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 Governor Mike Huckabee

Friday, January 30, 2015 at 4:00pm – 5:30pm

We’re thrilled to welcome Governor Huckabee to FoxTale Book Shoppe!

In God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, Mike Huckabee asks, “Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?” The New York Times bestselling author explores today’s fractious American culture, where divisions of class, race, politics, religion, gender, age, and other fault lines make polite conversation dicey, if not downright dangerous. As Huckabee notes, the differences of opinion between the “Bubble-villes” of the big power centers and the “Bubba-villes” where most people live are profound, provocative, and sometimes pretty funny. Where else but in Washington, D.C. could two presidential golf outings cost the American taxpayers $2.9 million in travel expenses?

With a wry eye for the ridiculous and a clear-eyed look at the most controversial issues of our time, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy is Mike Huckabee at his very best.
Your $30 event ticket will include a copy of GOD, GUNS, GRITS and GRAVY, to be picked up at the event and signed by Mike Huckabee.

If you cannot attend the event, but would like a signed copy mailed to you, click here:

Greer Macallister, Colleen Oakley & Ariel Lawhon

Saturday, January 31, 2015at 1:00pm

That’s right, three fabulous authors at one time, at one place – FoxTale Book Shoppe! We’re excited to welcome back friend and bestselling author Ariel Lawhon along with debut authors Greer Macallister and Colleen Oakley!

Three COMPLETELY different books, from three completely different authors. The ladies will share their publishing journeys, what inspired them to write what they did and of course, share about their novels.

The Magician’s Lie — Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician’s Lie, a debut novel in which the country’s most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband’s murder — and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.

Before I Go — A heart-wrenching debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You about a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away.

The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress — One summer night in 1930, Judge Joseph Crater steps into a New York City cab and is never heard from again. Behind this great man are three women, each with her own tale to tell: Stella, his fashionable wife, the picture of propriety; Maria, their steadfast maid, indebted to the judge; and Ritzi, his showgirl mistress, willing to seize any chance to break out of the chorus line. As the twisted truth emerges, Ariel Lawhon’s wickedly entertaining debut mystery transports us into the smoky jazz clubs, the seedy backstage dressing rooms, and the shadowy streets beneath the Art Deco skyline.

“Rude Jude” Angelini, Hyena

Saturday, January 31at 6:00pm in EST

NOTE: This book signing event will take place at moe’s & joe’s tavern in theVirginia-Highland Neighborhood. Can’t make the event but want a signed copy? Call FoxTale at 770-516-9989 and we will reserve a signed copy for you.

Hyena is a collection of autobiographical stories by Jude Angelini, which takes the reader on his journey of heartbreak, depravity, and hilarity, deftly moving between his adult life and his childhood growing up in a factory town outside of Detroit. Each story is told with brutal honesty, yet maintains a gallows humor that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief.

Jude is one of the top hip-hop radio hosts on Sirius Satellite radio. His self-published, print-on-demand edition of Hyena has been an indie bestseller, despite having no ebook or physical distribution. Its exploration of drugs, sex, and the human condition compares to Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, Artie Lange, and Jim Norton. It also captures the hardscrabble culture, language, and landscape of post-industrial Detroit, from which came some of pop culture’s most compelling artists.

Jonathan Odell, Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

Thursday, February 5 at 6:30 pm

The Healing Miss HazelWe’re excited to welcome Jonathan Odell back to FoxTale. He’s the award-winning author of The Healing, which was also KFox’s 2012 Pick of the Year!

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League:
Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League is the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida – one wealthy and white and the other poor and black – who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.

Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

Saturday, February 7 at 1:00 pm 

download (2)From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels! Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

This is Kristin Hannah’s first visit to FoxTale, and we anticipate a great crowd! Register for this event and pick up your book at the event:

Or have an autographed copy of THE NIGHTINGALE mailed to you by clicking below:

Charles Belfoure, The Paris Architect

Monday, February 9, LUNCHEON EVENT, 12:30, $20

In addition to accompanying Charles Belfoure to Georgia Center for the Book (7pm in Decatur,) we’ve just added a luncheon event at FoxTale Book Shoppe, giving everyone a chance to meet this wonderful author!  

Belfoure has delivered a compelling, thought- provoking page-turner in THE PARIS ARCHITECT, and we’re anxious to see what you think of this debut novel.  

Relax over a delicious catered lunch at FoxTale Book Shoppe, and enjoy discussion about this important read.  Book on sale at FoxTale.  Available in both hardcover and paperback.  Lunch is just $20!  

Hester Bass, Seeds of Freedom

Friday, February 13 at 4:30 PM

Explore a little-known story of the civil rights movement, in which black and white citizens in one Alabama city worked together nonviolently to end segregation.

Mention the civil rights era in Alabama, and most people recall images of terrible violence. But something different was happening in Huntsville. For the citizens of that city, creativity, courage, and cooperation were the keys to working together to integrate their city and schools in peace. In an engaging celebration of this lesser-known chapter in American and African-American history, author Hester Bass and illustrator E. B. Lewis show children how racial discrimination, bullying, and unfairness can be faced successfully with perseverance and ingenuity.

M.O. Walsh, My Sunshine Away

Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 1:00pm

 The debut novel everyone is talking about…

“The last page is as satisfying as the first.” — Kathryn Stockett, The Help

“I really loved this book… I can’t praise it enough.”— Anne Rice

“It’s a book to read and reread, one that will only get better with time.”— Tom Franklin

It was the summer everything changed.…

In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.

 Jamie Mason, Monday’s Lie

Tuesday, February 17, 2015at 6:30pm

We’re thrilled to welcome back the fab Jamie Mason to FoxTale with Monday’s Lie.

From the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” (The New York Times) debut novel Three Graves Full comes a new thriller about a woman who digs into her unconventional past to confirm what she suspects: her husband wants her dead.

With pulse-pounding prose and atmospheric settings, Monday’s Lie is a thriller that delivers more of the “Hitchcockian menace” ( The Peter Straub Page) that made Three Graves Full a critical hit. For fans of the Coen brothers or Alexander McCall Smith, this is a book you won’t want to miss.

Kevin Enners, The Crave

Friday, February 20 at 6:00 PM

Revenge is Mike Craven’s motive for plotting against the revered Boston mobster known as Flintlock Flanagan after witnessing the heartless crook murder Mike’s family. The everlasting nightmare has haunted Mike for twenty years. But, during the end of those years, evil has taken on the face of the city’s future menace, Alistair Creasy. Now, a new war on crime has Mike and his adoptive father, Boston Police Detective Jim Miller, questioning who the real threat is.

From the author: This novella is my first published work. Though the book has been in the making for approximately two years, I loved every moment of writing. I was born with Cerebral palsy, which is a fancy name that simply means my muscles function differently. Typically, strangers I pass when Im out and about see me motoring in my wheelchair and judge me by my disability. The point of this story is to lift the stereotypical veil that surrounds people with disabilities and show that we are not feeble as people may think. Mike personifies the strength and perseverance that lies within people with disabilities.

Because of my physical limitations, I am unable to use a normal keyboard and mouse. Therefore, I wrote this novella through an eye-gaze-driven computer one letter at a time. It has been a long arduous process for me but, given the choice, I would do it again. I am a Communications major at Kennesaw State University, aspiring to become a journalist. When Im not writing novellas, I write articles as a staff writer for KSUs student newspaper, The Sentinel.


Susan Packard, New Rules of the Game

Wednesday, February 25 at 5:30

Note: This event will take place at the Georgia Power Auditorium.

YWCA of Greater Atlanta, the Executive Women of Goizueta and Georgia Powerinvite you to the Atlanta Launch Event
for HGTV Co-founder Susan Packard’s New Rules of the Game: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace

FoxTale Book Shoppe will be the onsite bookseller (accepting cash or credit card).
– Sips by Vixen Vodka
– Free parking

A generous percentage of proceeds to benefit YWCA of Greater Atlanta. Kindly RSVP by February 23 to, or by purchasing your ticket (includes book) below.

NEW RULES OF THE GAME offers a unique and timely take on business strategy, giving women a new game plan for any male-dominated business setting. The working world may be changing faster than ever, but as Packard shows professional women everywhere, the rules of gamesmanship are here to stay.

Register here for Susan Packard’s Book Signing Event (which includes a copy of her new book.) Your $28 purchase includes a donation to the YWCA.


Lindi Peterson, Rich in Faith

Saturday, February 28 at 1:00 PM

Lindi Peterson launches book three in the Richness in Faith Trilogy called Rich in Faith. FoxTale readers have already embraced this author and her faith-based writing.  Bring it on, Lindi.  We can’t wait!

Laura Lippman, Hush Hush

Wednesday, March 4 at 12:30 pm

downloadSnowmageddon can’t keep Laura Lippman away from FoxTale! She was snowed out last year but we’re going to go for it again. Luara will be joining us for a special author luncheon, meet and greet, etc. Location and other details will be announced in early 2015! We just wanted to make sure you marked your calendars!
The award-winning New York Times bestselling author of After I’m Gone, The Most Dangerous Thing, I’d Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know brings back private detective Tess Monaghan, introduced in the classic Baltimore Blues, in an absorbing mystery that plunges the new parent into a disturbing case involving murder and a manipulative mother.

On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable: she left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car while she sat nearby on the shores of the Patapsco River. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity, although there was much skepticism about her mental state. Freed, she left the country, her husband and her two surviving children, determined to start over.

But now Melisandre has returned Baltimore to meet with her estranged teenage daughters and wants to film the reunion for a documentary. The problem is, she relinquished custody and her ex, now remarried, isn’t sure he approves.

Now that’s she’s a mother herself—short on time, patience—Tess Monaghan wants nothing to do with a woman crazy enough to have killed her own child. But her mentor and close friend Tyner Gray, Melisandre’s lawyer, has asked Tess and her new partner, retired Baltimore P.D. homicide detective Sandy Sanchez, to assess Melisandre’s security needs.

As a former reporter and private investigator, Tess tries to understand why other people break the rules and the law. Yet the imperious Melisandre is something far different from anyone she’s encountered. A decade ago, a judge ruled that Melisandre was beyond rational thought. But was she? Tess tries to ignore the discomfort she feels around the confident, manipulative Melisandre. But that gets tricky after Melisandre becomes a prime suspect in a murder.

Yet as her suspicions deepen, Tess realizes that just as she’s been scrutinizing Melisandre, a judgmental stalker has been watching her every move as well.

March Emerging Author Signing and Discussion

Friday, March 6 at 6:30

Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart, Mastering The Art of Southern Vegetables

Saturday, March 14, 2015at 1:00pm

Building on their reputation as James Beard Award winners, Dupree and Graubart have excerpted their best vegetable recipes (plus added some new ones) in this timely collection. Organized alphabetically by vegetable, each section begins with instructions on how to prepare and cook the vegetable, and is followed by favorite new and classic recipes. Also included are a selection of vinaigrettes and sauces, plus a roasting chart for an array of vegetables.

Nathalie Dupree is the author of thirteen cookbooks, including Shrimp and Grits and Southern Biscuits. She has hosted more than 300 television shows and specials that have shown nationally on PBS, Food Network, and The Learning Channel. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

Cynthia Graubart is the author of Slow Cooking for Two, Slow Cooking: Double Dinners for Two, and The One-Armed Cook. In addition, she has a regular column in Southern Living. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dupree and Graubart are coauthors of the James Beard Award-winning Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking and coauthors of Southern Biscuits.

 David Joy, Where All the Light Tend to Go

Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 PM

We’re pleased to welcome debut novelist David Joy to FoxTale with WHERE THE LIGHT TENDS TO GO! In the country-noir tradition of Winter’s Bone meets ‘Breaking Bad,’ a savage and beautiful story of a young man seeking redemption.

The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually. The only joy he finds comes from reuniting with Maggie, his first love, and a girl clearly bound for bigger and better things than their hardscrabble town.

Jacob has always been resigned to play the cards that were dealt him, but when a fatal mistake changes everything, he’s faced with a choice: stay and appease his father, or leave the mountains with the girl he loves. In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to rise above the only life he’s ever known.

Shelly King, The Moment of Everything

Thursday, March 24 at 6:30pm

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Shelly King has become a fast favorite at FoxTale Book Shoppe and we decided we NEEDED to have Shelly visit us at FoxTale. We’re excited to share that Shelly will be here in March to discuss and sign her debut novel, The Moment of Everything.

The book is available now at FoxTale! Of course, no matter when you purchase the book from FoxTale, you can bring it to the book signing event!

In the tradition of The Cookbook Collector comes a funny, romantic novel about a young woman finding her calling while saving a used bookstore. Maggie Duprès, recently “involuntarily separated from payroll” at a Silicon Valley startup, is whiling away her days in The Dragonfly’s Used Books, a Mountain View institution, waiting for the Next Big Thing to come along.

When the opportunity arises for her to network at a Bay Area book club, she jumps at the chance – even if it means having to read Lady Chatterley’s Lover, a book she hasn’t encountered since college, in an evening. But the edition she finds at the bookstore is no Penguin Classics Chatterley. It’s an ancient hardcover with notes in the margins between two besotted lovers of long ago. What Maggie finds in her search for the lovers and their fate, and what she learns about herself in the process, will surprise and move readers.

Witty and sharp-eyed in its treatment of tech world excesses, but with real warmth at its core, The Moment of Everything is a wonderful read.

 Dahlonega Literary Festival

March 28, 2015 at 9:00am to March 29, 2015 at 3:00pm

We’re excited to return as the official book seller for the Dahlonega Literary Festival! The Foxes will be split between Dahlonega and the FoxTale Book Shoppe! Here a Fox, there a Fox, everywhere a Fox! For more information click here.  

To date, the following authors are confirmed for Dahlonega:
Raymond Atkins, Susan Jones Boyer, Mark Braught, Jackie K Cooper, Lynn Cullen, Delilah S. Dawson, Author, Jessica Handler, Molly Harper, Author, Kevin Hearne, Kathryn Fernquist Hinds, Ann Hite, Vicki Lane Mysteries, Erika Marks Author, Man Martin, Frances Mayes, Cherie Priest, George Weinstein

Create your Website in WordPress

Saturday, April 11 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM

A Guided Workbook Approach to Creating Your WordPress Website and Blog

Instructor: Valerie Hudgins

Over the past two years of offering this class at FoxTale, it almost always sells out. In 2015, the class will only be offered two more times, both on Saturdays from 3-6pm – April 11, and November 7. The class is limited to six persons to better focus on each person’s intentions and needs.

WordPress is DIY, but…

As easy as WordPress can be, there are dozens of decisions to make before, during and after the download, configuration and design of your site. This class walks you through from the first decision to the last, explaining the whys and wherefores, from selecting a webhost to which buttons to click when you download the software and factors to consider for your specific business or interest.


Ann B. Ross, Miss Julia Lays Down the Law

Monday, April 13, 2015 at 12:30 pm  LUNCHEON

Welcome Ann B. Ross to FoxTale Book Shoppe! Mark your calendars now, details to come soon. This will be a ticketed luncheon event.

It’s up to Miss Julia to sort out the murder of a hoity-toity newcomer in the latest addition to the New York Times bestselling series

Ann B. Ross’s most recent addition to the series, Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover, was the first to hit the printed New York Times bestseller list, so Miss Julia fans both new and old will be especially keen to get their hands on the next one. The sixteenth in the series, Miss Julia Lays Down the Law is guaranteed to be the steel magnolia’s most exciting adventure yet.

Virginia Willis, Lighten up, Y’all

Saturday, April 25 at 1:00

We always love when Chef Virginia Willis visits FoxTale! We’re thrilled to welcome her back with Lighten Up, Y’all!

A collection of classic Southern comfort food recipes–including seven-layer dip, chicken and gravy, and mudslide cookies–made lighter, healthier, and completely guilt-free.

Virginia Willis is not only an authority on Southern cooking, a French-trained chef, and a veteran cookbook author; she is also a proud Southerner who adores eating and cooking for family and friends. So when she needed to drop a few pounds and generally lighten up her diet, the most important criterion for her new lifestyle was that all the food had to taste delicious.

The result is Lighten Up, Y’all, a soul-satisfying and deeply personal collection of Virginia’s new favorite recipes. All the classics are covered—from a comforting Southern Style Shepherd’s Pie with Grits to warm, melting Broccoli Mac and Cheese to Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Pie. Each dish is packed with real Southern flavor, but made with healthier, more wholesome ingredients and techniques. Wherever you are on your health and wellness journey, Lighten Up, Y’all has the recipes, tools, and inspiration you need to make the nourishing, down-home Southern food you love.


Karen White, The Sound of Glass Book Launch Event

Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 PM

Thrilled to launch “our” Karen White‘s THE SOUND OF GLASS on release day! More details to come!
The New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone now explores a Southern family’s buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, secret by shattering secret.

It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.

Charting the course of an uncertain life—and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death—Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a new life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother.

Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country

Sarah Mc Coy, The Mapmaker’s Children

Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30pm

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We’re thrilled to welcome NY Times and international bestselling author Sarah McCoy to FoxTale Book Shoppe along with the fabulous NY Times bestselling author Karen White!

When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. She boldly embraces this calling after being told the shocking news that she can’t bear children, but as the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril.

Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar — the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance.

Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden’s woven lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.

Wendy Wax, A Week at the Lake Book Launch Event

Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 PM

You love her, we love her and she’s back at FoxTale to launch A Week at the Lake this summer!

From the USA Today bestselling author of While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, The House on Mermaid Point and more comes a powerful novel about secrets, loyalty, and the bonds of true friendship . . .

Twenty years ago, Emma Michaels, Mackenzie Hayes, and Serena Stockton bonded over their New York City dreams. Then, each summer, they solidified their friendship by spending one week at the lake together, solving their problems over bottles of wine and gallons of ice cream. They kept the tradition for years, until jealousy, lies, and life’s disappointments made them drift apart.

It’s been five years since Emma has seen her friends, an absence designed to keep them from discovering a long-ago betrayal. Now she’s in desperate need of their support. The time has come to reveal her secrets—and hopefully rekindle their connection.

But when a terrible accident keeps Emma from saying her piece, Serena and Mackenzie begin to learn about the past on their own. Now, to heal their friendship and their broken lives, the three women will have to return to the lake that once united them, and discover which relationships are worth holding on to.

Patti Callahan Henry, The Idea of Love: A Novel

Monday, July 7 at 7:00pm

LAUNCH PARTY:  Location???

NOTE-This event is UNDER CONSTRUCTION.   Patti Callahan Henry throws a great party, and we’ll let you know where REAL SOON.  She will be joining us at FoxTale as well – details to come.
Screenwriter Harper has had two flops in succession. He needs a hit and he needs it badly. Empty of any new ideas and crippled with writer’s block, he decides that he will “steal” a love story. He can’t do that in Hollywood, of course, so he heads to the East Coast for change of scenery, some new ideas, and above all, that good love story he needs. Taking on a fake identity as a historian interested in local folklore, he interviews townsfolk under the guise of getting to know their family stories. Soon, the knot of lies looks too tight to undo.
Can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?

Create your Website in WordPress

Saturday, November 7 from 3:00 to 6:00 PM

A Guided Workbook Approach to Creating Your WordPress Website and Blog
Instructor: Valerie Hudgins

Over the past two years of offering this class at FoxTale, it almost always sells out. In 2015, the class will only be offered two more times, both on Saturdays from 3-6pm – April 11, and November 7. The class is limited to six persons to better focus on each person’s intentions and needs.

WordPress is DIY, but…

As easy as WordPress can be, there are dozens of decisions to make before, during and after the download, configuration and design of your site. This class walks you through from the first decision to the last, explaining the whys and wherefores, from selecting a webhost to which buttons to click when you download the software and factors to consider for your specific business or interest.