Nightstand | August 1st, 2014

On My Nightstand by Lisa Loomis

Lisa LoomisIn honor of her latest women’s fiction title, A Horse Named Joe, author Lisa Loomis shares the books – and memories –  currently sitting on her nightstand.

I have a very small nightstand and I don’t like a lot of clutter. It’s a wooden nightstand, made out of oak, and there is a metal lamp with a cream colored shade that sits on it along with two rocks.

One of the rocks is a slice of a rock that has been polished, sort of looks like granite, greys and blues with tiny black veins, but with naturally rough edges. I use this as a coaster to set my water glass on at night.

Throughout my house there are rocks and shells; I like the natural beauty of them. The other rock is one I picked up on a beach in Del Mar, California during a walk I took with my mom before she died. It was a windy day and she wore her jeans rolled up and a pink slicker jacket as we walked along the shoreline. There is a scene in my book Casanova Cowboy that is very similar to that day. The rock is there to remind me of her, and that very simple things in life can be the most pleasurable.

Inside the swinging door of my nightstand are some books, including a couple of my high school yearbooks. I sometimes flip through them in search of a new characters name. And then some of my favorite books are inside as well, books that hit home and I can’t stand to not have near. I just like a good story, one that gets to me, makes me feel something. Pat Conroy’s Beach Music is one book I always keep close. I enjoyed it because it was different; there is emotion about life, love, and coping; a lot of it not always pretty and neat. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry is also there. I’m a bit of a sucker for cowboys and oh how the characters in this book grabbed hold and wouldn’t let go.

Also in my nightstand is an original printing of my first novel Boy In A Band; it serves as a reminder that I never thought I could write one book, let alone eight, with more to come. When I have those nagging doubts it stares back at me, encourages me to push harder; to keep writing.

I started reading very young. Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne was one of my favorites. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is another one I remember clearly. A good book can take one places they never dreamed of, emotionally and mentally.

Lisa Loomis resides in Park City, Utah with her husband and two children. For more information about A Horse Named Joe and her other releases, visit her website.


Book Buzz | July 29th, 2014

Wendy Corsi Staub On The Story Behind “The Perfect Stranger”

The Perfect StrangerI’ve been writing suspense novels for almost 20 years now. While they’re technically branded “thrillers,” they aren’t about super spies or daring globetrotters, the sort of larger than life characters who might expect to find themselves in a perilous situation on any given day. No, I write psychological domestic suspense novels about ordinary people who are going about their daily business, close to home, when they find themselves plunged into extraordinary circumstances. To me, and to my loyal readers who can easily picture themselves in my protagonists’ shoes, nothing is more frightening than life-threatening danger crossing the threshold into your safe haven.

Book Buzz | July 28th, 2014

New Releases 7.29.14

This week’s best new releases are pulse pounding thrillers that will leave you on the edge of your seat!

The Good Girl

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Touted as the new Gone Girl, this debut novel has enough twists and turns to keep us satisfied. Colin Thatcher was supposed to follow the plan, kidnap and deliver Mia Dennett, the daughter of prominent Chicago socialites.

Author Q&A | July 28th, 2014 | 2 responses

Talking with Deanna Lynn Sletten



From the author of Maggie’s Turn and Sara’s Promise comes Destination Wedding, a witty and heartwarming romance. Bestselling and award-winning author Deanna Lynn Sletten answers our questions about her new release and her writing career in general.

Book Buzz | July 24th, 2014 | 3 responses

Will Travel for Words: Super Moons and Sailboats

Karen A. Chase

Last weekend, I found myself sleeping under a super moon, on a sailboat anchored in the river near the Chesapeake. The boat belongs to my guy, Ted, and I’m trying to learn how to sail with him. While upon it, I found myself trying to apply information I had recently read in a couple articles.

Trailers | July 24th, 2014

Trailer: Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

At last! The long anticipated trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is finally here. Upon watching the steamy trailer…the sexiest part for us might be the exclusive remix of Beyonce’s Crazy in Love that serves as the perfect soundtrack.

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 | 21 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.