Book Buzz | January 25th, 2015

Will Travel for Words: What Words Don’t Convey by Karen A. Chase

Karen A. Chase

A few weeks after announcing an agent had signed me as an author, I had lunch with a literary friend. As we spoke about my newly-found New York publishing partners, Edward Lengel, who is a professor and a published author, advised me to plan a visit to NYC. No amount of phone calls or emails, he said, would compare to what you’ll accomplish when you meet with your agent.

Trailers | January 21st, 2015

Trailer: Red: A Crayon’s Story


It’s about being true to yourself…

This trailer for Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall is brilliant in its simplicity. 

Book Buzz | January 19th, 2015

New Releases 2.20.14

As a cold spell has taken over the nation, we’re going to avoid leaving the house and let Netflix and our books keep us company. These are the new releases we’ll be reading this week!


First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

We’ve always loved fairy tales and this story sounds like it has enough charm and whimsy to keep us enchanted.

Book Buzz | January 15th, 2015

Book’d in Burbank Authors’ 2015 Must Reads

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, January 22! Shelf Pleasure is thrilled to be a part of this magical night, along with presenting sponsor Liz Donatelli of Liz D Publicity & Promotions. In celebration, the participating authors stopped by to share the books they’re most looking forward to in 2015 (besides their own, of course!).

Book Buzz | January 12th, 2015

New Releases 1.13.14

We got a jump-start on our New Year’s resolution by spending our holiday break between the pages. Now that we’re a few weeks into 2015 here are the new books that we will be adding to our reading list.


Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag

Suffering from PTSD after narrowly surviving a murder attempt, Dana Nolan, a young journalist, returns home to try to heal.

Nightstand | January 12th, 2015

Claire Fogel’s Nightstand


Claire (Callan) Fogel is the author of Blackthorne Forest, the first book in The Blackthorne series.  She shares the reads she is curling up with when she isn’t writing.

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.