Penny Wilder

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Penny Wilder is a queer human who writes and reads far too many books. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and four cats. Her favorite thing to do at the end of a very long day is to curl up with her tablet and read. She does bookkeeping for nonprofits by day, and by night moonlights as a blogger, artist, illustrator, actor, director, performer, and also sometimes as a business manager for a fledgling theater company. (Not all at once though, because that would be crazy!) She has spent a good deal of her life working in theater; either onstage as a performer, or backstage doing just about every job imaginable. Her love of writing dates back almost as far as her love of reading.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. KluneThe House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
on March 17, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, LGBTQIA, Paranormal
Pages: 393
Format: eBook
Source: purchased myself
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A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Depart

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message 18: by Penny (last edited Jul 01, 2013 10:05PM)

Penny Wilder OK guys- Cover design question for my Love Has No Boundaries short, The Best Part. J. Passaro came up with some covers for this story- I didn't think I was going to have a cover (until yesterday), but I wanted your thoughts on these- they are still being tweaked, so feedback would be much appreciated.

Here is VS #1


And here is VS #2


Not knowing anything about the story- which one makes you want to read it more?? Which one do you like best? Like I said, thoughts and suggestions are appreciated.

FYI- If you are a member of the M/M Romance Group. Here is the link to the prompt:

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Penny Wilder YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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Penny Wilder Kaje wrote: "Hey, your LiAW is up - on Pride day! Congratulations."


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Kaje Harper Hey, your LiAW is up - on Pride day! Congratulations.

message 14: by Penny (last edited Jun 23, 2012 09:37AM)

Penny Wilder It's posted!!
Telling Jase Telling Jase (Love is Always Write) by Penny Wilder

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Eden Winters Hi Penny! Thanks for the friend add!

message 12: by Penny (last edited May 24, 2012 05:01PM)

Penny Wilder NEW BLOG POST!

Penny Writes Romance…. TELLING JASE, A Love Is Always Write Story

OK. I know I haven’t been blogging much in the last two months, (SORRY!) and this is the reason why. I have been writing, just not book reviews. For the first time since well, college, I sat down to write a fiction story. I spent two months slaving away, spending all the time I could outside of work on my laptop, and managed to come up with a approx 15,000 word short story. (If you don’t know what 15,000 words looks like, that’s about 30 pages in MS Word). It was an eye-opening experience for me, to say the least. I had no idea going into it how much work my little story would entail! I ate like crap, I skipped working out, and I skipped sleeping. I also managed to kill a couple pretty hardy house plants. I am so grateful to my wonderful husband who took care of me and made sure the cats got fed and the house didn’t fall apart! I have a new respect for all writers, and a better idea of how much time it could take for me to complete a longer project. I learned so much from doing this. As crazy as it was, I really enjoyed writing it, and am both nervously and excitedly awaiting my story’s release. Click HERE to read the full post:

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Penny Wilder Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - the Global page celebrated in 90+ countries. LGBT people across the globe face extreme forms of discrimination daily. This Day promotes a world of tolerance, respect and freedom.
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The global web portal for information and action on IDAHO.

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Penny Wilder New Blog post: An Unsettled Range (Range #3) -

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Penny Wilder FYI- (In case you are confused)- Since I go by Penny anyway- I updated my profile name from Penelope to Penny.

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Penny Wilder Hey Penny Fans! Please vote for Penny to win the Independent Book Blogger Award! Thanks!!

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Penny Wilder Hey Penny Fans! Starting on April 10th, please visit and vote for Penny to win the Independent Book Blogger Award!

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Penny Wilder New Blog Post: Romance Writers of America Shouldn’t Discriminate

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Penny Wilder Guys- Both the websites I run, are going dark tomorrow to protest against SOPA (in the house) and PIPA (in the senate) Online piracy is a serious issue, but these bills are not the right way to fix the problem. They have the potential to destroy the internet, and the free speech it affords us as we know it.

On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill - PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House - to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity. We need internet companies to follow Reddit's lead and stand up for the web, as we internet users are doing every day. Act NOW!!!

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Penny Wilder SO- I love Wordpress!! My blog on, and both my websites (which operate on platforms are ready to protest the IP acts, and all in a matter of minutes. Plugins rule. :)

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Penny Wilder New Blog Post: Words That Should Never Be Used in Book Promos

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Penny Wilder Harlequin Books wrote: "Hi Penelope, welcome to goodreads. I'm anxious to see what books you add to your shelves."

Thanks HQ! I'll be updating a lot as I start my new website! You can check out my new website at:

Harlequin Books Hi Penelope, welcome to goodreads. I'm anxious to see what books you add to your shelves.

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