Here are some of the books by our 2019 Regional Writers that will be available for our Festival attendees to purchase!  They will be for sale at the FoxTale Book Shoppe located in the Fellowship Hall on the lower level of The Dahlonega Baptist Church (234 Hawkins St., Dahlonega, Ga) from 9:00am-4:30pm on Saturday, March 2, 2019 only.  So please take the opportunity to stop by and visit FoxTale Book Shoppe to peruse and buy their books.

Here are some book covers and plot summaries:



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IDABEL ALLEN  “ROOTED:  It all comes from the root… and Grover McQuiston was the root of it all. Working his lifetime to bury a shameful past, Grover McQuiston rules the rural town of Moonsock, Tennessee and his family with an iron fist. Or he did, until his granddaughter scandalizes the small town with her “queer” behavior. Before Grover can force Sarah Jane to marry, strung-out punk rocker Slade Mortimer crash lands in Moonsock, claiming to be Grover’s long-lost grandson. When Slade’s presence threatens to reveal the devastating secret Grover will do anything to protect, it seems things couldn’t get any worse. Then Grover’s wife dies and in those flat delta fields, Grover learns nothing, absolutely nothing stays buried forever. Sweeping from the grime of the 1970s New York punk rock scene to the truck-scarred roads of the rural South, Rooted is an evocative, wry and beautifully-written historical fiction novel that captures the grit of Southern storytelling at its finest.

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LINDSEY BRACKETT  “STILL WATERS:  Cora Anne Halloway has a history degree and a plan: avoid her own past—despite being wait-listed for graduate school. Then her beloved grandmother requests—and her dispassionate mother insists—that she spend the summer at Still Waters, the family cottage on Edisto Beach, South Carolina. Despite its picturesque setting, Still Waters haunts Cora Anne with loss. At Still Waters her grandfather died, her parents’ marriage disintegrated, and as a child, she caused a tragic drowning. But lingering among the oak canopies and gentle tides, this place also tempts her with forgiveness—especially since Nan hired Tennessee Watson to oversee cottage repairs. A local contractor, but dedicated to the island’s preservation from development, Tennessee offers her friendship and more, if she can move beyond her guilt. When a family reunion reveals Nan’s failing health, Cora Anne discovers how far Tennessee will go to protect her—and Edisto—from more desolation. Will Cora Anne choose between a life driven by guilt, or one washed clean by the tides of grace?

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JANET CHAPMAN  “MADAM MAY“:  Madam May is pure Southern drama with a touch of humor and spice. In spite of her foibles, you will find yourself cheering for May as she strives to become an independent woman in early 1900s Atlanta. Madam May, A Tale of Madams, Morphine, Moonshine, and Murder is based on true events in the life of the author’s paternal grandmother. Set in Atlanta in the early 1900s, there were few options for a poor, rural, uneducated woman but Willie May Wheeler Collis Stamper Hogan Cobb was willing to do whatever it took to become an independent woman of means. A resourceful, strong, and appealing woman, May strives to overcome obstacles and achieve her goals.  If you enjoy Madam May, you will want to read After Madam May, What Came Next, a novella that tells about May’s later journey in life. Dr. Chapman’s novel, Dorothy May, takes the story even further as we learn about the tragic but engaging story of May’s informally adopted daughter, Dorothy.  Dr. Chapman discovered these astonishing secrets while doing genealogy research. She found that, indeed, truth can be stranger than fiction. She is an Atlanta native and describes herself as a bohemian southern belle. She is also the author of a memoir, This Teacher Talks, about her time teaching in public schools. You can learn more about Dr. Chapman as well as read her blog posts, poetry, and essays at

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KATIE HART-SMITH   “ASPIRATIONS OF THE HEART“:   Addie Engel is a small-town girl who wants nothing more than to leave her family farm, venture out in the wider world of 1913 Georgia and become a successful nurse. But the times aren’t so friendly to a young woman determined to buck society’s expectations and do more than marry, have children, and keep house. If society has its way, she will never leave Hope, Georgia, nor the boy who hopes to be more than just her friend. Then, tragedy strikes, and with it comes an opportunity Addie can’t refuse. Thrust into in the rapidly-growing city of Atlanta, she’s soon immersed in a world of powerful people intent upon their own plans and schemes, including Lester Schwinn, a conniving man hell-bent on making his mysterious cure-all tonic a household name at any cost.  Aspirations of the Heart is the passionate tale of Addie’s self-discovery, but also the city of Atlanta and the growing pains the 20th century brings. Filled with vivid and memorable characters, and replete with historically and socially accurate details, it is a panoramic novel ideal for lovers of Southern fiction and for anyone who enjoys a well-spun, exciting, and colorful tale.

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DOROTHY MALONE “BUCKHEAD DEAD: Skye Southerland and Honey Truelove have just finished an interior design job for Sylvia Landmark, one of Buckhead’s most eccentric characters, and their designs are to die for. After a celebration at Sylvia’s home where they reveal the new décor, including a desk with a possible link to the pirate Blackbeard, Sylvia turns up dead, leaving the ladies wondering if this desk is worth more than they bargained for. Skye and Honey are now suspects in the murder of a woman who had few friends, and plenty of possible enemies. In an attempt to clear their names, Skye, Honey, and Honey’s loveable cousin Ginger embark on a journey to find the real killer, figure out the history behind the desk, and clear their names before they end up going to jail, or even worse, becoming the next victims! With plenty of warnings from Skye’s husband Mitch, and the ruggedly handsome Detective Montaine assigned to Sylvia’s case, these girls still manage to get right in the middle of the investigation, while having time to enjoy all that Georgia has to offer.

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GRANT McGARRY  “A NIGHT IN THE PECH VALLEY“:  A Night in the Pech Valley is Grant McGarry‘s account of what it takes to become an Army Ranger and what life is like in the 75th Ranger Regiment.  More importantly it is about an operation in the most dangerous terrain for U.S. forces anywhere in the world. The Pech Valley is surrounded by Taliban-filled mountains on the Pakistan border in the Kunar Province, where the mountain peaks push ten thousand feet. On the night of August 18, 2010 a platoon of Army Rangers were on a direct action raid to capture/kill the 3rd most wanted high value target in Afghanistan and this is the story of the Rangers who ferociously fought through the night and into the next morning. A Night in the Pech Valley is dedicated to Army Ranger, SPC. Christopher Shane Wright, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Pech Valley on the morning of August 19th, 2010.

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LATINA McINTYRE  “THE SUPER SMART GIRL BOOK“:  Join Royal, a fierce and respectful young girl, as she shows everyone her passion and love for life through the empowering stories of her adventures. The Super Smart Girl Book features the first two parts of a truly incredible series that seeks to enlighten and inspire young girls everywhere.



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THERON MONTGOMERY  “THE END OF THE LEGEND OF JARED SNEAD”: In 1971, Army Ranger Beck Senecal is denied a third tour in Vietnam after being driven through a second tour by his rage and grief and a desire to avenge the KIA of his best and hometown friend, U.S. Marine Foster Odom. But, in so doing, he blindly broke his promise to return to his girlfriend, Marica. Now, Marcia is engaged to someone else and Beck has no closure. He reluctantly takes his Freedom Bird flight to California, is discharged, doesn’t call home and decides on a long train ride to Mobile, Alabama, where an old high school friend surprises him and gives him a lift to their largely rural community of Fermata Bend, Alabama–back to the tradition, values and sense of being worthy of others that was imparted upon him from the community and the veterans that he, Foster and other boys grew up under, all epitomized by the older veteran leader and icon, Jared Snead, “The Teller of the Tales,” who played an old piano, told American history, local history and other stories, ran the hunting club, held forth as the emcee at all the veterans’ balls at the old town armory and led all the parades around the town square. Only, Jared Snead has died, too, and so has the legend he fostered. Beck comes home to a growing realization of a Disconnect–that all his rage and all he thought he had fought for has become futile, as well as his sense of place. He now enters a struggle with feelings of disorientation and loss. He is alone and anxious. He can’t sleep unless he exhausts himself. He fights down urges to be violent. He isolates himself. His parents can’t understand him. He avoids church and community while he rejuvenates his old hot rod in the shed and drives up and down the highway by old haunts and by his old girlfriend, Marica’s, house. But he is no longer the teenager who lived in his room. The Disconnect becomes more exacerbated with his mother’s growing fear of him and her nagging that he should get out and be seen; his father’s wish that he begin working on the farm and march with the veterans in the Veterans’ Parade. Beck refuses both. Then Beck is called out to see an old visiting school friend who is now a DJ in Atlanta and has brought along a freaky girlfriend. They reminisce and go on a drunken night spree to Jared Snead’s deserted family home place. It ends badly and there is no beginning of closure for Beck until he confronts Marica, the one he had promised to come back to.

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ED PAYNE  “MOLLY AND THE DOGGY DENTIST”:  Molly Malone needs a makeover. At least she thinks she does. Her unsightly teeth go this way and that. Molly’s underbite isn’t very becoming for a young mom of nine frisky pups. She dreams of a sparkly Hollywood smile, of being a hound about town. Are braces the answer. Or does beauty come from within?


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DANNY PELFREY  “LIFE IN ADAIRSVILLE“:  What fun it is to meet the sometimes fascinating, sometimes famous, sometimes common, sometimes slightly off center characters of a small town. The words and actions of the unique people as well as the events revealed in these pages may produce unbelief, laughter, amazement, and perhaps even a bit of pain at times, but never boredom. A town, its people and its events should not be forgotten. Our children and grandchildren along with their children should have at least some knowledge of our town’s past. They need to know of the events with broad implications as well as those that might be considered insignificant because they all blend together to make a town what it has become. One with no knowledge of Adairsville before exposure to this book or one who has lived in the little North Georgia town for years, will likely come away from these pages with a new found appreciation of the little Norman Rockwell town called “Adairsville.” Danny Pelfrey is the Minister of First Christian Church in Adairsville, Georgia.  He is the author of One-Way Choices in a Wrong-Way World and the co-author with his wife, Wanda, of an inspirational mystery novel entitled, Out of the Depths. For several years he wrote a local newspaper column about growing up in Adairsville. While Pelfrey compiled and edited Life in Adairsville, he is in order of text contribution the lesser of the three writers. The other two contributors are Alice Butler Howard (1894-1991) and Dan Bowdoin (1923-2009), both talented people with a vast knowledge of their hometown who were greatly admired by Pelfrey and the people of Adairsville, Georgia.

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LEE ST. JOHN  “SHE’S A KEEPER:  Hold on to your pantyhose. It’s going to get rough.

My name is Lee St. John. I’m an unapologetic rogue Southern Belle. A high-jinx expert and mayhem confessor.

With all the cotillion classes and etiquette lessons, I was taught manners and how to behave. But all those years of learning and acting with utmost decorum won’t stop me from saying what needs to be said.

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