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Happy Cover Reveal Day for Forgotten Memories!

I am so excited to share with you the official cover reveal for Forgotten Memories. Not long ago, Caleb and Annie’s story was just an idea in my mind. As we draw closer to the release date of August 30, it has now become a reality.

About the Book:

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?

There are a couple of blog tours coming up soon that I will be posting about here and in my newsletter.

I do have a few spots left on the Forgotten Memories launch team and would love to have you join if you love Christian historical romance with themes of forgiveness and redemption and plentiful humor. Go here to sign up.

Also, if you haven’t yet entered to win one of my available books and a $25 Amazon gift card in honor of my 13th Blogoversary, be sure enter. Forgotten Memories is one of the books available for the giveaway!

Please join me next week for my encouraging post about things we can do in these crazy times.

Until then, thank you for joining me in celebrating my cover reveal!

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13th Blogoversary Celebration and Giveaway

I am super excited to celebrate the 13th Blogoversary of Random Thoughts from a Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author and want to invite you to enter to win a copy of one of my books and an Amazon gift card.

Back in 2009, I started this WordPress blog on the heels of my third book, 77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference. My first post was titled “Preparing for a Writer’s Conference”. I followed that post with a humorous one about why I wasn’t a cowgirl due to my adventures on a persnickety horse in the Montana wilds.

It soon became clear my blog wouldn’t have just one topic. Rather, as a person with a million tabs open at any given time, my blog would advance forward in a direction that included a plethora of both fun and serious topics. Encouraging posts, devotionals, movie reviews, guest posts from author friends, writing posts, recipes, humor posts, book news, and how-tos have all been included in the lineup over the years.

When God redirected my path to write fiction, I excitedly embarked on creating faith-filled love stories. Christian romance in both historical and contemporary (and soon suspense!) is my favorite to write and I don’t think I’ll ever return to nonfiction.

However, nonfiction still runs through my veins, and my blog has, and continues to, feature mainly nonfiction posts. I love to encourage others to join me as we grow in the Lord together.

So, in celebration of this monumental milestone, I am hosting a giveaway. The first place winner (U.S. resident only) will receive their choice of any of my available books in paperback or ebook (see graphic below for choices) plus a $25 Amazon gift card. The second place winner, which can be a U.S. or international, will receive a copy of an ebook of their choice from my available books. Entering is super easy and the contest ends August 10, 2022. Go here to enter.

So it is to you, my blog readers, that I extend a heartfelt thank you. Without you stopping by and taking the time to read my posts, there would be no blog. Thank you for sticking with me all these years and for the privilege of your time as you read my posts.

Here’s to another 13 years!

Before you go, check out these other posts:

9 ways to show your kids you love them

leaving a godly legacy

thankful for the small things

join the forgotten memories launch team

the best county fair entry ever

mom-approved movie listing

when your characters become real

Penny’s Peeps

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Ellis Creek Happenings and Character Quiz

Which Ellis Creek character are you?

I’m excited today to share with you some fun Ellis Creek happenings, along with a character quiz.

Christian historical romance is one of my favorite genres to write. Something about spending time in “the olden days” is refreshing and provides a much-needed reprieve from this crazy world in which we live.

And yes, if you guessed that I loved watching Little House on the Prairie re-runs, you guessed correctly.

Love from Afar and Love Unforeseen both take place in Montana in the late 1800s. Ellis Creek is a charming little town where everyone knows everyone else. There are delightful characters, such as Meredith, Gabe, Tillie, Willard, Lula, Gideon, and Mollie. There are more challenging characters, such as Leopold Arkwright. And finally, there are timeless characters, such as Mr. Norman and Widow Jones.

Below is a map of the town and the key places.

Mollie, one of the secondary characters in Love Unforeseen, works at her parents’ mercantile and also writes for the Ellis Creek Journal. I have a sneaking suspicion that sometime in the future she may “graduate” from being a secondary character to a main character.

Below is a recent article Mollie penned about the happenings in Ellis Creek…

Love from Afar and Love Unforeseen are both available in ebook and paperback formats, and Love Most Certain (Book Three in the series) will be available for pre-order in the coming months. More details about both books can be found here and here. Love from Afar is available for purchase here. Love Unforeseen is available for purchase here.

Which Ellis Creek character are you? Go here for the Character Quiz.

And after you’ve taken the quiz, please come back and let me know in a comment how you scored!


Before you go, check out these other posts:

Serving Unexpectedly

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5 things moms need

5 things to do this summer

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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

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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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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.

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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!

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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