Book Buzz | March 1st, 2015

Women Doing It All: Science to Literature by Pendred Noyce


In researching two books about remarkable and colorful women of science, I have run across a number who moved smoothly between science and writing. For these women, especially those who grew up in the early years of science, there were no artificial lines dividing one kind of creativity and learning from another.

Louise Bourgeois Boursier was a self-taught midwife of the sixteenth century who gained the confidence of the court and delivered the queen’s children, including the future Louis XIII.  After assisting at two thousand births, she decided to share her hard-earned wisdom in a book, claiming proudly to be “the first woman practicing my art to pick up the pen.” Her book is hard to find, but you can get a good sense of her feisty style in this article, especially on page 155, where she defends herself against doctors who accused her of malpractice leading to the death of a princess.

Snapped | February 26th, 2015

Snapped: The Best Place to Read & Relax? The Tub!


There is no wrong place to read a book! Dora Levy Mossanen is a woman after our own heart. Find out how the bathtub became her reading spot of choice for her latest novel, Scent of Butterflies.

A bathtub might not be an exotic location to read a book, but when you are dressed up to the nines and on your way to a black tie gala and you walk into the bathtub with makeup on and in your high heels and ball grown, then it can become semi-exotic.


Rants/Raves | February 24th, 2015

Why Do Some Doctors Get Away With Murder? by M. Maitland DeLand, M.D.


One of the great expressions about fiction writing is that “We tell untruths to arrive at truths.”

That’s why I started writing novels, and especially that’s why I started writing medical thrillers.

Doctors save lives. We deliver babies and save babies. We help prevent disease, we treat disease, and we can often cure disease. The power of life and death is often in our hands.

The problem is that power can corrupt, and some doctors, unfortunately, are not immune to the kind of corruption that human nature permits.

Trailers | February 24th, 2015

Trailer: The Black Widow


Watch this book trailer with the lights on!

Wendi Corsi Staub is one writer we can count on for thrilling, chilling reads. This book trailer proves her latest, The Black Widow,  will be no exception.

Book Buzz | February 23rd, 2015

New Releases 2.23.15

Murder, mayhem and mystery! The best new books of the week are here!


Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke

The Hannah Swensen mystery series is one fun, frothy concoction (it even includes recipes!). Bakery owner Hannah may be in trouble but an upcoming trial is a chance to clear her name—until the judge is found dead, apparently murdered with his own gavel.

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.