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: 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.

Discover Cool New Authors At Authorpalooza

Dog-Eared Pages bookstore wants to help residents find an entertaining way to beat the summer heat with some cool Arizona authors at its Spring 2015 Authorpalooza. The event will be held Saturday, April 18, at 1pm.

The lineup of local authors and genres includes:

Alan Black (historical fiction for young adults and sci-fi)

Les Brierfield (suspense)

Lizzy Ford (paranormal romance for young adults)

Tim Gallen (high fantasy)

Tray Goodman (self-help, business)

V.S. Nelson (paranormal romance)

Anna Questerly (historical fiction for kids and utopian fantasy for adults)

Deena Remiel writes paranormal romance

Lynn Rush (young adult)

Kris Tualla (historical romance and suspense)

Michelle Venne (romance)

Guests will have an opportunity to meet the authors and learn more about their respective books, as well as register for author giveaways (drawings at 3:30pm) and more.

Dog-Eared Pages bookstore is located a half mile south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street. For more information, visit www.dogearedpagesusedbooks.com.

Dog-Eared Review – Crushing Your Box: A Modern Guide to Finding Your Creative Positive Energy Source

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When a world-traveler with as distinguished a career as Arizona’s own Tray Goodman decides to share his knowledge and experience, crush-your-boxI tend to take note. However, being a bit of a self-help junkie, I frequently find many of today’s books promising to improve my life are simply a rehashing of the classics, How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie or Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Not so with Goodman’s Crushing Your Box: A Modern Guide to Finding Your Creative Positive Energy Source. Instead, Goodman masterfully blends the advice of the classics with today’s team and connectivity concepts, opening new dimensions toward success anyone can use to start making great things happen in their life. His humorous style, atypical formatting choices and keen repetition drive his points home, making his ideas easy to grasp. Crushing Your Box should be on every business professional’s, artist’s and entrepreneur’s shelf.

Learn more at www.wecrushthebox.com.


 

Melanie Tighe is with Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in Phoenix, 16428 North 32nd Street (just south of Bell Road on the west side of 32nd Street).

 

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

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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.)

Dog-Eared Review: Titanium Texicans

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Sci-fi fans, you do not want to miss Titanium Texicans by Amazon best-selling sci-fi author and our very own Arizona author, Alan Black. I’m willing to bet that those of you who enjoyed Steven Gould’s 7th Sigma will love Titanium Texicans.Titanium Texicans cover (1)

The adventure begins when young Tasso’s grandfather dies, leaving him all alone on a dangerous and desolate planet. He soon discovers a host of enemies who mean to do him harm. It doesn’t take long for this ever–resourceful young man to make his way off the backward planet by joining one of the most interesting crews in the galaxy.

This coming-of-age space-tale is perfect for readers young and old. Pick up your signed copy at Dog-Eared Pages in Phoenix, Arizona or order a Kindle book from Amazon.

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: The Artifact

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The Artifact by local author, Bill Lamperes takes readers on a fascinating journey of Adolf Aofficial Artifact coverHitler’s pistol, after he committed suicide with it. Traipse through the next 50 years of real history with a host of fictional characters as they interact with this disturbing weapon.

Greed, curiosity and power all come into play. As always, Lamperes breathes life into the pages with interesting characters you’re unlikely to meet anywhere else.

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: The Friendship Stones

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Tired of today’s rushing, crushing pace? Slow down and take a trip back to a simpler time with The Friendship Stones by Arizona authors Alan Black and Bernice Knight.friendship-stones

Twelve year old, Lillibeth believes it to be her ‘Christian duty’ to befriend her mean, miserly neighbor; a man, no one else in the county will have anything to do with. At a time of prohibition, moonshine and misfortune follow, and lead to an unexpected alliance that sweeps friendships and promises down new paths and opens a new world to Lillibeth.

I was intrigued to see Black’s name on The Friendship Stones. At first glance, this book would qualify as a perfect opposite to science fiction, yet Black is a well-known sci-fi writer. Once I learned he’d teamed up with his mother, Knight to help tell a story she’d always wanted to write, my curiosity got the better of me. I’ve not read much recent American historical fiction, but maybe it is time we get to know what growing up must have been like for our parents and grandparents.

Imagine my surprise to find, daily life in the poverty-stricken Ozarks, is as different from today’s “normal,” as to be almost as alien as any of Alan’s other worlds.

Signed copies of The Friendship Stones 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.) 

 

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