Sunday, June 18, 2017

Lizzie Borden's Secret Motive for Murder?




Lizzie Borden’s Secret Motive for Murder?

A romantic relationship gone awry and troubles at home could explain why many still believe Lizzie Borden killed her parents.


Though she was acquitted, Lizzie Borden is famous for taking an axe and giving her stepmother 40 whacks. So what really happened on August 4, 1892 that made her snap?

Read more at https://the-line-up.com/lizzie-bordens-secret-motive-for-murder/



My novel THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE BORDEN is available as a paperback and an ebook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Turkish Edition of The Ripper's Wife

Here is the cover art for the Turkish edition of THE RIPPER'S WIFE. It's a historical novel based on the controversial Jack the Ripper diary and the lives of James and Florence Maybrick.



Here is the US edition, which is still available as a paperback and an ebook.


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...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Boleyn Bride ebook on sale for $2.99



As part of the Kobo Books Beach Ready Books event THE BOLEYN BRIDE ebook will be on sale for $2.99 from June 7th to June 14th.

From the back cover:


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 her own. . .

At sixteen, 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. . .

Saturday, June 3, 2017

For Kindle & ebook Fans: Revisit My Tudor Novels This Summer

Amazon has my series of Tudor novels on sale from $2.99 to $9.99 so I thought now would be a good time to revisit these books. Although they are all set in the Tudor era, they are not really a series; each is a fully independent story that can be enjoyed on its own.

Click on the title of each book and it will take you directly to Amazon for ordering or to read a sample.




THE BOLEYN WIFE is the story of Lady Jane Rochford, wife of George Boleyn. It's the story of a woman obsessed with her husband and driven mad by jealousy of the woman he loves most--his sister, Anne Boleyn. This book is a wild ride, it's meant to be fun, not to drive the fact-checkers into a frenzy. When I wrote it I imagined Lady Rochford sitting by the fire telling her poisonous tale to a captivated audience and leaving it to them to decide how much is truth and how much is lies created by a vengeful and spiteful mind.




THE TUDOR THRONE allows Mary and Elizabeth, the daughters of Henry VIII, to tell the story of their tumultuous love/hate relationship in their own voices. Its a journey charting how love, and longing to be loved, became Mary's ultimate weakness, and why Elizabeth chose power over passion.



THE QUEEN'S PLEASURE is the story of Amy Robsart Dudley, the unfortunate victim caught in the middle of a dangerous royal love affair between her husband, Robert Dudley, and Queen Elizabeth I. Amy's death is one of the great unsolved mysteries of English history. Although the book description makes it sound more like the story of Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, this is really Amy's story. It's a heartbreaking tale of a neglected and unwanted wife, dying of breast cancer at a time when there was nothing medical science, such as it was in the sixteenth century, could do for her, all the while knowing that her husband would prefer her dead.




THE QUEEN'S RIVALS is the story of the three Grey sisters. Lady Jane, the scholarly one who became famous as England's nine days queen. Katherine, the beauty of the family who lived and died all for love. And Mary, the dwarf with the twisted spine, who thought that she was meant to live vicariously through her sisters instead of experiencing a life of her own. 




THE BOLEYN BRIDE is the story of the haughty aristocrat who thought she was stepping down in the world when she married a merchant's grandson, Thomas Boleyn. Bored and discontented at her husband's country castle, she bore three children. Mary, the golden girl who would become the mistress of two monarchs, moody but brilliant George, and the ugly duckling who would surprise them all by becoming the most desirable woman in the realm--Anne Boleyn. This book tells the story, through a mother's eyes, of her children's rise and fall in the treacherous and glittering world of the Tudor court.




My first novel THE CONFESSION OF PIERS GAVESTON is also available as a Kindle ebook.
It tells the story of the scandalous and forbidden love affair that nearly rocked medieval England to its foundations. 

Like famous historical crimes? 




THE RIPPER'S WIFE tells the story of Jack the Ripper through the eyes of the woman who knew him best, and Lizzie Borden tells also in THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE BORDEN.




Finally, my last historical novel, TWO EMPRESSES, tells the entwined stories of Napoleon's Empress Josephine and her cousin Aimee, who would become a Sultan's favorite.





Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Historical Novel Society's Review of TWO EMPRESSES



Here is the Historical Novel Society's review of TWO EMPRESSES:

Multiple vivid worlds exist within this story that begins on Martinique, the lush tropical island home of cousins Rose and Aimee, who are both young daughters of French plantation owners. Despite their quite different personalities, destiny looms large for each of them. The voodoo priestess they sneak out in the middle of the night to visit, reads their palms and presages that each girl will be an empress and live in a magnificent palace. Rose giddily embraces the prophecy and dismisses the warnings of sadness and despair that accompanied it, while Aimee disregards the fortune telling entirely.

The action moves to a wintery Paris when Rose arrives there for an arranged marriage with a handsome aristocrat. After he leaves her, Rose, reckless and spendthrift, shifts for herself in high society as a courtesan. Her star rises and falls with a series of lovers. However, even in prison during the French Revolution, she clings to believing she will be an empress. The reign of terror ends, and circumstances propel Rose toward her destiny through an introduction to Napoleon Bonaparte, who loves her obsessively and changes her name to Josephine.

Aimee, the younger cousin, attends convent school in Paris without ever seeing Rose. And when the revolution begins her worried parents insist she return home; her ship never reaches port. Instead, she ends up in Constantinople living in the exotic and treacherous environment of the Sultan of Turkey’s harem. Once she understands her circumstances, Aimee reflects on the prophecy, which manifests in a curious way when she becomes Nakshidil.


First-person narrative captures the dramatic whirl of activity and emotions that Josephine experiences, and conveys Nakshidil’s less impulsive but equally intense thoughts and feelings. This lavish, engrossing yarn embraces legend as well as fact.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Secrets of Lizzie Borden on True Book Addict's Best of 2016 List


THE SECRETS OF LIZZIE BORDEN is featured on the True Book Addict's Best of 2016 list. Check it out at http://www.truebookaddict.com/2016/12/2016-end-of-year-book-survey-and-happy.html

Thanks so much, Michelle!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Bobby's Kodak (1908) starring Robert "Bobby" Harron

As a longtime fan, and would-be biographer, of Bobby Harron, this is an exciting discovery for me. My research has revealed that his first starring role, the long presumed lost short film Bobby's Kodak (1908) does indeed still exist. The Library of Congress has a print, albeit of poor quality.

Unfortunately, obtaining a copy of the full film is beyond my means, but I was able to get these stills. My sincere thanks to the Library of Congress librarians and technicians for their help.

In this short film, Bobby plays a young boy who is given a camera, which he then uses to capture family members in some rather embarrassing situations.

Here are the stills I have as a Christmas treat I'd like to share with other Robert Harron fans.