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.)

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: Jinx

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Local authors Bill Lamperes and John Judson’s newest book, Jinx, is a disturbing romp through the mind of a troubled teen. Prior to their writing careers, these two authors pioneered several non-traditional education models that are still being followed with great success today. Through Jinx covertheir writing, they show it’s not too late to give today’s at risk youth a chance to be heard.

The book is hard to put down. Jinx’s explosive beginning is followed by the kind of goose bump-raising honesty only fiction, in the hands of talented authors, can deliver. This young girl will break your heart one instant only to leave you cheering for her the next. Join Jinx as she battles against her inner demons with the help and guidance of a therapist who hears the taunt of his own devils.

Jinx will challenge your ideas of today’s youth and yet give you hope for a better tomorrow. A must read for parents, counselors or teachers dealing with addicted or troubled adolescents.

 

 

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.

Dog-Eared Review: “Voices”

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Local author Bill Lamperes’ newest novel, Voices, is a mystery of dreams and a dream of a mystery! When travel writer, Jack Weston, visits several haunted hotels in the Southwest and begins to hear the voices of long-dead ghosts while he sleeps, he first worries he’s lost his mind. The haunting voices offer him unusual clues to his beloved wife’s unsolved hit-and-run death, but that couldn’t mean anything right?

When he offers a ride to a petite, hippie-looking woman, her insights about his life and the loss of his wife, astound him. Jack’s trip covers almost one thousand miles and Pandora, the hitchhiker, keeps on showing up at the most unusual places.  How she could possibly know about his wife’s death and his recent encounters with ghosts? And why does she insist he listen to song lyrics?

A gratifying twist-of-an-ending stitches all of the puzzling pieces together in this quick-read murder mystery.

Signed copies of Voices are available at Dog-Eared Pages Used Books in North Phoenix or at www.dogearedpagesusedbooks.com.

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