Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Gospel According to Prissy

Today's special guest is Barbara Casey, 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.  Two other novels, The Gospel According to Prissy (released in the spring of 2013) and Shyla’s Initiative, both received an IPPY Award for Best Book in Regional Fiction. Her most recent young/new adult book, The Cadence of Gypsies, has been selected as an Amazon Best Read and received the 2013 IPPY Living Now Award.

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.

She will be one of the featured authors at Book 'Em North Carolina on February 22, 2014 and we hope you'll stop by her table and chat with her about her writing!


ABOUT THE BOOK

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.


AN EXCERPT

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.


SPECIAL LINKS

Barbara will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 


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9 comments:

Barbara Casey said...

Trish, thank you so much for hosting me today. It is always special to be able to spend time with you and your bloggers.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

p.m.terrell said...

Thank you for joining us here today, Barbara! It is always a pleasure to host you. I loved The Gospel According to Prissy. It is so multi-faceted; I really admire the way you can create such compelling, multi-dimensional characters. Best of luck on your book tour!

Barbara Casey said...

Thank you, Trish. THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY won a 2013 IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction, and I think one of the reasons it won is because of one of the characters, Prissy, the special 5-year-old child who has the gift of prophecy.

Rita said...

Sounds like a wonderful read.

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Natasha said...

Sounds like a great read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!
natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

Barbara Casey said...

Thanks for your comment, Rita.

Barbara Casey said...

Glad you stopped by, Natasha.

Barbara Casey said...

Trish, thank you again. I will look forward to seeing you at Book 'Em in Lumberton in February.

Barbara