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…

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Hearts across the Lowcountry of South Carolina and beyond broke–mine included–when the news hit. The deaths of my friends and fellow writers Dorothea Benton Frank and Anne Rivers Siddons. Their passings were only days apart from each other.   I was honored to be asked by Garden & Gun Magazine to write an essay with…

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  As we enter the thick of the Atlantic hurricane season, our first serious, threatening storm approaches the Southeastern coast. Are you ready for hurricane season? Is your “go pack” ready? I have tips to help you be ready to evacuate ahead of a major storm. Hurricane Dorian is strengthening in the Atlantic Ocean, fed…

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This is Week 3 of  book tour. One of my recent stops included Panama City, FL–a place I always love to visit. This time though, it was a sobering arrival. I was struck by the devastation of the trees and so many houses. It looked like someone took a chainsaw to the top of the…

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  For me, the summer season is synonymous with two things: beach books book tour My books are almost always released in the summer. It seems it’s become tradition. This year, my new release is THE SUMMER GUESTS. In stores June 11th. For longtime readers of mine, they’ll enjoy the thread of connection between this…

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The month of May is the kick-off of the summer reading season. In just a few weeks–on June 11th–my new novel, THE SUMMER GUESTS, will hit store shelves. I’m so excited to share it with you! Southern Living Magazine selected THE SUMMER GUESTS as a “favorite beach reads of 2019!”    My longtime readers know…

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I’m kicking off my summer book tour in the town of Tryon, North Carolina. And here’s why… For the last year or so, I’ve had the good fortune of calling Tryon my home away from home. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Tryon is prize horse country and has a vibrant arts…

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This is a season of traditions and transitions, preparations and celebrations. Parties and quiet gatherings, parades and church services. It’s a busy time of year. But despite the hustle and bustle, I hope you’re finding moments to sit back and enjoy the lights of the tree while sipping hot cocoa (or wine) and savor the…

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Traditions are important touchstones in families.  They connect us to family values, morals, beliefs.  They keep us attuned to our ancestors. One holiday tradition of the season that I treasure is St. Nicholas Day, which we celebrate every December 6th. St. Nicholas Day is commonly celebrated in Germany and other European countries, as well as many…

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