Rants/Raves | March 20th, 2014 | 4 responses

Great Music to Read to by Carlene Moore

Carlene Moore
Sometimes when I read, I hole up in a quiet nook, the only sound being the turning of the pages. But sometimes, it’s not that easy. When I’m on a bike in a loud gym, or sitting in a public park where kids scream past, or on a beach with frat boys throwing footballs and making crude jokes next to me, I can hardly hear myself read, let alone the sound of the pages turning. When I find myself in that type of situation, I like to tune into my music, in order to tune out the world. Here are 20 of my favorite tune out songs. They’re mostly slow, often no more than whispered, and they will enhance your reading experience instead of detract from it. Put together this playlist to drown out the drum of everyday life without missing a beat in your book. 

Book Club | March 20th, 2014 | 6 responses

Announcing Our Latest Book Club Pick!

Have No Shame

Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to team up with The Daily Basics for a new series of book club chats on Google Plus. Our first pick is the award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling Have No Shame by Melissa Foster.

Trailers | March 19th, 2014 | 3 responses

Trailer: The Giver

The Giver

Who else can’t wait for the big screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbury Medal winning YA novel The Giver? 

Book Buzz | March 18th, 2014 | 2 responses

Will Travel For Words: All Over the World by Karen A. Chase

The two Little Free Libraries in Karen's neighborhood.

The two Little Free Libraries in Karen’s neighborhood.

I am a very lucky author. In addition to finding and writing books through my travels, there are two libraries within one block of my home. They are called Little Free Libraries, and I walk to them sometimes during my writing breaks.

Yes, that name is capitalized. Little Free Libraries are adorable freestanding boxes offering books for free. Encouraging readers to “take a book, return a book,” little libraries are built and paid for by neighbors for their community. There are two near me, but worldwide there are (ready for this?) nearly 15,000.

Book Buzz | March 17th, 2014

New Releases 3.18.14

Edge-of-your-seat suspense tales are our picks of the week—including a new novel from one of our favorite bestselling authors!

Missing You

Missing You by Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben thrillers are on our must-read list—and should be on yours too! When NYPD Detective Kat Donovan comes across her ex-fiancé on a dating website, she is shocked—and decides to get in touch.

Rants/Raves | March 13th, 2014 | 2 responses

Why Writing From Home Won’t Work by Julie Mayerson Brown

Julie Mayerson Brown

You would think that working from home is a writer’s dream. Going into the “office” any time of day, wearing pajamas or sweats (or whatever), sipping coffee or tea (or whatever), locating your workspace anywhere you want, ideally in front of a picture window that looks out over a forest thick with trees and birds and romping deer, as the sun rises (or sets) and one’s imagination runs free and stories spring forth and flow like a river of melting snow . . .

Yeah, right . . .

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 | 21 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.