Book Buzz | September 3rd, 2014

Outlander: The Next Book to Find Success on the Small Screen? by Spencer Blohm


In the 26 years since the first book in the Outlander series was first published, author Diana Gabaldon has been famously protective of the story she refers to as “Big, Fat, Historical Fiction.” Gabaldon claimed sole ownership of her brainchild and, despite being willing to share it with the literary world, railed against fan fiction and, until recently, never even considered allowing her story to be adapted to television.

Several writers had attempted to bring her sprawling story to the small screen, but it wasn’t until Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore‘s version that Gabaldon felt any of them did her work justice.

Book Buzz | September 3rd, 2014 | 3 responses

The Godmother by Shamron Moore


I really wish Jacqueline Susann was still around; I would love to thank her. The legendary novelist died well before I was born, but it was because of her breakthrough novel, Valley of the Dolls, that Hollywood Strip was born…which beget my latest, Beyond Hollywood Strip.      

Book Buzz | September 1st, 2014 | 4 responses

Shelf Pleasure’s Book Picks for Fall 2014

As much as we love the warm weather and long days of summer, fall is hands-down our favorite season. Fall fashions, pumpkin spice lattes, football and the best new books of the year will soon be upon us. We cannot wait to get our hands on some of the most anticipated new releases. Here are the ones we’re most excited to check out. Please let us know which ones you’ll be reading!

Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett

We can’t emphasize enough how much we love Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy following the lives of several families during some of the most tumultuous events of the 20th century.

Rants/Raves | August 28th, 2014

Sisters by Karen Harper

Karen Harper

As an author for 32 years, I have often been asked, “Where do you get your ideas for a book?” It wasn’t until after I began to write Shattered Secrets, the launch title for my new trilogy, that I realized it wasn’t just another book to me. I have always wanted a sister. In a way, this new trilogy gave me three of them.

Book Buzz | August 26th, 2014

Why Everyone Should be Sweet on a Cowboy by Laura Drake

Laura Drake

I’m a bit – quirky.

Not as in ‘eccentric ‘– I don’t have the kind of money it takes to earn that title.

Not as in ‘odd’ – I don’t hoard things, own 53 cats, or speak to people no one else can see.

It’s just that I’m not like most women I know.

Book Buzz | August 25th, 2014

New Releases 8.26.14

Shelf Pleasure knows just how you should spend this upcoming holiday weekend—sitting in a lounge chair with one of these new books being released today!

Sweet on You

Sweet on You by Laura Drake

The exciting world of pro bull riding becomes the center of a hot romance.

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.