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Mary Alice Monroe

New York Times Bestselling Author

ANNOUNCING NEW BOOK AND SPECIAL AUTHOR EVENT

When people are decorating their front porches with pumpkins, that means I’m deep into my annual tradition … story-writing mode. For weeks, I’ve been holed up in my office working on a new novel. Today I’m excited to share my new book announcement with you, along with a few important notes to share.

SEASON OF GRATITUDE

Autumn is a season of gratitude, and I want to say thank you. Readers from near and far showed up in big ways this year for my new release, THE SUMMER GUESTS. That support launched the novel onto the New York Times Best Sellers list and several other national bestselling lists too. That kind of support allows me the honor of continuing to write stories that will resonate with you and will ultimately be a force for good in this world.

Book Release Day at my local Barnes and Noble (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

 

DON’T MISS THIS

I’ve also been busy working on a literary project dear to my heart. The annual Wild Dunes Author Series. I started this special event more than a decade ago for two reasons–as a way to connect notable writers with avid readers in an intimate setting, and to help support vital literacy programs.

 

SAVE THE DATE: JANUARY 19, 2020

Mark your calendar for “Wild Dunes Presents: A Conversation with Mary Alice Monroe” featuring distinguished authors Elizabeth Berg, Signe Pike, and Kate Quinn. Join us January 19th at the world-class resort located in my island town, the Isle of Palms, South Carolina.

Wild Dunes Author Series: January 19, 2020

The theme of the conversation will be women of power and influence throughout the ages because their novels poignantly capture strong characters in their historical fiction books, which cover vastly different time periods. I’ll also ask them about their writing lives and get them to candidly share personal stories. And, I always try to take a few questions from the audience, too!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Everyone has so much fun at this annual event. Your participation will directly support Reading Partners, our charitable beneficiary. With your ticket you’ll receive refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and a $5 book coupon. You’ll also get access to a silent auction that 100% supports the charity. And there will be a book signing too.

NEW THIS YEAR! 

For the first time ever, Wild Dunes Resort is offering a VIP Weekend Package with this event. The deal includes a 2-night stay, 2 tickets to the author series with reserved seating, plus 2 tickets to additional exclusive events to enjoy during your weekend trip.

2020 Wild Dunes Author Series and VIP Weekend Package

ENJOY THE GIFT OF EXPERIENCE

I think this kind of event would be the perfect gift of experience for the book-lover in your life this year. It’s also a great excuse to take a long weekend to explore Charleston, SC with your spouse, your mama, your sisters, or your dear friends.

Condé Nast Traveler voted Wild Dunes Resort as one of the 10 best resorts in the south. And Forbes.com named the Wild Dunes Author Series as one of the top 10 reasons to visit Charleston in the winter. The event is a sell-out, and it’s so much fun!

TICKET INFORMATION

 

THE NEW BOOK

I’m thrilled to share this with you. The title of my new novel is ON OCEAN BOULEVARD and it will be released May 19, 2020. Book cover and story details coming soon. Meanwhile, my team is already working on the summer book tour schedule. But, we also welcome reader suggestions. Is there a place near you that I should include during book tour? Send us details at: [email protected] and put “book tour suggestion” in the subject line.

 

ON OCEAN BOULEVARD is a return to the beach I love most dearly, the Isle of Palms and is the latest installment of The Beach House Series. If you haven’t read the series yet, that’s okay because I always write a book in any series to be a stand-alone. You’ll enjoy the novel nonetheless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON OCEAN BOULEVARD will be released May 19th.

The incredible saga of the Rutledge family at Primrose Cottage continues because of you, my wonderful readers! So many of you told me during book tour that you’re not ready to let the series go. And quite frankly, neither am I.

 

WANT TO READ IT?

Please add ON OCEAN BOULEVARD to your Goodreads Bookshelf as a book you “Want to Read.” You’ll be among the first to see the new cover and read the details.

 

If you’ve read the series, which book in the series is your favorite? Which character(s) do you like the most? Share your thoughts in the comment box.

 

11 Comments

  1. Margaret Vick on October 15, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Loved them all.Love any book that you write. Best Author ever.

  2. Theresa on October 15, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Please tour someplace in the Northeast. I would love to meet you!

  3. Joyce White on October 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I loved them all but if I had to choose I would say Beach House Memories. I loved the story of Lovie and the love of her life, Russell.

  4. Deirdre Cerasa on October 15, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    I simply could not choose one. The entire series is wonderful. Looking forward to May 19th. ❤️

  5. Linda Hayes on October 15, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I loved every one of them. If I must pick one I say The Beach House.

  6. Di Ward on October 15, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    The Beach House. Cara and Lovie – the eternal bond between Mothers and Daughters. Growing up on Topsail Island I love loggerhead turtles! I am a member of the Lake Lure book club.

  7. Kim fedele on October 15, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Can’t wait for the new book!!! So glad you’re letting us continue to visit your special beach.

  8. Diana on October 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    The beach house my favorite and beach house memories…Lovie and Cara favorite characters. Flo is also a treat!

  9. Donna Rae Reichle on October 16, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Such exciting news…another book extending the Rutledge lineage! This series not only reinforced my love of the South Carolina Lowcountry, but it was instrumental in our decision to move there! And if Lovie could be a “turtle lady” in her advanced years, surely, I could be too! So…at age 80, I became a proud member of the Fripp Island Loggerhead Patrol! Mary Alice Monroe, thank you for your dedication to the effort of preserving this noble species and making others aware of the importance of doing so.
    I am so sorry we will be off island when you will appear at the Pat Conroy Literary Festival next month. Please consider revisiting the Beaufort area during your next book tour…and maybe patrolling our pristine beach with an 83-year-old turtle patroller as we look for those unique tracks identifying a mama turtle’s miraculous and determined journey from the sea to continue her lineage.

  10. Brandi R on October 16, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Long time reader and got started/hooked with The Beach House series!
    I enjoyed them all. However, The Beach House for Rent stands out as my favorite! I enjoyed the plot. It is very relatable for me personally. Im an artist so I was drawn to that. I love the relationship that developed and the birds was such a cute addition! I enjoy animals and nature, rescue and thats another aspect of your books that I am drawn to.

  11. Pamela Macaulay on November 7, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Loved Face Timing with you and the Cresswind Bookmates last night. Enjoyed Summer Guests and anxiously awaiting ON OCEAN BOULEVARD in May. Have enjoyed all your books and pass them on to my daughter and friends.

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