Dog-Eared Review: Enemy in the Heartland

melanie_headshotBy Melanie Tighe –

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: 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: “Lessons from the Lakeside”

Since the beginning of our time on Earth, all of us ask the same questions: philosophers and sages, ministers and priests and scientists and scholars. Who am I? Why am I here? What does it all matter? These questions haunt our thoughts from time to time. Occasionally, if we are fortunate, we can almost grasp a wispy contrail of truth before it vanishes.

Eveline Horrelle Daily’s Lessons from the Lakeside is the story of an artist who finds her own answers in a newly formed garden oasis, from a couple of unexpected teachers. Are our answers too complex for us to comprehend or are they so simple that we consistently miss the point?

Daily invites you to share her journey of self-discovery. Her provocative questions and profound observations may help to guide you along your own path.


Melanie Tighe writes reviews of Arizona authors. Visit her at Dog-Eared Pages bookstore in Phoenix or online at www.dogearedpagesusedbooks.com.

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