Patry Francis, you should know, today is one lucky day.
Sixty-three years ago, my parents met on a double date in San Angelo, Texas. They fell in love and had four children under the age of six, In 1950, my mom was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. At the time there was no cure, so besides being quarantined away from her babies for a year, she faced a terminal prognosis. Through a fluke of good fortune, my dad's commanding officer had heard about new drug trials being held in a Denver hospital and pulled strings to include my mom in the trials of what became the miracle cure. Five years after she was cured, she had me on this very day. I was the sixth. She went on to have four more children, but I like to think I was both my parent's favorite. (Of course, my sibings disagree, having come to strikingly identical conclusions themselves.)
Most important is -- and Patry, on this you must agree -- today is the release of your first novel, after years of writing, years of rejections, years of slogging through waitressing and wondering if your day would ever come. Not only is it here, but you may be the first author in history to have over 300 authors promoting your book on line on its publication day. I believe in grace, and I think it's fed by the kindness of strangers and of friends and family alike. I am hoping your cancer, like my mom's TB, will someday be a story you and your kids will talk about in a tone of complete wonderment, both because it was so difficult and equally so life-affirming. In the meantime, you must enjoy each and every one of what we in my family call cancer percs. This is a term we employed frequently when our brother Tom was diagnosed, and later my sister Dede and Carolyn went through breast cancer treatments. It is official Irish Catholic for dispensing all guilt and entitling you to a huge boatload of indulgence.
Okay, now, I turn to you, my readers, and ask: wouldn't you like a book so readable it made one writer say:
"I absolutely LOVED The Liar's Diary. It had me walking into walls because I couldn't stop reading. I even brought it into the car and read at stop lights."
— Tish Cohen, Author of Town House and The Invisible Rules of the Zoe Lama
Praised by Tess Garritson and Jacquelyn Mitchard, and beaucoup (boo-coo) other noted authors, THE LIAR'S DIARY is a mystery/thriller with a great cover and premise.
What would you do if your best friend was murdered—and your teenaged son was accused of the crime? How far would you go to protect him? How many lies would you tell? Would you dare to admit the darkest truths—even to yourself?
Jeanne Cross is an ordinary suburban wife and mother with a seemingly "perfect" life when Ali Mather arrives on the scene, breaking all the rules and breaking hearts. Almost against her will, Jeanne is drawn to this powerfully seductive woman, a fascination that soon begins to infect Jeanne's husband as well as their teenaged son, Jamie.
Though their friendship seems unlikely and even dangerous to their mutual acquaintances, Ali and Jeanne are connected by deep emotional needs, vulnerabilities and long-held secrets that Ali has been privately recording in her diary.
The diary also holds the key to something darker. Though she can't prove it, Ali is convinced someone has been entering her house when she is not at home-and not with the usual intentions. What this burglar wants is nothing less than a piece of Ali's soul.
When Ali is found murdered, there are many suspects; but the evidence against Jamie Cross is overwhelming. Jeanne's personal probing leads her to the question none of us would ever want to face. What comes first: our loyalty to family—or the truth?"
"The new questions and revelations just keep coming. But the final mystery is a twist you'll never see coming and one that is ultmately satisfying...Readers will be heartily rewarded."
— Ladies' Home Journal