Rants/Raves | April 22nd, 2014

Pity the Poor Writer’s Husband by Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson

“So, what do you want for Mother’s Day?” my husband asked a few years after our youngest son was born.

I hesitated, not wanting to appear too greedy. “Oh, I don’t really need anything,” I murmured.

“Come on,” he urged, taking me in his arms. “Tell me what you really want.”

“Um, okay. Can I have a weekend alone?”

He rolled his eyes. “Again?”

Book Buzz | April 21st, 2014

New Releases 4.22.14

A pulse pounding mystery, a regency romance and a saucy tale of suburbanites cutting loose (with some sexy results!) are our picks of the best books of the week.

Ruin Falls

Ruin Falls by Jenny Milchman

The Daniels family sets out on a road trip to a remote farm in western New York so that their eight-year-old son Reid and six-year-old daughter Ally can spend time with their paternal grandparents. En route, they stop to spend the night at a hotel…and the next morning they wake to their worst nightmare.

Book Buzz | April 21st, 2014 | 4 responses

Will Travel For Words: Signings & Stories by Karen A. Chase

Barbara Albright and Karen

Barbara Albright, blogger of theemptynestmom.com, and Karen

I traveled to Portland, Oregon this month to see family and visit an old friend. When I knew we were going to visit, I decided to combine it with a book-signing event–a great way to combine a bit of business with a pleasure trip.

A charming boutique, Oblation Papers & Press, has been carrying my travel memoir among their French-inspired items. They are the first store on the west coast to carry Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log and the owner, Jennifer Rich, wholeheartedly agreed to host a Bonjour Paris Affair event. They included 20% discounts on all things French and I threw in a free French macaron from the local Pearl Bakery with each book. I even bought a new hat in Portland’s Bonnet Boutique for the occasion.

Rants/Raves | April 21st, 2014

E-reader vs. Book by Jackie Kimmel

Jackie Kimmel

I am at a crossroads. I have entered into an internal debate over which I love more, my Nexus or a printed book. Both have their merits. Both accomplish the end result of allowing me to read. However, I can’t seem to commit to one form of book media.

Here’s where I’m at in the current debate –

Author Q&A | April 17th, 2014

Jenn Crowell Talks ‘Etched On Me’

Jenn Crowell

Jenn Crowell’s Etched On Me tells the story of a young woman who overcomes a troubled adolescence spent in and out of psychiatric facilities, only to lose custody of her daughter when her mental health history is used against her.  This coming-of-age novel is gripping and reminded us of Girl, Interrupted. Jenn answers our questions about this powerful read.

Nightstand | April 17th, 2014

Heath Hardage Lee’s Current Reads

Heath Hardage Lee

One of the best things about being a writer/historian is the guilt-free shopping I get to indulge in for books in my subject area.   For the past four years while I wrote my first biography, Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause, I consumed ungodly amounts of books about southern history, southern women’s history, and images of women in nineteenth century art. While I try to buy from independent bookstores and used bookstores as much as possible, I am also on a first name basis with the UPS guy who delivers my weekly Amazon shipments. I typically have at least 15 books perched precariously next to my pillow—and I like to gorge on at least 3 at a time, skipping from one narrative to the next.

Book Buzz | June 25th, 2013 | 39 responses

Warning: This Book Will Change Your Life by Kelly Watts

Kelly Watts

I am beginning to think that books should carry warning labels, like cigarettes and alcohol. Several years ago, I bought a seemingly benign book for my depressed husband and after he read it, he announced that we should quit our jobs and sail around the world. Now that book – Tania Aebi’s Maiden Voyage – should come with a “Reader Beware” sticker. And if books need warnings, perhaps life should come with flashing lights and a siren because we actually did it. We quit our jobs, sold our house and set sail – but we weren’t sailors.

Rants/Raves | September 22nd, 2013 | 37 responses

Too Bad Romantic Suspense is Dead By Dana Marton

Dana Marton

In a recent interview, I was asked how I felt about romantic suspense being dead. This was new to me, since I published six romantic suspense novels in 2012 and will be publishing six again in 2013. In fact, I have a new book out every month from August to December.

But yes, if someone really looked at the last couple of years, the star of romantic suspense appears to be waning. After the genre became a huge trend a few years ago, publishers decided that the market was now glutted and did not sign new romantic suspense authors. This meant, if you looked on review sites or in review magazines like Romantic Times Book Review, you saw the romantic suspense reviews page shrink, then disappear.

Rants/Raves | April 5th, 2013 | 36 responses

What Is A Good Read Worth? by Laurie Stevens

Laurie Stevens

I’m primarily an author, but I enjoy working in business, too. My husband and I buy closeouts from major U.S. manufacturers and resell them to discount stores.

Book Buzz | November 14th, 2012 | 27 responses

Fall is a Great Time for a Lowcountry Boil

Lowcountry BoilSusan M. Boyer’s Lowcountry Boil is the first in a delicious new mystery series featuring private eye and modern Southern Belle Liz Talbot. When Liz’s beloved grandmother is murdered, she hightails it back to South Carolina to find the killer – and things get even more complicated when her long dead best friend pops up. Liz took a break from detecting to pop by Shelf Pleasure and share her recipe for a true Lowcountry Boil. 


Book Buzz | March 27th, 2014 | 20 responses

Newport, Rhode Island – a Love Story! by Alyssa Maxwell

Murder at the Breakers

The first book in Alyssa Maxwell’s Gilded Mystery Series, Murder at the Breakers, features 21-year old Emma Cross who is reporting on a grand ball at the Vanderbilts’ summer home for the society page of the Newport Observer. But that takes a backseat when she witnesses a murder and her black sheep brother is framed as the killer. Emma must find out what really happened no matter what the cost. The author fills us in on her love for Newport, the setting for this fabulous and fun new series.

Nightstand | October 25th, 2012 | 19 responses

Toby Neal’s Picks


I’m a mystery/suspense writer and diagnostic mental health therapist, and I began my “profiling” of people very early—as an 11-year-old babysitter.