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Announcing Books & Bottles: A Club for Book & Wine Lovers From the Tall Poppy Writers and Frances Ford Coppola Winery


I have always been proud to be a Tall Poppy Writer, but today I’m even more excited. Why? Because we have a new collaboration between Tall Poppy Writers and Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Read the press release below to find out more, and Click Here to order the Winter selection of Books & Bottles from Frances Ford Coppola Winery


Organizations develop innovative way to connect with readers and book club members
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Nov. 28, 2017) – The Tall Poppy Writers is proud to announce its partnership with Francis Ford Coppola Winery and the launch of Books & Bottles, a new program developed for readers, book club members, and wine enthusiasts.

Founded in 2013, the Tall Poppy Writers is the only author-driven marketing cooperative in the U.S. that is exclusive to female authors who publish in a variety of genres. Through its collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Books & Bottles supports Tall Poppy Writers’ commitment to creating innovative ways for authors to connect with readers in an ever-changing publishing industry.

Books & Bottles is a quarterly offering of books from Tall Poppy Writers paired with two bottles of wine from Francis Ford Coppola Winery and a booklet featuring themed recipes, author bios, interviews, and more. Books & Bottles is an ideal gift for hosts who want to design the perfect book club night, a themed party, or an evening home alone.

The inaugural Books & Bottles will feature “I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around,” a warm comic novel by USA Today best selling author Ann Garvin, or the page-turning thriller, “The Truth About Thea” by Amy Impellizzeri. Consumers will be able to choose one book along with two suggested Coppola wines, red or white. The wine selection for this collection can include an assortment of awardwinning Diamond Collection wines, Sofia wines, Rosso & Bianco wines, or Votre Santé wines. Recipe
pairings will consist of entrées and desserts along with a playlist to match that features a wide array of music recommendations.

To celebrate the launch, Francis Ford Coppola Winery is hosting book readings and author meet-and-greets on December 6 and 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the winery’s upstairs gallery. Limited complimentary tickets are available and must be reserved. This event is for adults 21 and older. To register, visit https://www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com/en/visit/winery-events/

Each Books & Bottles shipment costs $49 and will be available for purchase online at

The first Books & Bottles release is also available on Amazon.com through the end of the year.

About Tall Poppy Writers 

Tall Poppy Writers is the first author-driven marketing cooperative in the U.S. that elevates the work of female authors, connects directly with readers, engages with the publishing industry, and supports domestic and international nonprofit organizations that foster literacy. For more information, visit www.tallpoppies.org.
About The Family Coppola
The Family Coppola encompasses all of the things Francis loves most – cinema, wine, food, resorts, and adventure – and embraces quality, authenticity and pleasure as a backbone to each of these vibrant business endeavors. Anchored in Sonoma County, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, known for the superior level of quality and integrity, is, as Francis puts it, “a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can enjoy all the best things in life: food, wine, music, dancing, games, swimming and
performances of all types. A place to celebrate the love of life.” Coppola’s second foray into Sonoma County came in 2015 with the launch of Virginia Dare Winery, American wines since 1835, ushering in a new era of elevated quality and vineyard-specific wines. The Family Coppola Hideaways are a collection of unique properties where adventure meets serenity. Drawing upon inspiration from his film career and travels around the globe to the far-reaching corners of the world, Francis created each resort embracing its
off-the-beaten-track location, making it an ideal destination for exploring the natural wonders of the area while relaxing in tranquil surroundings. Additionally, The Family Coppola operates a venerable film production company, American Zoetrope; the award-winning all-literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story; Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco’s iconic Sentinel Building in North Beach; and Mammarella Foods, an authentic line of premium organic pastas and sauces. http://www.TheFamilyCoppola.com.

Media Contact:
Kerstin March
Director of Public Relations
Tall Poppy Writers
612-  321-  6087

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Perennials, by Julie Cantrell: A Must-Read for Fall

“If Julie Cantrell isn_t on your reading list, she should be.”—Lisa Wingate, NYT bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
I am so excited to tell you about my friend Julie Cantrell’s brand new novel, Perennials. I had the pleasure of reading an early copy and I have to say that while I needed a box, or two, of tissue, it lifted my heart to read such a well-written novel with a beautiful story. I will post a review later this week, but since it released today, I wanted to tell you about it now. Grab your copy today!
Other Reviews:

“Family drama, small-town pressures, and life’s unexpected turns are all set within the charming parameters of a Southern perennial garden.  Add the literary links to Faulkner and Welty, a soul-stirring romance, and Cantrell’s lyrical story-telling skills and you’ve got a heart-warming tale that is sure to outlast the seasons. You’ll love Perennials!”

—Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House for Rent

“With languid prose and vivid description, Julie Cantrell’s novel unfolds as beautifully as one of her protagonist’s favorite flowers. Cantrell weaves moving and inspirational stories that make her one of today’s most beloved storytellers. Perennials may be her most breathtaking yet.”

—Kristy Woodson Harvey, bestselling author of Slightly South of Simple

“Like the perennial plants that give the story its namesake, Julie Cantrell’s characters survive drought and flood, sunshine and storm. Readers will see reflections of their own lives as they travel along with Lovey when she returns to the rich Mississippi soil to bloom again. If Julie Cantrell isn’t on your reading list, she should be.”

—Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

“Full of southern charm, this evocative family saga delves into the weight of our relationships and the roles played by fate, redemption and love. Beautifully written, Julie Cantrell’s Perennials is a must read, especially for those who believe in the power of second chances.”

 —Karma Brown, bestselling author of In This Moment

“In Perennials, Julie Cantrell offers a modern Southern family saga brimming with traditional family values and contemporary problems. Cantrell’s well-paced story, beautiful prose, and lush descriptions effortlessly carry you through the estranged, yet enmeshed, lives of sisters Lovey and Bitsy. The novel is deftly woven with bits of Mississippi history, literature, and landscape, adding to this immersive read that goes right to your heart, and makes you remember what’s truly important.”

—Amy Sue Nathan, author of Left to Chance

“In Perennials, Julie Cantrell has written a love letter to her home state of Mississippi, Deep South summers, and flower blooms that can heal the soul. Through main character Lovey’s return trip home, we see what it means to keep “Family First” no matter what. And her journey home is much more than just miles traveled–it’s a glimpse into a life full of heartache and longing, the illuminating light of truth, and the redemptive power of love.”

—Lauren Denton, author of The Hideaway

“With her proven ability to peel back the layers that expose the frailty of the soul, Julie Cantrell has created another evocative tale that tackles tough themes like trust, loyalty, truth, and the familial ties that bind us, whether we want them to or not. A story that will settle in and stay with you, Perennials is a masterpiece not to be missed.”

—Catherine West, author of The Things We Knew & The Memory of You

“Oxford, Mississippi–In the span of only a few pages, author Julie Cantrell, in her new novel of the South, took me from a place I’d never been to a place I now feel I need to go. With tender hearted prose and characters full-to-blooming, Perennialsis a poignant family drama that reminds us all what it means to return to our roots and come back home.”

—James Markert, author of The Angels’ Share

“Perennials is much more than a testament to the South and the healing power of family, it is a love letter that speaks to the deepest longings within us all. Julie Cantrell is a master.”

—Billy Coffey, author of Some Small Magic

“You can leave home—but does home ever leave you? That’s the question at the heart of Julie Cantrell’s stunning new novel. With a story that’s at once classic and unlike anything you’ve read before, Perennials is as lush and entrancing as the gardens described within its pages.”

—Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Life and Other Near-Death Experiences


“From the lush Mississippi setting and lyrical writing, to the flawed yet engaging characters, Julie Cantrell’s Perennials is an engrossing reading pleasure.  I loved this story of a fractured family and a prodigal daughter, and the healing power and connections that tending gardens brings to their lives.  Like an artist, the author uses a delicate brush to carefully illustrate the joys and pains of life’s growing seasons, and of learning how to surrender old hurts to find forgiveness.  This is a book to read more than once.”

—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Night the Lights Went Out


Where to buy:

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BAM: http://bit.ly/2zGlH2s

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2hd4nXz

Google Play: http://bit.ly/2yI8y8S

IndieBound: http://bit.ly/2yGJv61

The Truth About Thea: A Review


This is Amy Impellizzeri’s best novel yet! I loved Lemongrass Hope and was hoping for another story from Impellizzeri with as many twists and turns. I got them, and more.

Set mostly at Juniper Lane, a treatment center for addiction, Thea discovers that the people in her support group might have a bigger impact on her life than she expected when a judge first sentences her to spend time there. Not a drug addict herself, Thea’s other addiction, if it really is one, is quite different and intriguing, inviting the reader into the web of deceit that Thea has made a career out of up until now.

There were many times in this novel when I thought I had the plot figured out, only to be surprised as the characters’ lives intermingle and shed light on the truth. The Truth About Thea is well-written, engaging, and intense.

The Truth About Thea is out now, wherever books are sold. Be sure to grab a copy!

Highly recommended!


Reading Suggestion: Left to Chance, by Amy Sue Nathan


Release: November 2017

Every now and then I read a book whose characters stay with me long after I turn the last page. Left to Chance by Amy Sue Nathan is one of those books. I always love how real to life her characters are and before I even turned the first page, I was hoping for a story that I would recognize as a little bit complicated, but that would also lift my spirits. These are the aspects I loved about her first two novels. I’m happy to say I wasn’t at all disappointed.

Teddi Lerner returns to Chance, Ohio after leaving with no notice five years earlier, breaking already torn hearts and leaving a path of confusion after her best friend’s death. When she gets an opportunity to go back and make things right with her friends, and especially with her best friend’s daughter, twelve-year-old Shayna, she returns amidst feelings of obligation, dread, and nostalgia for her home town. It isn’t clear if Teddi will be able to set things right, but as she opens up to the pain and grief in her own heart over the loss of her friend, we learn more about the real reason that she left.

With well-drawn, complex, and emotional characters that have become trademark for Amy Sue Nathan’s novels, Left to Chance drew me into the lives and community of Chance. I love how Nathan depicts family and relationships realistically and beautifully, rarely shiny and perfect, but always revealing the kind of depth of emotion that makes life worth the journey.

I highly recommend this book!