Apricots and Wolfsbane, Guest Blog

My novel inspired poems!

@GeorgiaTell is working on a project to write 1,000 poems and two of them are inspired by Apricots and Wolfsbane! In the book, Lavinia dreams of being captured in poetry and now she has!

Check out Georgia’s website, and read her beautiful poems below.


of the same kind

a drop of poison
thief dead on the floor
saw off his finger
he keeps the ruby ring no more


I enjoy

the squeak of a chair
watching their eyes realize
life was draining away

the stillness of the body
when my poison won
taking proof

the silence when it was done
echoing in my head
until confession welcomed God’s voice back

Apricots and Wolfsbane, Guest Blog

The Life and Bizarre Death of “Necro-Entrepreneur” Locusta, the World’s First Known Serial Killer

Dirty, Sexy History

WDM27975 The Love Potion. Evelyn de Morgan, 1903.

Little is known about the world’s first serial killer, which is perhaps why accounts of Locusta’s death are . . . eccentric?

Here’s what we do know: Locusta hailed from Gaul, the outer province of Ancient Rome now known as France. Trained in herbs, she mastered the system of “patronage” and made a name for herself as a reliable assassin – or as Dr. Katherine Ramsland calls Locusta’s business, “necro-entrepreneur.” [1] To Locusta’s benefit, Rome brimmed with wealthy, would-be-patrons, eager to hasten the death of rich relatives. These clients also reliably bailed Locusta out of prison when events didn’t unfold per plan.

In AD 54, Empress Agrippina, the fourth wife—and niece—of Emperor Claudius, grew tired of her uncle/husband. She conspired with Locusta to murder Claudius in order to place her son from a previous marriage, Nero, on the throne. The Emperor, however, proved…

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Apricots and Wolfsbane

On the eve of publication

Tomorrow, my book releases.

(Holy crap!)

Tomorrow, you can dive into the words I’ve fretted over.

Your eyes will scan over them in microseconds, but I assure you, I’ve agonized over each one.

Tomorrow, I become a published author!

I remember making cardboard and wallpaper books in elementary school and I’ve always thought it would be amazing to create a real one. I’m am so proud of this work.

Tomorrow, you can enter the imaginary world I created.

And just like the real one, I know it will be critiqued. I am thrilled at the positive reception I’ve received from pre-release reviews, but I know not every book is for everyone. Some of you may not finish, some of you may despise the plot, or the writing, or the choices I’ve made. And that’s okay. Putting creative works out into the judging world takes courage and I hope you have the courage to be honest with me.

Tomorrow is the result of help and encouragement I have received from so many along the way.

I am grateful to my publisher for believing in me and elevating the piece with insightful editing. (Thank you, Myra, from the bottom of my heart.) I am grateful for all of the encouragement and support I have received from other authors I only virtually know – every time you  hit “like” on one of my Twitter hashtag game lines, you made my day. Thank you to my family who are my rock.

Tomorrow, my book releases.

I am still in disbelief. I am overcome with excitement and a little bit of nerves. I feel so grateful for the support I’ve received and the opportunity. I know there are many  hopeful authors who dream of publishing and I am honored to have made it this far. No matter what dream or crazy idea you have, don’t give up.

Tomorrow . . .

(Guess who is probably not going to sleep tonight.)

Apricots and Wolfsbane

Cover Reveal!

Here’s the full cover for Apricots and Wolfsbane! Thank you to Kate Cowan at Broken Arrow Designs for bringing part of my imagination to life.

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Apricots and Wolfsbane releases on Friday, October 13!

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Synopsis: 

Lavinia Maud craves the moment the last wisps of life leave her victim’s bodies—to behold the effects of her own poison creations. Believing confession erases the sin of murder, her morbid desires are in unity with faith, though she could never justify her skill to the magistrate she loves.

At the start of the 16th century in Tudor England, Lavinia’s marks grow from tavern drunks to nobility, but rising prestige brings increased risk. When the magistrate suspects her ruse, he pressures the priest into breaking her confessional seal, pitting Lavinia’s instincts as an assassin against the tenets of love and faith. She balances revenge with her struggle to develop a tasteless poison and avoid the wrath of her ruthless patron.

With her ideals in conflict, Lavinia must decide which will satisfy her heart: love, faith, or murder—but the betrayals are just beginning.


Praise for Apricots and Wolfsbane:

“Delicious. Apricots and Wolfsbane is a unique thriller packed with impressive research into historical poisons. Fast-paced, grim, and darkly funny, Pohlkamp’s prose are intoxicating.”

—Jessica Cale, author of Tyburn

 

“This is not my usual genre, however, I enjoyed the novel immensely. The story kept me on my toes with the action and the plot twists.”

—Lisa Orchard author of The Super Spies and The Starlight Chronicles.

 

“Although rich in period detail, K.M. Pohlkamp’s Apricots and Wolfsbane reads like a modern-day psychological thriller. Fans of the Dexter series will love Lavinia, an anti-hero the reader simultaneously gravitates toward and cringes away from. In some scenes, Lavinia is so sympathetic, my palms sweat with anticipation, hoping Lavinia could escape every predicament she found herself in. In other scenes, my stomach turned in revulsion at the lengths the poisoner went through while stalking and attempting to murder her prey. This is a perfect book club novel—with enough interest and intrigue to keep everyone turning the pages and enough depth for a lively discussion afterwards. I can’t wait for the sequel!”

—Megan Cassidy, author of Always JessieThe Misadventures of Marvin Miller, and Smothered


Pre-order the Kindle version from Amazon (Paperback link coming soon)

Pre-order the paperback from FillesVertesPublishing

Apricots and Wolfsbane releases on Friday, October 13!