Monday, April 18, 2016

Bad Hair Day


My father's pet rooster Wiggy got caught in the rain.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

TWO EMPRESSES by Brandy Purdy coming January 31, 2017



On the island paradise of Martinique, two beautiful, well-bred cousins have reached marriageable age. Sixteen-year-old Rose must sail to France to marry Alexander, the dashing Vicomte de Beauharnais. Golden-haired Aimee will finish her education at a French convent in hopes of making a worthy match.

Once in Paris, Rose’s illusions are shattered by her new husband, who casts her off when his mistress bears him a son. Yet revolution is tearing through the land, changing fortunes—and fates—in an instant, leaving Rose free to reinvent herself. Soon she is pursued by a young general, Napoleon Bonaparte, who prefers to call her by another name: Josephine.

Presumed dead after her ship is attacked by pirates, Aimee survives and is taken to the Sultan of Turkey’s harem. Among hundreds at his beck and call, Aimee’s loveliness and intelligence make her a favorite not only of the Sultan, but of his gentle, reserved nephew. Like Josephine, the newly crowned Empress of France, Aimee will ascend to a position of unimagined power. But for both cousins, passion and ambition carry their own burden.

From the war-torn streets of Paris to the bejeweled golden bars of a Turkish palace, Brandy Purdy weaves some of history’s most compelling figures into a vivid, captivating account of two remarkable women and their extraordinary destinies.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Special Offer at Book Bub The Queen's Pleasure ebook $1.99



Book Bub will be offering THE QUEEN'S PLEASURE ebook at a special price of $1.99 this month (January). This novel tells the story of the fatal love triangle between Queen Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley, and his wife Amy Robsart.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Giveaway: The Secrets of Lizzie Borden by Brandy Purdy



Tabby and I would like to give one of our followers a Christmas present--an early copy of The Secrets of Lizzie Borden it may not arrive in time for Christmas but you will have it before its official release date of January 26, 2016. To enter please leave a comment, and make sure to include your contact information. US residents only please, I'm sorry I cannot ship internationally. Tabby will choose a winner on 12/20. Earn extra entries for sharing this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, etc. or if you are a book blogger and plan to review.


From the back cover:

In her enthralling, richly imagined new novel, Brandy Purdy, author of The Ripper’s Wife, creates a compelling portrait of the real, complex woman behind an unthinkable crime. Lizzie Borden should be one of the most fortunate young women in Fall River, Massachusetts. Her wealthy father could easily afford to provide his daughters with fashionable clothes, travel, and a rich, cultured life. Instead, haunted by the ghost of childhood poverty, he forces Lizzie and her sister, Emma, to live frugally, denying them the simplest modern conveniences. Suitors and socializing are discouraged, as her father views all gentleman callers as fortune hunters. Lonely and deeply unhappy, Lizzie stifles her frustration, dreaming of the freedom that will come with her eventual inheritance. But soon, even that chance of future independence seems about to be ripped away. And on a stifling August day in 1892, Lizzie’s long-simmering anger finally explodes… Vividly written and thought-provoking, The Secrets of Lizzie Borden explores the fascinating events behind a crime that continues to grip the public imagination—a story of how thwarted desires and desperate rage could turn a dutiful daughter into a notorious killer.




Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Updated Virtual Book Tour Schedule for The Secrets of Lizzie Borden


The updated schedule for The Secrets of Lizzie Borden virtual book tour can be found at http://hfvirtualbooktours.com/thesecretsoflizziebordenblogtour/  I hope you will follow along, in addition to reviews there will also be interviews and several giveaways.

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Secrets of Lizzie Borden Virtual Book Tour Schedule



Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, January 26
Review at Julz Reads
Review at Unshelfish

Wednesday, January 27
Review at Time 2 Read
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Thursday, January 28
Review at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

Friday, January 29
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Interview at One Book Shy of a Full Shelf

Monday, February 1
Review at A Bookish Affair

Tuesday, February 2
Review at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book

Wednesday, February 3
Review at Broken Teepee

Thursday, February 4
Review at Book Lovers Paradise

Friday, February 5

Review at The True Book Addict

Our Christmas Decorations

Tabby and I decided to decorate this year. We usually don't because I suffer from treatment resistant depression and am usually very low around the holidays, but I thought this year I'd try it since I saw a lot of pretty things that tempted me.


Glistening gold and green wax trees, a Luminara lantern (sorry about the glare the glass caught the camera flash), and red mercury glass cardinals.


Gingerbread houses and peppermint cupcake trees.


Ceramic trees and silvered glass mosaic flameless candles.



I fell in love with this Nutcracker, I love the way his cloak sweeps back to reveal the illuminated ballet dancers on stage lit by a blue-white LED light. I put silvered ceramic Christmas trees with red, green, and blue bells on the sides. Tabby loves the bells.


Our golden peacock tree topper. There was a peacock on the cover of my first novel, The Confession of Piers Gaveston, so ever since they have been my good luck charm, my personal symbol to believe in myself and gamble on myself even when no one else will.


Our nesting doves ornament, it's hard to see in the photo but there is also a red, gold, and green tinsel garland.

It's hard to see (sorry I'm a terrible photographer) but the base of the tree is wrapped in burlap with a burgundy ribbon and it is sitting in an antique metal washtub that is filled with Harry London chocolates so anyone who comes in can have a treat.




And here's my little helper--Tabby. She's supervising the decorating from my bed. I got the monkey for her last Christmas when I stopped for gas at the Shell Express Mart.