Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Beers And Cheers


First up...The Beers!

I read this cute, quick, sexy story by Angela Quarles last week--Beer and Groping in Las Vegas. The title hooked me instantly. It's awesome! This is a short contemporary, with a paranormal premise, two geeky characters, tons of pop culture references (including Monty Python and Star Wars similes), some sexy times with beer (original and very well done), finishing up with a sweet HEA. There was a bit too much sex for such a short story--I would have preferred more dialogue--but I liked how Quarles managed to squeeze in some sweet, touching sentiments with all the boinking. Overall, a nice debut with room to grow. And I especially appreciate having geeky characters who fall in love. 

Grade: B

One more beer...


Still my favorite winter beer. I would definitely recommend drinking a nice frosty Allagash White while reading Beer and Groping in Las Vegas. :)


Now for The Cheers...

LUMBERJACK IN LOVE made some Best of 2012 Lists! Woo hoo!

I made Kati's Top 10 Best of 2012 List (from Romancing Rakes): "Break out the flannel and get ready to laugh out loud while falling in love with a bearded lumberjack." Yay!

LUMBERJACK also made the Best of 2012 Novella list from Swept Away by Romance (Jennifer Ashley's A Mackenzie Family Christmas was in that group, too!).

Marcus from LUMBERJACK made a 2012 Swoony Heroes We'd Run The Other Way From list! From Basia's Bookshelf: "He's sexy, smart, funny and sweet...There's a giant deal-breaker for me...he lives in the woods." Hee hee!

And finally, a great honor only bestowed upon the finest of novels...My original cover for LUMBERJACK made the LOUSY BOOK COVERS blog. 


Yippee-Kai-Ay!

Folks from all over the world are now making fun of my (joke) book cover, without actually realizing the cover was supposed to be a joke. So I guess the joke's on me? them? Hey, he included a link to Amazon so I'm not complaining. This site is definitely entertaining. My two favorite covers are Elfthade and Spending Christmas With A Yeti




LUCY THE WONDER WEENIE is off to the formatter, and I'm starting book #2 of the Lumberjack series today. 

Hope everyone has a great week!

Penelope

16 comments:

angelaquarles.com said...

Thanks Penelope! I'll definitely give that beer a try, thanks for the pairing :) And I got a kick out of that tumblr page. My faves were the Yeti and that one where the tiny figure is climbing the mountain and this HUGE ghost is looming overhead.

Liberty said...

There is a ray of sunshine in everything. There was a link attached to the cover and the cover was great. It paid comedic homage to our foresisters of romance!

My favorite was the cover of s knight with an appendage sticking out in front of him and the caption read, "That's my sword, you pervert!" That one had me laughing hysterically.

And the Lumberjack cover did not belong on that site! It is a wonderful cover. It lets you know there is a sassy story inside.

Liz said...

love anything wit ha beer pairing. My favorite winter beer would be Sam Adams Chocolate Bock (only sold as part of their holiday promo but I had one at the brewery once). cheers and congrats on the fun story!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

A part two?

Whoot!

I love seeing it get all the recognition it deserves but wait, worst cover?

I miss that cover!

Tom Stronach said...

Congratulations on your achievements my sweet , have a beer on me

I liked Tusker, a lager from Kenya which reminds me of the time me and my wee Bro went out on the town in Nanyuki, true place name to celebrate his 18th he paid a lady for the night woke up in the morning thought he didn't get his money's worth decide he wanted a refund she called her minder he jumped out the window into an acacia tree gout full of punctures, fell out of said tree, broke his arm, and I told Mom IN A POSTCARD all about it ......

Julia Barrett said...

Enjoy those 15 minutes of fame, girl! What a beardy hoot!
I think I'll have a beer to celebrate for you.
Tom's story deserves some sort of award too - or a beer. Not sure which...

Tasha B. said...

Beer! How romantic!

Penelope said...

Hi Angela! You're welcome. That page is cray cray!

Penelope said...

Liberty....Like that attitude. I still find it amusing that with that title and cover folks are missing the fact it's a joke. Oh well. *silver lining*

Penelope said...

Hi Liz. Ohhhhhh...Chocolate Bock? That sounds delish.

Penelope said...

Juju....yes, part 2 and maybe part 3.

:^)

Penelope said...

Tom, that story is making me question my beer-drinking. In a big way.

:^)

Penelope said...

Julia....you're right. His story does deserve an award. With a big brewski!

Penelope said...

Tasha. Haaaaaaa! Maybe not romantic, but it sure was sexy.

Jessi said...

Love Angela Quarles. We met on a Yahoo writing workshop, and I've gotten to watch as she landed her first contract and agent this past year. Beer & Groping is on my Kindle and I can't WAIT to read it. Go Angela!

Penelope said...

Hi Jessi! I've never read a book so packed with fun geeky, scifi references and jokes. And I really liked the hero, too. He was a good combo of sexy and sweet.

Have fun reading!