Madam in Silk by Gini Grossenbacher – Spotlight and Giveaway

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4.7 Stars on Amazon! IPPY Silver Medalist Gini Grossenbacher’s second novel marries the squalor and chaos of San Francisco’s gold rush town with the struggles of the exquisite Chinese beauty, Ah Toy. She breaks rules and defies traditions, both American and Chinese, gaining courage to trust policeman John Clark. A sweeping, sensual, and inspirational tale that puts love to the test.

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After she swallowed what seemed like a rock, she found her voice. “If you knew this Mr. Painter, why did you not contact us in Guangdong?” If only her dragon would reach out its fangs to bite him.

“I tried, but even when I sent your husband the letter, I knew you would not receive it by the time you sailed. News came too late.” He twisted the brim of his cap.

“Now what do I do?” Those dragon fangs would tear off that hair on his face. Then she would feed it to the chickens.

He reached into his inner coat pocket, drew out an envelope, and held it out to her. “Here is money to get by for a month. Lodging, room and board.”

“Only a month?” She took the envelope, her hands trembling.

Painter’s patient tone grew curt. “I got you a room in Little Canton until you can get another ship’s passage home. You better leave on the next sail. Believe me, without a job you are a gone circumstance amidst all these varmints.”

“What are varmints?” she asked.

He tapped the badge clinging to his lapel. “Men with no good intent. You’ll see men who call themselves Hounds from New York who parade around town with fife and drum. Stay away from that lot. They prey on immigrants, such as your fellow Celestials and Mexicans. . . .

She took a half-step toward him. “I am strong. Willing to work.” Maybe if she said the words, they would come true. Was her dragon listening?

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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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Bernie Wallace says

    Did you have to do any research when preparing to write your book?

    • Hi Bernie,
      Yes, I had to do a lot of reading and research in order to familiarize myself with Ah Toy’s life, Gold Rush San Francisco, and Chinese ways and customs. Hope they are reflected well in the novel! Thanks for asking, Bernie! Cheers, Gini

  3. Thank you, Long and Short Reviews, for hosting me on your book blog! I appreciate it very much! All best, Gini Grossenbacher 🙂

  4. James Robert says

    Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  5. Marisela Zuniga says

    This sounds like a really good book

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