I'm thrilled to announce that Patry Francis's intriguing book The Liar's Diary is now out in paperback!
When Patry's book was published last year, I was almost as excited as if it were my own. I'd been hearing about The Liar's Diary, as well as appreciating Patry's enormous writing talent through her blog Simply Wait. We'd "met" through an online writer's group and I was impressed by how Patry was able to juggle her jobs as a waitress, wife and mother and still find time to write a book! And she hosted The Third Day Book Club. Most of all, I was inspired by Patry's brilliant writing.
Since that heady excitement when Patry's book was released and she was working on her second book, her life took an unexpected turn. An aggressive form of cancer was diagnosed. As one would expect of Patry, she faced the battle with courage, determination and fortitude. She writes about her experiences with grace and a lyrical beauty.
I'm one of more than 300 writers, bloggers and friends participating in The Liar's Diary Blog Day to help promote Patry's book, while she recovers from cancer. If you haven't read The Liar's Diary, you're in for a treat! It's a thrilling story that will keep you up late reading. In Patry's own words, "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. I'm sure that most writers whose work does not flinch from the exploration of evil feel the same."
An excerpt from the publisher's synopsis of The Liar's Diary:
"Answering the question of what is more powerful—family or friendship? this debut novel unforgettably shows how far one woman would go to protect either.
"They couldn’t be more different, but they form a friendship that will alter both their fates. When Ali Mather blows into town, breaking all the rules and breaking hearts... she also makes a mark on an unlikely family. Almost against her will, Jeanne Cross feels drawn to this strangely vibrant woman, a fascination that begins to infect Jeanne’s “perfect” husband as well as their teenaged son.
"At the heart of the friendship between Ali and Jeanne are deep-seated emotional needs, vulnerabilities they have each been recording in their diaries. Ali also senses another kind of vulnerability; she believes someone has been entering her house when she is not at home—and not with the usual intentions. What this burglar wants is nothing less than a piece of Ali’s soul.
"When a murderer strikes and Jeanne’s son is arrested, we learn that the key to the crime lies in the diaries of two very different women . . . but only one of them is telling the truth. A chilling tour of troubled minds, The Liar’s Diary signals the launch of an immensely talented new novelist who knows just how to keep her readers guessing."
Watch a brief video clip here. The audio was produced by Eileen Hutton at Brilliance Audio, especially for this effort. Sheila Clover English, the CEO of Circle of Seven Productions created the video.
You can pick up a copy of The Liar's Diary at your local bookstore or order the book from Amazon,
Barnes & Noble or Powell's. Or you can buy the book directly from the publisher Penguin. Get a 15 percent discount by adding the book to your cart, entering the word PATRY in the coupon code field, then clicking 'update cart' to activate the discount.
Read the book - you won't be disappointed! And tell all your friends and family about The Liar's Diary. No doubt, they'll want to read it too!
The Liar's Diary Blog Day event was initiated by Laura Benedict and organised by Benedict, Karen Dionne, Susan Henderson and Jessica Keener. Visit Lit Park for a full list of participants. See what they have to say about The Liar's Diary!