Thursday, September 15, 2011

Penny Zeller's Hailee

Penny Zeller is the author of several books and numerous magazine articles in national and regional publications. She is also the author of the humor blog "A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author" ( She is an active volunteer in her community, serving as a women's Bible study small-group leader and co-organizing a women's prayer group.

Penny devotes her time to assisting and nurturing women and children into a closer relationship with Christ. Her passion is to use the gift of the written word that God has given her to glorify Him and to benefit His kingdom. Hailee is the final book in the series, which began with McKenzie and Kaydie in Montana Skies, her first series with Whitaker House.

When she's not writing, Penny enjoys spending time with her family and camping, hiking, canoeing, and playing volleyball. She and her husband reside in Wyoming with their two children. Penny loves to hear from her readers at her website,

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You can purchase Hailee from Amazon, CBD, and Barnes and Noble


For years, orphan Hailee Annigan was just a ragamuffin in the Cincinnati streets, stealing food to keep her two younger brothers fed. Her thievery landed her in a home for delinquent youngsters, where her life was changed, thanks to her teachers. Now, nineteen-year-old Hailee excitedly heads to Montana to be a teacher, yet she's still plagued by her shameful past and the fear of never seeing her brothers again.

Based on his upbringing in high-society Boston, no one would have guessed that Nate Adams would attend seminary and become a church pastor in rugged Montana. Even now, Nate's parents refuse to put aside their own plans for his future and accept his calling.

When their paths converge, an immediate attraction draws Hailee and Nate together, even as the pressures and demands of others pull them apart. Can the unlikely pair come to terms with their pasts and face the future together?

Here's an excerpt of Hailee:

July 1893 • Cincinnati, Ohio

Hailee Annigan removed the discolored sheet of paper from the community board in the train depot. Time and weather had faded the poster, so the message was barely readable, but she had memorized the words:

Looking for Philip and Reuben Annigan.
If you have any information, kindly respond to:
Hailee Annigan c/o Dot Pangbourn’s Boardinghouse West Eberlee Street, Cincinnati, Ohio

She crumpled the paper in her hand and stuffed it into her purse. In its place, she posted the notice she’d written that morning, then stepped back to make sure it would be conspicuous to people passing by or preparing to board a train.

Looking for Philip and Reuben Annigan.
If you have any information, kindly respond to: Hailee Annigan c/o Pine Haven School Pine Haven, Montana

For the past several years, she had replaced the posting every month, two times in order to alter the address where she could be located if someone knew of her brothers’ whereabouts.

Hailee swallowed hard to hold back her tears. She didn’t want to leave Cincinnati and diminish her chances of ever finding her younger brothers. However, she knew that a change in location would do her heart good, and that she was following God’s prompting to fulfill the dream she’d had in her heart since she was a young girl.

Tomorrow, Hailee would begin her journey of nearly two thousand miles to a place she’d never been, where she had accepted a job as the schoolteacher. Yes, such a drastic change would help her to leave the past behind and start life anew.

She turned and trudged the short distance from the train depot to Austin Street. Her feet ached from all the walking she’d done in the past few hours, replacing each of the seven postings in varied locations around the city. Now, she had one more place to visit—one more person to see—before leaving Ohio…

Here's the book trailer for Hailee:

You can purchase Hailee from Amazon.

Penny is giving away a copy of Hailee. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


cjajsmommy said...

This comes across like a very sweet book. Please enter me in the giveaway.

Theresa N. said...

This sounds like a very good book.
Theresa N

Tracy Smith said...

Have seen this book mentioned several times around the web, so would really like the chance to read it. Please enter me in this drawing. Thank you.

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win this. I really want to read this. Thanks again.


apple blossom said...

yes I'd love to be entered thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

lgm52 said...

Looks like a "gentle" read..would love to read it!

Karen said...

Loved the first one in the series and looking forward to reading this one. Karen

ann said...

Sounds like my kind of reading. Love horses and the country life to.

amhengst at verizon dot net

Lois Hudson said...

Would love to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it.


Penny Zeller said...

I am so honored to be on The Barn Door Book Loft this week! Patty and Esther do an amazing job - and have you ever seen a more beautiful and well-organized website? I love the leaves too :)

I'm excited to see who wins the copy of Hailee!


Penny Zeller

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

marybelle said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the excerpt thank you!!


Anonymous said...

"Hailee" looks to be a precious read. I love stories of orphans for some reason...maybe because we are all orphans until we come into the fold of Christ! Anyway, I would love to win. Thank you for the giveaway and chance to win.
Kelly Y in Virginia

wfnren said...
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wfnren said...

Thank you for the interview and giveaway, sounds like a good book.


Penny Zeller said...

Good Morning Cjajsmommy ~ Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for a chance to win a copy of "Hailee." Have a great weekend!

Penny Zeller said...

Thank you, Theresa, for your kind compliment about "Hailee." I appreciate that!

Penny Zeller said...

Thank you, Tracy, for sharing that you have seen "Hailee" mentioned several times on the web. That is great to hear!

Penny Zeller said...

Hello Rebecca and Apple Blossom ~ It's great to see both of you here. Thanks for stoppiny by!

Penny Zeller said...

Hi lgm52 ~ You are so right, "Hailee" is a gentle story and also a sweet story about love, hope, forgiveness, and second chances. I appreciate you stopping by!

Penny Zeller said...

Thank you Karen, for sharing how much you enjoyed reading "McKenzie." You made my day!

Teela said...

I'm still trying to win a copy of Hailee! Penny is so talented!

Jo said...

This sounds like a book that I would really enjoy reading. Please enter me.


Amy said...

Please enter me thanks. I have read the first book and looking forward to the last two.

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