Book Buzz | February 9th, 2015

New Releases 2.10.14

A domestic drama, a family saga, and a spellbinding thriller are the new releases that we’re clamoring for this week.


The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth

Floss is a retired midwife who has been holding on to a secret for many years. But when her granddaughter Neva, a third-generation midwife, is pregnant and alone, Floss sees the similarities to her own tumultuous past.

Book Buzz | February 5th, 2015

16 Authors Who Rose to the Top in 2014 by Marni Graff

Marni Graff

Auntie M is also known as Marni Graff, mystery author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries set in England. The first in her Manhattan Mysteries featuring nurse Trudy Genova premieres this year. Auntie M reads between 2 and 3 books a week for her crime review blog and last year reviewed 86. Out of those, these 16 authors were her top picks. In no particular order:

Book Buzz | February 5th, 2015

Playlist for Beth Kendrick’s ‘New Uses for Old Boyfriends’


New Uses for Old Boyfriends is the latest installment in Beth Kendrick’s super fun Black Dog Bay series. The charming (albeit fictional) seaside town is the perfect place to recover from a breakup. Even better, Beth came up with the perfect playlist to accompany the book. We love the idea of books coming complete with their own soundtracks. Now, the only thing missing is the scent of the fresh ocean air….

Author Q&A | February 3rd, 2015

Mike Pace on ‘One to Go’


Mike Pace’s new thriller, One to Go, is a mix of sub-genres—legal and political with a dash of the supernatural. The story follows a young Washington lawyer, Tom Booker. While driving across Memorial Bridge Tom, distracted while texting, causes an accident with a minivan carrying five young girls, including his own seven-year-old daughter.

Book Buzz | February 2nd, 2015

New Releases 2.3.15

What book are you spending the week with? Here are the new titles we’re rushing to read.


UnknownNew Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick

Life has always been pretty easy for Lila Alders. She grew up in the lap of luxury and then married a wealthy man. But when her marriage falls apart and she returns home only to find the family fortune gone, for the first time in her life, Lila must step up and take care of herself.

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 | 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.