Spring 2017

From Mary Kay's Front Porch - Spring 2017 Newsletter


The Beach House Cookbook
Ginormous Book Tour!



Atlanta, GA | April 30 | Launch Party at The Cook’s Warehouse

Atlanta, GA | May 1 | Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta, GA | May 2| Book Exchange

Savannah, GA | May 4, 11:30am| Savannah Golf Club w/ E Shavers Booksellers

Savannah, GA | May 4, 5:30pm | Brice Hotel w/ E Shavers Booksellers

Charleston, SC | May 5 | High Cotton Author Series w/ Blue Bicycle Books

Atlanta, GA | May 6 | Food that Rocks w/ Bookmiser

Houston, TX | May 8 | Murder by the Book

Fairhope, AL | May 9 | Page & Palette

New Orleans, LA | May 10 | Octavia Books

Red Bank, NJ | May 11, 12pm | AAUW Luncheon, Molly Pitcher Inn

Sea Bright, NJ | May 11, 7pm | Ama w/ River Road Books

Richmond, VA | May 12 | Berkley Hotel w/ Fountain Bookstore

Atlanta, GA | May 13 | Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Showhouse, Eagle Eye Book Shop

Chapel Hill, NC | May 14 | Southern Seasons

Raleigh, NC | May 15 | Quail Ridge

Winston-Salem, NC | May 16 | Clemmons Library w/ Bookmarks

Greensboro, NC | May 16 | Greensboro Library w/ Bookmarks

Greenville, SC | May 17 | Fiction Addiction

Newberry, SC | May 18 | Library Benefit Luncheon w/ Books on Main

Florence, SC | May 18, 6pm | Florence County Library w/ Books-a-Million

Pawleys Island, SC | May 19 | Litchfield Books

Tybee Island, GA | May 20 | Seaside Sisters

Savannah, GA | May 22 | Hadassah Fundraiser

Birmingham, AL | May 23 | Piggy Wiggly w/ Alabama Booksmith

Birmingham, AL | May 23 | Alabama Booksmith

Destin, FL | May 25 | Barnes & Noble Crystal City

Destin, FL | May 25 | Emerald Beach House

Rehoboth Beach, DE | May 27 | Browseabout Books

Bethany Beach, DE | May 27 | Bethany Beach Books

Manteo, NC | May 28 | Duck’s Cottage

Cleveland, OH | May 30 | A Cook And a Book

Cleveland, OH | May 30 Cuyahoga County Public Library

Boonsboro, MD | June 3 | Turn The Page Bookstore

Macon, GA | June 17 | Design, Wine and Dine



The Breeze Inn
The Breeze Inn

Did you know that MKA’s own beach cottages—that she has lovingly restored with her own hands and decorated with her own junking treasures—are available for rent?! You and yours can chillax in beautiful beach cottage comfort in the very spot where MKA pens her bestselling novels. Smaller group? Choose The Breeze Inn which MKA took from ramshackle to the pages of BH&G in a year’s time back in 2009. For larger groups, check out MKA’s new treasure, Ebbtide, which was featured in a huge spread in HGTV Magazine. Contact Tybee Island Vacation Rentals and book yourself in for the full MKA experience. Get yourself on “Tybee time” and discover the magic of slowing down.


MKA Online

Dear Friends:

Here we are, just one month until the publication date of my very first cookbook! The Beach House Cookbook will be in stores on May 2nd. I can’t wait to share it with you!

If you order the book before May 2nd, you are eligible to receive a custom-designed MKA wine opener while supplies last. To claim your FREE gift, visit HERE.

Beach house sweepstakes

The Beach House Cookbook may be my 25th book, but it is my first ever cookbook. As you know if you’ve been reading my novels and following me online for a while, I am a bit food obsessed. I share recipes all the time, sometimes even in my books. My husband Tom and I love to entertain. Our favorite meals are the casual kind where family, friends, and neighbors gather in our Tybee Island beach house and enjoy fare that matches the book’s subtitle: “easy breezy recipes with a Southern accent.” In fact, I’m pleased as punch that Publishers Weekly called the book “a true primer on Southern cuisine.” They said other nice things too. Read the full review HERE.

MKA Family

As my gift to you, and with my heartfelt thanks for your support and for being a subscriber to my email newsletter, I am sharing with you 5 recipe card downloads straight from The Beach House Cookbook. I hope you enjoy this sneak peek. Hopefully these recipes will tide you over until May 2nd when you’ll have access to all 100 or so of the gorgeously photographed and lovingly prepared recipes in the book.


The first event on my ginormous book tour is the big launch party in on Sunday April 30th. It will be at The Cook’s Warehouse on Piedmont in midtown Atlanta. In typical MKA launch party fashion, this will be an over-the-top event complete with a cooking demo by yours truly, an autographed cookbook, swag bag, food prepared from the book, signature cocktails, and prize drawings to benefit The Giving Kitchen. It’s gonna be a blast, all for a great cause! Get your tickets HERE.

Tom grillingWe have one fab gift already lined up for one lucky launch party-goer. Once we hit 50 RSVPs, we will give one lucky stiff this nifty Boulevard Brewing Company BBQ apron from our friends at Big Green Egg. It comes with grill tools and folds into a handy tote. (Mr. MKA not included!)

RSVP TODAY and you’ll be entered to win!

All the dates and cities on my ginormous book tour are listed at left. I so look forward to catching up with some of you while I’m out on the road. For further details on the tour, check the Events page of my website and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Please know how much your support means to me. Thank you for reading my books and for always spreading the MKA love to your friends and family.


Dividing Stitch

Bookclub Corner

Do you have a book club? If your club is reading one of my books, I would love to call in and join your discussion. You never know, I may even be able to drop by in person if it works out right. E-mail us with your request and we’ll see what we can do! Be sure to include a snail mail address and info about the size of your club.

New in Hardcover!
Coming May 2!
Order NOW!

Book cover: Cookbook


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Paperback May 2!

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Coming in Mass Market
Paperback May 2!

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