Updated: Jan 25
My Dear Readers,
THE PERFECT LOVE SONG — A CHRISTMAS STORY.
I'm not usually an early bird with the Christmas cheer. I don’t decorate until after the turkey is demolished. It’s still close to ninety degrees here and the pumpkins are just appearing but I am making an exception to tell you about THE PERFECT LOVE SONG out in two weeks!!
In addition, our resident transition expert is here to tell us some of the top three things we can do to transition into fall with grace and intention.
Last but not least— a tribute to two of our beloved Southern authors, book news, interviews, podcasts, and upcoming tour events.
With💕JOY, Patti Callahan Henry
THE PERFECT LOVE SONG
Can one song change 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.
Coming October 8, 2019
A perfect gift 🧧 for the upcoming holidays. 🎁
Available in e-book, hardcover, audiobook, and audio CD formats.
Praise for THE PERFECT LOVE SONG
"Patti Callahan Henry is quickly becoming one of my favorites."—Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author
“Her characters are so real, you feel as if you’ve known them a very long time.”
—Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed
“Patti Callahan Henry’s The Perfect Love Song is a wonderfully romantic and inspiring novel about love and redemption that sings with emotional truth. An essential read by a master storyteller.”
—Cassandra King, New York Times bestselling author of Same Sweet Girls
“I fell in love with both Patti Callahan Henry and her work. The Perfect Love Song is a lyrical and heartwarming tale of love and forgiveness. Patti takes you to those places in the heart you didn’t even know you wanted to go.”
—Pat Conroy, New York Times bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad
Fall 🍂 is here!
Even if the weather doesn’t tell us so — and our resident transition expert Meagan Rock (who just so happens to be my daughter) is here to tell us the top three things we can do to transition into fall with grace and intention.
The autumn is our season of great transition —we are moving from that Summer energy which is quite extroverted, creative, and collaborative, into an energy that at times may feel undeniably introverted, reflective, and soft. Day by day, colder breeze by colder breeze, we may begin to feel our thoughts, dreams, and feelings turning inwards with a great need to rest and just Be with ourselves and our most intimate families and communities. The seasons reflect our lives, and our lives reflect the seasons; on no day are we the same. So as with any transition in time, this is a wonderful space to honor our cyclical nature —to sink into a remembrance of the purposeful power in our cyclicality.
This is a time to honor the balancing of the opposites both in Nature and within ourselves. Find simple comfort and ease in remembering that it is okay, and necessary, to feel ready to dive introspectively rather than expend so much effort externally. Here are a few sweet ways to do so::
1. Weekly candle ritual:: 🕯 Each Sunday night, light a candle in honor of our ebb and flow alongside the natural world. This is a gentle way to have a moment with yourself or with your family, to be still, breathe, and be grateful. During this act, give big thanks for the support, beauty, and love in your life. Whatever comes t mind, bring it forth and be still in a moment of connection to your cyclicality.
2. Earth offering:: Autumn is our season of Harvest —our ancestors dubbed September's Full Moon as the Harvest Moon, after all! With modern supermarkets and easy access to nearly any food stuff at any time, a ritual to return to honoring true fruits of the season is by creating a little Earth altar or offering of autumnal foods. This could be inside your home, out in the yard or on the deck. Wherever you feel inspired. Just lay out a few staple fall foods from your area (grains, squash, pumpkin, root veg, fig, persimmon . . .you get the idea). Make a mandala of it. Put it minimally in a bowl. Make a candlestick of your weekly candle ritual from an apple. There is no right or wrong way to go about it!
3. Drink nettles:: Nettles are deeply nutritious to us at all times, but especially in the transition into fall and winter. If you don't have access to wild nettle in your area, you can easily find dried nettle online or at your local her shop. Nettles nurture us with the necessary minerals that are taken out of today's water supply. They are high in vitamins A, K, and the B's. They are steeped with essential amino acids. They are energizing without being stimulating and deeply nourishing to the adrenal glands. They aid in relieving anxiety and bring a balm, attentive focus to work. Their magic is known to make hair strong, long, and soft. You can drink nettles in a simple tea, or what I'd suggest is to make an infusion by letting a few tbsp sit in hot water for 4-6 hours —the infusion is much higher in nettle's nutrients than tea will be. Enjoy!
AJC—An Author's Tribute to Atlanta Writer:
Anne Rivers Siddons
"First Person: How Author Anne Rivers Siddons Saved Me"
by Patti Callahan Henry
Garden & Gun—Remembering Two Icons
of the Literary South
Dorothea Benton Frank and Anne Rivers Siddons told stirring stories of the South—and proclaimed the power of a triple name for the next generation of Southern women writers.
By Patti Callahan Henry and Mary Alice Monroe.
Recent TV 📺 Interviews
Becoming Mrs. Lewis and The Favorite Daughter
Video SCETV Interview: "By the River" Author Patti Callahan Henry
with host Holly Bounds Jackson. Read More
TV Interview Canada: 100 Huntley Street Author Patti Callahan
Becoming Mrs. Lewis with Host Maggie John. Read More
Book 📚 News
Becoming Mrs. Lewis
Check out all the recent BECOMING MRS. LEWIS events, news, accolades, interviews, videos, and podcast on my Blog. Grab the novel to accompany the podcast. Please like, share, and comment. I love reading your comments.
Available in Hardcover, e-book, audiobook, and MP3CD formats.
A hardcover copy makes for an impressive holiday gift!
Buy the Book
The Favorite Daughter
Thanks to everyone for coming out and joining me for THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER fantastic book tour!
Available in hardcover, paperback,
e-book, and audiobook. Coming in large print hardcover Sept 25, 2019.
Buy the Book
Behind the Scenes of Becoming
Mrs. Lewis 🎧🔊 Podcast Series
If you missed the recent Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis
Subscribe. Listen. Share. Review.
Available everywhere you download podcasts.
Coming December 10, 2019
Order the Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast audiobook for bonus podcast episodes + bonus and never-before-seen Becoming Mrs. Lewis chapters plus a special letter from Patti Callahan to Joy Davidman.
Available everywhere audiobooks are sold.
A THOUSAND DOORS New Cover
Last, but not least, check out the new cover for "A Thousand Doors."
An Anthology of Many Lives.
"Fascinating. . . well-crafted...elegantly realized..." Publisher's Weekly Starred Review
Check out my Mia story: "The Singer/Songwriter."
Buy the Book
Want to join me out there on the road?
Here are some of the places I’ll be. Would love to see you!
About the Author
Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times best-selling author of fifteen novels, including the historical fiction, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS—The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. She is also the host of the original Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series Coming Oct 1, 2019.
THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, (Southern Contemporary Fiction) was released June 4, 2019. The holiday Christmas Novella THE PERFECT LOVE SONG is to be released October 8, 2019, and available for pre-order 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.
Fall 2019 PCH Newsletter Published 9/24/19 THE PERFECT LOVE SONG
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