Monday, April 26, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour - The Salty Rose: Alchemists, Witches, & A Tapper In New Amsterdam by Beth M. Caruso

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual tour for The Salty Rose by Beth M. Caruso. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Salty Rose: Alchemists, Witches, & a Tapper in New Amsterdam
Author: Beth M. Caruso
Publisher: Lady Slipper Press
Publication Date: September 1st 2019
Print Length: 308 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Marie du Trieux, a tavern keeper with a salty tongue and a heart of gold, struggles as she navigates love and loss, Native wars, and possible banishment by authorities in the unruly trading port of New Amsterdam, an outpost of the Dutch West India Company.

In New England, John Tinker, merchant and assistant to a renowned alchemist and eventual leader of Connecticut Colony, must come to terms with a family tragedy of dark proportions, all the while supporting his mentor’s secret quest to find the Northwest Passage, a desired trading route purported to mystically unite the East with the West.

As the lives of Marie and John become intertwined through friendship and trade, a search for justice of a Dutch woman accused of witchcraft in Hartford puts them on a collision course affecting not only their own destinies but also the fate of colonial America. 

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EXCERPT:
“Marie. Enough of this! Go roll out another barrel to tap. We are already out. These ravenous sailors will drink us dry with their unending thirst. And, think about minding your manners with the wealthy man at the window table,” Mr. Couwenhoven scolded me as he glared in the man’s direction.

The tavern was humming with activity, encased in a cloud of smoke and overflowing with not only beer but also boisterous laughter that night.

I’d rebuffed a lecherous traveler again. My mistake was that he was a repeat customer and one who had a little wealth to spread around.

“What shall I do? Let the letch grab me? You ask too much of me,” I retorted. “Certainly, you understand I must protect myself against some of these animals,” I emphasized.

Mr. Van Couwenhoven was a hideous man, only thinking of his coin.

“Listen to me quite well, you little Walloon,” he retorted as his chubby face reddened with anger. “I’m giving you a chance to have a living, but you will end mine if you are not a little more lenient with my good customers! I don’t care if you unleash that sharp tongue of yours with the foolish rogue sailors who are too drunk to remember what you say, but you will not chase away my better clientele. You understand me? Be polite!” he yelled.

I looked at Van Couwenhoven’s son, Pieter, nodding as he raised his eyebrows at me, motioning to the back.

“Yes. For you, I can be ever so lenient,” I said under my breath, staring into Pieter’s bright blue eyes.

My heart raced a little at the chance to meet Pieter in the back. It was hard for me to take my eyes off his handsome cherub-like face, a face that hid the personality of a little rascal.

Mr. Van Couwenhoven ordered me to the storeroom one more time, not wanting to lose business.

“Marie, I said to go get another barrel of beer from the back. Do as I say!” Mr. Van Couwenhoven ordered me.

As mad as he was, he still liked me. It was worse when his wife was around too. The husband was greedy but only resented me if I got in the way of profits. His wife was another story. I knew she’d despise me once she got wind of my budding romance with her son.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning author, Beth M. Caruso, is passionate to discover and convey important and interesting stories of women from earlier times. She recently won the literary prize in Genre Fiction (2020) from IPNE (Independent Publishers of New England) for her most recent novel The Salty Rose: Alchemists, Witches & A Tapper In New Amsterdam (2019). The Salty Rose is Beth’s second historical novel and explores alchemy in early colonial times, an insider’s view of the takeover of the Dutch colony of New Netherland, and the Hartford Witch Panic with information she gathered from previous and ongoing research. Beth’s first historical novel is One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging (2015), a novel that tells the tale of Alice ‘Alse’ Young and the beginnings of the colonial witch trials. She based the story on original research she did by exploring early primary sources such as early Windsor land records, vital statistics, and other documents. She lives in Connecticut with her family. Beth kayaks and gardens to unwind.

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GUEST POST:
- What inspired you to write The Salty Rose: Alchemists, Witches & A Tapper In New Amsterdam?

I came across the story of a little-known female troublemaker in early colonial America, Marie du Trieux, a great grandmother in my husband’s family tree. She lived in the colony of New Netherland and had quite a colorful reputation. She was one of the very first immigrants in the area called New Amsterdam, now known as New York City, and became a tapper, or a tavern keeper, in that rowdy setting. People were there to trade in goods from all over the world. Marie’s husband Jan Peek was a trader, trapper, English agent, and co-owned the tavern with Marie. Marie was often defiant of the colonial Dutch authorities and broke the rules to keep her tavern open whether it be to sell liquor on Sundays or to Native Americans or after hours. Eventually banished from New Amsterdam, she returned after the English takeover. I thought it would be interesting to investigate her life and this historical time period.

At the same time, I wanted to explore what happened to one of the main characters in One of Windsor after Alice Young’s death and the trajectory of the Connecticut Witch Trials. These trials culminated in the Hartford Witch Panic. With both research from genealogy and history not used in One of Windsor, I was able to create a story about both Marie du Trieux and her contemporary counterpart in New England, trader John Tinker, the devastated cousin of the first colonial witch-hanging victim, Alice Young. Their stories start out separately in my novel but then weave into each other and finally come together near the end. John Tinker is a merchant who owns a distillery in New London, Connecticut Colony. He makes trips to New Amsterdam to trade. But John Tinker is a haunted man who seeks justice as the witch trials continue in Connecticut. He takes pride in working for Connecticut’s Governor John Winthrop Jr., an alchemist and physician who also abhors the injustice of the witch trials in his colony and attempts to stop them to the best of his ability. Both men are interested in New Amsterdam for reasons other than just commerce.

The cover of The Salty Rose depicts my interpretation of the exact moment when Marie du Trieux and John Tinker meet each other outside of Marie’s tavern in New Amsterdam. Because Jan Peek, Marie’s husband, was an English agent who helped the English traders from New England, it is quite possible that in real life they may have met. There was also a Dutch connection to the witch trials in Connecticut. A woman named Judith Varlet was accused of witchery there. All of this fascinating early colonial history is weaved together in my historical novel The Salty Rose. I wanted to present some important and interesting early colonial history that is barely discussed or known in the form or an entertaining novel. I hope the reader enjoys it and also learns about early America’s diverse and fascinating history.
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GIVEAWAY:
Beth M. Caruso will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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38 comments:

  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  2. How long was the writing process?

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  3. Thanks for hosting me and The Salty Rose!

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  4. Looks like a great book! Congratulations.

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  5. This sounds like a very good book.

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  6. love the cover, congrats on the release

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  7. I think that the cover of this book is very interesting.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  8. I love historical fiction. This looks great!

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  9. Sounds like a nice theme to your book.

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  10. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. I have always liked historical fiction adding this one to my TBR list....

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  12. I wished I lived in that time. Very interesting book. Good work.

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  13. This cover captures the historical period perfectly.

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  14. David HollingsworthApril 27, 2021 at 4:17 PM

    Sounds like a very interesting story.

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  15. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  16. I think that I would enjoy reading this book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. I like that the cover of your book is very colorful.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  18. I thin that the cover of your book is very colorful.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  19. I love historical fiction. This looks like a great read.

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  20. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  21. I love historical fiction, and I haven't read much about this time period, so this sounds very interesting.

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  22. Do you think paper books are better then ebooks?

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  23. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Sounds like a good read

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  25. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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