Rants/Raves | June 18th, 2014

Am I in Your Book? by Mary Vensel White

Qualities of Wood

If you are fortunate enough to have written a book and to have acquired readers for that book, and if perhaps you’ve managed to create characters that mean something to those readers, then one of the questions you’ll get asked quite a bit (if you are lucky enough to be fielding questions) will be about those characters. Where did they come from? What was your inspiration? Or even: Do you know someone like __­__? (Fill in the blank with any irascible/kind/angry/loving/selfish/selfless/genuine/phony/etc. character.)
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Book Buzz | June 16th, 2014

New Releases 6.17.14

As we prepare our summer reading list, here are the new releases that we can’t wait to add to our beach bag!

All Fall Down

All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner has long been one of our favorite beach reads and we’re excited to check out her latest novel. Allison Weiss is living the dream—the handsome husband, cute daughter, great job and a beautiful home. But if everything is so perfect, why does she feel the need to pop a Percocet…most days.
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Rants/Raves | June 16th, 2014

The Beauty of Audio Books by Carlene Moore

Carlene Moore

I’m not sure if you’ve seen it or not, but there’s a video circulating the internet right now about unplugging ourselves from modern technology. You can view it here. Ironic as it is that we’re passing this video around via social media, our tablets, phones, and computers, I respect and agree with the overall message. I often “unplug” myself in an attempt to not become a robot. 
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Book Buzz | June 12th, 2014 | 3 responses

Paris For Booklovers: 6 Must-See Spots by Kim Foster

A Magnificent Crime

Paris is a paradise for booklovers. I mean, let’s face it–it’s a paradise for everyone … but especially for booklovers. My recently released novel, A Magnificent Crime (Agency of Burglary & Theft #2), is set in Paris, and I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled to the City of Lights several times. I love Paris for many reasons: its cafe culture, its history, its celebration of all the pleasures in life (art, wine, food, fashion…)

But one of my favorite aspects of Paris is its wonderful literary vibe. If you go to Paris, and you happen to be a booklover like me, here are some of the spots you’ll want to visit:
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Trailers | June 11th, 2014

Trailer: Afterworlds

Afterworlds

Darcy writes the words. Lizzie lives them.

The trailer for #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld’s latest young adult novel is intense!
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Book Buzz | June 11th, 2014

On Memoirs, First Novels, and Anthropomorphic Rabbits by Susan Jane Gilman

Ice Cream Queen

I first announced I was going to be a novelist when I was nine. I’d been home from school for weeks with pneumonia, reading all the great literature: Nancy Drew, Little House on the Prairie, and Judy Blume’s seminal Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. These books enraptured me, except for one thing: I had not written them. As soon as I was well, I bought several small spiral notebooks at Woolworth’s. My first opus? A novel called Bunny House, whose twin protagonists, Bonnie and Bobby Fluffyears, try to finagle their mother into buying them chocolate-covered carrot sticks. I even created my own publishing imprint: “Susan Starmade Books.”


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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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 


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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.
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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. 
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