Book Buzz | November 14th, 2014

Thankful for Thrillers by Colby Marshall

Colby MarshallI’m one of those obnoxious people ready to pull in the tree and throw on its lights as I shove the jack-o-lantern out the door on November 1st. But don’t accuse me of not giving the turkey his moment in the spotlight just yet, because when I ring in the season, even before the bird’s had a chance to properly take up residence in my freezer, it’s actually a tribute to what I think of Thanksgiving. Yep. To me, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve…the final months leading us into a new year are all one big excuse to par-tay like it’s 1999, only this time, we know Y2K isn’t that scary, so at midnight, no one’s wondering if we’ll lose power and soon be thrust into the Apocalypse.

Nightstand | November 13th, 2014

Will Travel For Words: Create Writing Time by Karen A. Chase

Karen A. Chase When I first began writing, I argued with myself over writing conferences. Do I spend both money and time to attend, or am I better off writing instead? All these years later, I know that the first option is the right one. Why?

Everything taught at those conferences comes down to two things that make it entirely worthwhile. Writing seminars make me a better writer and they teach me to make better use of my writing hours.

Nightstand | November 13th, 2014

Annabel Monaghan’s Nightstand


My nightstand is part traveling exhibition, part permanent collection. When I was younger, I used to daydream about going to bed with a copy of a book that I’d written sitting on my nightstand. It’s silly, but so few dreams actually come true that I keep a copy of the books that I’ve written right where I can see them in the middle of the night. They are part of the slightly dusty permanent collection, sandwiched between two books I wish I’d written:

Book Buzz | November 10th, 2014

New Releases 11.11.14

It’s like the holidays have come early for us at Shelf Pleasure! This week’s exciting new releases include titles from one of our favorite television personalities and one of our all-time favorite thriller writers.


The Andy Cohen Diaries by Andy Cohen

The beloved Andy Cohen takes us along for the ride as he shares all the intimate—and hysterically funny—details that make up a year in his life.

Book Buzz | November 6th, 2014

The Hunger Games Franchise by Spencer Blohm

Hunger GamesFor Katniss Everdeen, life has been a whirlwind of struggle, disaster, fear and triumph since she volunteered to replace her sister in The Hunger Games. Fans of the wildly popular series have been waiting eagerly for the newest installment in the film franchise, and the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is just around the corner. Of course, you can spend your time until its release rereading the books and binge watching the movies online or streaming through most TV plans.

Rants/Raves | November 3rd, 2014 | 2 responses

Writing Stalled? Try This!

Julie Brown

Your day has been derailed. You’re unmotivated. You’ve lost focus. You can’t concentrate. You would rather do the laundry, wash the car, or file your back taxes.

Most writers have days when writing is near impossible. We have weeks when the stars refuse to align, forces conspire against us, and ideas that once seemed brilliant have lost their sparkle. At these times, my friend, you have two choices: give up and quit or do what I do: “DIS” yourself.


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.