Celia. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is walking down aisle, Annajane realizes that maybe she’s been given a second chance. And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back. But there are secrets afoot in this small southern town. On the peaceful surface of Hideaway Lake, Annajane discovers that the past is never really gone.
Porch Lights By Dorothea Benton Frank of Sullivan’s Island, S.C. ◄ dotfrank.com
When Jimmy McMullen, a fireman with the Fire Department of New York, is killed in the line of duty, his wife, Jackie, and 10-year-old son Charlie, are devastated. Trusting in the healing power of family, Jackie decides to return to her childhood home on Sullivan’s Island. Awaiting is Annie
Britt, the family
matriarch who has kept the porch lights on to welcome them home even though relations between mother and daughter have never been what you would call smooth. Captivated by the island’s natural charms and lively stories of Blackbeard and his pirates who once sailed the Carolina waters and of former resident Edgar Allen Poe, mother, daughter, and grandson will share a memorable, illuminating summer.
Sea Change By Karen White of Milton ► karen-white.com
For as long as she
can remember, Ava Whalen has struggled with a sense of not belonging, and now, at 34, she still feels stymied by her family. She thinks her days of loneliness are over when she meets child psychologist Matthew Frazier and impulsively elopes to Matthew’s ancestral home on St. Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia. But there is much Ava doesn’t know about Matthew, including the mysterious circumstances surrounding
wife’s death. Feeling adrift, Ava throws herself into
family history and that of the island, not realizing that her obsession with the past could very well destroy her future. Read
and Change” in
Karen “Sea our
She Reads column, page 6.
Ocean Beach By Wendy Wax of East Cobb
suffering a series of hard
knocks, unlikely friends Madeline, Avery and Nicole have arrived in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood to bring a once-grand historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called “Do-Over.” At least, that’s the plan until the women realize that having their work broadcast is one thing, their
personal play out is another on
having lives TV
entirely. Soon they are struggling to hold
themselves, and the project, together. With a decades-old mystery -- and the hurricane season -- looming, the women are forced to figure out just how they’ll weather life’s storms.
Wallflower in Bloom By Claire Cook of East Cobb ► clairecook.com
Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it’s
just not her own. She’s the around- the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, New Age guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be as gatekeeper to Tag at his New England
seaside compound. replacement on
While drowning her sorrows after a failed relationship, Deirdre decides to use Tag’s massive online following to get herself voted on as a last-minute “Dancing with
the Stars.” It’ll get her back in shape, mentally and physically. It might even get her a life of her own. Deirdre’s 15 minutes of fame have begun.
River Witch By Kimberly Brock of Milton kimberlybrockbooks.com
▼ Roslyn Byrne is 24 years old, broken in body, heart and soul. Her career as a professional ballet dancer ended with a car wreck and a miscarriage, leaving her lost and grieving. She needs a new path, but she doesn’t have the least idea how
or where to start. With some shoving from her very Southern mama, she immures herself for the summer on Manny’s Island, Ga., one of the Sea Isles, to recover. There, Roslyn finds a
old girl, Damascus, who brings alligators, pumpkins and hoodoo into her sorry life. Roslyn rents a house from Damascus’s family, the
Trezevants, a strange bunch, and finds herself caught in a mysterious stew of the past and present, the music of the river, the dead and the dying who haunt the riverbank, and a passion for living her new life.
Meet the authors!
The following events are organized by FoxTale Book Shoppe. Two events will be held off-site. Visiting authors only sign books purchased at the bookstore.
FOXTALE BOOK SHOPPE 105 East Main Street,
Woodstock, Ga. 30188 770-516-9989
MONDAY, JUNE 4
Launch Party for Mary Kay Andrews’ “Spring Fever” 6 p.m. Harbour Bar and Fish House, 129 Church Street, Decatur. $35 ticket includes a copy of “Spring Fever,” a bag of goodies, appetizers and more. Register at
. SATURDAY, JUNE 9
Book Signing, Karen White’s “Sea Change”
6 p.m. FoxTale Book Shoppe. SATURDAY, JUNE 16
Book Signing, Claire Cook’s “Wallflower in Bloom”
1 p.m. FoxTale Book Shoppe.
TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Luncheon with Dorothea Benton Frank, “Porch Lights” 12 p.m. Magnolia Thomas Restaurant, 108 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. $55 ticket includes your meal and a first edition of “Porch Lights." Res- ervations required by June 16.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26
Launch Party for Wendy Wax’s “Ocean Beach”
7 p.m. FoxTale Book Shoppe. june2012 | northsidewoman.com
Photo credits for author portraits: Mary Kay Andrews - BILL MILES; Karen White - TANNER PHOTOGRAPHY; Wendy Wax - STUDIO 7 PHOTOGRAPHY; Kimberly Brock - KACIE JO PHOTOGRAPHY; Claire Cook - DIANE DILLON; DorotheaBentonFrank - JACK ALTERMAN.
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