Dog-Eared Review: Nyla’s Curse

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roanoak-nylas-curseNyla’s Curse, the first book in award-winning, Arizona author Michele Venne’s new Roanoak series, is a must-read for fantasy lovers, especially those of us who enjoy a bit of romance.

Take one scorned witch, and add seven uniquely powerful brothers, who must find the Others – now. The Others – seven women, each with her own special gift to bring to the magical mayhem about to be unleashed. Hang tight as this cursed group attempts to defeat the dark entity about to engulf not only the Roanoak holdings, but the entire land.

Available in bookstores and online. Signed copies are available at Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in Phoenix.


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: 2035: An Elephant in the Room

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By Melanie Tighe –elephantintheroom

Meet Barth; a free-wheeling, party-hardy, heavy
drinkin’ ad man fed up with humanity. Now, join Barth as he finally decides to clean up his act – just in time for the apocalypse.

Author J. Franklin Green admits to a bit of autobiographical shenanigans and pleads guilty to overuse of imagination in his newest book, 2035: An Elephant in the Room. 

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: Bittersweet Resort

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“Hey, honey. Let’s quit this corporate gig and open up our own business!”

When that bug bites you, it’s over. You’re done for, as Dick and Thelma Rea learned the hard way when they purchased a fixer-upper, nine-cabin lakeside resort back in the Ozarks in the 1970’s.

Thelma Rea’s Bittersweet Resort chronicles the ups, downs, ins, and outs of running a family-owned business with humor, love and a surprising amount of snark. A must-read for anyone contemplating making a break for it. Don’t say you weren’t warned and remember not to sign any papers until you read Bittersweet Resort.


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: Enemy in the Heartland

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steves coverUnlike most authors, Arizona author Stephen Schwertley waited until after he had a stroke to begin his career as a writer. Schwertley’s first novel, Enemy in the Heartland, is a must-read for Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn fans. A strong cast of characters, both good and evil, keep the pages turning as a horrifying terrorist threat is unleashed within America’s borders. Schwertley does an excellent job of setting up a frighteningly realistic scenario using current technology and believable characters set against each other within the heartland.


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: Flashes of Light on a Dark and Stormy Night

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This month’s review is on a special book brought to you by the writing group at Dog-Eared Pages bookstore. Flashes of Light on a Dark and Stormy Night offers a titillating taste of works by six different authors: Rita Ackerman, Thad Coons, Kat Emmons, Charles L.M. Plumb, Anna Questerly and Michele Venne. Kindle_Flash_FC

For those of you unfamiliar with Flash Fiction, it’s shorter than a short story ranging from about 55 to 1000 words. Ernest Hemingway gave the best example with his famous six-word story: For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn.

For those of you with little time to read, Flashes of Light on a Dark and Stormy Night, may be the perfect book for you!


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 – Metal Boxes: Trapped Outside

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Local author Alan Black has come up with a novel way to get his newest book, Metal Boxes: Trapped Outside, reviewed. METAL BOXES - TRAPPED OUTSIDE COMPLETEBlack actually put me in the book and made me a psychopath. The cool part is, even as a cold killer, I’m still one of the “good guys.” You gotta love that, right?

Metal Boxes:Trapped Outside is the sequel to Black’s best-selling Metal Boxes, a riveting space adventure that channels Heinlein’s classic stories but with Black’s original and updated voice make for a great read. As always, Black has created some of the most interesting characters in the universe, and he doesn’t cut them any slack at all.

Alan Black’s books are available on Amazon, but you can pick up signed copies at Dog-Eared Pages.


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: OF ART & AIR by Michele Venné

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If you love romantic suspense, you must read Of Art & Air by Arizona author Michele Venné. This first book in the Tanner trilogy is a complete story and able to stand on its own, but trust me, you’ll want to read her next book, too. In fact, you’ll probably want to read all of her books.

The action takes place on a game preserve in Colorado, where the pristine views are marred by betrayal. In classic whodunit style, Venné takes the reader on a ride down one trail only to switchback to another as she introduces  a cast of characters so real, you’ll swear you’ve met them.

Signed copies of Michele Venné’s books are available at Dog-Eared Pages.


 

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: Friends in Deed

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Friends in Deed Front CoverFriends in Deed is the newest release and second book in a series of a new breed of westerns by Arizona author Randall Dale. While Friends in Deed can be read as a standalone novel, I highly recommend Dale’s first book, Pardner’s Trust, to readers for a richer understanding of the characters and their conflict.

Dale brings the values of the Old West into the present with a two-footed and four-footed cast of characters you can’t help but root for. The author’s galloping style gives readers a fast, smooth read, painting a complete picture of the hardships and serenity of ranch life. An enjoyable story for anyone who grew up with horses or wished they had.


Melanie Tighe of Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix reviews books she enjoys by local authors. Dog-Eared Pages carries new, used and rare books and is located just south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street. Visit www.dogearedpagesusedbooks.com.

Dog-Eared Review: Empty Space

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I’ve been a fan of local and bestselling sci-fi writer Alan Black for years, and his newest release, Empty Space, doesn’t disappoint. I think the best way to describe this novel would be Dexter meets Deep Space Nine. I found myself rooting for Black’s well-written character, York Sixteen, all the way through the story, despite his chilling psychological flaws.

Things really get interesting when York is stationed on  the loneliest space station in Republic Space. Where does a judicious serial killer find his victims, when there’s no one around who deserves his special brand of justice?

Signed copies of Empty Space are available at Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in Phoenix.


Melanie Tighe of Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in North Phoenix reviews books she enjoys by local authors. Dog-Eared Pages carries new, used and rare books and is located just south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street. Visit http://www.dogearedpagesusedbooks.com.

Dog-Eared Review: Like Father, Like Son by Bill Lamperes

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By Melanie Tighe –Bill Lamperes

I truly enjoyed Bill Lamperes’ newest release. Like Father, Like Son is a fast-paced treasure hunt, which held my interest all the way to the end.

Paul is not amused to learn that his inheritance from his estranged father consists of a bag of old coins, a piece of the Berlin wall, passports from different countries and a recipe for zombie paste. He’s even less thrilled to find out the only way only get the rest of his sizable inheritance is to discover what these bizarre things had to do with his father: a father who never had much to do with his son.

I recommend Like Father, Like Son to anyone who enjoyed James Garner in the movie, The Ultimate Gift. Although this book is a completely different story, Lamperes engagingly guides the reader on a mysterious, world-wide adventure filled with unexpected twists, turns and traps in the same way the movie did.

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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