Book Buzz | February 2nd, 2015

Decoding the Road to Getting Published by Engy Albasel Neville


About two years ago, I set out to accomplish a childhood dream. Publishing my first book, A Leap In Time. The task was daunting, scary and completely overwhelming. I didn’t know where to begin and without a literary agent guiding the path, the research and legwork fell squarely in my court.

Book Buzz | January 29th, 2015

Books that Will Have Your Baby On-Board by Kristen Weber

I just had my first baby, and one of my favorite parts so far (out of many!) is reading to her. At first, she’d fall asleep by page two. She snoozed through many classics like Madeline and Harold and the Purple Crayon. But now, as she’s becoming more alert, she’s making it through entire books and even responding with smiles and giggles. Here are the books that are getting the biggest responses:


Llama Llama Red Pajama By Anna Dewdney
Mama Llama tucks her baby boy into bed…but then things go horribly wrong when he calls for her and she doesn’t answer!

Trailers | January 29th, 2015

Trailer: The Duff


Nothing makes us as excited for a movie as a makeover montage! And this one, with the adorable Mae Whitman, looks like it can join the ranks of perennial favorites She’s Out of Control and She’s All That.

Author Q&A | January 27th, 2015

Tracy Brogan Talks ‘Love Me Sweet’

Love Me Sweet is the latest romance from a perennial Shelf Pleasure favorite, Tracy Brogan. Tracy answers our questions about the newest title set in charming Bell Harbor.

Book Buzz | January 26th, 2015

New Releases 1.27.15

The Blizzard of 2015 may be forcing us east coasters to stay inside, but we’re secretly thrilled to have a good excuse to do nothing but read. No matter where you are, you don’t need an excuse to check out the best new books of the week!


I Was Here by Gayle Foreman

Cody thought she knew everything about her best friend Meg—until Meg commits suicide in a motel room and Cody, distraught and devastated, has no idea why.

Book Buzz | January 25th, 2015

Books to Screen 2015 by Spencer Blohm

Hunger GamesHollywood has been turning our favorite books, (as well as those we hated, and those in the category of we might watch it if it comes up on HBO), into major motion pictures for many a year. Just last year there were over 30 total book adaptations released, and that is only a fraction of what is currently in development. Even if you didn’t get to the cinema much in 2014, you will recognize titles like Hunger Games: Mockingjay or The Hobbit, both based off well known works of fiction, and huge successes at the box office.

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.