Interview with Penelope Ward

Welcome all.

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Penelope Ward author of titles such as

Playboy Pilot and RoomHate

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Hi Penelope, Thank you for agreeing to this interview

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a mother of two living in Rhode Island. My daughter, who is twelve, is severely autistic and life can get stressful for sure sometimes! I started writing in my late thirties, three years ago, and have now published eleven novels, placing on the New York Times bestseller list fourteen times. I still can’t believe it sometimes.

What made you want to become a writer? When did you first realize?

I fell in love with reading as an escape then one day decided it would be fun to write the type of story I loved to read, to be able to have total control over what happened in the plot. I suspected I would enjoy it but never anticipated what it would turn into. I was always a skilled writer from a young age but never actually wrote fiction until my thirties.

Why did you choose to write in your particular genre? What draws you to it?

I am only interested in reading romance, so writing romance was a no-brainer; it’s the only genre that interests me.

Give us an insight into your main character(s) from your latest book “Playboy Pilot” or Your favorite character from one of your books.

Captain Carter Clynes from Playboy Pilot is a zany, sexy pilot who was quite the playboy before he met Kendall. He believes there is a Beatles song to describe any moment in life and also dabbles in singing. He is also very kind and likes to help people.

What was the hardest part of writing this book? Or any book?

Releasing it out into the world. It’s all very intimate up until that point. Giving the first advance review copies out if also the most stressful time.

What are your thoughts on writing a book series?

I prefer to write standalones. I have done standalones with interconnected characters, but in general, I find it tends to limit the potential audience since many people don’t want to commit to a whole series. I personally love reading series however.

How long does it take you to write a book?

About 4 to 5 months

What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t so?

I think a lot of people assume that romance novels in general are cheesy, but those are usually the people that don’t actually read romance. Those that read it likely know there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.

What authors do you like to read? What book(s) have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

Definitely Fifty Shades of Grey started it all, started my love for reading the genre and opened up a whole new subgenre of edgy books. I enjoy reading Colleen Hoover, Jane Harvey-Berrick, Vi Keeland and Julie A Richman

If you could spend time with a character from your books whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? 

I would spend the day with Justin Banks from RoomHate. I’d let him play me a song with his guitar by the water on Aquidneck Island.

How do you feel about eBooks vs print books?

I think that my genre is an e-book dominated one. I think it’s nice to have both options available though, and I personally love browsing in traditional bookstores. I prefer reading on an e-reader however in order to be able to highlight. There are some other genres like young adult and non-fiction that thrive in print.  Most of my readers, though, are e-book readers.

What is your writing style?

Edgy, funny, emotional, angsty, sexy.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I write on a computer

What makes a good story?

Strong opening that sucks you in, great/smart dialogue, a good twist and a satisfying ending.

How do you come up with the book covers? Who designs them? Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

My covers are all designed by Letitia Hasser of RBA Designs. I do think that cover is extremely important. I look for original images initially that represent the main characters in my books and do mainly use people on my covers.

How do you market your books? What’s your views on social media for marketing?

Social media is the only way I market my books. I spend more time online engaging with readers than writing. It’s an important part of the process, and it’s nearly impossible to sell books in this competitive market without a strong social media presence.

What is your favorite quote?

It is what it is.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Finish the book and make it the best it can be before you worry about all the other stuff. Then watch other successful authors to see what they do to market their books. Study the market.

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Book Review #77


CHASE by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.

This is the first time I’ve read a book with Michael Bennett. This short Novella did keep me interested. The story was too short. There was something missing. I wanted more. Maybe I should have read the Michael Bennett series.

Some parts I felt lost. There is really no character development. This book moved very fast. You could read it in a day. Yet there is so much action going on you can’t put it down. The story was edge of your seat, and I like books like that. Another thing I liked was that there was no cliffhanger. There was suspension of disbelief but it was still a fun read. I hope one day Michael Bennett marries Mary Catherine!

I give it 4 stars

Book Review #76


This is the first 1st BookShot Flames that I’ve ever read. I think BookShots are okay, but you can read all about that in my post from yesterday.

This is the story about a Cowboy, a city girl, a small town in Texas and an attraction as hot as the Texas heat. Learning to Ride Lassoed me in.

Madeline Harper  the ultimate city girl, moves to Sunny Bell Texas  from NYC to manage a merger for her company back in New York. Her plan is to stick around for a year to a year and 1/2, keeping to herself so she can advance in her career and move back to NYC. Little did she know her first week in Sunny Bell would chance her life.

Tanner Callen is the local celebrity, that all the women want to get with and all the men want to be. From the first time he saw Madeline in the bar, Tanner  knew he had to have Madeline. After a steamy one night stand, neither of them knew that it would leave both of their hearts in a tangle.

I really liked these two. They are totally opposite, The saying “Opposites attract” is very true in this book. When they first get together (Which is fairly early in the book) is rather tame and not explicit at all compared to other romance books I’ve read.  Tanner is a county boy through and through, that you cant help but fall for and as for Madeline, well she is definitely a fish out of water, but I liked the scenes where she was getting to know everybody. Madeline and Tanner were fun, sexy and entertaining

In my opinion, I think this should be made into a Hallmark TV movie, come to think about it, I think it is. Several movies  have been made like this, sans the hot hookups. I would recommend this book, two anyone who is looking for a romance that is a quick read.

5 Stars




Hello Guys! I’m back. Lets get into it

A few months ago James Patterson came out with Book Shots. Books that you can read lighting fast and they are under $5 and 150 pages or less. I was worried that if they would be  shorter versions of a full book. Sometimes I feel like that is true. I’ve read a couple of books and I’ve wanted more. The past month I’ve read 4 Book Shots, because they are hard to put down. I like to get them in book form not kindle books.

Mr. Patterson said the books would be aimed at readers who might not want to invest their time in a 300- or 400-page novel. And he hopes they might even appeal to people who do not normally read at all. If it works, it could open up a big new market: According to a Pew Research Center survey released last fall, 27 percent of American adults said they had not read a book in the past year.

My wish is that books like Zoo 2 and others would get a full book, and keep the BookShots to novellas. I’m indifferent about them. They do save time, but I like full books where there is character development, BookShots  to me don’t have that. I like to develop a personal relationship with the characters. With these shorter books, It’s high and bye.

“You can race through these—they’re like reading movies,” he said during a recent interview in New York. “It gives people some alternative ways to read.”