Book Buzz | April 6th, 2015 | 2 responses

Hysterical Love: Books for a Road Trip and Beyond by Lorraine Devon Wilke

BookCover_HystericalLoveIn my new novel, Hysterical Love, the protagonist, Dan, finds himself floundering after a series of major life events, and sets off a road trip in a quest for answers. Which left me thinking about what books are perfect for a road trip, yet fit specifically into the narrative of Hysterical Love? Certainly any road trip is ripe for good reading, but a major element of Dan’s character is that he’s the son of a retired American Literature teacher, one who endowed him with a love of words and books, and turned him into an avid reader of both classics and contemporary fiction. Compiling a Hysterical Love reading list becomes, then, a simple task of literary intuition!

Book Buzz | April 3rd, 2015

Why I Set My Murder in a Book Group by Maggie King

MABG Front Cover

Book groups can be dangerous.

What a strange statement. Aren’t book groups’ places where you get to share your passion for books with like-minded people? Don’t book groups let you socialize and make new friends? Where’s the danger?

You can find the full range of human behavior at a book group and that can add up to one thing: conflict. There are the domineering sorts who take over the discussion with their non-stop chatter. Then there are the shy ones who are intimidated by the overbearing ways of the talkers. Conflicts arise over what to read and how the group should be conducted. Political differences get some up in arms. Others don’t read the assigned book. Some come only for the socializing and refreshments. No doubt about it, if you want conflict, a book group can satisfy that need.

Book Buzz | April 1st, 2015

The Long Awaited Return of Outlander by Spencer Blohm


In 1991, Diana Gabaldon released a book that crossed genres and made readers sit up and take notice. After it was released, Outlander went on to win multiple awards and praise. Since then, fans all around the world have been sucked into the engrossing story of Claire Randall, a World War II nurse who is suddenly thrust into the past.

Author Q&A | March 30th, 2015

Rowan Coleman on ‘The Day We Met’

The Day We Met

The Day We Met centers on a heroine who refuses to surrender to a fate worse than death: disappearing. Author Rowan Coleman answers our questions about her latest novel.

The Day We Met is being compared to Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, which devastated us. How many tissues are we going to need to read it?


Book Buzz | March 30th, 2015

New Releases 3.31.15

It’s only Tuesday and we’re in dire need of a book break. Here are the new titles we’ll be checking out.

The Day We Met

The Day We Met by Rowan Coleman

With comparisons to JoJo Moyes beloved novel Me Before You, this new book is a must read—even though you’ll need to keep the tissues handy.

Snapped | March 29th, 2015

How To Decorate With Your Very Attractive Books by Bethany Chase


As a professional consumer of interior design journalism, I have seen a heck of a lot of do’s and don’ts regarding how to decorate with books. These tidbits range from the workable (“Arrange large, fancy coffee table books in attractive horizontal stacks!”) to the questionable (“Organize the books on your shelf by the color of the spine!”) to the kind that make me white-hot with rage (“Turn all your books spine-in so their colorful covers don’t mar the sterility–no sorry I meant serenity–of your space!”).

Book Buzz | June 25th, 2013 | 40 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.