Book Buzz | May 21st, 2014 | 2 responses

Trilogy Face-Off: 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy vs. The Submissive by Jackie Kimmel

Fifty Shades of Grey

Let’s talk about sex, shall we? Submissive sex (books) in particular.

Let me preface what I am about to write with a few notes. 1) I am not a submissive nor have I ever been. I don’t think I have that particular characteristic built into my DNA. 2) I do not believe either of these trilogies are a true representation of the dominant/submissive lifestyle. I have known a few submissives and these books seem a little PG in comparison to their real-life desires.

I stumbled upon the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy like most women do…I had friends tell me they were a “sexy read.” I was not fully prepared for these saucy novels.

Book Buzz | May 19th, 2014

Will Travel For Words: Writing About Life by Karen A. Chase

Karen, camera in hand

I’ve had jammed-packed weekends, guests visiting, and a few weeknight excursions over the last few weeks. Each time I engage in these moments, I hear it. That voice. If you’re a writer, you’ve probably heard it, too.

“Shouldn’t you be writing? Editing?” It screeches. “That novel isn’t going to write itself, ya know.”

To me, that voice sounds a bit like George Costanza’s mom from Seinfeld. Nagging at me. Filled with sarcasm. So shrill it makes my shoulders curl away from her. Every party I attend she stands about a foot away whispering her disapproval.

Book Buzz | May 19th, 2014

New Releases 5.20.14

It’s only Tuesday but we can’t be more excited about the upcoming holiday weekend. Beach time means book time! Our beach bag will be filled with sunscreen, towels and these new releases coming out this week.

Sixth Grave on the Edge

Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones

A fun, fast-paced paranormal romance makes for perfect summer reading. Charley Davidson is quite the character, a paranormal private eye with a wild streak engaged to Reyes, the dark, only son of pure evil.

Snapped | May 19th, 2014

Snapped: Inspiring ‘Madam’ by Cari Lynn


At Cari Lynn’s book-release party at Sassafras Saloon in Los Angeles for Madam: A Novel of New Orleans, just out from Plume, guests got a peek at the inspiration for the cover design: a photo taken in 1912 in the real bordellos of Storyville, New Orleans.

Author Q&A | May 15th, 2014

Hannah Dennison on ‘Murder at Honeychurch Hall’

Murder at Honeychurch Hall

We’re big fans of Hannah Dennison and her Vicky Hill mystery series, which chronicles the adventures of an aspiring investigative reporter stuck writing obituaries in a small town in England.  Now Hannah takes us in a new direction with Murder at Honeychurch Hall, the first in a cozy mystery series set against the backdrop of Agatha Christie’s beloved Devon and featuring television celebrity Kat Stanford. Hannah stopped by to answer our questions about this new series.

Trailers | May 15th, 2014

Trailer: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the classic children’s book by Judith Viorst, is arriving on big screens everywhere in October! This trailer gives us the first look at the story of 11-year-old Alexander, who, unlike in the book, spreads his horrible luck to his entire family.

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. 


Nightstand | October 25th, 2012 | 20 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. 

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.