Book Buzz | November 3rd, 2014

New Releases 11.4.14

The best antidotes for these chilly nights are red-hot reads—and this week’s best new releases certainly fit the bill.


Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne

Spies, sex and sin combine for one steamy adventure. Thomas Paxton returns to London to confess his years infiltrating British Intelligence Service for France and is given a chance to prove where his loyalty lies.

Nightstand | October 28th, 2014

Steve P. Vincent’s Nightstand

photoWhat’s on my nightstand? Lots.

Like many people, I have a shelf full of good intentions. Some books I’ve purchased and never found the time for. Others I had every intention of reading, but can’t find the time.

If a book makes it from the shelf to the side of the bed, there’s a good chance I’ll get to it at some point. Of course, the invention of e-readers has made this even more difficult!

Luckily, I tend to knock over the bulk of my pile over summer. Less sport to watch, more food comas to recover from, you know how it is.

So a few titles I’m eyeing off for the (Australian) summer:

Book Buzz | October 27th, 2014

New Releases 10.28.14

Whether it’s romance or romantic suspense you crave, these titles will leave your heart thumping!


Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Devastated after his fiancée leaves him, Flavian Viscount Ponsonby finds himself seeking comfort in the arms of the charismatic Agnes Keeping.

Nightstand | October 26th, 2014

Contests? Giveaways? Do I have to? by Gretchen Archer

gretchen3-lowresTo promote her latest mystery Double Strike, Gretchen Archer’s daughters convinced her to try something different. Here’s what happened…

The problem isn’t contests or freebies—I love a good contest and I’m happy to donate books—the problem is my daughters. I want normal contests. I want to pick a random commenter and send them a signed book. This summer I was in the dead space between book releases, when (I should have been writing) my daughters (grown, both out of college and navigating their mid-20s) decided I needed to stir it up, no resting for Mom, and presented me with their dream contest, Burnt by Davis. My main character, Davis Way, can’t cook. She’s good with bad guys, computers, and disguises, but she can’t boil water. Thus, a recipe contest.

Rants/Raves | October 23rd, 2014

Women Writers Everywhere! by Anesa Miller


In the mid-1990s (way back in my early childhood—lol!), I completed a graduate program in Russian literature. To prepare for comprehensive exams, I had devoted three years to reading my way through a list of novels, short stories, and poems by such luminaries as Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, and others. Once I had passed the exams and found a spare moment to reflect on things, I came to a startling realization: it had been ages since I last read a book by a woman.

Rants/Raves | October 21st, 2014

Your Passion or Your Husband by Alretha Thomas

alrethabenchnice500x780 “If your husband told you he needed you to stop pursuing your passion because he was feeling neglected would you?” This was the question my sister asked me during one of our many daily calls to each other. Her question gave me pause because I could never envision being married to a man who would ask me to choose between what I love to do and our relationship. I have truly been blessed in the husband department. Not only is the love of my life a great guy, but for the past 16 years he has supported me wholeheartedly while I have been chasing my dream to become a successful writer. But…but…yes, that three letter word. But, even nice guys have limits and this year I have truly pushed the proverbial envelope. I need to take inventory of the myriad activities that stem from my creative endeavors. I must find balance and that’s definitely easier said than done.

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.