Book Buzz | August 26th, 2014

Why Everyone Should be Sweet on a Cowboy by Laura Drake

Laura Drake

I’m a bit – quirky.

Not as in ‘eccentric ‘– I don’t have the kind of money it takes to earn that title.

Not as in ‘odd’ – I don’t hoard things, own 53 cats, or speak to people no one else can see.

It’s just that I’m not like most women I know.

Book Buzz | August 25th, 2014

New Releases 8.26.14

Shelf Pleasure knows just how you should spend this upcoming holiday weekend—sitting in a lounge chair with one of these new books being released today!

Sweet on You

Sweet on You by Laura Drake

The exciting world of pro bull riding becomes the center of a hot romance.

Book Buzz | August 21st, 2014

Will Travel For Words: I’m Moving Out by Karen A. Chase

Karen A. Chase

Readers who have followed this column of mine have probably gleaned by now that my travel adventures often seem to go swimmingly. However, a recent trip a few blocks away to a new condo was a total sinker.

In July we had to move out of our historic 1900 house for a month. We had interior water damage from a roof leak, and when insurance at last agreed on the repairs, they also decided to move us out of the house entirely.

Rants/Raves | August 19th, 2014 | 2 responses

Reading at the Gym…UGH by Jackie Kimmel

Jackie Kimmel

I used to believe that reading was an anywhere/anytime type of deal. I truly enjoy reading and like to read in unusual and unexpected places. However, I am a firm believer that people should not read while at the gym.

Book Buzz | August 18th, 2014

New Releases 8.19.14

This week’s best new releases will leave your heart thumping…with romance and heart-stopping suspense.

How the Scoundrel Seduces

How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries

A Regency romance featuring Dukes and Earls? Sign us up! The rebellious Lady Zoe Keane, only child of the Earl of Olivier, wants to know if her mother is the woman who raised her or if she is really the child of a mysterious gypsy woman?

Nightstand | August 14th, 2014

Catherine Bell’s Nightstand

Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell, the winner of the 2014 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, is bursting into the literary world with her debut novel in October. Rush of Shadows is a deeply emotional story about two women, one white and one Native American, who form an unlikely friendship in 19th century California when tensions were flaring between the two cultures. To tide us over until pub, Catherine shares the books she’s currently reading.

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

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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.