Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Author Interview & Giveaway: Forgotten Memories by Penny Zeller

Forgotten Memories JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Forgotten Memories by Penny Zeller, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Forgotten Memories

Title: Forgotten Memories 
Series: Wyoming Sunrise #1 
Author: Penny Zeller 
Publisher: Maplebrook Publishing 
Release Date: August 30, 2022 
Genre: Christian Historical Romance 

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?

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Penny Zeller

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 numerous inspirational books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. Her desire is to assist and nurture women into a closer relationship with Christ. 

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

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Q: What was the inspiration behind Forgotten Memories

Penny: The idea for Forgotten Memories came from reading a real-life story about a mail-order bride named Eleanor who inadvertently made plans to marry a criminal. The story did not have a happy ending because Eleanor recognized him at the last minute as the one who had robbed her stagecoach.

After reading Eleanor’s story, my imagination wandered and “what-ifs” filled my mind. What if something similar happened to a character who, years later, fell in love with a man who robbed her? What would happen when the truth was discovered? Was there any hope for a happily-ever-after? Thus, Annie and Caleb’s story was born.

Q: How long did it take you to write this story? 

Penny: I believe it took approximately three months for the first draft.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote from this book? 

Penny: I actually have two favorite quotes: “When love finds you, you don’t run from it.” And “No one had ever died choking on ice cream. Or at least, she hoped not. And she had no ambition to be the first.”

Q: What do you hope readers take away from Forgotten Memories

Penny: For me, writing is a calling and a ministry. I write character-driven novels with faith-filled elements and tender romance. I also include plentiful humor (I, myself, love to laugh!) and memorable characters.

Forgotten Memories is no exception when it comes to faith and abundant humor. The thing I want readers to take away from it is that we truly are new creations in Christ when we put our faith and trust in Him, just as my main character, Caleb Eliason, discovers. (And a warning: do have a box of Kleenex nearby toward the end of the book).

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers would not know? 

Penny: Such a fun question! I would say something about myself that most readers would not know is that I was the hula-hooping champion in fifth grade P.E.

Q: What are you reading now? 

Penny: My family surprised me with the latest book by Janice Cantore titled Code of Courage, which I will begin reading soon.

Q: How many bookcases are in your home? 

Penny: Two and they are jam-packed. 😊

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing? 

Penny: I love spending time with my family. I’m a very active person, so I enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, bicycling/cycling, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball.


(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Forgotten Memories and a $25 Amazon gift card.

Forgotten Memories JustRead Giveaway

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  1. Thank you for the interview I really enjoyed this!

  2. What a fun interview. "the hula-hooping champion in fifth grade P.E." LOL

    1. Hello Wendy! I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Thank you for being part of the blog tour for "Forgotten Memories" by Penny Zeller.

    Enjoyed reading the interview and learning more about the person behind the book I'm dying to read.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. Hello Kay! Thank you for stopping by and for your enthusiasm for reading "Forgotten Memories"!

  4. Hello Jolene! Thank you so much for joining the "Forgotten Memories" blog tour and for allowing me to be your guest for an interview. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

  5. I enjoyed reading the interview and getting to know you a bit, Penny, Forgotten memories sounds like a must read for me!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fabulous TGIF!

  6. I like how the author took a real-life story and used it as a springboard to writing an inspirational and engaging romance.