Monday, April 18, 2011

Penny Zeller's "Kaydie"

We're happy to have Penny Zeller with us today talking about her book, Kaydie. To learn more about Penny and her book, read on!

Title: Kaydie
Publisher: Whitaker House

Cover blurb: 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?

1) How did this story come to you?
We were on vacation in my hometown of Gooding, Idaho, when God began to give me the idea for Kaydie’s story. I couldn’t wait to return home and begin writing it!

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
When Whitaker House accepted McKenzie (the first book in my Montana Skies Series), they also contracted me to write two more books in the series. I was ecstatic because I really wanted to be able to tell Kaydie’s story.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
Hmmm, let’s see – three things. Well, first, right out of a romance novel, I met my husband of 18 years through a prank phone call while we were in high school (he was a football player from a school 20 minutes from mine and I was a cheerleader). The rest, as they say, is history. Secondly, I am allergic to multiple foods, including coffee , which I used to love to drink! Thirdly, when I was 10, I made up this romantic suspense series in my mind where the main character was the handsome and fictional police officer, Josh McClain. Everyday, my younger sister and cousin would excitedly ask me what was going on in Josh’s life (and in the life of the main female character) and what crimes Josh had solved.
I loved telling them my sister and cousin stories about Josh McClain that I had made up in my mind from the night before (usually when I should have been sleeping!) and leaving them at a cliffhanger until I could make up some more details the following night.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I just finished the third book in the series, Hailee, which is scheduled for release in September. I'm also 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.

5) Parting comments?
I would like to thank you, Dawn, for having me here, and also thank my readers for their support and encouragement. I couldn’t do it without you! Secondly, I would like to let everyone know that from April 1 – May 15 is my official blog tour for Kaydie. I will have all the details on giveaways (including a chance to win Hailee, the third book in the series) on my FB author page, so be sure to stop by.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
I love to connect with my readers at my website http://www.pennyzeller.com/, my blog at http://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

18 comments:

  1. I am so looking forward to reading this series. It sounds like such a great series.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. I love Penny ... I follow her on twitter ... long with you, Dawn. I'd love to win the book ...

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  3. I'm first again! Would love to win the books.
    Am a subscriber by gfc and subscriber.

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  4. Sounds really good! I want to read this one :D

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  5. Kaydie sounds like a great book. I have yet to read any of Penny's books but I sure would like to! Thanks for a chance to win. I am an email subscriber also.

    kcmelone/at/yahoo/dot/com

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  6. Kaydie sounds like a wonderful story. I'd love to read it and review, then pass on the book in a giveaway.

    Ldyjarhead(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Would love to win this book. I just recently finished reading McKenzie and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    cgdinasia@yahoo.com

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  8. Penny, I'm following you everywhere it seems. Please enter me and thanks for the opportunity!

    dianalflowers@aol.com

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  9. would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  10. I can't wait to read this book!

    Katy

    m.katy15[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  11. Hello Jo, Sadie, and Brenda~
    Thank you so much for stopping by Dawn's blog and leaving a comment for chance to win a coyp of Kaydie.

    Jo and Brenda ~ Thank you so much for your kind comments about the series.

    Sadie ~ It is great to see you here!

    I hope you all have a wonderful rest of yoru week.

    Blessings,
    Penny

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  12. Happy Tuesday, Brenda, Kakay Marie, Courtney, and Marie Anne~

    Thank you all for stopping by Dawn's blog. I am so appreciative of Dawn for allowing me the honor of being a guest on her blog.

    Brenda, Kakay Marie, and Courtney ~ Thank you also for your enthusiam about reading Kaydie. :)

    Marie Anne ~ I admire your willingness to pass books on to others in giveaways after you have enjoyed them. What a great way to recycle and share with others!

    I hope you all have a great week.

    Blessings,
    Penny

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  13. Hello Anonymous, Diana, Karen, and Katy ~

    It is great to see you all here. Thank you for leaving a comment on Dawn's blog.

    Anonymous ~ Thank you for your sweet compliment about McKenzie. I appreciate that so much!

    Diana ~ It is always great to see you!

    Karen and Katy ~ Thank you for your enthusiam about reading Kaydie!

    Have a blessed week in the Lord.

    Blessings,
    Penny

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  14. please add me to this giveaway thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  15. would love to read this book, i too was abused by my ex and i know how hard it is to start over. please enter me to win this book thank you carol q.

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  16. Sounds like a wonderful book. Excellent topic to address in a fiction story.
    k_hanns@yahoo.com

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  17. I would LOVE to win this book! I have the first book, "McKenzie" and I am anxious to read Kaydie! Thanks for the chance.

    I am an email subscriber

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  18. Good Monday Morning, Apple Blossom, Anonymous, Karla, and Nancye~

    I hope your week is off to a great start!

    Apple Blossom ~ Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment to win.

    Anonymous ~ I was so sorry to hear that you were abused by your ex. I read recently that according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.” This statistic breaks my heart.

    I am thankful that more awareness has been brought to this atrocity and, in writing Kaydie, I wanted to give hope to any woman in an abusive relationship. God does care and He is there to be a refuge – an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).

    Karla ~ Thank you for your kind words about my book. I appreciate you!

    Nancye ~ I'm thrilled you enjoyed McKenzie!

    I hope you all have a wonderful week.

    Blessings,
    Penny

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