Trailers | October 23rd, 2013 | 2 responses

Tell Me A Secret

Tell Me A Secret

“It’s tough living in the shadow of a dead girl….” And with those words, we’re pulled into the world of Holly Cupala’s Tell Me A Secret. In the five years since her sister’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave–and what really happened the night she died.

Rants/Raves | October 22nd, 2013

A Cover Story by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Yona Zeldis McDonough

Let’s just agree to scrap that old adage about not judging a book by its cover; we all judge books by their covers, especially when wading through a sea of them on shelves and tables at our local Barnes & Noble or indie bookstores.  Covers instantly relay information about the kind of book and author we’re considering. They beckon to some readers and send others heading for the hills.  They whisper, they tease, they cajole, seduce and shout.  They are of vital importance and so we ought to just own up to that fact: what’s on the cover is crucial to getting a potential reader to actually pick up your book and look inside.  As the author of five novels, 21 books for children and the editor of two essay collections, I know from whence I speak.

Book Buzz | October 21st, 2013

New Releases 10.22.13

This week’s list of best new releases is full of big names. A new novel from an old favorite, a nail-biter of a mystery, and a beautifully written tale about love and fate means it must be new release Tuesday!

Critical Mass

Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky

The new V.I. Warshawski mystery combines history, action and adventure in one pulse-pounding page turner.

Book Buzz | October 20th, 2013 | 4 responses

5 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About…Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane

We love learning more about the authors behind our favorite books. New York Times bestselling author Andrea Kane, author of the just released The Stranger You Know, shares five fun facts about herself.

(1) Many of my readers know that I love baseball and that I’m a diehard Yankee fan. But they don’t know how far back and how deeply-entrenched that loyalty goes.


Book Buzz | October 17th, 2013 | 5 responses

The Best Writing Advice I Wasn’t Ready to Hear by Jamie Brenner (aka Logan Belle)

Now or Never

Two years ago, in the middle of writing my fourth novel, I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I had an erotic series published under my pen name, Logan Belle. I was writing The Gin Lovers for St. Martin’s under my own name, and I had another Logan Belle book on deck. I felt like I was rushing. I had no idea how to manage the demands of promotion. And on top of it, I saw my fellow romance novelist self-publishing in addition to all of their contracted novels. 

Book Buzz | October 17th, 2013 | 2 responses

Will Travel For Words: Disconnected Traveling by Karen A. Chase

Time away results in finding this: a smile on a street overflowing with color.

Time away results in finding this: a smile on a street overflowing with color.

I had it all planned out. I was traveling to France and Italy after finishing a major draft of my latest novel, and was going to relish in writing blurbs from the road. Instead of traveling for research for writing a novel, I planned to write posts about the importance of travel for writers. So I wouldn’t have to haul a laptop on and off trains, I loaded up a cell phone with a global plan, and prepped a Kindle fire with my blog website, twitter and Facebook account access. I could take pictures with the phone and send them through the Kindle to post them. I hopped the plane, flew over the big blue ocean and promptly landed in an internet troublesome zone.

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

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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.