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

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

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.