Monday, January 17, 2011

The Rhythm of Secrets Blog Tour

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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  1. Greetings Patti!
    Thank you for making The Author's Hideaway one of your stops on your The Rhythm of Secrets Blog Tour. We sincerely welcome you.

    I am currently reading The Rhythm of Secrets and have to say you are such a story teller. I love your style of writing. I wanted to know where did you get your inspiration and the name for your character 'Maman."

    I'm not normally a historical fiction fan, but the way that you've told this story makes it interesting and intriguing to me.

  2. Hello, Yolanda!
    Oh, thanks so much for taking a chance with my third literary baby! And I LOVE your questions!!!

    During my childhood, I lived for eight years in Louisiana. My brother has married a New Orleans girl. I spent hours researching Crescent City names and mores, both from the 1940s to this time. Mimi and Maman are THE monikers for Mother and Grandmother (along with Grandmere.)

    Maman is a prototype for a woman who through the grace of God escaped the brothels yet gets caught up in the trappings of wealth and still uses men to empower herself. The tragedy is that Maman's heart overflows with love; she just does not channel it toward God and holy love.

    The inspiration for my novel came from the story of Sandy Sperrazza, international adoption advocate, who gave up her daughter for adoption in the 1960s. After I read an article in the Chicago Tribune about Sandy, I Googled her and asked her to share her story. Leery, she checked out my website, then called me back.

    I had Sandy read sections of The Rhythm of Secrets. She had to put it down, she said, not because she didn't like it, but because it was too real. "How did you know?" she asked. Sandy was a GREAT interviewee who seemed to get the need for scenes showing the essence of feeling.

    Whew! That's what you get when you ask an author a question: a novel!!!:)

  3. Looking forward to reading this book! Patti's such a sweetheart! :)

  4. I just received this book for review and so far I find myself enjoying the authors writing style and this story. I am not a historical fiction reader but with this book I cannot help myself. I started it on my lunch break and did not want to put it down. I know at some point I will become a emotional wreck while reading this one but I also believe it will be worth it. I cannot wait to share my feedback.

  5. Yolanda,

    Thank you for hosting The Rhythm of Secrets Blog Tour this week. I'm glad you are enjoying Patti's writing. She's been a favorite author of mine for some time.

  6. Ty thank you for introducing me to Patti's work. It was a challenge to read a genre I don't normally read, but I am liking Rhythms of Secrets. Thanks again for choosing The Author's Hideaway on your blog tour stop!