Wednesday, October 12, 2011

RECLAIMING LILY - Patti Lacy - Free Book Here, Plus Facebook Party

What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
What a GREAT place to start with a Christian author interview! Romans 8:28, God working for good in all things in the lives of those who love Him, who call on His name, lays a foundation for all my works. Inspired by real-life stories, I write about God’s working through women who’ve suffered abandonment, sexual abuse, judgment. Reclaiming Lily, my latest release with Bethany House, explores how God uses the insidious genetically-based PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) as an instrument to heal TWO families.

What books of yours are coming out soon?
The Rhythm of Secrets (Kregel, 2011) and Reclaiming Lily (Bethany House, 2011) are my latest babies. Stay tuned for what God has in store for me by visiting my blog,, or my website,

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Anne Graham Lotz, Billy Graham’s daughter. I LOVE Ann’s writing and could “sit at her feet” and soak up her Biblical teaching. Plus she’s funny and has that fabulous Southern drawl. And all Southerners love good food, so it would be one fine dinner!!!

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Oh, wow! Great timing on this one! HONEST ABE! I’m reading genius Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography, Team of Rivals. Through this Pulitzer Prize winner, God has taught me to use humor as a response to criticism; forgiveness as a response to insult; humility as a response to…EVERYTHING! Of course I’d like to meet every interesting history-maker from Jesus’ apostles to Rosa Parks. Can you imagine a huge dinner party, with table after table of fascinating folks?

That would be a good evening, wouldn’t it? How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
When rejection strikes (a constant for ALL writers, whether your stories live only on your hard drive or actually sag bookstore shelves) I find humor in some of the “well-meaning” “we-don’t-like-your-work” comments. Turning to laughter has transformed my attitude! Then I call a few friends, who holler and denounce every snippy comment and take on my resentment in a wonderful, vicarious way. Finally I let my fingers do the walking to Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” Yes, I know I should reverse the order of my process. I am working on it J

Tell us about the featured book.
When a deadly disease strikes the Wang family, Harvard graduate Dr. Kai
Chang must alert Lily, the sister Kai left on orphanage steps years earlier.

Standing in her way is Gloria Powell, a Fort Worth pastor's wife who
distrusts Kai and thinks her entry into Lily's life will send the troubled
seventeen-year-old over the precipice of teenaged angst.

A Texas-sized tornado whirls about the meeting place of the Kai and
the Powells. Tempers and cultures collide. Can Kai, Gloria, and Joy reconcile
their differences, surrender their dreams, and allow God to implement a plan
that provides supernatural, unbelievable joy?

Reclaiming Lily spans seas and secrets to portray the fictional truths of Romans 8:28, God working for good in all things in the lives of those who love Him, who call on His name.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Eastern China, 1990

The van jostled its way to the orphanage. Hunkered beside her pastor husband, Andrew, Gloria Powell craned her neck to gaze out the filmy window. Though she’d read books and studied photos until bleary-eyed, nothing—nothing—had captured this wild land! Waterfalls cascaded velvet hills, yet garbage carpeted the countryside with tin, paper, and plastic. A naked child squatted to pee near a dismembered dog. Bent-backed peasants formed graceful shadows on rice fields
robed in green and silver.

A sigh escaped Gloria. This was a strange land, a magnificent land, the homeland of their baby.

But it sure was a long way from Texas.

The van wheezed to a stop near a crumbling stone wall circling a weathered two-story building. Children streamed from a blistered wooden gate and clustered about Gloria’s van window. A bow-legged toddler pointed at her, as did others with rice-bowl haircuts. A gangly child—he or she?

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Oops! Already answered that one, but would LOVE to do it again! and Please visit both my author and personal Facebook pages, as I post daily Artbites along with snippets about the seas and secrets that this writer spans.

Thanks for having me over. I loved meeting y’all!

Win a KindleTouch Enter 10/5-10/19. Winner announced at Patti's Facebook Party on 10/20!

Patti and her publisher, Bethany House, are giving away a Reclaiming Lily prize package worth over $150 to one lucky winner!!!!

Enter the Reclaiming Lily Giveaway and you could win:
  • A brand new just released KindleTouch with Wi-Fi
  • $25 gift cetificate to
But, wait there’s more!

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. Giveaway ends on 10/19! Patti will be announcing the winner of the Reclaiming Lily Giveaway at her Party on Facebook October 20th! She’ll be hosting a book club chat of Reclaiming Lily (it's okay if you haven't read it - you could win a copy!) and giving away other fun prizes! (signed copies of her books and gift certificates to, Starbucks, & iTunes!). Don’t miss the fun at Patti’s FB Author Page on 10/20/11 at 5pm PST ( 6 pm MST, 7 pm CST, & 8 pm EST)! RSVP today!
Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

In addition to this, you can win a copy of the book on this blog.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

Or you can order the book using this link: 
Reclaiming Lily

If you’re reading this on Feedblitz, Facebook, or Amazon, please come to the blog to leave your comment if you want to be included in the drawing. Here’s a link.


Aizess said...

This book has been on my "to-read-list" for some time. I would be over-joyed to win this book. Please enter me in this giveaway!

I live in New York

karenk said...

please count me in...thanks :)

karenk (from PA)
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Pam K. said...

I recently read "The Rhythm of Secrets" and liked it very much. I like that Patti isn't afraid to handle difficult subjects. Please enter me in the drawing for "Reclaiming Lily."


Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

Nancye in Kentucky

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Susan H said...

This sounds like a great book!

I'm from Fort Worth, TX.

Judy said...

"Reclaiming Lily" is going to be a good book to read and I can't wait to read it. I would love to win a copy of it!

Thanks for the interview with Patti and this giveaway.

Judy B from Indiana

Coolestmommy said...

I like the premise of the book. And the first page really brings about the heartache that goes along with orphanages in communist countries. Please enter me.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in the drawing!
Amber S.
Larkspur, CO

Unknown said...

i am not in the medical field (though my mom always wanted to be a nurse, and worked in a few hospitals before she was married) but love reading about stories like this! and adoption? my brother is adopted. so find this topic fascinating. Thanks for entering me in the draw.

mitzi_wanham {at] yahoo [dot]com

from Peace River Country, Alberta

Abigail Mitchell said...

Looks interesting please enter me in the drawing. Thanks and God Bless!
Abigail Richmond
Blanch, N.C.
P.S. I am not on Facebook.

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

It looks and sounds interesting!
Please enter me in drawing.
Thanks for the chance to win.
God Bless,
Sarah Richmond

Faith's Grandma said...

This sounds like a great book.Would love to win....Faith's Grandma/Oh

Sharon Richmond said...

Sounds like a great story! I love reading and would love to win this book. Thanks and God bless!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Mama Cat said...

This sounds awesome and different - I would love to win it! I have been listening to one of Anne Graham Lotz' 'seminar' based on 'My Heart's Cry'. We loved going to her revival 'Just Give Me Jesus' here in Phoenix several years ago - awesome! That is what really caught my attention about your interview, as she is a wonderful teacher! I live in Phoenix, AZ

Michelle said...

Sounds very interesting. Would like to read it.


Wilma said...

Please enter me in this contest.
Thank you,
Wilma in TN


Lady DragonKeeper said...

It's nice to see Asian characters starting to become more prominent in Christian fiction (e.g. "Red Ink" or Camy Tang's Sushi series) --thanks for bringing this one to my attention.


(P.S. - I'm from Hawaii)

misskallie2000 said...
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misskallie2000 said...

Hi Patti, Have not read any of your books but would love to read "Reclaiming Lily". I believe it is important to let adopted children/adults know their medical history so they can be informed and let their doctors know of any problems.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

I am from Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Kristie said...

It's interesting when a book is based on a patricular scripture. I can't wait to see Patti's interpretation. I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Sharon said...

sooo looking forward to reading this, Patti! thanks for sharing your writing and creativity gifts with us! blstef1 at mts dot net
from Canada

patti lacy said...

Alzess, WOW, thank you! New York, huh? I ran the marathon in 1995, the race's 50th year. Each wondrous borough unfolded for the first time! (Of course you may call home the glorious upstate region or somewhere else entirely:))

Karen, thanks, and a shoutout to Pennsylvania!!

Pam, I'm so glad a Kansas woman connected with "The Rhythm of Secrets." Hopefully you will crack open "Reclaiming Lily" as well!

Lena, THANK YOU for hosting such a fun place!!!!

patti lacy said...

Nancye of Kentucky, hey!!! For three years I've attended the Southern Kentucky Book Festival. WONDERFUL!!! Maybe I'll see you there this year!!

A big wave to Linda from California! Good to see you here!!!

Susan, DID YOU KNOW FORT WORTH is a setting for this book??? WOW!!!!

Judy B, this is a homecoming since I used to live in Terre Haute!! Thanks for the confidence in my work!!!

Robyn, or should we say coolest mommy in Nebraska? Glad you were hooked! It worked!!!

Amber from Colorado, greetings!! Isn't it amazing how we've got folks at Lena's place from all over the WORLD?????

Marianne, hello to you...and all my Canadian reader friends!!! My brothers are also adopted; all but one of my novels cover adoption :)

Abigail, Sarah, and Sharon, glad it caught y'all's North Carolinian eyes!!! I believe y'all are the most representative state!!! That should earn a prize of some kind!!! Blessings to you!!!

patti lacy said...

Faith's Grandma, hailing from the great state of OHIO! Welcome!

Mama Cat, thanks for the recommendation. I LOVED LaMott's "Traveling Mercies." We lived in Tempe for six years so I'm well acquainted with your "neck of the cacti." :)

Michelle, another Kentuckyian! Welcome!!!

Wilma from Tennessee, HELLO! My kids live in Nashville, so I'm partial to your neck o' the woods!!

LadyDragonKeeper, can't WAIT to see what you think! Did you know Camy is coming out with a new book featuring an Asian heroine??? Exciting!!!!

MissKallie, well, you'd better get busy!!! I would love for you to crack open Lily!!!! (My books "The Rhythm of Secrets and An Irishwoman's Tale also discuss adoption!) Hint! Hint!

Kristie, all of my novels try to capture God's wondrous promise in Romans 8:28. I hope He blesses you through the work.

Sharon, another Canadian! Love that country! Thanks for stopping by!!

peachykath said...

This book sounds amazing. I would love the opportunity to read it. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you

Katherine from Northern California


patti lacy said...

Katherine, I LOVE northern California, having spent many happy hours in the home of a friend near Upper Lake!!!

Thank you for stopping by. Glad you are intrigued!