It's hot. Beach weather. That part of the year when things slow down a little, when one sips iced tea under the porch fan, when shade is worth a premium.

The summer months are upon us full force, and for many, the bright sun and occasional thunder provide the impetus to pick up a new book and briefly trade personal anxieties for the adventures of others, recounted in novels.

Two new novels by Lowcountry authors have just hit bookstores, tales of love and loyalty, of challenge and change. Dorothea Benton Frank's "The Hurricane Sisters" presents three generations of women entangled in secrets. And Mary Alice Monroe's second book in her Lowcountry Trilogy, "The Summer Wind," brings three half-sisters together on Sullivan's Island, where they rediscover themselves.

The Post and Courier asked these two writers about their latest venture in Lowcountry storytelling.