Madam in Silk
San Francisco, 1849. Despite her objections, Ah Toy and servant Chen arrive in San Francisco from Hong Kong after her husband dies aboard a ship. With little cash and bound feet, she opens a "Lookee Shop," catering to men who pay in gold dust to see her exotic beauty. Among them the policeman John Clark finds her captivating and they form a strong attraction for one another.
Yet should she place her trust in this one man? Will their love survive despite her frightening encounter with Sydney Ducks? After she opens a brothel, she and her girls face threats from rival madam Li Fan, the lure of opium dens, and a tempting offer of wealth and security from importer Henry Conrad. Armed with her mystical beliefs of the inner dragon and Goddess Mazu, Ah Toy faces much more than the journey from the ancient Chinese ways to the new American world. She must find the true source of courage in a life or death struggle for her fate, justice, and dignity. Based on page-turning accounts from the life of one of San Francisco's most legendary madams.
About Gini Grossenbacher (Sacramento, California Author)
Award-winning author, teacher, and editor, Gini Grossenbacher is one of California’s respected creative writing coaches. Gini is a speaker and literary critic who has appeared on broadcast media discussing the joys of writing historical fiction. Recent presentations include The Historical Writers of America conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca, California, and Barnes and Noble, Roseville. She is the 2017 recipient of the Jack London Award from the California Writers Club for extraordinary service to the writing community.
Madam of My Heart is Gini’s debut novel, the first in The American Madams series. This novel was awarded Runner Up in Genre Fiction at the 2017 Hollywood Book Festival, Silver Medal at the Independent Publisher (IPPY) awards, Madam in Silk her most recent novel, published in 2019. Both novels are available on Amazon books and Kindle.
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