Liz and Nellie: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s Race Around the World in Eighty Days


They think she made a mistake.

New York City, November 14, 1889. Young newspaper reporter Nellie Bly sets sail on the Augusta Victoria for a trip around the world. She plans to beat Jules Verne’s fictional record from the novel Around the World in Eighty Days. She thinks she can circumnavigate the globe in under seventy-five days, and prove that a woman can do what no man has even tried.

Hours later, and unbeknownst to Nellie, another writer, Elizabeth Bisland boards a train going in the opposite direction attempting to beat Nellie back to New York. Her magazine thinks Nellie Bly went the wrong way and will get caught in winter storms. Elizabeth is a reluctant player in this high-stakes publicity stunt, but financial needs outweigh her pride.

Neither woman is prepared for what will happen on this trip, or how the race will change her.

Who will you root for? Read Liz and Nellie today to get started on this around the world adventure!


A few years ago, while conducting research for a novel set in the late 1800s, I came across the story of Nellie Bly’s solo trip around the world in 1889 and was amazed. I became a bit obsessed with her story (ask my family) and dug a little deeper. Turns out, there was another woman reporter who raced against her, going in the opposite direction. Now I was doubly intrigued. What they accomplished as single women in Victorian times was simply fascinating to read. I just had to retell their tale. The result of my obsession is my new novel out now in both print and ebook, Liz and Nellie.

Listen to me gush about Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland:

It’s such an odd duck of a book, but I love it. It’s YA, but the characters are in their twenties. It’s more adventure than romance (even though one of the women has a beau waiting in the wings). It’s told largely in their own words (think 1800s lingo) so will appeal more to people who like classics more than contemporary novels.