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?
The newly-produced book trailer for Hailee can be seen here http://youtu.be/LEGoM43jtwA
Hello, Hailee, and thank you so much for talking with me today! To begin, could you just tell us a little bit about yourself? Hello, Stephanie, it’s a pleasure being a guest on your blog today. My name is Hailee Sophia Annigan. I am 19 years old and was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I have two younger brothers, Reuben and Philip. I am an orphan and tended to and provided for my brothers after our parents died. My dream is to be a teacher and even as a young girl, I taught my brothers arithmetic and reading from memory from what I had learned when I attended school.
What’s one of your most interesting traits? I tend to be clumsy. It’s the oddest thing, really. I’m not clumsy if I’m running, only if I’m walking and tripping over my own feet. I’ve tripped over stairs, while dancing, and pretty much just while walking down the street. It is quite embarrassing to say the least!
What’s your favorite indulgence? My pa used to tell me I could run like the wind. So I would say my favorite indulgence is running, especially since I have a bit of a competitive streak.
What do you fear more than anything else? More than anything else, I fear never seeing my two younger brothers again. I miss them something dreadful. Now that I’m traveling to a teaching position miles away in Pine Haven, Montana, I fear Reuben, Philip, and I will never be reunited. I also fear that someone will find out about my past and it will jeopardize my new teaching position and my hopes for a new life.
Who’s your favorite person in the world (whether they’re still with you or not), and why? I would have to say my mother. She taught me so much about God and about life in general. I loved to climb into her lab and snuggle, especially during frightening thunderstorms. After she died, I wasn’t sure how I would continue on without her. I miss her dearly and would do anything to have her here.
If you could change one part of your past, undo one decision, what would it be? I wish my brothers and I wouldn’t have been orphaned. Sometimes I don’t understand why things like that happen.
A decision I wish I could undo would be to have done things differently to support my brothers after our parents died.
What is one thing that amazes you? One thing that amazes me is how the Lord never abandons us. I once thought that God left me or was too busy to care about all that was happening in my life. I’ve since learned that that wasn’t the case at all. It was me who left Him and that He is always here for us through the good times and the bad.
Thank you, Stephanie, for graciously allowing me to be interviewed on your blog. I’ve enjoyed being your guest!
Penny Zeller is the author of several books and numerous magazine articles. She is also the author of the humor blog “A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author” (www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com). 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. Penny loves to hear from her readers at her website, http://www.pennyzeller.com/ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennyzellerbooks
Penny loves to connect with her readers at:Her website: http://www.pennyzeller.com/,
Her humor blog with movie reviews and author interviews/giveaways (A Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author) http://www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com/,
On Twitter at http://twitter.com/pennyzeller
On Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pennyzellerbooks where she posts updates about new books, giveaways, and other fun happenings.
Book trailer: http://youtu.be/LEGoM43jtwA
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I hope you got a little glimpse of Penny’s heart and were inspired to connect with her through her website, Facebook, Twitter or all of the above! I also hope you will be sure to read her new book, Hailee!
AND DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR OWN COPY OF HAILEE!
I would love to win to your new book, Hailee!
I love to read and I would love to have a copy of my own .
Please add me to the giveaway. I have been wanting to read this book
Hello Lisa ~ Thank you for your enthusiasm about reading Hailee. Have a fantastic weekend!
It's nice to see you here, Jo! Thank you for stopping by Stephanie's blog!
Sign me up! I would love to win! Penny was a guest on my blog too and she is a so nice! Congrats Penny! God bless!
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Stephanie… I just won your book from Penny's blog, and came here from there!!!
We posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.
wow i may win a book … thanks
Sounds like a great book. I would love to be included in your giveaway.
Sounds like a wonderful book!
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Would love to win a copy of Hailee.
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I would love to win a copy of this book.
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Thank you, Salena, for your sweet compliment! It was an honor to be a guest on your blog. 🙂
Hello Megan! Congrats again on winning a copy of Stephanie's book. I know you will really enjoy reading and learning from it!
Thank you SO much for posting about the giveaway on Winning Readings. I really appreciate that!
Your book sounds so interesting and the kind of Christian Historical fiction that I like to read! I would feel so honored to be in the giveaway! Thank you, Stephanie and Penny, for giving us the opportunity!
God bless you!
Judy Perry Drewett
Thanks for stopping by, Anonymous. Have a great weekend!
Hello Debsdesk ~ I'm glad you stopped by and left a comment for a chance to win!
Megan ~ I'm so excited you won my Bible study and I hope you'll keep in contact as you walk through it! And thanks for posted the giveaway at Winning Reading! So gracious!
Blessings to you, my friend!
What a mazing story about your life…yes God is good…and your are blessed to have such a wonderful talent to write ..and I pray that things with your brothers work out and that you can keep a close connection beacuse of your strong faith in God….I would be honored to win a autograghed copy of your wonderful book 'Hailee'….Linda McFarland …firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations, Penny on your new book! I would love to read it…and do a book review if I do. a copy Bright blessings to you!
I enjoy these character interviews! I'd love a chance to win a copy.
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What a fun interview!! I would love a chance to win! Thank you for such a light-hearted and enjoyable post. Blessings…
I love the idea of Christian fiction. It is hard to find a wholesome read. Thank you for your dedication to this genre. email@example.com
I have wanted to read this every since I saw the cover. Thanks for the chance to win it. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Salena ~ Thank you for your congratulatory words! I am blessed to be impacting lives for Christ through my writing. God Bless!
Hello Amanda, Sharon, and Linda! Thank you all for stopping by and for your kind words. Have a blessed week!
Hi Judy ~ Your words are a blessing to me. Thank you so much for your comment! God bless 🙂
Hello Linda ~ I'm thrilled you enjoyed Hailee's interview. She was one of my favorite characters to create. Have a blessed day!
Hi Celita ~ I agree, heroine interviews are fun and lighthearted! Thank you for leaving a comment for a chance to win!
Dolores! Nice to see you here! Bright blessings to you as well 🙂
Hi Pegg! Great to see another familiar face 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Euladee – thank you for your kind words! I am passionate about writing wholesome reads that glorify the Lord.
Awww, thank you, Anonymous, for your sweet words about the cover. I truly am blessed to have had it designed by a very talented designer at Whitaker House named Becky. Have a God-filled day!
This book sounds very fascinating.
Sounds very interesting, would enjoy having a copy 🙂
Really great interview…totally enjoyed it!
And the winner is LISA COLPO! A big CONGRATULATIONS to you!
Lisa, Please hop over to my contact page and email me the address where you would like us to send Hailee!