Author Interview & Giveaway: Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson

Posted March 18, 2014 by sweptawaybyromance in Uncategorized / 11 Comments

Today we
welcome the amazing Penny Watson to the blog! She is the author of the popular
series, The Klaus Brothers, and the
brilliant, Lumberjack in Love!! We
are huge…I mean HUGE fans of hers, so you can imagine how excited we were
when she agreed to stop by for a visit and answer a few questions about writing. Her most
recent release, Apples Should Be Red, is creating quite the stir in the reading
world, especially among the “older” readers. It’s so hard to find a
romance about a mature couple (over 50), and Penny does not disappoint! She
brings it home big time in Apples Should Be Red, and as you’ll see Dorsey and Karla loved it! We’ve got lots
for you to enjoy today, including their two reviews and a very funny Q & A with Penny! There are
also two giveaways, one for our US readers and one for our international
readers, we don’t want to leave anyone out! So check out all the goodies in the post, and
then enter to win a digital copy of Apples Should Be Red. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter that applies for you! 

What it’s about
Recipe for
Thanksgiving Dinner:

Start with sixty-two year old politically incorrect, chain-smoking,
hard-cussing curmudgeon.

Add fifty-nine year old sexually-repressed know-it-all in pearls.

Throw in a beer can-turkey, a battle for horticultural supremacy, and nudist
next-door neighbor.

Serve on paper plates, garnished with garden gnome.

Tastes like happily ever after.

Penny Watson presents an over-fifty romantic comedy novella. 21,000 words.
Story includes copious profanity and botanical references.

Available at:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble
*For a limited time only $0.99!!*
Dorsey’s review 
5 Sexy Mature Fun Loving Stars!!!

Penny Watson is hilarious, I loved Lumberjack In Love
and this one is just as fantastic!!

This goes to show that age is just a number. Tom is 62 and
Beverly is 59 years young, and not
really friends, although they are related by marriage and both widowed. That is
where their  similarities end. Tom is
gruff, bold, crass, and doesn’t give a rat’s ass what anyone thinks
of him. Bev is a people pleaser, proper, and somewhat rigid.

Due to circumstances Bev & Tom are forced to share his
house during Thanksgiving….after a few days together they succeed in changing
each other to suit and complement each other perfectly….and Tom shows Beverly
you’re never too old to rip each other clothes off!!! 


5 Senior Lovin’ Stars!! Priceless Perfection!!! Way to
go Penny Watson! I can’t stop laughing!!
Two things I
learned while reading this book:
62 is the new
bad boy, and 59 is not too old to get truly and thoroughly LAID for the first
time!!! Or, as Tom would say…BANGED!
Bev and Tom are
not your typical romantic storybook couple, instead they are very much real and
believable. Tom in many respects is socially unacceptable; he drinks and smokes
too much, swears like a sailor, and is a cranky, surly man that wants nothing
to do with his neighbors. But, for all his faults there is something incredibly
sweet about him. Bev is a wallflower, prim and proper, set in her ways,
methodical about everything she does. However, she’s living right on the edge,
you can feel her need to break away from the mundane, and she’s practically
begging to come out of her shell.  Bev
challenges Tom to change aspects in his life and he gives it right back. His
shock and awe tactics work, and she goes toe to toe with him, he pushes her,
she pushes him and they fall right into each other’s arms and then on top of
each other! What ensues afterward are some awkward moments
with their children, who happen to be married to each other, when they realize that their parents have been doing the horizontal mambo…it was hilarious! Even though they were somewhat uncomfortable with the situation, ultimately they just wanted their parents to be happy…it was very heartwarming and a pleasure to read.

With Penny
Watson’s creative storytelling and unique brand humor, Apples Should Be Red is
the ideal blend of witty fun, sensuality, passion and heart! This is a book is
about living, enjoying life, not just existing. It shows that for older adults
life can be fun, filled with love, and adventure.  Oh, and sex…let’s not forget sex!

Penny Watson tells it like it is!
So Penny, first of all we
want to express our utmost thanks to you for writing such an amazing book and
for taking the time to answer a few questions. It’s hard to find stories that
deal with mature couples finding romance and love, and you hit it out of the
park with Apples Should Be Red. As much as we adore reading about the young
hotties, there is something appealing, and hopeful, about a romance involving a
couple that fall into our age bracket…we being mature women ourselves! We
want to shout your praises from the rooftop, but for now let’s get to some
SABR: We’ve
read books where the “older couple” is the secondary romance in a
book, but very rarely the main characters. What brought about the concept of
writing a romance about an older couple as the protagonists?
Penny: First of all, thanks so
much for having me on your blog today, and I’m thrilled you enjoyed my novella.
Woo hoo!
The reason I decided to write a book with “older” folks is simple.
I’m older.
Once upon a time, I was young. I know. You probably don’t believe me.
Here is photographic proof…
Penny went to college!

I was young and stupid and in love and melodramatic.
And then something happened.
I got older.
Almost fifty and still likes sequins!

The truth is, I didn’t like reading “YA” books when I was YA. And I’m
not interested in reading YA/NA books now. I have kids who are teens. The last
thing I want to read about is teens and their angst, since I’m living it every
What I would love to read about in romance is more mature characters,
like me, dealing with mature issues. Life after divorce, death of a
spouse…characters who have been around the block a few times.
Not that there is anything wrong with sparkly vampires and teen girls
and melodramatic angst. I would just rather read about mature folks–with
wrinkles and grown-up kids and second chances at life and love.
So, back to your question. Why did I write a romance with an older couple?
Because there aren’t any out there with 60-something characters who are
still interesting, sexy, lustful, loving, flawed. I’m tired of the 60-something
sidekick thrown in for comedic effect. This age group deserves to be in the
you have your doubts that Apples Should Be Red would appeal to readers?
Penny: Absolutely. I wrote a
niche book, not mainstream. Younger readers looking for 6-pack abs and tattooed
bad boys on motorcycles and lovely young Rapunzels with long flowing hair are
not going to like this story. This novella will appeal to folks who like
quirky, outside-of-the-box stories, enjoy a funky sense-of-humor, are not
offended by profanity, and won’t pass out if folks over the age of twenty-one
have sexual intercourse.
I will say that plenty of women have emailed me to say thank-you. Which
tells me I’m not alone in my quest for older characters.
SABR: Was it
more complicated writing about an older couple as opposed to a younger one? Did
you come across any difficulty as you were formulating the plot line due to the
age of the characters?
Penny: I actually found it much
easier. Since I’m closer in age to these characters than a 20-something
heroine/hero, I can relate to them and what they’re dealing with in their
SABR: Do you
see yourself as an innovator in this sub-genre of romance?
Penny: I prefer the term
“ballsy.” J
Since I’m self-publishing, I have the freedom to write about any topic
I want to. I also accept that this is a “niche” story and I don’t have a
problem with that. It would be wonderful to see some of the bigger publishers
expand their markets to include romance with more mature characters.
*Penny holds her breath and turns blue*
SABR: One reviewer tagged it as OA (Older
Adult)…we like that…how would you tag it?
Penny: I described it as “over-fifty romance” in my book blurb. Other
MA = Mature Adults
WP = Wrinkly People
AWRT = Adults Who
Remember Typewriters
FWDSWDHS = Folks Who
Drink Six-Packs Who Don’t Have Six-Packs
BATBA = Been Around The
Block Adults
did such a fantastic job writing Apples Should Be Red and showcasing an older
couple…it’s been very well received. Will you write more in this sub-genre of
romance? We certainly
hope so!
Penny: I am open to writing
about all ages. My next novel has H/h in their late forties. Which is the
perfect age when women really blossom and look fabulous! (says Penny, who is
SABR: Do you
have anything else in the works at the moment?
Penny: Current WIPs include…
1. Lumberjack novella with hero named Jack.
2. Christmas novella with a Yeti.
3. Cooking reality TV show novel with haggis.
Thanks for having me over today!
Thanks Penny, that was fun! Mature romances rule and we want to spread the
word, so when you read Apples Should Be Red and then review, Penny
asks if you could be so kind as to post your feelings on Goodreads and Amazon.
She thanks you in advance. 

Meet the
fabulous Penny Watson (who’s in full bloom)

PENNY WATSON is a native Pittsburgher
whose love of romance started at the age of twelve when she discovered Gone
With The Wind in the middle school library. This resulted in numerous attempts
at a first novel involving a young lady with windswept hair who lived in a

A biologist by training, Penny has worked at various times as a dolphin
trainer, science teacher, florist, and turfgrass researcher (don’t ask). After
taking time off to raise her two spirited children, she decided to rekindle her
passion for storytelling. Now she gets to incorporate her wide array of
interests, including gardening, cooking and travel into her works of fiction.
Penny lives outside of Boston with one fly-fishing crazed husband, two lively
Filipino kids, and a wiener dog.

can find Penny here: 

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11 Comments on "Author Interview & Giveaway: Apples Should Be Red by Penny Watson"

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Peaces of Me
5 years 7 months ago

I love older couples in books. There is not enough of that! I am old enough that I have no desire to read NA, much younger couples. I'll definitely give this one a try, thanks!!

Natasha D
5 years 7 months ago

I like to read about older characters in romances also.
I don't think i've read many though, I would love to read more!
Thanks for the chance to win!

5 years 7 months ago

A refreshing change for a story. Thanks for the post and contest!

5 years 7 months ago

It is a refreshing change!! Good luck!

5 years 7 months ago

Love the reviews and the interview was rocking, and I love to read about older people in romance books they have so much more experience to share and sometimes the experience they share is funny

5 years 7 months ago

Romance is for all ages. Older characters have just as much a right to fall in love as younger characters do. Most of the older romances I have read have been secondary characters. Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes great romances with secondary characters. I can think of two of her off the top of my head which I've loved. One is Natural Born Charmer and the other is Heaven, Texas.

5 years 7 months ago

Thanks so much! Since you love to read about more mature couples, this I'd definitely a book you'll want to read!!!

Kathleen Young
5 years 7 months ago

WOW! I LOVED both reviews and REALLY enjoyed the interview. FANTASTIC post ladies, you out did yourself's. I hope that I get a chance to read this book because I KNOW I would absolutely love it too!

5 years 7 months ago

Thanks Kathleen!! You will absolutely LOVE it!!!! x

5 years 7 months ago

I was going to buy it, then saw the giveaway; ) I'll try my luck. Thanks for the interviews and q&a

BTW the Amazon link doesn't work!

5 years 7 months ago

Thank you for the heads up on the link…it's fixed now.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!