Saturday, 17 January 2015
Seven enthralling novels. A cast of unlikely heroines. Just 90 days.
Meet a cast of characters you’ll never forget: An undercover journalist in a doomed relationship. A woman accused of killing her father. A teenager struggling with an eating disorder. A poet on a journey to escape the shadow of her infamous mother. A gifted pianist who fears her career is over when she suffers an injury. A mother of four who dares to date again. A biographer grappling with the story of a celebrated artist. A single mother who turns to prostitution to support her daughter.
Outside the Box: Women Writing Women brings these unlikely heroines together in a limited edition box-set of seven full-length page-turners. Published in e-book format on February 20 (pre-orders from January 12) and available for just 90 days, this treasure house of women’s fiction is the brain-child of Jessica Bell, who approached some of the most prominent self-published female authors and asked each to contribute their novel that best represents the theme:
Orna Ross (founder-director of The Alliance of Independent Authors and named by The Bookseller as one of the 100 most influential people in publishing) selected Blue Mercy, a complex tale of betrayal, revenge, suspense, murder mystery — and surprise.
Joni Rodgers (New York Times bestselling author) returns to her debut Crazy for Trying, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Discover Award finalist.
Roz Morris (ghostwriter and teacher of creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London) presents My Memories of a Future Life, the story of how one lost soul searches for where she now belongs.
Kathleen Jones, best-selling award-winning author and Royal Literary Fund Fellow, whose work has been broadcast by the BBC, contributes The Centauress, a tale of family conflict over a disputed inheritance.
Jane Davis (a British writer whose debut won the Daily Mail First Novel Award) nominated An Unchoreographed Life, an unflinching and painfully honest portrayal of flawed humanity.
Carol Cooper (British author, doctor, journalist and president of the Guild of Health Writers) provides One Night at the Jacaranda, a gripping story about a group of Londoners searching for love, sex and everything in between.
For Jessica Bell (Australian novelist, award-winning poet, singer/songwriter, and the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal), her latest novel White Lady was the obvious choice, an intense ride rife with mystery as well as modern-day dilemmas.
This set of thought-provoking novels showcases women’s fiction across the full spectrum from light entertainment (though never frothy) to darker, haunting reads that delve deep into the psychological themes that matter to women.
Speaking about her reason for taking part, Roz Morris says, ‘For me, these writers are the real superstars of self-publishing. They're storytellers dedicated to their craft, who have proved their worth with awards, fellowships and, of course, commercial success.’
JJ Marsh, author of the Beatrice Stubbs series and founder member of Triskele Books, says ‘Beautiful, poetic, imaginative, passionate, thoughtful, witty, sensual and intelligent, Outside the Box is a feast.’
Self-publishing expert Alison Baverstock adds, 'The optimism and confidence in this new collection is palpable.’
‘The authors of these books are at the forefront of a strong cohort of ground-breaking, boundary-pushing women. I cannot recommend this collection highly enough.’ Dan Holloway, journalist.
The tour will run from 23rd Feb to 6th March and will include pre-prepared promotional posts which with excerpts or pre-prepared author interviews plus book info. Promotional material provided. No reviews required. Unlimited booking on all dates is allowed. To participate in the tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
- Your Name
- Blog Name & URL
- Email Address if you're not already a BCB Tour Host