Nightstand | December 15th, 2014

Ann Lewis Hamilton’s Nightstand


I saw a photo of a bed once – a platform bed with bookshelves lined all around the bottom. Who cares if the bed is uncomfortable? The ability to lean over and grab a book, any book, without having to get out of bed? Nirvana.

The table beside my bed isn’t very big. There’s enough room for a lamp and only a book or two – any more and our spiteful cats would knock them over. Right now there’s a Daily Guideposts Devotional 2014 – something my mother would send me every Christmas and after she passed away, I started getting it myself, because it was a lovely way to remember her. Below that is Colleen McCullough’s Caesar, from her Masters of Rome series. I’m a sucker for a book series and after I read The First Man in Rome, I had to zip through the rest. Caesar was my favorite and it’s still by my bed. Tempting me to read the entire series again.

Book Buzz | December 11th, 2014 | 2 responses

The Best Books of 2014

As we get ready to close out 2014, here is a look back at our favorite reads of the year. Don’t forget to share your picks below!

The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

Armand Gamache is happily retired, giving up the crime world where he was formerly Chief Inspector of Homicide…until his neighbor Clara asks his help in finding her missing husband.

Rants/Raves | December 10th, 2014

My Journey of Embroidering Words


My maternal grandmother was the owner of the Pepsi Cola factory in Vietnam before the Communists took over. Barely able to read, she took over the business after my grandfather died suddenly of a stroke in his early 40s. My mother always boasted about Grandma’s success and showed me pictures of her with celebrities including Hollywood star Joan Crawford and the Vietnamese president.

Nightstand | December 10th, 2014

Inspiring ‘Bridging the Gender Gap’ by Lynn Roseberry, Ph.D.


Lynn Roseberry, Ph.D., is the co-author, together with Johan Roos, Ph.D., of Bridging the Gender Gap: Seven Principles for Achieving Gender Balance, showing how leadership can play a role in producing or closing the gender gap in leadership. 

When I began working with Johan on Bridging the Gender Gap, I had read hundreds of books and articles on feminism and gender-related issues. There are plenty of books, like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and Gloria Feldt’s, No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, addressed to women who want to pursue leadership, but none that answered the question, “If all the people who say they support gender equality mean what they say, why are most leaders still men?” I mean, really. Most people say they support gender equality and think that men and women should be treated as equals. So why don’t we have far more female leaders than we do now? I wanted to write the book that answers that question.

Book Buzz | December 9th, 2014

New Releases 12.9.14

In between holiday shindigs spent overindulging on cocktails and sweets, we’ll be detoxing with some downtime and a new book. This is what we’ll be checking out this week!


Hard Limit by Meredith Wild

Blake Landon and Erica Hathaway have weathered many ups and downs and are finally ready to walk down the aisle.

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. 


Nightstand | October 25th, 2012 | 20 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. 

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.