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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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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As a child I wanted to save the planet, but the problems seemed so large, so many.  I am one of ten children and my father attempted to calm me by telling me not to try to save the entire world, but instead to light one candle.  I was too young to understand the wisdom of that advice. But now I…

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What a whirlwind! We’re finally settled back at home after being on the road for nearly a month celebrating the release of A LOWCOUNTRY WEDDING. It’s been wonderful sharing the new installment of the New York Times bestselling Lowcountry series, and I’ve loved talking weddings with so many of you! Thank you for kicking off the summer reading…

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