Nightstand | August 14th, 2014

Catherine Bell’s Nightstand

Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell, the winner of the 2014 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, is bursting into the literary world with her debut novel in October. Rush of Shadows is a deeply emotional story about two women, one white and one Native American, who form an unlikely friendship in 19th century California when tensions were flaring between the two cultures. To tide us over until pub, Catherine shares the books she’s currently reading.

Trailers | August 13th, 2014 | 2 responses

Trailer: Wild


We’re not quite sure we’re ready to live through the brutal 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail portrayed in Cheryl Strayed’s Wild – when we were done reading we were as spent as she was – but this new movie starring Reese Witherspoon looks very tempting.

Nightstand | August 12th, 2014

Five Books I Can’t Leave Behind by Stephanie Joyce Cole


In Stephanie Joyce Cole’s debut novel, Compass North, a desperately unhappy woman is thrust into a new life and a new identity in a small town in Alaska when she is presumed dead in a freak accident. She discovers that it takes more than a change of venue to reinvent a life. In honor of publication, Stephanie shares the books she can’t live without.

My husband and I are moving soon. It will be both wonderful and wretched. Wonderful, because it’s exciting to have a new place to live and explore. Wretched, because moving is so much work, and involves so many hard choices.

Book Buzz | August 11th, 2014

New Releases 8.12.14

Whether or not you’re on summer vacation, this week’s new releases are an excellent excuse to find some down time for a reading holiday.

Designated Daughers

Designated Daughters by Margaret Maron

If you’ve never experienced a Deborah Knott mystery, now is the time to give it a try.

Nightstand | August 10th, 2014 | 2 responses

Jessica Barksdale Inclán’s Nightstand


Jessica Barksdale Inclán is the bestselling author of Her Daughter’s Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. In honor of her latest novel, How to Bake a Man (we LOVE the title!), she put together a list of the fun summer reads on her nightstand. 

Rants/Raves | August 7th, 2014

Putting Pain to Paper by Susan Blumberg-Kason

Good Chinese Wife

After my mother read my memoir, Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair With China Gone Wrong, she didn’t speak to me for a week. The night she finished the book, she sent a melancholy e-mail saying she was upset and would call me soon to talk about it if I was up for it. Although my mother knew about most of the events in the book, she later told me that she felt bad she had pushed these things out of her mind, that she had even forgotten some of them.

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

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.