Thursday, October 22, 2015

Reading and Signing!!

Remember the reading/signing I mentioned? Where I was going to read excerpts of my future books, unpublished short stories, etc.? The one I was trying to arrange at a local bookstore?

Go HERE for tickets.

And SURPRISE! Author Daisy Prescott will be joining me.

Tickets are $5 (plus stinky eventbrite fees) as we're trying to track and limit the number of attendees, so spots are limited. As well, we're only selling them until November 30, because we'll be giving everyone a surprise to take home and need to order everything ahead of time.

I hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Ninja Store is open again for business!

The Penny Reid store is open again for business! 
New products include:
  • Signed copies of Truth or Beard
  • Truth or Beard Cover Cross Stitch Kit
  • Jam Session Notebooks
  • Winston Brothers Bundle 
Head over to to check it out!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Elements of Chemistry is now available for FREE on Kindle Unlimited!

Read ELEMENTS OF CHEMISTRY for FREE on Kindle Unlimited for the next 3 months only!!
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ATTRACTION (45k words)
One week.
Private beach.
Invisible girl.
Jerk-faced bully.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.
Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family's billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.
When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?
HEAT (63k words)
Four days left.
Private beach (…and boat).
Not so invisible girl.
And maybe less of a jerk-faced bully than originally thought.
What’s the worst (or the best) that could happen?
Kaitlyn is finding life outside of the science cabinet of obscurity to be quite illuminating …and so are her pants.
When things heat up between Kaitlyn Parker and Martin—previously known as the jerk-faced bully—Sandeke, she places her trust in the one person she never thought capable of earning it, let alone keeping it safe. Fortunately or unfortunately for Kaitlyn, where she gives her trust she can’t help but also give her heart.
But how will the world beyond the sanctuary of their newfound connection react to their relationship? Soon senators, chinless billionaires, and elements beyond Martin and Kaitlyn’s control want to weigh in on the young couple’s future.
Navigating the chaotic inferno of new love might be more than Kaitlyn bargained for, and much, much more than her trust—or her heart—can handle.
One week.
Manhattan apartment.
Super-hot ex-boyfriend.
…What’s the worst that could happen?
It’s been nine months since Kaitlyn Parker has seen or heard from Martin Sandeke—nine months and five stages of matter. She’s lived through the worst of first-love heartbreak, and is most certainly stronger (and less likely to hide in science cabinets) than ever before.
But now Martin is back. And he wants to be friends. But he’s sending mixed signals to the Bunsen burner in Kaitlyn’s pants.
Will Martin re-capture Kaitlyn’s heart? Can Kaitlyn and Martin ever be just friends? Or, despite an abundance of chemistry, are some bonds just too unstable to endure?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I have a question... and UPCOMING SIGNINGS!

QUESTION: How many people in the Tampa Bay area (or central Florida) would be interested in attending a Penny Reid signing/reading event (at a book store)?
Reading = reading some short stories and/or the first chapter of 'Happily Ever Ninja' / 'Grin and Beard It'.
I've been tossing around the idea of reaching out to a local book store to host the event. Raise your hand if you're interested (... or leave a comment).

I have one signing left for 2015 and several signings coming up in 2016. If you'd like to reserve a book (or books) please use this form:

List of confirmed signings as follows:
Remaining Events - 2015
1. Friday - Sunday, October 9-11 RT Readers and Writers Roundup​ (Houston, TX)

Events - 2016
1. February 20 - Love and Fifty Sacramento Author Event​ (Sacramento, CA)
2. April 22-25 - Wicked Book Weekend​ (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
3. April 30 - Emerald City Author Event​ (Seattle, WA)
4. June 10-12 - Four Brits Book Fest​ (Birmingham, UK)
5. August 13 - Sydney Author Event​ (Sydney, Australia)
6. August 20 - Sweet Home Chicago Author Event​ (Chicago, IL)
7. October 8 - Claddagh Author Event Dublin 2016​ (Dublin, Ireland)

I hope to see you at one or more of the events!
<3 Penny

Friday, July 24, 2015

Kindle Unlimited, 1-year later: SHOCKING!!! ... and yet, not shocking.

Last year rolled out Kindle Unlimited. If you want to know what "Kindle Unlimited" is...
Amazon's perspective:
An unbiased perspective:

The purpose of this post is to look at the effect of KU 1-year later in a very narrow scope, specifically the effect of KU on the visibility of romance books in the following categories:
1) Contemporary Romance
2) Romantic Comedy
2) College/New Adult Romance

Screenshots of Amazon top 20

IMAGE A: Top 20 on Amazon in Contemporary Romance

IMAGE B: Top 20 on Amazon in Romantic Comedy

IMAGE C: Top 20 on Amazon in New Adult/College
So.... yeah.

The breakdown
1) Contemporary romance
Of the top 20 books, 13 are enrolled in KU (65%)
Of the 7 not enrolled in KU:
4- $.99
1- $1.99
1- $2.99
1- $3.99

2) Romantic Comedy
Of the top 20 books, 16 are enrolled in KU (80%)
Of the 4 not enrolled in KU:
1- $.99
1- $2.99
1- $3.99
1- $4.99

3) New Adult/College
Of the top 20 books,  17 are enrolled in KU (85%)
Of the 3 not enrolled in KU:
1- $.99
1- $2.99
1- $3.99

Dear Authors, DON'T FREAK OUT!

Main Conclusion: Books in KU are much more visible than books not in KU (as I eyeball these, I think I can also add to this that NEW RELEASES are much more visible if they're enrolled in KU that NEW RELEASES *not* enrolled in KU).

I know a lot of authors are very much against KU. If you don't know why, go here:
That "amazon exclusivity" means that any book enrolled in KU will never hit the New York Times or USA Today. It also means you will never reach readers on platforms other than Amazon (so, iTunes, Barnes and Noble/Nook, Kobo, Scribd, etc.)

Now here is the "don't freakout" part....
I suggest you do not think of KU as an "all or nothing" program. Meaning, you do not need to enroll all your books in KU. I suggest you enroll 1-release a year into KU (as a new release). This will introduce KU readers to you and increase your overall visibility on Amazon. If they love your book, they'll look for new releases by you (KU or not) and may be inspired to purchase other books on your backlist.

My conclusion (how I will leverage this information)
1- KU book a year. That's it. Not "all my books or none of my books". Use KU. Leverage KU to improve your visibility once a year... Just think about it.

<3 Penny

Monday, July 20, 2015

Truth or Beard is ALIVE!

Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my! 
Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in na├»ve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her… 

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order. 
Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk? 

Series Description 
Everyone in Green Valley, Tennessee knows that the six bearded Winston brothers have been imbued with an unfair share of charm and charisma… and are prone to mischief. 

Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother’s series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.