Book Buzz | February 23rd, 2015

New Releases 2.23.15

Murder, mayhem and mystery! The best new books of the week are here!


Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke

The Hannah Swensen mystery series is one fun, frothy concoction (it even includes recipes!). Bakery owner Hannah may be in trouble but an upcoming trial is a chance to clear her name—until the judge is found dead, apparently murdered with his own gavel.

Book Buzz | February 17th, 2015

Will Travel For Words: Going Nowhere by Karen A. Chase


Public domain image of St. John’s Church. Wikimedia Commons.

They say that every moment gives writers an opportunity to explore character development, and this month I found mine in a graveyard.

I had been in an all-day meeting with about 20 other writers, in a hall on the historic grounds of St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. A few of our attendees had never been there before. In this church–perched on a hill with the grounds and old graveyard fenced in–is where Patrick Henry said his famous words, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Trailers | February 17th, 2015

Trailer: Game of Thrones Season 5



In honor of the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones (begins April 12th!) and to help us as we continue to wait for the next book from George R.R. Martin, this tantalizing trailer is our pick of the week!

Rants/Raves | February 16th, 2015

Dead Time by Sandra Block


When people find out I wrote a book, the first question that pops up is: “Where did you find the time?

Not “what kind of book?” Not “how long did it take you to write it?” Not “what is it about?” Yes, these questions come out eventually, but the first, almost irrepressible, question is about finding the time.

Author Q&A | February 12th, 2015

Mitchell Kriegman on ‘Being Audrey Hepburn’

Unknown In Being Audrey Heburn, Clarissa Explains It All creator Mitchell Kriegman introduces us to 19-year-old Lisbeth from New Jersey, who finds herself thrust into the spotlight after being spotted in Audrey Heburn’s dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Mitchell answers our questions about this super fun read (and about Clarissa, of course!).


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.