I clicked into Patry's blog and found that she was a writer with a wonderful voice and an enormous heart. So when she got a tremendous book deal for her first novel, THE LIAR'S DIARY, I was thrilled for her.
It came out in hardcover to rave reviews from readers and critics alike. And no wonder. It's a gorgeous book about a dark crime and the people it affects. 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."
Many of us fellow writers followed Patry's career because we were so happy for her. We couldn't wait to see what would happen when THE LIAR'S DIARY made its paperback debut. But before that happened, her blog revealed some startling and terrible news: Patry was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer and was battling for her life.
The many writers who had grown to know and love Patry were stunned and wondered if there was anything we could besides send her our prayers and best wishes.
And then, my dear friend Susan Henderson brainstormed with Laura Benedict and came up with the brilliant idea of getting the blogosphere to rally around Patry and help promote her paperback release. Sue wrote to me and I immediately signed on, and was just as shocked as she was when the thing mushroomed to include over 300 bloggers!
Patry baby, that's karma in action!
Anyway, I urge you to click into Susan Henderson's LitPark to read the full story about how this whole thing got started. But even more importantly, I urge you to learn more about this wonderful book and buy a copy for yourself.
Here's copy from the publisher's site:
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 (despite the fact that she is pushing forty), 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.
To hear a sample from THE LIAR'S DIARY audiobook from my buddy (and publisher) Eileen Hutton over at Brilliance Audio, click here.
And now here's another cool thing. Sheila Clover English, C.E.O. of Circle of Seven Productions, volunteered her time and resources to put together a video for THE LIAR'S DIARY in record time. Take a look:
I hope all this has convinced you to buy and read this exquisite book. It's in chain and independent bookstores everywhere, and also available from your favorite cyber booksellers, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Finally, here's the list of writers and other creative types who have signed on to take part in this historic blogathon (and I'm quite sure this list continues to grow):
Vicki Arkoff - MAD Magazine, Nickelodeon, MW Book Review
Gail Baker - The Debutante Ball
Carolyn Burns Bass
Susan Breen - Gotham Writers Workshops
Eve Bridburg - Zachary Shuster Harmsworth
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Austin S. Camacho
Karen DeGroot Carter
Cynthia Clark - Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine
Oline H. Cogdill - Sun-Sentinal
Eileen Cruz Coleman
Dan Conaway - Writers House
Laurie Connors - Penguin
Bill Crider - Pop Culture Magazine
Ann Mare Cummins
Alma Hromic Deckert
Julie Doughty - Dutton
J.T. Ellison - Killer Year
Sheila Clover English - Circle of Seven Productions
Kate Epstein - the Epstein Literary Agency
Rachel Fershleiser at SMITH Magazine
Michael A. FitzGerald
Connie May Fowler
Jane Ganahl - Red Room
Erika-Marie S. Geiss
Kathi Kamen Goldmark
Susan Helene Gottfried
Bob Gray - Shelf Awareness
Nancy O. Greene
Melanie Lynn Hauser
Maria Dahvana Headley
Heidi the Hick
Eileen Hutton - Brilliance Audio
International Thriller Writers
Jen Jordan - Crimespree
Jungle Red Writers
Kristy Kiernan - Southern Authors Blog
Jeff Kleinman - Folio Literary Management
Rebecca Laffar-Smith - Writers Roundabout
Judy Merrill Larson
Julie Anne Long
Amy MacKinnon - The Writers Group
P. A. Moed
Joe Moore - Inkspot
Marcia Peterson - WOW! Women on Writing
Anthony S. Policastro
Janet Reid - FinePrint Literary Management
M.J. Rose - Buzz, Balls & Hype
Harris Salat -Visual Thesaurus
Maria Schneider - Writer's Digest Magazine
Sisters in Crime
BPM Smith - Word & Bass
Alice Tasman - the Jean Naggar Literary Agency
Charles R. Temple
N. L. Valler
Barbara Vey - Publishers Weekly
Therese Walsh - Writer Unboxed
John Warner - Tow Books
Kimberly M. Wetherell
Dan Wickett - Emerging Writers Network
So that's about it, except for this ... Patry, go lick this thing.