Friday, October 24, 2014

The Ripper's Wife: The Women of Jack the Ripper

The Ripper's Wife is told from the viewpoint of Florence Maybrick, the beautiful young bride

of wealthy and successful Liverpool cotton broker James Maybrick. 

Their life together is like a fairy tale. 

Battlecrease House, that Florrie dreamed would be their castle and their happy home.

Two beautiful children--Bobo and Gladys.

And the clothes...

But not all fairy tales are happy. Take for instance the tale of Bluebeard. He gives his beautiful and innocent young  bride everything her heart could desire, the keys to his castle, all the rooms filled with riches and pretty things, and asks only one thing of her--NOT to open the door of a certain room.

Opening James Maybrick's diary is like opening that forbidden door.

Florie discovers the five unfortunate down on their luck women whose lives her husband has taken and the rage-filled reason why they had to die.

Polly Nichols, the first victim.

Annie Chapman, the second victim.

Elizabeth Stride, the third victim.

Catherine Eddowes, the fourth victim.

And Mary Jane Kelly, the fifth victim, and James Maybrick's strange angel.

When James dies under mysterious circumstances, Florie finds herself fighting for her life in one of Victorian England's most infamous and scandalous murder trials. And all her mistakes come back to haunt her.

Every love has its own peculiar story, and The Ripper's Wife is James's and Florie's doomed tale of illusions and delusions.

Coming October 28, 2014. Available now for pre-order from and Barnes & Noble.

Another Teaser from The Ripper's Wife

An excerpt from my recreation of Jack the Ripper's diary in The Ripper's Wife:

I lulled her with kind words; I soothed her with sweet deeds. I wanted her to trust me; I needed it. It would make the horror when it came so much the sweeter! I wanted to see the hurt and betrayal in her eyes as she died! I wanted this to be sublime, an experience I would never forget! I wanted this whore to close her eyes in rapture, to submit to me like the most willing lover, the one she had dreamed of all her life but never found. I wanted her to expect delights, to dream of them, only to awaken to a nightmare in my arms that was all too real as I plunged the knife in and twisted it around.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Live Chat on Facebook with Brandy Purdy

To celebrate the release of The Ripper's Wife I will be doing a live chat on Facebook at Hollywood Book Chat hosted by James Zeruk Jr. on November 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm Central time (4:00 pm Eastern time, 1:00 pm Pacific Time. For more information, and to join, please visit

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Teaser from The Ripper's Wife

Love makes sane men mad
and can turn a gentle man into a fiend.

On the outside it looks so innocent, just an old battered book, musty and dusty, nothing special at all. An ordinary diary bound in cardboard covered in rusty black cloth, corners bent and bumped like a quartet of bruised and broken noses, a tad frayed in places like curmudgeonly eyebrows grown wildly awry, chipped and fading gilt accents. Seven lucky gold bands adorn the spine.  I chose it for that reason, because he, because we, believed in luck.  You could walk into any stationary shop in the civilized world and find one just like it. I know: I’m the one who bought it. When you open the cover, that’s when the horrors begin. Your skin begins to crawl and your blood begins to chill, and you discover that this battered old diary is anything but ordinary.

Release date October 28, 2014. Available now for pre-order from and Barnes & Noble.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ebook Sale: The Queen's Pleasure $2.99

The ebook edition of The Queen's Pleasure will be on sale for $2.99 starting today at Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google, Apple and other major ebook retailers. 

This is my personal favorite of all my Tudor novels as it gives a voice to Amy Robsart Dudley whose death is one of the great unsolved mysteries of British history. Most versions of this story focus on the romance of Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley and the glamour of the court, while Amy is out of sight but inconveniently on their minds in one secluded country house or another. My novel tells the story through the eyes of the two women in Robert Dudley's life--Amy and Elizabeth.

It's also available in trade paperback for those who prefer an old-fashioned book, but if you like ebooks, you can get it at a good price this month--$2.99

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Boleyn Bride Released in the UK Today

The UK edition of The Boleyn Bride goes on sale in the UK today. This time the title is the same in both the US and the UK but I'm still Emily Purdy over there. 

Back cover copy:

From carefree young woman to disillusioned bride, the dazzling lady who would become mother and grandmother to two of history's most infamous queens, has a fascinating story all of her own . . .

Sixteen, of noble birth and stunningly beautiful, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life for herself as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But when she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, Elizabeth is left to stagnate in the countryside while her detested husband pursues his ambitions. There, she raises golden girl Mary, moody George, and ugly duckling Anne - while staving off boredom with a string of admirers. Until Henry VIII takes the throne . . .

When Thomas finally brings his highborn wife to London, Elizabeth indulges in lavish diversions and dalliances - and catches the lusty king's eye. But those who enjoy Henry's fickle favor must also guard against his wrath. For while her husband's machinations bring Elizabeth and her children to the pinnacle of power, the distance to the scaffold is but a short one - and the Boleyn family's fortune may be turning...

UK readers can buy The Boleyn Bride at: