Today writer/poet, Glynis Smy adds author/novelist to her name. Her debut novel; Ripper, My Love, is launched in ebook format and paperback. The genre for this love story falls into the one of Historical Romance Suspense.
Growing up in late nineteenth century East London, Kitty Harper’s life is filled with danger and death – from her mother, her beloved neighbour and the working women of the streets.
With her ever-watchful father and living surrogate family though, Kitty feels protected from harm. In fact, she feels so safe that while Whitechapel cowers under the cloud of a fearsome murderer, she strikes out on her own, moving into new premises to accommodate her sewing business.
But danger is closer than she thinks. In truth, it has burrowed itself right into her heart in the form of a handsome yet troubled bachelor, threatening everything she holds dear. Will Kitty fall prey to lust – and death – herself, or can she find the strength inside to fight for her business, sanity and her future? And who is the man terrifying the streets of East London?
Review by author/poet/songwriter, Jessica Bell.
I began reading this book unaware that it had anything to do with Jack the Ripper and by the time I got to the chapter where he is mentioned I got quite a surprise! (Don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler ). I don’t know much about Jack the Ripper so I had to look him up.
However, those who are familiar with Jack trivia, please don’t be put off–it’s not your average “boring retelling”, because it doesn’t stay true to the “facts”–it’ wasn’t written for that purpose. You see, it’s not really about Jack the Ripper at all. It’s a fictional account about the other people in his life. I won’t go into whom because it might spoil some things. But intriguing concept, yes?
The beginning might be a bit slow for some, (not for me, though, as I don’t read books just to get them finished), because it does a fine job of building character. But by around a third of the way through it really began to pick up pace. I read the last half of the book in half the time I read the first half. The world was believable. Some moments left me holding my breath. Some moments left me teary (especially toward the end), and for a person who doesn’t often read this genre, it was a smooth and enjoyable hit of “history”.
I highly recommend this. It’s history without being history. Gotta love that, yeah?
Who is Glynis Smy?
Glynis was born and raised in England, in the coastal town of Dovercourt, near the port of Harwich (where the captain of the Mayflower lived). After qualifying as a nurse, she married her school friend, and they produced three children.
During her rare quiet moments, she wrote poetry and articles for magazines. In 2005 she and her husband emigrated to Cyprus for a new life in the sun. It was here that Glynis lay down her cross stitch and started making writing friends on the Internet. With their support and encouragement she shared her poetry, and was successful in a few contests. She shared a short story with a friend, who wrote back telling her it was worthy of becoming a novel, and not to waste the premise upon a brief plot.
The story is the one being launched today. Glynis found her love of writing 19th Century, historical romances and her second novel, Maggie’s Child, will be published at the end of 2012.
Aside from writing and Cross stitch, Glynis enjoys creating greetings cards, and sells them to raise funds for a small hospice in Cyprus. One of her pleasures is to sit on the back porch with a glass of wine, and reflect upon her good life. She can often be heard chatting to new characters urging her forward.
Her desire to pay back those who had supported her is realised in a blog designed specifically to promote the books of others:
New Book Blogger
You can find her personal writing blog at www.glynissmy.com
Glynis finds the community spirit of writers on Facebook a valuable one.
Want to purchase a copy? Launch day price for the Kindle is 99c/77p!
The Book Depository UK (free delivery worldwide)