Halloween is over. The pumpkins are caving in on themselves and Thanksgiving is fast on our heels. And I am here with more Thanks than can be expressed in this newsletter.
Writing is a solitary effort, but paradoxically can’t be done alone. From my writer pals, family and friends who drag me through the sloggy parts of the process to YOU my readers. A story isn’t alive until you read it. You give it life. You pass on the word.
Thank you. 🙏 Simply thank 💕 YOU.
Some things I love. . .
That’s where we’re headed today!
📚 I’m Reading:
We are the Luckiest by Laura McKowen – doesn’t come out until January but its wisdom blew me away. Go check it out. It’s not just about getting sober, although it is very much about that – it is about living a life of presence, about being aware of what takes us from that presence and how to dive deep into the magic of our own life.
Ask Again, Yes A Novel by Mary Beth Keane. I spent most of the novel asking myself, “How did she just do that?” The writing is completely immersive, and the story so real and alive that it was breathing itself into my daily life. Just wow. That’s it. Just wow!
🎧 I’m Listening:
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This audio book is narrated by an entire cast of actresses /actors. I fell into it as one would fall into a movie. Spoiler – it has been bought by Reese Witherspoon for an Amazon Series. But I am telling you – don’t wait for that! Listen to it on audio. If you loved music in the 70’s, or even if you didn’t and you just love an immersive story – download NOW!
Well known fact – I am a podcast junkie. I have one playing all the time – in the house, folding laundry, driving, on the plane. I ask everyone I meet – what’s your favorite podcast right now? And of course, I started my own – which is a subject below.
But this month, I want to tell you about one that is older, in fact, it is over a decade old, but it is one that changed my life and set me on a course I am still on today. So head over to one of my favorite podcasts – ON BEING with Krista Tippet and give John O’Donohue a listen. You will thank me. I promise.
A 💌 Look
Something I’ve seen that I want to share.
I am eternally fascinated with aesthetic design, and my mood consistently (and probably wrongly) is influenced by it. I want to share these little beauties I find.
The Copper Straw
This month, it is these copper straws Housecopper.com made by hand by the ONLY woman coppersmith in the country – Sara Dahmen Saradahmen.com and her House of Copper. Not only is she an author, but a woman who understands that not only craft things by hand but our lives should be the same – made by our own hand.
PS – While you are checking out those copper straws, can you even believe how beautiful the Traditional Victorian handmade tinsel is?
A Special🎤 Guest
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking
"Southern cooking is the Mother Cuisine of America."—Nathalie Dupree
Through more than 600 recipes and hundreds of step-by-step photographs, Dupree and Graubart make it easy to learn the techniques for creating the South's fabulous cuisine
Nathalie Dupree is the author of twelve cookbooks, including two James Beard Award winners: Nathalie Dupree’s Southern Memories and Nathalie Dupree’s Comfortable Entertaining. Her latest books include Shrimp and Grits and Southern Biscuits. She has hosted more than 300 television shows and specials that have shown nationally on PBS, The Learning Channel, and The Food Network. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
A 🥘 Recipe
"I asked James Beard Award winner, Nathalie Dupree for her favorite recipe for Thanksgiving. 🦃 Here you go. Enjoy!" —Patti
Sweet Potato and Turnip Gratin
Serves 10 to 12
An exciting alternative to a potato gratin, turnips, and sweet potatoes complement each other beautifully, particularly when large turnips are blanched to remove their bitterness.
Photographer: Kimberly Davis
2 to 3 pounds white turnips, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 to 3 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick 1/2 cup butter 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme, oregano, or tarragon Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan and/or Gruyère 1 cup breadcrumbs 2 cups heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 3-quart casserole. To remove their bitterness, add turnips to a pot of boiling water, cook 5 minutes to blanch them, and then drain thoroughly.
Gently combine the turnips and sweet potatoes. Cover the bottom of the casserole with a layer of the vegetables and dot with butter. Sprinkle generously with half of the herbs, salt, and pepper, and cover with half the cheese. Make another layer, finishing off with the herbs, butter, and cheese. Pour the cream around the sides. Cover with foil.
Bake until the vegetables are soft but not mushy, 1 hour. Remove the foil and bake an additional 30 minutes. May be made ahead several days or frozen up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator and reheat for half an hour to 45 minutes in the oven, or reheat in the microwave, uncovered.
Variations: 1. Use turnips and no sweet potatoes for Turnip Gratin.
2. Use sweet potatoes and no turnips for Sweet Potato Gratin.
3. Use a combination of zucchini and/or white potatoes. Tomatoes
My 📺 News
Something I’ve experienced, and I want to share.
2019 The Christy Award®
Book of the Year Winner!
Becoming Mrs. Lewis
and Winner (tie) Historical Romance Category
by Patti Callahan (Thomas Nelson)
Award Gala Nov 2019
Congratulations to the 2019 Winners
Book 📚 News
Holiday 🎄 Gift Giving
'Tis the season! Yes, it is that time of the year. I hope you will consider one of these special books "true to my heart" for your holiday gift-giving this season. From Contemporary to Historical Fiction —be sure to take a moment and read the "story behind the story." Wishing you joy, Patti.
Buy 🎁 Links:
The Perfect Love Song | Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction | Becoming Mrs. Lewis
The Perfect Love Song
My Dear Readers,
"Every Christmas season we can find ourselves asking what is most important, who is most important. We can get lost in the chaos, the frivolity, and even the beauty of the season. But what happens when our hearts quiet? What opens up when our souls reach for what lasts?
I hope this story allows you to answer those questions for yourself." Website
THE PERFECT LOVE SONG — A CHRISTMAS STORY is available now.
Can one song save a life?
This Christmas story has been close to my heart for over a decade! Last year, I picked it up again and like all stories we delve into a decade later, it was a different tale to me. I wanted to expand, deepen and add to it. So that is what I’ve done!
Now the novella is an expanded edition with bonus content and new scenes. It was a great thrill to enter back into the lives of Jimmy and Jack, and their music. It was a joy to again discover Kara and Charlotte, and to immerse myself in the romance and mystery of the Claddagh Myth of Ireland.
Join me on a journey of music, lost love, myth, and a Christmas miracle or two that will lead our characters to the love they were meant to find.
Bonus Content ❄ Included:
Charlotte's Southern Garland
The Legend of the Claddagh Ring
The Story Behind the Story
An excerpt from the novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis
"Christmas Books to Enjoy or Give as Gifts"
The Perfect Love Song Patti Callahan Henry
"With Thanksgiving so late this year, you may also be thinking about Christmas, which is only a little more than five weeks away. So we wanted to give you some ideas about new holiday books that might be good for you to read or give as gifts to family and friends."
—Compliments of Pegosa Springs Sun, Colorado and the Pegosa Springs Library.
A perfect gift 🧧 for the upcoming holidays. Available in e-book, hardcover, 🎁 audiobook, and audio CD formats.
The Alabama Booksmith
HOMEWOOD, AL | Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 5:00 PM
If you are in the area, join me for a book signing "The Perfect Love Song" A Christmas Story at Alabama Booksmith. You can reserve a copy at $17.99.
Becoming Mrs. Lewis
The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis