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


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

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.

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