Shirley Penick


Small town values and Big time love.

Shirley Penick

Tracy Langley is back on the Rockin’ K ranch to work with the mine reclamation company chosen to clean up the gold mine that is contaminating the ranch. She’s excited for several reasons, first she has a well-paying job, second that well-paying job will give her a perfect thesis project, third the Kipling family had been so nice to her over Christmas break that she loved every single one of them, and last but not least she was so excited to see Lloyd again.

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.

  • Photography by Jean Woodfin
  • Cover models: Tionna Petramalo and Robert Kelly
  • Published April 2022
a little about..


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 has been 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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