Words fail to convey our heartfelt appreciation for the selfless commitment and sacrifice made by our veterans and their families to protect our freedom. I hope my sincerity and gratitude ring true when I say a simple Thank you.
Now we can put our words to action! I’m excited to announce a special mission done in partnership with my publisher, Gallery Books, and Operation Gratitude. We are kicking off the Lowcountry Christmas Letter Campaign. It’s a small task with big meaning.
Between now and December 3rd, I’m asking my readers to write a letter to our heroes to let them know we care about them and appreciate them this holiday season. Our letters will be included in care packages that will be sent by Operation Gratitude to deployed troops, veterans, first responders, and wounded warriors. Invite your family and friends, neighbors and colleagues to join us in this letter writing campaign. Colorful drawings (especially by kids) are welcomed and encouraged!
When your letter is ready, mail it to this address (postmarked by December 3rd):
Mary Alice Monroe Lowcountry Christmas Letter Campaign
CLICK HERE for the full details, which includes tips to help you get started if you don’t know what to say. If you want to include items beyond letters and drawings, there’s information about that too.
We’ll get an update by mid-December from my publisher about how many letters were sent for our letter writing campaign. I’m giddy with excitement knowing that together we will all be spreading a little joy to those who deserved to be thanked for their service and bravery.
I’m so proud that Gallery Books will donate boxes of A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS for Operation Gratitude as well. In addition Gallery will randomly select readers who contribute to our letter writing campaign to win a copy of my holiday novel. Again, CLICK HERE for all the details.
In A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS a wounded warrior and his younger brother discover the true meaning of Christmas in this timeless story of family bonds. I dedicated this book to my favorite veteran, my son.
And I wrote A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS with all of our veterans in my heart. This novel is special to me because it raises awareness about the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans and their families. It also delivers a strong message of hope and inspiration for all, especially for those currently battling PTSD.
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.
Nathalie Dupree is the queen of southern cooking. She’s a celebrated chef and bestselling author in Charleston, SC, whom I am lucky enough to call my friend. And she has kindly allowed me to share some of her recipes with you this holiday season.
You can find the specially selected recipes in the back of my new novel, A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS, in stores now. Most of the recipes can be found in MASTERING THE ART OF SOUTHERN COOKING by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart. It’s a heavyweight of a book with more than 700 pages of recipes, stories, food facts and history. My copy is proudly displayed in my kitchen. It’s a treasure for anyone who loves and appreciates southern cooking.
I’ve been dreaming about Christmas since July! Seriously.
In less than two weeks, Gallery Books will release my first ever holiday novel, A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS. This is a story I’d been wanting to write for a few years, and when the opportunity finally came, I was surprised by how quickly I wrote it. It’s one of those books that flowed from my heart and mind through my fingertips to the page, like a divine gift. And now it is my gift to you, my readers.
I’m writing my next summer book titled Beach House for Rent, which is the conclusion of my The Beach House Series–The Beach House, Beach House Memories, and Swimming Lessons. I find myself filled with all the strong feelings again I have for the characters: Lovie, Cara, Brett, Toy, Little Lovie. And the sweet Primrose Cottage that, though a house, became a character in the series.
“Where are the pecans?”
This was a question I received from several readers just days after the release of my latest novel, A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING. They were referring to the pecan tassies recipe published in the back of the book.
It turns out that the pecans are missing from the ingredients because it’s actually a lemon bar recipe. Whoops! It too is a delicious recipe, but today, I’d like to share the actual pecan tassies recipe with you that was supposed to be in the novel (it will be corrected in future printings). Pecan tassies are the perfect dessert at your next special dinner event or backyard barbeque or book club meeting.
I’ve never been a part of something quite like this! With the generous support of some of my favorite Charleston wedding businesses, together, we are showering one engaged couple with the ultimate gift–a lowcountry wedding worth $40,000.
The contest received more than 150,000 votes! It was neck and neck between couples Ryan & Julie and Jonathan & Yolanda. All of the couples are deserving of a lowcountry wedding but we only have one to give.
The public voted and you chose Ryan & Julie from Bluffton, South Carolina!
If you missed their story, you can watch it again here.
We have the finalists for A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING Giveaway!
I confess it was tough to choose only three. We received so many heartfelt videos sharing story after story about why a couple should win the $40,000 dream wedding in Charleston, SC. Thank you ALL for your entries. But we only have one wedding to give away. After much discussion the committee selected the three entries. But the final decision is not mine to make. Now it’s up to YOU to vote!
What a whirlwind! We’re finally settled back at home after being on the road for nearly a month celebrating the release of A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING. It’s been wonderful sharing the new installment of the New York Times bestselling Lowcountry series, and I’ve loved talking weddings with so many of you! Thank you for kicking off the summer reading season with an exciting book tour!
I feel like a bride again … more than forty years after my own wedding.
Here we are–Markus, a dashing groom, and I, a blushing twenty-year-old bride–at our wedding at a beautiful farm, beginning the rest of our lives … together.
Now some 40 years later he’s retired and for the first time we’re traveling together–not a second honeymoon but for book tour–celebrating the release of my new novel A Lowcountry Wedding. From the seaside book reception at the Wild Dunes Resort Grand Pavilion on Isle of Palms, South Carolina to our multiple book signings, book talks, and literary luncheons across the country. Planes, trains, and automobiles!
Your response to my recent blog post about grandmothers’ love and wisdom was tremendous. And oh, how I loved hearing all of the special names you have as grandmothers. Thank you. What a gift it is to be a grandmother. Happy Mother’s Day, my friends.