Patti Lacy Raybon Virtual Book Tour

The Life of a Preacher’s Kid.

I’ve now written TWO books (The Rhythm of Secrets & Reclaiming Lily) about preachers’ wives. Now I’ve taken on a PK!!! Joy, a confused, alienated preacher’s daughter, flaunts her purple hair and piercings in my new book, Reclaiming Lily. I can see where you think I’m a preacher’s kid.


Actually, my dad filled in as a lay pastor and taught Sunday school classes. Then after retirement, God led my parents to the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board and a ministry teaching English in China. Though I had NO CLUE back in 1988, my parents planted the seed for this my fourth book, Reclaiming Lily. Dr. Kai, my mother’s cancer doctor, shared her poignant story, which germinated that seed. The Divine Influence, the Holy Spirit, caused it to sprout!

About the Book

A storm the size of Texas brews when Gloria Powell and Kai Chang meet in a Dallas hotel. They have come to discuss the future of Lily, the daughter Gloria adopted from China and the sister Kai hopes to reclaim. Kai is a doctor who had to give up her little sister during the Cultural Revolution and has since discovered that an inherited genetic defect may be waiting to fatally strike Lily.

Gloria’s relationship with her daughter is tattered and strained, and the arrival of Kai, despite the woman’s apparent good intentions, makes Gloria fearful. Gloria longs to restore her relationship with Lily, but in the wake of this potentially devastating diagnosis, is Kai an answer to prayer…or will her arrival force Gloria to sacrifice more than she ever imagined?

About the Author

Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a BS in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She and her husband, Alan, have two grown children. Visit Patti at



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About the Author

Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a BS in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She and her husband, Alan, have two grown children. Visit Patti’s Web site at

About the Book

Sheila Franklin has lived three separate lives. Now a conservative pastor’s wife in Chicago, she is skilled at hiding secrets—a talent birthed during childhood romps through the music-filled streets of New Orleans. But when the son she bore at the age of eighteen comes back looking for answers and desperate for help, her greatest secret—and greatest regret—is revealed.

Eager to right past wrongs, Sheila’s heart floods with memories of lyrical jazz music and a worn-out Bible. But when her husband learns of her shady history, Sheila is suddenly faced with an impossible decision: embrace the dream—and son—she abandoned against her will or give in to the demands of her safe but stifled life. As she struggles to reclaim both her son and her identity, Sheila soon realizes that God’s grace spans both seas and secrets and that He is all she really needs. With dynamic writing that makes the reader feel the heartache of a teenage mother, struggle with the disillusionment of an abandoned boy, and revel in the idea of grace despite flaws, rising star Patti Lacy takes her fans on a journey they won’t want to end—and won’t soon forget.

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Teaser Tuesdays

A few weeks ago, I visited the blog of Patricia Woodside and by reading her post for that Tuesday I learned about something called “Teaser Tuesdays.” The concept was started by MizB, host of the blog Should Be Reading, and particpating is simple—everyone is welcome to join in on the fun. Here is how it works:

• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (in the comments below or via a link to your own blog.)

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title and author, too, so that other Tuesday Teaser participants can add the book to their “to be read” lists if they like your teasers!

I’ll go ahead and get us started with two teasers from the books I’m reading now.

My first Teaser Tuesday is from page 110 of Patti Lacy’s book, What the Bayou Saw.

“Her parents didn’t seem to hear the knock, but Sally did. A real estate agent was expected; not a moment too soon. Spending seven days with a two-year-old in a cramped, windowless motel room had reduced Sally’s life to boxes, sacks, suitcases, and smelly diapers.”

Okay, here’s my second one. It’s taken from page 123 of DiAnn Mill’s book, Breach of Trust.

“Miles picked up a large coffee at the doughnut shop and headed to his truck. He swung a glance toward Eleanor’s beauty shop. Yep, there was Paige’s car. She stepped out and hobbled to the rear door to pull out her crutches. She sure could do great things with a pair of crutches.”

I hope you guys will play along and share a few teasers from the book(s) you’re reading.




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Author Patti Lacy Joins Us Today

In 1955, Ann Qualls gave birth to her daughter Patti in the front seat of a Buick. By pure coincidence, Ann claims, their daughter was named Patti Day Qualls, PDQ. This moniker has served Patti well, as she’s moved at least ten times, traveled to forty states, and changed occupations with a liberality unusual in native Texans. However, Patti thinks her latest profession will stick awhile.

The Still, Small Voice encouraged Patti to write after a brave Irish friend shared memories of betrayal and her decision to forgive. In 2008, An Irishwoman’s Tale was published by Kregel Publications. Patti’s second novel, What the Bayou Saw, draws on the memories of two young girls who refused to let segregation, a chain link fence, and a brutal rape come between them. My Name is Sheba, Patti’s third novel, will be published in 2011.

The secrets women keep and why they keep them continue to capture Patti’s imagination. She writes full time, teaches Bible studies and seminars, and attends book signings. Patti and her husband Alan, an Illinois State faculty member, live in Normal. They have two grown children and a dog named Laura.


What? No coffee? Oh, well. I’ve had enough already since I got up around three to work on edits.

Yeah, I’m WIRED! It’s such a blessing to be a guest at your blog today!

Patti, I watched the book trailer for What the Bayou Saw and I wondered how difficult it was for you to write about such gritty topics as racism and rape. First, tell us about the story premise and then tell us about your experience with writing the book.

I hope you enjoyed the DVD made by locals “discovered” while standing behind café and perfume counters and sitting on church pews!

Since leaving Louisiana, Sally Stevens has held her childhood secrets at bay, smothering them in a sunny disposition and sugar-coated lies. No one, not even her husband Sam, has heard the truth about what happened to her and her best friend, Ella Ward, when they were twelve years old.

Now a teacher in Normal, Illinois, Sally has nearly forgotten her past. Then Shamika, one of her students, is violently attacked, and memories of segregation, a chain-link fence, and a blood oath bubble to the surface like a dead body in a bayou. Lies continue to tumble from Sally’s lips as she scrambles to gloss over the harsh reality of a betrayal that refuses to stay buried.

Cornered by the Holy Spirit and her own web of lies, Sally and Shamika embark on a quest to find Ella in post-Katrina New Orleans. With the help of friends, family, and God, Sally can glimpse a life free of the mire of deceit and truly begin to live with joy. Will she pay the price for a lifetime of deception? Can she save Shamika?

Sigh. Back to the question. Was the rape scene hard to write? Yes.

I talked to counselors at Rape Crisis centers and a YWCA staff member, then drew on memories from two unfortunate childhood incidents. Research revealed the sad truth that if victims do not turn to someone they trust within the first forty-eight hours following the incident, they likely will bury the hurt deep inside. Even decades later, the ugly secret can uncoil, like a snake, to strike.

I tried to approach the difficult scenes in a professional, detached way. Somehow it was easier to write when I literally positioned myself in the hand movements, the angles, and just wrote. Kinda like dissecting something to see the truth.

If you could go back in time and have a conversation with someone from the past, who would you like to talk to and why?

Probably my father, who passed before I began writing. Our bathroom cabinets—any cabinet, really—were converted into bookshelves for Dad’s Zane Gray and mystery novels. Dad bought our family a set of classics from either a catalogue or a door-to-door salesman when we probably couldn’t afford it. What a wonderful gesture—and investment!

As a reader and reviewer, do you prefer books that make you laugh or cry and who are your favorite authors of such books?

I prefer books that make me cry, though I’m having fun with a debut novel, The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow. Quirky and different. It’ll be interesting to see where Joyce Magnin takes it.

Favorite CBA authors? Francine Rivers, Lisa Samson, Angela Benson, Athol Dickson.

My favorite reads fall on literary fiction and popular trade shelves. However, I occasionally flit over to nonfiction bookstore areas. This year, What is the What, My Sister’s Keeper, The Help, The Lord of Death, Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire, and Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet have captivated me. Yep, I devour books!!

When folks ask me how long I’ve been writing, sometimes I say, “Since age five, when I began to read.”

The book trailer for your novel, The Irishwoman’s Tale, sounds fascinating. Where did the story idea come from?

The story of my brave best friend, who was given away by her Irish mother, forms the core of The Irishwoman’s Tale. My heart was gripped by her first memory of being called a “little eejit” and then gussied up in clothes that she later learned were her “sending-off” wardrobe.

If you could add two extra hours in a day, how would you spend the time?

READING, of course!!

What’s in store for you next? What are you working on right now?

Yesterday I inked my John Doe on a contract for my third book, and then faxed it to the publisher. As soon as I receive the signed copies, I’ll share the details.

In the meantime, a brave woman named Kai has invited me to step back to the turbulent days of the Cultural Revolution in China. With God’s help, Kai is reclaiming Lily, a sister adopted by an American pastor and his wife.

God willing, I will visit China in May to conduct research on my fourth book!

Thanks ever so much for having me at your site today, Sharon!

Blessings, Patti




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