Cover Reveal for BAD IDEA by Damon Suede
Coming Soon , Grade A Reviews , Notes From Penny / September 19, 2013

UPDATE: October 21, 2013, It’s awesome. I read BAD IDEA the day it came out, and yeah, A rating, definitely worth a read. Loved it! Squeeeeeeeee! I am so freaking excited for this book, you have no idea! Here is the cover reveal for author Damon Suede’s Bad Idea. I know what I am doing on October 21st! Publisher Description: Some mistakes are worth making. Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership. Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t…

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…

TELLING JASE

My short story, TELLING JASE is now available on Goodreads as part of the Love is Always Write series by members of the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads. You currently have to be a member of the M/M Romance Group to view the story. Click HERE to view the book page on Goodreads, and HERE to access the story. If the story gets a positive reception, I may post it as an e-book for download. It will also be available later in 2012 as part of the Love is Always Write collection, but for now it is available only though the links above. TELLING JASE tells the story of Sean Taggert, who has been in love with his best friend and former college roommate Jase Shaw for the last two years and nine months. He’s never told Jase how he feels, though. There were always other people in the way. Up until six months ago, Jase was shacked up with his cheating college boyfriend Marcus. Up until last night, Sean was engaged to the mother of his two-year old child, Cody. Cody may have been the result of a drunken one-night stand, but Sean would do anything for his son,…

Penny Writes Romance…. TELLING JASE, A Love Is Always Write Story

OK. I know I haven’t been blogging much in the last two months, (SORRY!) and this is the reason why. I have been writing, just not book reviews. For the first time since well, college, I sat down to write a fiction story. I spent two months slaving away, spending all the time I could outside of work on my laptop, and managed to come up with a approx 15,000 word short story. (If you don’t know what 15,000 words looks like, that’s about 30 pages in MS Word). It was an eye-opening experience for me, to say the least. I had no idea going into it how much work my little story would entail! I ate like crap, I skipped working out, and I skipped sleeping. I also managed to kill a couple pretty hardy house plants. I am so grateful to my wonderful husband who took care of me and made sure the cats got fed and the house didn’t fall apart! I have a new respect for all writers, and a better idea of how much time it could take for me to complete a longer project. I learned so much from doing this. As crazy as…

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…