24 April, 2018

Madam of My Heart by Gini Grossenbacher






Madam of My Heart
by Gini Grossenbacher
Publication Date: February 6, 2017
eBook & Paperback; 476 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-0998380605
Series: American Madams, #1Genre: Historical Fiction/Victorian



Baltimore, 1849. During a scandalous crisis, the young Irish Brianna Baird fleesher home at Fells Point. With little cash and only a seamstress's trade, she braves the hypnotic streets of New Orleans. The tantalizing Madam DeSalle lures her to her brothel, then sells her to the dashing but questionable gambler, Edward Spina, who falls in love with her. In a tawdry alliance with these two profiteers, Brianna embarks on a journey through the French Quarter's debauched and glittering Voodoo world. Facing the horrors of slavery, she triumphs by gaining freedom papers for her maid Emma's enslaved husband and son. Brianna andEdward escape with them to San Francisco. There she becomes one of the most sought after madams in the gold rush parlor house trade. But will her fame and pluck be enough to save Edward from the Vigilante noose? This is the first book in the American Madams series.

"A debut historical novel that chroniclesthe struggles, loves, and joys of an exceptional madam in 19th-century America. Grossenbacher's book, the first in a planned series, dramatizes the early life and busy career of a woman named Brianna Baird. Grossenbacher's prose is both graceful and inventive. She absorbingly limns the various cities Brianna inhabits, from New Orleans and its 'web of Creole cottages, chaotic marketplaces, and secretive balconies, simmering outside her window, ' to the rowdy atmosphere of frontier-era San Francisco. The occasional marvelous metaphor will surprise readers, as when 'the truth hit Brianna like a badly aimed bowling pin.' This isn't just a novel for lovers of history's more prurient corners; it's for everyone who likes well-deployed language and intensestories. A seamier side of American history, engagingly told through one woman'sunexpected adventures." -Kirkus Reviews, A Recommended Review

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About the Author

California author Gini Grossenbacher was a successful high school English teacher until she abandoned grades and term papers, choosing to write historicalnovels instead. Now she leads small writing groups and coaches other writers. She loves researching the history behind her novels, and enjoys traveling to thesetting where they take place. Her hobbies include needlepoint, nature walks, and Scrabble. She lives in the Sacramento Valley where she grew up, east of San Francisco.For more information, please visit Gini's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, April 16
Feature at Passages to the Past
Tuesday, April 17
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Interview at The Princess and the Pen
Wednesday, April 18
Review at A Book Geek
Guest Post at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, April 19
Review at A Bookaholic Swede
Friday, April 20
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book!
Saturday, April 21
Interview at Be Inspired By Books
Sunday, April 22
Review at Clarissa Reads it All
Monday, April 23
Review at Janice Mess
Guest Post at Just One More Chapter
Tuesday, April 24
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, April 25
Excerpt at LadyJ’s Bookish Nook
Thursday, April 26
Review at Carole’s Ramblings
Interview at Donna’s Book Blog
Friday, April 27
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Monday, April 30
Review at Cup of Sensibility
Review at So Many Books, So Little Time

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away two copies of Madam of My Heart! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.
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Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on April 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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