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 Joe Samuel Starnes, Red Dirt: A Tennis Novel

Monday, April 20 at 6:30pm

We’re pleased to launch Red Dirt: A Tennis Novel by Joe Samuel Starnes. A rough Southern country boy rises to the top of the professional tennis world, falls hard, then slowly climbs back.

Joe Samuel “Sam” Starnes was born in Alabama, grew up in Cedartown, Georgia, and has lived in either New Jersey or Philadelphia since 2000. Red Dirt: A Tennis Novel, published by Breakaway Books, is his third novel.

Virginia Willis, Lighten up, Y’all

Saturday, April 25 at 1:00pm


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.

Delilah Dawson, HIT Book Launch & Writing Workshop

Saturday, April 25 at 3:00pm

Delilah S. Dawson offers an absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality just steps away from ours—a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish. In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling dystopian thriller in which the USA is owned by a bank and no one reads the fine print.

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. What is she to do, let her mother die?

World-building is the key to enthralling your readers– whether you’re writing a sweet romance or a paranormal fantasy full of vampire dragons. How do you set the stage quickly and beautifully so that your characters will shine in a world all your own? Delilah is a novelist known for her world-building, and she will walk you through putting just the right amount of starlight on the page.

Sign up for Delilah’s Writer’s Workshop.  $22 INCLUDES the workshop and an autographed copy of HIT:

If you can’t attend the event, and would like a signed 1st edition of HIT mailed to you, click here:

Writer of Servants of the Storm and the Blud series, including Wicked As She Wants, winner of the RT Book Reviews May Seal of Excellence & Steampunk Book of the Year for 2013

Shannon Miller, It’s Not About Perfect: Competing for My Country and Fighting for My Life
Monday, April 27, noon

Its Not About Perfect by Shannon MillerLUNCHEON The Most Decorated Gymnast in U.S. History!

The winner of seven Olympic medals and the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history, Shannon Miller tells a story of surviving and thriving. In 1992 she won five Olympic medals after breaking her elbow in a training accident just months prior to the Games. Then, in 1996, a doctor advised her to retire immediately or face dire consequences if she chose to compete on her injured wrist. Undeterred, Shannon endured the pain and led her team, the “Magnificent Seven,” to the first Olympic team gold medal for the United States in gymnastics. Equally intense, heroic and gratifying is the story of her brutal but successful battle with ovarian cancer, a disease from which fewer than fifty percent survive. Relying on her faith and hard-learned perseverance, Shannon battled through surgery and major chemotherapy to emerge on the other side with a miracle baby girl.

Luncheon cost is $20 and reservations must be made in advance. Books may be purchased at the event or below.


Reserve Your Book to Pick Up at (or after) Luncheon:


Can’t attend the event? Get an autographed copy mailed to you:

Allegra Jordan, The Age of Innocence

Thursday, May 7 at 6:30pm

We’re pleased to welcome author Allegra Jordan to FoxTale Book Shoppe for the first time!

In this enthralling story of love, loss, and divided loyalties, two students fall in love on the eve of WWI and must face a world at war—from opposing sides.

Kim Michele Richardson, The Liar’s Bench

Friday, May 8 at 6:30pm

We’ve had our eye on Kim Michele Richardson’s debut novel, THE LIAR’S BENCH for quite a while and are happy to welcome her to FoxTale on Friday, May 8 at 6:30pm.

Kim Michele Richardson’s lush, beautifully written debut is set against a 1972 Southern backdrop passing uneasily from bigotry and brutality to hope. With its compelling mystery and complex yet relatable heroine, Liar’s Bench is a story of first love, raw courage, and truths that won’t be denied.

Kim resides in the rolling hills of Kentucky where she is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence. She is the author of the bestselling memoir The Unbreakable Child. She is a contributor to The Huffington Post and is busy working on her next novel.

 Karen White, The Sound of Glass Book Launch Event

Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 PM

So excited 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 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.

Kristy Woodson Harvey, Dear Carolina

Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30pm

“DEAR CAROLINA is Southern fiction at its best….Beautifully written.”—New York Times bestselling author Eileen Goudge

A moving debut novel about two mothers—one biological and one adoptive—from a compelling new voice in Southern women’s fiction.

One baby girl.
Two strong Southern women.
And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.

Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…

Written to baby Carolina, by both her birth mother and her adoptive one, this is a story that proves that life circumstances shape us but don’t define us—and that families aren’t born, they’re made…

Mary Kay Andrews, Beach Town

Sunday, May 17 4-6pm at Avalon

Mary Kay Andrews' Beach Town with sunglassesYou will not want to miss this party on Sunday, May 17, 4-6pm at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams at Avalon in Alpharetta.

Visit the signup page to RSVP and have a chance at fabulous prizes!

Your $35 event ticket includes the new book AND an exciting party!  Also, a portion of your ticket will benefit Susan G. Komen in Atlanta.  What a great cause!

Sarah McCoy, Beatriz Williams & Karen White

Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30pm


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.

Mystery Writers Symposium

Hank Phillippi Ryan, Carolyn Haines, Molly Harper, Stacy Allen, Susan Boyer

Saturday, May 23 at 2:00

We’re hosting a Mystery Writers Symposium featuring authors Hank Phillippi Ryan, Truth Be Told; Carolyn Haines, Bone to be Wild; Molly Harper, The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire;  Stacy Allen, Expedition Indigo; Susan Boyer, Low Country Boneyard.

Mary Alice Monroe, The Summer’s End

Monday, June 1 at 6:30pm

Always exciting to have the amazing Mary Alice Monroe with us at FoxTale Book Shoppe! If you’ve heard her speak before, you won’t miss the chance to hear her speak again. If you haven’t heard her speak, you are missing out!

The Summer’s End is the third book in her Lowcountry Trilogy. You can also pre-order any of Mary Alice Monroe’s other titles too! More details to come!

Dorothea Benton Frank, All The Single Ladies LUNCHEON

Wednesday, June 17 at 12:30pm

More details/cost to come on this great lunch event with Dorothea Benton Frank celebrating the release of her new novel, ALL THE SINGLE LADIES! Note: You do not need to be a single lady to attend, nor do you need to know all the lyrics of the Beyonce song!

Patti Callahan Henry & Jane Green Double Book Launch

Monday, June 22 at 12:30

Mark your calendars!! That’s right!! It’s twice the fun as we welcome Patti Callahan Henry and Jane Green to Woodstock for a special double book launch luncheon. Location, and detail coming soon!

Patti Callahan Henry, The Idea of Love: A Novel

Monday, June 22 at 7:00pm

LAUNCH PARTY: Location To Be Announced


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?


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.

Laura Lane McNeal, Doll-baby

Monday, June 29 at 6:30pm

We’re excited to welcome Laura Lane McNeal to FoxTale Book Shoppe! Our friend Mary Kay Andrews is a fan and that speaks volumes!

A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans—a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets

Becky Albertalli, Katie M. Stout, Gina Ciocca, Melissa E. Hurst – Young Adult authors

Tuesday, June 30at 6:30pm

Becky Albertalli, Katie M. Stout, Gina Ciocca, YA Author and Melissa E. Hurst join us to celebrate their new Young Adult novels! This is a free event featuring four up and coming authors!!

Suzanne Palmieri, The Witch of Bourbon Street

Saturday, July 11at 1:00pm

One of our Fox favorites, Suzanne Palmieri (Hayes), makes her return to FoxTale Book Shoppe with The Witch of Bourbon Street this July! Of course we will have Suzanne’s other books including the ones written under Suzanne Hayes. So Excited! Hopefully, brother Talmadge Cooper will return for his 2nd appearance too!

CIARRA HANNAH, The Frugal Paleo Cookbook and STEPHANIE GAUDREAU, Performance Paleo Cookbook

Saturday, July 18 at 5:00pm

the Frugal Paleo

A Paleo Pairing!
CIARRA HANNAH, Popular Paleo, and author of The Frugal Paleo Cookbook and STEPHANIE GAUDREAU, Stupid Easy Paleo, and author of Performance Paleo Cookbook join us at FoxTale!

 Kim Boykin, A Peach of a Pair

Tuesday, August 11 at 6:30pm

Palmetto Moon inspired The Huffington Post to rave, “It is always nice to discover a new talented author and Kim Boykin is quite a find.” Now, she delivers a novel of a woman picking up the pieces of her life with the help of two spirited, elderly sisters in South Carolina.

April, 1953. Nettie Gilbert has cherished her time studying to be a music teacher at Columbia College in South Carolina, but as graduation approaches, she can’t wait to return to her family—and her childhood sweetheart, Brooks—in Alabama. But just days before her senior recital, she gets a letter from her mama telling her that Brooks is getting married . . . to her own sister.

Devastated, Nettie drops out of school and takes a job as live-in help for two old-maid sisters, Emily and Lurleen Eldridge. Emily is fiercely protective of the ailing Lurleen, but their sisterhood has weathered many storms. And as Nettie learns more about their lives on a trip to see a faith healer halfway across the country, she’ll discover that love and forgiveness will one day lead her home . . .

Lisa Wingate, The Sea Keeper’s Daughter

Saturday, September 12 at 1:00pm

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?