Book Buzz | February 10th, 2014 | 2 responses

The Story Behind The Story…’In Bloom’ by Katie Delahanty

In Bloom

Three years ago I fell in love. Not with a person, but with a thing. With writing. I discovered my passion when it slammed into me head-on as I was traveling in the wrong direction.

All my life I thought I wanted to work in fashion. I loved costumes, relentlessly played dress-up, and was obsessed with models and designers. That was the path I followed after college, heading back to design school, and ultimately landing a job as an assistant designer for a dress line. Though the job was not as glamorous in reality as it was in my dreams, it sent me all over the world from New York to China, and I had the pleasure of seeing my designs hanging in stores like Barneys and Anthropologie. Things were going great until the economy tanked, the line went under, and I was absorbed into a larger company during a merger and asked to start designing lingerie.

Book Buzz | February 10th, 2014

New Releases 2.11.14

Holiday weekend coming up! We all know what that means—an extra day to read these new books coming out today!

In Bloom

In Bloom by Katie Delahanty

Celebrities, fashion and rock music combine in this rollicking ride about a young girl who leaves the doldrums of Pittsburgh for an exciting new life in L.A.

Rants/Raves | February 10th, 2014 | 10 responses

Seeking the Elusive ‘More’ Through Books by Normandie Fischer

Normandie Fischer

Amy Carter first showed up on my radar when her daddy, Jimmy, let her read at the dinner table—and we’re not talking about any old table. The media went ballistic because Amy had her nose in a book during a state dinner at the White House.

My father would have killed me first.

How I envied that daughter. President Carter may have offended the sensibilities of dignitaries and reporters, but can you imagine that child, lost in a world of make-believe instead of the dull, adult conversations around her? What was she, ten? Eleven?

Book Buzz | February 6th, 2014

My Top 5 To-Die-For Romantic Heroes by Patience Bloom

Patience Bloom

As a romance editor, I sometimes find myself mulling over my favorite heroes from 25 years of dating. I never did date the rock star, the mogul, or Jane Austen’s brainchild, but my top five dream heroes provided that extra boost:

Rants/Raves | February 5th, 2014 | 3 responses

Judging a Book – Cover or Otherwise – Before You Read It by Carlene Moore

Carlene Moore

I recently made a huge change in my career; I quit my traditional job to explore a life of freelance writing and entrepreneurship. This change has granted me a much more flexible schedule, which allows me to fit in more reading! In the past, my life has been so jam packed that I barely had time to pick up a book; so when I did, I always had such a deficit of books on my Recommended Books List that I always read one of those. Books that I put on that list are ones that not only have been recommended to me by someone whose literary opinion I trust, but have furthermore peaked my interest either through the person’s synopsis or through my research.

Trailers | February 5th, 2014

One More Thing

One More Thing

B.J. Novak’s One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories recently landed in stores. If this hilarious book trailer (complete with an appearance by Mindy Kaling – can we be friends with these two?) is any indication, it looks like he’s poised to be much more than just an Office temp.

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.