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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lena Nelson Dooley and Free Books!

PhotobucketA girl who’s been lied to all of her life … where will she find the answers?

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Mary Connealy's novel, Ten Plagues, is:

ibjoy1953@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's revisit novelist Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Maggie’s Journey (Realms, October 2011).

PhotobucketLena Nelson Dooley is an award-winning author with more than 675,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers—where she received the Mentor of the Year award in 2006—DFW Ready Writers, CROWN marketing group, and Christian Authors Network.

Lena has received three Carol Award silver pins from ACFW and her Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, recently received the Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in western fiction.

She lives in Hurst, Texas, with her husband of over 47 years.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

--It will soon be Christmas, and I’m looking forward to Braums’s Eggnog (without the nog).

--I taught myself to use many kinds of computer software, without ever taking a class.

--For Christmas dinner, I always make Sour Cream Turkey Enchiladas with the left-over turkey I froze after Thanksgiving (If there’s no leftover turkey, I cook a whole chicken to make them).

--I’ve never snow skied, but I love to go to the Colorado mountains in the snow.

--I had never seen the ocean until after I was 40 years old.

Yum. I'm working on this post at six o'clock in the evening. Those turkey enchiladas sound very tasty.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Maggie's Journey.

PhotobucketThe McKenna’s Daughters series is about identical triplets, who were born on one of the last wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. Their mother died soon after giving birth. They were separated and grew to near their 18th birthday without knowing they had sisters.

Margaret Lenora Caine, Maggie in Maggie’s Journey, doesn’t even know that she was adopted. She stumbles on the information in the attic. It upsets everything she has believed about herself. In the book, Maggie travels with an aunt and her father’s partner from Seattle, Washington Territory, to Little Rock, Arkansas, and back. On the journey, she learns a lot about herself, her life, and finds a lasting love.

What is it about Maggie that will make your readers care about her?

Maggie is strong, a little headstrong, and a caring person. She learns to face the truth in her life.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketNicole Kidman ...

Photobucket... and Hugh Jackman

Two of our favorite Aussies, right? 

Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!

I’d like an iPad. Hint! Hint!

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I just finished reading Deeanne Gist’s Love on the Line. I love all of Deeanne’s books, and I think this one is my favorite, except for Maid to Match. She can really draw me into the characters and connect emotionally with me. When I grow up, I want to write as well as Deeanne does.

What are you working on now?

Mary’s Blessing, book two of the McKenna’s Daughters series just went in to the publisher after the rewrites and line edits. So I’m now working on book three of the series, Catherine’s Pursuit.

Where else can readers find you online?


The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:

383589: Maggie"s Journey, McKenna"s Daughters Series #1

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Tell me about the character in a book you’ve read recently, who really grabbed your heart and wouldn’t let go.

Thank you, Lena, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lena has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, November 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lena's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Jim Rubart, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for signed copy of his book.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Cheryl Barker said...

I read Jody Hedlund's The Preacher's Bride recently and loved it. The main character is Elizabeth, a young Puritan woman faced with challenge, danger, love, and loss. A truly great read. I highly recommend it.

Marianne said...

Thanks Trish...i've followed Lena's blog for a while, and would love to win her novel. i am reading Gayle Roper's Shadow in the Sands and find that Carrie, the main character is believable and strong in the challenges and dangers she faces. i am loving it,and willhave a review out on it soon. Cheryl, i just finished that book too, and thought it was great!

Marianne said...

oops - my email is mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Wendy said...

I would love to win this book.
I read a lot so it is hard to come up with one character as I get sucked into books and believe all the characters are real. Currently I am reading A Tailor-Made Bride and love Hannah.
Wendy in Buffalo, MN

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Thanks, Trish, for having me here.

Cheryl, Marianne, and Wendy, thanks for dropping by. According to your comments, you like the same kinds of books that I do.

Kristin said...

One of my favorite characters is Marty from the Love Comes Softly Series by Janette Oke.

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Kristin, thanks for stopping by. I loved the movies of the Love Comes Softly series, as well as the books.

margie said...

I have read literaly thousands of books, but I think Scarlett O'Hara is always going to be my favorite character! I'm always open to meeting a new character that I will love just as much. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a copy of Maggie's Journey. margie at mijares dot net

Judy said...

I finished a few weeks ago a book by Kathi Macias called The Christmas Journey Home. I was so impressed with the character Isabella Alcantara. Such a strong person and she persevered through a lot of trials and heart breaks. She made a lasting impression on me.

I would love to win a copy of Maggie's Journey. Thanks so much for the opportunity to do so.


Lane Hill House said...

Tell me about the character in a book you’ve read recently, who really grabbed your heart and wouldn’t let go.
Jane Grey's friend Lucy in Susan Meissner's "Lady in Waiting." I would like to read a sequel. The cover for "Maggie's Journey" is really drawing and I would really like to read this book!! Sounds interesting. I will be checking on Thursday, November 17!!

Patsy said...

I just finished reading "The Wedding Kiss" by Hannah Alexander. The character Kearea McBride really touched me. She was such a hard worker and felt no one could love her for who she was. She put everyone's needs before her own. She felt plain and wondered why someone would her. I loved watching her character unfold.

I have been wanting to read Lena's book. Love that cover!


Trish Perry said...

This was from a mainstream novel, but the little boy in Room just drew me right in. As a mother I felt like I was right there, wishing I could help him. My heart was truly grabbed in that one.

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Margie, Judy, Lane Hill House, Patsy, Trish,
You all had interesting characters to share with us. Some I had read, some I hadn't.
There are so many books peopled with interesting characters.

Merry said...

I just finished Waterfall and Gabi was so engaging, I loved this book!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Nancye said...

I am currently reading "Never Give Up" by Ruthe Rosen, a true story about a 14 year old girl named Karla who has an inoperable brain tumor. This young girl is such a fighter and has an unwavering faith in God. I am not finished reading it yet, but Karla has definitely has a special place in my heart.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Merry, Nancy, glad you dropped by.

And I loved Waterfall and Gabi. I recommend the book to everyone.



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