NC Literary Hall of Fame



A Secret Gift by Tonya Penrose

Boroughs Publishing Group
$11.65, paperback / $3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1951055974
November, 2020
Fiction: Romance
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When Halley Bowen learns she has an anonymous benefactor who wants her to live out her dreams and move to the idyllic seaside town of Port Royal, she can't leave fast enough. The one hurdle—in one year's time she must find everlasting love to satisfy the gift. Local contractor Ben Shaw is sarcastic, bossy and too sexy for his own good. Every time Halley thinks he might be the one, they hit an obstacle, until they admit what's in their hearts.

As an author, Tonya’s moved by the effect humor and inspirational driven narratives can have on readers. That observation illuminates why her prose often conveys high-minded messages, which invites exploration. She is enthusiastic about crafting stories with beguiling characters, adding dashes of snappy humor, and engaging dialogue that leaves her fingerprint on each page.

When Tonya relocated to the mountains, she found fresh writing ideas waiting. From her favorite porch chair gazing at a tranquil lake, the nudge to scribe her first novel, Old Mountain Cassie, came calling. From her beach chair, the idea for the new cozy series, Shell Isle Mysteries presented. Tonya confesses new respect for a chair’s ability to motivate writers. Now she chases her writing joy from the mountains to the seashore.

Tonya seeks quiet at undiscovered coffee shops, and always, always takes “The Road Less Traveled” (F. Scott Peck).

Her fiction and nonfiction stories are published in numerous anthologies, e-magazines, local press, and literary magazines. She chooses to write fiction under the pen name Tonya Penrose.

Old Mountain Cassie: The Three Lessons was Tonya’s first novel.

Baubles to Die For introduces the first book in the Shell Isle Mystery Series. The second novel, Red, White, and Boom is due for release winter 2021.

Tonya’s light romance novel, A Secret Gift, marks her latest release She invites readers to visit:

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