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I write stories with adventure and ideas, history and love. I enjoy coming up with stories that are set in faraway cities and countries, because then I *must* travel there, you know, for research. I live in Maryland with my reading-mad husband and amazing rescue cat. Chattiest on Twitter, @NickyPenttila, I'm also at nickypenttila.com and on Facebook.


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One of the strong influences on my novel The Spanish Patriot was learning about the American colonists who did not wish to separate from Britain during the revolution and civil war ofthe late 1700s. From what I’d learne...

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Harlequin Books Hi Nicky, I'm sorry it took so long to stop by but I wanted to let you know that I'm pleased to meet you and look forward to discussing books with you. If you ever have any questions about any of the titles on my shelves or about eHarlequin.com and all it has to offer, please ask. I'll be happy to answer. I’ll also have Harlequin news updates on my profile on a regular basis so be sure to stop by to keep up on everything Harlequin!

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