Lee Strauss is the bestselling author of A Nursery Rhyme Suspense Series (Mystery Sci-fi Romantic Suspense), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian), and young adult historical fiction, with a new cozy historical mystery series, Ginger Gold Mysteries, coming soon. When she’s not writing or reading she likes to cycle, hike and kayak. She enjoys traveling (but not jet lag :0), cashew lattes, red wine and dark chocolate.
She also writes younger YA fantasy as Elle Strauss and inspirational romance as Hope Franke Strauss.
War widow fashionista, Ginger Gold, makes a gruesome discovery while walking her Boston terrier, Boss, through Kensington Gardens. A woman of ill-repute is dead.
When Chief Inspector Basil Reed becomes a suspect, the blustery and often times pigheaded Superintendent Morris pulls him off the case. Ginger’s not about to be pushed around by the superintendent despite his warnings: if she doesn’t butt out, she’ll be arrested for impeding a police investigation. She soon finds herself undercover in the spicy world of burlesque dancing—much to Basil’s chagrin.
Ginger and Basil’s agree to work together off the record to find the killer. It’s a proposition their strained friendship may not survive—even if they do.
Eighteen year old Noah Brody doesn’t like GAPs—Genetically Altered Persons. He’s taken up his dead father’s cause, speaking out and protesting against unfair GAP policies that are responsible for the massive social divide between wealthy GAPs and poorer naturals.
If only he could keep his mind off of perfect Zoe Vanderveen, daughter of the GAP family his mother works for.
Keywords: Dystopian romance, genetics, natural disasters, genetically altered, speculative fiction, dystopia, mystery, YA, young adult, romance, teen romance, science fiction, steampunk, scifi, love story, genetic engineering, sweet romance, action-packed, fast paced, scientific breakthroughs, science, class divisions, class wars, faith, betrayal, love
***Inspired by true events*****Available in German as Gefährliche Zettel**
"One of the best YA books I've read in a long time, Playing with Matches grabs you from page one and whisks you back to 1938 Germany. It's rare that I get so engrossed in a story that I feel as if I'm actually there. I have always wondered what it must have been like for those citizens of Germany who knew something wasn't quite right. Using actual real-life stories from those who lived through it, Lee Strauss paints a bleak picture of fear and survival. Her characters seem real and jump right off the page." - Steven Davenport
Heinz Schultz's Word Could send a man to prison. Though only a youth of fifteen, hey what strong, tall, and blond. The boys in his German young people unit esteemed him and feared him. And They wanted to be just like him. Emil Radle wanted to be just like him. A dedicated member of Hitler Youth, Emil what loyal to the leaders before family, a champion for the cause and a fan of the famous Air Force Air Force. Emil's friends Johann Moritz and discover a shortwave radio and everything changes. Now They listen to the forbidden BBC broadcast of news reports did tell bothsides. Now They know the truth. The boys along with John's sister Catherine, band together to write out the report and covertly distribute flyers through Their city. It's an act of high treason That Could have them arrested -. Or worse : As the progresses what, so does Emil's affection for Catherine. He'd do anything to have a normal life and to stay in Passau by side here. But When Germany's losses become immense, even Their Greatest resistance can not preventDefault the boys from being sent to the Eastern Front.
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: This second edition has several minor revisions, Including name changes to three minor characters, in order to add clarity and authenticity to the timeline.
Keywords: World War 2 fiction, Hitler Youth, resistance groups, The White Rose, life in Nazi Germany, Nazis, Eastern Front, what fear, violence, child soldiers, hunger, black outs, bombings, raids, air force, airforce, love and romance, teen romance, family issues, siblings, sacrifice, friendships, propaganda, hope, prayer, faith