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Nicky Penttila

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in Lansing, Michigan, The United States
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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; also at nickypenttila.com.

Average rating: 3.66 · 172 ratings · 90 reviews · 9 distinct works · Similar authors
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It would be interesting to know how officers’ wives intellectualised their experiences in Spain and Portugal. However, setting aside a collection of epic lays of little relevance to our topic–viz., Anon., Poems founded on the Events of the War in the Peninsula by the Wife of an Officer (London, 1819)–the only text that has been located in this respect is a brief memoir of a very impersonal nat...

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A Treatise on the Defence of Portugal by William Granville Eliot
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A pleasant surprise. I picked this up for dry reference -- chapters on geography and topography of Portugal, as well as list of marching distances between towns -- but also found information on what an officer should bring with him on campaign, how m ...more
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Called a journal, but has a lot of reference to things that haven't happened yet, so I expect he revised before publication, in the process taking all the liveliness out. Not all that useful to a writer and not entertaining enough just to read.

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Short, tight chapters on women as wives and companions to the British army, drawn from memoirs and the standard histories. I'd read most of them before, but always interesting to see which sections an author pulls. Published in 1986 but reads a littl ...more
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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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