Monday, May 14, 2012

Mary's Blessing by Lena Nelson Dooley ends May 21st

Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 690,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers http://www.acfw.com/ and the local chapter, DFW Ready Writers. She’s a member of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

It's good to have you back on my blog again, Lena. Lena is giving away a copy of Mary's Blessings to one blessed winner. Leave a comment or answer one of the questions she asks to be entered to win. And as always, don't forget to let me know if you're a follower so you get a second entry and leave your email addy so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!

  Of Great Importance in My Writing Life

One of the most important things in this author’s life is my readers. I love all of you. Hearing from you is a high point of my day. Even if you didn’t like some aspect of my book, I like to hear from you. I want to connect with you in every way I can. And you can find me on a lot of online venues—Facebook, Twitter, Shoutlife, Pinterest, Goodreads, my blog, and my web site.

I’m really interested in book clubs and reading groups. I enjoy connecting with you through the electronic technology of telephone calls or Skype video. I’m happy to answer questions about the stories, why I wrote them, and any other question you may have.

My newest series McKenna’s Daughters. The heroines were born on one of the last wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. Their mother died giving birth, and because of the circumstances, they were separated. It’s not until they are about eighteen years old that they learn they have two sisters. And the desire to find their sisters is strong in each of them.

Books one and two are stand alone novels, which can be read in any order. But you’ll probably want to read book one and two before book three releases in January 2012.

Maggie’s Journey released in October 2011. I’ve heard from a lot of readers. Many of they have been adoptees. They were interested in that aspect of the book, which was set in1885 in Washington Territory. Maggie journey took her to Little Rock, Arkansas, by train.

Maggie had grown up the spoiled daughter in a wealthy family. She had no idea she was adopted. Most people were intrigued by the way she found out. One Christian reviewer put Maggie’s Journey on her Top Books of 2011 list.

Mary’s Blessing is releasing May 15, 2012. Mary has always known she was adopted, but because her mother died when she was eleven years old, no one told her the circumstances. That information really affected her when she found out. Her mother had called her God’s Blessing, but she didn’t feel like anyone’s blessing. Her spiritual and romantic journey intertwine in an interesting and surprising way.

If you didn’t get a chance to read book one, we’ll give away a copy to one lucky (or I should say blessed) reader.

Have you ever let an author know when something in a book bothered you?

Have you ever contacted an author and let that person know how much their book meant to you?

In either case, what happened?


Featured Book:
Author: Lena Nelson Dooley
Title: Mary’s Blessing
Series: McKenna’s Daughters Series, Book 2
ISBN: 978-1-61638-617-7
Publisher: Realms

“Lena Nelson Dooley paints a vivid picture of all the tragedies and triumphs of nineteenth-century life. The charming characters, godly themes, and tender love story will leave you wanting more and eagerly awaiting her next book.—Margaret Brownley, New York Times best-selling author of Brides of Last Chance Ranch

When her mother dies, Mary Lenora must grow up quickly to take care of her brothers and sisters. Can love help her to shoulder the burden?

Mary Lenora Caine knows she is adopted. As she was growing up, her mother called her “God’s blessing.” But now that she’s gone, Mary no longer feels like any kind of blessing. Her father, in his grief, has cut himself off from the family, leaving the running of the home entirely in Mary’s hands.

As she nears her eighteenth birthday, Mary can’t see anything in her future but drudgery. Then her childhood friend Daniel begins to court her, promising her a life of riches and ease. But her fairy-tale dreams turn to dust when her family becomes too much for Daniel, and he abandons her in her time of deepest need.

Will Daniel come to grips with God’s plan for him? And if he does return, can Mary trust that this time he will really follow through?

More about Lena
 
Lena loves James, her children, grandchildren, and great grandson. She loves chocolate, cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, and spending time with friends. Travel is always on her horizon. Cruising, Galveston, the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Mexico. One day it will be Hawaii and Australia, but probably not the same year. Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with eighteen signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins from American Christian Fiction Writers, and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award at their national conference. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books.

Her 2010 release was Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, from Summerside Press which recently won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western literature for fiction. Lena is currently under two 3-book contracts with Charisma House/Realms. The first book released in October 2011. Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Books of 2011 list. The second is Mary’s Blessing, which will release in May 2012.

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blog radio show.

Lena has an active web presence on Shoutlife, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/333031.Lena_Nelson_Dooley

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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, May 21st. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

38 comments:

  1. Yes, I have. One was an author who had written her debut book. I enjoyed the book so much and emailed her and told her. She immediately emailed me back and told me how much it meant to her. I should do this more!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. That is so sweet of you to let a debut author know. I bet that was a big encouragement to her.

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  2. I am a follower.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  3. I soooo want this book! The cover is great.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I have no doubt you'll love the book, Wendy.

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  4. Rubynreba, thank you for answering my question. I like that answer. Wendy, I'm glad you're anxious to read the book.

    Debbie Lynne, thank you for featuring me here.

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  5. I've written a few authors whose books really touched my heart in a special way. All have written back with sweet notes, we've both been blessed!
    I'd love to be entered for Mary's Blessings. I love the cover!
    I'm a follower.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. I love hearing that people write the authors that touch their heart. What a wonderful ministry to authors.

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  6. I have contacted several authors whose work has touched me in some way. I have been blessed to make new friends. Some of them even asked me to be an influencer for some of their books that came out after I contacted them, that was a real blessing. I was able to spread the word about their wonderful books, and I got to read the books before they hit the bookshelves.
    Lena, your books are a real blessing to me. I have read them for many years. If fact I have told you so before on your website. You are one of the ones I consider a blessing in my life.
    I'm a follower.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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    1. Hey Shirley. Lena has a real gift and I'm glad to hear you are one of the many people blessed by her work. It's awesome to hear you have made friends by contacting the authors.

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  7. This is an author I know well. However I did not know she had 100,000 of thousands of books in print but I've read quite a few and a few are on my shelf. Some are in tbr stack.
    She's an author who encourages and uplifts you pointing you to Jesus. Yes, I have let an author know when something bothers me but never in a review I write. I write the author in private. So far all have excepted it graciously. I do not criticize - just share why it bothered me. For instance one book I read I could not take all the drinking of alcohol. This is me and I let Author know because I grew up with an acholic in the home. We are close friends by the way. Would love to win the book. Yes, I follow your blog
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com.

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    1. Discretion is a very good trait. And the fact that you use it and contact the author privately rather than blast them publicly shows your character. God bless you! I think some of the people who do that don't realize the hard work and good intentions of the authors. I believe that most of the Christian authors are writing for God and don't mean to hurt anyone in the process. So to email them privately is a wonderful thing to do.

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  8. I did find an author's web page once and sent her an e-mail. I had really enjoyed the book and it was set near my hometown and the author also lived in that area, so I just felt some connection to her. She quickly sent a nice reply!
    I recently read Love Finds you in Golden, NM, my first book by Lena. Would love to read this one.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Hey Patty. How cool to find that connection with the author. Good luck on winning this book by Lena.

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  10. I usually note in my review of how a character or the book has touched my heart. Hopefully it will touch others as well. I've not written the author personally, though. Maybe I should start!

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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    1. Never too late. And it might really bless the author.

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  11. I am a follower of Lena's, and I have a great deal of respect for her. I'd love a copy of this new book. Thank you for the wonderful interview, and for this giveaway!
    Nancee, Michigan
    quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net
    Feedburner Follower

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  12. Merry, Beemama, squiresj, Patty, Linda, adn Nancee,

    I read all your comments and appreciated them. The 690,000 books in print means all the books that have been sold over the last 20 years.

    I wish everyone could win a copy.

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  13. I would love to win.
    Angela from KY
    angelac@mchsi.com

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  14. Lena, Mary's Blessing sounds like a great book! I have 2 adopted children, so I'm really interested in the subject. Wonderful interview. It's so nice to read more about other writers.

    caralynnjames at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Cara. How neat that you have 2 adopted children.

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  15. I had actually enjoyed a series so much, that when it ended I wrote the author. I wanted to know if she might consider writing more and begged her too. She was nice and wrote me back that in one of her future contempory novels she gave more story to her previous historical books. I was just excited she took the time to write me back.

    Please enter me as I have wanted to read this book for awhile. I am also a follower. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. That is cool that you were able to get more of the story, even if it wasn't quite what you were wanting. I think authors like to hear from their readers as much as the readers like to hear back from the authors. ;o)

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  16. Not that long ago I contacted the author of a book that changed my life regarding a relationship issue. This book so touched me that I cried buckets! I wanted to let the author know that her books did count for something and they were changing lives. I thanked her for such a Godly written book and through her book the Holy Spirit convicted me regarding an area I needed to work on in my life! The author actually published my comments to her on FB (with my permission and without using my name.) She was so touched with how God used her book to make a change in my life.

    I encourage authors to keep writing for Christ. You just never know how God will use your books!

    Thank your for your post about Lena and this great giveaway! I would love to win a copy of Mary's Blessing.

    Blessings!
    Judy
    sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. Angela, Cara Lynn, Amy, and Judy,

    Thank you for stopping by. I'm enjoying reading all the comments. My favorite letters and emails are from readers. Keep them coming.

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  18. Lena...would love to read your novel...thanks for the chance. and yes, i have written to several authors to let him/her know that i have enjoyed their novels.

    i'm a follower, too

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hey Karen. Thanks for stopping by. I'm just excited to hear how many of you have written authors. that actually is what has gotten me to where I am today. I emailed MaryLu Tyndall to ask her some questions on the novel I was writing. She started mentoring me and here I am today!

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  19. Yes, I have actually let a author know when I have really enjoyed a book. We all need encouragement so why shouldn't we let them know when we like something. Most of us usually only hear when someone doesn't like something and not when they do. This series of books sounds quite interesting.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. KarenK, Jo, thanks for stopping by.

    Writing is a lonely occupation. For a real people person like me, those letters of encouragement are the highlights of my day and help keep me happily writing.

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  21. "Have you ever let an author know when something in a book bothered you?" I read one book that had a prologue to it. The second book wasn't written fully yet and I knew how to get ahold of the author. In the prologue, there was a sentence there that didn't quite match how the first book said it. The author was very kind, I thought, and even wrote me and shared how she tweeked a sentence in that first chapter of the next book to make the two books match better.

    "Have you ever contacted an author and let that person know how much their book meant to you?" I did, go to facebook and wrote that author about how excited I was about a specific part she included in her book. She was thrilled to hear, she said she didn't know how people would take that point so it must have been, for her, treading on shakey ground for an author to say in a book.

    purensimplenatural at gmail dot com

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    1. thanks for stopping by! It is so good to hear how many people contact authors.

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  22. Not sure if I got entered or not for this drawing but sure want to be. I have not read one of Lena's books in sometime and sure would love to. God uses her to bless and uplift you too.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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  23. Have you ever let an author know when something in a book bothered you?

    Have you ever contacted an author and let that person know how much their book meant to you?

    In either case, what happened?
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    Yes, I have. The author wrote a book that was considered Christian Fiction, but had the word b*tch in it 2x. I was shocked, and it wasn't talking about a female dog... it was being used as a curse word.. one person calling another person that. I didn't like it and didn't think it was necessary, so I wrote the author and asked her why. She responded with her answer, but the answer did not make me think it was necessary still. The book was good except for that. :)

    I have also written authors (Kathi Macias and Liz Curtis Higgs, to name a few) to let them know how much their books have meant to me!! They have been so kind and lovely in their replies.

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  24. I follow your blog.

    (I would love to read this book!! This is the second time I have come across Lena Nelson Dooley today and I'm thinking it's a sign! :) )

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