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. And 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 holiday romance novella, #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



Sunday, June 22, 2014

HAPPY SUMMER VACATION!


YEE HAW! 

SUMMER VACATION IS FINALLY HERE!


Here are 10 awesome things coming up this summer...

1. Family trip to Lake Champlain


 We haven't been back to the Basin Harbor Club for years, since the kids were little. 
I love this place. It has a charming, old-fashioned vibe that is both relaxing and rejuvenating. 
And I get to see the kingfishers in the morning. Can't wait!


2. Writer's retreat with the Junior Mints to Woodstock, VT!


My second trip to Vermont for the summer!
The gals and I will be diligently working on our latest novel antiquing, noshing, exploring, and generally having an excellent time.
Oh yeah, we'll probably work, too.


3. I'M GOING TO SEE LOUISE PENNY 
AT THE NORWICH BOOKSTORE!  
AHHHHHHH!



I have been patiently waiting for the day when Louise Penny would tour New England.
And THE DAY IS FINALLY HERE!
She will be reading and signing books at the adorable Norwich Bookstore in July.
 And I think I was the first one to get tickets. Hee hee!
This is how I feel about that...

 

So, this will be my THIRD trip to Vermont for the summer. I am not complaining!


4. Family reunion in Jamestown, Rhode Island


My hubby grew up in Rhode Island, and we try to get back here every summer.
My favorite things to do? Cliff Walk, Sachuest Point, and getting a Del's lemonade by the beach.
It has chunks of lemon peel in it. YUM!

 

5. Finish THE LUMBERJACK AND MIMI SPARKLES

 
I finally figured out what story to finish over the summer. 
LUMBERJACK POWER ACTIVATE!


6. Kids are going to movie-making camp, art camp, overnight camp, and community service camp.



7. I'm doing the "get hot while it's hot" challenge with Sue.
Check out her blog and her inspirational story about losing weight and getting healthy!



8. Newport Kite Festival


The Kite Festival at Breton Point State Park in Newport, RI is a blast.
This park is right next to the ocean--gorgeous! 
And the sky is filled with kites of every shape, color and style.


9. Summer Cocktails!


My new favorite summer drink is the MOSCOW MULE.
I'll have more about this tasty cocktail later in the week.


10. Gardening in New England


Pumpkins are growing. I have squash, peppers, raspberries, tomatoes, fresh dill cropping up.
I've been using my fresh oregano and lemon balm every day.


I LOVE SUMMER!


What is everyone doing this summer? Anything fun? Let me know!

Penny

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Pet Party and Lumberjack Sale!

Snuggle Time! My favorite!


A few important announcements...

1. Please join me at the Must Love Pets Facebook party tomorrow, Monday June 16, from 1:30-2 pm. Lucy and I will be chatting with folks and giving away two fun prizes!


Join us on Facebook. I'll be there from 1:30-2!


PRIZE ONE: Some goodies for you and your dog...includes a copy of LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE, Magic Beans Lip Balm from Be Greatful, a cute nylon chew toy for your pet, and a bag of home-made, all-natural dog biscuits from The Playful Pup. (Lucy ADORES these biscuits!)



PRIZE TWO: For fun-loving grown-ups or kids...includes a copy of LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE, a Beanie Baby weenie dog plush toy, Magic Beans lip balm and Licking Lucy lip balm from Be Greatful.


Stop by tomorrow and join the chat!



2. Who needs a healthy dose of lumberjack? I DO I DO! I decided to put LUMBERJACK ON LOVE on sale for the summer...

JUST 99 CENTS FOR A HOT BEARDED LUMBERJACK!

CHOP CHOP CHOP


Purchase for $0.99 at...





I'll be back later with more announcements and links. Only FOUR MORE DAYS OF SCHOOL!

Ciao,
Penny 



Monday, June 2, 2014

Reading and Reception at 13FOREST Gallery, June 5, 7-9 pm...Don't Miss It!



LOCAL BOSTON/NEW ENGLAND READERS....

DON'T MISS THE READING/RECEPTION
 13FOREST GALLERY
Arlington, MA

THURSDAY JUNE 5

7-9 PM


CB Anderson, award-winning author and journalist, and Penny Watson (that's me!), will be reading from our recent releases at 13FOREST Gallery on Thursday evening. I'm bringing apple wine, apple cider, apple desserts, and other apple goodies. Also, we'll be selling our books after the reading. Anderson's collection of short stories, RIVER TALK, is a wonderful, beautifully written, often bittersweet exploration of life in Maine. I highly recommend checking out her book. 

Here's the flyer for our event...


Hope to see you there!

Penny