Thursday, July 17, 2014


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Neanderthal Marries Human
by Penny Reid
Publication Date: June 24, 2014 
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Tour: Neanderthal Marries Human by Penny Reid

There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.
After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ it is book #1.5 in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series, and it is a full length, 100k word novel.

Again, you must read ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ first before reading this book.

This book is written in first person, alternating POV (Janie Morris AND Quinn Sullivan; but more Janie than Quinn).

About Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.
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I had the absolute pleasure of imaginatively sitting down with Penny Reid to ask her a few questions, which she graciously answered.

Books and Friendz: For someone who hasn't read any books in the Knitting in the City Series, could you give us a brief overview of what its about?

Penny Reid:  The Knitting in the City series is about a group of  degenerate whoremongers... wait, that’s my other book.   Sorry. The books are contemporary romantic comedy,  100-120k words, set in Chicago, about the romantic  successes and misadventures of seven smart women/good friends (ages 23-35) who are all members of the same knitting group.

B&F: Tell us a bit about Janie and Quinn.
PR: Janie is a strange bird. She’s part of a knitting group, but she doesn’t knit. She views the world through a screen of detachment, but wants to make real, meaningful relationships. When she’s nervous she has a habit of expelling TMTI (too much trivial information).

Quinn is (in many ways) her opposite. He is very calm, collected, and coolly assessing. Where Janie is open and curious, he is calculating and measured. But Quinn finds Janie’s guileless honesty and goodness completely refreshing and, ultimately, irresistible.

B&F: Did you have any muses for them? If so who? 
PR: YES! I work with a lot of Ph.D.’s and M.D.’s who are completely oblivious to the obvious, yet are also brilliant. Janie is inspired by several of my colleagues: really good people, near geniuses, excellent human beings, but wholly lacking in social IQ.

Will there be another book in the series? 
PR:Yes. The Knitting in the City series will have standalone books (one based on each lady in the knitting group).

Knitting in the City Series

BOOK 1: Neanderthal Seeks Human (Janie and Quinn - Released March 14, 2013)

BOOK 1.5: Neanderthal Marries Human (Janie and Quinn - Released June 24, 2014)

BOOK 2: Friends Without Benefits (Elizabeth and Nico - Released October 3, 2013)

BOOK 3: Love Hacked (Sandra and Alex - Released March 11, 2013)

BOOK 4: Beauty and the Mustache (Ashley and Drew - Releases September 9, 2014)

BOOK 5: Title TBA (Fiona and Greg - Releases 2015)

BOOK 6: Title TBA (Marie - Releases 2015)

BOOK 7: Title TBA (Kat and Dan - Releases 2016)

As well, each book may (or may not) have a spin-off, sequel, prequel, or novella—depending on reader interest. :-)

B&F: What sparked your interest in writing?
PR: I’ve always loved to write. But, I wrote my first book (Neanderthal Seeks Human) on a bet. My friend lamented the fact that she had difficulty finding romance novels featuring smart characters. I bet her I could write a romance novel about smart people; lo and behold, seven months later I won the bet.

B&F: Who are some of your writing role models 
PR: David Sedaris is HILARIOUS. His comedic timing gives me belly laughs. Also, Neil Gaiman is an excellent story teller and I covet his ability to draw a scene. In the romance genre, I am inspired by LH Cosway’s originality and the depth of her characters. Also, Amy Harmon’s ability to evoke emotion and make me *feel* is brilliant.

B&F: What's a typical writing day for you?
PR: I usually write in the middle of the night and for 3-4 hours at a time. Sometimes, however, a scene or a bunch of dialogue will float in my head while I’m out and about. In these instances I record the scene on my cell phone and transcribe it later.
B&F: Tell us something about yourself that we don't know 
PR: When I go to a signing I like to try to write something different in every person’s book. Sometimes I write silly poems, sometimes I give advice (usually bad), and sometimes it’s all dirty words.

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