determined to claim his rightful throne, a man hell-bent on discovering the secrets of eternity, and a widowed queen who hopes the jewel can draw her husband’s spirit back. In the midst of all this madness, Alice must discover a way to regain control of her life and fate…

Between the Rage and Grace by Janna Hill

Author Biography: Janna Hill

Janna Hill     Goodreads Author

     url         https://www.goodreads.com/jannahill

     born      in Texas, The United States

     gender                             female
     website                            http://jannahill.net

     twitter username         janna_hill

     genre                                HorrorParanormalPoetry
                                                                        influences                       The world around me.
                                                                        member since               March 2012
Janna Hill is an East Texas Author and Poet. Most of her career was spent as a licensed nurse before dabbling behind the literary scenes as a ghost writer. She recently decided to step out of the shadows and attach her own name to her efforts releasing a series of fictional works,short stories and poetry. Janna says she has difficulty adhering to genres. Her stories are primarily character driven, sometimes literary fiction with a dose of horror, a sprinkle of paranormal and a dash of sex.
Book Information
Between the Rage and Grace (1)   Edition:                    Paperback
   Pages:                       236
   Publish Date:        March 28th 2012
   Publisher:              Create Space
   ISBN:                       1470030462 (ISBN13: 9781470030469)
Book Synopsis 
Behind the hustle and bustle of a Texas hospital a peculiar camaraderie is evolving.
Clara O’Bromley is looking forward to her future. Being hired fresh out of college and assigned to the intensive care unit (ICU) is no small feat. Clara has Linda Latrull to thank for that and for placing her under the supervision of a foul-mouthed debutante. Maggie Turner is happy to take the young nurse under her wing until she learns that Clara can read more than EKG’s. Clara herself is unaware of this ability until she sees into the past, a past that Maggie and Linda both have been hiding from.

the name on your wrist by Helen Hiron

Author Biography: Helen Hiorn

Goodreads Author

url                                      https://www.goodreads.com/HelenHiorns
gender                              female
twitter username         Helen_Hiorns
member since                December 2012
 Book Information
The Name On Your Wrist    Pages:                   ebook – 185         Paperback – 272
    Publish Date:     ebook/kindle – July 15 2013       Paperback – July 2 2013
    Publisher:           ebook kindle – RHCP Digital    Paperback –  Corgi Childrens
    ISBN/ASIN        ISBN       ebook  1448174082
                                                       Paperback  0552569526 (ISBN13: 9780552569521)
                                    ASIN        Kindle  B00DY7QQ0O
   Other:                    won a paperback copy off of a goodreads giveaway
   Book Synopsis    
 It’s the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don’t need to; your parents tell you when you’re first learning how to say your name. It’s drummed into you whilst you’re taking your first stumbling steps. It’s your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don’t tell anyone the name on your wrist.

In Corin’s world, your carpinomen – the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three – is everything. It’s your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you. People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they’re supposed to be with.

But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don’t love them? What if you fall for someone else – someone other than the name on your wrist?

And what if – like Corin – the last thing in the world you want is to be found?

The gripping debut novel from the winner of the inaugural Sony Young Movellist Award.

The Octavian Latticework by Jack Belmont

Author Bio.: Jack Belmont

Goodreads Author

born                                 in New York, NY, The United States
gender                            male
website                           https://www.facebook.com/jack.belmonte.79

twitter username       Jack Belmonte

genre                              FictionThriller
influences                     George OrwellStephen KingChristopher Hitchens
member since             December 2008

Book Information

Jack Belmonte     Pages:                 Hardcover    324        Kindle 324    ebook 305

     Publish Date:   Hardcover  March 27 2013    Kindle /ebook March 17 2013

     Publisher:          Voltaire Publishing

     ISBN:                   Hardcover 0989177513 (ISBN13: 9780989177511)

                                    ebook  9780989177504

    ASIN:                    Kindle B003A02OME

Book Synopsis

America, 2023.

Johnny Luca is a rookie counter-terrorism agent for the U.S. Anti-Subversion Authority. He and his partner, Julius Fullerton, are on the heels of Brigade 910, a domestic terror group led by the shadowy Octavian. Together they stumble upon the nightmarish terror attack that Octavian is planning—a symphony of destruction known as Project Orion.

Meanwhile, Reed Wilkins is a President in crisis. He has vowed to veto the draconian Total Information Awareness Act, a law that would give the government sweeping powers to turn America into a surveillance state. For his opposition, Wilkins knows he will be assassinated—by Alexander Bryson, the ultra-nationalist Director of the Anti-Subversion Authority. Determined to defeat Bryson and destroy the new law, Wilkins reaches out to Agent Hunter Peterson, an old friend and the leader of Luca and Fullerton’s team.

When Luca discovers that his late detective father investigated Octavian in the last year of his life, the young agent sets in motion a chain of events that plunges the team into the heart of both plots—the Project Orion terror attack and the plan to assassinate President Wilkins.

From the streets of Newark to the World Trade Center in Manhattan, through secret passageways beneath Washington to midnight meetings at Arlington National Cemetery, Jack Belmonte’s debut novel will take you to an America under siege, where freedom and tyranny struggle for supremacy at zero hour.

                                                    Publish Date Publisher

About this author

Jack Belmonte lives in Washington, DC.

Dragon Fire by Diana Von Lowenkraft

Author Bio.: Diana Von Lowenkraft

Dina von Lowenkraft

    Goodreads Author

   born                             in The United States

   gender                         female

   website                        http://www.dinavonlowenkraft.com

  twitter username      vonlowenkraft

  genre                               Young AdultFantasyScience Fiction

                                                                     member since              October 2010

Born in the US, Dina von Lowenkraft has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry. Somewhere between New York and Paris she picked up an MBA and a black belt – and still thinks the two are connected. Dina is currently the Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium, where she lives with her husband, two children and three horses.

Dina loves to create intricate worlds filled with conflict and passion. She builds her own myths while exploring issues of belonging, racism and the search for truth… after all, how can you find true love if you don’t know who you are and what you believe in? Dina’s key to developing characters is to figure out what they would be willing to die for. And then pushing them to that limit.

Book Information

Dragon Fire
    Kindle Information:      Pages                           353
                                                    Publish Date            August 5th 2013
                                                    Publisher                  Twilight Times Books
                                                    ASIN                           B00ECNEZ6G
     Book Information         Binding                       Paperback
                                                   Pages                           344
                                                   Publish date              December 15th 2013
                                                   Publisher                    Twilight Times Books
                                                   ISBN                             1606192914
Book Synopsis
Some choices are hard to live with.
But some choices will kill you.

When seventeen-year-old Anna first meets Rakan in her hometown north of the Arctic Circle, she is attracted to the pulsing energy that surrounds him. Unaware that he is a shapeshifting dragon, Anna is drawn into a murderous cycle of revenge that pits Rakan and his clan against her best friend June.

Torn between his forbidden relationship with Anna, punishable by death, and restoring his family’s honor by killing June, Rakan must decide what is right. And what is worth living – or dying – for.

 

Promiscuous by Isobel Irons

Author Bio.: Isobel Irons

Isobel Irons

    Goodreads Author

    url              https://www.goodreads.com/IsobelIrons

    born                          in Nomadic Travelings, The United States

    gender                      female

    website                         http://isobelirons.com/

    twitter username     IsobelIrons

    genre                             ContemporaryRomanceSuspense

                                                               influences                   Jennifer Armentrout, Cora Carmack, Elle Lothlorien, Suzanne Brockmann,…more
                                                               member since           November 2013
As you might have already guessed, Isobel Irons is a pen name.

In real life, I am (among many things) an indie film director and TV producer with a deep–some might even say obsessive–appreciation for onscreen storytelling and a lifelong book habit that I just can’t seem to kick.

In film, there’s nothing I like better than a JJ Abrams “show, not tell” character reveal, or a Joss Whedon banter session. Or an Erik Kripke-level “bromance.” And of course, I’m a die-hard fan of the will they / won’t they trope, where the fans start shipping two characters agonizingly long before they share their first kiss. Or in Hart Hanson’s case, like three frigging years before. (That’s right, Hart. I’m talking to you, you incorrigible tease.)

In my novels, I use my visual storytelling skills to show the reader an entire menagerie of hidden worlds. When it comes to imagination, there is no production value and no budget. But if there was, I would spend it all and then some. To me, my characters are real people, who just happen to live in my mind. Before I write, I scout locations to set the scene, I hold exhaustive casting sessions to find the perfect quirks that will ignite the maximum amount of conflict. Then, I throw in some tricky, but believable situations that allow my characters to expose themselves–sometimes in a figurative, emotional sense, other times quite literally. Rawr.

Book Information
PROMISCUOUS (is just a fancy word for SLUTTY)     Kindle Information:   Pages    247
                                                  ASIN     B00HSCZ8Y6
Book Synopsis
***Mature Content Advisory. Frequent Use of Strong Language Beyond This Point.***

“My name is Natasha, and I’m a gigantic slut. Don’t believe me? Just ask anyone. They’ll tell you I juggle dicks like a six armed circus freak with nymphomania. They’ll tell you I’ve slept with the entire football team, twice. (Including the coach, who’s like 85 years old, by the way.) So what if none of that shit is true? That doesn’t make me any less of a slut. They’ll probably tell you that, too. But there’s one thing they won’t tell you, and that’s my side of the story.”

Natasha “Tash” Bohner just turned eighteen. Theoretically, that should mean escaping from trailer park purgatory—and her less than stellar relationship with her widowed mother—and running away to Los Angeles with her anorexic best friend, Margot. But as we all know, life is known for taking some very shitty, unexpected turns. Already the scourge of the Guthrie High gossip mill, Tash’s undesirable reputation explodes into infamy when she assaults the captain of the wrestling team. (Despite the fact that he deserved it,) the principal tells her that she’s on her last strike.

Again, see: above. Re: shit happens. When Margot’s will to live is finally severed by the leader of the Guthrie Bitch Squad, Tash vows to get revenge on the most popular girl in school—no matter what it takes. Because of a promise she made to her favorite teacher (to not get expelled), Tash is forced to get creative. She realizes she’s going to have to beat the popularity-obsessed Becca Foster at her own game, by running against her for prom queen. And winning.

In order to succeed, Tash will have to do the unthinkable: she’ll have to join student government, pretend to be well-adjusted, and actually try in school. Also, she’ll have to quit swearing so goddamn much.

It’s like a fucking Cinderella story up in here. Only, it’s high school. So there aren’t any happy endings. (Just beginnings.)

PROMISCUOUS is a novel of “mature YA” / New Adult contemporary hard knocks, with a little bit of romance and a dark, yet FAR too relatable twist.

To find out more, please visit http://isobelirons.com/promiscuous(

Touching Fire (Touch 1) by Airicka Phoenix

Author Bio: Alricka Phoenix

Airicka Phoenix    Goodreads Author

    url  https://www.goodreads.com/AirickaPhoenix

    born  Winnipeg, MB, Canada

    gender   female

website                           http://airickaphoenix.com/Author/

twitter username       AirickaPhoenix

genre                              Young AdultRomanceParanormal

member since             September 2011

Huddled beneath a perpetual cloud of imagination, International Best-Selling author Airicka Phoenix lives with her husband and four gorgeous children in the beautiful province of British Columbia. When she’s not busy playing with her imaginary friends, creating worlds and toying with fictional lives, she can be found reading, polishing her collection of daggers, or chilling with her kids.Airicka is the creator of THE TOUCH SAGATHE SONS OF JUDGMENT SAGATHE LOST GIRL SERIES,GAMES OF FIRE, and BETRAYING INNOCENCE. The conclusion of Finding Kia, book 2 of The Lost Girl Series,REVEALING KIA, will be out Nov 2013. She also has plans to release a Sci-Fi horror/romance, WHEN NIGHT FALLS, Dec 2013.Airicka also writes adult paranormal & contemporary romance under her alter ego, Morgana Phoenix. She has a paranormal short coming out Dec 2013 in SNOWED IN, An Anthology and CAPTURE ME, Morgana’s debut novel will be released Fall 2014.

For more about Airicka, visit her website at: http://airickaphoenix.com/Author/(less)

Book Information

Touching Smoke (Touch, #1)    Paperback  320 pages

    Kindle:

    Publish Date:   July 31 2012

    Publisher:

97816175212949781617521294

Book Synopsis

For sixteen-year-old FALLON BRAEDEN being on the run had been the easiest part of her life. Packing up and crossing whole cities on a split second decision had been tedious, having no friends and being alone had been painful, but being caught by the truth was something she learned too late was worse.

Fallon is a weapon. She was created to destroy. Keeping her alive, keeping her safe is all Isaiah knows. It’s all that matters, because Fallon is his. She belongs to him. She is a part of his body, his soul, his heart. He will do anything, kill anyone to keep her, even if it means sacrificing himself.

But can Fallon believe the stranger on the motorcycle claiming he was there to die for her? How do you trust when you have no one but the memories of a girl you’ve never met and a tall, dark, gorgeous boy that you feel pulsing deep in your soul? What do you do when you’ve been lied to your whole life? When you’re told you’re normal even though nothing about you is normal? Fallon must learn quickly just what she is before the evil chasing her finally gets what it wants… her blood.

The world depends on her not falling in love, not giving in. But what happens when the temptation becomes too great, when falling is her only option? Can she live knowing the world will burn because his touch is the only thing keeping her alive?

Touch Passion. Touch Power. Touch Smoke!