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!

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