Rants/Raves | July 15th, 2014

On Careers and Writing by Chris Culver

Chris Culver

More or less, I’m a full-time writer. I say more or less because I don’t actually spend much of my day writing. I used to, but then my wife and I had our first kid. The baby’s wonderful, and I spend most of the day chasing after him. And if I’m not chasing him, I’m usually chasing my dog. While I’ve never seen them huddled together in the corner, conspiring against me, I’m pretty sure they’re in cahoots, playing some twisted game the end result of which I don’t understand.

Rants/Raves | July 14th, 2014 | 4 responses

Sex? I Can Do That by Julie Mayerson Brown

Julie Brown
“More sex,” he said.

I was having coffee with an old friend, a publicist, who had offered advice on book promotion. I hadn’t expected “sex” to be on the agenda, but he was the expert, so I went with it. And he was, after all, doing me a favor. He even paid for my double-shot, low-fat, half-caff latte.

Book Buzz | July 14th, 2014

New Releases 7.15.14

Since no plane tickets have been purchased for Shelf Pleasure staffers this summer, we’ll be armchair traveling—from Provence to Paris, Italy to Austria—through this week’s best new releases.

A Wedding in Provence

A Wedding in Provence by Ellen Sussman

Olivia and Brody’s excitement over their upcoming nuptials in the romantic French province come to a halt when their wedding guests arrive.

Book Buzz | July 10th, 2014

How Can I Help #WeNeedDiverseBooks? by S.E. Sinkhorn


On the June 25th episode of Shelf Pleasure Radio, author Karen Sandler joined in to talk about #WeNeedDiverseBooks – a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. The movement was spearheaded by author Ellen Oh and a group of 21 other children’s book writers and industry professionals in response to the announcement of an all-white, all-male panel of children’s book authors at a major book and publishing convention. What began as a social media awareness campaign quickly grew into a global movement that demanded the attention of the publishing industry, the media, and readers everywhere.

Author Q&A | July 8th, 2014

Lori Rader-Day on ‘The Black Hour’

Lori Rader-Day

For Chicago sociology professor Amelia Emmet, violence was a research topic–until a student she’d never met shot her. Lori Rader-Day answers our questions about her twisty and compelling debut mystery, The Black Hour

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.