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Pennies On The Road ~ Destination Cleveland Author Event (Penny Lisa)

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Travelling to author events and book signings are an opportunity for bloggers to not only meet the authors they have read, but new ones too.  Last April Stephanie and I, along with our friends Laura and Penny, met up in Cleveland for the first Cleveland Author Event at the House of Blues.  We had an amazing time, met so many authors and bloggers and Stephanie and I got to meet in person for the first time.

HOBsStephanie Marshall


Laura and her husband were incredibly gracious hosts and opened up their home to me.  We had such a good time together and Laura was an excellent tour guide showing me all the great things Cleveland has to offer including The Original Pancake house where we will have to visit again, without a doubt.

Laura Dent II

So in a matter of months, we will be ascending upon Cleveland again to attend this event again.  Our group is trying to read through the list of authors and hope to make a major dent if not complete it entirely.

The most recent list of authors includes:

AD Justice, AM Madden, Abby McCarthy, Aleatha Romig , Alexis Noelle, Amy Harmon, Angela Graham, Bayli Michele, Beth Michele, Brooke Page, Chelle Bliss, Chelsea Camaron, Cheryl McIntyre, Chloe T Barlow, Christina Lee, Corinne Michaels, Dina Given, EK Blair, Emersyn Vallis, Emily Minton, Erin McCarthy, FL Jacob, Gretchen Le La O, Hilary Storm, HJ Bellus, J Daniels, JA Huss, JA Hensley, Jamie Begley, Jaime Whitley, Jayne Rylon, Jennifer SIvec, Jessie Lane, Julie Bailes, K Pinson, Kate Roth, Kathy Coopmans, Kemmie Michaels, Kimberly Stedronsky, Laura Dunaway, Lexi Ryan, Lisa Suzanne, Magan Vernon, Mia Sheridan, MJ Carnal, MJ Fields, Nelle L’Amour, Nina G Jones, River Savage, RL Griffin, Ryan Michele, Sadie Grubor, Sara Mack, Sarah Brianne, Shay Savage, Skye Turner, Stacey Bentley, Stacey Marie Brown, Stacey Mosteller, Stacy Borel, TH Snyder, Tara Sivec, Tessa Bailey, Tessa Teevan, Tia Louise, and Whitney Barbetti

*Names in bold are authors I have already read.


The event is sold out, but maybe you might be able to score some tickets if attending authors do any giveaways.


Laura and I will be attending the blogger/author breakfast the morning of the event and look forward to some one on one time with our favorite writers.  Getting to see Kimberly Stedronsky again will definitely be a highlight of the trip for me.
And while we won’t be able to repeat last year’s cupcakefest with Penny Reid, Renee Carlino and Carey Heywood, we are sure something just as magical will happen this year.
cupcakes cae

 T-minus 90 days and counting!!!

Penned Con 2014 Recap (Penny Lisa)

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It’s hard to believe that it’s over.  After a year of saving, planning and waiting, the big day finally came.  Penned Con 2014 was more than I hoped for and more than I could have even imagined.

Highlights include meeting friends who I have been conversing with online for the past 12 months or more in person with the warmest of hugs.  Meeting my blog team Stephanie Marshall, Pamela Embeler, Penny Scott, TK Rapp, Kim Stedronsky, Jenn Beach, Lori Otto and so many others only added to the joy that I experienced at Penned Con.  The opportunity to spend three days with people I love, who just so happen to share an mutual interest was incredible.  The sounds and squees of fangirling and fanguying was constant throughout the entire event.

So, who are all these people in the pics you ask?  Starting in the upper left is:  My blog team Steph, Pam and Penny.  Moving right is Kim Stedronsky, TK Rapp, Jenn Beach, Lori Otto, Penny Reid and Nadine Silber. In the lower right are:  A group picture of Jenn Beach, TK Rapp, Kim Stedronsky and myself.  Under that is a group pic from Lori Otto’s birthday party including Jo Stevens, Lori Otto, Casey Corn and Lori’s assistants.  Moving back to the left  is Sarah J Pepper, Eric Asher, CJ Roberts, Amalie SIlver and LU Ann.  Just above that is me with Darci, Jenh, TK, Sue, Kim, Amber, Kari and Shannon.

Thanks to Rick and Amy Miles for hosting such an amazing event.  It has been fun looking at all the pictures everyone has posted and remembering moments here and there.


Cover Reveal ~ With This Heart by R.S. Grey

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WTH Cover

Book Synopsis

If someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity — I would have assumed they were on drugs.

Well, that is, until I met Beckham.

Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected.

Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I’d all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.

We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow.

Our road trip was about young, reckless love. The kind of love that burns bright.

The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.

**Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.**

Author Bio

Author bio: I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, metaphors and similes, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.;)


Twitter: @AuthorRSGrey
Behind His Lens:

1 Excerpt
“What’s your name?” he asked the moment my ballet flats spun me around to face him.
His eyes were a light hazel with a bit of swirly green madness. I could see them perfectly now that we were in the sun.
He smiled like I’d just told him he’d won the lottery. It split his face in two and instinctively I felt the corners of my mouth lift in response.
“Abby,” he repeated. It sounded better surfacing from his throat than it ever had from mine.
“Yup.” I tapped my foot.
“I’m Beck,” he answered, pressing his hand over his heart. It seemed endearing even though I hadn’t decided what to make of him yet.
“Like the band?” I asked, squinting my eyes and holding a hand at my brow line to shield the sun.
I smiled then because I couldn’t help it anymore. It’s hard fighting relentlessly quirky charm.
“I want to go on your road trip,” he said it again, so confidently that I had to wonder if he’d ever been rejected before.
I cocked my head, and then shook it back and forth. “My road trip isn’t accepting any new passengers, but I’m sure there are plenty of other road trips occurring throughout the world at the same time that mine is taking place.”
He thought I was funny. He smiled at my comment, but I could see it more in his eyes. They were pinned on me, scrunched at the corners as he contemplated my rejection.
“I’m sure,” he began, “but something tells me that yours is one I don’t want to miss.”
I rolled my eyes and took a step back for reasons I later realized was my bodies last attempt at staying away from someone like Beck.
“How long will you be gone?” he asked. Maybe he had short-term memory loss. Either that or he was really good at sports as a kid. No one had beaten the fight out of him yet.
“Two weeks… but I’m not sure why you’re asking since I would never go on a road trip with a stranger unless I wanted to end up joining a cult and drinking the Kool-aid.”
He thought my rambling was funny enough for another smirk. “Not everyone drank the Kool-aid,” he clarified, “Some people were sleeping or deaf, and they missed the call. Besides, it was Flavoraid.”
My mouth hung open. Then I studied him with narrowed eyes. “You’re the strangest person I’ve ever met.”
He didn’t fight that comment. He reached into his back pocket and pulled out what looked to be a beat-up business card and a pen. With a flick, he flipped it over and wrote something down quickly.
“Let me know if you change your mind about the additional passenger.” He smiled one last time and handed me the card. I took it even though I knew I wouldn’t be changing my plans.
He didn’t say bye or anything. In what I would learn to be true Beck fashion, he turned on his heel and jogged across the street like the last thirty minutes had never happened. I stood there frozen long enough to see him walk inside the gas station’s store. When he emerged a minute later, he had a blue slurpee in hand and a pair of wayfarer sunglasses masking his greenish hazel eyes. Maybe he hadn’t been feeding me a line about the slurpee, I thought.
His gaze lifted to me, and when I squinted I could see his wide grin across that expanse of suburban asphalt. No amount of sprawl could keep his charm from reaching me. He sidled over to an old blue Ford truck, hopped in, and pulled away without a second glance.


We’re Celebrating 1000 Likes and You’re Invited!

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The blog team at PFMTBB wants to thank not only all of you for liking our page, but the many wonderful authors and bloggers who provided prizes in this giveaway.  We have the privilege to work with so many like minded lovers of books and we are humbled by the generosity shown to us as we grow our footprint in the blogger world.

With a plethora of prizes available, including a Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon Gift Cards or varying values, paperbacks, ebooks and swag, this giveaway has something for everyone and there will be 50 winners.  

Thanks again and good luck!

  1. A Little Bit of R&R Book Blog
  2. L.U. Ann
  3. Eric R. Asher
  4. Back Off My Books Blog
  5. Badass Bitches Book Blog
  6. BooksofInstagram Page
  7. Rachael Brownell
  8. Jeannie M. Bushnell
  9. Sophie Davis
  10. Gabbie S. Duran
  11. Renee Dyer
  12. Dayne Edmondson
  13. Forever Me Romance Book Blog
  14. Rose Garcia
  15. Vicki Green
  16. A. M.Hargrove
  17. Betty King
  18. Adriane Leigh
  19. Tia Louise
  20. K B Mallion
  21. Megan McCooey
  22. Kemmie Michaels
  23. K E Nowinsky
  24. Lori L. Otto
  25. Sarah J. Pepper
  26. Penny Reid
  27. Kimberly Stedronsky
  28. Felicia Tatum
  29. April White
  30. Clarissa Wild
  31. Jasinda Wilder
  32. Lori Worley


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As our way of saying thank you to our followers, we are a sponsor of this giveaway and hope you will enter.

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Thank You For Your Support! 500 Likes Giveaway!

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Thank you all so much for your support of my new blog page.

To celebrate, we are having a big ‘ol giveaway with tons of prizes!

Enter here:

Penny For My Thoughts Book Blog pledges to bring you great content from indie authors of various genres!  If you are looking for new authors, great stories and more, you have come to the right place!


Keeping An Open Mind

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As readers, we have preferences as to the types of books we read.  We have go to books we will read over and over again.  That dynamic changes dramatically when you blog.  Authors from every genre will approach you with offers of books to showcase on your pages.  So I pledge to keep an open mind and explore many genres with the hopes that you too will pick up something you might not have normally chosen.