Author Q&A | July 8th, 2014

Lori Rader-Day on ‘The Black Hour’

Lori Rader-Day

For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic–until a student she’d never met shot her. Lori Rader-Day answers our questions about her twisty and compelling debut mystery, The Black Hour

Book Buzz | July 7th, 2014

New Releases 7.8.14

Summer may be in full swing but it’s never too late to add to your reading list. Check out one of these new titles being released today.


Landline by Rainbow Rowell

We’re big fans of Rowell’s previous young adult novels and are eager to read her adult debut. Despite still being in love, Georgie and Neal’s marriage has hit a rough patch. When Georgie says she can’t spend Christmas with Neal’s family because of work, she is shocked when he packs up the kids and goes without her.

Trailers | July 2nd, 2014

Trailer: The Farm

The Farm

“If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son.”

With those words, the super creepy trailer for The Farm by bestselling author Tom Rob Smith is off and running.

Book Buzz | June 30th, 2014

New Releases 7.1.14

Celebrate the long holiday weekend—and your Independence from the office—with one of these delightful new romances hitting the shelves today! Ah, summer lovin’…

After I do

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

We loved Reid’s debut novel, Forever, Interrupted, and are eager to check out her latest effort about love, marriage and commitment.

Book Buzz | June 26th, 2014 | 3 responses

My Five Better-Than-Their-Book TV Shows by Jackie Kimmel

Orange is the New Black

I have a confession. I serial watched the entire second season of Orange is the New Black in less than 48 hours. Yes, I planned my weekend around it. I did the same for House of Cards, don’t judge me.

After finishing the 13 episode season of Orange is the New Black, I began to ponder why I was enjoying the show WAY more than I enjoyed the book (which has the same name). The book was well written, had complex characters and shocking in-your-face reality. However, the show is simply better.

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.