Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Patry Francis Day

Today my blog is dedicated to author Patry Francis. Though I don't know Patry personally, both of us belong to Backspace, a great writers organization. Patry's first novel, The Liar's Diary, was released last year by Plume. Patry is the mother of four. She worked as a waitress and wrote in her spare time while writing The Liar's Diary.

Patry was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She's had surgery and needs time to heal, so she's unable able to promote The Liar's Diary, just released in trade paperback. She also blogs about her illness but with a sense of humor and spirit that encourages.

That's why today, on Patry Francis Day, over 300 bloggers, authors, publishing professionals, and readers are joining together to help promote The Liar's Diary.

Patry Francis is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize whose work has appeared in the Tampa Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and the American Poetry Review. She is also the author of two popular blogs.

The Liar's Diary REVIEWS:
"A quirky, well-written and well-constructed mystery with an edge.” —Publishers Weekly

“The new questions and revelations just keep coming…Readers will be heartily rewarded.”
—Ladies’ Home Journal

THE STORY: When new music teacher Ali Mather enters Jeanne Cross’s quiet suburban life, she brings a jolt of energy that Jeanne never expected. Ali has a magnetic personality and looks to match, drawing attention from all quarters. Nonetheless, Jeanne and Ali develop a friendship based on their mutual vulnerabilities.

Jeanne’s secrets are kept to herself; like her son’s poor report card and husband’s lack of interest in their marriage. Ali’s secrets are kept in her diary, which holds the key to something dark: her fear that someone has been entering her house when she is not at home. While their secrets bring Jeanne and Ali together, it is this secret that will drive them apart. Jeanne finds herself torn between her family and her dear friend in order to protect the people she loves.

A chilling tour of troubled minds, THE LIAR’S DIARY questions just how far you’ll go for your family and what dark truths you’d be willing to admit—even to yourself.

Follow this link to amazon.com to purchase a copy of The Liar's Diary.

In support of Patry Francis and this remarkable blog initiative, Penguin Group USA would like to offer 15% off the paperback edition of The Liar's Diary when purchased online from us.penguingroup.com until 2/15/2008. On the shopping cart page, enter PATRY in the coupon code field and click 'update cart' to activate it.

Visit Patry at her website: http://www.patryfrancis.com/

or at her blogs: simplywait.blogspot.com waitresspoems.blogspot.com

Let's support Patry Francis today!


Carolyn Burns Bass said...

Allison! We met at the Backspace conference and I just now discovered that you live in the Cochella Valley, no? I am not terribly far from you in the great Inland Valley near Riverside/Corona/Ontario.

Here's hoping for some fabulous news on your manuscript.

Allison Johnson said...

Hi Carolyn,I remember meeting you at Backspace. I live in Orange County. My in-laws live in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park and we spend a lot of time there. Thanks for the encouragement. Hope to see you soon!