Sunday, July 10, 2011
Author Interview & Book Giveaway/Penny Zeller/Kaydie
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
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
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.
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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