Tuesday, September 13, 2022

FORGOTTEN MEMORIES - Penny Zeller - One Free book

Welcome, Penny. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon? My agent has recently encouraged me to also pursue writing romantic suspense. I love to read this genre, and I’m excited to see where God leads me regarding writing it.

I love romantic suspense. Tell us a little about your family. I am married to my husband, Lon, and have two daughters, whom I homeschooled. We are an active family and spend a lot of time outside. I am very close to my extended family, which includes my mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and niece and nephews.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how? I’ve always loved to read. I do find that when I’m on a deadline, I have less time to read. Having said that, my family surprises me with a new book from a favorite author for when I’ve met the deadline. Excellent motivation!

What are you working on right now? I am super excited to be working on the second book in the Wyoming Sunrise Series, Dreams of the Heart. This time, readers will catch a glimpse of John Mark Eliason in his own book.

What outside interests do you have? When I’m not dreaming up new characters, I enjoy spending time with her husband and two daughters and camping, hiking, canoeing, biking, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball.

How do you choose your settings for each book? I primarily stick to Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho because I especially love the history from those states.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be? Definitely Jesus.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels? How much work goes into it after the book is written!

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now? I struggle sometimes with worry, and God continues to grow me in that area.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful? I would tell them not to focus on sales or reviews, but to focus on how your books are impacting lives for the better and to see it as a ministry. Yes, sales are important, especially when bills are piling up. But in the end, the only thing that matters is the difference we made via our writing for the Lord. On that note, I would tell them to remember to put God first and to completely surrender their writing to Him. Third, I would suggest to writers to form an author coalition. The camaraderie between authors is special and unparalleled. Other authors have been there, done that, and can offer encouragement and support in ways no one else can.

Tell us about the featured book? The “official” blurb for Forgotten Memories is as follows:

Some memories are best forgotten…
The Wyoming Territory is rife with lawlessness and disorder, something Annie Ledbetter and her parents discover when their wagon train is robbed. Seven years later, Annie settles into her lifelong dream as a teacher in the small town of Willow Falls. When she meets handsome rancher Caleb Eliason through a humorous misunderstanding, she is quickly drawn to his kind heart and charming smile.

Former outlaw Caleb Eliason embraces his chance at a fresh start. Gone are the days of robbing stagecoaches and wagon trains. When he falls in love with the new Willow Falls teacher, he doesn’t realize they’ve met before—under much different circumstances. When his past comes to light, will it put the growing love between them at risk?

Can forgiveness and redemption heal two broken hearts or will the past keep them from sharing a future?

Please give us the first page of the book.

Wyoming Territory, 1877

A fleeting movement caught twelve-year-old Annie Ledbetter’s attention. She squinted at the grove of trees on a distant hill and willed her eyes to focus. A quick flash of something—or someone—appeared. Annie tipped her head to the left and stood on tiptoe, anticipating a better view.

The vacant prairie previously held nothing but miles and miles of grasslands, sagebrush, and the occasional rolling hill.

Until now.

Annie’s feet stalled in the soft dirt as if rooted. Could it be? A man, or maybe more than one man, watched and scrutinized Annie and the rest of the travelers.

But as quickly as the figure appeared, he vanished.

A shiver of fear traveled up her spine.

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Thank you, Penny, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. My copy has arrived, and I’m eager to read it.

Readers, here’s a link to the book.


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ptclayton said...

I live in Iowa orginally from Ca !

Elly said...

This sounds good!
Elly -Indiana-

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I can’t wait to read the next book. And I would love the opportunity to win a paperback copy of this book.
Billi from Texas

Penny Zeller said...

Thank you so much for having me as your guest, Lena, and hosting the giveaway. Have a wonderful week!

Penny Zeller said...

Hello ptclayton, thank you for stopping by Lena's blog.

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Elly! Thank you for your kind comment.
Penny Zeller

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Billi!
Thank you for your enthusiasm about "Forgotten Memories". Enjoy the rest of your week!
Penny Zeller

Wendy Newcomb said...

Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book, it sounds wonderful!

Wendy in Nebraska

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Penny Zeller said...

Hello Wendy!
Thank you for stopping by for a chance to win "Forgotten Memories" and for your kind words.
Penny Zeller

Abigail Mitchell said...

This book looks so good!
Abigail in VA

Anonymous said...

Thank you for introducing me to Penny. This book is from a time period I really love reading about.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
Maryann in New York

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Abigail, thank you for stopping by Lena's blog. It's great to see you here!

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Maryann! Thank you for stopping by and joining in for a chance to win a copy of "Forgotten Memories".

Sharon Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Nichols SC.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

This books sounds really good and I love the cover!
Connie from Kentucky

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Sharon! I appreciate you stopping by Lena's blog and entering for a chance to win!

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Connie! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind comments about the book and the cover.

Melissa M. said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Melissa in TN

Penny Zeller said...

Hi Melissa! Thank you for stopping by. I'm excited to see who wins a copy of Forgotten Memories. Have a wonderful week!