Newsletter | June 23, 2021 from the desk of Author Patti Callahan
The summer might just be starting, but my mind and heart are also looking forward to this fall when Once Upon a Wardrobe will be out on October 19th! I have an exciting pre-order enchanting giveaway to share with you. When I asked my artist pal, Caryn Crawford, to somehow combine Narnia with my book cover, she came up with this extraordinary piece of art. You will meet Megs Devonshire in the novel, but this is a rendering of her lost in the woods. I can’t wait for you to read her story.
For anyone who pre-orders Once Upon a Wardrobe, you will receive two original art print postcards made just for Once Upon a Wardrobe by artist Caryn Crawford: one for you to keep and one for you to send to someone you love, along with a signed bookplate! And a vinyl sticker with the quote from Patti. (photos below)
POSTCARD reads: “Each and every one of us is born with our own stories and we must decide how to tell them.” —Patti Callahan, Once Upon a Wardrobe. CLICK HERE to complete the form Enchanting Giveaway
AND IN ADDITION: If you SHARE this pre-order giveaway on social media and use the HASHTAG, #onceuponawardrobe you will be entered for a chance to WIN:
A seven-box set of Narnia and A limited-edition (1 of 5) numbered giclee print of the same original art
The Enchanting Giveaway ends October 1, 2021.
We are less than four months away from the publication of Once Upon a Wardrobe! And we are going to have a grand time these months preparing for the book with conversations, giveaways, and even a The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe book club! (keep your ears and eyes open for details!)
Once Upon a Wardrobe Coming October 19, 2021 We have loads of fun things coming up. Stay Tuned HERE for upcoming events!!
Meanwhile, our blurbs for ONCE UPON A WARDROBE are rolling in and I am so honored for these by two very special fellow authors. “Once Upon a Wardrobe is a poignant meditation on the lengths we will go to for our loved ones as well as a fascinating glimpse into the early life of C.S. Lewis. Patti Callahan’s beautiful, life-affirming novel is a reminder that literature lives inside us, and that when we read someone else’s story, we understand so much more about our own. A gorgeous, compelling book." —Janet Skeslien Charles, award-winning author of The Paris Library
“Exquisitely heartfelt, Once Upon a Wardrobe is a love letter to the magic of stories. I call it 'the Callahan effect' — from the first page to the last, Patti Callahan's wise and beautiful prose draws you in and doesn’t let you go." —Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of First Frost and Lost Lake “In this powerful, enchanting tale for all ages, readers uncover the inspiration for Lewis' famous books, while at the same time discovering the way in which stories —and myths—weave through our existences, subtly transforming us in immeasurable ways. Stunning.” —Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie “Callahan (Becoming Mrs. Lewis) mines the life and work of C.S. Lewis in this enjoyable exploration of the power of imagination to see one through difficult times…the heartfelt characters will win over, sentimental readers. Callahan’s fans will love this.” —Publishers Weekly
ONCE UPON A WARDROBE Canadian Edition October 19, 2021 I know we are at the very start of summer but I am so excited to share my Canadian cover for Once Upon a Wardrobe!” OH CANADA! I love what you've done with the place! Sometimes when they send another country's cover for a beloved book I cringe but not this time -- OH CANADA I love your Once Upon a Wardrobe cover! What do you think? Read More
About the Author
“Stories that steal your imagination.”
Patti Callahan, New York Times Bestselling Author and Podcast Host Patti Callahan is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author of sixteen novels and podcast host. She is the recipient of The Christy Award—A 2019 Winner "Book of the Year”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020 and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. “With a belief that the power of story changes us and moves us, Patti’s historical fiction, SURVIVING SAVANNAH, WILD SWAN, and BECOMING MRS. LEWIS explores the untold stories of the past that affect us now.” (writing as Patti Callahan)
Photo Credit: Bud Johnson Photography Savannah, GA SURVIVING SAVANNAH, a new historical fiction, based on the true story of the Steamship Pulaski wreck, known as "The Titanic of the South" was released March 9, 2021. The new podcast series, "The Untold Story Behind Surviving Savannah" is an in-depth exploration into the fascinating stories explored in her novel, Surviving Savannah. The podcast series includes interviews with some of the foremost experts on the myth and lore of Savannah, shipwreck treasure hunting, the hidden stories in museums, and the astounding real-life family story that inspired the novel. Available now. WILD SWAN, a novella following the fiery life of one of history’s greatest heroines and the mother of modern nursing: Florence Nightingale by Patti Callahan was released December 2020, as an Audible Original performed by the award-winning narrator, Cynthia Erivo. BECOMING MRS. LEWIS, The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis was released in an expanded edition, March 2020. The author is also the host of the popular seven-part original "Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series" launched, October 2019. The podcast audiobook collection including bonus material was released in January 2020. The new expanded BECOMING MRS. LEWIS paperback edition was released in March 2020. REUNION BEACH, Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank, a collaboration and tribute was released April 27, 2021, and available now. Patti joins a group of bestselling authors to present a moving anthology to pay tribute to the legendary NYT bestselling author and her literary legacy. ONCE UPON A WARDROBE is another tenderly imagined and enchanting story that pulls back the curtain on the early life of C. S. Lewis from Callahan— coming October 19, 2021, and available for pre-order now—published by Harper Collins' new imprint —Harper Muse. Callahan's Once Upon a Wardrobe will be their debut novel launching this fall. Patti Callahan is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast, featuring the five New York Times bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Mary Alice Monroe. With endless stories and special guests, live every Wednesday at 7 pm ET on the Friends and Fiction Facebook group page, their YouTube Channel, and Parade Magazine Facebook page. You can follow them on Instagram and, for weekly updates, subscribe to their newsletter. In a recent essay series partnership with Parade Magazine, each Wednesday viewers get a new “life lesson” from one of the FF writers on Parade.com as well as a chance to discuss the themes later that evening on Facebook Live. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband. Read More.