Hi Fellow Readers!

Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set A Watchman has many wondering how the author could have ruined the legacy of Atticus Finch. But for author Kyra Davis, characters that are messy and flawed are a whole lot more interesting. From Lily Bart in Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth to The Vampire Lestat, Davis explains how flaws make a character more human—and shares who she’d want to run off with if given the chance.

Also visiting Shelf Pleasure this week is Kay Kendall, author of the Austin Starr series, who fills us in on the lure of the 60s—the exciting decade where Kendall sets her mysteries. And don’t miss the best book news of the week—including a dystopian adaptation of Little Women.

Here are this week’s Shelf Pleasure must-reads:

Loving Characters, Flaws & All By Kyra Davis
Author Kyra Davis on the appeal of characters with flaws.

The 60s—Bringing It All Back Home Again By Kay Kendall
Kendall combines her love of the 1960s and mysteries in a new series starring amateur sleuth Austin Starr, whose skills come courtesy of CIA training and countless Nancy Drew books she read as a child.

Meet the Star of Double Mint By Gretchen Archer
Author Gretchen Archer conducted a nationwide search for the perfect feline to be the face of her new novel. Before the contest ended, there were more than 700 entries. Meow! Archer stops by to introduce Cat, the star of Double Mint.

Please Don’t Bend the Cover By Yolonda Tonette Sanders
From out of control children to bended books, author Yolonda Tonette Sanders talks about the perils of books signings.

Reading Roundup
Too engrossed in your book to follow the news? We do it for you! From Muggle news to the resurfacing of the beloved Reading Rainbow series, get the scoop on the best book news of the week.

New Releases
A chilling ghost story, a heartwarming YA novel and an adorable K-9 mystery are the Shelf Pleasure picks for the best new books of the week. You may want to seriously consider canceling your plans this week and reading them all!

taking the heat

Here is What We’re Reading:

As if summer could get any hotter….we’re reading Victoria Dahl’s latest romance Taking the Heat.  Writer Veronica Chandler’s new gig as a relationship advice columnist in Jackson Hole, Wyoming requires some faking. No one can know the truth about her nonexistent sex life. But the town’s irresistibly rugged librarian (yes, a male librarian – swoon!) is determined to figure her out…and give her hands-on lessons in every wicked thing she wants to know.  This super sexy read cements Victoria Dahl as one of our can’t miss authors.

Happy reading!

Kristen and Stacy