Counting Down and Packing Up

The calendar says summer begins in mid-June.  But really, summer begins in just one week--May 19th.  Well, okay, at least for me it does.  

That's the day THE SUMMER'S END lands on store shelves! I'm excited to finally be able to share the third installment of the Lowcountry Summer Trilogy with you.  

In THE SUMMER'S END, I take you back to the charming seaside town of Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, where Mamaw is bracing to sell her beloved family estate, Sea Breeze.  It’s an emotional season as Mamaw and her "summer girls"--granddaughters Eudora, Carson, and Harper--face loss and struggle to find a fresh start in life.  Harper, the youngest sister, who lived under the narcissistic abuse of her wealthy and influential mother, has no home or career after breaking free of her mother’s tyranny.  And she finds herself needing courage to release her insecurities, recognize her strengths and accept love fully to save her family and her future. 

Here's a little sneak peek of THE SUMMER'S END.  Read excerpt now.

You can pre-order your copy today at from your favorite local bookstore, or order here.  

For anyone who has pre-ordered, make sure to enter my weekly Summer's End Giveaway on my Facebook page. Prizes every Tuesday! To enter, just type in your purchase confirmation number in the comment box of the contest post.  

I'm also delighted to share this new video with you, a short conversation about THE SUMMER'S END at my house with my assistant, Angela. Click here to watch video.

Meantime, I've been busy writing another book, doing media interviews, preparing for my book talks, and packing for the tour. My sister Ruthie will be my road warrior again for this 33-city book tour. Am I coming to a place near you?  View book tour schedule now.
Join me at an event.  We'll have a great time!  And, if you live within driving distance of Charleston, South Carolina... come celebrate the official book launch party for THE SUMMER'S END at the South Carolina Aquarium on Monday, May 18th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  I can't think of a more beautiful setting for a book party with wine, food, live island music, and most importantly, friends.  View invitation here.

I'm eager to connect with everyone on book tour again.  But I admit, I feel overwhelmed at times juggling so many things at once.  We all do. Recently I was reminded to slow down by blogger Angie Mizzell with these words on her recent blog post:   
"Be present. Grab moments. Two things that deserve top position on my to-do list every day."                                                                         --Angie Mizzell

Slowing down when life is extremely busy sounds counter-intuitive but it's exactly what we need.  Many of us carry overloaded plates with work demands, home life, family needs, graduations, events and an endless list of other commitments.  But I hope you'll heed Angie's advice to "grab moments".  For me, it's working in my garden for a half-hour, or taking the dog for a quick walk on the beach.  Re-connecting with nature refocuses my mind and restores my energy to press onward with enthusiasm. I hope it does the same for your soul.   

How do you "grab moments" for yourself during your hectic days? 

I look forward to seeing you on book tour!


  1. How I grab moments for myself during those long hectic days of summer is escaping into your world of fabulous stories where it takes me away even for a short time and decompresses me to go back into the grind of daily life refreshed.

    1. What an honor it is to share my novels with others. And I am glad my books help you. Thank you for your comment.

  2. Thank you, Mary Alice! It's an honor to be mentioned on your blog. I grabbed a moment this morning when my 3-year-old daughter and I left the gym. She broke into spontaneous dance when she heard the music playing through the speakers outside. I don't ever want to be so busy or in such a hurry that I don't have time for a two minute dance party!

  3. I don't ever want to be too busy for a dance party with the kids either. My moments of living in the present, slowing down and "grabbing moments" include parks visits, backyard playtime in the sprinkler, digging in the dirt, and swinging long after the time we should have gone in to get ready for dinner/bedtime. Slowing down with them makes me happier and calmer--strangely-- even though the monstrous to-do list looms in the back of my mind.

  4. My slowing down and --- grabbing moments ---are more special after having survived aggressive breast cancer. Although the sun is not friendly to me, big hats and long sleeve shirts help me enjoy my love of nature. Its good to be able to see you once again Mary Alice. We enjoyed a moment once before at Costa when Last Light came out. I feel like I am seeing a friend every time I pick up one of your books.


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All the best,
Mary Alice