Monday, September 5, 2016

What's Going On...Iceland Adventure, Book Sales, and Cocktails!

Happy Labor Day!

Here are some updates from the world of Watsonville...


My family went to Reykjavik in August. Here are some highlights from our trip. The weather wasn't great--cold and gray and raining a lot of the time--but we still had a lovely time. The city is festive and welcoming, the geologic trips were incredible, and I highly approve of Viking beer. Hee!

 Viking Beer...yum yum!

 Hubby enjoying lunch in Reykjavik


 Gullfoss Waterfall...stunning

 Gorgeous architecture at Harpa Opera House

 Diverging tectonic plates at Thingvellir. Wicked cool!


My kids at Mount Esja

Overall, I would highly recommend this trip. The city was very walkable and filled with interesting cultural spots. More highlights: The Golden Circle (includes Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss), a puffin-watching boat trip, and the Reykjavik Cultural Festival. Excellent!


I have some specials coming up...

APPLES SHOULD BE RED is on sale for 99 cents in September, A TASTE OF HEAVEN is 99 cents in October, each Klaus Brothers book will be 99 cents in November, and SWEET DESTINY should be out in December. Still working on it!

All book links are on the book page.

Some more exciting news...A TASTE OF HEAVEN is a finalist in the NERFA contest sponsored by First Coast RWA chapter. Yippppeeeeeee!

3. What am I reading?

Currently reading KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL by Anthony Bourdain. He is a curious mix of asshole, intelligence, talent, and profound observations. I sort of love this guy.

Also, one of my favorite discoveries this year is now out in paperback!

THE INTROVERT'S GUIDE TO DRINKING ALONE by Tasha Brandstatter is now available in paperback...Here's the purchase link.

If you're looking for the perfect gift for a friend, colleague, your mother, old college roommate, check this out! I recommend getting a copy of this adorable and clever book and putting it in a gift basket with a good bottle of vodka, couple of jars of olives, a martini shaker, and maybe a shot glass or two. PERFECTION!

Here are some of Tasha's suggestions for introverts who find themselves at a bar...

1. Do not order a fancy attracts too much attention.

2. Bring a book, phone, or fake wedding ring to deflect unwanted advances.

3. Do not make eye contact.

All excellent ideas! Order your copy now. Also perfect as a coffee table book.

4. Finally, I'm working on SWEET DESTINY...

And so Belinda drifted between two worlds, like a shadow flitting across the ice. 
A world of magik and snow, and a world of human compassion.

Hope everyone had a great summer.

The Penny Watson



Heidenkind said...

Thanks for the shout out! <3 Did you never watch any of Bourdain's tv series? He writes exactly like he talks. He's the best

Penny Watson said...

Yes, I watched the Philippines episode, and I also watched his special on Scotland--where he rubs the blood all over his face. Yikes!

extraordinary ordinary whimsy said...

A. SO jealous. I wanna go. Looks so cool.
B. YAY Sweet Destiny! I can't wait. I need some new Penny in my life.
C. I kinda like Anthony too. You know who else is sorta a jerk but I kinda like him anyway? Gordon Ramsay.

And whoa when did your kiddos get soooo grown up? Wowzers.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I read Kitchen Confidential. Rather fond of himself, but he does tell good stories.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Juju! I can't believe my kids are teens. It goes fast. Squeeze your babies!

Penny Watson said...

Hey HMCW--He is pretentious as hell. Which cracks me up.