Author: Penny Zeller
Size: 5 x 8-1/4 inches
Retail Price: $10.99
I had the opportunity to review the first book in the Montana Skies Series “McKenzie” as well as this book, the second book in the three book series. These books are AMAZING! I cannot put them down once I pick them up – seriously! This one grabs you within the first few pages and “drags you back in” to the story immediately. It has been a little while since I read the first one, but it didn’t take me long to remember it.
This book focuses on McKenzie’s sister, Kaydie, who has just been rescued from an extremely abusive marriage relationship by his death during a bank robbery. Guess what though? She is pregnant. This book covers her pregnancy and recovery from her damaging relationship and shares how she comes to love a very special man. Her sister, McKenzie, along with McKenzie’s husband, son and friends help her through the healing process as well.
Overall, it is a “feel good” book that talks about many hard things people deal with: abusive relationships, hard times with family and overcoming fears…all in a way that grips you and holds you from page one to the end of the book.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book to others!
Now I am SUPER EXCITED to share a very enjoyable guest post by Mrs. Zeller:
The Humorous Life of a Writer
By Penny Zeller
During a recent interview for my Montana Skies Historical Romance Series, I was reminded of a time earlier in my writing career when the interviewing process didn’t run so smoothly…
When I first began my career as a writer, I started by writing magazine articles. By doing so, I was then able to stay home with my daughters and supplement our income, plus gain valuable work experience.
One afternoon several years ago, I was preparing to interview a prominent professional for a major magazine article. My daughters, Sunshine and Doodle, were toddlers then, and the concept of working from home as a writer was an adventure in itself. “Now girls, Mommy has a very important phone call to make. Can you sit nicely and quietly and watch Angelina Ballerina on the TV for a few minutes and after I’m finished, we’ll go to the playground and Mommy will go down the slide and play on the swings with you.”
My girls nodded and we made our routine pinky promise. I then reached for my phone. Two minutes and I would be dialing my most important source. The entire phone interview wouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes at the most, and knowing that Angelina Ballerina was my girls’ favorite video, things should run quite smoothly…or so I thought.
A few minutes later, I was on the phone and writing down answers to my questions. The source was a pleasant man with so much knowledge that I could have written a dozen articles just based on his expertise alone. The phone connection was good, I was keeping up with what taking notes, and Sunshine and Doodle were sitting quietly watching Angelina Ballerina.
I glanced down to write an answer to one of my interview questions, when from out of nowhere, two-year-old Doodle sprang from the playroom, her short stubby legs sashaying around in typical “polka” fashion. She danced in circles in the living room, giggling. It wasn’t the dancing, giggling, or the joyful grin on her face that alarmed me. No, it was the loud and continuous eeeeeee-aawwwww, eeeeeee-aawwwww sound of the toy accordion in her hand as she played what she called “bootiful music, Mama!”
I gasped. “No, no, sweetie,” I mouthed.
Doodle smiled and continued her presentation of “How to Make Mommy Panic in One Easy Step.”
“Mrs. Zeller?” My source asked, “Are you there? I am hearing some interference.”
“Um, yes, sorry about that,” I said. I wondered to myself how to tell my source that the interference was a child’s accordion and still maintain my professionalism.
“I think we have a bad connection,” my source said.
I nodded and thought to myself, well, he was about 2,500 miles away, so it could be a bad connection…
I love stories like this when my girls were several years younger. They add to the adventure of being a writer and create memories we all laugh about now.
A few years after I began writing magazine articles, God led me to begin writing books. I am amazed at how He leads and how He prepares us for His will in our lives. I pray I make an impact for His Kingdom with every word that I write, and I am in continual prayer for His guidance regarding my current book projects.
A few days ago, my little elementary-aged Doodle asked if I could interview her regarding her career. We hooked up the microphone to the computer, and just as she had seen me do numerous times for interviews for my books, Doodle slipped into the interviewee mode. “Welcome to Zeller Family Radio,” I began. “I’m here today with my very special guest, Doodle Zeller.”
Doodle pretended to be an adult and I asked her questions about the career to which God had led her. “When I was just a kid,” she began. “I wanted to be a missionary to Haiti. Now I am and I’m excited to tell you all about it!”
So, now that you have seen FIRST HAND her easy to read and very descriptive “pull you in to the story” writing style…sign up below for the chance to WIN a FREE copy of Kaydie! (Or go buy a copy if you can’t wait!)
Have a wonderfully blessed day!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own.