Blog Tour: A Feigned Madness


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 A Feigned Madness

By Tonya Mitchell


October 6th — December 8th 2020

Amazon UK • Amazon US 

Publication Date: 6th October 2020

Publisher: Cynren Press

Print Length: 392 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Thriller


The insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island is a human rat trap. It is easy to get in, but once there it is impossible to get out. —Nellie Bly


Elizabeth Cochrane has a secret. 


She isn’t the madwoman with amnesia the doctors and inmates at Blackwell’s Asylum think she is.


In truth, she’s working undercover for the New York World. When the managing editor refuses to hire her because she’s a woman, Elizabeth strikes a deal: in exchange for a job, she’ll impersonate a lunatic to expose a local asylum’s abuses.


When she arrives at the asylum, Elizabeth realizes she must make a decision—is she there merely to bear witness, or to intervene on behalf of the abused inmates? Can she interfere without blowing her cover? As the superintendent of the asylum grows increasingly suspicious, Elizabeth knows her scheme—and her dream of becoming a journalist in New York—is in jeopardy.


A Feigned Madness is a meticulously researched, fictionalized account of the woman who would come to be known as daredevil reporter Nellie Bly. At a time of cutthroat journalism, when newspapers battled for readers at any cost, Bly emerged as one of the first to break through the gender barrier—a woman who would, through her daring exploits, forge a trail for women fighting for their place in the world.



About the author





Ever since reading Jane Eyre in high school, Tonya Mitchell has been drawn to dark stories of the gothic variety. Her influences include Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, and Bram Stoker. More contemporarily, she loves the work of Agatha Christie, Margaret Atwood, and Laura Purcell. When she landed on a story about a woman who feigned insanity in order to go undercover in an insane asylum, she knew she’d landed on something she was meant to write. Her short fiction has appeared in, among other publications, Glimmer and Other Stories and Poems, for which she won the Cinnamon Press award in fiction. She is a self-professed Anglophile and is obsessed with all things relating to the Victorian period. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society North America and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and three wildly energetic sons. A Feigned Madness is her first novel.



Tour Schedule





October 6th

Candlelight Reading

 

October 13th

The Books Delight

 

October 20th

The Writing Desk

 

October 27th

The Historical Fiction Blog 

 

November 3rd

Elizbeth St.John’s Official Blog

 

November 10th

Zoe’s Art, Craft and Life

 

November 17th

Sylv.Net

 

November 24th

Cathie Dunn Writes…

 

December 1st

Let The Words Shine

 

December 8th

Deborah Swift’s Official Blog

 

 

 

 

 

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