some time ago, in one of my midnight strolls through cyberspace, i chanced up a blog called Simply Wait. It’s author, Patry Francis, a cafe waitress cum novelist, wrote about writing, and about having your first book accepted for publication by one of the “big houses.” mostly, though, she wrote about life as a working woman/wife/mother. i started reading Simply Wait on a regular basis, because her life was not unlike mine, and the little author wannabee inside was whispering “see, if she can do it, maybe you can, too.”
so when The Liar’s Diary was published in hardcover last February, I was eager to purchase a copy, and immediately elevated it the top of my bookstack. it’s a gripping suspense novel, with strong, believable characters, and i raced through it at top speed. here’s what i wrote in my review for Amazon:
Liar’s abound in this chilling suspense novel, and their web of deception results in devastation and death. Jeanne Cross, a school secretary married to a hotshot doctor, has spent her life portraying the part of the perfect wife and mother, ignoring the way her husband’s secret activities are destroying the life of their 16 year old son, Jamie. Enter 46 year old Ali Mather, a free spirited, seductive musician, who becomes Jeane’s closest friend. But Ali’s own secret past allows her valuable insight into the evil that lurks in Jeanne’s family. Her struggle to help Jeanne and Jamie face the hard truth about their lives results in chilling psychological suspense and violent death.
a few months ago, Patry wrote about a new experience in her life ~ a recent diagnosis of “particularly aggressive” cancer. she has continued to write about her battle with this disease and the way it has altered her perspective on life and the world around her.
today, The Liar’s Diary it’s being released for the first time in paperback. now, imagine the difficulty of promoting a book when you’re in treatment for cancer. so in honor of Patry’s writing achievement, and in honor of her continued fight to regain her health, a group of more than 300 blogging compatriot’s (led by Laura Benedict and Litpark ) have declared today “The Liar’s Diary Blog Day.”
here’s what Patry herself has to say about the book:
Though my novel deals with murder, betrayal, and the even more lethal crimes of the heart, the real subjects of THE LIAR’S DIARY are music, love, friendship, self-sacrifice and courage. The darkness is only there for contrast; it’s only there to make us realize how bright the light can be.
watch a video trailer about the book. go to one of these fine on-line establishments and purchase yourself a copy. while you’re there, buy one for a friend on two. (the Penguin group is offering a 15% discount if you enter “PATRY” in the coupon code section at time of purchase.)
i’ve just purchased three copies myself, one to add to my library, and the others to giveaway to two of you who leave a comment here in support of Patry.
and when you read it, remember how good it is to have friends.
by Patry Francis
copywrite January 29, 2008, Penguin Books