Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blurb Blitz Tour: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY ($25 GC Giveaway)


Today, I would like to introduce you to another book: The Gospel According to Prissy
by Barbara Casey. Read on to see if it’s for you. And don’t forget to follow the tour and comment for a chance to win a gift card. Barbara Casey will be awarding a $25 Amazon or BN.com gift card to one randomly chosen commenter. The more you comment, the higher your chances of winning. You will find the tour dates HERE.

 









BLURB:  



Three Army veteran misfits, a college dropout, an unmotivated high school graduate accused of murder, a controversial warden of a women's prison, and a little girl with the gift of prophesy – these are the people 31-year-old Lara Kruger invites into her life after suffering a miscarriage, a divorce from an abusive husband, and unemployment.






 EXCERPT

The young child skipped through the tall trees and underbrush, unaware of the puddles created by recent rains or the low-lying tree branches and vines that swiped at her coveralls and scratched her bare arms.  Hugging a doll that showed the wear of a favorite toy and a faint smudge of chocolate ice cream, the child pushed forward with determination.  She knew where she wanted to go, and her face showed the intensity and resolve of a person much older than her five years.  The black woman wearing the uniform of a prison guard struggled to keep up with her young charge.  The thick green tangle of natural forest growth and uneven turf was more of a challenge to a woman her size and stature.

The child stopped when she reached a clearing, that place in the woods that wasn’t quite so overgrown and where the wild vegetation had been pressed from previous visits.  In front of her was a tree, magnificent in size, ancient in age.  She had reached her destination.  She called it, quite simply, “the place.”  Quietly, reverently, she approached the tree, reaching out and touching the familiar rough surface and its many irregular crevices.  She squatted where some roots had pushed upward and were now gnarled and covered in bark before extending downward again deep into the soil.  It was between two of these large root formations that the child placed the doll – a throne.  Her hand explored the curvature of one darkened root, first touching the soft green moss, and then the small indented place that held water whenever it rained.  It was moist.  Satisfied, she knelt.  Then, lowering her head and folding her dimpled hands together, she started to pray.

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Barbara Casey is president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing adult fiction and nonfiction for authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, and Japan.  She is also the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.  Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award, the Dana Award for Best Novel, and the Publisher’s Best Seller Award.  Her novel, The House of Kane, released in 2008, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and her novel Just Like Family received special recognition by the 7-Eleven Corporation.  Her latest young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of 2011 Best Books. The Gospel According to Prissy, a contemporary adult novel, was released in the spring of 2013.

In addition to being a frequent guest lecturer at universities and writers’ conferences, Ms. Casey served as judge for the Pathfinder Literary Awards in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Florida, and was the Florida Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators from 1991 through 2003. 

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14 comments:

  1. Hi Liz,

    Thank you so much for hosting me today. I am really looking forward to hearing from your bloggers. Meanwhile, have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

    Barbara

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    1. Barbara,

      You're very welcome. Your novel sounds very interesting and I LOVE the cover. I wish you all the best.

      Liz

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  2. This sounds like a fascinating story. I love the excerpt.

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  3. Thank you, MomJane. I am glad you stopped by.

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  4. Thank you for the excerpt, I enjoyed it.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. I am glad you did. The excerpt introduces you to Prissy, the little girl who was born with the "gift of prophecy." Thank you for stopping by.

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  6. Liz, thank you so much for taking time out of your Memorial Day to host me and give me a chance to talk about my latest novel, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY.

    Barbara

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  7. Just to be even considered for a Pulitzer nomination - WOW!! I'm so impressed.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thank you, Mary. That is exactly how I feel. I am thrilled to even be considered.

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  8. Thanks everyone for stopping by to support Barbara. Have a lovely day. Liz

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  9. Sounds like a beautiful and heart warming story.

    Thanks for sharing!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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  10. Andra, there is a lot of beauty in this story, but it is also a slice of reality; and that reality can sometimes be ugly. Take Lara's husband, for example. He comes from a rural background, never had much, but put himself through school because he has a driving ambition to be successful--to really be "somebody." He is constantly stuffing his pockets with notes he scribbles to himself on scraps of paper, trying to impress, trying to prove himself, trying to leave his background behind. As bad as he is, there is a small piece of him that you can't help but sympathize with and understand. Thank you, Andra, for following my tour. I really appreciate it.

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  11. Hi Liz,

    I just wanted to let you and your bloggers know that my book, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY, has just been selected for the "2013 List of Best Summer Reads" by Conversations Live Radio/Conversations Book Club.

    My best,

    Barbara

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