From books and authors to characters and genres, here are the ones authors and readers feel passionate about–good or bad!

Category Archives: Rants/Raves

From books and authors to characters and genres, here are the ones authors and readers feel passionate about–good or bad!

Rants/Raves | April 30th, 2015

Auntie M on ‘The Unquiet Dead’

Marni Graff

Auntie M is also known as Marni Graff, mystery author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries set in England. The first in her Manhattan Mysteries featuring nurse Trudy Genova premieres this year. Auntie M reads between 2 and 3 books a week for her crime review blog. We don’t usually run straight reviews at Shelf Pleasure, but when Auntie M sends us such a gigantic rave about one we have to listen! 

Rants/Raves | April 23rd, 2015

Falling For Audio Books by Rachel Basch


For years I adhered to strict rules when it came to audio books. I only listened to books I couldn’t afford taking the time to read — certain self-help titles, for the most part. And I only turned to books on tape (and later CD) as a way to shorten interminably long car rides. Then gradually, I began to bend my own rules.

Rants/Raves | April 16th, 2015

Writing What I Know: The Backstage World of a Working Actor by Kathryn Leigh Scott

Kathryn Leigh Scott

The old adage “write what you know” certainly applies to me with my twin careers as a writer and an actor. My mystery romance series is set in Hollywood and features a veteran actress, Meg Barnes, who once starred in a popular TV series playing amateur sleuth, Jinx Fogarty. I began my career as an actress playing Josette DuPres in the classic Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows, which has a cult following to this day. I completely relate to Meg Barnes, who knows that no matter what other roles she plays in her career, she will always be known as Jinx Fogarty. Thanks to my role playing the fiancé of vampire Barnabas Collins, I will always be remembered as Josette.

Rants/Raves | April 7th, 2015

The Best Thing about Being a Novelist? Living Other People’s Lives by Holly Robinson


Yesterday, I spent several hours unraveling a sweater I’ve started over three times. It’s the easiest pattern I could find, yet I can barely seem to get past casting the stitches onto my needles.

If only I were Hannah, one of the characters in my new novel, Haven Lake, I wouldn’t have this problem. Hannah is an expert knitter and even raises her own Icelandic sheep, because that’s her favorite kind of wool.

Rants/Raves | March 18th, 2015

Dialogue with Emotional Punch by Vicki Batman

11 13 14 author photo pink smSeveral years ago, the film version of Pride and Prejudice was released with a different cast from the popular BBC series, the premise being five daughters with little fortune need to marry a wealthy man. However, Elizabeth Bennett wants a marriage filled with love and turns down the reverend cousin, the male who inherits, in her quest.

Her eye catches William Darcy, a very rich boy who’s quiet, thoughtful, a good friend and quite prideful and prejudiced. It doesn’t help that he thinks she, too, is prideful and prejudiced. Quite the conundrum that could have easily kept them apart…until they begin to see the true qualities in each other. Near the end (spoiler alert!), Darcy finds her and says, “You have bewitched me, body and soul.”

Rants/Raves | March 10th, 2015

Steamy Sex or Chaste Love on the Pages? It’s All About Perspective by Adria J. Cimino

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What’s the one writing prize I really don’t want to get? The Bad Sex in Fiction award, offered every year by Britain’s Literary Review “for the most egregious passage of sexual description in a work of fiction.”

It’s not like I’ve yet been in extreme danger of receiving this honor. My sex scenes are not of the anatomical and bodice-ripping sort. I don’t even write in genres such as romance.

I write contemporary fiction, with some works a bit more in the literary fiction realm than others. But that doesn’t put me out of the danger zone. If anything, now that I think about it, I’m right in the bull’s eye. My stories focus on relationships, and many are romantic relationships. In order to properly build these relationships, sex has to make its grand entrance at one point or another.