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:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Romanian Translation of The Boleyn Wife Coming in 2015

My first Tudor novel, The Boleyn Wife, will be published in Romanian in early 2015. I will post more details, including cover art, when I have them.

From the back cover of the US edition:

Shy, plain Lady Jane Parker feels out of place in Henry VIII's courtly world of glamour and intrigue--until she meets the handsome George Boleyn. Overjoyed when their fathers arrange a match, her dreams of a loving union are waylaid when she meets George's sister, Anne. For George is completely devoted to his sister, and cold and indifferent to his bride. As Anne acquires a wide circle of admirers, including King Henry, Jane's resentment grows. But if becoming Henry's queen makes Anne the most powerful woman in England, it also makes her highly vulnerable. And as Henry, desperate for a male heir, begins to tire of his mercurial wife, the stage is set for the ultimate betrayal. . .

Encompassing the reigns of four of Henry's wives, from the doomed Anne to the reckless Katherine Howard, The Boleyn Wife is an unforgettable story of ambition, lust, and jealousy, of the power of love to change the course of history, and of the terrible price of revenge.

Announcement Regarding Book Reviews and Future Posts on This Blog

My Dear Readers,

I regret to announce that due to circumstances in my life I will not be able to post book reviews for the foreseeable future. I don't know if or when I will be able to resume. I've really enjoyed sharing my love of reading with you, and perhaps introducing you to some books you might not have found otherwise, but I don't want to disappoint anyone by missing a deadline or causing any delays of future publications. Being creative, dependable, and giving you new books to read, and hopefully enjoy, means so much to me, and in order to keep on doing that I need to let some things go, and the book reviews seem a logical choice.

This blog isn't going anywhere. All my past reviews will remain for anyone who would like to read them, and Tabby's pictures too; she's just turned seven and is still the love of my life. I will still be posting news about my work whenever I have it and there will be some giveaways coming up soon so please don't forget to stop by. 

October is going to be a busy month for me with the UK release of The Boleyn Bride, and The Ripper's Wife coming out in the USA just in time for Halloween. My virtual book tour for The Ripper's Wife begins October 27th; I'll be posting the schedule and I hope you will follow along. I'll also be posting reviews from other sources, so if you review the book and your blog is not part of the tour please feel free to send me a link. If you enjoy the book and are interested in hosting a giveaway or an interview about it let me know and I'll do my best. For those interested in foreign language editions, a Russian translation of The Queen's Pleasure should be out sometime in December, I'll share cover art and details when I have them. And I'm hard at work on a new novel, which I will tell you more about later. 

Since postings will be irregular, I urge you to use the Subscribe by Email feature to keep up with my news. If you are not familiar with it, there is a box in the right column of this blog, all you have to do is enter your email address then respond to an email confirmation in order to activate the subscription; it only takes a couple of minutes. If your spam filter is sensitive, you may need to add the address to your contacts. I have used this feature myself to follow several blogs and never received any spam or other unwanted emails as a result and I find it a convenient and easy way to keep up. 

I will also continue to update my website as needed. And you are always welcome to write to me. I love hearing from you.

Thank you for understanding.

Best Wishes,

Brandy Emily Purdy

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Great Early Review of The Ripper's Wife on Good Reads

This review was posted on When I wrote this novel I intended it to begin like a romance novel and then slowly turn into one of horror, so this review really stood out to me. Thank you underthesecovers for posting it.

"The story develops at a leisurely pace before getting into the nitty gritty. It is written like a romance novel turned worst nightmare. Brandy Purdy's poetic style of writing holds your hand through the horror. Her beautiful prose mixed with horrific detail makes for a change of pace in today's horror stories. It was reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe's darker style of writing, elegant with raw horror. 

I enjoyed Florie's honest candor in relating her life with Jim. Her innocent, naive, girlish nature and how Purdy developed Florie's character's full circle. It was indeed a sweet escape, a glimpse into the past on creative license. With Brandy Purdy one can expect entertaining stories on a grand scale.

ARC copy courtesy Netgalley, uncorrected proof."