Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Book Blast Event Day 9 Penny Zeller

BOOK BLAST EVENT
DAY 9
PENNY ZELLER

Wow, it is hard to believe I am almost halfway done with this event already! I hope you have enjoyed maybe meeting some new friends(authors) and possibly meeting up with some familiar ones. I know I have enjoyed being able to have some new ones on my blog and many friends from times past. One of those is the author I will be featuring today.

Penny Zeller has been on my blog before and I had a great time with her. Well, now she is back with not only her first novel, but her second as well!! McKenzie was the first novel and her second one, Kaydie, will be released in April. But!! Pay attention:) Penny has offered to do a giveaway with 2 novels. One winner will get the prize of McKenzie AND Kaydie!! Woohoo!! So, want a chance at winning? Read through to the bottom for your entries:)

Thank you for being with us today, !
Thank you for having me here, Charity!

How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
I was bitten with the writing bug at age seven when I began writing Bible stories in my own words. My second
grade teacher, Mrs. Vernon, holds a special place in my heart – it was she who encouraged me to continue writing about Jesus. In fourth grade, I began to write fiction stories about a dog named Muffie and her adventures, as well as other short stories neatly composed in homemade wallpaper-covered cardboard books.

Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?
My latest book is McKenzie, the first in my Montana Skies Historical Romance Series. Here is a short blurb:

Desperate to save her sister from an abusive husband, socialite McKenzie Worthington responds to a mail-order bride ad in the Montana Territory---where God-fearing rancher Zachary Sawyer prays for a wife to share his life. But when McKenzie arrives with a plan that includes divorce, will Zachary's persistent kindness and self-sacrifice change her heart?

The second in the series, Kaydie, will be released in April:

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?


When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?

My hope is that readers will find in both McKenzie and Kaydie the power of God’s love, redemption, hope, and forgiveness. Readers will get a glimpse inside McKenzie’s life and see that God can and does change hearts. In Kaydie, readers will see that God has a plan for their lives and that He can heal what's been broken.

Who has been your favorite character to write?

I have really enjoyed writing the characters of Zach, McKenzie, Kaydie, Jonah, and Lucille. However, the character of McKenzie has been my favorite to write!

If you were relaxing, what two things would you absolutely have to have with you?

Hmmm. Let’s see…my family around me, my contemporary Christian rock music playing in the background, and oh, if it’s winter, add to that my plaid heated throw and fuzzy red slippers :)

What was the last book you read that made an impact on you?

The book of Acts in the Bible.

What is your favorite snack?

Popcorn with a touch of butter and salt!

Any last thoughts for your readers?

I just wanted to share with you something that really touched my heart recently. Every Christmas, we go caroling with my daughters' school and this year was no exception. We once again went to a home for disabled adults - some of them profoundly disabled. As I stood there watching my daughters and their classmates sing "Away in a Manger" and "Go Tell it on the Mountain," I noticed something that brought tears to my eyes.

One of the residents at the home was squealing from her wheelchair. Years-wise she was probably 25-30. Mental-wise she was probably 2. Yet, she squealed with delight and attempted to clap her thin hands at the sound of the children's voices. A man, sitting in a chair, began to rock back and forth and make a grunting noise - yet with a smile on his face.

My heart was touched and I felt the tears run down my face. My daughters and their classmates were bringing such joy to the residents of the home. Those residents were worshipping the Lord with my daughters and their classmates in the only way they knew how. It reminded me of Psalm 100, which in the NIV says “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”

What a reminder of how we can touch lives with something as simple as a song! Thank you for stopping by Charity’s blog. I hope you all have a blessed 2011!


And how can they connect with you?

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

Thank you so much for being a guest today, Penny!!

So, is Penny a new author for you? Or is she an old friend:) Either way, let's hope she is a friend now. And, what better friend than one who gives away books! I mean, Penny is offering two books here for one of you to win. (KAYDIE WILL NOT BE OUT UNTIL APRIL) I suggest heading for the comment section and getting your entries in for this great giveaway:)


MANDATORY ENTRY-Leave a comment telling me your favorite snack. Are you a salty person, sour, sweet, etc? Love to chow down on chips, maybe a peanuts person? Let me know in your mandatory entry. Also, please leave an email in the first comment so I can get a hold of you if you are the winner. You don't have to do it in every one, but at least the first one. Thanks!


US ONLY!!


EXTRA ENTRIES-Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1.Go over to Penny's blog and leave an encouraging comment. Of course, you might get a kick out of her posts too:) I was laughing really hard at them!
2.Follow Penny on Twitter and leave your username.
3.Friend Penny on FB. Get 3 entries for this so leave 3 comments.
4.Blog or post about this on Facebook. Get 3 entries for each.
5.Follow my blog via GFC, subscribe through RSS Feed or follow me on Twitter. Get one entry for each you do.
6.Enter any of my other currently running giveaways. Let me know which ones.
7.Leave a comment on any of my review only posts. This must be for reviews only! Leave a comment for each.

This giveaway will end 1/25. Winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

117 comments:

Sylvia said...

Hmm...my favorite snack is probably popcorn. I love pretzels too and chips, but I usually don't snack on chips. Those are normally eaten with a meal like hamburgers, hotdogs, etc.

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Sylvia said...

I entered the giveaway for Cathy Bryant's book "A Path Less Traveled".

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Sylvia said...

I left a comment on "The Mystery at the Birdfeeder" post.

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Sylvia said...

I commented on the review post for Andrea Boeshaar's book "Unexpected Love".

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Pat Rowland said...

My favorite snack is lightly salted roasted almonds.

patrowland@bellsouth.net

CarlybirdK said...

Let's see, I would have to say my favorite snack is York Peppermint Patties when I'm in a sweet mood. When I'm in a salty mood I like Baked Lays chips.

I would love to win these books. I follow you and Penny on Twitter, I'm @CarlybirdK. Thanks!

carlyberd[at]yahoo[dot]com

Ausjenny said...

Dont enter me im an aussie who happens to have read McKenzie and is reading Kaydee right now and loving it.
nice interview.
not sure of my favourite snack I go from sweet to salty. I do like chicken flavored potato chips/crips

CarlybirdK said...

I also "liked" Penny on Facebook :-)

Jo said...

My favorite snack is popcorn with plenty of butter on it. Something that I do not eat very often at all any more.

Blessings,
Jo
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Jo said...

I left a comment on Penny's blog

Blessings,
Jo

Jo said...

I am following Penny on twitter

Blessings,
Jo

Jo said...

I am a friend of Penny's on facebook

Blessings,
Jo

Jo said...

I am following you on twitter.

Blessings,
Jo

Melinda said...

I love salty cashews, but ice cream will do the trick too.

misskallie2000 said...

Depends on what I am craving. Love sweets but they don't have to be rich sweets. Love pecans and cashews, most southern folk do.lol I have to have chocolate and ice cream at times. I have to eat 6 small meals a day instead of the normal 3 and then I snack the rest of the day. lol.. I also eat fruit so I am not a total junk food junkie..

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misskallie2000 said...

Love the blond joke at Penny's and left a comment re: her books on that post. Like her blog.

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misskallie2000 said...

Follow Penny on twitter(@misskallie2000)

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misskallie2000 said...

Friended Penny on FB(@Brenda Hill)

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Follow you via GFC

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Subscribe via google reader

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Entered Red Ink giveaway

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Susie said...

I love, love popcorn, I am adicted. I am a butter and salt kind of girl. Secondly, love to chow down on cashews. Penny loved your entries. Susie
sgodwin53@yahoo.com.

Ann Lee Miller said...

I'd love to win Penny's books!
Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

Ann Lee Miller said...

I'm a follower. :)
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Maureen said...

I love Deluxe Roasted and Salted Nuts!
I really want to read Penny's books!


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Maureen said...

I left a comment on Penny's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire post.


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Maureen said...

I follow Penny on Twitter...Timmy1966


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Maureen said...

I follow Penny A. Zeller on Facebook....Maureen Shea Timerman


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Maureen said...

#2 I follow Penny A. Zeller on Facebook....Maureen Shea Timerman


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Maureen said...

#3 I follow Penny A. Zeller on Facebook....Maureen Shea Timerman


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Maureen said...

Posted this giveaway on my Facebook Profile

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Maureen said...

#2 Posted this giveaway on my Facebook Profile

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Maureen said...

#3 Posted this giveaway on my Facebook Profile

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Maureen said...

I follow you on GFC


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Maureen said...

I follow your RSS Feed


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Maureen said...

I follow you on Twitter...Timmy1966


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Maureen said...

Left a comment on BBE A Path Less Traveled.


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Maureen said...

Left a comment on BBE The Daughter's Walk.


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Maureen said...

Left a comment on BBE Murder in Plain Sight.


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Maureen said...

Left a comment on BBE A Place of Abundance.


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Maureen said...

Left a comment on BBE Deceive Me Once.


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Maureen said...

Left a comment on BBE Red Ink Bk.


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Penny Zeller said...

Good Morning, Sylvia, Pat, Carly, Jenny, Jo, Melinda, Kallie, Susie, Ann Lee, and Maureen!

Thank you for stopping by Charity's blog and leaving a comment. I just love Charity's giveaways. What an awesome blog!

Thank you also for your kind words about my books and for following me on FB and Twitter. I love interacting with my readers!

BTW, I've also enjoyed hearing about your favorite snacks :)

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Blessings,
Penny Zeller

Cassie Gish said...

Great interview, I haven't read any of Penny's books but they sound so good I can't wait to look for them in stores!

My favorite snack is definately popcorn! I love the buttery popcorn at movies or at home!

cassiegish@ctawa.com

Cassie Gish said...

I am now following Penny on Facebook! Such a great way to connect and learn more about upcoming books!!

#1 Facebook follower

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Cassie Gish said...

#2 Facebook follower

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Cassie Gish said...

#3 Facebook follower

Thanks!

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Maureen said...

Left a comment on LFY in Hope Kansas

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Katy said...

I'd love a chance at winning this book! I've been wanting to read one of Penny's books for some time now! :-) Thanks for the chance!

Oh, and for the mandatory entry - I am a sweet-crazy snacker! If you have a bar of chocolate - your my best friend!! :-P LOL

Katy
legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

Katy said...

I am a follower of this blog!

Katy

Katy said...

I entered the giveaway for the LFY book posted today.

Katy

Maureen said...

Left a comment on your BBE Larkspur Cove Giveaway!


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Penny Zeller said...

Hi Cassie, Katy, and Maureen,
Thanks for dropping by! Thank you, Cassie, for your follow on FB and for your sweet words :) I so appreciate you! Thanks also, Katy, for being an encourager!

Hope you all have a blessed weekend!

Hugs & Blessings,
Penny Zeller

apple blossom said...

I love chips. Besides a bag of chips last longer than a candy bar. ;P

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apple blossom said...

gfc follower

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apple blossom said...

entered lfy in Hope KS

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apple blossom said...

entered larkspur cove giveaway

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apple blossom said...

left a comment on the hazzards of christmas shopping on Penny's blog

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Maureen said...

Left a comment on your FIRST WildCard Tour God Gave Us The World post

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apple blossom said...

entered JANE KIRKPATRICK giveaway

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apple blossom said...

entered Murder in Plain sight giveaway


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apple blossom said...

entered a Place of Abundance giveaway


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apple blossom said...

entered Deceive me Once giveaway


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Jan Marie said...

I left an encouraging comment on Penny's blog - your were right! I didn't get away from there for a good while because there was so much to read and laugh about!

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Jan Marie said...

I friended Penny on FB.

Jan Marie

Jan Marie said...

I friended Penny on FB.

Jan Marie

Jan Marie said...

I friended Penny on FB.

Jan Marie

Jan Marie said...

I am a follower on GFC.

Jan Marie

Jan Marie said...

I also entered giveaway for Paul McClusker (day 9 and Kathi Macias (day 1).

Maureen said...

left a comment on BBE Paul McCusker


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Ann Lee Miller said...

I'm a salty person: popcorn!
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Lori said...

My favorite thing to snack on would be popcorn or honey roasted peanuts. - Lori

triplel@evertek.net

Maureen said...

Left a comment on your Ottilie and Lulu post. So very cute!

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Apple Blossom, Jan Marie, Ann Lee, and Lori!

Thank you for stopping by Charity's blog. I loved reading your comments! Jan Marie, thank you so much for friending me on FB and for your awesome comment about my blog :) Thank you also, Apple Blossom, for leaving a comment on my blog. It hasn't shown up yet, but I so appreciate you taking the time to do that!

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I can't wait to see who wins!!!

Blessings,
Penny

Maureen said...

Left a comment on your Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies giveaway.


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Maureen said...

Left a comment on your Simple Changes for the Year Ahead post!


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jdjmcc said...

I love salty! My favorite is chips with dip.
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jdjmcc said...

I follow on GFC!
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jdjmcc said...

I entered the Wanda Brunstetter giveaway!
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deanna said...

fave snack: oranges
I do love sweet & salty mixed...yum
deannalw47 AT hotmail DOT com
xoxoxo

Maureen said...

Entered Wanda Brunstetter giveaway


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Amy W. said...

My favorite snack is cheese and crackers. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Amy W. said...

GFC follower cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Amy W. said...

I entered the Bed & Breakfast giveaway. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Amy W. said...

I entered the Path Less Traveled giveaway. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Nancye said...

My favorite snack is anything chocolate. I am a "Choco-Holic!! Gotta be chocolate!! Mmm! Mmm!

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Nancye said...

I left an encouraging comment on Penny's blog (the one about her book going to Kindle Form).

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Nancye said...

I follow Penny on Twitter
@NancyeDavis

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Nancye said...

Follow/ Friended Penny on Facebook

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Follow/ Friended Penny on Facebook

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Follow/ Friended Penny on Facebook

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GFC Follower

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RSS Subscriber

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Nancye said...

I follow you on Twitter
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Katy said...

I entered your "Book Blast Event Day 13 Angela Ruth" giveaway

Katy
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Katy said...

I entered your "Book Blast Event Day 14 Wanda Brunstetter" giveaway

~ Katy
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Penny Zeller said...

Hello Nancye, Katy, Amy, Jdjmcc, Maureen, and Deanna,

Thank you for stopping by Charity's blog. It's great to see you here!

Thank you, too, for taking a moment to enter the giveaway and share with us about your favorite snacks. Thank you also, Nancye, for leaving a kind comment on my blog.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Blessings,
Penny

Maureen said...

Left a comment on your The Search post.

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Maureen said...

Left a comment on your Book Blast Day 8 Wayne Brillhart Post.

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Maureen said...

Left a comment on your Dave's New York Website post.

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Maureen said...

I left a comment on your FIRST WildCard Caroline's Choice Blog Tour post.


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Kristie said...

I love chocolate!!! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com
Thank you.

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