This is the holiday season of love and gratitude. I have much to be thankful for this year!

Thanks to YOU, dear readers, my novel Beach House for Rent climbed to #9 on the New York Times Best Seller List. I’m currently writing a new novel, Beach House Reunion, the continuation of the Beach House Series, available May 22nd. And the Hallmark Channel will air the TV movie adaptation of The Beach House as a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie in the spring!

I saw a commercial for the movie the other night on the Hallmark Channel. It was quite the fun surprise! Click here to see it, too.

I’m grateful to actress Andie MacDowell for making this experience happen. Serendipity brought us together one fateful day at the airport, and she’s been a supporter of my books ever since. And I’m happy to say she’s also become a dear friend. The Hallmark crew wrapped up filming last month on Tybee Island, GA. Tears streaked my face as I watched one of the beach scenes with the ‘turtle ladies’ and a loggerhead. It was exactly as I had pictured it in my mind! It was surreal to see my words come alive.

The Beach House cast includes Andie MacDowell (Lovie), Minka Kelly (Cara), and Chad Michael Murray (Brett). Here are some fun photos from the set.


My first ever holiday novel A Lowcountry Christmas is available in paperback with a new cover. Don’t you love it! I think of the character Miller, a boy who wants nothing but a Labrador puppy for Christmas.

News alert! This book has also been optioned for film. For those who haven’t read the story yet, A Lowcountry Christmas raises awareness about the effects of PTSD on service members and their families. Thanks to generous readers, together we fully financed the training of a shelter dog to serve a local veteran with PTSD. Click here to read the full story.

If you’d like to give A Lowcountry Christmas as a gift this holiday season, you can order it where ever books are sold. *Signed copies* are available at my local indie bookstore Buxton Books in Charleston, SC. They will mail it to you, and they even offer free gift wrapping! Call 843-834-6575.

I’m delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews and Nancy Thayer to my island town for the Wild Dunes Author Series, January 21st. I’ll be the moderator of this lively conversation about beach books and personal lives. We’ll sip signature cocktails and sample delicious recipes from Mary Kay’s cookbook! It’ll be good fun just between friends in this North Coast meets South Coast literary event. Tickets are $40 each and includes signature cocktail, appetizers and a coupon toward purchase of a book. Silent auction includes a designer purse from Belk, a resort getaway package from Wild Dunes, and a Mickey Williams painting! CLICK HERE to RSVP online or call 855-421-3356.

Proceeds will benefit The Pat Conroy Literary Center. The Wild Dunes Author Series is sponsored by Firefly Distillery, Wildflowers Inc., and On a Whim Home Accents.  Come, sit a spell with us at Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms.

I’m in book deadline mode, so I will spend this holiday season writing and enjoying quiet nights at home with my family. One of our family traditions is the Christmas Eve dinner, orchestrated by my dear husband. The women are not allowed in the kitchen as the men in the family prepare the feast. The menu and table setting is centered around one country’s cuisine and culture. My husband keeps the menu a secret from the ladies until mealtime. This has become the highlight of our family’s celebration.

Enjoy this holiday season. Eat your favorite things, take a break, and enjoy quality time with loved ones. I wish you the greatest joy as you carry out your own special traditions with family and friends.


With love,

Mary Alice


  1. Zelda Nichols on December 4, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I literally have tears in my eyes looking T these pictures and knowing one of my favorite authors book is coming to life. Wish it could have been the entire Beach House series. I know I will need a box of tissues for this one.

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. Janette Jackson on December 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    The first Beach House book made me a turtle lady as well as a Mary Alice Monroe fan. I subsequently read every book Mary Alice Monroe ever wrote. You can’t write them fast enough for me. I have become a member of Sea Turtle, Inc. in South Padre Island, Texas, I have visited Charleston to see turtles and I have visited Juno Beach, Florida twice and actually seen the turtles come in from the ocean and lay their eggs. I will never forget that experience. I visit South Padre Island as often as I can and support their efforts financially as much as possible. I am looking forward to the movie.

    Mary Alice Monroe’s books changed my outlook on the environment and I hope I have become a better person because of your books.

    I wish you a wonderful Christmas and continued success in all of your endeavors.

    Janette Jackson
    San Antonio, Texas

    • Mary Alice Monroe on December 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      It is the greatest joy to me as a writer to know that one of my novels called you to action. I’m delighted to know that you are a ‘turtle lady’ in South Padre Island. Keep me posted, and thank you for all you do for our beloved sea turtles. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  3. Janice Feaster on December 4, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Happy to report that in 2018 I will be a turtle lady on Galveston Island and eagerly anticipating the movie and reunion! Merry Christmas!

    • Mary Alice Monroe on December 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      That is thrilling news! Please keep me abreast of the turtle season in Galveston next summer. Merry Christmas to you as well.

  4. denise on December 4, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    I saw the ad for the movie, too! Can’ t wait!

  5. Mardi on December 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Love Mary Alice’s books. Love Andie Mc Dowell. Will love Hallmark Channel more if they buy ALL of the Beach House books…great idea, huh?!

    • Mary Alice Monroe on December 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Yes, it would be quite a thrill to see the entire series come to life on Hallmark Channel. Great idea! And thank you, Mardi, for reading my books.

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