Nightstand | December 10th, 2014

Inspiring ‘Bridging the Gender Gap’ by Lynn Roseberry, Ph.D.


Lynn Roseberry, Ph.D., is the co-author, together with Johan Roos, Ph.D., of Bridging the Gender Gap: Seven Principles for Achieving Gender Balance, showing how leadership can play a role in producing or closing the gender gap in leadership. 

When I began working with Johan on Bridging the Gender Gap, I had read hundreds of books and articles on feminism and gender-related issues. There are plenty of books, like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and Gloria Feldt’s, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, addressed to women who want to pursue leadership, but none that answered the question, “If all the people who say they support gender equality mean what they say, why are most leaders still men?” I mean, really. Most people say they support gender equality and think that men and women should be treated as equals. So why don’t we have far more female leaders than we do now? I wanted to write the book that answers that question.

Book Buzz | December 9th, 2014

New Releases 12.9.14

In between holiday shindigs spent overindulging on cocktails and sweets, we’ll be detoxing with some downtime and a new book. This is what we’ll be checking out this week!


Hard Limit by Meredith Wild

Blake Landon and Erica Hathaway have weathered many ups and downs and are finally ready to walk down the aisle.

Rants/Raves | December 7th, 2014 | 2 responses

What Brahms Teaches Us about Creativity by Joan C. Curtis


I attended an incredible concert in which Joshua Bell played the solo violin in the Johannes Brahms Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 77. You might ask, what was so wonderful or different about this concert? Little did I know that when Brahms created this piece, this was the first time a violin was so heavily featured in an orchestra. Usually there are violins, of course, but not where the violin soloist actually takes the stage front and center and literally outplays all the other instruments.

Nightstand | December 2nd, 2014

My Nightstand, My Corner of the Bedroom by Hanna Martine

Hanna Martine


Hanna Martine’s newest release, The Good Chase, is a contemporary romance starring a heroine who is the country’s preeminent whiskey expert, and a hero who makes a ton of money on Wall Street during the week and becomes a rugby bruiser on the weekends. In honor of its publication, Hanna shares the books filling her corner of her bedroom.

My nightstand is more of a wall-stand—a wood shelf attached to the wall on my side of the bed, right at eye level. It holds a clock and a sleep machine that has the most wonderful set of sounds to fall asleep to. It also has a tiny notebook and pen in case an idea for a book comes to me when I’m too lazy to get out of bed. But of course the most important things are books, right?

Rants/Raves | December 2nd, 2014 | 3 responses

Yoga Can Be Murder by Tracy Weber

Killer Retreat Cover

I’m not a typical yoga teacher, even though I’ve owned a yoga studio for the past fourteen years. I can’t put my foot behind my head or sit in full lotus pose. I hate the smell of incense. I’d rather chug jalapeño margaritas than sip mugs of chai tea. But I completely believe in yoga. The practice has transformed my life and sharing it brings me great joy.

So most of my students just rolled their eyes when I decided to spend my spare time plotting murder, and my husband muttered “it figures” when he found a book about poisons “accidentally” hidden in the kitchen. It all makes sense if you know my warped sense of humor. Still, other yoga teachers are sometimes taken aback—even a little insulted—to learn about my series. What kind of demented yoga teacher combines yoga—a practice designed to promote inner peace—with murder?

Book Buzz | December 1st, 2014

New Releases 12.2.14

After a long weekend of holiday festivities, we’re going to take some time for ourselves and check out this week’s best new releases.


Full Force and Effect (A Jack Ryan Novel) by Tom Clancy

No one does page-turning, action-suspense like Clancy. The U.S. is still at odds with North Korea but their international struggle is more dangerous than ever when the new North Korean dictator manages to build a nuclear program.

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 | 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.