Nightstand | July 22nd, 2014

On My Nightstand by Deborah Rodriguez

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Deborah Rodriguez is the author of the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School and the internationally bestselling novel The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. The hairdresser and motivational speaker was a cofounder and director of the first modern beauty academy in Afghanistan, and also founded the nonprofit Oasis Rescue. She lives in Mazatlán, Mexico, where she own Tippy Toes salon and spa. In honor of her latest book, Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea, Deborah shares her current reads.
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Book Buzz | July 22nd, 2014 | 2 responses

Kindle Unlimited: The New Netflix for Books? by Jackie Kimmel

Jackie KimmelRecently Amazon announced its new feature Kindle Unlimited which has been aptly named the ‘Netflix for Books.” For the price of $9.99 per month, you have access to over 600,000 books that you check-out from Amazon but don’t necessarily own.

When this feature was announced I was rather impressed. I had the mental image of a digital version of Belle’s library from Beauty and the Beast. Who wouldn’t love that?
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Book Buzz | July 16th, 2014

Summer Reads From the Authors of July’s Book’d in Burbank

Book'd in Burbank

The latest edition of Book’d in Burbank, a social gathering that treats book lovers to author readings and literary entertainment, will be held on Thursday, July 24th! Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to be a part of this amazing and fun night, along with presenting sponsor Liz Donatelli of Liz D Publicity & Promotions. In celebration, the participating authors stopped by to share their perfect summer reads.
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Rants/Raves | July 15th, 2014

On Careers and Writing by Chris Culver

Chris Culver

More or less, I’m a full-time writer. I say more or less because I don’t actually spend much of my day writing. I used to, but then my wife and I had our first kid. The baby’s wonderful, and I spend most of the day chasing after him. And if I’m not chasing him, I’m usually chasing my dog. While I’ve never seen them huddled together in the corner, conspiring against me, I’m pretty sure they’re in cahoots, playing some twisted game the end result of which I don’t understand.
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Rants/Raves | July 14th, 2014 | 3 responses

Sex? I Can Do That by Julie Mayerson Brown

Julie Brown
“More sex,” he said.

I was having coffee with an old friend, a publicist, who had offered advice on book promotion. I hadn’t expected “sex” to be on the agenda, but he was the expert, so I went with it. And he was, after all, doing me a favor. He even paid for my double-shot, low-fat, half-caff latte.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 


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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.
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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. 
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