Author Q&A | June 10th, 2014

Luanne Rice Talks ‘The Lemon Orchard’

The Lemon Orchard

Bestselling author Luanne Rice’s The Lemon Orchard is a love story between two people from seemingly different worlds. It’s available now in paperback and the author answers our questions about her latest compelling read. 

Book Buzz | June 10th, 2014

New Releases 6.10.14

Gripping historical fiction, a page-turning mystery and a bittersweet but touching love story make up our picks of the best new books of the week.

Ice Cream Queen

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman

The title and cover of this book were enough to add it to our must read list! It’s 1913 and Malka, a little girl from Russia, arrives in NYC with big dreams that are quickly shattered when she finds herself crippled and alone on the rough streets of the Lower East Side.

Nightstand | June 8th, 2014

Sophie King’s Nightstand


In honor of the release of her chick lit collection of titles featuring The School Run, Second Time Lucky, and Love is a Secret, author Sophie King shares her current reads.

What do I have on my bedside table? If you’d asked me that last month, I’d have had to confess that there was rather a lot of dust – plus a pile of to-be-read books so big that it threatened to rival the leaning tower of Pisa. That’s because when I’m in the middle of writing a novel, I’m not that hot on housework. But then I finished the novel and bought a new bedside table. It was easier than dusting the old. (Only half joking here.) So at the time of writing, it’s looking quite neat.

Rants/Raves | June 5th, 2014 | 3 responses

Endings and Beginnings and Everything In Between by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh

First of all, nobody panic! I’m not about to end the Psy-Changeling or the Guild Hunter series. The story isn’t complete for either series. There are so many things I want to know yet.

However, as a series writer, I do have to consider the idea of ending my series someday—because I do think there comes a point in time in a series when it’s time to say goodbye.

Trailers | June 4th, 2014

Trailer: This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You

Our trailer of the week is for the film adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda and based on the novel by Jonathan Tropper. When their father passes away, four siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week with their overbearing mother, as they all realize their lives aren’t anywhere near what they’ve hoped for.

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.