Dog-Eared Review: PECULIAR SAVAGE BEAUTY

melanie_headshotBy Melanie Tighe –

Wait — don’t select next month’s book-club book just yet — at least not until you take a peek at Jessica McCann’s Peculiar Savage Beauty. With her unusual characters and their unbelievable hardships, McCann has created an unforgettable work. I can guarantee your club will want to discuss the many different aspects of Peculiar Savage Beauty and, by the time they’ve turned the final page, it will be tough for everyone to wait for the next meeting.

If you aren’t in a book-club, don’t worry! Grab a friend or two and pick up a few copies to get started with Peculiar Savage Beauty. Jessica McCann’s books are available in bookstores and online.

Reader tip: Make sure to have tissues available.


Melanie Tighe reviews books exclusively by Arizona authors and is with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore, 16428 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix. (Just south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street.) Stop in to find more of Arizona’s best authors or visit online at www.dogearedpagesusedbooks.com

 

Dog-Eared Review: Breaking Eselda

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Fantasy readers, get ready for a brand new original series…welcome to the kingdom of Fraun! Arizona’s own Tabatha Shipley’s debut novel, Breaking Eselda, is mesmerizing, a can’t-put-it-down tale woven with intrigue and discovery that keeps getting better with each turn of the page.

When Eselda’s father, King of Enchenda falls ill, it’s up to the young princess to claim her seat on the Council of Fraun, along with the other rulers of the five realms: the King of Strength, the King of Wisdom, the King of Mirth and the King of Speed. That’s all I’m going to tell you, because there are too many spoilers!

Breaking Eselda is a unique and imaginative tale, probably written more for teenager and young adults, but this— let’s just say mature — reader truly enjoyed.


Melanie Tighe, with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix, enjoys reviewing books by local authors. This book and many more by talented Arizona authors are available at Dog-Eared Pages (just south of Bell Road on 32nd Street.) 

 

Dog-Eared Review: Super Jax — The Case of the Slimy Scientist

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Introducing a new style of superhero — meet Super Jax!

Our new hero is a local gal, just like her creator, Tina Swayzee McCright, best known for her Euphoria Lane, H.O.A. mysteries.

In this new cozy mystery, Super Jax — The Case of the Slimy Scientist, we are treated to Jax’s zany origin story, and we meet all of her oddball friends who are determine to “help” her.

It’s a delight to read her madcap adventures of catching a murderer to free her boyfriend, all while figuring out how her new powers work.

A fun read by the pool!


Melanie Tighe, with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix, enjoys reviewing books by local authors. This book and many more by talented Arizona authors are available at Dog-Eared Pages (just south of Bell Road on 32nd Street.) 

 

Dog-Eared Review: Keys to Success From a Completely Unsuccessful Person

melanie_headshotBy Melanie Tighe –

Usually, self-help books do fairly well in book sales.  Today, for example, the number one best-seller on Amazon is Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life. This review is NOT about that book.

Review? No — please allow these words to function more as a warning — A VERY LOUD WARNING.

I’m begging you, do not read Arizona author Joel C. Cunningham’s Keys to Success From a Completely Unsuccessful Person. Do not give it to your sons and daughters. Do not donate it to a local library.  I never thought I’d type the following words, but this particular book should be considered nothing more than kindling.

However, if you have already read every other book on the market, and you honestly think one more might be your ticket to amazing success and riches beyond your wildest dreams, I’m begging you, please go back and reread them all again before you stop into a bookstore to request Joel C. Cunningham’s Keys to Success From a Completely Unsuccessful Person.

That being said, Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in Phoenix proudly offers signed copies of Keys to Success From a Completely Unsuccessful Person, and this hilarious book is also available online.


Melanie Tighe, with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix, enjoys reviewing books by local authors. This book and many more by talented Arizona authors are available at Dog-Eared Pages (just south of Bell Road on 32nd Street.) 

 

Dog-Eared Review — Semper Avanti: Always Forward

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Without a doubt, Semper Avanti: Always Forward is this year’s must have book for any World War II history buff. Award-winning Arizona author Kris Tualla has teamed up with Colonel Thomas Duhs (Retired) and brought to life the fictionalized account of Jack Franklin, one of the white-uniformed ski heroes of the US Army’s newly formed 10th Mountain Division. Exploring the lives, the loves and the loss of these brave soldiers as they take on both Mother Nature and the Nazi’s keep the pages turning long into the night.


Melanie Tighe reviews books written exclusively by Arizona authors and is with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in Phoenix. The bookstore is located at 16428 North 32nd Street, Phoenix (just south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street). Stop in to find more of Arizona’s best authors or visit online at www.dogearedpagesusedbooks.com.

 

Dog-Eared Review: Gilded Splendor

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For those of you missing the scoundrel, rogue and rascal-filled tales of Kathleen Woodiwiss and Bertrice Smalls, I urge you to pick up a copy of one of Elizabeth Parker’s romances. Gilded Splendor by Arizona’s own Parker delivers as only a good-ole bodice ripper can!

With all the vampires, werewolves and demons running about these days, it’s been far too long since I’ve read such a fun historical romance with a hint of Gothic darkness.

Parker’s books can be ordered on Amazon, or better yet, pick up a signed copy at Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix.


Melanie Tighe reviews books written exclusively by Arizona authors and is with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in Phoenix. The bookstore is located at 16428 North 32nd Street, Phoenix (just south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street). Stop in to find more of Arizona’s best authors or visit online at www.dogearedpagesusedbooks.com.

 

Dog-Eared Review: A Deep Thing

melanie_headshotBy Melanie Tighe –

Arizona author A.K. Smith’s debut novel, A Deep Thing, is an exciting page-turning tale. Part conspiracy, part love story, and all adventure, A Deep Thing is most of all, a fun read.

This armchair traveler may never have the chance — nor the courage — to dive into the amazing blue waters of a Mayan cenote, but Smith paints such a complete picture, I can at least imagine what it is like. I don’t want to say much more and spoil the surprise, but I’ll tell you this: the unexpected ending was perfect, and I’m certainly looking forward to reading more of A.K. Smith.

A.K. Smith’s books are available in bookstores everywhere and online. Signed copies are available at Dog-Eared Pages bookstore.


Melanie Tighe reviews books written exclusively by Arizona authors and is with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in Phoenix. The bookstore is located at 16428 North 32nd Street, Phoenix (just south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street). Stop in to find more of Arizona’s best authors or visit online at www.dogearedpagesusedbooks.com.

 

Dog-Eared Review: Night Hush

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By Melanie Tighe –

Whew — what a ride!

I found this military thriller with a touch of romance to be the perfect read for the Fourth of July. From the very first page, Arizona author Leslie Jones held nothing back in Night Hush, the first book in her Duty & Honor series. The opening scene is so realistic I could practically taste the grit of the desert sand

The author’s background as an intelligence officer, no doubt helped to craft a plot so believable I had to keep reminding myself it was fiction. The action barely paused, and Jones deftly managed to keep me white-knuckled and breathless, as Intelligence Officer Heather Langstrom and Delta Force Captain Jace Reed teamed up to battle torture and terrorism in the Middle East.

Oh, and in case you’re thinking the romantic elements will spoil Night Hush for guys. Nope, my dad, a Navy Veteran, loved it, too. I would say anyone who reads Vince Flynn or Lee Childs would also enjoy reading Leslie Jones’s, Duty & Honor series.

Leslie Jones’s books are available in bookstores everywhere and online. Signed copies are available at Dog-Eared Pages bookstore.


Melanie Tighe, with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix, enjoys reviewing books by local authors. This book and many more by talented Arizona authors are available at Dog-Eared Pages (just south of Bell Road on 32nd Street.) 

 

Dog-Eared Review: WISDOM

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Arizona’s own Patrick Tylee takes sci-fi to another realm in this first book of his Wisdom series. His choice of the first person point of view from a clone is perfect for what has to be one of the most unique science fiction stories ever written. Filled with characters as alien as they come, and others as familiar as family, Wisdom captures the true battle between good and evil in an unexpected way, that leaves the reader wanting more.

Wisdom and more of Tylee’s books are available online or pick up a signed copy at Dog-Eared Pages bookstore.


Melanie Tighe, with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix, enjoys reviewing books by local authors. This book and many more by talented Arizona authors are available at Dog-Eared Pages (just south of Bell Road on 32nd Street.) 

 

Dog-Eared Review: An American Princess

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Whew – talk about a whirlwind! An American Princess by Arizona author Kelly Depp sweeps a reader up into its fairy-tale story with nothing more than a titillating calling card left on Emily Wilde’s door, leading to a series of surprises too bold and daring for most young women to even dream of.

Just about to graduate from college and begin her new teaching career, Emily’s world is knocked off kilter when a former First Lady requests a lunch meeting. With each of the First Lady’s stunning revelations, the axis is tilted a bit more, until her topsy-turvy world is completely side-railed by the one person she’s known and trusted the most. Just when Emily thinks the planet is once again rightly aligned, her world completely collides at one of the most tear-jerking family reunions in history.

Available online or pick up a signed copy at Dog-Eared Pages bookstore.


Melanie Tighe, with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix, enjoys reviewing books by local authors. This book and many more by talented Arizona authors are available at Dog-Eared Pages (just south of Bell Road on 32nd Street.) 

 

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