What’s better than soaking in the sun with a stack of exhilarating new books? How about meeting the bestselling authors and filling beach bags with signed copies?

Several award-winning writers of summer reads are back with unputdownable titles they’ll discuss during area appearances in June and July. Ideal for sandy beaches or sunny backyards, these new releases are sure to refresh, even during the dog days of summer.

“Sunset Beach: A Novel,” Mary Kay Andrews

New York Times bestselling author of 26 novels Mary Kay Andrews, often called the queen of the beach read, lends her trademark wit and charm to “Sunset Beach.” Drue Campbell, unemployed and unhappy, attends her mother’s funeral where she is reunited with her father after 20 years of estrangement. Soon employed by her father, a flamboyant attorney now married to Drue’s middle-school frenemy, the book’s heroine quickly sees storms aplenty on the horizon of once-sleepy Sunset Beach. 

Andrews, who divides her time between Atlanta and Tybee Island, will discuss “Sunset Beach” over mimosas with Patti Callahan Henry at 11 a.m. June 4 at FoxTale Book Shoppe, 105 E. Main St., Woodstock. Andrews will also be the featured author in the North Atlanta author series hosted by Bookmiser at 6 p.m. June 6 at the Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Milton.

“The Favorite Daughter,” Patti Callahan Henry

A former pediatric nurse-turned New York Times bestselling author, Henry called upon her graduate work involving brain injuries as well as her professional experiences with memory loss for her 15th novel. Set in South Carolina’s lowcountry, “The Favorite Daughter” tells the story of a broken family of adult siblings estranged for a decade but forced back together by their father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. As the family patriarch’s memories fade, his children hurry to learn all they can about his life, uncovering a life-altering secret from his past in the process.

Henry will discuss her tale about the power of memory, the meaning of family and learning to forgive when she joins Andrews for mimosas June 4 at FoxTale Book Shoppe. 

“My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding,” Wendy Wax

Atlanta’s Wendy Wax, author of the USA Today bestselling Ten Beach Road series, has penned a heartwarming, humorous new story populated by all-new characters. In “My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding,” a wedding dress passed down through generations is laced by betrothals and betrayals that tore apart a friendship. On the eve of another wedding, the tangled threads of three women’s lives lead back to an ivory gown bound to bring former best friends back together in this novel of friendship, family and forgiveness. 

Wax will discuss and sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. June 11 at The Book Exchange, 2932 Canton Road, Suite 220, Marietta.

“The Summer Guests,” Mary Alice Monroe

New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series Mary Alice Monroe’s latest work of environmental fiction is “The Summer Guests.” Monroe, who lives on a barrier island near Charleston, S.C., wraps her new story around an eclectic group of human and animal evacuees fleeing their coastal homes as a hurricane approaches. When the characters escape to a scenic horse farm in the North Carolina mountains, they’re forced to determine what possessions, both intrinsic and external, they really cherish.  

Monroe will speak and sign books at FoxTale Book Shoppe June 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Two more titles from local writers

Julia McDermott, of Brookhaven, is among crime writers featured in “Down to the River,” a new collection of 20 stories about murder and revenge on or near the nation’s waterways. Proceeds from the book support American Rivers, dedicated to protecting and restoring wild rivers. McDermott will sign books at 1 p.m. June 15 at Posman Books, Ponce City Market, Atlanta.

And Roswell’s George Weinstein has written numerous novels in various genres, including “The Caretaker,” a contemporary relationship novel about a couple forced by tragedy to redefine the new roles of their marriage. Meet Weinstein at 4 p.m. July 21 at Dahlonega’s Wine and Words event.

Contributing journalist, Kathy Des Jardins Cioffi. Owner of Johns Creek’s KRC Communications. Connect with her at krccom.com.

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