Author Q&A | March 16th, 2015

Talking with Jason Sandberg, Author of ‘Candy and the Cankersaur’

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Jason Sandberg is a Fine Artist who also wants to produce the “missing books” from his childhood, the books he wished he had. He answered our questions about his writing as well as his most recent story, Candy and the Cankersaur.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?

Storytelling is a fundamental aspect of human nature. Humans pass along knowledge and culture through story and myth. Lessons and greater truths are memorable when they’re wrapped in a good story. Boredom is also unique to human nature; we crave entertainment and distraction from woe.

Author Q&A | March 11th, 2015

Sharlene Almond on ‘Initiated to Kill’


Sharlene Almond, author of the thriller Initiated to Kill, answer our questions.

Tell us about yourself.

I live in Auckland, New Zealand with my two dogs. Although I have had training in Beauty and Spa therapy, editing, journalism, animal behaviour, photography, criminology and counselling; my main interest lies in writing novels. This allows me to explore and learn about other eras and countries, creating characters that have deep-rooted flaws, but use them to achieve their end goal.

Rants/Raves | March 10th, 2015

Steamy Sex or Chaste Love on the Pages? It’s All About Perspective by Adria J. Cimino

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What’s the one writing prize I really don’t want to get? The Bad Sex in Fiction award, offered every year by Britain’s Literary Review “for the most egregious passage of sexual description in a work of fiction.”

It’s not like I’ve yet been in extreme danger of receiving this honor. My sex scenes are not of the anatomical and bodice-ripping sort. I don’t even write in genres such as romance.

I write contemporary fiction, with some works a bit more in the literary fiction realm than others. But that doesn’t put me out of the danger zone. If anything, now that I think about it, I’m right in the bull’s eye. My stories focus on relationships, and many are romantic relationships. In order to properly build these relationships, sex has to make its grand entrance at one point or another.

Book Buzz | March 9th, 2015 | 2 responses

New Releases 3.10.15

March Madness has begun! In Shelf Pleasure world that means reading as many books as you can in a week. Who has time for basketball?! Here are the new releases we’re adding to our list this week.


Vanishing Girl by Lauren Oliver

Two sisters, one life-changing accident. No one was closer than sisters Dara and Nick. But when an accident leaves Dara’s face scarred for life, the relationship between the two sisters becomes estranged.

Nightstand | March 8th, 2015

M. Lewis Lerman’s Nightstand, author of “Beware the Sheep”

AuthorPhoto_MLewisLermanMy nightstand is an amalgam of utility and sentimentality: its interior is stuffed with yellow legal pads and pre-sharpened pencils, and its flat mahogany surface – though occasionally tidy – is typically overrun by drained coffee mugs and lavender candles, knotted-up headphones and an ever-changing pile of slim paperback novels. 

Rants/Raves | March 5th, 2015

Let’s Break Up With Some Literary Characters by Nina Gaby


Most of us writers are voracious readers. And man, do we love our characters and our authors. From day one, right? From the moment when the word “LOOK” (for those of us who began our reading careers with Dick, Jane and Sally) first clicked in our brains and we lit up like little Christmas trees, to last night when we cuddled in bed with our newest favorite crush. (For me it’s Miranda July and last week it was Atul Gawande.) So what happens when we have to lower the boom? Breaking up is hard to do.

Book Buzz | June 25th, 2013 | 40 responses

Warning: This Book Will Change Your Life by Kelly Watts

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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

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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

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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

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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.