Dog-Eared Pages is a real discovery of a used bookstore nestled away in a strip mall in northeast Phoenix. The address is 16428 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032. To make it even more awesome than any used bookstore is to begin with, it's run by an author, Anna Questerly, whose historical trilogy for young adults, The Minstrel's Tale, I bought a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed.
While her covers range from hard science fiction to traditional romance, it's her Chronicles of Kassouk series, beginning with White Tiger, that stand out the most, with their elegant font and their striking images of the eyes of big cats. It's always these that people hone in on first.
As the baseball jersey she wore today highlights, many of her romances tie to sports, which her Deadlines & Diamonds series suggests is apparently a popular combination. I'm not big on those wacky American sports, though, so I'm more likely to pick up her vampire playboy series, The Gossip of Mysterious Lane.
Under her real name of Sharon Arthur Moore, the one she taught under for 39 years, she writes historical fiction, women's fiction and culinary mysteries, a delightful genre if ever I've encountered one. I adore the title Mission Impastable, the opener for her Dinner is Served mystery series. It's followed up by Prime Rib and Punishment.
She uses the exotic pseudonym Angelica French for her steamier erotic romance novels, like Streetwalker and Sex for Sale, which feature Carrie, a prostitute who hates sex, and Harlan, who runs a bordello.
It was The Book of Mysteries that I snapped up, a collection of three fantasy adventure novels for young adults (The Wizard's Revenge, The Gargoyles of Gothica and The Centaurs of Spyr), because anything that revolves around a disappearing bookshop run by a magician has to be in one of my signed bookcases. The fact that the cover looks rather like a cyclops grichle was just icing on the cake.
Science fiction author Alan Black's mother explained in one anecdote why Amazon reviews are so important. I've been told before that if a book reaches the 50 review mark, which is much harder to do than it sounds like it should be, Amazon will promote that book. When Metal Boxes reached that target, Black became the Amazon Author of the Week, and promptly sold 4,200 books during that period. That's like Easter, Christmas and Wookiee Life Day all at once.
Perhaps her books, like My Will Be Done and Yes, I Can!, could be best described as stories, as they sound like wells in which to dive and experience, the most enlightening of books to read.
Huh? An A-Z of Why Classic American Bad Movies Were Made looks at 26 different reasons why people thought it might be a bright idea to make movies and explains through 26 different movies why they weren't quite so bright after all.
Velvet Glove Cast in Iron: The Films of Tura Satana runs through every feature film and every episode of a TV show credited at IMDb that Tura Satana, the star of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! appeared in.
Many thanks to my better half, Dee Astell of Countess Chaos Creations, who took all the photos.
I've linked to each of the author's pages above, but here's a list for easy reference with fresh links.
Dog-Eared Pages: http://www.dogearedpagesusedbooks.com/
Countess Chaos Creations: https://www.facebook.com/CountessChaosTheChronicler
Alan Black: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alan-Black-Paperback-Writer/259372705810
Ethan Russell Elway: http://www.ethanrussellerway.com/
Angelica French: http://www.angelicafrench.blogspot.com/
Morgan Kearns: http://www.morgankearns.com/
Sharon Arthur Moore: http://www.sharonamoore.com/
V S Nelson: http://www.authorvsnelson.com/
Fran Orenstein: http://www.franorenstein.com/
Anna Questerly: http://www.annaquesterly.com/
Vijaya Schartz: http://www.vijayaschartz.com/
Camilia Miron Skiba: http://authorcameliamironskiba.com/
Kiki Swanson: http://www.kikiswansonbooks.com/
Kris Tualla: http://www.kristualla.com/