April 7, 2021 | Issue #36
Five Facts from Our Friend, Joshilyn Jackson
The one thing you’ve learned you can’t live without during the pandemic:
Well I CAN live without haircuts. Apparently. But not Zoom. And yet it is a love/hate relationship. I can’t do without it, but I can’t wait to trade it for human faces.
Your perfect day:
Scuba diving with my husband---and if it’s really completely perfect, we find an octopus.
Your favorite independent bookstore:
Oh, I can’t pick one. I live exactly between Eagle Eye and Little Shop of Stories, so one of those maybe?
The last book you raved about
Stacey Abrams wrote a thriller! While Justice Sleeps. I loved it and am raving still.
Your next book in ten words or less:
Former sitcom star fleeing stalker runs headlong into worse danger...
Bookseller of the Week
Our featured independent bookseller of the week is Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, GA—the best independent bookstore for kids & the grownups they become in the observable universe! Mention Friends & Fiction in the comments at checkout to get 10% off this week on featured titles by Joshilyn Jackson and the Fab Five. Visit the specially curated F&F page on the Little Shop of Stories website to SHOP NOW!  
Enter to Win!
As F&F gears up for our first birthday, we are offering our fans the shot at all the fun gifts! Enter to win this custom-made 12" Dino Retro Desk Lamp (in signature F&F colors!) from our friends at Barn Light Electric. And you've gotta have a new book to go along with your reading lamp, right?! So, the winner will also get to choose a book from any one of our author guests who have been on the show in the past year. Entry deadline: Sunday April 11th at midnight ET. One winner will be chosen at random on Mon 4/12. CLICK HERE for details and entry form. Then stay tuned for a new giveaway each week all month long!
An Original Essay by Patti Callahan

Each week, the Friends & Fiction authors take turns writing an essay for, the online home of Parade magazine.This week, Patti shares a column about changing careers midstream.

“I want to be a writer of books.”

The words had been spoken by my then-6-year-old daughter, Meagan, but they might as well have come from me.

That was 22 years ago. I was a nurse with a master’s degree in pediatrics, but at that moment, I was a stay-at-home mom with three kids under six years old. Meagan and I were playing with the plastic Fisher-Price dollhouse, the one with the pink roof and the helmet-hair three-inch family members, and I had just asked her, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

It can be an important question or it can be a lazy question, one we are trained to ask, a fallback question passed down from generations of ancestors who want to know what we are going to do with our lives. It can feel final—tell me now and never waver. But there is never one answer, and we can change our answer whenever we please. But no one ever told us that, did they?

To continue reading Patti’s essay on, click HERE.
Latest News From "The Fab Five"

KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY is so thrilled that UNDER THE SOUTHERN SKY—which releases in less than two weeks—is one of E!’s 15 Books to Check Out This April! She has lots of tour events coming up—both virtually and in real life—and would love to see you there! For more info visit

MARY KAY ANDREWS is honored to share that THE NEWCOMER (in stores May 4th!) has been named to the May 2021 Indie Next List thanks to nominations from independent booksellers around the country. The book was also recently reviewed by Booklist who said “Andrews expertly builds the tension (and a sweet romance) while exhibiting her deft hand at developing quirky characters, strong southern women, and charming locations.” She’s putting the finishing touches on her book tour which will include mostly virtual and a handful of live events. Stay tuned for full details. Meanwhile, the kickoff virtual launch event with Eagle Eye Books was just announced. Join MKA in conversation with #1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin livestreamed to Zoom from MKA’s home on Sunday, May 2nd. Act fast! The first 100 ticket buyers who purchase by 4/19 will be mailed a super fun “Launch-Party-in-a-Box” stuffed with yummy treats and cool swag. Details and tickets HERE.

MARY ALICE MONROE is honored to have been nominated as Best Local Author for Charleston City Paper Best Of Awards. Voting is open nationwide! If you love Mary Alice Monroe books and Charleston, please cast your vote HERE! Open until April 7. Mary Alice is also excited to share news of her Beach House Blend coffee collaboration as recently featured in Charleston's top new blog, Holy City Sinner.
KRISTIN HARMEL loved seeing her 2018 book, The Room on Rue Amelie, as part of an Amazon Gold Box deal for Kindle, where it became the #1 bestseller in Historical French Fiction.

PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY is enjoying time in Hawaii visiting with her daughter and granddaughter. Upon her return, she looks forward to joining Tim Ehrenberg on his @timtalksbooks Instagram Live on the 13th, to keynoting the South Carolina Writers Association Annual Writers Conference on the 16th with Jeffrey Blount, and to joining the F&F Official Book Club to discuss Surviving Savannah on the 19th. She is also pleased to announce that her 6-episode original podcast series, The Untold Story Behind Surviving Savannah, is now live on all major podcasting platforms, including Apple Podcasts.
Listen to the F&F Podcast!

In our latest episode, Kristy sits down with our beloved bookstagrammer pals from @meagansbookclub and @the_book_lover_book_club_.


Coming soon to the podcast:
Patti & Kristy interview Jessica Strawser
Mary Kay & Mary Alice interview Zibby Owens
Kristy interviews Anna North

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News from the F&F Official Book Club
Mark your calendars for these upcoming book club discussions. All events below take place at 7pm ET. 

April 19: Surviving Savannah with Patti Callahan Henry
May 17: Under the Southern Sky with Kristy Woodson Harvey
June 21: The Newcomer with Mary Kay Andrews
July 19: The Summer of Lost and Found with Mary Alice Monroe
Aug. 16: The Forest of Vanishing Stars with Kristin Harmel
Jon us on April 30th at 7:30pm ET for Virtual Happy Hour with Ron Block. Details to come!
If you missed our March 15th discussion of The Book Club with Mary Alice Monroe (plus a guest appearance by Kristy Woodson Harvey to preview Under the Southern Sky!), catch the replay HERE.
We would love to have you!
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