THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES WINS THE 2013 IPPY “LIVING NOW” AWARD

I have just learned that my novel, THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES, has won the Independent Publishers “Living Now” Bronze Medal Award. This is such exciting news.

About the Award:

The Living Now Book Awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that enhance the quality of our lives, from cooking and fitness to relationships and mature living. The awards are open to all books written in English and intended for the North American market. The gold, silver and bronze medalists in this year’s Living Now Book Awards offer a list of books representing the fastest-growing segments of book publishing today, and the Living Now Book Awards help demonstrate the importance of these books to readers and their vitality in the marketplace. The awards are presented by Jenkins Group of Traverse City, Michigan. Jenkins Group has been involved in book packaging, marketing and distribution since 1988, and is dedicated to promoting books that improve readers’ lives, bring families together, and make the world a safer, healthier place.

THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES was also reviewed by the Smithsonian Institute for its List of Best Books and included on Amazon’s List of Best Reads.

Brief Description:

Dara Roux, abandoned when she was 7 years old by her mother. Exceptionally gifted in foreign languages. Orphan.

Mackenzie Yarborough, no record of her parents or where she was born. Exceptionally gifted in math and problem-solving. Orphan.

Jennifer Torres, both parents killed in an automobile accident when she was 16. Exceptionally gifted in music and art. Orphan.

Three high-spirited 17 year olds, with intelligent quotients in the genius range, accompany their teacher and mentor, Carolina Lovel, to Frascati, Italy, a few weeks before they are to graduate from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. Carolina’s purpose in planning the trip is to remove her gifted, creative students from the Wood Rose campus located in Raleigh, North Carolina, so they can’t cause any more problems (“expressions of creativity”) for the headmaster, faculty, and other students – which they do with regularity. Carolina also wants to visit the Villa Mondragone where the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, was first discovered and search how it is related to a paper written in the same script she received on her 18th birthday when she was told that she was adopted – a search, more dangerous than she could have imagined, that will fill in all of the missing pieces of her past and help each of her students to discover something meaningful within themselves.

THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES GOES ON TOUR

THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES, written for both the adult and new adult markets, will be featured in the virtual book tour by Goddess Fish Promotions on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.  The hosts who will be discussing my book are listed below.  If you get a chance, do stop by and make a comment.  I will be checking in all day and will answer any questions you might have.

A brief description of The Cadence of Gypsies follows:

           

Dara Roux, abandoned when she was 7 years old by her mother.  Exceptionally gifted in foreign languages. Orphan.

Mackenzie Yarborough, no record of her parents or where she was born. Exceptionally gifted in math and problem-solving. Orphan.

Jennifer Torres, both parents killed in an automobile accident when she was 16. Exceptionally gifted in music and art.  Orphan.

Three high-spirited 17 year olds, with intelligent quotients in the genius range, accompany their teacher and mentor, Carolina Lovel, to Frascati, Italy, a few weeks before they are to graduate from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women.  Carolina’s purpose in planning the trip is to remove her gifted, creative students from the Wood Rose campus located in Raleigh, North Carolina, so they can’t cause any more problems (“expressions of creativity”) for the headmaster, faculty, and other students – which they do with regularity.  Carolina also wants to visit the Villa Mondragone where the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, was first discovered and search how it is related to a paper written in the same script she received on her 18th birthday when she was told that she was adopted – a search, more dangerous than she could have imagined, that will fill in all of the missing pieces of her past and help each of her students to discover something meaningful within themselves.

For more information about The Cadence of Gypsies, visit www.barbaracaseyagency.com Available from Amazon.com and selected for Amazon’s List of Best Reads.

HOSTS FOR THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR
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 Blood Red Shadows
Full Moon Dreaming
LizaOConnor
Out of the Lockbox
Danita Minnis
Writer Wonderland
Reading In Twilight
Andi’s Young Adult Books
Sexy Adventures, Passionate Tales
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 Reviews by Crystal
11 
Cabin Goddess
12 
Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
13 
You Gotta Read Reviews
14 
On the Broomstick
15 
My Devotional Thoughts
16 
Dawn’s Reading Nook Blog
17 
Deal Sharing Aunt
18 
My Odd Little World
19 
Hope Dreams. Life… Love
20 
Dalene’s Book Reviews
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 The Cerebral Writer
22 
Chris Redding Author
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The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl
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Red Wine and Books
25 
A Writer’s Life
26 
The Simple Things in Life
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 Bunny’s Review
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Farm Girl Books
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Renee Luke
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Nickie’s Views and Interviews
31 
Who’s Reviews
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Fiction Writing and Other Oddities
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Andi’s Book Reviews
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Wake Up Your Wild Side
35 
Hope Dreams. Life… Love
36 
fuonlyknew
37 
Musings and Ramblings
38 
Sharing Links and Wisdom
39 
Becky Flade Author


AMAZON SELECTS THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES FOR ITS 2013 LIST OF BEST BOOKS

THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES, written for both young adult and adult readers, has been selected by Amazon for its “2013 List of Best Books.” This is especially nice since it was totally unexpected.

A brief description of THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES is as follows:

Three high-spirited 17 year olds, with intelligent quotients in the genius range, accompany their teacher and mentor, Carolina Lovel, to Frascati, Italy, a few weeks before they are to graduate from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. Carolina’s purpose in planning the trip is to remove her gifted, creative students from the Wood Rose campus located in Raleigh, North Carolina, so they can’t cause any more problems (“expressions of creativity”) for the headmaster, faculty, and other students – which they do with regularity. Carolina also wants to visit the Villa Mondragone where the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, was first discovered and search how it is related to a paper written in the same script she received on her 18th birthday when she was told that she was adopted – a search that will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more dangerous and exciting than any of them could have imagined.

The storyline is woven around the ancient Voynich Manuscript and the mysterious Kaulo Camioes, black gypsies, in a contemporary setting that takes place between Raleigh, North Carolina, and Frascati, Italy. All of the facts concerning the Voynich are accurate, as are the facts relating to gypsy customs, beliefs, and practices. The story itself is fiction.

I had a tremendous amount of fun researching the Voynich, as well as gypsies for whom I have a new-found respect and understanding. If you get a chance to read THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES over the summer, I would love to hear what you think of it.

Barbara

 

 

PRISSY SELECTED FOR PULITZER NOMINATION, “2013 BEST SUMMER READS”

I am excited to announce that my latest adult novel, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY, has been placed in nomination for a Pulitzer Award. Winners will be announced in early 2014.

I also am pleased to announce that THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY has been selected by “Conversations Book Club – Conversations Live Radio” for its 2013 list of 25 Best Summer Reads.

It is available in soft cover as well as Kindle and Nook and can be ordered through the Internet or from your local book store.

BARBARA CASEY’S VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR IS SCHEDULED

Below is the schedule for my “Virtual Book Tour” featuring my latest novel, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY. I will be making 22 stops between May 20 and June 14, so if you are free to stop by and visit, please do.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY has just received the IPPY Award for Best Book in Regional Fiction. The issues and conflicts I address in this story are complex, as are the characters. But in the end, I think you will be glad you read it and be left with a sense of joyful inspiration.

I hope to hear from you in the weeks ahead.

Barbara

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR

5/20/2013 MeganJohnsInvites
5/21/2013 Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
5/22/2013 Margay Leah Justice
5/23/2013 It’s Raining Books
5/24/2013 My Devotional Thoughts
5/27/2013 Novel Moments
5/28/2013 Christy McKee Writes for Women in the Sweet Spot of Life
5/29/2013 Tinasbookreviews
5/30/2013 Nickie’s Views and Interviews
5/30/2013 SECOND STOP Fiction Writing and Other Oddities
5/31/2013 Deal Sharing Aunt
6/3/2013 The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object
6/4/2013 Illustrious Illusions
6/5/2013 Book ‘Em North Carolina
6/6/2013 Hope Dreams. Life… Love
6/6/2013 SECOND STOP Stitch Read Cook
6/7/2013 Straight from the Library
6/10/2013 Read Your Writes Book Reviews
6/11/2013 4 the LUV of SANITY
6/12/2013 The Ink Spot
6/13/2013 United By Books
6/14/2013 Welcome to My World of Dreams

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY WINS IPPY BOOK AWARD FOR BEST REGIONAL FICTION

I have just received notice that my latest novel written for adults,THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY, has won the IPPY Award for “Best Book in Regional Fiction.” This is especially good news since it is the second IPPY I have received, the first awarded a few years ago for my novel, SHYLA’S INITIATIVE, for “Best Paranormal Romance.”

Launched in 1996, the “IPPY” Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market. Now in its seventeenth year, the Independent Publisher Book Awards are presented annually to honor the year’s best independently published titles.

As in all of my novels, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY deals with several themes driven by strong characters. Spousal abuse, teenage crime, women’s prisons, our military veterans trying to get acclimated back into society, and children who are born “special”—either physically or mentally. Prissy is one such child, born with the “gift of prophecy,” and the ability to apply that gift to whatever problems she is confronted with. Prissy was first conceived in my imagination from a beautiful oil painting of a little girl I discovered in an art museum in Madrid, Spain. She was kneeling in the grass examining something fascinating–a bug, a pretty flower, a shiny rock.  What I most noticed, though, was the look of rapture and total wonderment on her face–a look that expresses something that only an innocent child can experience. My heart was touched deeply by her. If you get a chance to read THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY, I hope your heart will be touched as well.

Barbara

BARBARA CASEY TO BE GUEST ON “MIDDAY CONVERSATIONS” RADIO SHOW WITH HOST CYRUS WEBB

I have been invited to be the guest today on the Cyrus Webb Radio Show, “Midday Conversations.” It will be streaming live at www.blogtalkradio.com/middayconversations at 1 pm and podcasted there as well. I will be talking about my latest novel, The Gospel According to Prissy, as well as my other award-winning novels. Please stop by if you have the time.

Barbara

BLURB BLITZ TOUR: The Gospel According to Prissy by Barbara Casey

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Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour for THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY, an inspirational suspense novel available from Strategic Media Books and all book-selling outlets. The tour will run May 20-June 14. I will be awarding a $25 Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com gift card to one randomly chosen commenter, so please plan to stop by and make a comment. The schedule will be posted on http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2013/03/blurb-blitz-tour-gospel-according-to.html, as well as here on my blog.

Briefly, in The Gospel According to Prissy ..

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.

BARBARA CASEY’S BLOG – THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to four other authors you can explore! My gratitude to fellow author John DeDakis for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following link to learn more about John and his work. Website: http://www.johndedakis.com/. In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in–progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the title of your book?
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I used to live in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, many years ago, and I loved that it was so rural. I found that the people who are from that area are very provincial, yet they possess the wonderful Southern charm and culture that can only be learned and passed on through the generations. I chose that area as the setting for my story, but Prissy and all of the other characters are right out of my imagination.

3. What genre does your book come under?

It is a contemporary adult novel that will appeal to readers of suspense and mystery, inspirational, and romance.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

There is such a wonderfully diverse group of characters in this book, all of various ages, from an elderly snuff-dipping grandmother to little four-year-old Prissy. But there are two strong female roles in particular: Miriam Temple, the controversial warden of a prison for women, and Lara Kruger, a younger woman who eventually becomes Prissy’s adoptive mother. I would love to see Meryl Streep play the warden, and Julia Roberts play Lara.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your 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.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Since I am a literary agent, I represent myself. Strategic Media Books, a fast-growing independent publisher, is publishing The Gospel According to Prissy. I was fortunate to have placed the work of three of my clients with Strategic Media Books, so I was thrilled when I received their offer of a contract for my own book. Ron Chepesiak, the publisher, has been a joy to work with. And, in addition to my book being available through the traditional outlets like Ingram’s and Baker and Taylor, and Internet sites such as Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, Strategic Media Books also works with an international distribution company that will help me promote my book. We have been working on marketing strategies since I first signed the contract.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Usually I develop the idea for a book in my mind, laying out the beginning, the ending, and several key points in between before I ever actually start to write it all down. For that reason, it doesn’t take me long to actually do the writing. The first draft of Prissy took me about two months; the final draft was ready in about eight months.

8: What other books have you written?

The first two books I ever wrote were middle-grade/young adult novels, Leilani Zan and Grandma Jock and Christabelle, and they were both nominated for awards of excellence by the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, the National Association of University Women Literary Award and the Sir Walter Raleigh Literary Award.  After that I started writing adult fiction. Shyla’s Initiative, a contemporary adult novel (occult romance/mystery), received a 2003 Independent Publisher’s Book Award and also an award of special literary recognition by the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.  The Coach’s Wife, also a novel for adults (contemporary/mystery), was semi-finalist for the 2005 Dana Award for Outstanding Novel and listed on the Publisher’s Best Seller List.  The House of Kane, released in 2007, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination.  Another contemporary novel for adults, Just Like Family, was released at Christmas 2009 when it received “Special Recognition from the 7-Eleven Corporation.”  Most recently, another young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, was released in March 2011 and reviewed by the Smithsonian for its List of Most Notable Books.  All of my books deal with mystery and romance, but also things that can’t be easily explained and yet are part of life. The Gospel According to Prissy is unique in that it deals with so many different societal and cultural elements, and yet readers will be able to identify with the characters.  It offers a strong dose of reality, yet it appeals to anyone who likes the “unexplained.”  

 9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

As a writer, I love to create stories…I love the process.  Once I start with an idea—sometimes it is triggered by a line of poetry, or a newspaper article, or a song lyric—then I just let my imagination run with it. With Prissy, it started with a painting I saw in an art gallery of a little girl dressed in faded coveralls.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The publisher’s release date is set for March 1, 2013.  If anyone is interested, they can buy it directly from Strategic Media Books (www.strategicmediabooks.com) at a discounted price.  It is also now available for pre-order through Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Also, and this is a biggy, Warner Bros. Studios has expressed interest in it.

11: Why are you so much better-looking in person than in your photo?

Did my husband tell you to ask that?

Who’s next on the NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP?
So glad you asked!
Below you will find three gifted authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on Works in Progress and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

p.m. terrell’s blog: [http://pmterrell.blogspot.com/]
Karen Dove Barr’s blog: [www.karendovebarr.com]
Patricia Daly-Lipe’s blog:[www.literarylady.com]

THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

I have been invited to be a guest on THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP Wednesday, February 6, 2013 to discuss my latest novel for adults, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PRISSY.. Please join me here where I will be answering questions and discussing other things of interest to writers. I would love for you to share your comments and thoughts, as well as ask questions.

Hope to hear from you then.

Barbara