Today it is my pleasure to welcome author Gini Grossenbacher and her historical fiction novel, Madam in Silk.
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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Read an 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.
7 thoughts on “Madam in Silk”
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Thank you, Goddess Fish Promos and Sherrie Cronin for assisting in spreading the word about Madam in Silk! I appreciate your support and the excellent work you do.
Cheers, Gini Grossenbacher
Sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing it with us.
Hi James Robert,
I appreciate your interest and I hope you love reading Madam in Silk. Our strong-willed heroine, Ah Toy, will capture you and lead you through adventurous San Francisco during the Gold Rush era!
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?
Hi Peggy H.,
One trick I learned as a writing teacher that helps me with writers block goes this way: I write one line–just one–and tell myself that is all I have to do. If the second line doesn’t come, so be it. I go do other things. Then I come back and write the second line. Somehow it always seems to come easier, since I’ve already written the first one. I repeat the process until the “flow” begins to happen. Hemingway used a similar method, beginning the next day’s work with one line, then leaving it overnight. Less daunting than facing a blank page and thinking you have to fill it perfectly the first time.
Hope this helps!
Good luck with your writing!
This book looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!
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