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.

Trailers | August 6th, 2014

Trailer: If I Stay

If I StayIn case The Fault in Our Stars movie didn’t make you cry enough this summer, another one of our young adult faves is hitting the big screen on August 22nd.

Book Buzz | August 5th, 2014

New Releases 8.6.14

The best new releases of the week include a tale of romantic suspense, a heartwarming story about the power of friendship, and a YA novel that warns be careful what you wish for….

Bound to Danger

Bound to Danger by Katie Reus

A romantic suspense novel about a woman with the power to stop a deadly terrorist attack and the man determined to show her how.

Author Q&A | August 5th, 2014 | 2 responses

Chatting with Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell

In honor of her latest enchanting and heartbreaking novel, The House We Grew Up In, Lisa Jewell answers our questions about reading. And if you haven’t experienced Lisa’s writing yet, start with her debut novel, Ralph’s Party. Soon you’ll be adding Lisa to your own list of favorite authors!

Nightstand | August 5th, 2014

Savannah Page’s Nightstand

Savannah PageSavannah Page is an American expatriate indie author living in Berlin, Germany. She’s the author of six chick lit novels in her When Girlfriends… Collection: When Girlfriends Let Go, When Girlfriends Take Chances, When Girlfriends Chase Dreams, When Girlfriends Make Choices, When Girlfriends Step Up, and When Girlfriends Break Hearts. She is also the author of the personal / travel narrative, Bumped to Berlin. Here she shares her summer reads…

Nightstand | August 4th, 2014

Mary Behre’s Nightstand

Mary Behre

My name is Mary Behre. I’m a paranormal romantic suspense author and my nightstand is overflowing with books I want to read.

See, I’m in the middle of promoting Guarded, Book #2 in the Tidewater Series. That leaves me precious little time for anything else. But, I really need time to read for pleasure.

So I’ve carved out a mini vacation. For two glorious days, my only responsibility will be to read to my heart’s content! And there are three books on my nightstand that take top priority.

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.