Happy Fourth of July y’all!

The summer book tour has me far from my beach town in South Carolina this year. Today, I’m waking up in beautiful coastal Delaware with two holiday book signings on the schedule. I’ll be signing copies of Beach House for Rent at Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Beach and then later at Bethany Beach Books on Bethany Beach. Join me if you can.

Meantime, I’m enjoying this view of the Atlantic 600 miles north of home, but I do miss the annual tradition of the Isle of Palms Independence Day golf cart parade. My family and friends have a grand time decorating my little golf cart and joining the caravan of neighbors and visitors cruising down Ocean Blvd admiring everyone’s festive decorations. Here are a couple of fun photos from a past July 4th event at home with my Island Turtle Team friends.

Many of us have special traditions to celebrate Independence Day, and for a lot of families, a day at the beach is part of the holiday fun. Whatever beach you visit, please remember these 5 simple tips to help the beach:

  1. Stay off sand dunes. Sea turtles and birds nest there.
  2. Don’t let dogs and children chase shorebirds. Remember to let ’em rest, let ’em nest.
  3. Leave plastics at home (straws, grocery bags, re-sealable bags). Use re-usable items instead.
  4. Fill in holes dug so animals don’t get stuck.
  5. Pick up your trash. Leave only footprints in the sand.

Together we can make a difference at the beach so that all the things we love about the beach–pelicans gliding overhead, shorebirds playing tag with the waves, dolphins arcing out at sea–will continue to be enjoyed by our children and grandchildren for generations to come.

And don’t forget to take along a good book to the beach!

Speaking of books, my friend and author Debbie Macomber and I are celebrating the summer reading season with a special book giveaway. Three people will each win an advanced copy of Debbie’s new book Any Dream Will Do (available Aug. 8th) and a copy of my new book Beach House for Rent.  Click here to enter the giveaway.





  1. valerie alexander on July 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I have read many of your books and thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. The always leave me with a good feeling (all is right with the world). Sincerely Valerie Thompson

  2. LaVonne Ray on July 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Hugs to you for the fabulous books your write! I have read every single one of them: they lift my soul; educate me — I have gone on to research all the animals/birds you write about; the sweetness, positivity and kindness in your books inspires me to live a better life. I eagerly wait for each new story and book.

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