Author Q&A | March 24th, 2015

Katy Evans on ‘Manwhore’


Katy Evans, the New York Times bestselling author of Real, Mine, Remy, Rogue, and Ripped dishes on her sexy new series.

Book Buzz | March 23rd, 2015

New Releases 3.31.15

Even if your school days are behind you, it’s okay to take a Spring Break. And here are the new books you should be bringing along.


The Stranger by Harlan Coben

You can always count on #1 bestselling Coben to deliver edge-of-your-seat suspense. The Stranger knows a secret that can shatter Adam Price’s world—and leave him desperate to make things right.

Nightstand | March 20th, 2015

Peter Swanson’s Nightstand

Peter Swanson

The books on my nightstand are a motley crew of all-time favorites, books I hope to read, books I failed to read, and books I’ve finished that haven’t yet made it back to the bookshelf.

Currently, there is a copy of Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis. This is my favorite book of all time, one I’ve read many times, and I like to keep it close to hand. I have many copies, but there is almost always a copy on my nightstand. Next to Lucky Jim is John Updike’s Too Far to Go, a collection of stories that chronicle the marriage of Joan and Richard Maple. I love this collection, and can always re-read any of the stories.

Rants/Raves | March 18th, 2015

Dialogue with Emotional Punch by Vicki Batman

11 13 14 author photo pink smSeveral years ago, the film version of Pride and Prejudice was released with a different cast from the popular BBC series, the premise being five daughters with little fortune need to marry a wealthy man. However, Elizabeth Bennett wants a marriage filled with love and turns down the reverend cousin, the male who inherits, in her quest.

Her eye catches William Darcy, a very rich boy who’s quiet, thoughtful, a good friend and quite prideful and prejudiced. It doesn’t help that he thinks she, too, is prideful and prejudiced. Quite the conundrum that could have easily kept them apart…until they begin to see the true qualities in each other. Near the end (spoiler alert!), Darcy finds her and says, “You have bewitched me, body and soul.”

Trailers | March 18th, 2015

Trailer: Insurgent


The latest installment of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy hits theaters this Friday! Insurgent continues the saga of Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) as they run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites and search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago.

Book Buzz | March 16th, 2015

New Releases 3.17.15

Travel, fashion and a good mystery are a few of our favorite things over here at Shelf Pleasure. So you’ll quickly see why we’re so excited to check out these two new books hitting the shelves today!


Prudence by Gail Carriger

Carriger is the author of the bestselling Parasol Protectorate books, a series of action, fantasy and romance—paranormal and historical. This is the first book in the Custard Protocol spin-off series and stars Alexia Maccon’s daughter Prudence who embarks on a journey to India, where trouble awaits.

Book Buzz | June 25th, 2013 | 40 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.