Snapped | May 5th, 2015 | 2 responses

A Room of One’s Own by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Harvey Port 02A room of one’s own. That’s what every writer needs, isn’t it? I thought it was. In some ways I still do. There’s nothing I love more than sneaking off into one of my “writing spots” and luxuriating over a few thousand words. But the reality is that, quite often, writing in a designated spot is more of a dream than a reality. Most days, I write at Starbuck’s after I drop my son off at his preschool, which is thirty minutes from our house. And I never leave home without my laptop in case an impromptu nap affords me a few minutes. And, of course, there are those snippets of writing on the couch during Sesame Street. (Which is unutterably brilliant, by the way. If you haven’t watched Sesame Street in a while, you really should!)

Book Buzz | May 5th, 2015

New Releases 5.5.15

A long-awaited memoir, a YA favorite and a new writer to watch make up Shelf Pleasure’s picks for the best new books of the week. Let us know what you’re reading!


I Regret Nothing by Jen Lancaster

Lancaster is a long-time favorite of Shelf Pleasure. Her books are honest, real and memorably funny. And how can we not relate to someone who spends all her hard-earned money on shoes and clothes?

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! 

Trailers | April 30th, 2015

Trailer: Nowhere But Here


We never miss a book from YA author Katie McGarry, so of course we’re on the edge of our seats waiting for the first book in her new Thunder Road series, Nowhere But Here. Emily’s father chose life in the Reign of Terror motorcycle gang over being being a parent.

Snapped | April 28th, 2015 | 2 responses

The Portal to my Alternate Reality by Susan M. Boyer

Susan Boyer

I’m fortunate that we have a spare bedroom in our house—at least on the floorplan it was a bedroom. As a practical matter, it’s been my office since we bought the house. It’s small, but I don’t need much space because I don’t spend much time there at all.

Book Buzz | April 27th, 2015

New Releases 4.28.15

Now that we’ve checked the new bestsellers off our reading list, these are the mysterious reads we’ll be diving into this week!


Madam President by Nicole Wallace

Political insider Nicole Wallace pens a page-turning tale in which the US is under attack and all eyes are on President Charlotte Kramer and her senior staff as they work around the clock to bring the situation under control—quickly.

Book Buzz | June 25th, 2013 | 40 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 | 38 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.