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.

Trailers | April 16th, 2014

Trailer: Gone Girl

Gone Girl

If you’re one of the few people who hasn’t experienced Gillian Flynn’s thrilling–and controversial–Gone Girl, about a woman who mysteriously disappears on her wedding anniversary, make sure you get to it before the movie hits theaters on October 3rd.

Book Buzz | April 15th, 2014

Slow Start, Fabulous Finish by Carlene Moore

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Some books hook you with the first line, the first paragraph, or the first page. Other books, however, need more time to gain momentum. Although it can be tempting to put a book down if it doesn’t ignite your interest quickly, these books are worth sticking with…

Book Buzz | April 14th, 2014

New Releases 4.15.14

It’s heating up outside and between the pages—these are the hot new releases we’ll be checking out this week!

Blood Always Tells

Blood Always Tells by Hilary Davidson

When it turns out Dominique’s boyfriend is married—and to a spoiled socialite—she devises the perfect plan to get even…until her attempted blackmail lands her in serious trouble.

Nightstand | April 13th, 2014

Julie Shackman’s Current Reads

Julie Shackman

Julie Shackman, author of the debut contemporary romance Rock My World, shares the books waiting on her nightstand.

Tucked into my bedside cupboard, are several fantastic books!

Book Buzz | April 11th, 2014

Jackie Kimmel on Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run

Born to Run

I just finished a book that makes me want to strip naked and run barefoot through the mountains, intentionally.

Let me be clear, I am not a runner. The last two years I have taken up running only to prep for the Bolder Boulder 10K.  This year I needed some motivation so I picked up Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run assuming it was a self-help runner’s bible.

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.