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About Shirley Penick
What does a geeky math nerd know about writing romance?
That's a darn good question. As a former techy I've done everything from computer programming to international trainer. Prior to college I had lots of different jobs and activities that were so diverse, I was an anomaly.
None of that qualifies me for writing novels. But I have some darn good stories to tell and a lot of imagination.
I have lived in Colorado, Hawaii and currently Washington. Going from two states with 340 days of sun to a state with 340 days of clouds, I had to do something to perk me up. And that's when I started this new adventure called author. Joining the Romance Writers of America and two local chapters, helped me learn the craft quickly and was a ton of fun.
My family consists of two grown children, their spouses, two adorable grand-daughters, and one grand dog. My favorite activity is playing with my grand-daughters!
When the girls can't play with their amazing grand-mother, my interests are reading and writing, yay! I started reading at a young age with the Nancy Drew mysteries and have continued to be an avid reader my whole life. My favorite reading material is romance in most of the genres, but occasionally other stories creep into my to-be-read pile, I don't kick them out.
Some of the strange jobs I have held are a carnation grower’s worker, a trap club puller, a pizza hut waitress, a software engineer, an international trainer, and a business program manager. I took welding, drafting and upholstery in high school, a long time ago when girls didn't take those classes, so I have an eclectic bunch of knowledge and experience.
And for something really unusual… I once had a raccoon as a pet.
Join with me as I tell my stories, weaving real tidbits from my life in with imaginary ones. You'll have to guess which is which. It will be a hoot.
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Titles By Shirley Penick
Chris Clarkson has a lot on his plate. As a volunteer firefighter in their small town, there is always something needed. He's also creating an amusement park to build tourism, so their town doesn't fade away. Plus Chris needs to work on his marriage. Something is wrong, he doesn't quite know what, but he's determined to figure it out.
Barbara Clarkson has heard way too many doom-and-gloom ten-year-itch stories. As they near their ten year anniversary she knows something is missing. Will they just become another statistic? Not if she has anything to say about it.
They will battle scheming women, deep seated fears, injuries and the demands of their careers. Can they do it, are they committed enough? Or will they allow their love for each other to be broken and drift away?
Join Chris and Barbara Clarkson as they face the biggest challenges of their lives. Love... is it worth everything they have?
John’s first order of business is to protect the citizens in the northern Wyoming county, but when Maggie Ann calls, he’s out the door in seconds. Determined to protect the only woman he’s ever loved, he needs to delve deep into why someone would be out to get her. Working together to find a motive for the sabotage leads to feelings, long ago buried, resurfacing.
First in new series where secrets abound and feelings return, in this second chance romance.
Tracy and Lloyd became fast friends during the three weeks they had hunted for the cause of the contamination. If her heart yearned for more than friendship, there was no way she was going to let that ruin everything. Tracy knew for a fact that if she let anyone know her desires, they would quickly shatter, it had happened all her life.
Lloyd Martin was more than thrilled to find out Tracy was part of the mine reclamation crew coming to clean up the old mine they’d found over Christmas. Tracy was so beautiful and so sweet natured, he longed to move their friendship into something more. But he was just a dyslexic ranch hand and she was a brilliant engineering student. He knew he had no chance with her, so he would keep being her friend and that would have to be enough.
But trouble is afoot and Lloyd and Tracy will have to depend on each other to survive.
Greg Jones has a great life. He’s assistant chief of the town’s volunteer fire department, he owns his own profitable tavern, he’s got a pre-law degree, and never has trouble finding a willing female to spend time with. The only problem in his perfect life is the woman he’s loved for over a decade has him firmly in the friend zone. Not just any friend, but the best friend of her younger brother.
Sandy Anderson is at the top of her career as a video game designer. Her creation Adventures with Tsilly has had three successful releases with plans for more. She’s got a great career! Fortunately, when her mother has an accident and ends up with a broken leg, Sandy has the freedom to spend the summer in her home town helping run her mother’s Bed and Breakfast. It’s easy to work remotely and communicate with her team in Seattle.
Greg sees Sandy’s return home for the summer as his chance to convince her that he can be more than her brother’s best friend, and the three-year age difference between them is nothing but numbers. He’s got three months to go from friend to lover. The time starts now.
Join Sandy and Greg as they circle around each other and their desires.
Christina McMillan is working at a horse rescue ranch. She loves her job and it gives her a lot of time to think about life and her past. For some reason, thoughts of her long-ago friendship with Bobby keep popping into her head.
Rob Jenkins is back in the town he spent his early life in, stealthily looking for his best friend Chrissy. If only he knew her real name. How many names could Chrissy be short for? Lots and lots. When he luckily sees a woman that could be her, he follows, but doesn’t approach. His Chrissy didn’t know a thing about horses. After watching for a few days, he determines it is her.
Before he can approach, he’s arrested. When Christina finds out she’s furious. Not a great start to rebuilding a friendship.
There are five brothers. Each one of them have killer good looks. One is engaged to her best friend. That leaves four to flirt with, four hot men, so why does she only have eyes for the oldest grumpiest one in the bunch. Rachel Reardon has to question her own sanity when she’s enthralled with a man she can hardly stand to speak to. A first-class jerk and sexy as sin.
Adam Kipling can’t believe his bad luck when his soon-to-be sister-in-law’s best friend arrives. She is smoking hot and too damn young for him. He has responsibilities as the oldest sibling and they do not include flirting with young women.
There isn’t enough land on this Colorado ranch to keep them far enough apart. An explosion of some sort is inevitable.
Rafe Carlson’s first day home after many trips has him discovering some of his neighbor’s geriatric horses on his land. He takes the two he’s found and heads for his neighbor side. When he gets to the fence that should be separating the two properties, he finds it’s been torn down, deliberately.
Terri West is shocked at the rugged beauty of Maggie Ann’s neighbor. The man has arms that won’t quit. They’ve been trying to get with him for months about the sabotage to the horse ranch and now he finally appears with two of the horses.
Terri and Rafe set off to find the other horses and even though they are total opposites they just seem to click. Is that enough to build a relationship on? Find out in this conclusion to the saddles and secrets series.
Lily Smith is kidnapped and held captive to prevent her from participating in a beauty pageant her best friend begged her to enter. But she is no passive little miss to let someone else determine her future. Unfortunately, during her flight to freedom, she hits her head on a rock and can't remember her own name, let alone why she is running through the Colorado mountains barefoot with no coat.
Drew Kipling rides to the rescue of the pretty woman who needs to get warm and have her injuries taken care of. When she can't remember her name, he vows to protect her, until she knows who she can trust.
What will they find at the pageant? More trouble or the love of a lifetime? Maybe both.
Join Lily and the Kipling family as they take New York City by storm and show them the cowboy way is the only way to catch a scoundrel.
Sandy has been working non-stop preparing for the newest release of her video game. She’s exhausted and on the East coast in a media tour promoting it. She’s planning a tiny rendezvous with her husband in Pittsburg after he attends a fire convention. She can’t wait, she’s missed the big lug.
And she has something to tell him, something that might change everything.
Brenda Stratton is shocked and, in truth, a little appalled that she and her roommate have been invited by their mentors to spend Winter break at a cattle ranch in the mountains of Colorado. Why would a family they don’t know invite them to spend Christmas with them? People just don’t do that, at least not in her experience.
Thomas Blackhawk has been asked by his employer to escort, and work with, a bunch of engineers coming in for three weeks to see if they can discover what is causing the contamination of a stream in the northern pasture. They’ve only got a few months to get the problem cleaned up before the spring thaw.
Brenda and Thomas take one look at each other and the heat roars. She’s too young for him and she’s only on the ranch for a few weeks. They need to ignore the flair of attraction and lust, if they know what’s good for them.
Apparently they do not care what’s good for them.
Summer Attwood has been hiding in baggy clothes and ugly glasses for nearly ten years. When the town hottie asks her to be his faux girl-friend for a couple of weeks she decides it’s time to put away the disguise and shine.
Cade Kipling can’t believe the beautiful woman that emerges from the cocoon of overalls and over sized glasses. If he wasn’t dead set on taking a few months to get his head on straight, after his long time abusive girl-friend dumped him, he’d be after Summer in a heartbeat.
Two weeks of dating will either kill them or change their lives forever.
Click now to see which one it will be.
Zach McCoy has been on the rodeo circuit for six years and is making a damn fine living at it. When he comes home, for the first time, to be in his best friend’s wedding he’s got one helluva surprise waiting for him in the shape of a five-year old boy who is his spitting image.
Emma Kipling took matters into her own hands six years ago, before the man she was crazy about took off to join the rodeo. She didn’t care one bit that he was two years older and she was still in high school, she wanted one night with him before he left to compete in a dangerous sport. When he didn’t come back after she found herself pregnant she knew he had abandoned her and her son.
Now he’s back for her brother’s wedding, and by the look on his face, sparks are going to fly. She’s ready and willing to go toe to toe with him and give him a piece of her mind.