We’re sure all you aspiring authors have heard this before: never give up! This week on Shelf Pleasure, we welcome two authors who found that with a little ingenuity and a lot of persistence, becoming published was indeed possible. Find out more about their journey—and their new novels.

From book reviews to book news, here are this week’s Shelf Pleasure must-reads:

Q&A: Kate Moretti
Author Kate Moretti’s first book was independently published, became a New York Times bestseller–and scored her a book deal with a major publisher. Moretti talks about her surprise success, the authors she loves and what’s next in her career.

My Path to Published Author
Author Sara Bailey was about to give up on getting published when a life change brought the support and inspiration to get her moving again. Her novel, Dark Water, is out now.

The Book Lovers Library App
Book lover? There’s an app for that! Avid reader and Shelf Pleasure contributor Jackie Kimmel discovers the local library app that has revolutionized reserving, checking-out and managing selections.

To Read or Not to Read?
Shelf Pleasure’s quick take on Allen Eskens’ The Heavens May Fall.

Bookworm Vacation Spots
So much great book news this week! Check out the amazing places all bookworms should visit this fall, find out about the new, interactive edition of Game of Thrones, and discover the one mistake everyone’s making lately that ruins books and movies.

Best New Books
This week’s best new releases cover all the bases—mystery, romance, and adventure.


This weekend…

We devoured Elle Kennedy’s The Goal, the 4th book in her New Adult romance series featuring a college hockey team. This title takes a more serious turn as college senior Sabrina James finds herself in a position she never thought she’d be in. Sabrina has her whole future planned out, including kicking butt at Harvard Law School and landing a high-paying job at a big legal firm. Her path to escaping her somewhat trashy past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player.

John Tucker is a true Southern gentleman who believes in love at first sight. An unplanned pregnancy veers them both into unexpected territory. Sabrina is hard to warm up to, and we have a little trouble understanding Tucker’s interest, but we adore him so much we don’t mind. Kennedy certainly brings her signature heat to this one–and it can be read as part of the series or as a stand alone.