Dog-Eared Review — Semper Avanti: Always Forward

melanie_headshotBy Melanie Tighe –

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

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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: 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.) 

 

Dog-Eared Review: Nyla’s Curse

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By Melanie Tighe –

 

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.) 

 

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