Cover Reveal Newsletter August 2020
Dear Friend and Reader,
Here it is! Here is the cover for Surviving Savannah, out in the world on March 9, 2021 but ready to pre-order now. You can read all about it below. When I write a book it can feel very private, especially a book like SURVIVING SAVANNAH that took me well over three years of research, writing, and revising. And yet, when I saw the final cover it all felt very, very real. It is now something for all of us. This story is now the bridge between writer and reader, between you and me, and I am so thrilled to share it with you! I hope you love the cover! And I hope you help me spread the word and the love for it!
It was called "The Titanic of the South." The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah's elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten--until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told in this breathtaking novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis.. Now their story is finally being told. When Savannah history professor Everly Winthrop is asked to guest-curate a new museum collection focusing on artifacts recovered from the steamship Pulaski, she's shocked. The ship sank after a boiler explosion in 1838, and the wreckage was just discovered, 180 years later. Everly can't resist the opportunity to try to solve some of the mysteries and myths surrounding the devastating night of its sinking. Everly's research leads her to the astounding history of a family of eleven who boarded the Pulaski together, and the extraordinary stories of two women from this family: a known survivor, Augusta Longstreet, and her niece, Lilly Dawson, who was never found, along with her child. These aristocratic women were part of Savannah's society, but when the ship exploded, each was faced with difficult and heartbreaking decisions. This is a moving and powerful exploration of what women will do to endure in the face of tragedy, the role fate plays, and the myriad ways we survive the surviving.
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If you would like to share SURVIVING SAVANNAH with all your followers on your blog or your favorite social media platform, we will make it easy for you. You can cut and paste the text below and feel free to use the graphic provided or your creativity! Here it is! I am so excited to share the cover for Surviving Savannah by New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan, on sale March 9, 2021.
It’s inspired by the true and forgotten story of the sinking of the Pulaski, known as the “Titanic of the South.” #survivingsavannah #patticallahan #historicalfiction @pattichenry @berkleypub Pre-order it here: https://www.patticallahanhenry.com/surviving-savannah
The Good Stuff
COVID sure has done a number on us, hasn’t it? Keeping us apart from each other as well making some of us sick; keeping our kids out of school or sending them back when we aren’t ready. Sometimes it’s too much to understand. I don’t know where all of this is going; I definitely don’t have a crystal ball, but I do know that stories help carry us through. That we need them. That we want them; both fiction and non-fiction, both podcasts and TV shows. Both movies and short stories. So here are some of the good things I found this past month: Non-Fiction: The Science of Story by Will Storr. Once, a long while ago, I wanted to be a psychiatrist. Of course, I play one in my books, but this book about story is both interesting in crafting a story and psychologically fascinating in how our brains work. Read more and order HERE on Bookshop.org. Fiction: The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan. I was able to get my greedy hands on an early copy of this book and I can’t recommend it enough. Set in London, two people divided by WWII’s secrets rebuild their lives, their love, and their world. It comes out on August 18th. Read more and pre-order HERE on Bookshop.org. As an added bonus, Rachel will be one of our guests on the Friends and Fiction Bonus Art and Craft of Writing shows on August 30th. The other fiction book I was privileged to read early is The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes, a debut by an author named Elissa R. Sloan. In the vein of Daisy Jones and the Six; this debut probes the dark side of fame. It comes out on September 1st and I absolutely could not put it down. Read more and pre-order HERE on Bookshop.org.
Friends and Fiction
Every week our show picks me out of the doldrums, makes me laugh, and makes me think. I hope it does the same for you. We have such great guests coming up and I hope you’ve found us. Also, did you know there’s a newsletter? And now there are bonus episodes once a month on Sunday nights called THE ART AND CRAFT OF WRITING. Subscribe to the FF Newsletter
I adore the website Brain Pickings. Every Wednesday and Sunday I read the essays and learn something new; something enriching. HERE, enjoy Patti Smith reading Emily Dickinson. Need I say more?
Have you found these yet? Good Lord, I could fall down this rabbit hole and never write another book. If you want to learn and still can’t get to a class or a seminar, log into this. Whatever it is you want to learn about, I bet they have a class. https://www.masterclass.com
About the Author & Podcast Host
Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of fifteen novels, including the (Historical Fiction), BECOMING MRS. LEWIS—The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis (writing as Patti Callahan). In addition, 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. In March of 2021, a new historical fiction novel — SURVIVING SAVANNAH based on the true story of the Steamship Pulaski wreck will be released.
Photo Credit: Bud Johnson Photography Savannah, GA
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, and available now. The new expanded BECOMING MRS. LEWIS paperback edition was released on March 24, 2020, and available now. Patti Callahan is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly Friends and Fiction Facebook Live Show and podcast, featuring the five bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Mary Alice Monroe with endless stories, special guests, and a way to connect readers and writers. THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER (writing as Patti Callahan Henry—Southern Contemporary Fiction) was launched in June 2019, and THE PERFECT LOVE SONG—A Christmas Holiday novella released October 2019, and available now. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.
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