Monday, June 10, 2013

Barbara Casey's The Gospel According to Prissy Blurb Blitz Tour & Giveaway

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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.

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.
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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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Barbara Casey will be awarding a $25 Amazon or BN.com gift card to one randomly chosen commenter. To increase your chances of winning be sure to stop by and leave comments at all the blogs participating in the Blurb Blitz Tour.  Be sure to leave your email address in the comments section.

22 comments:

  1. The fact that the woman is wearing a prison guard uniform is quite a jolt and a contrast to the child being present.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Mary, You picked up on something that occurs throughout THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY, and that is the contrasts. Another contrast is, of course, the prison where Miriam works as the warden and her home where she lives. There are many other examples. Thank you so much for commenting.

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    2. Hi Mary!!!

      Thanks for stopping by again. Good luck.

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  2. Thank you for hosting me today. It will be fun sharing comments with your bloggers, and I am looking forward to it.

    Barbara

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    1. Hi Barbara.

      Thank you for stopping by throughout the day.

      I'll looking forward to all the comments.

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  3. Thanks for the great excerpt, it is such a unique scene, a combination of childlike innocence and sweetness yet it is very clear than something powerful is going to be occuring

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Shannon. I really appreciate your comment. Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Hi Shannon.

      I love that excerpt too.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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    3. Thank you, Kim. I am so glad you do.

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  4. This actually really touched me it sounded so sweet. The book really sounds great.

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    2. Thank you, MomJane. We, as mothers, all think our children are special. Everyone, once they get to know her, thinks Prissy is special because she seems to belong to everyone. I am glad you stopped by.

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  5. Wonderful sounding story, I just put it on my goodreads tbr list. I have not read any of your books before but I definitely look forward to reading many!!

    josiehink122026(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Josie. I appreciate your stopping by to comment. I hope to hear from you again.

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  6. Kim, I will be stopping back by later to check on any new posts, but I wanted to tell you what a nice time I had today and thank you again for hosting me.

    Barbara

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  7. Very nice excerpt, I can feel it.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Ingeborg. I am so glad you stopped by and commented.

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  8. Hi Kim,

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

    My best,

    Barbara

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