Book Buzz | October 10th, 2014

Celebrity Autobiographies Worth the Read

In addition to our book addiction (as evidenced by the growing mound of paperbacks on our desks and the pile of receipts for our iBook purchases), we’re also total celebrity news junkies who need our daily fix of TMZ and E! News. So of course some of our favorite new reads are celebrity autobiographies that give us a sneak peek into their real lives. If you, too, have bookmarked on your computer, check out these new titles!


Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

We love that NPH’s new memoir is framed as a classic “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel.

Book Buzz | October 5th, 2014 | 2 responses

Rhonda’s Top Five Recommended New Adult reads


So, as a New Adult author and editor (I also acquire/edit New Adult fiction for Carina Press), I’m always on the hunt for great leisure time reads! I notice a number of people who are still trying to figure out New Adult, so I’d like to offer up a list of recommended reads in this amazing category.

Trailers | October 5th, 2014

Trailer: Horrorstör


The idea of going to IKEA on the weekends is enough to give us nightmares. But in this trailer for Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix, we meet an IKEA-like store that is actually haunted!

Book Buzz | September 29th, 2014

New Releases 9.30.14

Whether it’s a mystery or a romance, the one thing we took away from this week’s best new releases is that a secret past will always resurface at the most inopportune time.



What a Wallflower Wants by Maya Rodale

Two souls trying to remain romance-free are about to face the biggest challenge of their lives.

Author Q&A | September 23rd, 2014

Mary Miley on The Silent Murders

Silent Murders

Mary Miley’s second Roaring Twenties mystery, Silent Murders, is set in the dizzying, dazzling heart of jazz-age Hollywood. Mary joins us to chat about the latest installment of her twisty and unique series. 

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.