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Wednesday, January 30, 2008  

The Liar's Diary

Trash needed a little cash to pay for parking this week, but I had forgotten to get her any until Monday morning. We were already out back, she and M. Small in her car and I standing next to it, when she reminded me, "Were you going to give me your twenty?"

"I'm in the driveway," I said.

Obviously, the money also serves to compensate her for putting up with me.

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I've been trying to figure out how to express my appreciation for everyone who preordered my book on the 18th (and other days, if any such people exist), and all I've come up with is this: pay it forward.

No, I'm not going to make you watch that horrible movie. Instead, I'm going to help promote somebody else's book. I don't know this person, and haven't read the book, but I'm signing on to a community effort to help promote it on behalf of the author, who can't do much promotion herself on account of the cancer.

So let me just pass along what I've learned through my agent about the first novel by Patry Francis, The Liar's Diary:

When new music teacher Ali Mather enters Jeanne Cross’s quiet suburban life, she brings a jolt of energy that Jeanne never expected. Ali has a magnetic personality and looks to match, drawing attention from all quarters. Nonetheless, Jeanne and Ali develop a friendship based on their mutual vulnerabilities THE LIAR’S DIARY (Plume / February 2008 / ISBN 978-0-452-28915-4 / $14.00) is the story of Ali and Jeanne’s friendship, and the secrets they both keep.

Jeanne’s secrets are kept to herself; like her son’s poor report card and husband’s lack of interest in their marriage. Ali’s secrets are kept in her diary, which holds the key to something dark: her fear that someone has been entering her house when she is not at home. While their secrets bring Jeanne and Ali together, it is this secret that will drive them apart. Jeanne finds herself torn between her family and her dear friend in order to protect the people she loves.

A chilling tour of troubled minds, THE LIAR’S DIARY questions just how far you’ll go for your family and what dark truths you’d be willing to admit—even to yourself.

Patry Francis is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize whose work has appeared in the Tampa Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and the American Poetry Review. She is also the author of the popular blogs, simplywait.blogspot.com and waitresspoems.blogspot.com. This is her first novel. Please visit her website at www.patryfrancis.com.

So there you go. Actually the official date that people were supposed to do this was yesterday, so there's a good chance you've already heard about this. But since I'm generally on the trailing edge of blog trends anyway, I figured I might as well be consistent.

posted by M. Giant 6:35 PM 3 comments


M.Giant i usually get your jokes, but the twenty and already in the driveway are lost on me no matter how many times i read it

By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 3, 2008 at 7:10 PM  

For Anonymous: "What's your twenty?" i.e. What is your location/ where are you? CB slang.--Lila

By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 4, 2008 at 12:04 AM  

Ahh!!! Thank you! Now that is funny! I feel dumb now...lol

By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 4, 2008 at 10:03 PM  

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