New Book Alert (and an amazing giveaway)

We interrupt this blog for some exciting news…

Today is release day for Love Unforeseen!

I’m thrilled to share with you Tillie and Will’s story. It’s the second book in the Love Letters from Ellis Creek series, but can be read as a standalone.

One of the things I love most about Love Unforeseen and Love from Afar is that they are quick and fun reads. They are sweet romances filled with faith and humor, can be read in one sitting, and are a perfect temporary escape. Below is the blurb:

Will a best friend’s matchmaking scheme be successful?

Tillie Waller finds her life’s purpose in molding young minds as a teacher in Ellis Creek in the late-1890s. While she claims contentment, there is a part of her that longs to marry and be a mother, like her sister, Meredith, and best friend, Lula. But no matter. With her students and books, how could she ever be lonesome?

Willard “Will” Fairbanks has longed to return to Ellis Creek since the day he left the town with his family twelve years ago. When a job offer at Ellis Creek Mill beckons his return, Will eagerly embraces the opportunity. An added bonus? He hopes to reconnect with Tillie Waller, the girl he has always loved—the girl who never felt the same about him.

When Tillie encourages her pupils to write to pen pals in another town, she can’t possibly foresee how such an assignment will impact her own future. Her best friend, Lula, concocts a plan, unbeknownst to Tillie, for Will to become Tillie’s pen pal under a false name. Tillie forms a connection with her pen pal and even dares herself to fall in love.

When she falls in love with both Will and her pen pal, which one will she choose?


Will love unforeseen become a reality for Tillie and Willard?

In other news…

And speaking of sweet romances, Henry and Evaline will be free for download this Thursday and Friday. If you’ve been wanting to take a little journey to the 1960s for a fun visit and a peek into the life of one of Chokecherry Heights’ most beloved characters, here is your chance! Go here for your Kindle download.

Free free to spread the word!

Also, if you love giveaways, especially the chance to win 40+ books or a $500 Amazon giftcard, you’ll want to check this out. I am honored that my contemporary Christian romance novel, Love Under Construction, is a part of this phenomenal Celebrate Lit giveaway!

What’s better than a garden of flowers? How about a garden of books!

It is super easy to enter, and all of the details can be found here: https://promosimple.com/ps/1c61c/2022-a-garden-of-books

You will want to hurry because the giveaway ends May 14.

And finally, two items…have you signed up for my newsletter yet? All of the details can be found on the Newsletter tab on this blog.

Also, I’m starting a new Penny’s Peeps street team, and I’d love to have you join me. Interested in learning more? Go here.

Join me for my post Are you an Encourager or Discourager later this week, as well as a Saturday Spotlight with a new author friend. And coming up, I’ll be posting Movie Monday reviews for The Inspectors and God’s Not Dead: We the People.

Until then, have a wonderful rest of your week!


Before you go, check out these other posts:

5 ways to make your child feel loved

Happy release day!

11 ways to be kinder in 2022

the top 10 blog posts for 2021

a huge thank you to readers

resting in the arms of an unchanging God

15 scriptural reminders of God’s comfort

a couple of freebies and an amazing giveaway

I’m taking a brief break from my usual posts to share a couple of tidbits of exciting information.

First of all, I’m super excited to announce that Love in Disguise is part of Celebrate Lit’s April Showers Bring May Flowers Books Giveaway! Entering is easy and you could win 40+ books or a $500 Amazon card.

Go here to enter:
https://promosimple.com/ps/1b04a/2022-april-showers-bring-may-books

Can you imagine winning all of these amazing books? Or having $500 to splurge at Amazon? Be sure to enter and be sure to share the details with your friends!

Second, I wanted to share with you that I recently received word that two of my books will be available for free download. The first, Love from Afar, is free today (Wednesday, April 13) and tomorrow (Thursday, April 14) only.

Here is the blurb for Love from Afar:

What happens when two little sisters become self-appointed matchmakers?

Best friends Tillie and Lula are tired of watching Tillie’s older sister and Lula’s older brother admire each other from afar. Determined to bring their siblings together, they hatch a most brilliant plan. After all, it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in mischief if it’s for a good cause, right?

Meredith Waller has an excellent reputation as a wedding dress seamstress in the frontier town of Ellis Creek in 1880s Montana Territory. There’s just one problem: all of the wedding dresses she has sewn have been for others. The eligible bachelor options—or at least decent eligible bachelor options—are next to nil in Ellis Creek, and Meredith worries spinsterhood is God’s plan for her.

Gabe Kleeman has recently returned to Ellis Creek. In those three years away, his affection for Meredith Waller, a woman he’s admired from a distance since their former school days, has remained steadfast. But Meredith doesn’t know Gabe exists, and if he doesn’t figure out a way to use the mouth God gave him to tell her his intentions, Meredith may never know.

Can Tillie and Lula’s clandestine plot bring two lonely hearts together?

Love from Afar is a fun and sweet romance novella with plentiful humor and a glimpse into 1880s Montana.

Go here to get your copy.

Second, mark your calendars because Henry and Evaline will be free for one day only: Saturday, April 16. If you are looking for a fun romantic novella that takes place in 1960 and also includes plentiful humor, be sure to download Henry and Evaline. Fans of Love Under Construction will appreciate Gram’s starring role.

The blurb is as follows:

What happens when an entire town becomes involved in a matchmaking scheme?

Evaline doesn’t know what to think when her mother volunteers her for the Bible club helper position. What she does know, however, is that she is most unimpressed when Henry Gregory, the Bible club leader, mistakes her for one of the participants. Who knew a quiet man of faith could have such an ornery streak?

Henry never met anyone quite like Evaline Browning. The petite librarian volunteering as a Bible club helper is a lot of spunk in a small package. But the more he’s around her, the more he fears he’ll lose his heart. Could this be the woman God has planned for him?

Soon, Evaline and Henry find themselves caught in a matchmaking endeavor. Polls, well-meaning gossips, and more shenanigans ensue as the residents of Chokecherry Heights do their best to convince Evaline and Henry they’d make the perfect couple.

Travel back in time for a peek into the life of one of Chokecherry Heights’ most beloved characters.

Go here to get your copy.

As always, feel free to spread the word and share about these freebies with your friends. (By the way if you would like to receive occasional newsletters with information about giveaways, free books, happenings, and other fun morsels, please sign up for my newsletter here).

My goal as a Christian author is to encourage and bless others with clean faith-based love stories where faith, romance, and humor abound. This goal could not be accomplished without the dedication and encouragement of readers —thank you.

I’ll be back here on the blog later this week to celebrate Easter with you. Until then, have a wonderful week!

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it’s release day!

what is love?

a huge thank you to readers

Happy Release Day!

I have been waiting for the day when Thad and Emilie have their stories in print (and on an ebook) for what seems like forever! It is truly a book full of faith, romance, and humor. Take a trip back to 1911 Montana where there’s abundant humor involving displaced parcels, cows, and supportive, but hilarious, secondary characters. There’s redemption and forgiveness, and of course, a spunky heroine and a dashing and handsome rancher.

Today is the official release day for Love in Disguise. Below is the blurb:

Who knew concealing one’s true identity could be so disastrous?

Who knew asserting one’s independence would cause such embarrassment? If only Almira “Emilie” Crawford Wheeler hadn’t insisted upon carrying her own stack of parcels, she wouldn’t have landed in an unladylike heap on the boardwalk. And what about the half-truth she told the handsome stranger who came to her aid? The stranger she never expected to see again?

Thad Alexander Evanson should have been paying closer attention to the boardwalk, rather than the newfangled automobile motoring down the street. Had he been more astute, a collision with the beautiful parcel-laden stranger might never have happened. And if it never had happened, he wouldn’t have told a partial-truth he figured wouldn’t matter.

Before long, Emilie and Thad are arranging to meet for a noonday meal each weekend in Missoula under the guise of different names. But what happens when their true identities are revealed? When half-truths are exposed? Could God have a plan even in the midst of a tangled
web of lies?

Love in Disguise is available in both paperback and ebook here. More details about it and other books can be found on this blog or on my website at www.pennyzeller.com.

Below are some fun quotes from the book.

For more details about book news, please go to my ongoing newsletter and book news/giveaways tab.

Thank you for celebrating with me!

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It’s release day!

I am thrilled to announce the Release Day for Henry and Evaline! (Ebook releases today; paperback releases later this week).

And just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Release Day is always an exciting day for authors. It’s the day our characters finally come alive through hours of writing—many times long hours far into the night when we should be sleeping.

Readying a book to send off into the masses is not for the faint of heart. It involves hours of pounding on the keyboard, back-and-forth chat sessions with our editor, and reading the manuscript over a thousand times until we have it memorized. But it is so worth it to see the finished product and to share it with our readers.

Henry and Evaline is available in ebook format on Amazon by clicking here.

Below is the official blurb and some fun quotables. I hope you enjoy reading Henry and Evaline as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Blurb:

What happens when an entire town becomes involved in a matchmaking scheme?

Evaline doesn’t know what to think when her mother volunteers her for the Bible club helper position. What she does know, however, is that she is most unimpressed when Henry Gregory, the Bible club leader, mistakes her for one of the participants. Who knew a quiet man of faith could have such an ornery streak?

Henry never met anyone quite like Evaline Browning. The petite librarian volunteering as a Bible club helper is a lot of spunk in a small package. But the more he’s around her, the more he fears he’ll lose his heart. Could this be the woman God has planned for him?

Soon, Evaline and Henry find themselves caught in a matchmaking endeavor. Polls, well-meaning gossips, and more shenanigans ensue as the residents of Chokecherry Heights do their best to convince Evaline and Henry they’d make the perfect couple.

Travel back in time for a peek into the life of one of Chokecherry Heights’ most beloved characters.

Readers of sweet Christian romance will enjoy this faith-based novella with heartwarming and memorable characters. Can be read as a stand-alone or in conjunction with Love Under Construction.

Free book!

I’m super excited to announce that Love from Afar is free on Kindle today and tomorrow only! Click here for the Amazon link.

Written especially for those who love sweet Christian historical romances with plentiful humor.

Below is the blurb:

What happens when two little sisters become self-appointed matchmakers?

Best friends Tillie and Lula are tired of watching Tillie’s older sister and Lula’s older brother admire each other from afar. Determined to bring their siblings together, they hatch a most brilliant plan. After all, it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in mischief if it’s for a good cause, right?

Meredith Waller has an excellent reputation as a wedding dress seamstress in the frontier town of Ellis Creek in 1880s Montana Territory. There’s just one problem: all of the wedding dresses she has sewn have been for others. The eligible bachelor options—or at least decent eligible bachelor options—are next to nil in Ellis Creek, and Meredith worries spinsterhood is God’s plan for her.

Gabe Kleeman has recently returned to Ellis Creek. In those three years away, his affection for Meredith Waller, a woman he’s admired from a distance since their former school days, has remained steadfast. But Meredith doesn’t know Gabe exists, and if he doesn’t figure out a way to use the mouth God gave him to tell her his intentions, Meredith may never know.

Can Tillie and Lula’s clandestine plot bring two lonely hearts together?

Feel free to spread the word and happy reading!

the top 10 blog posts of 2021

I can’t believe it’s already almost February! Is it just me or has time flown by faster than ever this past year?

Last year, I posted 47 posts on a variety of topics including faith, humor, parenting and motherhood, writing, movie reviews, blog tours, recipes, songs, devotionals, and how-to posts. Below, I’ve listed the ten most popular of those 47 in order of popularity.

1. The most popular post last year was how to build close bonds with your kids. The inspiration for this post came from a mom who recently posted a question in a Facebook group. She needed encouragement in her parenting journey.

2. The number two spot was another parenting post titled tools to help your child succeed in life. Our culture bases success on many things. But what truly makes a person successful? And what if we, as parents, pulled the following tools from our parenting toolboxes to help our child succeed in life?

3. This post was my very last post of the year posted on the very last day of 2021: tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions. Each year, New Year’s resolutions are made, and each year, New Year’s resolutions are broken, some within a month or two of making them. Below are some suggestions for keeping your New Year’s resolutions.

4. One of the highlights in my personal life last year was the release of my contemporary romance novel Love Under Construction. A tender and uplifting story with plenty of humor, its main theme is relying on God in all circumstances. I was so grateful to all of the bloggers who joined me in the Love Under Construction blog tour, the fourth most popular post of the year.

5. One of my personal favorite posts made the number five spot. 28 verses for uncertain times, one of the several posts in the Scripture Series. Amidst the anxiety and fear that grips us during these uncertain times, we must keep our focus on the only One who can give us peace and comfort when all things seem lost. These verses are the Lord’s promises that we are never alone, that He goes before us, and that He is our shield and comfort.

6. One of my humor posts made the number six slot, Momlife, part 1 “The Big Truck A fun post in the momlife series based on real life. In it, I reach back into the past and dig into the archives for a story about what happened when an innocent mom of two with a serious depth perception problem has to drive the big truck while her SUV is being repaired.

7. In the number seven slot is my post you might be a writer if… (10 ways to know). Some of my favorite people are fellow writers. We live in a world all our own, full of crazy characters, plot twists, and made-up settings. Here are ten clues you might be a writer.

8. I posted Thankful for the small things… as a reminder that we sometimes overlook the seemingly “small” things.

9. the importance of avoiding false teaching came in number nine. Sometimes it’s not easy to discern false teaching when it is plopped in the center of an otherwise Biblical-sounding sermon or podcast. Sometimes otherwise good teaching is interspersed with falsehoods or even heresy. That’s when we need to be on guard the most. So how do we spot false teaching?

10. And finally, rounding out the top ten most popular blog posts is 31 awesome movies for your must-watch list. I am always on the lookout for movies for the entire family. Here, I list 31 of my favorites to add to your next family night.

To my readers, thank you so much for taking the time to read my posts this past year. Have a blessed 2022!

a huge thank you to readers

Dear Reader,

As 2021 wraps up, I want to send a huge thank you on behalf of all authors.

Thank you for sharing in our love for quirky characters.

Thank you for recommending us to your friends.

Thank you for encouraging us by writing reviews.

Thank you for joining our “street teams” and being first-line readers.

Thank you for spreading the word about our books, whether it be through posts, retweets, “likes”, or word-of-mouth.

Thank you for hosting us on your blogs and podcasts.

Thank you for choosing to take a chance and read a book by an unknown-to-you author.

Thank you for supporting us by buying, borrowing, and uploading books.

Thank you showing us grace when you come across a typo in our books. Despite our best efforts (and dozens of rounds of editing by both us and professional editors and proofreaders), picky-petty errors still manage to find a way into our books.

Thank you for your encouraging enthusiasm.

Readers, we could not do it without you. You are the reason we write. The reason we stay up late to perfect that “problem” scene. The reason we put ourselves “out there” for others to read our creations. And the reason that currently-only-a-dreamed-up-story will find its way onto the pages of a novel or the screen of an ebook.

And you are worth it.

God’s blessings for a safe and healthy New Year!

Penny

Love Under Construction giveaways, character quotables, and blog tour wrap-up

Thank you for joining me for the blog tour for Love Under Construction. I have been so honored to be a guest on several blogs this past week. On Monday, I’ll feature a fellow author on her blog tour, and then Wednesday, we’ll return to our regularly-scheduled program.

There is one more pit stop on the blog tour today, where I’m guest blogging about “minor inconveniences” on Patti’s Porch and offering a giveaway of Love Under Construction. It can all be found here. And if you’d like double the chances of winning a copy, be sure to stop by Chat with Vera and enter to win there!

For fun, I’ve included some character quotables from the book.

Thank you again for joining me!


Love Under Construction Mini Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 6:

Blog Tour Kickoff/Sneak Peek/Meet the Characters | Penny Zeller

Author Interview | Kristina Hall

Book Spotlight and Giveaway| Chat with Vera

Tuesday. December 7:

Book Spotlight | Joy Hannabass

Book Spotlight | Penny McGinnis

Wednesday, December 8:

Author Interview | Vanessa Hall

Thursday, December 9:

Book Spotlight and Guest Post| June Foster

Friday, December 10:

Book Spotlight and Review | Madi’s Musings

Book Spotlight and Guest Post | Kathy McKinsey

Saturday, December 11:

Book Spotlight/Ebook Giveaway | Patti’s Porch

Blog Tour Wrap-up/Love Under Construction giveaways, character quotables, and blog tour wrap-up | Penny Zeller

Love Under Construction Blog Tour: Kickoff + Sneak Peak + Meet the Characters

I’m super excited to announce the Love Under Construction mini blog tour! **

First, a bit about the book…

She builds websites. He builds houses. Together, can they build a family for two orphans?

Irelynn agreed two years ago to help raise her best friend’s twins should anything happen. When she is called upon to fulfill that agreement, there is only one problem—Irelynn must share the responsibility with the arrogant but handsome Quinton Gregory.

Quinton takes the role of raising his niece and nephew with all seriousness. He will do anything for the twins, even if it means putting up with the beautiful but stubborn Irelynn Brady.

When forced to be in each other’s presence far more often than is comfortable, things slowly begin to change. Will the unexpected attraction between Irelynn and Quinton become a love under construction?


Available for purchase:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble


Scroll down for the following:

  1. A sneak peek from Chapter One.
  2. Meet four of the characters from Love Under Construction.
  3. A glimpse into who inspired me on my “Love Under Construction Pinterest board.
  4. Bio and links. Be sure to follow for updates on future books.
  5. A list and links of some awesome bloggers who have agreed to host me each day with interviews, book spotlights, giveaways, reviews, and guest posts.

Thanks for stopping by and helping me celebrate this momentous occasion of Love Under Construction going from an idea, to my computer screen, and finally to an ebook and paperback.


Sneak peek into Chapter One

Tears pricked Irelynn Brady’s eyes. “Please help me,” she whispered. Not her first prayer for this situation, and likely far from being her last.

Because God’s help was the only way she had any hope of handling the insurmountable task set before her.

Irelynn gripped the steering wheel and glanced in the rearview mirror. The children in the back seat had fallen asleep, exhausted from their hectic day. Their precious round faces weren’t the only thing that reminded her she must succeed.

It was also the promise she’d made to their mother, Nicole.

Raindrops splattered on the windshield, and Irelynn flipped on the switch for the windshield wipers. If only the noise of the wipers, combined with the pattering rain, could drown out the emotions that warred within her.

The death of her best friend.

Suddenly becoming a single mom to twin three-year-olds.

A house too small for the unanticipated addition to her family.

And that pesky nemesis, Quinton Gregory, thrown into the mix for good measure.


Meet the Characters


A glimpse into who inspired me on my “Love Under ConstructionPinterest board.

Pinterest is an author’s dream come true when it comes to creating characters, settings, and even clothing choices, houses, and vehicles for characters. This is especially true for those of us who are visual writers. When you visit my Love Under Construction Pinterest board, you’ll find, of course, Irelynn and Quinton, as well as, secondary characters Mia and Max, Cynthia (Mom), Gram, Mrs. Caruthers, and Mr. and Mrs. Potter, along with Irelynn’s house (the top house picture).


My Bio:

Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of several inspirational books. She is also a homeschool mom and a fitness instructor.

When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, cycling, gardening, and playing volleyball.

She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her www. pennyzeller.com and her blog, random thoughts from a day in the life of a wife, mom, and author, at http://www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com.


Let’s connect!

Website: https://pennyzeller.com/

Blog: www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pennyzellerbooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PennyZeller

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pennyzeller/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/zellerpenny/

Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/author/pennyzeller

MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/pennyzeller


Love Under Construction Mini Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 6:

Blog Tour Kickoff/Sneak Peek/Meet the Characters | Penny Zeller

Author Interview | Kristina Hall

Book Spotlight and Giveaway| Chat with Vera

Tuesday. December 7:

Book Spotlight | Joy Hannabass

Book Spotlight | Penny McGinnis

Wednesday, December 8:

Author Interview | Vanessa Hall

Thursday, December 9:

Book Spotlight and Guest Post| June Foster

Friday, December 10:

Book Spotlight and Review | Madi’s Musings

Book Spotlight and Guest Post | Kathy McKinsey

Saturday, December 11:

Book Spotlight/Ebook Giveaway | Patti’s Porch

Blog Tour Wrap-up/Love Under Construction Quotables and a signed copy giveaway | Penny Zeller

** Regularly-scheduled posts will return next week.

It’s release day!

Finally, the big day for my latest contemporary Christian romance has arrived. As an author, it always seems like the release date for a new book is far, far into the future. While we never want to wish time away, waiting for our characters to come to life in the form of a book can sometimes feel out of reach.

Today is the big day for Love Under Construction. A tender and uplifting Christian contemporary romance, the main theme I chose to wove throughout its pages is relying on God in all circumstances.

Be sure to return next Monday, as I’ll be listing all of the exciting details about my mini blog tour, taking place from December 6-11. I’m joining with fellow authors and hosting a few giveaways of Love Under Construction, offering some insights into the book, and answering some fun interview questions.

Also, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m a guest today on Author Julie Arduini’s blog at http://juliearduini.com/2021/11/30/love-under-construction-by-penny-zeller/ where I’m talking about the inspiration behind the character, Cynthia Brady.

Without further ado, below is the blurb for Love Under Construction. It is available in both paperback and ebook format and can be found here.

Thank you for joining me in celebrating my new release!

She builds websites. He builds houses. Together, can they build a family for two orphans?

Irelynn agreed two years ago to help raise her best friend’s twins should anything happen. When she is called upon to fulfill that agreement, there is only one problem—Irelynn must share the responsibility with the arrogant but handsome Quinton Gregory. Quinton takes the role of raising his niece and nephew with all seriousness. He will do anything for the twins, even if it means putting up with the beautiful but stubborn Irelynn Brady.

When forced to be in each other’s presence far more often than is comfortable, things slowly begin to change. Will the unexpected attraction between Irelynn and Quinton become a love under construction?