Dog-Eared Review: The Best-Of-The-Best Local Authors

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By Melanie Tighe –

For over three years, I’ve enjoyed sharing books with you written by Arizona authors. I read a wide variety of books, from mysteries to romance, from children’s books to classic literature, from history to quantum physics; I’ll read just about anything I can get my hands on. When I write a review for a local author, many of whom have self-published, I look for three things. First and foremost, a good story – one that takes me away for a while. Second, not too many errors and mistakes, and finally, a fresh new voice.

Although many authors ask me to review their books, I only write reviews for those that meet the above criteria. I’ve been thrilled to discover many new Arizona voices. I know from personal experience what it takes to complete a novel, I’ve written three myself. I believe these authors deserve our support, which is why I take the time to review their books. This month, I’ll leave you with a list of my favorites from the past three years – a best of the best, if you will. I urge you to do both them and yourself a favor and read a few. Order online, request them from your library or visit Dog-Eared Pages.

Sue Ellen AllenBiography

Les BrierfieldMystery and Paranormal

Phillip A. FortnamContemporary Fiction

Morgan KearnsContemporary Romance

Bill LamperesContemporary Fiction

Deb LedfordMystery

Nancy MarshallPolitical Fiction

Deena RemielParanormal Romance

Kris TuallaHistorical Romance

Todd VanHooserFantasy and Role Playing Games

Remember their names. These are serious writers and I predict one day, at least a few of them, will be best-selling authors.


  1. Thanks for your continued support, Melanie! I’d like to point out that 3 of the authors you mentioned – myself, Morgan Kearns and Deena Remiel – are all part of the line-up at Arizona Dreamin’! Care to join us?

  2. What a lovely surprise. Thank goodness for your magical Book Shop to bring us all together. Since mine is a memoir about my prison journey with breast cancer, I was thrilled to be interviewed by Oralia Ortega of Channel 12 recently. Here’s the link for your readers interested in such a journey.
    Thanks very much, Melanie, for your faithful support of local authors. I’m honored to be on the list.

  3. What a lovely surprise. Thank goodness for your magical Book Shop to bring us all together. Since my book is a memoir about my journey through prison with breast cancer, I was thrilled recently to be interviews by Oralia Ortega of NBC. For those interested in such a journey, here is the link
    Thanks, Melanie, for your continued support of local authors. It is an honor to be on your list.

    • Congrats, Sue Ellen. It’s my pleasure to recognize our talented, home-grown authors! Having a book store is full of such perks, and I love meeting so many people with interesting stories to tell.


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