Book Buzz | April 6th, 2014

Personal Exposure: How My Book Is Like a Bathing Suit by Janis Powers

Mama's Got A Brand New Job

It’s springtime, which means it’s time to think about shopping for a bathing suit. It’s an emotional thing, shopping for a bathing suit. It reminds me of writing my book.

The idea of wearing a bathing suit and looking passable – dare I say “hot” – is a far-off goal for many women, including me. I have an idea of how I’d like to look in a bathing suit. And that idea may have a calamitous collision with reality the second I strap on a bikini in the safety of a department store dressing room. I may not be as hot as I thought. Or hoped I’d be. Not yet, anyway. It’s only spring.

About 11 years ago, I sat down to write a book. I had great expectations for it. I wanted to look like a super model in my bathing suit of a book.

Author Q&A | April 3rd, 2014

Author Katherine Ewell on “Dear Killer”

Katherine Ewell

Stanford University Freshman Katherine Ewell’s chilling novel, Dear Killer, is a shocking and elegantly written psychological thriller about Kit, a teenage serial killer in London. Katherine stops by to answer our questions about her debut, which she wrote when she was only 17.

Book Buzz | April 3rd, 2014

The Story Behind the Story: The Art of Floating by Kristin Bair O’Keeffe

Art of Floating

When the idea for The Art of Floating bowled me over in 2005, I was in a café in Haverhill, Massachusetts. I’d ordered a sandwich—turkey and provolone—and while waiting for the sandwich to be made, I stumbled upon an article in the New York Times about a mute, unresponsive guy who’d been found soaking wet on a beach in Europe. Germany, I think. The folks who found him had no idea where he’d come from or who he was. For all they knew, he was from Finland or the United States or South Africa. And although I can no longer distinguish between what was in the article and what I’ve made up since (an affliction common in novelists), I believe they stuck him in a hospital almost immediately. Once ensconced, they tried to figure out his origins in various ways—speaking to him in different languages, trying to get him to read newspapers and letters, food, music, etc. It was a real-life mystery that captivated many…and made it into the New York Times.

Book Buzz | April 2nd, 2014

Book’d in Burbank Authors Share Their Favorite Funny Reads

Book'd in Burbank

The latest edition of Book’d in Burbank, a social gathering that treats book lovers to author readings and literary entertainment, will be held on Thursday, April 10th! Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to sponsor this amazing night, along with presenting sponsor Liz Donatelli of Liz D Publicity & Promotions. In celebration, the participating authors stopped by to share details on the books that make them laugh no matter how often they read them. 

Snapped | April 1st, 2014

Favorite Reading Spots

We think anywhere you can sneak in a few chapters is great. But many of us have a particularly special spot to curl up with a book. We asked a few of our favorite readers to share theirs–and invite you to add your picks to the comments!

Charles BlackstoneCharles Blackstone, author of Vintage Attraction:

“My favorite reading spot is on my couch. I like to keep beverages (water, wine, whiskey, depending on the book) within easy reach, and, of course, Haruki the pug nearby for warmth and companionship and to occasionally turn the pages for me when I have a glass in one hand.

Book Buzz | March 31st, 2014

New Releases 4.1.14

Spring break is finally here! These are the reads we’ll be spending some quality time with on our few precious days off.

The Winter Bride

The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie

Damaris has her reasons for not being open to the idea of marriage—but she allows her guardian to convince her to make her debut anyway.

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.