Trailers | February 5th, 2014

One More Thing

One More Thing

B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories recently landed in stores. If this hilarious book trailer (complete with an appearance by Mindy Kaling – can we be friends with these two?) is any indication, it looks like he’s poised to be much more than just an Office temp.

Book Buzz | February 5th, 2014

Women in Sports and Women Authors by Victoria Patterson

Victoria Patterson

February 5 celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day. But there is very little literature about women athletes, and women have written very few sports novels.  The reason is simple: women have been largely excluded from athletics, and before Title IX passed in 1972, there wasn’t any way to change this.

The world of sports is considered to be masculine, and the literature surrounding it encompasses a cultural myth and ideology exclusive to men.  Women are peripheral to these narratives—usually wives, girlfriends, mothers, and sisters to the main subjects.

In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, here are four books I recommend:

Book Buzz | February 3rd, 2014

New Releases 2.4.14

Snow day! Also known as stay in your pajamas with a book day (in our world, anyway). Here are the new releases we’ll be keeping on our nightstands.

Perfect Together

Perfect Together by Carly Phillips

When Nicole Farnsworth calls off her wedding, she just wants alone time in Serendipity, New York, the place where she grew up—and fell in love with the one man she has never been able to forget.

Book Buzz | February 3rd, 2014

As the Bookworm Turns by Lisa von Biela


I can see here at Shelf Pleasure, I’m speaking to an audience of genuine book fanatics.  I mean that as a serious compliment, of course.  See, I was “that kid” in grade school who’d rather hang out in the basement library than play outside in the Southern California sun.  A true bookworm.  It was the same story in high school and beyond.  The library saw a lot of me.  Nowadays I’m pretty much addicted to my Kindle.  It goes everywhere with me, lest I risk an attack of separation anxiety.

Author Q&A | January 30th, 2014 | 13 responses

Interview with ‘Dazzled’ Author Maxine Nunes

Maxine Nunes


During a brutal Los Angeles heatwave, four people are murdered in the Hollywood Hills. The police think Nikki Easton’s best friend, Darla Ward, might be one of the victims. In her relentless search for the truth, Nikki discovers the hidden side of her friend’s life, laying bare secrets buried before Darla was born, and uncovering widening layers of corruption that reach far beyond Hollywood to the highest levels of government. Hollywood, heat, stars and murder – what more do you need? Dazzled is the first in a new noir mystery series from Maxine Nunes. She visits Shelf Pleasure to fill us in on this riveting read.

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.