Magnolia Mistletoe

An Edisto Christmas Novella

Hannah Calhoun knows what she wants for Christmas. But before she can become a full-fledged partner in her mother’s wedding planning business, she has to first prove she can handle her own shortcomings.

Benjamin Townsend is an entrepreneur always looking out for the next big thing—and if hosting weddings on Edisto is it, he’s all in. Even if that does mean spending a lot of time with Hannah, whose world is full of way more happily ever after than his.

Once the magnolia and mistletoe are hung, will an Edisto Christmas be exactly the magic these two need?

The Bridge Between

An Edisto Novel

Louisa Coultrie Halloway has returned home as caretaker for the family home on Edisto Island, but years before she left this world behind. Now she flounders to find her place. When Liam Whiting, a local professor studying tidal creek preservation, invites Lou to join his research team, she welcomes the opportunity for purpose.

David, her ex-husband, has followed Lou and their children to Edisto. As he finds his footing in this new life, their once strained relationship eases into a familiar rhythm—and he hopes for more.

But the past still has a hold on them all, especially in the presence of Grace Watson, whose son intends to marry Lou and David’s daughter. Somehow, Grace and Lou must let the past of a shared love settle between them.

In this idyllic setting, relationships, like the creeks, deepen and shift. Once more, Lou finds herself caught between the life she’s chosen—and the love that might be meant to be.

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“… a story that grabs the heart and holds it until the very end. With lush descriptions and vivid characters, Still Waters takes us on a journey of forgiveness and hope. Amidst the tides and changes of a small seaside town, this is a moving tale of reconciling the past and living for the future.” —Patti Callahan Henry, NYT bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End and Becoming Mrs. Lewis

 2018 Selah Book of the Year

2018 INSPY Finalist, Debut Novel

Cora Anne Halloway has a history degree and a plan: avoid her own past—despite being wait-listed for graduate school. Then her beloved grandmother requests—and her dispassionate mother insists—that she spend the summer at Still Waters, the family cottage on Edisto Beach, South Carolina.

Despite its picturesque setting, Still Waters haunts Cora Anne with loss. At Still Waters her grandfather died, her parents’ marriage disintegrated, and as a child, she caused a tragic drowning. But lingering among the oak canopies and gentle tides, this place also tempts her with forgiveness—especially since Nan hired Tennessee Watson to oversee cottage repairs. A local contractor, but dedicated to the island’s preservation from development, Tennessee offers her friendship and more, if she can move beyond her guilt.

When a family reunion reveals Nan’s failing health, Cora Anne discovers how far Tennessee will go to protect her—and Edisto—from more desolation. Will Cora Anne choose between a life driven by guilt, or one washed clean by the tides of grace?

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My crew at Botany Bay on Edisto Island. Summer 2016.

You can also find me writing here on my site, bi-monthly for The Northeast Georgian, weekly for The Elberton Star, and in various other print and online publications like Southern Writers Magazine.

Most afternoons I’m procrastinating (i.e. reading), hard at work on my back porch writing a new novel, or mentoring fellow authors through their first (or a book proposal or blog set-up).

and just for fun here are some links to a few of my pieces…

“Like a Good Neighbor” placed third in Southern Writers Magazine short story contest.

“Rotating Chores” appeared in the Family Stages section of Thriving Family, February 2015.