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4/8/15

Let's Launch this Book Together

Wow!  It just dawned on me as I opened up my blog page that this year marks my 20th anniversary as a published author.  TWENTY. YEARS.  

Seeing this in writing, saying it aloud seems ... surreal.  I am profoundly grateful. Whether you've read every novel I've published or just one, you have contributed to my writing career.  I consider it a rare gift to be able to have a job that allows me to combine my passions for writing and nature conservation.  

This adds even greater meaning to this year's book launch, and I want you to celebrate with me! THE SUMMER'S END comes out in just six weeks and is the conclusion to the bestselling Lowcountry Summer trilogy.

The summer is just beginning with THE SUMMER'S END.  Let's party in an extra special way at the South Carolina Aquarium!


The South Carolina Aquarium is a treasured attraction here in Charleston, South Carolina.  On Monday, May 18th from 6:30-8:30 p.m., you'll get to enjoy all that the aquarium has to offer at this exclusive, after-hours party.  Enjoy all of the exhibits, including the brand new Shark Shallows, with a glass of wine in hand, while nibbling on southern treats, and enjoying a live steel drum performance by musician Mike Greer.

If you're out of town and looking for a place to stay, the Francis Marion Hotel in historic downtown Charleston and The Palms Oceanfront Hotel on Isle of Palms are offering a limited number of rooms at a discount rate just for my guests, under the group name: "Mary Alice Monroe Book Party."

Reserve your ticket today by calling the SC Aquarium at (843) 577-3474.  It will be a night to remember and I'm eager to celebrate this milestone moment with you.  Let's launch THE SUMMER'S END together!

3/31/15

A Sneak Peek at "The Summer's End"


Wow!  Hundreds of readers have responded already to my Lowcountry Summer Sweepstakes, and we're only one full week into the contest.  Thank you!  This is the biggest giveaway I've been able to do so far, with an amazing grand prize--a vacation to Charleston, ranked the #1 city in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine readers.

This sweepstakes celebrates the countdown to the May 19th official release of my new novel THE SUMMER'S END, the long-awaited final book of The Lowcountry Summer Trilogy.

Today, I'm thrilled to announce that everyone is a winner in this week's contest!  Because of the strong number of pre-orders, I'm releasing a portion of the first chapter of THE SUMMER'S END. This is the first time any of it has been posted publicly and I'm so happy to share it with you.


Prizes are awarded every Tuesday and you can enter weekly.  All you need to do is pre-order your copy of THE SUMMER'S END.  And then post your purchase number in the comment box of the sweepstakes post on my Facebook page.  Simple!  If you're attending an upcoming book tour event, your RSVP qualifies for the contest too. Just post the event and date you reserved your ticket.  Every entry is 
eligible for the grand prize--a Lowcountry island getaway in Charleston, South Carolina.  


Grand prize package includes:

  • Three-night stay at a three-bedroom, marsh view cottage on Dewees Island
    (Check-in date: Sunday, May 17, 2015; Check-out date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015*)
  • Courtesy ferry boat rides to/from Dewees Island
  • Personal nature tour on this pristine private island by master naturalist Judy Fairchild
  • Private cocktail event hosted by Dewees Real Estate
  • Sunset dolphin cruise for two courtesy of Barrier Island Eco Tours
  • Two tickets to the official book launch party for The Summer's End at the South Carolina Aquarium



Dewees Island is a beautiful barrier island next to the Isle of Palms and just 21 miles from historic downtown Charleston.  Watch this short video to see the natural splendor of Dewees Island. This will be the experience of a lifetime for one lucky winner!






3/23/15

Need a Getaway? Here's Your Chance!

Summer is coming and we have big things planned for the May 19th release of the long-awaited final book in the Lowcountry Summer Trilogy-- The Summer's End.

First up... The Summer's End Sweepstakes.
This is our biggest sweepstakes to date happening now on my Facebook page.
Weekly giveaways, and one lucky winner will enjoy a Lowcountry island getaway here in Charleston, SC.  This grand prize package includes:
  • Three-night stay at a three-bedroom, marsh view cottage on Dewees Island
    (Check-in date: Sunday, May 17, 2015; Check-out date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015*)
  • Courtesy ferry boat rides to/from Dewees Island
  • Personal nature tour on this pristine private island by master naturalist Judy Fairchild
  • Private cocktail event hosted by Dewees Real Estate
  • Sunset dolphin cruise for two courtesy of Barrier Island Eco Tours
  • Two tickets to the official book launch party for The Summer's End at the South Carolina Aquarium


TO WIN: Pre-order my new novel The Summer's End.  Then, enter your name and receipt number in the comment box of the sweepstakes post on my Facebook page.  That's it!

Every week new prizes will be awarded-- you can enter every week with that same receipt number.  All entries are eligible for the grand prize Lowcountry Island Getaway.  If you've already pre-ordered, don't worry-- your purchase qualifies too.  Just enter your receipt number in the comments box of the sweepstakes post on my Facebook page.  

Details are posted on my website www.maryalicemonroe.com and my Facebook page. Summer is just beginning with the May 19th release of The Summer's End!




*Grand prize winner will be announced April 28th on Facebook and www.maryalicemonroe.com.  Winner must claim prize in 48 hours after the announcement.  If grand prize winner cannot redeem weekend prize during the May 17-20, 2015 dates aforementioned, Dewees Real Estate will make every effort possible to accommodate the winner with an alternative getaway date but the selected cottage on the island cannot be guaranteed.
*Grand prize winner is responsible for transportation to and from Charleston, SC.
*Winner must legal resident of the United States of America.  Winner must be 18 years or older.