It is the Ides of March.  Most of us are beginning to voluntarily self- isolate/quarantine ourselves and our families in hopes of containing the disease COVID-19, AKA: the coronavirus. I am so sorry for my fellow authors who have had to cancel their appearances. My apologies to all my April events that I cancelled. We…

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  The annual Wild Dunes Author Series raised a record-setting amount of money– more than $8000 –for the local literacy organization Reading Partners South Carolina. Also newsworthy, we have already set the date for the 2021 event. Keep reading for details! More than 350 people attended the January 19th event “Wild Dunes Presents: A Conversation…

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  I’m thrilled to finally reveal the book cover for ON OCEAN BOULEVARD. It will be in stores in just about four months, on May 19. The cover art captures the feeling I want readers to have when they dive into the story world. Exhilaration!   ABOUT THE BOOK ON OCEAN BOULEVARD is a whole-hearted…

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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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