Book Buzz | September 22nd, 2014

New Releases 9.22.14

Add a little mystery, romance and adventure to your life with this week’s best new releases!

Silent Murders

Silent Murders by Mary Miley

A dazzling whodunnit that takes place during the Roaring Twenties and stars vaudeville actress Leah Randall, who we find living in Hollywood and working in silent films while pretending to be missing heiress Jessie Carr.

Book Buzz | September 18th, 2014 | 3 responses

Will Travel For Words: The Importance of Being Earnest by Karen A. Chase

Karen A. Chase“We should treat all trivial things in life very seriously, and all serious things of life with a sincere and studied triviality.” So said Oscar Wilde when asked about his play’s theme.

It is a thought many authors might consider. Not just about their writing, but about their career. Bear with me and you’ll see the connection to Wilde’s play.

Trailers | September 17th, 2014 | 2 responses

Trailer: Neil Patrick Harris: ‘Choose Your Own Autobiography”


Would you expect anything less than an amazing book trailer from Neil Patrick Harris? His new memoir is framed as a “Choose Your Own Adventure” – and the trailer gives you a taste of just how much fun it will be. From magic tricks to watching Harris and his husband, David Burtka, reenact the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp (so cute!), it’s clear his memoir will be like nothing we’ve read before. If you ever wanted to BE NPH, it looks like this book will be your chance!

Learn more and order your copy here.

Author Q&A | September 16th, 2014

Author Marcia Gloster on “31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction”


Marcia Gloster’s memoir, 31 Days: A Memoir of Seduction, centers on her time as a college student traveling through Europe in the summer of 1963. When she arrived in Salzburg, Austria to study at Oskar Kokoschka’s School of Vision, she envisioned a month of intensive painting, never expecting to find herself swept into a passionate affair. Marcia answers our questions about her vivid and sensual memoir.


Rants/Raves | September 15th, 2014

Nothing Brings a Stepfamily Closer than Scary Stories by Holly Robinson

Holly RobinsonFour children are not really so many. Plenty of couples have more. But, when I married my second husband, Dan, we brought four children into our new family. Because our kids were so young and close in age—6, 7, 8 and 9—that number seemed exponentially greater than the sum of two and two.

In other words, it was bedlam.

Book Buzz | September 11th, 2014

The Debutante Ball Authors’ Most Influential Books

The Debutante Ball

This fall, five more authors are donning their tiaras at The Debutante Ball, a blog where debut novelists have been chronicling their journey to publication each year since 2007. To introduce this year’s debs, they each have chosen (after much hemming and hawing) their most influential book…

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 | 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.