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What's New?  July News.

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

A New Book, Friends & Fiction Updates, plus more!

Photo Credit: Bud Johnson Photography Savannah, GA 

Casimir Pulaski Monument in Savannah, or Pulaski Monument on Monterey Square, is a 19th-century monument to Casimir Pulaski, located in Monterey Square, on Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia, not far from the battlefield where Pulaski lost his life during the siege of Savannah.  The Steamship Pulaski was named after him.  

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A New Book, Friends & Fiction Updates, plus more!

Dear Friends,

This summer is the 182nd anniversary (yes, one hundred and eighty-second) of the sinking of the Steamship Pulaski.

In the middle of the night, in the middle of the sea, a boiler exploded on the luxury steamship Pulaski with almost two hundred passengers on board. Over the next forty-five minutes, the ship floundered and sank as passengers and crew fought for survival. The stories of this ship often called the "Titanic of the South", and its passengers have only been told in part.

Until now.

Three years ago, a shipwreck crew discovered the remains of the steamship a hundred feet beneath the waves, thirty miles off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina. While the team brought up the artifacts and treasures of this beautiful ship, I discovered the stories of its passengers.

For years now I have been researching and writing this novel, and yet how could I have known how timely it would be? As I wrote about those who were faced with tragedy and hardship, as I wrote about their resilience, courage, and endurance, how could I have known how very relevant this story would be today? With a dual timeline novel that plumbs the depth of the sea and the subject of how we survive the surviving, I am thrilled to announce my new novel’s title and publication.

Cover reveal coming soon

...but it's super-secret right now. 🙂



Coming March 9, 2021

Available for pre-order now.

Publisher: Penguin Random House Berkley Books

Formats: Hardcover, e-book, audiobook


Friends & Fiction  Summer Schedule 

The Friends & Fiction summer schedule of guest authors is out. It’s a fantastic line-up of writers joining us on Friends & Fiction. If you haven’t tuned in to our weekly Wednesday, 7PM ET live stream on Facebook, you’re missing out!


Join Us for

Friends and Fiction July 15th at 7:00 pm ET

with special Guest:

Author Jasmine Guillory



Coming July 22nd - Musical guests Ken Block

and Drew Copeland of Sister Hazel!

We’re five best selling novelists and friends whose common love of reading, writing and independent bookstores bound us together. Now we want to share and celebrate stories—of the books we’ve written, the ones we’re reading now, and the art of writing—with each other and the guest authors we invite to join us. If you love books and are curious about the writing world, you’re in the right place! Join Us Every Wednesday Evening on Facebook LIVE.


Big News Coming— A Friends & Fiction Podcast!

Stay tuned for details HERE.

Please make sure you join our Friends & Fiction Facebook group page. That’s where you get instant access to our live chats, and you can get details about the books discussed, learn about our featured indie bookstores, and post your own questions for the authors.

The group has grown to twelve thousand members in only a few months since we started! And readers continue to say how much they look forward weekly to this positive, fun, and entertaining conversation. Plus we love sharing with you!

I look forward to connecting with you on our Friends & Fiction group page. And be sure to invite your friends to join us too!

If you Missed any of our Latest special Guest Episodes, Check out All The Episodes HERE!


Book Recommendation

I am excited to tell you about my dear friend, internationally bestselling author, and Friends & Fiction co-host—Kristin Harmel and her new upcoming novel,

THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES, coming July 21, 2020.

“A heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism centered on a female forger who risks everything to help Jewish children escape Nazi-occupied France." People Magazine (A People "Best Books of Summer" Pick) Inspired by an inspiring true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the international bestselling author of  The Winemaker's Wife and The Room on Rue Amelie. FROM GALLERY BOOKS/SIMON & SCHUSTER! Read More


Losing the Moon 

My debut novel: Sixteen Year Anniversary New Cover.  New Price.   Available Now in time for  Summer beach reading. May 26th "Henry’s beautifully written debut romance is meant to be savored, what with its poetic descriptions and settings that deftly mirror the emotions of the characters. Readers who enjoy the lyrical voices of Patricia Gaffney and Mary Alice Monroe will also be drawn to this talented newcomer.”—Booklist (starred review)

Sixteen years ago I had my first book signing for my firstborn novel, LOSING THE MOON. It is, to this day, the contemporary novel I get the most mail about. Nick and Amy... NOW my publisher has given her a fancy new cover, and a fancy new price and if you haven't read it .... now's your chance. :) This photo was with my daughter Meagan Rock at The Margaret Mitchell House @atlantahistorycenter and I thought ALL my dreams had come true. A southern novel. A book signing and The Margaret Mitchell House. Good Lordy that was a fine day! Read More


Belle Curve Podcast with Patti Callahan Episode #49


In this episode, we get Patti’s firsthand take on Joy Davidman, Joy’s spiritual journey, love and passions, controversial choices, and Joy’s role in Lewis’ writing.

History has not always been fair or kind to Joy Davidman, but bold women are often the subject of debate. See if you too are inspired by Joy Davidman and gain insights by hearing from the author, Patti Callahan. Buy the expanded paperback edition.

Click on Graphic below to LISTEN to the podcast. View Blog Post.


Don't forget to join us each Wednesday evening at 7 pm ET for Friends and Fiction!  I hope to see you there.  

Please be well, my friends. 



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. Website


Shop Bookshop for all Patti's Books 

Historical Fiction and Southern Contemporary  Click on the graphic above to view all the titles and read more and buy on Bookshop.


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