Monday, July 14, 2014


Readers, please welcome Penny Estelle to the blob today. Penny's latest release is REVENGE, THE COWBOY WAY, written as P. A. Estelle, and this book sounds too good to miss. In the meantime, Penny has consented to an interview, so I’ll get right to grilling her.

Caroline: Who are your favorite authors and favorite genres?

Penny: I have always liked the “oldies”.  Rosemary Rogers, Katherine Woodwiss, Joanna Lindsey, but my all time favorite (for now) is Janet Evanovich.  I like romances – contemporary and historical!

Caroline: You chose authors who changed the way romances are viewed and furthered their acceptance. When you’re not writing, what’s your favorite way to relax and recharge?

Penny: I love to go four-wheeling to explore.  I also like to hit the casinos!  I have five children and seven grandchildren.  Family is extremely important to me.  I live about three hours from my kids, sisters, and mom.  I love going to visit!

Caroline: At least you’re within easy driving distance. And when we lived in a rural area, I wished I had a four wheeler. Describe yourself in three or four words.

Penny: “A Good Old Gal”

Caroline: What a fun description. How long have you been writing?

Penny: Writing seriously – about seven years.  The story I’m talking about today was written when I was in my early 20’s (a hundred years ago) I figured I can write these stories.  It took me five years.  When I was done I sent to query letters out and promptly received rejections.  I packed it up and put it in my closet and it has lived there ever since, until I decided to take a look at it forty years later.  It was pathetic writing. LOL! I fixed it up and was thrilled when Rooster and Pig Publishing sent me a contract.

Caroline: Oh, I had one of those stories. Did I ever have to revise that baby when I pulled the manuscript out of the bottom drawer of my hard drive! :-D Where do you prefer to write? Do you need quiet, music, solitude?

Penny: I usually grab a pad of paper and get comfy on the couch.  TV, music or anything else can be going and if I’m on a writing binge, it doesn’t matter.

Caroline: Paper? Wow, I would never get finished, but I know some famous authors use that method. Are you a plotter or a panzer?

Penny: I’m definitely a plotter – though many times my plot falls by the wayside and takes a whole different turn!

Caroline: Well, the plot is just a guideline. We aren’t married to it, are we? Do you do your research before you begin a new project, or as you go along?

Penny: Always, always, always – as I go along!

Caroline: Things always pop up, don’t they? Tell us about your writing schedule. Do you set goals? Do you write daily?

Penny: What is a schedule? LOL   I give myself a pep talk all the time about sticking to a schedule, but it never happens.  I don’t write daily, but I would if I had any discipline!

Caroline: Do you write full time or do you have a day job?

Penny: I’m retired, so I have no excuses about not writing everyday! (Sad Face)

Caroline: I can see I need to nag you each morning. LOL Tell us something about yourself that might surprise readers.

Penny: I live in the middle of nowhere, very rural on wind and solar.  It gets pitch black at night and I am afraid of the dark.

Caroline: Nothing is as dark as a rural area at night, but at least you can see stars. What is something unusual you learned while researching and writing this book?

Penny: My story, REVENGE, THE COWBOY WAY, starts out in New York, but ends up in Texas.  I had to do a lot of research on historical ports in Texas and the towns that are mentioned in the story.  Geography and I were never friends in school, so I needed to research a lot of things!

Caroline: I had trouble with geography, too. I’d never been to any part of Texas but West Texas where my family lived and didn’t comprehend the piney woods, seashore, etc. What do you hope your writing brings to readers?

Penny: I have written a series called The Wickware Sagas about seventh graders who do a little time travel and go back in time to meet historical heroes and legends – For those stories I would hope, kids would learn a little history.  For my other stories for kids and adults, I hope they get some enjoyment and they make them smile.

Caroline: Your YA series sounds like a winner for middle school readers. What a great idea. What advice would you give to unpublished authors?

Penny: There are the lucky authors out there that hit it big right away. (Dang it – I wish I was one of them)  But some of us have to pay our dues, so my advice is enjoy writing.  If it doesn’t give you pleasure – find another line of work or hobby.

Caroline: The best advice evcr, Penny! Tell us about your latest release.


When Brian Thornton is taken by surprise at gunpoint, while in the bed of a beautiful, wealthy woman, he swears his revenge.  But when he learns his humiliation was at the hands of a young woman and a boy, his vengeance knows no bounds.

Joanna Simmons finds herself snatched out of her home and taken to Thornton's ship.  Against her will, she travels to Texas, and then by wagon train to Bastrop, Brian's home town.  Joanna finds acceptance and genuine friendship with the people of the town, down to Brian's sister, but the emotional war that wages between Brian and Joanna, keeps any kind of happiness at bay.

REVENGE, THE COWBOY WAY, is the story of hate, love and revenge.  The question is whose revenge is it?

Teaser for REVENGE, THE COWBOY WAY       

He put his hands on both sides of her head, trapping her and leaning in close, his face inches from hers. “Listen carefully. I don’t give a damn about what you demand. You made the biggest mistake of your life when you chose to rob me, and now you will suffer the consequences of that choice. Now, unless you have other ideas on how to entertain me, you will high-tail it over to that bed and get in it so I can get some sleep.”

His voice was like steel, and Joanna wasted no time doing exactly what she was told. She hadn’t taken two steps before Brian grabbed her arm. “Take that bulky robe off first.” Defiance filled her face, but before she could respond, Brian continued. “Don’t test me. It’s been a long night.”

Hate glittering in her eyes, she untied the sash and took the robe off, throwing it on the floor, leaving a pink-flowered flannel nightgown as her only barrier. She got in the small bed and hugged the wall. The bed was barely big enough for Brian, let alone both of them.

Blowing out the lantern, Brian lay down, reaching for her. She struggled as he scooped her next to him, his arm snug around her waist. Tears of frustration gathered in her eyes as she tried to escape his hold.

“All this squirming around is giving me ideas, Jo.”

Caroline: This story sounds too good to miss. Where can readers find your books?

Penny: Rooster and Pig Publishing

Caroline: How can readers learn more about you?

Penny: Here:

Thank you, Penny, for sharing with readers today. Please come back to visit with us again.

Readers, thanks for stopping by! 


Caroline Clemmons said...

Penny, thanks for sharing with us today. Your book sounds intriguing.

Kathy Heare Watts said...

Thanks for sharing with us! Beautiful book cover!