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.










Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Giveaway: Enter to Win an Advance Copy of Two Empresses by Brandy Purdy


Hearts, unlike empires, cannot be ruled…

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.

Here's Tabby with her copy of TWO EMPRESSES


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Two Early Reviews of Two Empresses



RT Book Reviews:


 “Sweeping from a sultry West Indian island to glittering Paris ballrooms and war-torn Europe and then on to the luxurious harems of Turkey, Purdy entangles her characters in some of history’s most fascinating events. Fans of carefully researched women’s biographies will be thrilled as Purdy takes them into Napoleon’s France and the Ottoman Empire’s palaces. Readers will believe they are seeing, feeling and participating in two extraordinary women’s lives in this well-paced dual narrative. Positively captivating!--4 Stars”


Publishers Weekly:


Purdy (The Secrets of Lizzie Borden) brings two characters to life as she takes the reader back in time to the late 18th century. Fourteen-year-old Rose and seven-year-old Aimee are cousins living in Martinique in 1777. Rose dreams of marriage, and she is thrilled when she is chosen as Alexandre de Beauharnais’s wife and journeys to France to wed him. But their marriage is not a happy one, and when Alexandre leaves her for his mistress, she is forced to take lovers to ensure her survival. Aimee journeys to France to spend her formative years in a convent school only to have her ship captured by pirates on the trip back to Martinique. After Aimee is sold by the pirates to a Turkish sultan, she tries to adjust to life in the harem despite the other women’s dislike of her blond-haired, blue-eyed beauty. And Rose survives the tumultuous days of the French Revolution to become the object of affection for Napoleon, who reinvents her as his Josephine. Purdy deftly explores the lives of the two women with rich, vivid historical detail and a captivating, page-turning plot.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Two Empresses Available on Net Galley




TWO EMPRESSES is now available to book reviewers on Net Galley at  http://netgal.ly/ukmq7i

If you prefer reading a print copy, I have two Advance Reader Copies left, if you are a book reviewer and located in the USA, please email me if you would like one. First come, first serve.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Attention Book Review Bloggers: Advance Copies of Two Empresses

I will soon have ten advance reader copies of my latest novel TWO EMPRESSES that I would like to send to book review bloggers. The books will be ready to ship out sometime in November. If you have an established book blog, are located in the USA, and can review in January or February, please email me at brandyemilypurdyatyahoodotcom and include your full mailing address.

TWO EMPRESSES


Hearts, unlike empires, cannot be ruled…

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.