The Conjured Woman (Paperback)
A Novel (The Emerald Scarab Series #1)
Beaufort Books, 9780825307980, 300pp.
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
In the early 19th Century, Adelaide Lenormand, a fortune teller popular with the Paris elite, conjures a golem for Napoleon Bonaparte during a dinner party. But something goes wrong. It looks nothing like the manservant she promised. Even worse, immediately after it arrives, the golem steals the Emperor’s Emerald Scarab from a chain around his neck and mysteriously disappears.
Minutes later in London, Elise Dubois, an ER nurse from Tucson, is found sprawled in front of The Quiet Woman Public House. She’s wearing nothing but tattered shorts, a sports bra, and one pink running shoe. Gripped in her fist is an Egyptian jewel, the scarab.
Now Bonaparte’s Minister of Police is breathing down Adelaide’s neck while her wealthy clients are abandoning her. The women of La Société d’Isis, so wickedly encouraging when she’d first launched her plot, remain silent to her pleas for help. Adelaide has no choice but to find the golem and restore her reputation.
Troubled by nightmares of a wild-eyed French woman and worried she might be losing her mind, Elise tries to blend in at the pub. But blending in is not her forte. She knows the moment the opportunity arises she’ll stop at nothing to return to 21st Century Arizona, even if that means breaking the heart of the one man who understands her.
The Conjured Woman is the first in the Emerald Scarab Adventure series aimed at lovers of hard-edged heroines. In a story of time travel, romance, and fortune, anything can happen.
About the Author
With a French father and a mother from New Orleans, Anne Gross’s interest in the Napoleonic era was inevitable. Raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Anne graduated from the University of Saint Thomas with a degree in music. She then went on to complete a graduate degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music before moving to Tucson, Arizona where she taught music for nine years. In 2006, she and her husband moved to Colorado where Anne went back to school and became a registered nurse. Through all her shifts in life, Anne Gross has been writing. Currently, she lives in San Francisco where she’s working on the continued adventures of her recalcitrant heroine.