Patry Francis is a talented author 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 Patry's book on their blog that day and link to her website and the book's purchase page on Amazon.

Brilliance Audio is putting together a special audio clip that bloggers can use, and Circle of Seven Productions is making a "cover story" video, which will also be made available. And Susan Henderson, of LitPark, says if you're not sure what to say, you can come to her blog on the 29th and copy what she writes.

Just to give you a small idea of what you'll see on the 29th, here are a few of 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. The brilliant Susan Henderson. Dan Conaway from Writers House. Neil Gaiman. Jennifer Weiner. M.J. Rose. Sarah Weinman at Confessions of An Idiosyncratic Mind. Writers Digest Magazine, SMITH Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. Janet Reid from FinePrint. Hank Ryan from JungleRedWriters. Murderati. Jen Jordan at Crimespree. Richard Lewis. Gail Baker and The Debutante Ball - 170 bloggers, and counting.

If you’d like to be included, contact me, Karen Dionne, and I'll send you the audio and video clips, a press release from Patry's publisher, appropriate links, and other useful materials a few days before the event.

Meanwhile, you can read Patry's unsentimental and inspiring account of how she's dealing with this setback on her own blog, "Simply Wait" And on behalf of Patry, THANKS.