I finally did it! My first Facebook Live video. And I must admit, it was actually pretty fun, and easy (except for the fact that we couldn’t get the Live video feature to work on my Facebook author page, so we did it from my Facebook conservation page instead). I must learn to speak louder next time, but it was truly a live experience, from the part of the island we call “Front Beach” on the Isle of Palms.
Most people don’t know that titles of books are not copyrighted.
For example, I could write a book titled Gone with the Wind. Surprised? I know I was when other books titled The Beach House were released! Most of the time, publishers want to avoid a title that’s already been taken, but sometimes books do emerge with the same title. This can be confusing to readers and I’ve received many letters asking me about this. Here’s my attempt to explain it.
In memory of Ryan Jacob Query
October 11, 1982 – March 23, 2017
This cross was built for a wedding. But today it was used for a memorial service.
Along the banks of the May River in Bluffton, South Carolina, we remembered the life of Ryan Query. He was an Army veteran, son, brother, father, and the fiancé of Julie Robbins. They were the winning couple of our Lowcountry Wedding giveaway, and they were all set to experience their dream wedding in Charleston, South Carolina. But on March 23rd–just a month before their wedding day–Ryan passed away unexpectedly.
I’ve been married for more than forty years, yet I’m checking the calendar each week, counting down to the April 24th wedding date for one special couple.
The winners of last summer’s Lowcountry Wedding Giveaway will experience the charm, beauty, and allure of a southern wedding in the top wedding destination of Charleston, South Carolina.
In typical southern hospitality and generosity, some of the best businesses in the local wedding industry are donating their time and talents to make this one-time idea of giving away a dream wedding an actual reality for one deserving couple.
The search for the perfect gown is an important part of the wedding planning process for many brides. And when the search is in downtown Charleston, it’s all the more special. There’s a scene in my novel A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING of the Muir sisters going on their downtown adventure to the Kate McDonald Bridal shop in the historic city in search of the dream dress.
Recently, the winning bride of A Lowcountry Wedding Dream Wedding Giveaway got to experience it for herself. Julie Robbins went to Kate McDonald Bridal on Spring Street to meet the talented, nationally recognized bridal designer Katherine McDonald.
Meet Ashley Rhodes. She’s a highly-coveted luxury event planner from the Lowcountry of South Carolina with a reputation for creating breathtaking weddings that have graced the covers of multiple print and online publications.
I see Ashley as a storyteller of sorts. When she plans a wedding, Ashley first sits down with a couple, notebook in hand, asks a lot of questions and then listens intently to the bride and groom’s hopes, desires and visions. Their conversation is about much more than just the wedding. From there, Ashley deftly creates a new chapter of the couple’s life together–their wedding day. And what a story it is!
I’m so happy to officially announce the wedding day for our winners of last summer’s “A Lowcountry Wedding Giveaway” who will have their dream come true in Charleston, South Carolina.
On April 24th, Julie Robbins and Ryan Query, will gather under an avenue of ancient oak trees at the historic Legare Waring House in Charleston, South Carolina to say “I do” in front of their closest friends and family. Thanks to all who voted last summer in the national giveaway, Julie and Ryan will have the wedding and reception of their dreams! If you missed it, here’s their contest video entry.
Christmas Eve is the most magical, wonder-filled night of the year. We always went to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Back in the day, we had to fast before receiving holy communion so we were all starving by the time we returned home. After a snack we were allowed to open ONE present. With the tree surrounded with presents (I am one of ten children!) picking one was both exciting and difficult. We’d fall asleep by the tree, Christmas music in our ears, like a pile of puppies.
That’s all you need to help be a part of the small campaign with big meaning. The Lowcountry Christmas Letter Campaign kicked off last month in partnership with my publisher, Gallery Books, and Operation Gratitude.
The mission: write a short, heartfelt letter to our troops to say we appreciate them this holiday season. Your letter will be included in care packages sent by Operation Gratitude to deployed troops, veterans, and wounded warriors.
You must act now. Letters need to be postmarked by Saturday, December 3rd and mailed to:
Mary Alice Monroe Lowcountry Christmas Letter Campaign
Don’t know what to write? CLICK HERE for tips to help you get started. My publisher Gallery Books will randomly select readers who contribute to our letter writing campaign to win a copy of my holiday novel. What a treat!
At no greater time than the holidays are hope and inspiration needed, and together, we can help spread the spirit of Christmas around the world to our heroes this season through this special letter-writing mission. Join me friends!