Penelope Williamson

in Fairbanks, Alaska, The United States
January 01, 1949



Penelope Williamson is an internationally renowned author of historical romance and suspense. Penelope Williamson was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and spent the first eleven years of her life as an US Air Force brat. She has a B.A. in history, an M.A. in broadcast journalism, and was in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years, where she reached the rank of Captain. She has more than 1.8 million books in print, including The Outsider, Heart of the West A Wild Yearning, Once in a Blue Moon, and Keeper of the Dream. Penny is a past winner of the Romantic Times' Best Historical Romance of the Year award and the Romance Writers of America's RITA awards. Penelope Williamson lives with her husband in Mill Valley, California.

pseudonyms: Elizabeth

Average rating: 3.94 · 5,818 ratings · 561 reviews · 18 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Outsider

3.95 avg rating — 1,573 ratings — published 1996 — 15 editions
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Keeper of the Dream

3.95 avg rating — 1,413 ratings — published 1992 — 12 editions
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Heart of the West

4.08 avg rating — 974 ratings — published 1995 — 18 editions
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Once in a Blue Moon

4.10 avg rating — 471 ratings — published 1993 — 6 editions
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The Passions of Emma

3.89 avg rating — 466 ratings — published 1997 — 24 editions
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A Wild Yearning

3.83 avg rating — 404 ratings — published 1990 — 17 editions
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Mortal Sins (Daman Rourke #1)

3.68 avg rating — 170 ratings — published 2000 — 17 editions
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Wages of Sin (Daman Rourke #2)

3.63 avg rating — 147 ratings — published 2003 — 11 editions
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Beloved Rogue

3.43 avg rating — 86 ratings — published 1988 — 8 editions
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Hearts Beguiled

3.67 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1989
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Mortal Sins Wages of Sin
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“My love for you won't stop with my leaving. Come an evening over the years, when you step outside your door and hear the wind blowing through the cottonwoods, that'll be me, thinking of you, whispering your name, and loving you.”
Penelope Williamson

“If I am never to have you again after this night, this moment, you will remain the wife of my soul. Keeper of my heart.”
Penelope Williamson, A Wild Yearning

“A heartfire, Clementine my darlin', is when you want someone, when you need her so damn bad, not only in your bed but in your life, that you're willin' to burn--".”
Zack in Penelope Williamson's HEART OF THE WEST


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Deception by Kris Kennedy
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A beautiful silk merchant and a dashing con man join forces in the second scorching medieval romance from Kris Kennedy.

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The Outsider by Penelope Williamson
The Outsider, by Penelope Williamson
After Rachel Yoder's husband is murdered by outlaws in an act of outrageous greed, she must raise her 10-year-old son alone on the Montana Plains. One day, a handsome stranger dying from a gunshot wound walks into her ranch. With simple kindness, she treats his injury and nurses him back to health. Soon Rachel finds herself drawn to this mysterious outsider with a violent past--and must put her future on the line for a last chance at happiness.
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Time Rider Wildertrek by Jack King
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TJ's an ordinary fourteen year old kid with extraordinary problems at home and school. He has a broken family from his parents' bitter divorce. He faces evil bullies attacking him almost every afternoon, failing grades when he's really a smart kid, boring classes, snobby girls, mean teachers, being cut from basketball tryouts, and few friends. Yes, life is rough for TJ Cockrell. Then a mysterious green book inexplicably throws TJ into the past. And not just any past, but the untamed forbidding forests of 1802 eastern Tennessee, with savage Indians, wild beasts, bloodthirsty robbers, backwoods ruffians, strange characters galore, and rugged log cabin living. Yup, it's definitely not present day Knoxville Tennessee anymore. TJ thought his present life was bad news, but his adventures have just begun. Along the way, he fights off killer beasts, bandits and braves, meets the cocky teenaged David Crockett, gains a world of assurance in himself, finds his first real love, and is befriended by a fantastic frontier family who really has it together. TJ returns to the present a changed young man; emboldened, forthright, and shrewd. He'll need all of his new-found strengths to fend off killer burglars loose in his house, outwit the school bully, charm a pretty new transfer-student, and most intriguing of all, delve into the mysteries of the magical green book...
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