Newsletter July 31, 2019
Happy Summer! It’s been a wild ride, hasn’t it?
You Never Know What Will Happen Next!
I’ve been saying this phrase for so long – when the great stuff rolls around and when the side-swipe of tragedy hits me before I see it coming. If we take one, we’ve got to take the other. It’s all part of the mixed joy we call life.
In other words – Adventure.
I want to share some of my summer adventures with you, including some traveling tips I learned from my superstar flight attendant sister. I have videos, new content, a recipe I made for the fourth of July from my friend, Mary Kay Andrews' cookbook, and a story about when it doesn’t go so right after all.
When was the last time you wrote a letter?
This has been something I’ve been thinking about ever since I finished my novel, Becoming Mrs. Lewis. This novel shows how the deep relationship between C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman began with letters – years of them. It encouraged me to write with more care – even if it’s just an email. 💌 Here is the letter to Joy in RED MAGAZINE UK. I hope it inspires you.
The life lessons we can all learn from Joy Davidman
(the woman who stole C.S Lewis' heart). Becoming Mrs. Lewis UK
Adventure Mishaps and Gratitude
That’s how we do it. But I want to assure you there were delayed planes, dirty hotel rooms, sleepless nights, sniffles and colds. There were almost-empty rooms and even a little fender bender when it was a hundred and two – yes 102 –🌡 degrees out and I stood on the side of the road with a dented rental car.
The police? They couldn’t find us. Literally couldn’t find us. Then my phone overheated from merely standing outside in my high heels and sundress so I couldn’t use my maps to find the next event, which started in ONE hour.
It all worked out in the end, but adventures aren’t merely the good, and wonderful – they are the bumps and mishaps.
So, I am here to thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing up for The Favorite Daughter. It’s been an honor to introduce the Donohoe family to all of you. A special shout out to all who came on tour and purchased The Favorite Daughter.
More Book Tour Photos Coming Soon!
The Art of 🎧 Audiobooks
And another amazing surprise — my dear friend Joshilyn Jackson read the audio version of THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER.💕 Feature by the Editors of BookPage. Listen to Clip
JOY in Canada— 📺 BECOMING MRS. LEWIS
In the theme of surprises I did not see coming— here was one of the most exciting OF the summer– INDIGO BOOKS and chief book love and CEO of Indigo, Heather Reisman chose BECOMING MRS. LEWIS as a Heather’s Pick, A Summer Read, and the July BOOK CLUB PICK.
Joy Davidman might have had an adventuresome spirit and moved to England, but only other PLACES she visited was Ireland and Greece. I think she was with me on this whirlwind trip to Canada. I participated in a fascinating discussion with the imitable Heather Reissman (Chief book lover and CEO of Indigo) and newscaster Marcia MacMillan.
I want to tell you about it all! I was enchanted with Canada and with Heather Reisman and with the most beautiful bookstore, INDIGO.
Indigo.ca Announces Heather's Book Club July Pick
Becoming Mrs. Lewis
The Morning Show Canada, Global TV with Patti Callahan
Becoming Mrs. Lewis
Your Morning host, Ben Mulroney was as perfectly charming as he seems. More so!! To be able to talk about Joy all over Canada. 🎉 May they love her as much as I do.
Your Morning, CTV Interview with Patti Callahan
Becoming Mrs. Lewis
BECOMING MRS. LEWIS is available in Canada at Indigo Books and Music in hardcover and paperback formats.
Pictured above (L to R): CANADA Left: Ben Mulroney (Your Morning Newscaster) and Author Patti Callahan. Right: Marcia MacMillan (Newscaster), Author Patti Callahan, and Heather Reissman (Chief book lover and CEO of Indigo).
Interview with Heather Reisman
"Top Reads for Summer ⛱ 2019"
As Seen on TV Becoming Mrs. Lewis
“This novel moves forward with a romantic pace that is reminiscent of days long gone."—Heather Reisman Indigo CEO and Chief Booklover
Travel ✈ Tips
With all these adventures, I need travel tips. Here are a few from travel expert flight-attendant Barbi Burris (Instagram @flyfitbarbi) and Lena Donohue, freelance travel writer from THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER
1. Use vacuum-sealed bags (Ziploc) and packing cubes to designate outfits/shoes/ laundry/ workout/ etc. When your bag is unexpectedly over 50 pounds, you can easily snatch one cube out and throw it in your carry on.
2. Bring Resistance Bands/ Tubes, comfortable sneakers, and a downloaded exercise program that you can do in your room when weather is bad or the hotel’s fitness room is nasty.
3. Bring your flight attendants a small treat (chocolate and kind notes are always a hit) when boarding— a little appreciation goes a long way.
Pictured above: (L to R) Left: Patti on Book Tour. Right: Sizzlin' Summer Event Savannah, GA with Three New York Times Bestselling Authors @Spartina 449. (L to R). Mary Alice Monroe (Author), Meg Walker (Spartina 449) Mary Kay Andrews (Author), and Patti Callahan Henry (Author). View Blog Post for more photos.
For the fourth of July, my little nieces wanted to bake with me and we had a pile of gorgeous summer peaches. So I pulled out my trusty Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews and we made this together. It was perfection. Literal lick-the-bowl perfection. Read More
Peach 🥧 and Berry Cobbler
Page 22-23 The Beach House Cookbook - MKA
For some reason, peaches bought from a roadside farm stand decorated with misspelled, hand-painted signs always taste sweeter to me than the fruit bought at a supermarket. Fruit cobblers and crisps are some of my favorite desserts to make because they are basically a slice, dump, and bake proposition, giving me more time to chillax. Served warm from the oven with a scoop of ice cream, they simply ooze the aroma of tender, homegrown love. And eaten surreptitiously, and cold, the next morning, using the refrigerator door as a shield to hide your transgression from anybody else who might stumble into the kitchen, this cobbler tastes even better.
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
6 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
2 cups blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. granted nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 cups milk
2 cups self-rising floor
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
2 tsp. almond extract
Vanilla ice cream (optional) for serving.
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 3-quart baking dish. Combine 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and the brown sugar in a small bowl. Combine the peaches, berries, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and 1/2 cup of the sugar mixture in a large bowl, tossing well to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes.
2. Add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar mixture, if desired, depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Pour into the prepared dish.
3. Stir the milk, flour, melted butter, remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and almond extract in a medium bowl until well blended. Pour over the fruit mixture and bake, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. Serve warm with the vanilla ice cream, if desired.
Podcast 🎙 Series
Keep your ears out for the podcast we have brewing – BEHIND THE SCENES OF BECOMING MRS. LEWIS! We have in-depth interviews with experts like Douglas Gresham, Joy’s son and C. S. Lewis’s stepson. More soon! Instagram "Behind the Scenes" clip.