Tuesday, April 21, 2015

THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE BORDEN by Brandy Purdy coming February 2016




My next novel THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE BORDEN will be published by Kensington Books on January 26, 2016. Amazon is now taking pre-orders.

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.   

       

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Russian Cover Art for The Queen's Pleasure by Brandy Purdy



This is the cover art for the Russian language edition of The Queen's Pleasure, my novel about the love triangle between Queen Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley, and his wife Amy Robsart Dudley.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December Kindle Special! The Queen's Pleasure $2.99



Starting today, you can purchase the Kindle edition of The Queen's Pleasure at Amazon.com for only $2.99 This is my favorite of all my Tudor novels because it gives Amy Robsart Dudley a voice, and shows her as a person not just as the victim of one of history's most mysterious deaths and one of the players in an infamous royal love triangle. I hope you'll give it a try.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tabby's Trick or Treat Haul




Tabby presides over her Trick or Treat haul. Her favorites so far are a Harry Potter chocolate frog, a bag of jelly slugs, and the Mallo Cups.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Tabby's Halloween / The Ripper's Wife Launch Party + A Giveaway


The hostess Tabby: No one's getting an Oreo unless they give me the first bite!


Tabby: Mine, all mine! My eerily glowing eyes mean I'm serious (and that a certain someone shouldn't consider a career in photography).
Brandy: Point well taken about the photography.




Tabby, still guarding those Oreos.
Tabby: It's Fate, they have orange cream that matches the sparkly pumpkins on my dress; we were meant to be together!



Tabby: Ah, a  new distraction!
Brandy: I hope I don't find this in my bed tomorrow morning.



Brandy: We love Halloween, this is the first time I've had a book out that's the perfect fit, and the perfect excuse, for a Halloween party. I even got to bake:-)


A trio of neon skeletons and Yankee Candle marshmallow treat tea lights in glass Jack O Lanterns stand sentry on the bookshelf.



A table full of treats: Cheesecake fudge brownies, buttercream ghost cookies, and Jack O Lantern chocolate chunk brownies, Yankee Candle Happy Halloween candles (they smell like black licorice) and several copies of The Ripper's Wife.


More treats: Halloween Oreos and Funfetti Cookies beside a glass pumpkin filled with Halloween mellocremes and a candy corn platter.



Some of the reference books I used to write The Ripper's Wife framed by a skeleton garland and mercury glass pumpkins.


Tabby: The candy corn is mine!


And The Ripper's Wife too!


OK, you can have the book, and my little hat too, but the candy corn is still mine, and the mellocreme pumpkins too!

Tabby & Brandy: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Want to win a copy of The Ripper's Wife? To enter all you have to do is be a U.S. resident (sorry, I can't ship outside the USA) and leave a comment for Tabby. Don't forget to include your email address! She'll pick a winner November 7th.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Ripper's Wife Released Today & A Message From The Author





I have been fascinated by Jack the Ripper since I was a little girl. In 1988, the 100th anniversary of the Whitechapel Murders, my mother gave me a paperback copy of The Complete Jack the Ripper by Donald Rumbelow and I was hooked. Every aspect of the case fascinated me--the victims lives, the setting, the contrast between the squalid slums of the East End and outwardly respectable, affluent West End of Victorian London, the murders, the elusive, unidentified killer, his motive, and the endless, and ongoing, parade of suspects throughout the years. 

When the controversial Diary of Jack the Ripper became a media and publishing sensation in 1993 I was at the bookstore when they opened to buy my copy of Shirley Harrison's book, which included an actual transcript and detailed the investigation of this still hotly debated document. As I read it, I kept thinking, whether it's true or not, there's a novel in this and I want to write it. I'm glad I finally had the chance and I hope you will enjoy it. 

THE RIPPER'S WIFE

by

Brandy Purdy


A suspenseful, spellbinding novel of love, jealousy, and murder, The Ripper's Wife reimagines the most notorious serial killer in history through the eyes of the woman who sealed his fate.


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



It begins as a fairytale romance-a shipboard meeting in 1880 between vivacious Southern belle Florence Chandler and handsome English cotton broker James Maybrick. Courtship and a lavish wedding soon follow, and the couple settles into an affluent Liverpool suburb.







From the first, their marriage is doomed by lies. Florie, hardly the heiress her scheming mother portrayed, is treated as an outsider by fashionable English society. James's secrets are infinitely darker-he has a mistress, an arsenic addiction, and a vicious temper. But Florie has no inkling of her husband's depravity until she discovers his diary-and in it, a litany of bloody deeds...







The Ripper's Wife Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 27
Review at A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, October 28
Review & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, October 29
Review at Kinx’s Book Nook
Thursday, October 30
Review at Book of Secrets
Friday, October 31
Monday, November 3
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Interview & Giveaway at Mina’s Bookshelf
Tuesday, November 4
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Interview at A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, November 5
Review at JulzReads
Thursday, November 6
Review at History & Women
Friday, November 7
Review at A Book Geek
Monday, November 10
Tuesday, November 11
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry
Wednesday, November 12
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Thursday, November 13
Friday, November 14

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blog Tour Begins Today: The Ripper's Wife by Brandy Purdy

Please join Brandy Purdy and HF Virtual Book Tours for The Ripper’s Wife Blog Tour from October 27-November 14.

The Ripper's Wife
Publication Date: October 27, 2014
Kensington Books
Formats: eBook, Paperback

A suspenseful, spellbinding novel of love, jealousy, and murder, The Ripper’s Wife re-imagines the most notorious serial killer in history through the eyes of the woman who sealed his fate.

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

It begins as a fairytale romance–a shipboard meeting in 1880 between vivacious Southern belle Florence Chandler and handsome English cotton broker James Maybrick. Courtship and a lavish wedding soon follow, and the couple settles into an affluent Liverpool suburb.
From the first, their marriage is doomed by lies. Florie, hardly the heiress her scheming mother portrayed, is treated as an outsider by fashionable English society. James’s secrets are infinitely darker–he has a mistress, an arsenic addiction, and a vicious temper. But Florie has no inkling of her husband’s depravity until she discovers his diary–and in it, a litany of bloody deeds…

The Ripper's Wife Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 27
Review at A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, October 28
Review & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Obsession
Interview & Giveaway at A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, October 29
Review at Kinx’s Book Nook
Review at The Maiden’s Court
Thursday, October 30
Review at Book of Secrets
Friday, October 31
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Monday, November 3
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Interview & Giveaway at Mina’s Bookshelf
Tuesday, November 4
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Interview at A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, November 5
Review at JulzReads
Thursday, November 6
Review at History & Women
Friday, November 7
Review at A Book Geek
Monday, November 10
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Tuesday, November 11
Review & Giveaway at Historical Tapestry
Wednesday, November 12
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Thursday, November 13
Review at A Bibliotaph’s Reviews
Friday, November 14
Review at Girl Lost in a Book