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You’ve reached the home of Jane Davis: author of awarding-winning novels Half-truths and White Lies, An Unknown Woman and Smash all the Windows, reader favourite I Stopped Time and more. I write about individuals’ heroic struggles for identity and meaning. Expect complex characters, meaty moral dilemmas and a scattering of dark family secrets!   
 
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Are You Sitting Comfortably?

I’m delighted to announce that I have signed a three-book deal with the Danish publishers and digital market leaders, Saga Egmont, for audiobook rights. As you will see, the audiobooks will look very different to the paperbacks and eBooks! The first release will be A Funeral for an Owl, out 30 September 2021. Listen to a sample here!   

 

At the Stroke of Nine O’Clock Shortlisted for the Selfies Book Awards

I’m thrilled to announce that At the Stroke of Nine O’Clock has made it to the shortlist of adult fiction category of the Selfies (the award I won in its first year in 2019 with Smash all the Windows, and which was won last year by Clare Flynn with her historical novel, The Pearl of Penang.
 
The award was created to showcase and celebrate the great wealth of independently-published fiction. As you might expect, the shortlist is incredibly varied, including a guide to navigating the arranged marriage market, a hard-hitting crime novel set in beautiful North Wales, a Greek mystery, a psychological thriller and a comic sci-fi novel. I don’t envy the judges their task! 
 
The full shortlist is:
 
Odd Numbers by Jill Marsh
Murder Your Darlings by Debbie Young
His Wife’s Sister by Adrian Wills
Fitting in By Amanda Radley
The Snowdonia Killings by Simon McCleave
How to Buy a Planet by D.A. Holdsworth
The Secret Diary of an Arranged Marriage by Halima Kkatun

 

Introducing The London Collection

The 23rd February 2021 marks the release of my second boxed set, The London Collection. I’m quietly excited about this. I poured my heart and soul into these novels and they represent six years’ work, time in which I feel I’ve matured as a writer. These are books I feel incredibly proud of.

Because I want to reach as wide an audience as possible, the boxed set is on sale for £7.99. That’s three eBooks – My Counterfeit Self, rated 5 stars by over 80% of reviewer, the award winning Smash all the Windows, and Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice At the Stroke of Nine O’Clock – for the price of two. 

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The boxed set is only available from Amazon at the moment because one of the books is currently registered in Kindle Unlimited. That will change from May, when it will be available from all major eBook retailers.

Cover makeover for These Fragile Things 

These Fragile Things has a brand new look for the new year. A hot debate rages over which is the most common type of colour blindness, but blue-green is near the top of every list. When you show your book to a number of people and mention the significance of the butterfly, and they say, ‘What butterfly?’, it’s obviously high time for a rethink.

I will be sad to see the old cover go. It takes me right back to the beginning of my self-publishing journey. On Christmas day 2012, I did a double release (not something I would recommend) of I Stopped Time and These Fragile Things. A Funeral for an Owl was also good to go, but I decided to hold that back and buy myself some much needed writing time.

And so, without further ado, here it is. Do let me know what you think!

Cover design by JD Smith Design based on original artwork by SSokolov

Next for a makeover came my ‘box-set’, Second Chapter. Now it’s far clearer that this is a collection of three novels. (Sadly it’s only available as an ebook collection at present.) 

Missed my book club meeting?  

Of all the innovations lockdown has brought, my favourite by far is Zoom. This year, visiting book clubs has been something I’ve missed, so I thought why not have a Zoom Book Club meeting? And so on 12 December, that’s exactly what I did. A special thank you to Beverley from Australia who set her alarm for 3.50am (beyond the call of duty). If you missed it, you can watch the replay here.   

Remember, if you prefer to host your own book club meeting, you can find suggested book club questions on each book page. 

Read a preview here

As featured in the October edition of The Lady Magazine 

Three women defy others’ expectations of them and pay the price society demands.

‘Another triumph from indie author Jane Davis in this gloriously gritty novel that engages head-on with a post-war London struggling to re-boot itself and wider society, amid ongoing privations. Against this authentic backdrop, the dawning realisation that Britain needed to change and to challenge former ingrained inequalities (particularly the structural disadvantage of women) is deftly explored by the author, through the lived experiences of three fictional women in the 1950s.’ BurfoBookish

‘A reminder that good things happen. Not always despite the tragedies in life but sometimes because of them, inextricably entwined.’ Jean Gill

‘Provocative and compelling.’ Lorraine Devon Wilke

‘A novel that unfolds like a movie.’ Kathleen Jones

Read about my inspiration for the book here or visit the book page At the Stroke of Nine O’Clock.  

 

Smash all the Windows wins the Selfies 2019, a new a new award that celebrates the quality of self-published fiction. The award is run by BookBrunch in association with London Book Fair and sponsored by IngramSpark. 

You write a book about something you’re passionate about and hope that it will resonate with others, but you never really know what the reaction will be…

‘This book was simply stunning – a portrait of grief and loss with immense emotional depth.’ ~ Anne Williams, Being Anne

‘Jane Davis is one of those authors whose books all have an entirely different feeling to each other, Smash All The Windows being another example of what ties them all together: the brilliant depiction of the characters, whatever their age, circumstance or time period.’ ~ Cleopatra Loves Books, Top 500 reviewer.

‘This fictional disaster echoes with real emotions. I read it twice and believed every word.’ ~ J J Marsh, Author

‘What a book! I found it incredibly hard to put down.’ ~ Tara Greaves

‘With a full cast of true-to-life Londoners and a fascinating and timely premise, Davis casts a spell over her readers.’ ~ Kendra Olson

‘This is a stunning book, written by an author so skilled at both the big and little, the near and far, the personal and the collective, that you’ll walk away from the conclusion feeling as if you’ve truly been on a journey.’ ~ Lorraine Devon Wilke, Author

‘Believe me when I say I am so engrossed that the building could fall down around me and I would not look up from my book!’ ~ Beth Allen, US

My grateful thanks to my advance readers and everyone who has posted a review, emailed me, or commented on social media about how much they are enjoying my novel. It really does make a huge difference! 

You can read press announcements here or about my reaction to winning the award here.

 

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