Rants/Raves | March 4th, 2014 | 2 responses

Fanfiction: You Know You Love It by Julia Milton

Julia Milton

I used to be embarrassed by the time I spent on fanfiction.net. I thought it was somehow shameful, a guilty pleasure to be indulged in secret, like picking your nose. After all, everyone knows that fan fiction writers are all teenaged losers with deficient love lives and too much spittle in their mouths. Right?

Book Buzz | March 3rd, 2014

New Releases 3.4.14

A paranormal romance, a page-turning mystery and a hot new young adult novel are the new releases we’ll be checking out this week.

Hearts of Chaos
Hearts of Chaos by Kira Brady

It’s been a while since we’ve entered the world of paranormal romance.

Book Buzz | March 3rd, 2014 | 10 responses

5 Interesting Stories from 110 years of Dr. Seuss by Carlene Moore


Theodor Geisel may not be a household name but his pen name, Dr. Seuss, most certainly is. This past Sunday, March 2nd marked what would have been the beloved author’s 110th birthday. Geisel’s career was peppered with so many unique stories. In his honor, here are five of the most interesting facts about some of his most popular books:

Rants/Raves | March 3rd, 2014 | 3 responses

Listening to Books by Lisa Martorelli Mancuso

Lisa Mancuso

I spent many years commuting into the city on a train. The trip was over an hour but I didn’t really mind because it was uninterrupted time I got to spend with a book. I probably read a novel a week. It was great and I appreciated it even more when I was a new mom and still commuting. That’s when I really savored that time to myself.

Rants/Raves | February 27th, 2014 | 3 responses

Books: A Still Valid – And Maybe Preferable – Information Source by Carlene Moore

Carlene Moore

We get so much of our information off of the internet these days – cooking tips, travel must sees, decorating suggestions, book recommendations, organization aids, the list is endless. Therefore, when we need information, our tendency is to grab our laptops or tablets.

But last year, when my husband and I decided to get a puppy (our first together), I felt overwhelmed by the information on the Internet. There were so many conflicting ideologies, so many unqualified opinions (dog forums get heated apparently) and such an endless time suck awaiting me every time I powered on.

Trailers | February 26th, 2014

Trailer: Apple Tree Yard

Apple Tree Yard

British author Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard is an intelligent psychological thriller now available in the U.S. for the very first time. A married 52-year-old woman begins an affair with a mysterious man she meets by chance, and soon both she and the lover are on trial for murder.

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.