Book Buzz | October 29th, 2013 | 3 responses

Sequels that Hit the Mark

Mad About the Boy

We are so excited to read the new Bridget Jones book, Mad About the Boy—despite the mediocre reviews. Then again, this seems to hold true for many highly anticipated books featuring beloved characters. Though many can be hit or miss, there are quite a few which more than live up to the expectations. Here are our picks for sequels that didn’t disappoint. And don’t forget to tell us your picks in the comments below!

Rants/Raves | October 28th, 2013 | 7 responses

Quitting a Book by Karen Costa

Karen Costa

Her name was Farrah Paulson (name changed to protect the identity of the guilty) and she skipped to the end of The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  We were in the fifth grade at Central Park Elementary School and our teacher, a bibliophile herself, included copious amounts of reading in the curriculum.  I tore through Kit Tyler’s story like fire through dry grass.  Farrah, on the other hand, proudly announced that she had been bored by it, and had decided to skip to the end in order to write her book report.

Book Buzz | October 28th, 2013

New Releases 10.29.13

Maybe it’s the upcoming festive season, but we’ve been in the mood for a little romance over at Shelf Pleasure. This week’s new releases fit the bill—with a hefty dose of passion, fire and sex.

Once A Rake

Once A Rake by Eileen Dreyer

Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Colonel Ian Ferguson is on the run…where he finds himself in the arms of a beautiful and lonely country wife.

Snapped | October 28th, 2013

The Broken Angel by Judith Anne Barton

Judi and Angel The cover design of The Angel Connection is a photograph I impulsively snapped a dozen years ago in Bucks County, Pennsylvania on one of my daily walks to the river. The voluptuous headless angel with unfurled scalloped wings was carved from a towering oak tree more than a century ago.

Book Buzz | October 27th, 2013 | 14 responses

Let’s Talk Romance! by Melissa Foster

Sisters in Love

A few years ago, if you’d asked me if I’d ever write romance I would have rolled my eyes and said that my brain doesn’t work that way. I would have told you that I need complicated and suspenseful situations that draw on people’s worst fears and are so gut wrenching that when readers come away from a book they can’t leave the premise behind. That was before. Before a friend asked me to write something light hearted that wouldn’t make her cry when she read the last page. I honestly wasn’t sure I was capable of such a thing. A light-hearted book? No deaths? No scary people for me to fear as I write? Then I took a breath and accepted the challenge—and a challenge it was.

Book Buzz | October 24th, 2013 | 3 responses

Torn From Real Life by Karna Small Bodman

Castle Bravo

“Where do you get your ideas?” That’s a question most authors get on their book tours.  When I decided I wanted to write novels, specifically political thrillers, I knew that I could pick up any morning newspaper and see a veritable petri dish of plot points. But the more I thought about it, I knew that “being there” was even better.

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.