Saturday, August 23, 2014


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

ONE WEEK!! Until Beauty and the Mustache

I am getting really excited, which is an uncomfortable place for me to be. I don't do well with medium to high expectations. It makes me nervous. But I just can't wait for you all to meet Drew and Ashley and her 6 bearded brothers. PRE ORDER ON AMAZON
Therefore, in summary, we have one week until the book releases and I have a serious case of ants in the pants O.o

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Beauty and the Mustache up on Amazon for Pre-orders

If you are interested, you can order BEAUTY AND THE MUSTACHE now on Amazon! Recently, Amazon made it possible for all authors to use the pre-order feature for Kindle. I've had a few people ask me about the possibility of pre-ordering my books. Therefore, I've decided to make my 4th book available for pre-order.

What are the benefits of pre-ordering?
Good For Your Readers: Pre-orders are great for your readers. It allows them to pre-purchase your book and it will load to their kindle on midnight the day of release. They don't have to remember to download it on the day of/week of.
Good For BIG Authors: For big-name authors, pre-ordering is great because they are practically guaranteed to make a list (USA Today, New York Times). All the pre-orders will count toward the release day/week totals for a book for list purposes. This means if an author sells 10k in pre-orders, all 10k of the sales count as day-1 sales for list purposes.

What is the downside of pre-ordering?
Bad For SMALL Authors/Amazon Ranking: Pre-orders are counted toward ranking on Amazon as soon as they are ordered. This means, for a smaller author, the likelihood of hitting the Amazon top 100 is very slim after release day because all your readers will have ordered before the book is available and those orders have already been counted. This will decrease the visibility of your book on Amazon.

Why are you allowing pre-orders since you're a small author?
Because it's good for my readers and, honestly, I don't see this book as being very successful. It might be a great book (I think it is) but it's a challenging book. Challenging books don't typically fare well in the romance genre (or so I've been told...)  ;-)

<3 Penny

Monday, August 11, 2014

ONE MONTH AWAY from PennedCon St. Louis

PennedCon is going to be a major event! I'll be around and about for the two day signing, but I wanted to make sure you all knew where I will be/when. As well, some reminders (voting) and questions (do you want to hang out???) are below.

Stuff and Things
1) If you get a chance and you feel me/my books are deserving of your vote, please consider voting for my/my books in the PennedCon author awards (here is the link: 

2) Are you going? Because, if so, do you want to come hang out with me??? This is where I will be during PennedCon:

9:00 - 10:00: Listening to the Key Note speaker
10:00 - 1:30: Signing room
1:45 - 2:30: Panel discussion: Good, Bad, and Ugly: Selp-Publishing and editing (Moderator)
3:00 - 4:00: Panel discussion: Let's Talk about Sex (Spectator, I want to see this panel :-) )

9:00 - 10:00: Listening to the Key Note speaker
10:00 - 2:30: Signing room 
3:00 - 4:00: 3, 2, 1 GO: Interactive Author Panel (Participant)
4:00 - 6:00: THE MOON (taking a break)
6:00 - 6:30: Red Carpet Photo Op
6:30 - 8:00: Awards Ceremony

3) I'm trying to arrange a late dinner for Saturday night. Let me know if you're interested!

<3 Penny

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Read a Romance Month (August): KUMMERSPECK... and my other loves

Mmmm... bacon
In Celebration of Romance, for Read a Romance Month

Kummerspeck is my most favorite non-English word. Literally translated, it means “grief bacon” and is used to describe the weight gain associated with grief, ala:

Hey Ralf, I know you’re upset that Shark Week is over, but the kummerspeck is getting out of control. Unhand the Pfannkuchen.

Cunnilingus is also a great word. Say it. Out loud. Right now (but, make sure you’re not at work or else awkwardness may follow…). See? Cunnilingus is fun to do and to say, right? More of my favorites: babaganoush, frenetic, amalgamation (really, most of the –tion words are winners), and lasciviousness.

I have a romance with words.

It might be a problem. It’s interfering with my ability to function as a productive member of society. I use words and compound phrases as curses that were never meant to serve the purpose (e.g. FRENETIC FABULIST!!!); this invariably leads others to glance around in fright, anxious that they might encounter a hysterical fable writer in their midst.

Relationship Status: Committed
Another romance of mine that’s definitely getting out of hand is the one I share with my coffee maker. I take it with me on trips in my carry-on. When I arrive to the hotel, the first thing I do is plug it into the wall and use it. And then, I use it again and again.

If I’m honest, I’m also carrying on a romance with internet memes. I look for reasons to use them in posts, tweets, and comments. I’ll spend a half hour hunting for the perfect meme, yet I can’t remember the last time I spend a half hour cleaning my bathtub. This is despite the fact that I also have a romance with my bathtub; it’s actually a three-way romance: me, my tub, and wine.

My list of romantic attachments goes on and on: chemistry jokes, wine, fan-art, cookbooks, wine, math jokes, e. e. cummings, cookies, knitting, wine, great books, cosplay, rowing, writing letters, making a green light, watching Star Wars with my daughter, wine, chocolate, seeing a hot guy running in my neighborhood, and wine.

My point is, romance is more than throbbing members, heroic deeds, and glass slippers. Romance is finding our joy. Romance is surrounding ourselves with the people, activities, and things (wine) that light us up.

My message to all of you during the month of August is to grab a glass of wine, shout cunnilingus from the rooftops, and celebrate all the romances in your life.

Otherwise, you might end up with an excess of kummerspeck.

Questions for the Author
Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.
Once, I drank red wine while sitting on a white comforter that did not belong to me. I was incredibly nervous. 

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer.
I wrote my first book (Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance) on a bet. A good friend of mine who is also a voracious romance novel reader complained to me in early 2012 that she couldn’t find any contemporary romance novels about smart people. I’ve always written short stories for my own amusement (not romance, usually science fiction or literary fiction); I told her I was up to the challenge.

As our terms she agreed to take me out to dinner at a fancy restaurant if she liked the book. Over the course of the next 7 months I wrote the first draft of Neanderthal Seeks Human. She read it, liked it, and I had the steak and lobster when she took me out to dinner.

I put the book “away” (i.e. saved it on my hard drive and forgot about it) until my friend asked if her book club could read it in mid-March 2013. She suggested I upload it to Amazon for the Kindle (since ladies in the book club all owned Kindle ereaders). Over the course of an evening I chose a penname, designed a cover, pulled together the requisite blurb, et al, and uploaded it to Amazon. I set the price to free and waited 4 days for the book club to download the book. When I checked back (4 days later) the book had been downloaded for free over 8000 times.

Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life.
David Sedaris' book, Me Talk Pretty One Day absolutely changed my life. Prior to reading Mr. Sedaris I'd only ever read classics, science fiction, or popular fiction written before 1970. How he cast and viewed the world, painted tragedy as hysterically funny, and transformed mundane moments into captivating, yet disturbing, stories was metamorphic for me. I love all his books.

Win one Kindle copy of any 1- of Penny's backlist from the US Amazon store. Comment below with your (current) favorite romance (coffee? tea? me?) I'll announce the winner in next week in the comments. Please note, this giveaway is hosted my me (Penny Reid) and not Read a Romance month. <3

Authors to read, authors that I enjoy:
Laura Florand: Romance for the romantic
Favorite book: The Chocolate Rose
Amy Harmon: Literary fiction with romance elements. Heartwrenching and Heartwarming.
Favorite book: Infinity +1
L.H. Cosway: Refreshingly unusual, sensual stories with unique characters and peculiar situations.
Favorite book: Six of Hearts
April White: AWESOME world building, time travel, super smart, love these books!
Favorite book: Marking Time (1st in the series; the 2nd one is just as good!)
Tina Reber: Great slow burn romances with heart and soul
Favorite book: Love Unscripted
Belle Aurora: Quirky, unexpected, hot, fun, fantastical tales of romance and mayhem! 
Favorite book: Willing Captive
R.S. Grey: Sexy, funny, sweet romances (a sure thing).
Favorite book: With This Heart
Daisy Prescott: Funny, off-beat romantic stories about real people navigating the oddities of real life.
Favorite book: Ready to Fall
N.M. Silber: Witty, ridiculous love stories about lawyers in love
Favorite book: Legal Briefs
Katy Regnery:Stories with "sweet heat" and happily ever after.
Favorite book: Playing for Love in Deep Haven


SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories.  I hope you enjoy their stories.

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