Penny Reid


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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she writes kissing books. Penny is an obsessive knitter and manages the #OwnVoices-focused mentorship incubator / publishing imprint, Smartypants Romance. She lives in Seattle Washington with her husband, three kids, and dog named Hazel.


Just Released:
December 13th, 2022: Drama King, Three Kings Series, Book 2

Upcoming Releases:
2023: All Folked Up, Good Folk: Modern Folktales, Book 3

Currently Working On:
2023: Pride and Dad Jokes, Ideal Man, Book 1

Where to find Penny Reid online

Where to buy in print


Good Folk: Modern Folktales
Modern folktale retellings set in the small town of Green Valley, Tennessee.
Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries
Cletus and Jenn return in these cozy mystery series set in Green Valley.
Engagement and Espionage
Price: $5.99 USD.
Marriage and Murder
Price: $6.99 USD.
Winston Brothers
Everyone in Green Valley, Tennessee knows that the six bearded Winston brothers have been imbued with an unfair share of charm and charisma… and are prone to mischief.
Truth or Beard
Price: $5.99 USD.
Grin and Beard It
Price: $6.99 USD.
Beard Science
Price: $6.99 USD.
Beard in Mind
Price: $6.99 USD.
Dr. Strange Beard
Price: $6.99 USD.
Beard With Me
Price: $6.99 USD.
Knitting in the City
With more kissing than knitting, the Knitting in the City series follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.
A collaboration between LH Cosway and Penny Reid.
The Hooker and the Hermit
Price: $5.99 USD.
The Player and the Pixie
Price: $5.99 USD.
The Cad and the Co-Ed
Price: $5.99 USD.


Drama King
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 111,210. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Holiday
Stuck with her off-limits, taciturn, hunky movie star client during a sudden snowstorm on Christmas Eve, an extremely capable and highly professional bodyguard must keep him alive and warm without letting the tension building between them get too hot.
Folk Around and Find Out
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 122,660. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2022. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy
He needs to get her out of his system. Just once… Hank Weller doesn’t help people. He leaves that do-gooder nonsense to his best friend, Beau Winston. Hank does what he wants, when he wants, with whomever he wants—and Hank does not want to hire Charlotte Mitchell to be an exotic dancer at his club, The Pink Pony.
Homecoming King
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 107,240. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Rex "TW" McMurtry’s perpetual single-hood wouldn't bother him so much if all his ex-girlfriends didn't keep marrying the very next person they dated, especially when so many of those grooms are his closest friends. He may be a pro-football defensive end for the Chicago Squalls, but the press only wants to talk about how he's always a groomsman and never a groom. Rex is sick of being the guy before
Beard in Hiding
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 87,030. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Romantic Comedy
Diane Donner—recently divorced pillar of polite society—is craving danger. She’s tired of playing it safe and she knows just the sexy criminal motorcycle man to proposition for a good time. Problem is, she doesn’t actually know his name.
Live and Let Grow
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,130. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Alice is in love with her best friend. Now all she needs to do is tell him.
Totally Folked: A Small Town Romance Folktale retelling
Series: Good Folk: Modern Folktales. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 133,470. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
One unforgettable night leads to an unlikely shared connection, and unlikely connections never go unnoticed by the good folks in Green Valley, Tennessee. . .
Marriage and Murder
Series: Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 104,180. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
The Devil is in the details . . . Cletus Byron Winston wishes to marry Jennifer Anne Donner-Sylvester (aka The Banana Cake Queen) posthaste! He’s spent the last year wanting nothing more than for the celebrations to be brief, libations flowing, and BYOB (bring your own blueberries). His future mother-in-law has other plans, plans his intended has been willing to indulge, much to Cletus’s chagrin.
Engagement and Espionage
Series: Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 101,630. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
'Engagement and Espionage' is the first book in the Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries series, is a full-length cozy mystery, and is a spin-off of Penny Reid's Winston Brothers series.
A Beardy Bonus
Series: Winston Brothers. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,920. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
All the Winston Brothers bonus scenes and deleted excerpts all in one place!
The Neanderthal Box Set: A Workplace Romance, 2020 Revised and Expanded Edition
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 239,090. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
2020 Revised and Expanded edition of Neanderthal Seeks Human and Neanderthal Marries Human from the Knitting in the City Series
Beard Necessities
Series: Winston Brothers. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 108,000. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do. This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion.
Beard With Me
Series: Winston Brothers. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 114,780. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story.
The Varlet and the Voyeur
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 98,890. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…
Neanderthal Seeks Extra Yarns
Series: Knitting in the City, 8. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 68,680. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
A comprehensive collection of all short stories, deleted scenes, and special features from the WALL STREET JOURNAL & USA TODAY BESTSELLING Knitting in the City series.
Dr. Strange Beard
Series: Winston Brothers. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 127,820. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe Winston remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.
The Cad and the Co-Ed
Series: Rugby. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 109,880. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Keeping a secret this big is going to take lots of balls. Specifically, rugby balls.
Marriage of Inconvenience: A Marriage of Convenience Romance
Series: Knitting in the City, 7. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 160,120. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Being a billionaire heiress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago and eschewed her family’s legacy. But now, Kat’s silver spoon past has finally caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes. To avoid imminent disaster, she must marry immediately.
Beard in Mind
Series: Winston Brothers. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 135,460. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
All's fair in love and auto maintenance. Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually. Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.
Dating-ish:A Friends to Lovers Romance
Series: Knitting in the City, 6. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 107,840. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?
Grin and Beard It
Series: Winston Brothers. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 123,860. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing heart?
Beard Science
Series: Winston Brothers. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 128,970. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
USA TODAY BESTSELLER Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need? Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Jennifer is officially desperate. And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.
The Player and the Pixie
Series: Rugby. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 100,950. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?
Happily Ever Ninja: A Married Romance
Series: Knitting in the City, 5. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 92,000. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you. But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife.Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend.
Ninja At First Sight: A First Love Romance
Series: Knitting in the City, 4.75. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,900. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
What do a cynical former Marine and a sheltered former Olympic contender have in common? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Truth or Beard
Series: Winston Brothers. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 126,540. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother’s series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.
The Hooker and the Hermit
Series: Rugby. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 125,150. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
When Ronan is sent to Davidson & Croft Media to reshape his public image, he never expects to cross paths with shy but beautiful Annie, nor does he expect his fierce attraction to her. He couldn’t be happier when her boss suggests pairing them together. What lengths will Annie take to keep her virtual identity concealed? And what happens when the hooker discovers who the hermit really is?
Beauty and the Mustache: An Enemies to Lovers Romance
Series: Knitting in the City, 4. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 123,940. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Ashley Winston escaped her small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via books. But when a family tragedy forces her to return, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone's favorite guy. Soon the girl who wanted nothing more than than the escape of the big city finds her heart lost in small town Tennessee
Neanderthal Marries Human: A Smarter Romance
Series: Knitting in the City, 1.5. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 113,580. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Quinn is ready to propose marriage. 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. But Janie tosses a wrench in his endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.
Friends Without Benefits: An Unrequited Love Romance
Series: Knitting in the City, 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 130,160. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Elizabeth Finney is almost always right about everything: boy bands are undervalued by society, "benefits" are better without friendship, and the sun has set on her once-in-a-lifetime chance for true love. But when Elizabeth's plans are disarmed by the irritatingly charismatic Nico Manganiello- her former nemesis- she finds herself struggling to maintain the electric fence around her heart.
Love Hacked: A May / December Romance
Series: Knitting in the City, 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 122,610. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Of Sandra's last 30 dates, 29 have ended with the man crying. Sandra- tipsy and near desperation- gives in to a seemingly harmless encounter with her hot waiter, Alex. Secretive Alex is the opposite of everything she knows is right for her. But now, having spent all her life helping others change for the better, she must find a way to cope with falling for someone who refuses to change at all.
Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance
Series: Knitting in the City. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 123,250. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.17 from 6 reviews)
After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can't refuse.

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