Charleston, SC— New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe will release her first ever holiday novel, A Lowcountry Christmas, on Oct. 25 with a book launch event in Charleston and a multi-city book tour through the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Monroe, who has written more than 20 books, tackles the complex issue of post-traumatic stress disorder among military veterans.
Monroe, whose son is a Marine, said A Lowcountry Christmas is a timely book because of the growing national attention about veteran suicide awareness and prevention. Her novel also spotlights Pets for Vets, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports veterans with PTSD by locating, adopting and training shelter dogs as lifelong companions.
Along with the holiday book tour, Monroe is celebrating the book release with readers everywhere on her author Facebook page: www.facebook.com/maryalicemonroe by posting giveaways, prizes, and efforts to support America’s service members and veterans this holiday season.
About the Book
In A Lowcountry Christmas, Marine Taylor McClellan returns home from Afghanistan with PTSD to his financially-stressed family. Taylor’s struggle with PTSD and his family’s lack of understanding further strain the holiday spirit. Through the miraculous gift of a service dog, Taylor and his family are lead on a journey to rediscover their strengths, family bond and the true meaning of Christmas.
The book’s main character is inspired by a veteran and service dog Monroe met in the Wounded Warrior Odyssey Program at Florida’s Dolphin Research Center where she was doing book research. Monroe said, “You would never know he had PTSD just by looking at him, but as we talked, I noticed he was constantly stroking his dog. He told me why his service dog meant so much to him. One thing he said that struck me was ‘I love my wife but I need my dog’.”
About the Author
Monroe is an award-winning, bestselling author known for writing books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the connections people have to nature and animals. She lives on the Isle of Palms and is an active conservationist. Monroe’s books are published worldwide.