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Johnathon Scott Barrett, Rise and Shine!
Friday, October 2 at 6:00pm


RISE AND SHINE! is an engaging, funny, and poignant memoir about a Southern son and his life’s relationship with food. Johnathon Barrett takes you on a decades-long journey of culinary exploration, starting in the 1960s in his hometown of Perry, Georgia. There in the low-rolling hills and slow-moving creeks of Middle Georgia he tells–with good humor and reflection–stories about his family, and how for generations farm-to-table food was a mainstay in their daily lives. He also relates how food was the common denominator for all aspects of life in the South, especially in small towns and rural communities. Barrett shares his need to leave behind those days of stewed squash and fried okra, and move on to what he felt were more sophisticated and global offerings. He discovered, however, that while he tried to take his palate of out of Dixie, there was always some Georgia red clay in his blood–and in his taste buds. Successfully melding those early days of learning the basics of Southern fare and later stretching his culinary skills, Barrett demonstrates in this narrative his formula for a successful casual dinner or a formal black tie affair. With several menus and 100 recipes ranging from down-home picnic offerings such as ‘Joyce s Don’t Mess with Success Pimento Cheese’ to a magnificent platter of ‘Grouper Meunière,’ the author provides a wonderful array of delights for contemporary cooks. This culinary love letter to Barrett’s parents and other loved ones who raised him will make you laugh, maybe shed a tear, and fill your hearts with a renewed appreciation for the magic that can happen in a family’s kitchen

Lisa Lewis Tyre, Last in a Long Line of Rebels Book Launch Party
Saturday, October 3 at 5:00pm


“A solid debut novel for middle graders who enjoy a blend of history and mystery.”—School Library Journal
Debut novelist Lisa Lewis Tyre vibrantly brings a small town and its outspoken characters to life, as she explores race and other community issues from both the Civil War and the present day.
Lou might be only twelve, but she’s never been one to take things sitting down. So when her Civil War-era house is about to be condemned, she’s determined to save it either by getting it deemed a historic landmark or by finding the stash of gold rumored to be hidden nearby during the war. As Lou digs into the past, her eyes are opened when she finds that her ancestors ran the gamut of slave owners, renegades, thieves and abolitionists. Meanwhile, some incidents in her town show her that many Civil War era prejudices still survive and that the past can keep repeating itself if we let it. Digging into her past shows Lou that it’s never too late to fight injustice, and she starts to see the real value of understanding and exploring her roots.
Bring the kids to this fun event where they can get their own signed books. Free event, and a great way to support a local author who has made it to the big time!
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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

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.

Delilah Dawson (writing as Lila Bowen), Victoria Schwab & Cherie Priest, Wake of Vultures
Saturday, October 24 at 1:00pm


We are thrilled to launch Delilah S. Dawson, Author’s latest novel, WAKE OF VULTURES written as Lila Bowen. If that’s not enough excitement, Delilah has gathered some author friends that she knows you will love. Author Victoria “V.E.” Schwab will join the fun along with Cherie M. Priest (who was a sellout at her prior FoxTale visit)! More authors may be added!

More details to come, but do mark your calendar before the vultures are woken!

Lynn Cullen, Twain’s End
Saturday, October 24 at 5:00pm


We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Lynn Cullen’s TWAIN’S END and we are excited to share that Lynn will be with us on Saturday, October 24, 5pm to celebrate. Cullen is the highly acclaimed author of MRS. POE, REIGN OF MADNESS, THE CREATION OF EVE and more!

In March of 1909, Mark Twain cheerfully blessed the wedding of his private secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, and his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft. One month later, he fired both. He proceeded to write a ferocious 429-page rant about the pair, calling Isabel “a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and salacious slut pining for seduction.” Twain and his daughter, Clara Clemens, then slandered Isabel in the newspapers, erasing her nearly seven years of devoted service to their family. How did Lyon go from being the beloved secretary who ran Twain’s life to a woman he was determined to destroy?

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.

Sally Kilpatrick, Bittersweet Creek Book Launch
Thursday, October 29 at 6:30pm


We’re delighted to welcome Marietta, Georgia-based author Sally Kilpatrick to FoxTale Book Shoppe for the launch of her second book, Bittersweet Creek. From the author of The Happy Hour Choir comes a Romeo and Juliet story with Southern flair–witty, warm, and as complex and heart-wrenching as only love and family can be.

For a century and a half, the Satterfield and McElroy farms have been separated by a narrow creek and a whole lot of bad blood. Both sides have done their share of damage. But the very worst crime either family can commit is to fall in love with the enemy. As teenagers, Romy Satterfield and Julian McElroy did exactly that. Then, on the night they were secretly married by a justice of the peace, Julian stood Romy up.

Ten years later, Romy is poised to marry the scion of one of Nashville’s most powerful families. First she has to return home to Ellery to help her injured father–and to finalize her divorce. For Julian, seeing Romy again brings into relief the secrets he’s kept and the poison that ran through his childhood. Romy has missed the farm and the unpretentious, downright nosy townsfolk. In spite of her efforts, she’s also missed Julian. But though she suspects there’s more to that long-ago night than Julian ever revealed, the truth will either drive her away for good, or reveal what is truly worth fighting for. . .

Born and raised in West Tennessee, Sally Kilpatrick graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a BA in English. At UT she met and married a Georgia boy. Now they live in Marietta, GA, with their two kids.

This is a free launch party with all the trimmings! Sally will have special plastic glasses free to all readers who purchase Bittersweet Creek. from FoxTale. This will be a fun event, so don’t miss it!


Get Ready, DAYS Fans, for an Event of a Lifetime!
Come to Woodstock and Meet Cast Members from Days of Our Lives

Days of Our LivesFriday, October 30, 2015 at 6:30 at The Elm Street Cultural Arts Village and City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188

To commemorate the NBC Daytime Emmy Award winning daytime drama’s golden anniversary, the series co-executive producer Greg Meng has written and produced a special coffee table book to honor the legacy of the iconic series.

Click here to go to the Event Page for more info and to RSVP!






Halloween Story Time
Saturday, October 31 at 11:00am


Join us at 11am on Halloween for a special story time and Halloween fun!

Kathleen Howard and Rosalind Bunn’s “The Monsters Three” follows an evening of trick or treating of mannerless monsters who alarm the neighborhood until they mend their ways, becoming delightful children with nice manners and lots of treats!

Beatriz Williams, Along the Infinite Sea Luncheon Event
Friday, November 6 at 12:30pm – $50 includes Autographed Book and Catered Lunch


Each of the three Schuyler sisters has her own world-class problems, but in the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler’s problems are in a class of their own. When Pepper fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction, she thinks she’s finally found a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries, the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician.
But the car’s new owner turns out to have secrets of her own, and as the glamorous and mysterious Annabelle Dommerich takes pregnant Pepper under her wing, the startling provenance of this car comes to light: a Nazi husband, a Jewish lover, a flight from Europe, and a love so profound it transcends decades. As the many threads of Annabelle’s life from World War II stretch out to entangle Pepper in 1960s America, and the father of her unborn baby tracks her down to a remote town in coastal Georgia, the two women must come together to face down the shadows of their complicated pasts.
Indomitable heroines, a dazzling world of secrets, champagne at the Paris Ritz, and a sweeping love story for the ages. Join us for lunch and discussion with New York Times bestselling author Beatriz Williams. $50 includes a catered lunch and an autographed 1st Edition of ALONG THE INFINITE SEA:

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Lynnette Austin, The Best Laid Wedding Plans
Saturday, November 7 at 1:00pm



With love in their hearts and crafting the perfect wedding on their minds, the possibilities are endless for the ladies of Lynnette Austin / Lynnette Hallberg’s new Magnolia Brides series.


Jenni Beth Beaumont left her broken heart behind when she took her dream job in Savannah. But after her brother’s death, Jenni Beth returns home to help mend her parents’ hearts as well as restore their beautiful but crumbling antebellum mansion. New dreams take shape as Jenni Beth sets to work replacing floors and fixing pipes to convert the family homestead into the perfect wedding destination. However, some folks in their small Southern town are determined to see her fail.

We hope you can come to the launch event, but if not, Lynette would be glad to autograph a book that we will mail out to you. This paperback book is $7.99 plus shipping. To purchase, click below:





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!