Book Buzz | April 13th, 2015

New Releases 4.14.15

From romantic suspense to historical fiction, this week’s best new releases hit all of our favorite genres.


The Liar by Nora Roberts

Roberts is a blockbuster author whose books always land on the bestseller lists—and this is another title sure to go straight to the top.

Snapped | April 12th, 2015

Where Colby Marshall Writes

Colby Marshall

As a writer, it’s important to carve out your own special space where you can be alone with your characters, concentrate on them, and figure out where they need to go. Since I write thrillers filled with action, twists, and occasional insanity, it only makes sense that I write in the middle of my living room.

Book Buzz | April 9th, 2015

Challenging Myself to Write Strong Female Characters by Bryon Quertermous


I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by strong, talented women my entire life. My best friends growing up were mostly women, I always related well to my tough female teachers who were viewed by others as “ball-busters,” and I married a tough, strong women. So when it came time to write my first novel, you’d think it would be full of strong, talented women who defy stereotypes, right?

Eh. Sort of.

Trailers | April 8th, 2015

Trailer: Paper Towns


Mark your calendars for July 24th! Another John Green epic, Paper Towns, is coming to the big screen. After an all night adventure through their town, Quentin’s next door neighbor and one true love disappears.

Rants/Raves | April 7th, 2015

The Best Thing about Being a Novelist? Living Other People’s Lives by Holly Robinson


Yesterday, I spent several hours unraveling a sweater I’ve started over three times. It’s the easiest pattern I could find, yet I can barely seem to get past casting the stitches onto my needles.

If only I were Hannah, one of the characters in my new novel, Haven Lake, I wouldn’t have this problem. Hannah is an expert knitter and even raises her own Icelandic sheep, because that’s her favorite kind of wool.

Book Buzz | April 6th, 2015

New Releases 4.7.15

Spring has (finally) sprung! Get started on your spring cleaning and make room for some new reads. Here are our picks for the best new books of the week.


Haven Lake by Holly Robinson

This story promises to be a gripping family saga. Sydney left home when she was 16 and never looked back, determined to get away from the heartache and tragedy that destroyed her family.

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.