Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: The Gospel According to Prissy by Barbara Casey

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for The Gospel According to Prissy by Barbara Casey. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Gospel According to Prissy
Author: Barbara Casey
Publication Date: March 15th 2013
Print Length: 260 pages
Genre: Mystery
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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 eBook will be only $0.99 during this book blast.**

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EXCERPT:
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.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Originally from Carrollton, Illinois, author/agent/publisher Barbara Casey attended the University of North Carolina, N.C. State University, and N.C. Wesleyan College where she received a BA degree, summa cum laude, with a double major in English and history. In 1978 she left her position as Director of Public Relations and Vice President of Development at North Carolina Wesleyan College to write full time and develop her own manuscript evaluation and editorial service. In 1995 she established the Barbara Casey Agency and since that time has represented authors from the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2014, she became a partner with Strategic Media Books, an independent nonfiction publisher of true crime, where she oversees acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and book production.

Ms. Casey has written over a dozen award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction for both young adults and adults. The awards include the National Association of University Women Literary Award, the Sir Walter Raleigh Literary Award, the Independent Publisher Book Award, the Dana Award for Outstanding Novel, the IP Best Book for Regional Fiction, among others. Two of her nonfiction books have been optioned for major films, one of which is under contract.

Her award-winning articles, short stories, and poetry for adults have appeared in both national and international publications including the North Carolina Christian Advocate Magazine, The New East Magazine, the Raleigh (N.C.) News and Observer, the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Sunday Telegram, Dog Fancy, ByLine, The Christian Record, Skirt! Magazine, and True Story. A thirty-minute television special which Ms. Casey wrote and coordinated was broadcast on WRAL, Channel 5, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also received special recognition for her editorial work on the English translations of Albanian children’s stories. Her award-winning science fiction short stories for adults are featured in The Cosmic Unicorn and CrossTime science fiction anthologies. Ms. Casey's essays and other works appear in The Chrysalis Reader, the international literary journal of the Swedenborg Foundation, 221 One-Minute Monologues from Literature (Smith and Kraus Publishers), and A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media Corporation).

Ms. Casey is a former director of BookFest of the Palm Beaches, Florida, where she served as guest author and panelist. She has 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. In 2018 Ms. Casey received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Professional Award for her extensive experience and notable accomplishments in the field of publishing and other areas. She makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three cats who adopted her, Homer, Reese and Earl Gray - Reese’s best friend.

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GIVEAWAY:
Barbara Casey will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the book blast each day. Good luck!
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60 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting me and for your interest in THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY. All best to you. ~Barbara

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  2. Looks like a great read with memorable characters.. thank you....

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  3. Thanks for hosting. Sounds like a great book.

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  4. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

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  5. This sounds like a very good book.

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  6. Sounds like a good mystery. I like the cover.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. The cover says a lot about the little girl, Prissy.

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  7. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  8. The cover of your book is very engaging.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. Prissy, the little girl, was born with the gift of prophecy. She was also born in a women's prison, and that is where she lives.

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  9. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you. The cover tells a lot about Prissy, the little girl.

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  10. David HollingsworthMay 12, 2021 at 6:35 PM

    What inspire you write this book?

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    1. Many years ago I read about a 10-year-old boy who traveled around the country with his father preaching. He had been taught that the better his performance, the more money the family would have. It really was a sad situation and the legal authorities finally got involved. In my book, Prissy was born with the true gift of prophecy. It can't be explained, but she is able to evaluate difficult situations in the prison where she lives and quote scripture, at least her own version, that usually settles the problem. Thank you for your question.

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  11. The cover is good and the summary makes me very interested in this book.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I am so glad you stopped by.

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  12. I love a good mystery.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  13. It's great to learn about your book.

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    1. I am glad you stopped by and thanks for your comment.

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  14. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  15. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  16. Thank you so much. I am glad you stopped by.

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  17. How long was the writing process?

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  18. I do a great deal of research before I actually start writing. This is true of both my fiction and nonfiction books. In Prissy's case, I spent about 6 months on the research, and another 2 months on the actual writing. Great question! Thank you.

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  19. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  20. I liked the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  21. sounds like a fun one

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    1. Even though there are some serious themes throughout the story; for example, Prissy's mother is in prison for murder, Prissy makes the overall story fun. She relieves what is bad in this world with what is innocent and good. Thank you for commenting.

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  22. Sounds like an interesting subject matter.

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    1. It covers several true-life situations, and one that is difficult to explain - if at all. And that is Prissy's gift she was born with. Thank you for stopping by.

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  23. Nice cover. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  24. Tweeted about this -
    https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/1393029242624126976

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    1. You are welcome! Good luck with the drawing.

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  26. I hope your weather is better than ours - rainy.
    Guess we are needing it though.

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    1. We are having several days of beautiful weather. My flower garden is tempting me to leave my desk and come out to play. I really need to dead head the rose bushes, so I will try to get to that tomorrow. Have a really nice weekend.

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  27. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a great book!

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