MEMBER NEWS: Have a blog? Want to help a fellow author?

This was posted on another authors'site and I'm posting it here with permission from its originator, Karen Dionne. She wrote:

Patry Francis is a talented author and lovely person whose debut suspense novel THE LIAR'S DIARY came out last spring in hardcover from Dutton. The trade paper release is January 29th, but a few weeks ago, Patry was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She's had several surgeries, and her prognosis is good, but given that Patry won't have much energy for promoting, a number of bloggers are banding together to do it for her.

'THE LIAR'S DIARY blog day' is going to be held January 29th. Folks who wish to participate are asked to mention the book on their blog that day and link to Patry's website ( and the book's purchase page on Amazon, do a liars themed blog, review the book, sponsor a contest, or do anything else they think might help Patry get some much-deserved notice. Bloggers are also asked to encourage their readers to buy one/buy one for a friend between January 29th and Feb 1.

Brilliance audio is putting together a special audio clip that bloggers can use, and Circle of Seven productions is making a short "cover story" promo video, which will also be available to
bloggers. And Susan Henderson, of LitPark, says if you like, you can come to her blog on the 29th and copy what she writes.

Just to give you a very small idea of what you'll see in the 29th, here are the folks who have already stepped forward to help: Laura Benedict, who came up with the idea. Patry's editor at Dutton, Julie Doughty. Her agent at the Jean Naggar Literary Agency, Alice Tasman. Her publicist, Laurie Connors. Eileen Hutton at Brilliance Audio. Jessica Brilliant Keener. Tish Cohen. Dan Conaway from Writers House.

Sheila Clover English, CEO of Circle of Seven Productions. Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management. Robin Slick from In Her Own Write. Ellen Meister. Bella Stander. M.J. Rose. Robin Grantham. Kamela Cody of Kathryn Esplin at
Clair Lamb at her Answer Girl blog. Sarah Weinman at Confessions of An Idiosyncratic Mind. Hank Ryan from JungleRedWriters. Sisters In Crime. Raven Bower. CJ Lyons. Jordan Dane. Murderati. Jen Jordan at Crimespree. Richard Lewis. Gail Baker and The Debutante Ball. Eileen Cook. Kelli Stanley. David Thayer. Amy Nathan. Karin Gillespie. Melanie Lynn Hauser. Amy MacKinnon. Anthony S. Policastro. Carolyn Burns Bass. And you, too, right?

A list of bloggers who plan to participate will be sent to Patry's publisher in the next few days. If you'd like to be included, please send your name, the name of your blog, and how many hits per day/week/month your blog gets (if you have those stats, and if you're comfortable sharing them) to me, Karen Dionne, as soon as possible. Patry's publisher is aware of our efforts, and excited about the prospect of working with us to make this blog day a

Patry's own blog is called "Simply Wait," (she used to be a waitress) and it's quite unsentimental and inspiring to read how she's dealing with this setback. Equally inspiring is watching the writing community rally around one of their own. Our cumulative efforts can
make a difference! By all means, feel free to copy this post and share it around to help spread the word, and THANKS.

I will be participating on January 29 to help promote Patry's book via my blog Please e-mail Karen Dionne if you would like to add your blog to the list.


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