Book Buzz | June 26th, 2014 | 3 responses

My Five Better-Than-Their-Book TV Shows by Jackie Kimmel

Orange is the New Black

I have a confession. I serial watched the entire second season of Orange is the New Black in less than 48 hours. Yes, I planned my weekend around it. I did the same for House of Cards, don’t judge me.

After finishing the 13 episode season of Orange is the New Black, I began to ponder why I was enjoying the show WAY more than I enjoyed the book (which has the same name). The book was well written, had complex characters and shocking in-your-face reality. However, the show is simply better.

Book Buzz | June 26th, 2014

Will Travel for Words: The Writer’s Canvas by Karen A. Chase


Karen’s 5×7 Plein Air painting

As a CBS Sunday Morning story from a few years ago stated, “The surprise isn’t that there are writers who paint, it’s how many writers paint.”

William Blake. e.e. cummings. Aldous Huxley. Sylvia Plath. Kurt Vonegut. The list goes on and on. In the last week, I discovered a couple authors in my writing group paint between work and writing. This last year, I too picked up the brush.

Trailers | June 25th, 2014

Trailer: Delirium


A TV show based on Lauren Oliver’s dystopian trilogy–starting with the first book Delirium–was originally developed by Fox in 2013. The network didn’t pick up the Emma Roberts-starring show, but now Hulu is bringing its pilot online for one month.

Book Buzz | June 24th, 2014

Dream Library Must-Haves by Carlene Moore

Carlene Moore

So you’re creating a dream library in your house? Or maybe you’re just obsessed with Pinterest like I am? Well here is what you must have in that library, according to me…

Book Buzz | June 24th, 2014

New Releases 6.24.14

What books are you reading this week? Here are the ones we think are worth sneaking a peek.

The Beekeeper's Ball

The Beekeepers Ball by Susan Wiggs

If you’ve never read Susan Wiggs now is the time to discover why she’s one of our favorite women’s fiction authors. Set in the gorgeous Sonoma Valley, chef Isabel Johansen is hard at work opening up a cooking school, using the culinary institute as a means of escape.

Rants/Raves | June 23rd, 2014

What Characters Really Want: A Listener Who’s Willing to Type by Maddie Dawson

Maggie Dawson

One of the most fun things about writing a novel (or as my uncle put it, “telling lies for profit”) is meeting all the characters who show up.

People are always asking authors where their characters come from — it’s the #1 question when you go for readings and signings — and they always seem frightened if you tell them the truth, which is, “I have utterly no idea. One day some people just show up in my head and start talking, until finally I go get a pen and start writing things down. Then they tell me the story over the course of about a year, mostly when I’m trying to sleep or read somebody else’s book or drive on a rain-soaked highway, and then they leave and I never hear from them again.”

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

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.