Author: Shirley Penick

I am a former techy turned writer. I am writing a small town contemporary romance series based in a fictional town on Lake Chelan in eastern Washington. I have lived in Colorado, Hawaii and currently Washington. I’m a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and the local chapters GSRWA (Greater Seattle RWA) and Eastside RWA.

I am a mother of two grown children and the grandmother of two adorable grand-daughters. I started reading at a young age with the Nancy Drew mysteries and have continued to be an avid reader. I primarily read romance in most of the genres.

My favorite past time is playing with my grand-daughters. I have been a carnation grower’s worker, a trap club puller, a pizza hut waitress, a software engineer, an international trainer and a business program manager. And for something really unusual I once had a raccoon as a pet.


Smokin' - A Lake Chelan Novel

  • Number: B0762G3TQL
  • Release: 2017-09-29
  • Author: Shirley Penick
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Romance: Uniformed Heroes
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Amber Clarkson is not looking for a protector, but when volunteer firefighter and children’s book author, Jeremy Scott, diffuses a tense situation with a frazzled customer, and then carries her to safety when her restaurant catches on fire, she can do nothing but be thankful for his help. What she doesn’t expect is his smokin’ hot kisses to burn through the barricades surrounding her heart. But a relationship is not in the cards. He’s much too observant and she can’t have him discovering her secret.

Jeremy is not a hero. He is simply a small-town guy, who finds himself in the right place at the right time. Helping out the delectable Amber, is icing on the cake for him. He’s always been infatuated with her, from afar. When the call comes in that her restaurant is on fire and she lives above it, he’ll move heaven and earth to make sure she’s safe. A few sweet kisses make him hunger for more, but if she finds out he’s nothing but a fraud, he risks losing her forever.

Designs on Her - A Lake Chelan Novel

Designs on Her
  • Number: B06VTH1G6G
  • Release: 2017-03-13
  • Author: Shirley Penick
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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Kristen is happy designing her jewelry on her mountain, away from all the hustle of humanity. It’s just her and her faithful dog. Until a forest fire forces her to evacuate. Coming down the mountain casts her into the town problems and sucks her into all the chaos of opening an art gallery.

Police officer Nolan is tasked with the evacuation of the few residents on the mountain. Getting this crazy but beautiful jewelry designer out of harm’s way is not the easiest thing he’s ever done. He manages to get her to safety and then he gets caught in her gallery plans. His life may never be the same.

Nolan turned his back on his talent when his sister was murdered. Caught back up in the art world, he’s torn between creating and the curse his art seems to have on those he loves.

Sawdust and Satin - A Lake Chelan Novel, #1

Sawdust and Satin
  • Number: B01N441TU4
  • Release: 2016-11-21
  • Author: Shirley Penick
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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They will have to 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.

The Rancher's Lady - A Lake Chelan Novella, #1

The Rancher's Lady
  • Number: B01M08M9F7
  • Release: 2016-09-23
  • Author: Shirley Penick
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Western, * Under 45k Words, Debut Title, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Independently Published
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On the second anniversary of her mommy’s death eight-year-old Alyssa ditches Brownies and her best friend to take some time to herself to think about her mommy. When her daddy, Hank, finally finds her after a frantic search, she is convinced it’s time for her daddy to remarry. And she thinks her new third grade teacher would be perfect.

Hank Jefferson is a busy rancher with three kids. Widowed two years ago, he works hard to be both mother and father, making lunches, spending quality time with each child and running the house, while also running his cattle ranch. He doesn’t have time for a relationship and doesn’t want one. Alyssa’s third grade teacher makes his blood heat, but he knows it would be unethical for him to date his daughter’s teacher.

Ellen Truehart has moved to this new town in a remote location on Lake Chelan and a new teaching assignment to make a fresh start, she loves both the town and her class. Her past has taught her to be cautious around men and not to trust the system. When Alyssa starts acting out in class she has no choice, but to call in the smoking hot father of her student to try to find out what’s wrong with Alyssa.

Book Library

  • Smokin' Smokin'
  • Designs on Her Designs on Her
  • Sawdust and Satin Sawdust and Satin
  • The Rancher's Lady The Rancher's Lady