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Books And Music: The Playlist for AND THEN I FOUND YOU

Today’s post by this month’s featured author, Patti Callahan Henry | @pcalhenry

Sometimes an author share the music they listened to while writing the book. But Patti chose to share the songs that are actually in AND THEN I FOUND YOU. Have a few spare minutes this morning? We’d encourage you to listen to what she calls a “wildly eclectic” playlist. Nothing will help you discover the mood of this novel like the music found within.

You can hear all the songs right here on Spotify. Or you can search for them one by one. Here’s the list:

“I’ll Be Seeing You ” (Fain and Kahal) by

“Paradise by the Dashboard Light ” (Meatloaf)

“Brown Eyed Girl ” (Van Morrison)

“L’Amour”  Carla Bruni

“Danny Boy ” (Irish Traditional by Celtic Thunder)

“Cotton Eyed Joe” (Starsound Orchestra)

“He’s Mine ” (Rodney Atkins)

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas ” (Michael Buble’)

“Let It Snow ” (Diana Krall)

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). She is the author of THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS and the forthcoming HINDENBURG (both published by Doubleday).

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Featured Recipe For AND THEN I FOUND YOU

Today’s post by Ingrid from Edible Tapestry | @EdibleTapestry

A specially crafted recipe for the She Reads book clubs meeting this month to discuss Patti Callahan Henry’s AND THEN I FOUND YOU…

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Jack begins his annual letters to Kate, “Happy…birthday to Luna.” Every time I read his opening lines I thought to myself that Luna needed a birthday cake. She missed all those birthday celebrations with her birth parents. So as the She Reads guest recipe blogger I became determined to do my darndest to see that she got one, or two, of those cakes. I kept reading to see if there would be inspiration elsewhere for a recipe idea to coincide with Patti Callahan Henry’s new novel, And Then I Found You. But by the time I reached the end of the book I still felt that Luna should have her birthday cake.

I was talking to my teen sons about how I should go about creating a birthday cake for the character without actually mixing together two layer yellow cake ingredients and whipping up a vat of butter cream. We were discussing her name and how it means the moon. Without hesitating, my thirteen-year-old son said I should make Moon Pies. Perfect. Especially since the book is primarily set in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Moon Pies are a great tradition in the southern states. Yep. Luna pies with colored sprinkles. I would even give Luna a lit pink birthday candle in the finished dish photo.

After I’d imagined what I would need to create my Luna pies, it occurred to me that Moon Pies might simply be glorified, preassembled s’mores. Really?! I knew I wanted Luna’s to be chocolate coated. Sure enough, I found all the ingredients but candy sprinkles in front of the sporting goods department of my local discount store, waiting for would-be campers. Graham crackers went in my shopping basket along with the biggest Hershey bar I’d ever seen and those gargantuan roasting marshmallows that you can only find during camping season.

When I got my goodies home, the trial and error began. How to cut the crispy graham cracker sheets into rounds without crumbling them? After a few failed attempts, I took four full sheets of cracker and tucked them inside a brown paper lunch sack. Then I sprinkled in a tablespoon or two of water, just flicking it over the crackers and the inside of the bag. I rolled down the top of the sack very tightly and microwaved the package for 13 seconds. I don’t know why I stopped at 13 but I have a hunch that if they’d been nuked for any longer they would have turned into something otherworldly. Already, where the edges of the damp bag touched the crackers, they were getting gummy. Any less and they would have been too crisp for me to cleanly cut into circles. 13 seconds for 13 missed birthday cakes? My 13-year-old boy coming up with the idea. I don’t know…It is what it is.

I decided not long after figuring out how to cut my graham crackers that marshmallows should come with a warning label or at least microwave instructions. I found out the hard way that those things can grow to four times their size within a matter of seconds! So here I was with the biggest marshmallows on the market, cutting them to half the size of regular roasting marshmallows to make a reasonably sized Luna pie.

This is how I finally got the job done. I ended up in a pretty sticky situation for a bit there, but very kindly worked out the messy details for anyone who wants to make their own chocolate coated marshmallow cookies. My boys happily polished off my unsuccessful, extra gooey attempts.

Ingredients:

8 full graham cracker sheets

2 T water

2 Campfire Giant Roasters marshmallows, quartered

2 (4.4 oz.) Hershey milk chocolate bars

Candy sprinkles

A small brown paper bag

I mason jelly jar with a normal sized mouth, not wide-mouthed.

Method:

Place 4 of the graham cracker sheets in the paper sack.

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Sprinkle in the water. Close tightly.

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Microwave the whole bag on high for 13 seconds. Immediately remove the crackers and lay them in stacks of two on a flat surface. Use the mouth of the jar (or a cookie cutter of the same size) to cut two circles in each stack of two crackers to make four rounds.

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Repeat with the remaining graham crackers until you have 16 rounds. They aren’t perfectly round. I ended up with a flat side on almost every one. But the marshmallow and chocolate coating nicely smoothed out all the edges.

Place a quarter of a marshmallow in the center of 8 rounds on a microwave safe plate.

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Microwave them for 20 seconds, just until they are soft and puffy. Any longer and they will grow and grow until I just don’t know what happens. I didn’t stick around to find out. Place a round on top of each warm marshmallow and press only hard enough to get the marshmallow to fill the round to the edges.

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Allow the sandwich cookie to cool.

Melt the chocolate bars over very low heat in a saucepan on the stove just until glossy.

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Dip and coat each marshmallow sandwich in the chocolate.

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Sprinkle with the candy colors before the chocolate cools and sets.

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Yield: 8 Happy Birthday Luna Pies

 

 

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). She is the author of THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS and the forthcoming HINDENBURG (both published by Doubleday).

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Release Day And A Launch Party

The She Reads team at Patti Callahan Henry’s book launch.

Even thought we’ve been talking about AND THEN I FOUND YOU for a week, it officially publishes today. Our team had the great privilege of attending Patti Callahan Henry’s book launch party in Atlanta this weekend and we thought we’d share a few of those moments with you.

Patti signing AND THEN I FOUND YOU

In addition to cheering on Patti and her sister (whose story inspired the novel) we also spent some time with Allison Law (a member of our blog network–she’s lovely, by the way) and the always delightful Joshilyn Jackson. And if you’ve spent any time around this site, or our team, you know that laughter was found in abundance.

And Fun Was Had By All

Patti has been very open about the true story behind AND THEN I FOUND YOU. While the novel is a fictionalized account of the story, you may not know that she and her sister wrote and published the real version in a short e-book called FRIEND REQUEST. We highly recommend downloading a copy to read along with the novel. There’s nothing like knowing the story behind the story.

And there’s nothing like spending an evening with good friends. Thanks, Patti, for a wonderful night!

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). She is the author of THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS and the forthcoming HINDENBURG (both published by Doubleday).

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A Room Of Her Own – The Writing Space of Patti Callahan Henry

Patti Callahan Henry’s Writing Space

Leave it to this month’s featured author, Patti Callahan Henry, to have the quintessential writing space in an attic dormer. Her novel, AND THEN I FOUND YOU, will release next Tuesday, April 9th, but if you can’t wait that long (and we don’t blame you) you can enter to win one of the ten copies we’ve got up for grabs this week.

About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). She is the author of THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS and the forthcoming HINDENBURG (both published by Doubleday).

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April Book Club Selection

It’s not uncommon for people to ask how we pick our monthly selections. They want to know the formula we use. How we commit to spending an entire month with one author and one story. But the truth is, we simply know. It’s more of an art than a science, and this month’s selection is no different. When early copies of Patti Callahan Henry’s AND THEN I FOUND YOU made their way to us, we just knew. And then to find that it was inspired by a true event in the author’s family sealed the deal. We knew it was a book we had to share with you–even though it isn’t technically available for another week. But the truth is you will be hearing a lot about this novel in the coming months and we wanted to be the first ones to share it with you. It’s just too good to wait. But fear not friends, we’ve got copies of  AND THEN I FOUND YOU  for ten lucky readers. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win.

About the novel:

Kate Vaughan is no stranger to tough choices.

She’s made them before. Now it’s time to do it again.

Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she’s getting on with her life.   Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. If Kate had ever made a list, Rowan would fill the imagined boxes of a perfect mate. But she wants more than the  perfect on paper  relationship; she wants a real and imperfect love. That’s why, when Kate discovers the small velvet box hidden in Rowan’s drawer, she panics.

It always happens this way. Just when Kate thinks she can love, just when she believes she can conquer the fear, she’s filled with dread. And she wants more than anything to make this feeling go away. But how?

When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it’s time to face the truth. Kate knows this. She understands that a woman can never undo what can never be undone. Yet, for the first time in her life she also knows that she won’t fully love until she confronts those from her past. It’s time to act.

Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?

And Then I Found You  gives new life to the phrase “inspired by a true story. ” By travelling back to a painful time in her own family’s history, the author explores the limits of courage, and the price of a selfless act.

You can read an excerpt of AND THEN I FOUND YOU here.

Add AND THEN I FOUND YOU to your Goodreads want-to-read list.

Patti Callahan Henry

New York Times  bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry has published nine novels:  Losing the Moon,  Where the River Runs,  When Light Breaks,  Between the Tides,  The Art of Keeping Secrets,  Driftwood Summer,  The Perfect Love Song,  Coming up for Air,  And Then I Found  You. Hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction, Henry has been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Novel of the Year. Her work is published in five languages and in audiobook by Brilliance Audio.

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About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). She is the author of THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS and the forthcoming HINDENBURG (both published by Doubleday).

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