Sunday, July 10, 2011

Author Interview & Book Giveaway/Penny Zeller/Kaydie

Today we welcome Penny Zeller.
Book giveaway is Kaydie. A fantastic book. Here is the link to my review http://thelifeandtimesofwanda.blogspot.com/2011/05/kaydie-by-penny-zellera-review.html
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Tell us about Kaydie, the featured book.
Hi Wanda! Thank you for graciously hosting me on your blog. It’s great to be here!


Here is the blurb about Kaydie, the featured book:


For the first time in years, Kaydie Worthington Kraemer can breathe easily. Although she is still haunted by memories of her abusive husband, Darius, she takes comfort in knowing the man is dead. Staying with her sister McKenzie and brother–in–law, Zach Sawyer, at their ranch, Kaydie is still wary of men, especially now that she has another life inside of her to protect. As she looks forward to her baby's birth, she builds a protective wall around herself that won't be easy to tear down.


Ranch hand Jonah Dickenson views his boss, Zach, like a brother. He does not, however, envy Zach's new role as a husband. Deserted by his mother at a young age and forever despised and rejected by his own father, Jonah has few close relationships. But there's something about Kaydie that draws him to her and makes him question his decision to remain a bachelor.


When Cedric Van Aulst, an old friend of Kaydie's, comes to town, an unforeseen prospect of marriage arises. Cedric is someone Kaydie trusts. Will she settle for a safe union with him, or can she trust God to guard her heart and her life in the arms of Jonah?

Can you tell us how many books you have in print in the Christian market?
In September, I will have four books in print in the Christian market – McKenzie, Kaydie, Hailee, and 77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference. My three other books have been published by secular publishers.

Is there a particular book among those you've written that you would especially recommend to our readers? If so, why?
Wow, that’s a great question, Wanda! I don’t think there is a particular one because they all have different themes that I hope will inspire readers. McKenzie’s theme is about how God can and does change hearts; Kaydie is all about dependence on God in all situations; and Hailee’s theme is based on Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV, 1984).


The Christian fiction field has rapidly expanded over the past few years. What would you like to see happen in this field in the years to come?
 I am excited about how the Christian fiction field has rapidly expanded over the past few years. I would love to see it continue to expand and for authors, publishers, bookstores, churches, readers, and bloggers to continue to work together to spread the word about Christian fiction, and its ability to bring wholesome and God-honoring stories to a hurting world.

How can readers and fans encourage you as you pursue what is sometimes a challenging and solitary job?
 I think one of the main ways readers and fans can encourage authors is by sharing with us how our books have brought them closer to God or have impacted their lives in a positive way. Nice reviews on online sites and encouraging comments on our FB pages also make our day.

Many writers are also avid readers.
Do you have any favorite authors?
If so, could you name a few?
I enjoy everything from Beth Moore and Stormy O’Martian Bible studies to fiction from Sharlene MacLaren, Amanda Cabot, and Melinda Evaul.

If you could only take five books with you on a journey of ten years, which ones would you take?
This is a hard question! I would for sure take my Bible, a devotional book, a Bible study, and two Christian fiction romance books.

If you had 48 hours to hang out with any TWO people (besides Jesus), alive or dead in the history of the world who would you hang out with and what would you do?
I love spending time with my husband and kids, so that would be my first choice. As far as famous people of history, I would say Esther or John the Baptist of the Bible, and Helen Keller, Corrie Ten Boom, or Harriet Tubman. Sorry, Wanda! I can’t name just two!

What three things are you most thankful for in your life?
Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for me, my family, and my health top the list.

What is the most fun thing you have ever done?
 Anything with my family would qualify as an answer to that question. We have shared some great times on camping trips, bike rides, miniature golfing, playing board games, and attending Christian concerts.

What are you writing now?
 I just finished the third book in the series, Hailee, which is scheduled for release in September. I'm now working on a second historical romance series that takes place in the Post-Civil War Era. I recently finished book one in the series and have started writing book two.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love to connect with my readers at my website www.pennyzeller.com,
my blog www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com,
on Twitter at http://twitter.com/pennyzeller, and
on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penny-A-Zeller/96391560959?ref=ts


I also have a book trailer for Kaydie that can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwihs6rsqDk
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Here is what you can do to win a copy of this fantastic book!

Leave a comment with your name and email address. You will not be entered unless you leave a comment AND your email address.
Here are the ways to get extra entries:
~Be or become a follower  +1
~Be or become an email subscriber +1
~Be or become a networked blog follower +1


Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org.  ENTRY DEADLINE July 24, 2011



44 comments:

Mozi Esmé said...

Read the author's last book and would like to read this one, too!

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Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This sounds like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.

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apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win.

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grannyvon said...

I am so glad the writers have started writing Christian books. Lots of books may be good stories but the filthy words destroy it for me. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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Pam K. said...

All the themes of the books sound good, but Kaydie's theme of dependence on God in all situations is one that I can really relate to at this time of my life. I would love to win the book and find out how Kaydie learns this. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

I am an e-mail subscriber.

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Penny Zeller said...

Hello Wanda!
It is such a blessing to be a guest on your blog. Thank you so much for having me!
Smiles, Hugs, & Blessings,
Penny

Penny Zeller said...

Hi Jane~
I was excited to hear that you had read McKenzie. Thank you so much for sharing that!

Have a wonderful week,

Penny

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Rebecca!
I hope your week is off to a fantastic start. Thank you for your kind words about my book!
Blessings,
Penny

Judy said...

I loved reading the inteview with Penny. I haven't read any of her books yet as she is a new author to me. I am looking forward to meeting her through her books. I have her on my list of must read authors. I would love to win a copy of, "Kaydie".

God Bless,
Judy

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margie said...

Loved the interview and the book sounds like a great read. Please enter me for a chance to win!! Thanks!!! margie at mijares dot net

Melinda Evaul said...

Hey, Penny! I can't believe you'd rank me as a favorite author. That's a big compliment.

Penny is a special lady who writes excellent books. Someone will be pleased to win this giveaway.

Wanda, thanks for hosting this great author.

Penny Zeller said...

Hi Apple Blossom,
Thank you for stopping by Trinity Rose's Garden and entering for a chance to win Kaydie!
Blessings,
Penny

Penny Zeller said...

Good Afternoon, Grannyvon,

Thank you for your kind words about my book. I agree, I, too am glad that there is more of an option for readers than ever and that more wholesome and God-honoring books are being written each year.

Have a wonderful day!

Blessings,
Penny

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Pam~

Thank you for stopping by Wanda's blog. I, too, love the theme about Kaydie's dependence on God in the book. Sometimes it's hard for us to remember that God is there for us in all situations. So many times in my life, I have been thankful that He is in control!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Blessings,
Penny

Penny Zeller said...

Good Evening, Judy~

I am honored to be on your TBR list. Thank you so much! Thanks also for your kind words about my interview.

May God bless your week!

Blessings,
Penny

Penny Zeller said...

Hi Margie!

Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview.

I'm always excited to see who wins!

Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,
Penny

Penny Zeller said...

Hi Melinda!

You ARE one of my favorite authors and I just loved "Grow Old With Me." I can't wait for your next book to be released!

Thank you for your kind words about me and my books. You are a sweetheart!

Blessings,
Penny

Susan Hollaway said...

Hey there, Penny! (Me wildly waving)
Great interview! I enjoyed reading it.

No need to enter me in the drawing. I already have a copy of Kaydie. Loved it and McKenzie, by the way.

I can't wait for Hailee to come out!

csthankful said...

Wonderful interview. Penny sounds delightful and like someone I would loved to meet and get to know. Anxious to read this book too. Blessings, Connie Sue
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Emma said...

This sounds like a great book.Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com .

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Anonymous said...

This series sounds like one I would love to read! And the new post Civil War era series, too! Going to have to remember these titles! I can see I'll be buying new books!! Thank you for the chance to win "Kaydie".
Blessings,
Kelly in Virginia
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Courtney Wyant said...

great giveaway

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Penny Zeller said...

Hey Susan (wildly waving back!)
It's great to see you here!!! Thanks for your compliments about Kaydie and McKenzie. Only 42 days until Hailee is released. Yay!
Take care my sweet friend!
Blessings,
Penny

Penny Zeller said...

Hi Connie Sue,
Wow, thank you for your sweet comments! What a way to start my week :) Have a blessed rest of your week!
Blessings,
Penny

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Emma,

Thank you for stopping by Wanda's blog and leaving a comment for a chance to win Kaydie.

Have a wonderful week!

Blessings,
Penny

Bakersdozen said...

I would love to read this. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Penny Zeller said...

Hello Kelly!
Thank you for your sweet comment about my books and about my new Civil War series. I appreciate you!It is always fun to read the comments and I can't wait to see who wins!

Blessings,
Penny

Penny Zeller said...

Hi Courtney~
Thank you for stopping by Wanda's blog! I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

Blessings,
Penny

Penny Zeller said...

Happy Thursday, Bakersdozen~
Thank you for stopping by. I love your online name - I used to work in my aunt's bakery as a teen and we sold many bakers dozens! :) Thank you also for your kind compliment.
Blessings,
Penny

Nancye said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance.

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Penny Zeller said...

Hello Nancye,
It's great to see you here. Thanks for stopping by!
Blessings,
Penny