Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Gospel According to Prissy

Today's special guest is my dear friend, Barbara Casey. Barbara 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.


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.


Barbara Casey will be awarding a $25 Amazon or gift card to one randomly chosen commenter.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:



Barbara Casey said...

Trish, I can't thank you enough for hosting me today. It is especially nice because you are a friend. I am looking forward to spending time with you and your bloggers.


Mary Preston said...

I'm looking forward to starting this book. I keep trying to guess how it begins & where.


Barbara Casey said...

Hi Mary. I am glad you are going to read THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY, and I won't spoil it for you by giving away too much information. Thank you so much for following my tour and for your comments.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

Andra Lyn said...

Cool :) What kind of recognition did you get from 7-11?

sndralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

p.m.terrell said...

Barbara, thank you so much for joining us here today. I've read your book and absolutely love it. The characters are so multi-dimensional that I felt as if I was truly swept into each of their stories. It also gave me a view of prison life that I (fortunately) had no knowledge of, and it really blew some stereotypes out of the water for me. Best of luck with your book tour!

Barbara Casey said...

Hi Andra,

7-11 corporate headquarters sponsored book signings for me in some of their stores in Missouri. It was really nice for me since I am originally from Illinois--just across the border--and I was able to visit some childhood memories.

Thanks for stopping by Andra. You always have such interesting comments and questions.

Barbara Casey said...

Thank you, Trish. I am so glad you liked my book, and I am so happy to be here today.

Ingeborg said...

Very telling excerpt, I can't wait to read the book.


Barbara Casey said...

Ingeborg, I am so happy you are following my tour and taking time to comment. Thank you.

MomJane said...

Great excerpt. It really makes me want to read this book to see what is going on.

Barbara Casey said...

Thank you, MomJane, for stopping by and commenting. And thank you for following my tour.

Barbara Casey said...

I wanted to mention that I will be a guest panelist at the Book 'Em North Carolina Conference on February 22, 2014. It will be held at the Robeson Community College, and you can get more information about it from this site. If any of you are in the area and can attend, please stop by and introduce yourself. I would love meeting you.

Barbara Casey said...

Hi Trish,

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,


p.m.terrell said...

That is fabulous news, Barbara! We'll be sure and spread the word on Twitter and Facebook! Congratulations!!