Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What the Bayou Saw & Giveaway

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

What The Bayou Saw

Kregel Publications (March 24, 2009)


Patti Lacy

Be sure to read the interview when Patti Lacy stopped by in July. I have an extra copy of this book I'd love to send to a good home, so be sure to leave a comment. One copy will go to one lucky home.


Though Patti's only been writing since 2005, she thinks her latest profession of capturing stories on paper (or computer files) 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.

The secrets women keep and why they keep them continue to enliven Patti's gray matter. A third book, My Name is Sheba, has been completed. Patti's WIP, Recapturing Lily, documents a tug-of-war between a Harvard-educated doctor and an American pastor and his wife for a precious child and explores adoption issues, China's "One Child" policy, and both Christian and secular views of sacrifice.

Patti also facilitates writing seminars in schools, libraries, and at conferences and has been called to present her testimony, "All the Broken Pieces," at women's retreats. She also leads a Beth Moore Bible study at her beloved Grace Church.

Patti and her husband Alan, an Illinois State faculty member, live in Normal with their handsome son Thomas, who attends Heartland Community College. On sunny evenings, you can catch the three strolling the streets of Normal with their dog Laura, whom they've dubbed a "Worchestershire Terrier" for her "little dab of this breed, a little dab of that breed.


Segregation and a chain link fence separated twelve-year-old Sally Flowers from her best friend, Ella Ward. Yet a brutal assault bound them together. Forever. Thirty-eight years later, Sally, a middle-aged Midwestern instructor, dredges up childhood secrets long buried beneath the waters of a Louisiana bayou in order to help her student, who has also been raped. Fragments of spirituals, gospel songs, and images of a Katrina-ravaged New Orleans are woven into the story.

The past can't stay buried forever Rising author Patti Lacy's second novel exposes the life of Sally, set amid the shadows of prejudice in Louisiana.

Since leaving her home in the South, Sally Stevens has held the secrets of her past at bay, smothering them in a sunny disposition and sugar-coated lies. No one, not even her husband, has heard the truth about her childhood.

But when one of her students is violently raped, Sally's memories quickly bubble to the surface unbidden, like a dead body in a bayou. As Sally's story comes to light, the lies she's told begin to catch up with her. And as her web of deceit unravels, she resolves to face the truth at last, whatever the consequences.

If you would like to read the first chapter of What The Bayou Saw, go HERE

Watch the Book Trailer:


Patti Lacy said...

Hello, Cara. Thanks for letting Sally and Ella and the gang visit.

Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

I would so much love to win this book. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.

Casey said...

I would enjoy reading this book. Please enter me.


Carol M said...

This sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading. Thank you for the giveaway.
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Patti Lacy said...

Wanda and Casey and Carol, are y'all sure you want bayou sludge in your study? It's really messy stuff, with decayin' ferns and live oak leaves and alligator poop and snakeskins and all manner of nasty stuff. Also some pretty nasty characters.

Sigh. Y'all didn't expect this from CARA'S website, did you?

Well, I guess surprises can be good things.
Sally Stevens, main character of What the Bayou Saw

Carole said...

Well, I would love to give this book a good home, Cara! An Irishwoman's Tale was excellent and I look forward to reading What the Bayou Saw. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Patti Lacy said...

Carole, you blog hopper you!!!

Love all of y'all!!

Charity said...

Hi, I am not interested in this book but I am interested in your other giveaway. It says to comment through the next few weeks. Does that mean commenting on each post your do? Thanks!

Susanne Dietze said...

Thank you for the chance to enter this drawing!
srdietze at sbcglobal dot net

Patti Lacy said...

Hey, Charity, isn't this a great blog??? And a great lady, praise God!!

Susanne, you're dripping your ink EVERYWHERE. Good thing bayou water's already mussed things up!

Anonymous said...

I am very interested in reading this book...thanks for the opportunity.


Dina Sleiman said...

I love Patti's posts on Inkwell Inspirations. I'd be thrilled to win her book.

dina sleiman @ gmail .com

Patti Lacy said...

Karen and Dina, thanks! It's good to see y'all hanging out at another place!



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