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.


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)



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.



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!


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.


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


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!




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: info@outdoor.design 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.



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.