Monday, July 27, 2020

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Madam in Silk by Gini Grossenbacher

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Madam in Silk by Gini Grossenbacher. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the other blogs participating in the blurb blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Madam in Silk
Author: Gini Grossenbacher
Publisher: JGKS Press
Publication Date: August 10th 2019
Print Length: 481 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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San Francisco, 1849. Despite her objections, twenty-year-old Ah Toy and her servant Chen voyage from China to San Francisco with her husband who dies on board ship. With little cash and bound feet, how is she to find employment in the Gold Rush town? Since she is the only Chinese woman there, she opens a "Lookee Shop," catering to miners who pay in gold dust to see her exotic beauty. As her notoriety grows, so does her attraction to the devoted policeman, John Clark. Yet should she put her faith in one man? Will their love survive despite her frightening encounter with Sydney Ducks, threats from rival madam Li Fan, and a tempting offer from Henry Conrad who promises her wealth and security? Armed with her mystical beliefs of the inner dragon and Goddess Mazu, Ah Toy faces much more than the journey from the ancient ways in China to the new world in America. In fact, she must find the true source of courage in a life or death struggle for her own fate, justice, and dignity. Based on page-turning accounts about the life of Ah Toy, one of San Francisco's most legendary madams.

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EXCERPT:
She glanced at the stranger, his dark sandy hair blowing about, his pants rolled up to his knees; his rucksack slung across his back. The man sported long sideburns that followed the jawline midway toward his chin.

She held up her pantaloons to the knees. The waves were curling, laughing, in and out, their foam capturing, then releasing her feet, then ankles, then calves as she ventured each step into the icy water. She shivered as the water splashed, making her skin tingle. . . .

“Careful, man,” the stranger said. “That undertow can take you out quick.” Though his words carried a warning, his voice was casual as if he knew her and Chen.

When the water rushed out, abandoning the bare sand, Chen pointed to a round brown knob sticking out of the water not far from shore. “Look!”

The stranger said, “I see it now.” His voice rose against the waves. “It came up before, but then it disappeared.” He said, “Do you see it, Miss?”

Wordless, Ah stood next to Chen who shielded his eyes from the glare and observed the sea creature. Holding the brim of her sunhat against the glare, she followed the direction of the stranger’s outstretched arm. Again, a brown knob rose above the water, and she saw two large chocolate-colored eyes, a snout like a dog’s, and gray whiskers. The shiny creature rose its head above the waves and fixed a stare in her direction.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MADAM IN SILK is California teacher and editor Gini Grossenbacher’s second historical fiction novel. Her debut novel MADAM OF MY HEART garnered the 2018 IPPY silver medal for Historical Fiction; finalist in the 2018 American Fiction Awards for Historical Fiction; honorable mention at the 2018 San Francisco Book Festival for General Fiction; and runner-up in the 2017 Hollywood Book Festival for Genre Fiction. She is also a copyeditor and leads an aspiring writers group called Elk Grove Writers and Artists, providing lessons in novel writing, memoir, poetry, and flash fiction. When she’s not writing, Gini can be found taking long walks, tending the roses in her garden, and barbecuing with her husband and beloved dog, Murphy Brown.

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GIVEAWAY:
Gini Grossenbacher will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the blitz. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the blurb blitz each day. Good luck!
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28 comments:

  1. I appreciate getting to hear about a new book. Thanks so much for taking time to share.

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  2. Which character was hardest to write for?

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  3. Thanks for the opportunity to win! And thanks so much for sharing.

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  4. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

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  5. I love the cover and think the book sounds great.

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  6. I think that historical fiction makes a great read!

    Nancy
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  7. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  8. I love historical reads. This sounds like quite a unique storyline

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  9. Historical fiction is awesome! The cover graphics are attractive.

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  10. sounds like a fun one

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  11. Nice cover. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Awesome cover! Sounds like a fun read

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  13. this looks like a great read!

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  14. Can’t wait to read. Thanks for being an author and sharing your stories with the world

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  15. The book cover looks really nice.

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  16. The cover is really awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  17. Beautiful cover and great excerpt.

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