Book Buzz | June 2nd, 2014

New Releases 6.3.14

Hot romance is what we’re craving this week…especially these new books hitting the shelves today!

Shield of Winter

Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh

A paranormal romance provides the perfect escapist reading. Vasic is an assassin with a conscience. But despite all he’s done, he wants to help save his people from certain death—even if it means taking on his most difficult mission yet.

Book Buzz | May 31st, 2014

Fun Fearless Female – Lena Dunham Channels Legendary Cosmo Editor Helen Gurley Brown at BookCon 2014 by Jami Kelmenson


By 9:30 am at the first annual BookCon (formerly known as the last day of Book Expo America – BEA, the only day open to the public in addition to the publishing trade) I was done. Not because of the excessive (but behaved) crowds. Not because of the commute from anywhere in NYC that is not the Javits Center – to the Javits Center. And not because of the drinks I had with my author friends following the Tina Fey/Jason Bateman kickoff event celebrating the book-to-movie, This is Where I Leave You, the previous evening.

Book Buzz | May 30th, 2014 | 3 responses

BookCon Kicks Off With…a Movie! (Starring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman) by Jami Kelmenson


When I think of reading books, I think of bay windows, beach lounge chairs and even the subway. I don’t generally think – golly gee, movie theaters! – but based on the kickoff event for BookCon this year, the silver screen is what you should be thinking of, especially when it’s adapted from a best -selling book.

Case in point – Jonathan Tropper’s best-selling book, This is Where I Leave You, the movie version of which starring Tina Fey and Jason Bateman, is scheduled to be released on September 12. Tina and Jason were on hand at BookCon tonight, along with the film’s director Shawn Levy and the author, who read passages from his book before we got a “sneak peek” of the same scenes in the movie.

Book Buzz | May 29th, 2014 | 2 responses

Summer Reading Challenge – for Adult Women! by Carlene Moore

Remember when you were a kid and summers were all yours? Remember playing outside until the dusk crept in and your parents called your dirty, sun-kissed body in for bed? Remember grabbing a Mickey Mouse dipped ice cream from the trucks that drove by, singing the tune of childhood? Remember joining the summer reading challenge at the local library and going home with armloads of books, each one getting you closer to a prize?

I was daydreaming about that last aspect of childhood as I popped into the library to pick up my current book the other day. Of course, as an adult, I read for enjoyment; it’s a reward to steal time away from “productive” tasks and use it to get lost in a book. But, whether I love something on its own merit or not, an incentive always makes things a bit more fun. Because of that, I’ve created a Summer Reading Challenge for adult women like us. Take a gander, then print it out, check off your accomplishments, and reward yourself accordingly!

Book Buzz | May 29th, 2014

Move Over Comic Con – BookCon is here! by Jami Kelmenson


Our roving reporter Jami Kelmenson is attending Book Expo America this week…and sharing all her adventures exclusively with Shelf Pleasure readers. You don’t need to leave your couch (or book for too long) to feel like you were there. Here’s a sneak peek at to what she’ll be up to.

What is BookCon you ask? Well, as far as this roving reporter can tell, it’s a rebranding of the Saturday agenda of Book Expo America (BEA) in which the three-day trade festival at NY’s Javits Center billed as “North America’s premier publishing event” opens its doors to the public to stand in line to meet their favorite authors and get their autographs – and then talk about their books before they are released in order to generate essential make or break buzz. Only now, the event is being produced by the same folks that bring you Comic Con, a big comic book convention for comic book nerds. I hope I don’t get confused and dress as Wonder Woman by mistake.

Trailers | May 28th, 2014

Trailer: The Good Girl

The Good Girl

It seems like every book is being labeled as the “next” Gone Girl, but if the trailer for Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl is any indication, it looks like we’ve finally found a worthy contender. But don’t just take our word for it.

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 | 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

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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.