Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Down by the sea with Patti Callahan Henry...plus a book giveaway

We are pleased to feature Patti Callahan Henry today, as she has recently published The Stories We Tell. She's here to revel in the summer with us, and thanks to Sullivan and Partners, we have one copy to share with a lucky US reader!

Patti Callahan Henry grew up in Philadelphia and moved south with her family when she was 12 years old. With the idea that being a novelist was “unrealistic,” she set her sights on becoming a pediatric nurse, graduating from Auburn University with a degree in nursing, and from Georgia State with a Master’s degree in Child Health. She left nursing to raise her first child, and not long after having her third child she began writing down the stories that had always been in her head. When her first child was six years old, she told Patti that she wanted “to be a writer of books” when she grew up. That made Patti realize that writing was her own dream as well. She began taking writing classes at Emory University, attending weekend writers’ conferences, and educating herself about the publishing industry. Her first book, Losing the Moon, was published in 2004. She has since appeared in numerous magazines including Good Housekeeping and Southern Living. Two of her novels were Okra Picks and Coming up For Air was selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List. She is a frequent speaker at fundraisers, library events and book festivals. Patti lives in Mountain Brook, Alabama with her husband and three children, and is a full-time writer. You can find her at her website, Facebook and Twitter. (Bio adapted from Patti's website.)

Synopsis of The Stories We Tell:
Eve and Cooper Morrison are Savannah’s power couple. They’re on every artistic board and deeply involved in the community. She owns and operates a letterpress studio specializing in the handmade; he runs a digital magazine featuring all things southern gentlemen. The perfect juxtaposition of the old and the new, Eve and Cooper are the beautiful people. The lucky ones. And they have the wealth and name that comes from being part of an old Georgia family. But things may not be as good as they seem. Eve’s sister, Willa, is staying with the family until she gets "back on her feet." Their daughter, Gwen, is all adolescent rebellion. And Cooper thinks Eve works too much. Still, the Morrison marriage is strong. After twenty-one years together, Eve and Cooper know each other. They count on each other. They know what to expect. But when Cooper and Willa are involved in a car accident, the questions surrounding the event bring the family close to breaking point. Sifting between the stories—what Cooper says, what Willa remembers, what the evidence indicates—Eve has to find out what really happened. And what she’s going to do about it. (Courtesy of Goodreads.)

Favorite thing about summer:
No early alarms to get kids off to school in a frenzy.

Annual summertime tradition:
Beach! Water!

Favorite water activity:
Reading in a hammock somewhere near a river, lake or sea.

Have you been to the Renaissance Faire? If so, what was your favorite thing about it?
I've never been, BUT I must put this on my schedule!

Time to barbecue...what will you be grilling?
Fish -- usually fish that one of my boys caught.

Favorite ice cream flavor:
Caramel. Anything with caramel.



Thanks to Patti for visiting with us and to Sullivan and Partners for sharing her book with our readers.

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US only. Giveaway ends July 28th at midnight EST.

29 comments:

Janine said...

My favorite water activity is just wading in the water r laying on a float

Bonnie Franks said...

Tiptoeing in the ocean so I don't step on sharp things.....I believe it's a new dance! And if only I were able, surfing.

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Suzanne said...

Lazy River!

Laura P Bryant said...

Just relaxing in the water.

Debbie Haupt said...

Love Patti, can't wait to read this one :)
Thanks

Anonymous said...

Watching the waves! Linda White frogz60@hotmail.com

Ro said...

Walking on the beach or reading with a cocktail in hand.

Ro said...

Walking on beach or reading with cocktail in hand.

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Anonymous said...

Watching the waves lap at the shore
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Linda Kish said...

Swimming

Anonymous said...

Confession time. I am not a water person. I don't even know how to swim. I know, I know. I don't like getting water in my ears or nose. : )

Suzy

Hailey Fish said...

Doing laps in the pool and then going backwards against the whirlpool!

I so want to win this book! PCH is one of my favorite authors!

Melanie Backus said...

Wading is always fun.

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Margie said...

I like walking on an ocean beach and picking up sea shells.
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susieqlaw said...

Riding the waves of the ocean

Meg Munson said...

Relaxing on a float reading a book with a drink with an umbrella!

pascale said...

Love the pool, afraid of the ocean. I think my favorite water activiity is sitting in a float, reading a
good book!

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Anita Yancey said...

I don't have a favorite water activity. The water scares me because I can't swim. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Carl Scott said...

I used to really like diving but these days I just enjoy a little volleyball and bobbing up and down in the cool water. Thanks

Bonnie K. said...

My favorite water activity is swimming laps in a pool. Next, would be putting my feet in the ocean and walking along with the waves splashing.

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Rita said...

Swimming in my son's pool.

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Jennifer Huelsebusch said...

Catching some rays by the pool or on the beach with a good book!

rubynreba said...

Sitting on the beach.

Patricia said...

Wading and looking for shells.

Summer Grinstead said...

Just laying in the pool taking it easy!
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bn100 said...

swimming

debb1955 said...

Walking on the beach.

Katherine Ivan said...

Walking along the very edge of the surf, though simply watching the waves of the ocean is lovely too.

Jennifer Essad said...

after swimming laps I relax on my lounger and float while reading my new favorite novel