Rants/Raves | April 23rd, 2015

Falling For Audio Books by Rachel Basch


For years I adhered to strict rules when it came to audio books. I only listened to books I couldn’t afford taking the time to read — certain self-help titles, for the most part. And I only turned to books on tape (and later CD) as a way to shorten interminably long car rides. Then gradually, I began to bend my own rules.

Trailers | April 23rd, 2015 | 3 responses

Trailer: The Casual Vacancy


There’s no magic in sight in the first full trailer for the HBO miniseries based on J.K Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. The three-part miniseries follows the turmoil that boils over after a community leaders dies without an obvious replacement.

Book Buzz | April 20th, 2015

New Releases 4.21.15

Get in on the page-turning action! Here are the best new books of the week that you need to read!


Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick

What better place to set a murder mystery than Victorian London? An employee of the Kern Secretarial Agency, Anne Clifton was considered one of the best.

Rants/Raves | April 16th, 2015

Writing What I Know: The Backstage World of a Working Actor by Kathryn Leigh Scott

Kathryn Leigh Scott

The old adage “write what you know” certainly applies to me with my twin careers as a writer and an actor. My mystery romance series is set in Hollywood and features a veteran actress, Meg Barnes, who once starred in a popular TV series playing amateur sleuth, Jinx Fogarty. I began my career as an actress playing Josette DuPres in the classic Gothic daytime series Dark Shadows, which has a cult following to this day. I completely relate to Meg Barnes, who knows that no matter what other roles she plays in her career, she will always be known as Jinx Fogarty. Thanks to my role playing the fiancé of vampire Barnabas Collins, I will always be remembered as Josette.

Book Buzz | April 15th, 2015

Book’d in Burbank Celebrates Libraries!

Book'd in BurbankBookish social gathering, Book’d in Burbank, returns Thursday, April 23rd! If you’re in the Los Angeles area you won’t want to miss this evening of author readings and literary entertainment. In anticipation of the event, the participating authors share their favorite memories on the book they checked out and remember most from every bookworm’s favorite place — the library!

Author Q&A | April 14th, 2015

Kim Korson on ‘I Don’t Have a Happy Place’


Does everyone have to be happy? Kim Korson certainly doesn’t think so. Her honest and hilarious autobiographical collection, I Don’t Have a Happy Place: Cheerful Stories of Despondency and Gloom, focuses on a life finding the unhappy in every situation. Hopefully she wasn’t too unhappy answering our questions!

Book Buzz | June 25th, 2013 | 40 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 | 38 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.