Rants/Raves | January 8th, 2015 | 3 responses

It’s OK To Send a Message by Karen Harper

Karen Harper

I’m fully aware that over the years, fiction writers have been warned by that old Sam Goldwyn quote, “If you’ve got a message, send a telegram.” I know, I know, in mass market fiction, we’re writing primarily to entertain with great stories, memorable characters, adventure or thrills and gripping emotions rather than share a message.

Author Q&A | January 6th, 2015

Kristin Harmel on ‘The Life Intended’


Kristin Harmel has always been a favorite around the Shelf Pleasure office. Her unforgettable The Sweetness of Forgetting was our very first book club pick and we still recommend it to everyone we meet. So of course we couldn’t wait for her latest, The Life Intended, which hit bookstores everywhere last month. Read on for an exclusive chat with Kristin about this heart-wrenching novel.

Trailers | January 6th, 2015

Trailer: Cinderella


Though we’re aware that many women out there don’t agree with the Prince Charming saves the damsel in distress story of Cinderella, it still conjures up fond childhood memories of reading volumes of fairy tales.

Book Buzz | January 5th, 2015

New Releases 1.6.15

Reading list 2015 in full effect! Here’s what we have our eye on this week.


Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

We already know we will need to keep the tissues handy for this tear-jerker about a 27-year-old woman who thought she had breast cancer beat—until it returns with a vengeance.

Rants/Raves | January 4th, 2015

Age Is Just a Number by Claire Fogel


Anyone subscribing to Shelf Pleasure obviously loves to read, right? And so many readers secretly (or not so secretly) really want to write! That described me for close to 70 years. But I never thought I had enough imagination to write fiction, which was the only kind of writing I wanted to do.

Book Buzz | December 22nd, 2014

Books to Read in 2015

As we look ahead to 2015, we’re determined not to break our “book a week” New Year’s resolution. Though past resolutions have been met with mixed results, we think this one is sure to be a winner. Now, we just need to figure out how not to blow our budget on new books….

Here are some of the 2015 titles we’re eagerly anticipating!


God Help the Child by Toni Morrison

Since our high school days, Morrison has been on our required reading list.

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.