Author Q&A | July 28th, 2014 | 2 responses

Talking with Deanna Lynn Sletten



From the author of Maggie’s Turn and Sara’s Promise comes Destination Wedding, a witty and heartwarming romance. Bestselling and award-winning author Deanna Lynn Sletten answers our questions about her new release and her writing career in general.

Book Buzz | July 24th, 2014 | 3 responses

Will Travel for Words: Super Moons and Sailboats

Karen A. Chase

Last weekend, I found myself sleeping under a super moon, on a sailboat anchored in the river near the Chesapeake. The boat belongs to my guy, Ted, and I’m trying to learn how to sail with him. While upon it, I found myself trying to apply information I had recently read in a couple articles.

Trailers | July 24th, 2014

Trailer: Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

At last! The long anticipated trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is finally here. Upon watching the steamy trailer…the sexiest part for us might be the exclusive remix of Beyonce’s Crazy in Love that serves as the perfect soundtrack.

Nightstand | July 22nd, 2014 | 2 responses

On My Nightstand by Deborah Rodriguez

deborah rodriguez

Deborah Rodriguez is the author of the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Kabul Beauty School and the internationally bestselling novel The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. The hairdresser and motivational speaker was a cofounder and director of the first modern beauty academy in Afghanistan, and also founded the nonprofit Oasis Rescue. She lives in Mazatlán, Mexico, where she own Tippy Toes salon and spa. In honor of her latest book, Margarita Wednesdays: Making a New Life by the Mexican Sea, Deborah shares her current reads.

Book Buzz | July 22nd, 2014 | 2 responses

Kindle Unlimited: The New Netflix for Books? by Jackie Kimmel

Jackie KimmelRecently Amazon announced its new feature Kindle Unlimited which has been aptly named the ‘Netflix for Books.” For the price of $9.99 per month, you have access to over 600,000 books that you check-out from Amazon but don’t necessarily own.

When this feature was announced I was rather impressed. I had the mental image of a digital version of Belle’s library from Beauty and the Beast. Who wouldn’t love that?

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.