Book Buzz | October 20th, 2014 | 2 responses

Will Travel For Words: Falling into Doing Nothing by Karen A. Chase

Karen A. Chase This month at the James River Writers Conference in Richmond, I’m moderating a panel on making time to write. With four panelists, we’ll review all the ways in which writers find excuses to avoid writing and how to overcome them. The topic is very applicable to me. In addition to prepping for that conference, I’m working on three paid copywriting jobs, setting up writing shows for 2015, in a book club and editing/rewriting a manuscript (which is supposed to be my main job right now).

Book Buzz | October 15th, 2014

Scary Reads From the Authors of October’s Book’d in Burbank

Book'd in Burbank

The latest edition of Book’d in Burbank, a social gathering that treats book lovers to author readings and literary entertainment, will be held on Thursday, October 23rd! Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to be a part of this amazing and fun night, along with presenting sponsor Liz Donatelli of Liz D Publicity & Promotions. In celebration, the participating authors stopped by to share the scary reads that kept them up at night!

Book Buzz | October 13th, 2014

New Releases 10.14.14

This week’s best new releases take us from the streets of Europe to a special summer camp in Washington State in search of mystery, love and friendship.



Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

When Apollo Greaves is falsely accused of murder, he barely escapes from a beating that leaves him mute and terrified. He is able to find solace in hiding, living as a gardener—until Lily Stump, London’s most famous actress shows up, ready to hide with her small family in the ruined estate.

Book Buzz | October 12th, 2014

Online Gaming by Margo Kelly


The inspiration for my debut novel, Who R U Really?, came when my daughter was nearly abducted by an online predator, but the underlying circumstances began earlier than that.

As a mom of three children, I can easily recall the days when I sat my toddlers in front of a 30 minute television show on PBS so I could steal a quick nap on the couch. Being a parent is exhausting. The kids have grown over the years, and the entertainment options have changed—not just for our family but also for our society.

Book Buzz | October 10th, 2014

Celebrity Autobiographies Worth the Read

In addition to our book addiction (as evidenced by the growing mound of paperbacks on our desks and the pile of receipts for our iBook purchases), we’re also total celebrity news junkies who need our daily fix of TMZ and E! News. So of course some of our favorite new reads are celebrity autobiographies that give us a sneak peek into their real lives. If you, too, have bookmarked on your computer, check out these new titles!


Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

We love that NPH’s new memoir is framed as a classic “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel.

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. 


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.