SPECIAL HOLIDAY DEAL!

SPECIAL HOLIDAY DEAL!
The Klaus Brothers 99 cent BOXED SET for a limited time. Offer ends 12-31-14!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beard of the Day

 

Sleepy Hollow put me to sleep, but hell and damnation this guy is HOT! Tom Mison is a British actor who is rocking the beard. And the scraggly hair. And the 19th century Colonial American duds.

 

Happy Beardy Friday!
Penny





Thursday, November 20, 2014

Not All Indies Are Created Equal: DIY-Pub Vs. "I Run My Own Publishing Company"-Pub


Once again, I see folks on the message boards complaining about "self-pub" or "indie" authors and how shoddy "those" books are.

Problem: You can't clump every self-published book and author into the same bin.

Just as you can't clump every traditionally-published author/book into the same bin.

I just read a Harlequin filled with typos and errors.

I also read a self-published book filled with typos and errors.

I also read a trad book that was well-executed and produced. AND I also read another self-published title that had excellent quality writing and production.

So what's going on?

As far as trad-published books...the big pubs are clearly cutting editorial corners. As well as digital formatting corners. That's nothing new.

But what I would like to really address today is the whole "indie" thing because not all indies are created equal.

I own a business. A publishing company. For me. I make all the decisions. And because I want to produce a high quality and professional product, I hire professionals to help me with this business.

I hire a professional cover artist.

I hire someone to format my books for print.

I hire someone to format my books for digital release.

I hire someone to professionally edit my books.

I have a crew of beta readers who edit for content.

I pay money for ads and other promotional options.

Is this expensive? Maybe. It's an investment in MY business.

There is a very big difference between a publishing business (whether it's run by a New York company or a smaller company or a single person) and a DIY-pub.

A DIY-Pub could be your Aunt Ethel who wrote a family history and wants to throw that baby up on Amazon so she can say she "published" a book. Good for her. I have no problem with that.

However, if you...

--make your own book cover

--do NOT hire a professional editor

--do NOT hire professional formatters

--promote yourself by fighting with peeps on message boards

...I do not consider you a professional publisher.

That's a DIY project.

Maybe you're awesome at formatting. And maybe you have a graphic design background and can whip off a gorgeous cover. Fine.

But even the most experienced authors--who have been writing for YEARS--need an editor. They just do. I can tell when the big-wig NY-published authors are skipping the editing portion of the equation. It's glaringly obvious and pretty embarrassing.

Once again, the bottom line is JUDGE EACH BOOK ON ITS OWN MERITS.

Clumping all self-published authors together into the same barrel is ridiculous.



Feeling irked,
Penny

Friday, November 14, 2014

Updates from Penelope!

Yeti Takes a Selfie!
Girls Gone Wild Party!



1. SPECIAL HOLIDAY DEAL! The Klaus Brothers BOXED SET is now available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble! For a limited time (offer ends 12-31-14) you can buy books 1-3 for just 99 cents! It should be available at Kobo soon.





2. OH MY BOOKS posted a great review for SWEET ADVENTURE, and Gaby is offering an awesome give-away (Klaus soaps and books)...GO CHECK IT OUT!




3. I made a YETI WILL MAKE YOU DEADY Etsy treasury collection. Take a look!


 Yeti Decal from InAnInstantArt at Etsy!


4. About 5,932 people have sent me links recently about "lumbersexuals"...so I thought I would repost my link to one of my most popular pieces, WEENIES IN A PLAID SHIRT. Enjoy!

Hipster Lumberjack...ACK!


5. Looking for a free quickie sweet (rated G) holiday story? Try A LUMBERJACKY CHRISTMAS!





6. Don't forget to mark your calendars. THE HOLIDAY BASH AND BOOKFAIR is coming up on Saturday, December 6th. We have more than 40 authors involved, including Hannah Howell, Jessica Andersen, Caroline Linden, Annette Blair and many more! Here's the link with more info!



Happy Weekend!

Penny

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SWEET ADVENTURE is out! #YETIWILLMAKEYOUDEADY


Celebrate the holiday season with a trip to the North Pole!

It's launch day for SWEET ADVENTURE!

Join Sven Klaus for the adventure of a lifetime.
(May include run-in with sexy tabloid reporter, category four snowstorm, 
diabolical paranormal plants, and unfortunate incident with a Yeti).


Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo!

Only 99 cents!


 #JOINTHEADVENTURE
#YETIWILLMAKEYOUDEADY
#THEKLAUSBROTHERS

Happy Holidays!

Penny

Monday, October 20, 2014

What Took You So Long?


I've had some readers ask why it took so long to publish book #3 of the Klaus Brothers Series. Mainly, a couple of reasons.

1. I had a heart attack.*

2. I had to wait for my publishing contract to expire so I could self-pub the whole series.**


*I am fine now, but had to curtail my writing quite a bit following that health scare. I'm not allowed to sit in front of the computer for 8-10 straight hours anymore. Sedentary lifestyle = heart problems (at least for me it does). So, now I focus on shorter books, shorter periods of writing, and balancing my work load with exercise and eating avocados. Stuff like that.

**My contract expired last fall, and then I re-released book #2 as a self-pub. Now I'm free to self-publish #3 (SWEET ADVENTURE), #4 (SWEET CINDERELLA), and the final book of the series, #5 (SWEET DESTINY).

I intended for the rest of the series to be novellas (around 20,000 words each). However, when I started writing SWEET ADVENTURE it turned into a 45,000-word "short novel" or "Yeti-ish story" or "not-too-long-not-too-short" Christmas adventure. My favorite saying when I'm writing a new book is "it is what it is" and since I self-publish, I'm free to stick with this approach.

SWEET ADVENTURE is now off to the editor! And it will be published on Amazon, B/N and Kobo in November. Stay tuned for more details.

Here's a picture of Yeti with the new promotional soaps for the series, made by Be Greatful. My daughter used the gingerbread soap yesterday and now she smells like a cookie! Hee hee!

Nicholas Klaus = GINGERBREAD
Sven Klaus = CEDAR
Gregor Klaus = BRANDY
Wolfgang Klaus = PEPPERMINT
Oskar Klaus = EVERGREEN


Happy Monday,
Penny

Friday, October 17, 2014

Excerpt from SWEET ADVENTURE




Excerpt from SWEET ADVENTURE, Klaus Brothers Series #3
Coming November 2014



“Fair enough. I’ll lay my cards on the table.” Andi tilted up her chin. “And maybe you will, too.”
            Sven raised a brow so high at that comment she almost laughed out loud.
            “Really? You’re trying to interview me? Now? After the stunt you’ve pulled?”
            She shrugged. “Why not? You said it yourself. We’re stuck here. Might as well spill our guts, right?”
            He gave her a bone-chilling smile that froze her on the spot. “Oh honey, I don’t think you can handle the truth.”
            “Who? Me and Tom Cruise? Sure we can. I’m already expecting the worst. Child labor. Breaking EPA regulations. Money laundering. You have secrets. I expose secrets. And I wasn’t kidding about the ‘pit bull’ nickname either.”
            Sven shook his head and sat down across from her. “Jesus. You are ballsy. You’re one step away from jail time and you’re still giving me crap. Un-frickin’-believable.” He rubbed his beard. “And wrong. Totally. Utterly. Wrong. You are so far off the mark, I don’t even know what to say. Is that why you’ve been so hot-to-trot about getting this story? You think Klaus Enterprises is covering up some sort of criminal activity?”
            And then Sven Klaus did something completely unexpected.
            He laughed.


Also, please enjoy this super low budget, home-made book trailer!


Friday, October 10, 2014

Penny Watson's HOLIDAY BASH AND BOOKFAIR!

 
PENNY WATSON'S HOLIDAY BASH AND BOOKFAIR


I'm still putting out feelers, but I'm about 98% sure this is happening.

ROMANCE LOVERS UNITE! Enjoy the holiday season and get some shopping done, too!

I thought it would be a lot of fun to have a holiday party and include readers, authors, bloggers, reviewers, friends, and anyone looking for some cute stocking stuffers for the holidays.

WHEN: Saturday December 6, 12-4 pm

WHERE: Residence Inn, Needham, MA

WHO: Authors, Bloggers, Readers, Friends! EVERYONE!

WHY: Party time! Promotional opportunity for authors, to meet and greet readers, sell books, and hand out promo items. Chance for bloggers/reviewers to connect with authors and chat with readers. A great shopping option for everyone...books, promo stuff, give-away baskets, and other home-made items.

Also, sip a holiday cocktail, munch on a Christmas cookie, schmooze with friends, and sing along with Celine Dion Christmas music. (Don't ding Celine!)



What else...EXTRAS: Give-away baskets on the hour!

Authors: This is bring-your-own books (cash sale) and promo items (and any other cool crafts you have that would be appropriate for a holiday fair). If you have the best recipe for gingerbread men, bring them along, too!

If you're interested, please let me know. I'm deciding on how big a space to rent.

LET'S DO THIS THING!



Friday, September 12, 2014

Sneak Peek At Klaus Brothers #3



Book Blurb...


Sven Klaus, Chief Toy Designer for Klaus Enterprises, will protect his family at any cost. He’s prepared to battle the most threatening adversaries to do it--frost flowers, snowstorms, Yeti. And beautiful, tenacious tabloid journalists.


Andi De Luca’s reporting career is built on lies--about corrupt politicians, greedy Hollywood stars, and Bigfoot. Now she’s determined to uncover the truth about Klaus Enterprises, and she always gets her story. Even if it means revealing her own secret desires to Santa’s son. 

After all of the lies and deception are exposed, will Andi and Sven survive this North Pole adventure? Or will YETI MAKE THEM DEADY…

Penny Watson presents a 45,000-word holiday fantasy romance, #3 in the Klaus Brothers Series. Includes paranormal phenomena, Christmas spirit, and yes…an abominable snowmonster.

This can be read as a stand-alone story. 


COMING CHRISTMAS 2014!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fastest Update Of All Time

Happy September!
 

What am I doing right now?



Reading about these...

Neanderthal/Cavemen...in multiple Lynda Chance books, as well as MANY Harlequin Presents


BOSSY GUYS FOR THE WIN!


And...

Writing about this...


Yeti in the North Pole



COMING SOON...




SWEET ADVENTURE
Book #3 in The Klaus Brothers Series

Holiday Novella

Coming Christmas 2014


Happy September,
Penny

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Strictly Romance



Evidently, August is Celebrate Romance Month! (It's also National Catfish Month, National Eye Exam Month, and my personal favorite...Water Quality Month).

Back to romance!

I recently watched one of my all-time favorite movies again (for the 10,000th time)...STRICTLY BALLROOM. And it made me realize that all of my favorite things about romance are packed into this one, quirky, kooky, adorable Australian film.

For those of you who have never seen it (OH MY GOD! HURRY UP AND WATCH IT RIGHT NOW!), STRICTLY BALLROOM is a 1992 film about a risk-taking ballroom dancer. The characters are colorful. The ballroom dance outfits are outrageous. The music is catchy. And...well, here's my list of why this movie is #1 for most romantic in my personal stash!

A DOZEN REASONS WHY STRICTLY BALLROOM 
KICKS ROMANCE ASS

by Penelope


1. The hero has moves. As in, dance moves. SEX-AY!

2. There is an ugly duckling-to-Cinderella-transformation story. Swoon!

3. There is a grumpy, underhanded villain. With a super bad toupee!

4. There are plenty of dramatic black moments.

5. There is fantastic, quirky humor.

6. There are hilarious secondary characters, including Scott's sweet father, insane mother, 
various and assorted ballroom dancers, and some cute kids, too!

7. The setting is perfect. From the cramped practice studio, to the enormous ballroom, 
to Fran's quaint home. They all perfectly complement each scene.

8. The heroine is overlooked and underestimated by everyone. 
But she has an iron will and determination that sparkle. 
As well as a sweet vulnerability that make the viewer cheer for her happy ending.

9. The hero is a cocky, swaggering know-it-all at the beginning of the film. 
But he gets taken down a peg or two by this geeky girl. And her dad. 
And suddenly...he gets it. The big picture. 
Not just about the dance. But about...the love. And romance!

10. The music kicks ass.

11. The dance kicks ass.

12. The scene at the end of the movie where Scott slides along the floor right next to Fran, 
then stands up, staring at her with the most intense, incredible look on his face, 
kicks romance ass like there is no tomorrow.

Clip Time! WATCH THIS!
(I recommend watching the whole clip, but the stand up-hot look is at 2:03.
HOLY HOTNESS, BATMAN!)




All of the things that make this movie pure gold are the same things I look for in a romance novel. Character transformation, setting that comes to life, secondary characters who add wonderful texture to the story. Humor that makes me laugh out loud. 
And sweet, vulnerable, optimistic love. Love that makes characters willing to take chances. 
Love that shows two people they are stronger together than they are alone.

VIVA ROMANCE!
 

For more posts about why romance kicks ass, check out the CELEBRATE ROMANCE website
All your favorite authors are there chatting about LOVE, baby!
Also, Laura Florand's post is up today. Check it out!

Love is in the air,
Penny

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer Updates and Awesome New Reads!

Louise Penny in Norwich!




You're probably wondering where I've been! Well, it's been a super busy summer. I was here...



...at the Newport Kite Festival!


And then I was pickling vegetables...



And then I went to Northern Vermont...



And then I went to Central Vermont...



And then I went back to Vermont with Bobbi Ruggiero to see Louise Penny in Norwich...


 

 (more about this incredible pilgrimage later---)


And then I saw this owl at VINS...



And then I got this totally appropriate soap in Vermont...


  Yes, you are right. I'm having a very Vermont-y summer!


Okay, now onto the BOOKS!

I read two amazing books recently. Completely different, and both wonderful.


 
1.  LOVE AND SHENANIGANS by Zara Keane

 New-to-me author Zara Keane has created an adorable, quirky, funny, and romantic world in a small Irish town. I was totally charmed by this first book in her series. The characters are colorful, the humor is spot-on, the setting pops off the page, and the second-chance romance is oh-so-satisfying. 

She has a lovely novella coming out soon (in August), and more full-length books in this series. Check out her website for more information.

I highly recommend this book if you love small town romance, quirky characters, fun comedy, and settings that make you want to get a plane ticket to Ireland!



2. VIXEN by Julia Barrett


I was NOT expecting this.

To be honest, I had no idea what this was.

Since Julia is a friend of mine, I knew she had a new quickie out, 
but she didn't really tell me what it was about.

Well.

Well. 

Well.

I FREAKIN' LOVED THIS STORY!

I love fiction that is unexpected, and unique, and well-written, and intriguing, and fun, and has twists you don't see coming, and has the promise of more to come in the future that is exciting and new.

VIXEN is all of these things and more.

It's a VERY quick read, an amuse-bouche that will whet your appetite for more stories in this brand new world created by Julia Barrett.

It mixes comic book-style superheroes with medicine and science, with intrigue and suspense.

It's bloody, bloomin' brilliant.

I think it's being categorized as sci fi-fantasy.

Starting TODAY it is also FREE!




So, that's my quickie update. Vermont and pickles and kites and Louise Penny 
and two awesome new books.

My August project...




 Hee hee!

Ciao,
Penelope

Monday, July 7, 2014

Penelope's Fun, Different, Quirky, Not the Same Old-Same Old Summer Reading Recommendations




After reading my 3rd "summer reading recommendation" list and falling asleep, I decided it was time to offer something a bit different, instead of the same old-same old authors/books.

Here are some of my favorite recent reads, in a variety of genres, that would all make fabulous "beach" reads this summer. They run the gamut from sultry, sexy, romantic to scary-as-crap, hilarious, bittersweet, charming, fascinating, and finally...hipster.

I like my summer reading to be light, quick, and fun for the most part. Most of these fit the bill.

Work on your tan, and fall in love with these delightful books!

HAPPY SUMMER READING!

1. HORROR/DARK FANTASY: Waking The Merrow by Heather Rigney

If you're looking for something unexpectedly funny, scary as hell, incredibly well-written, and chock full of history and suspense, I highly recommend this debut novel.

READ IT IF YOU DARE! Here is my review.


2. COMEDY: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

This is such a cute, quirky, adorable, fun, and romantic story. It's one of my favorites this year. I can see you reading this on the beach, while sipping a frozen mango margarita, and laughing out loud.

TRY IT!


3. HISTORICAL ROMANCE: The Pirate's Secret Baby by Darlene Marshall

Ms. Marshall is just a fabulous historical romance writer. She has the perfect combination of excellent writing, romance, and storytelling. She also has a real knack for fun banter and larger-than-life characters. A lovely, lusty book, perfect for a summer read.


4. HARLEQUIN SILHOUETTE DESIRE ROMANCE: Single Dad by Jennifer Greene

This "vintage" Harly (1995) was so sweet and adorable. I think it was recommended on the Amazon message boards, and I took a chance on it. I was so happy I did! It has a super sexy hero and a very romantic storyline. I have been heartily enjoying Harlies recently, and this one is a fav.


5. QUIRKY HIPSTER ROMANCE: Geek With The Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir

This book is a little gem of a story. Beautifully written and balanced and fun (cat's POV included!) and filled with old-fashioned romantic moments. I also highly recommend the first book in the series, Girl with the Cat Tattoo. Here is my review. Theresa Weir is a supremely under-appreciated author. Her work is flawless and wonderful.


6. MYSTERY: The Gamache Series by Louise Penny

Best. Journey. Of. Your. Life.
You. Must. Read. These. Books.
On a beach. On a plane. On your porch.
Anywhere.

I LOVE YOU, GAMACHE!


7. HARLEQUIN PRESENTS: Marchese's Forgotten Bride by Michelle Reid

Thanks to Lexxi Callahan, I am now hopelessly addicted to Harlequin Presents! It's such a fun addiction. I have read about 100 of these books in the last month. It was difficult choosing just one HP for this list, but I think Marchese's Forgotten Bride is a good one. It includes amnesia, betrayal, and secret babies for the win! Warning: HPs include overbearing heroes, wispy heroines, lots of bad behavior, and extreme groveling. It's all about the grovel!

Here is my review.


8. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE: Sweetened with a Kiss by Lexxi Callahan

Speaking of Lexxi, here's another perfect summer read. This book made my list last year, and it's up here again. For a good reason. It's sexy, sultry, steamy, set in New Orleans, with amazing chemistry between the hero and heroine. Sex-ay, baby! 


9. LITERARY FICTION SHORT STORY COLLECTION: River Talk by CB Anderson

I read this collection of short stories on the beach in Florida and I loved them. Each one is beautifully crafted and written, thoughtful, bittersweet. They are snippets of life, set in Maine, and Anderson's writing is truly inspiring and lovely. Highly recommend this collection.


10. CULINARY ROMANCE: The Chocolate Rose by Laura Florand

This new-to-me author has a gift for blending the deliciousness of Paris, gourmet chocolate, and romance. It's a heady treat. The hero in this story is such a wonderful mix of vulnerability and cocky-alpha male French chef, I couldn't get enough. And he ROARS when he gets angry. SO AWESOME! Like an angry French lion. LOVE IT! This book is currently free...guaranteed, it's the best freebie you'll download this summer. HURRY!


EXTRA CREDIT SUMMER READING:

JAWS by Peter Benchley

Yes, the film is extraordinary. But this novel is fun, too, and quite different from the movie. It could be the perfect beach read. Unless you want to go swimming.


So, there you go. A nice mix of romance, mystery, horror, lit fiction, and comedy. Try one of these books and spice up your summer reading.

Happy Reading!
Penny


Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Math



Uh oh. Did you fail math this semester? Time for summer school! 
Here is Penelope's Summer Math Tutorial...


1. GET FROSTY COPPER MUG OUT OF THE FREEZER



2. ADD 2 OZ. VODKA (I used blackberry vodka right out of the freezer!)




3. ADD 6 OZ. GINGER BEER




4. ADD JUICE OF ONE LIME




5. ADD 1 TABLESPOON SIMPLE SYRUP




6. ADD FRESH MINT 
(AND SOME EDIBLE JOHNNY JUMP-UPS FOR FUN!)




7. STIR EVERYTHING TOGETHER AND ADD ICE




8. WHAT DO YOU GET?
A MOSCOW MULE!




Equation: 1 copper mug + 2 oz. vodka + 6 oz. ginger beer + juice of 1 lime + 1 T simple syrup + fresh mint + ice + big summer thirst =

MOSCOW MULE!
Drink up.


Congrats! You have now passed Penelope's Math Tutorial!
The MOSCOW MULE is my new favorite cocktail. Very refreshing and perfect for summer.


HAVE A FROSTY DAY!

Penny