Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book blurb blitz for The Gospel According to Prissy by Barbara Casey

Today is a book blurb blitz tour stop for the inspirational suspense novel The Gospel According to Prissy, by Barbara Casey, published by Strategic Media Books.

Barbara will be awarding a $25 Amazon or BN.com gift card to one randomly chosen commenter during her tour. To be entered for a chance to win, leave an e-mail with a comment below so you can be contacted. For more chances to win, visit other tour stops and leave comments there. 

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.

Laramie Larkins Kruger drove up to the hospital emergency door. It was the second time in twice as many weeks. The hand that had been holding a bloody towel against the left side of her face somehow managed to push the car door open. Her other hand rested in her lap, limp and useless. A hospital orderly standing outside by the front entrance saw her. He crushed his half-smoked cigarette into the concrete container of sand provided and quickly located a wheelchair for her.

“Jesus, Ms. Kruger, what have you gone done to yourself now? You been working on that old house again, haven’t ya?”

Lara closed her eyes and let the strong hands of the orderly gently position her into the wheelchair. “Thanks, Ben.”

“I told you to call me next time you needed something done and Mr. Kruger wasn’t around to take care of it. Didn’t I? Didn’t I say that?” He pushed her through the emergency entrance and over to the sign-in window where an elderly woman smiled and handed her a form.

“Back so soon, Mrs. Kruger?”

Lara stared at the piece of paper that had been secured to a clipboard, but her eyes wouldn’t read the print. She couldn’t pick up the pen anyway. Ben took the clipboard from her and began filling in the information next to her name: Age, 31; Time, 1:15 p.m.; Insurance, on file; Nature of Visit, cuts and bruises caused by accident. It was always the same.

Lara and Jake had been remodeling the old Victorian home they bought when they moved to Rocky Mount six months earlier. Everyone knew they were doing it. In a town the size of Rocky Mount, nothing went by unnoticed. Since they were doing a lot of the work themselves, it was easy just to say she slipped off a ladder, a rotten floorboard gave way, something had fallen on her – whatever. No one questioned her answers.

“My, my. Looks like you got scraped up pretty good, Mrs. Kruger.” The elderly volunteer worker smiled sympathetically and took the form Ben had just filled out. “What happened this time?”

Lara tried not to grimace from the pain. It felt like one of her ribs was broken. “I yanked too hard on the door of that old shed in back we’re trying to convert into a garage and it gave way.” The lie came easily.

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.



Barbara Casey said...

Hi Lisa,

Thank you so much for inviting me to be your guest today. I wanted to mention to you and your visitors that I just received notice that my book, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY, won the IPPY Award for Best Book in Regional Fiction. Like you, I have a passion for writing about the region I most love. In my case it is the south, and THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY is set in a rural area of North Carolina.

Talk to you later.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today

Rita Wray said...

Thank you for the excerpt, I enjoyed it.


Barbara Casey said...

I am so glad you did. That particular excerpt introduces Lara Kruger, the protagonist in THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY. Like so many people who have gotten derailed in life, she is faced with difficult choices. In the end, she proves how strong she is.

Andra Lyn said...

Sounds like theres a lot of depth under the surface of this story. Makes me curious to find out more!

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Barbara Casey said...

Andra, you are so right. No one is one dimensional. The characters in this story have so many things going on, much of which isn't learned until we get near the end of the book.

MomJane said...

this story has a lot of different facets in it, and I really think it sounds great.

Barbara Casey said...

Exactly! There are so many facets to the story, but in the end, they all tie together. I think one of the nicest things anyone has said about THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY so far was from one of the radio hosts I interviewed with. He said, and I am paraphrasing, that he couldn't put the book down, the tension made him lose sleep, and in the end he felt truly inspired and was so glad he read it.

I think there are things in this book that everyone can relate to, and in the end, maybe feel glad they read it.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the excerpt, it sounds like she is a really bad situation at home, I hope they find a way to help her

fencingromein at hotmail dot com

Barbara Casey said...

Hi Shannon,

Thank you for your comment. Lara did have a terrible situation at home, but she finally realized she had to help herself. Everyone has strengths they aren't even aware of, and Lara discovered her strength when she needed it the most.

Barbara Casey said...


I have had a wonderful time today. Thank you for hosting me, and thank you, bloggers, for stopping by. I hope to hear from you again.


Mary Preston said...

I do feel for Lara. Good to know she gets out of that situation.


Barbara Casey said...

Thank you, Mary.

Barbara Casey said...

Hi Lisa,

Hi Megan,

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,