Events – Authors, Discussions & More

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Holly McClure, Conjuror
Tuesday, September 1 at 6:30pm


We’re happy to host Holly Sullivan McClure’s book launch for Conjuror from Mercer University Press.

Within the tightly knit Cherokee community in the Smoky Mountains, a secret society of Snake Dancers is led by a group of elders, four of whom guard an artifact of incredible power. Guardianship has been passed from father to son for over 300 years. Theses artifacts belonged to Kanegwa’ti, a medicine man who controlled the power of Uktena (an evil spirit) in order to protect the tribe. Even the four guardians cannot reveal what they guard. While Johnny is committed to the Cherokee way of life, he isn’t buying into his new role as the vessel for Uktena. It isn’t until he comes face to face with the evil spirit himself that he realizes all the Cherokee myths are true.

Rosalind Bunn & Mark Braught, Whose Shadow Do I See
Saturday, September 12 at 11:00am


Join us as we host a very special book launch story time event! We’re excited to welcome author Rosalind Bunn and illustrator Mark Braught with WHOSE SHADOW DO I SEE. Perfect for all ages! We will have the books available for purchase and personalization!

Rosalind is the co-author of three picture books — The Butter Bean Lady, Sophie May and the Shoe Untying Fairy and The Monsters Three. This is her first solo book. Mark has illustrated many bestselling books including the award winning Cosmo’s Moon and P is for Peach.


Saturday, September 12 at 1:00pm
Lisa Wingate AND Ann Hite

The Sea Keeper's DaughterLisa Wingate, The Sea Keeper’s Daughter

It’s always a treat to have Lisa Wingate Reader’s Circle at FoxTale! Lisa is a wonderful storyteller and a sweet, kind and talented author. Can’t wait!

From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.

Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney’s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney’s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?

Where the Souls GoAnn Hite, Where the Souls Go – LAUNCH PARTY!

At the age of ten, Annie Todd finds not only is her mother quite mad but that Annie has inherited an unusual legacy. The ghost of a young girl visits Annie in her new home deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where Annie’s mother, Grace Jean, has hidden them away from the life they used to know. Annie finds an unlikely ally in Pearl, a young woman who keeps house in Annie’s new home. The secrets that surround Pearl take Annie’s mind off her loneliness and soon her family history is revealed to her. Where The Souls Go is Ann Hite’s third novel set in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Readers who loved Ghost on Black Mountain Hite’s first novel, will find many of the characters familiar. This will be the launch party for Where The Souls Go , and we hope you can attend. Live music and refreshments!

Copies of a hand drawn map will go with the first 200 books sold, so order your book today from FoxTale:

WHERE THE SOULS GO, $17, Pick Up at FoxTale on or after Sept. 12

WHERE THE SOULS GO, To be mailed (U.S. only) $17 + Shipping

Sonja Yoerg, The Middle Of Somewhere
Monday, September 14 at 6:30pm

“A troubled, young widow hikes from Yosemite Valley deep into the wilderness on the John Muir Trail to elude her shameful past in this emotionally gripping story from the author of House Broken. With her thirtieth birthday looming, Liz Kroft is heading for the hills literally. Her emotional baggage weighs her down more than her backpack, but a three-week trek promises the solitude she craves at least until her boyfriend, Dante, decides to tag along. His broad moral streak makes the prospect of confessing her sins more difficult, but as much as she fears his judgment, she fears losing him more. Maybe. They set off together alone under blue skies, but it’s not long before storms threaten and two strange brothers appear along the trail. Amid the jagged, towering peaks, Liz must decide whether to admit her mistakes and confront her fears, or face the trail, the brothers and her future alone.

Kristi Ann Hunter, Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House)
Saturday, September 19 at 4:00pm


Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother’s old school friend, a duke–with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she’s heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marlow, her brother’s new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

Karen Zacharias, Burdy
Thursday, September 24 at 6:30pm


We’re excited to welcome Karen Spears Zacharias back to FoxTale Book Shoppe with Burdy,†a sequel to Mother of Rain, from Mercer University Press.

Jeff High, The Splendor of Ordinary Days
Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30pm


Jeff High is back with the third Watervalley book and we couldn’t be more excited! Jeff’s writing gets better and better with every book and that says a lot since we loved his first book so much!

Readers of Jan Karon’s Mitford series and Patrick Taylor’s Irish Country series will fall in love with Jeff High’s funny, heartfelt Watervalley series.

The pastoral charm of small-town Watervalley, Tenneesse, can be deceptive, as young Dr. Luke Bradford discovers when he’s caught in the fallout of a decades-old conflict…

Meg Waite Clayton, The Race for Paris
Friday, October 9 at noon – $50 includes Autographed Book and Catered Lunch

Race for ParisWARNING: The Foxes LOVE stories about strong women!

Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters, joins us with a transportive World War II novel inspired by real frontline stories about journalists who, together, race the Allies to occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives.
Opening in Normandy on June 29, 1944, The Race for Paris follows two American female war correspondents on their quest to document (and make) history by covering the Allied liberation of Paris. Jane is a young, single journalist for the Nashville Banner. When she’s assigned to cover a field hospital, she meets Olivia, an Associated Press photographer. However, unlike their male colleagues, Liv and Jane are constantly confronted by red tape and derision because the military believes women cannot handle the rigors of combat journalism. Jane is resigned to making the most of her assignment, but Liv is determined to get to Paris. After failing to win over her commanding officer, she goes AWOL and, seizing her chance to make a name for herself, Jane joins her.
The two women chase their story through the gunfire, carnage, and death scarring the French countryside. Their journey is further complicated by emotional bonds, romantic tensions, and one woman’s secret—a secret with the power to end her career and, perhaps, her life.
Inspired by pioneering World War II journalists such as Margaret Bourke-White and Martha Gellhorn who paved the way for Christiane Amanpour, Marie Colvin, and Lynsey Addario, The Race for Paris combines riveting storytelling with deft literary craftsmanship and extensive research in a passionate narrative of women driven to transcend the limitations of their time.
**The luncheon will be held at FoxTale Book Shoppe or Magnolia Hall (on Arnold Mill Rd. in Woodstock,) depending on the number of attendees registered. Assume FoxTale Book Shoppe is the place to be; we will notify you if we move it. If you’ve never attended a FoxTale luncheon, you’re in for a treat, so make your reservations early!

Can’t attend, but would like to purchase an autographed book and have it shipped to you?

Peter Zheutlin, Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs, and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway
Tuesday, October 13 at 6:30pm

Rescue Road

Twice a month, Greg Mahle leaves his home in Ohio in a specially outfitted twelve-wheel rig bound for the Gulf Coast. He goes to rescue abused and abandoned dogs and bring them to the Northeast. Some are found wandering city streets or remote woodlands. Some live in dumpsters. Some are neglected and abused. Almost all are on death row, sometimes with just hours to live.

By the time Mahle points his truck north, he has a full load: ninety dogs riding in air-conditioned (or heated) comfort, bound for ìforeverî homes. Over the past eighteen years, Mahle has rescued more than 30,000 dogs this way, driving over 8,500 miles a month simply to save the lives of hard-luck dogs and enrich the lives of the families who adopt them.

A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit Rescue Road Trips.

Hank Phillippi Ryan, What You See
Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30pm


What You See: another thrilling installment in Hank Phillippi Ryan’s award-winning Jane Ryland mystery series.

Why would a father abduct his own child? A wedding is planned in Jane Ryland’s family, but there’s a disaster instead. Nine-year-old Gracie-supposed to be the flower girl-has been taken by her stepdad. Where are they? Is the girl in danger? Reporter Jane Ryland learns there’s a limit to the bonds of family-and learns to her peril what happens when loved ones are pushed too far.

Meanwhile, Detective Jake Brogan’s got a doozy of a case. At Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall, a man is stabbed to death in front of a crowd of tourists snapping photos of the murder on their cell phones. Solving the case should be easy, but the pictures and surveillance video lead him to a dark conspiracy of extortion and stolen lives.

Jane and Jake must explore where their loyalties lie-to each other? To their families? To their careers? If they make the wrong decision, the consequences could be fatal.

Newt & Callista Gingrich, Duplicity & Christmas in America
Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30pm

Gingrich books

Leading politician and bestselling author Newt Gingrich has teamed with novelist Pete Earley (Official) to create a gripping thriller to which Gingrich brings his unparalleled understanding of Washington’s corridors of power.
The greatest nightmare for the free world today would be a Master Terrorist hiding somewhere, coordinating radical Islamic groups at the highest level around the globe.

In Duplicity, this invisible hand overseeing havoc plays a major role in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller.†And of course, it’s set during an American presidential election.


Ellis the Elephant is back! In Christmas in America, the fifth in Callista Gingrichís New York Times bestselling series, Ellis discovers the meaning of Christmas and learns how this special holiday has been celebrated throughout American history.
In preceding books, including Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrimsí Pride, Yankee Doodle Dandy, and From Sea to Shining Sea, Ellis learns about the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation. Now, in Christmas in America, this adorable pachyderm explores the tales and traditions that have made Christmas a cherished part of the American experience.

M.J. Pullen, The Marriage Pact Book Launch Party
Saturday, November 7 at 4:00pm

mJ PullenIn the vein of Emily Giffin, this debut launches a charming series about a group of thirty-somethings in Atlanta, Georgia making surprising discoveries about friendship, love, and happily-ever-after.



Diane Chamberlain, Pretending to Dance
Saturday, November 14 at 1:00pm

We’re excited to welcome Diane Chamberlain Readers Page to FoxTale Book Shoppe with Pretending to Dance!