Trailers | March 13th, 2014

Trailer: Paddington


Make yourself a marmalade sandwich and settle in for a sneak peek at the upcoming film adaptation of the Paddington children’s series by Michael Bond.

Rants/Raves | March 11th, 2014 | 5 responses

Why, in the 21st century, I still Love the Library by Carlene Moore

Carlene Moore
I walked into the library the other day, breathed in the smell of possibility and went to the shelf to pick up my newest hardcover adventure – for free! I left with a smile on my face and pep in my step. So later that day, when a friend spotted the library tag on my keys and laughed, I launched into a passionate explanation of why I love using the library for my reading needs, despite modern day technology.

Book Buzz | March 11th, 2014

New Releases 3.11.14

This week’s new releases are filled with adventure and mystery—and one that happens to be about telepathic high school students.

Don't Even Think About It

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Sometimes we need to get lost in a good young adult book. When a standard flu shot gives a group of high school sophomore’s telepathic powers, they don’t waste any time putting their newfound skills to use.

Nightstand | March 10th, 2014

Laura Barnard’s Picks


Laura Barnard’s first chick-lit novel, The Debt & the Doormat, was an Amazon number 1 best-seller and won Best Laugh Out Loud Book of 2013. She shares the chick-lit titles on her own to-read list.

Snapped | March 6th, 2014 | 2 responses

Love is Murder in Chicago by Julie Anne Lindsey

Love is Murder in Chicago

Nothing heats up an arctic vortex like a little love and murder. I had the amazing opportunity to grab a handful of both at the Love is Murder conference in Chicago last month. In fact, I bought a bagful of love and murder at the onsite bookstore!

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.