To Scribd, or Not To Scribd? That is the Question.
Musings , Notes From Penny / February 3, 2014

So… I signed up for Scribd. I am still in my trial month. In case you have been living under a rock and are thinking, “Penny, what in the dickens is Scribd?” Scribd is an essentially a digital library via tablet and web app. Subscribers can pay a monthly subscription fee of $8.99 to have access to Scribd’s library to read an unlimited number of books a month. Check out Scribd’s about page for more information. I love the concept of a “Netflix for books”, but I was and still am a little uncertain of the execution. I went with Scribd because unlike similar app Oyster, which is only available as and app on Apple devices, Scribd is available for Android and Apple users. Oyster also costs more, but that wasn’t really a consideration for me, since I have an Android tablet. I hope that by signing up for Scribd, I am not contributing to the decline of the publishing world, or robbing participating authors and publishers blind. So far, in order to validate my subscription, at least in my mind, I have approached my reading of books on Scribd by choosing to read things that I probably would not…

The Suspense is Killing Me
Musings , Notes From Penny / August 17, 2012

Okay. Yes, I exaggerate, but here’s the deal. There are so many books that I am WAITING really impatiently for. Some of these have release dates, and some do not. I am not listing these in any particular order, but gosh darn it, I wish they were written, edited, and published already. I’m in agony, I tell you, agony! Below I’ve included links to book descriptions and series listing on goodreads.com when available, and links to author blogs or websites so you can check out their overall awesomeness for yourselves. Hard Head by Damon Suede– As far as I am concerned, Damon Suede wrote one of the best damn books of 2011, Hot Head. Hard Head is book #2 in the Head series, and it is slated to come out in the Fall of 2012. I loved the characters in Hot Head, and can’t wait to visit the Head world again. I have been waiting for this one ever since I fist discovered Hot Head in December of 2011. Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton– That’s right. two of my favorite authors teamed up to write what I hope will be an outstanding story, book #2 in the…

Romance Writers of America Shouldn’t Discriminate
Musings , Notes From Penny / February 7, 2012

So…You may have been following this, maybe not, but last week, RWI (Romance Writers Ink) a chapter of Romance Writers of America, announced the 2012 Rules for their MTM Published Author Contest, and this year they added a new restriction: This year, MTM’s rules & regulations were changed to state: – Note: MTM will no longer accept same-sex entries in any category. Now, this contest has accepted same-sex romance submissions in previous years, and some of those submissions have actually won. Here’s the kicker though. Several authors who write same-sex romance who had planned to submit entries contacted contest organizers asking why there had been a change in rules, and the response they got back was that same-sex content made some RWI Chapter Members “uncomfortable”, and that “same-sex was just too much”. Umm. Yeah. Uncomfortable? Really? I am angry about this. I really am. This is discrimination, period. Romance is defined by RWA as a love relationship between two individuals. For RWI to accept submissions for all other types of romance, and excluding same-sex relationships because they make people “uncomfortable” is discrimination pure and simple. I also find it to be illogical for the following reasons: As a reader- we…

Words That Should Never Be Used in Book Promos
Musings , Notes From Penny / January 8, 2012

Dear Publishers, (Especially publishers of erotic fiction and m/ m romance) I have to tell you this. It’s driving me crazy. In looking for new books to read, I read a lot of book descriptions. In those descriptions, I have come across an unnecessary word usage. I am talking, of course, about the word… nekkid Yup, nekkid. Really. As in: “hot nekkid action”, “two handsome, nekkid cowboys”, etc. It’s in the Urban Dictionary, but it’s not a word. This goes for the word nekked too. What’s wrong with naked? Nekkid also gets used way too often in the disclaimer section for erotic fiction, i.e.:  Warning – This book contains one zany postman and his adorable mutt, one hot cop in handcuffs, one brainy buxom bartender, hot nekkid action in a candy shop, spanking, anal sex, and sex in a squad car. (I just made that up, but it’s not too far off from some of the disclaimers I’ve read). Look, I have no problem with a character using the word nekkid in a sentence, if it’s something that would be appropriate for a character to say, but it’s not going to get me to read a book. It makes me…

On Names in Historic Romance Novels
Musings / December 16, 2011

My husband thinks that all the historical romance novels I read have characters names Sebastian and Felicity. As much as I disagree vehemently with him whenever he brings this up, giggling as he makes his way through Eddie Izzard’s “Room with a View, with a Pond” sketch about Sebastian arranging matches, I have to admit that there is a grain of truth to his claim. I haven’t been keeping track, but whenever I do read a novel where one of the characters is named Sebastian, I have been telling him, just so I can watch him roll his eyes. To tell the truth there have been several. More that I expected. I am totally keeping track now, and I will list theme here as I find/remember them. Sebastian’s in Literature/ Romance Novels Sebastian Griffin, Duke of Melbourne – Suzanne Enoch, Sins/Griffin Family Series Sebastian (Bastian) Valmont, character in Les Liasons Dangereauses (Dangerous Liasons) Sebastian Flyte, a character in Evelyn Waugh’s novel, Brideshead Revisited Bastian Koehler, a character in With the Band, by L.A. Witt Sebastian, a character in William Shakespeare‘s play, The Tempest Sebastian, a character in William Shakespeare‘s play, Twelfth Night Yes, different names were more popular in Regency…