Happening in 2012

Aloha!  I'm home now enjoying my familiar Atlantic Ocean views after spending the beginning of my New Year at a cottage in the misty mountaintops of Maui, Hawaii! I enjoyed the Pacific views, ate lots of fish and pupu, and started writing my new book. It was an unforgettable way to celebrate the beginning of a very exciting book year.  Here's a snapshot of what's happening in 2012:

In April, THE BUTTERFLY’S DAUGHTER will be released in paperback, just in time for the return of the monarch. And I’m giving away more free milkseed seed packets for the early spring planting season. Milkweed is the sole food source for a monarch caterpillar. To learn more and request free seeds, click here.

Also coming out in April is the special tenth anniversary edition of THE BEACH HOUSE with a beautiful new book cover. I can’t believe it’s been an entire decade since the release of my first Southern novel.

That will be followed the May 8th release of my brand new prequel, BEACH HOUSE MEMORIES. It’s the return to Primrose Cottage on the Isle of Palms. The year is 1974, a tumultuous time for women’s rights in the South. At thirty-nine years old, Olivia “Lovie” Rutledge is married to an unappreciative husband and raising two young children. As she does every summer, Lovie and the kids head to her seaside cottage to carry on her ritual of being the island “turtle lady,” watching over nesting sea turtles. But this particular summer, Lovie finds herself falling in love and facing devastating consequences. BEACH HOUSE MEMORIES reveals the heart-aching reasons behind Lovie’s decisions---choices that forever shape the lives of her family during that one fateful summer. I've always loved the character Lovie and in this novel she expressed so much of my passion for sea turtles and nature. 

The BEACH HOUSE MEMORIES book tour is coming together nicely.  I’ll post the schedule soon on my website, blog and Facebook fan page.
The novel I’m currently working is based on dolphins, and I got to do some research on this fascinating species during my stay in Hawaii. Later this year I'm planning a trip to Florida to take part in dolphin rehabilitation work. 2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year. 


  1. I love how you travel to research your books. You make them very educational as a result. Keep up your environmental work too.

  2. You are such a talented writer, and since I moved to the Lowcountry eight years ago, I appreciate your work even more because it deals with so many things dear to my heart. I'm currently reading "The Butterfly's Daughter" and will wholeheartedly lobby for its inclusion on my book club's reading list for next season! (And now I want to grow milkweed, raise butterflies, and go to Mexico to see the migration!)

    I was thrilled to learn that you're working on a book about dolphins; I have had several unbelievable, mystical experiences with these magnificent creatures, so I can't wait to read the story you weave around them.

    I was over the moon to learn that you've just agreed to appear at USCB's Author Luncheon in May; Jo Ann is a sweetheart, and works so hard to find talented, enjoyable authors (like you!) for these programs. I've read all of your books; actually, I OWN all of your books, and I cannot WAIT to meet you!

    Bobbi Hahn

  3. Your books are beautiful, Mary Alice! I will look for them. Your WIP about dolphins sounds particularly up my alley. If you do any blog-touring for any of these releases, I would love to have you on my own, Suspense Your Disbelief, where many authors have shared their "Made It Moments". And thanks for the Accept on FB!


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All the best,
Mary Alice