On this day in 1890, Nellie Bly completed her round the world journey in 72 days. I wonder if she experienced the same adventures of Sabrina Jeffries, albeit a hundred years apart. From Sabrina's bio,
If having a colorful life turns you into a novelist, then I had no choice but to become a writer. My whole life changed when my parents decided to be missionaries to Thailand (when I was seven). Before I was eighteen, I’d eaten chicken heads and jellyfish, been chased by a baby elephant, seen countless cobras and pythons, had the entire series of rabies shots (yes, the ones in the stomach with those lo-o-o-ng needles) and played in rain forests and rubber plantations.
|Nellie Bly during WWI|
Likewise, Sabrina's new release, A LADY NEVER SURRENDERS, might be an apt title for Nellie Bly - she discarded traditional topics for female writers such as fashion and gardening. Instead, Nellie reported on female factory workers, served as a foreign correspondent in Mexico, an entered an insane asylum undercover.
|A Regency Lady|
(Countess of Blessington)
Alas, Sabrina's Lady Celia didn't take such drastic measures, but she does challenge society, her Gran, and even Mr. Pinter in A LADY NEVER SURRENDERS:
With two months left to find a husband to fulfill her grandmother’s ultimatum, Lady Celia Sharpe sets her sights on three eligible bachelors. Becoming betrothed to one of these wealthy, high-ranking men will surely prove her capable of getting married, so hopefully the wedding itself won’t be necessary for Celia and her siblings to receive their inheritance. Step two of her audacious plan is hiring the dangerously compelling Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter to investigate the three men she’s chosen. But with Lady Celia bedeviling Jackson’s days and nights, the last thing he wants is to help her find a husband. And when she recalls shadowed memories that lead his investigation into her parents’ mysterious deaths in a new direction—putting her in danger—Jackson realizes the only man he wants Celia to marry is himself!
A LADY NEVER SURRENDERS is book five in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series. While I was sad for the series to end, Sabrina hints that we'll see a familiar character, Pierce Waverly, in the near future. Check out my review of A LADY NEVER SURRENDERS at this link.
I am giving away a print copy of A LADY NEVER SURRENDERS to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about an adventure in your life - across town or across country!
One of the most unique adventures my children have encountered here is Hawaii is sleeping overnight on board the USS Missouri!
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, January 28, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, January 29.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Sabrina and her books, check out her website at www.sabrinajeffries.com.