String Bridge Blog Tour and Other New Releases


No, no, what am I saying?

I mean, yes, I'm doing NaNo and writing like a fiend in the mornings and trying to type it all up at nights, but that's neither here nor there.

Jessica Bell's String Bridge comes out this month!

"Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece. Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a 'proper' career and her music for motherhood. That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage -- and the person she used to be. However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits..."

There's no way to read an intense book like this and not take sides. Jessica does an amazing job of luring the reader in and, even though the story is told from Melody's point of view, every character's background comes through.

First you're on Alex's side, then on Melody's, then... Well, by that point you're so caught up in the emotional whirlwind that there's no turning back.

The sights and sounds - and smells - of Athens are strongly evoked, and the lyrical imagery puts the reader right there on the streets, in the homes, at the dinner tables. Each chapter could almost be a short story in itself, as Melody works through her fears, reaches a plateau - and then meets the most difficult challenge of all.

And of course there's rock 'n' roll. How can you resist?

Here's a glimpse of the trailer:

Jessica's not only an author, musician and poet - she's also hosting a writers' retreat in September 2012: the Homeric Writers' Retreat and Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca, home of Odysseus.

If you'd like to participate in the String Bridge chart rush - and get a free copy of the soundtrack! - do so on 11 November on, and

If you can't wait, the book is out now via Lucky Press - and don't forget Jessica's contest to win a signed String Bridge paperback, signed String Bridge soundtrack Melody Hill: On the Other Side, signed copy of Jessica's poetry book Twisted Velvet Chains, and random book off her bookshelf.

So many ways to celebrate - congratulations, Jessica!

Two other releases this month:

Susan Kaye Quinn's latest release, Open Minds - the first book in the Mindjack Trilogy - is now available!

Jennifer Hendren's By the Pale Moonlight is out in paperback!

And finally, a propos of nothing except last weekend's post, Tuesday was the anniversary of the first performance of Shakespeare's The Tempest, on 1 November 1611.


Jessica Bell said…
YAy! I'm so glad you liked the book, Deniz! :o) Thank you so much for posting! XOXO
Anne Gallagher said…
So many books, so little time.
Deniz Bevan said…
Congratulations to you, Jessica! Your book tour is lots of fun :-)

You're telling me, Anne. I'm collapsing under tumbling stacks of books...
Golden Eagle said…
I've heard so many things about this book--I really want to read it! :)
Dawn Ius said…
Oh, I agree, Jessica does a great job of luring the reader in. Even though I didn't agree with everything Melody did throughout the book, I was always on her team :-)
Claire said…
I've never been a Shakespeare fan, but when I was in London a few weeks back I was sifting about around Haymarket (the New Zealand consulate is round there, but more importantly a New Zealand sweetie shop is next door, ha ha ha), and I noticed one of the theatres had "The Tempest" on. I freely admit I went just for Ralph Fiennes, but it was actually brilliant. I'm now curious to work out if they closed on the day it first opened as I know the last performance was towards the ed of October...that would have been awesome.
Trisha said…
Congrats to Jessica on the release of STRING BRIDGE - very awesome!!

I'm NaNoing too of course. I'm going to add you as a writing buddy. hehe
Robyn Campbell said…
Jessica rocks. Her writing comes alive. Her voice is something to admire. I am doing a review on Friday and interview on Nov, 14.

No NaNo for me this year. :( Too many revisions. *sigh* I'm itching to start another book though. *waving*
What a lovely review. another novel to add to my long list. Good luck with nano. I'll be there with you in spirit and unofficially in practice too. :O)
I've been hearing so many things about this book--I really want to read it, now!
Anonymous said…
I'm seeing Jessica everywhere. :) I read the first few pages of her book and I can tell that I'll love the rest once I have a chance to read my copy.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
J.L. Campbell said…
Good book! Love the trailer.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks for coming by Eagle!
I wasn't always in agreement with Melody either, Dawn. But she was an exciting character to follow!
Aw, shucks, Claire, I'd have loved to see that! Still remembering watching Gabriel Byrne play in The Dead on Broadway - the only Broadway show I've seen.
Thanks for the add, Trisa!
Thanks for visiting Robyn, Madeleine, Reader, Medeia and Joy! Thanks for all your lovely comments, too :-)