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

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 Amazon.com 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
https://www.facebook.com/events/678157782291620/?context=create&previousaction=create&source=49&sid_create=4114602227

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 Amazon.com 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