Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Heart's Gift and Brides of Minnesota both by Lena Nelson Dooley Ends 1/15

Please welcome Lena Nelson Dooley to my blog this week. Lena is giving away a copy of both books below so be sure to read on down on how to enter. And don't forget to leave your email addy! 

Thank you, Debbbie Lynne, for inviting me to your blog.

Dear Readers, I’m going to introduce you to my last two books.

A Heart’s Gift released in December 2016. A marriage of convenience story that had tugged at my heart for quite a while before I wrote it. I was thrilled when it won a major award.


Because of an earlier betrayal, Franklin vows never to open his heart to another woman. But he desiresFranklin's past endanger Lorinda’s life and the life of their son. How can Franklin rescue her? And how will this affect the way they feel about each other?
an heir. When Lorinda is finally out from under the control of men who made all the decisions in her life, she promises herself she will never allow a man to control her again. But how can she provide for her infant son? A marriage of convenience seems like the perfect arrangement until two people from

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Brides of Minnesota released in December 2017. This is a collection of shorter novels that was my first series back in 2001-2003.

I loved this series, because the first novel has events from my Scandinavian ancestors—fictonalized, of course.

Swedish immigrant brothers seek prosperity, fulfillment, and love in the land of 10,000 lakes. Gustaf meets Lars's fiancee at the ship to explain his brother's absence. August is reluctant to accept his older brother's old flame as his wife. And Lowell and Ollie are both fascinated by a mysterious---and elusive---young woman. 400 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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My first series consisted of four novels. This collection only contains the first three. Gerda’s Lawman, the fourth book in the series will come out as a single title, hopefully in early June.

I will be giving away one copy of each of these books. The books will be print books in the US and a Kindle edition if the winner is outside the US.

Questions for Discussion:
How much do you know about your ancestors and where they came from?

Can you think of any situation when you would have been all right with a marriage of convenience?

When you answer one or both of these questions, you will be entered in the giveaway.

Multi-published, award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had more than 875,000 copies of her 30+ books sold. Her books have appeared on the CBA, Publisher’s Weekly, and ECPA bestseller lists, as well as Amazon bestseller lists. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the local chapter, ACFW - DFW. She’s a member of Christian Authors’ Network, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

  • Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award
  • Maggie’s Journey, a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list, the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel.
  • Mary’s Blessing, Selah Award Second Place
  • Catherine’s Pursuit, NTRWA Carolyn Reader’s Choice, CAN Golden Scroll Novel of the Year award second place, Will Rogers Medallion bronze medallion.
  • Her blog, A Christian Writer’s World, Readers Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.
  • Three Carol Award Silver pins.
  • A Texas Christmas  ECPA bestseller list
  • Love Is Patient ECPA bestseller list
  • Mountain Christmas Brides ECPA bestseller list 3 months, Publisher’s Weekly top 10 list 5 weeks
  • A Heart’s Gift won the 2017 FHL Reader’s Choice Award

She has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs. She is on the Board of Directors for Higher Ground Films and is one of the screenwriters for their upcoming film Abducted to Kill. She has been featured in articles in Christian Retailing, ACFW Journal, Charisma Magazine, and Christian Fiction Online Magazine. Her article in CFOM was the cover story.

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. The Lena Nelson Dooley Show is on the Along Came A Writer Blogtalk Radio network.

Lena has an active web presence on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books. Her blog has a reach of over 65,000.

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  1. I know that my dad's kinfolk came from Denmark & my mom had a French/Indian background. I think a marriages of convenience were more prominent back when the world was a different place than it is now, but when you've got to take care of your baby or other family members, it might not be too bad, especially if both people were concerned with making it work. Thanks for sharing the chance to win these books! They both sound like they'd be intriguing page turners! rw620 AT aol DOT com

    1. Hey, Robin. So we're both Scandinavian. You might really enjoy Brides of Minnesota and A Heart's Gift.

  2. I know my family’s history and background to my grandparents’ generation. As an immigrant, I have memories of our life before coming to this country. As for marriage of convenience, I may have put myself in the situation if it were necessary to make sure my family stayed safe and cared for.


    1. Mindy, so good to see you here. Your answers interested me.

  3. I am actually delving into the history of my family on both sides. When you start going back and back and back it is amazing and so very interesting. mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. I have first cousins who have done family histories for all of us. And the events in The Other Brother, book one in the Brides of Minnesota collection were shared with my by one of my aunts.

  4. 1.I know that some of my ancestors came from Ireland.
    2. If my daughter was in great need and I knew that a marriage of convenience would help me provide for her, I would probably consider it. I would also go to God in prayer about this.
    Thanks for a great post!

    1. Connie, on my mother's side, my grandfather is Irish. We know a lot about that family in the US, but not back to when they came to America.

      And I agree, prayer would have to be a consideration before entering a marriage of convenience. It took place in A Heart's Gift.

  5. I know a bit about my ancestors.
    My great-grandaddy became a boxer to protect his Italian family from Al Capone.

    1. Wow, Michelle. That's quite a history.

      The book I'll have releasing in September has an Italian/Brazilian heroine.

  6. I actually know quite a bit about my ancestry and my dad's grandparents came over here from Norway so when I first saw "Brides of Minnesota" yesterday I knew I HAD to have it! I love Margarets books and am so thankful for the chance to win a copy of both of these wonderful sounding books.

    wfnren at aol dot com

  7. I work some on genealogy so know quite a few facts about my ancestors. I wish I knew more of the little details about their lives.
    I think many times in the past people married because it was the only way for women to survive especially if they were widows. Many times widowers needed someone to care for small children because they had to be out working in the fields. jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Joan, that genealogy is so valuable. And you're right about the reason for some historical marriages of convenience.

  8. Debbie Lynne, thanks for hosting me on your blog.

  9. I really know very little about my ancestors. My parents were both born in Russia in the early 1900's. I know my Dad lost his dad very young and his mom immigrated to Canada with 13 children I believe. My Mom's folks had a flour mill in Russia which they lost during the revolution and subsequently immigrated to Canada. Thant's about all I know. It certainly would be very interesting to learn more. Thanks for the giveaway.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

  10. I started a family tree on Ancestry and my daughter had me do the DNA in December for my birthday. I knew on my dad’s side that seven brothers sailed from England and settled in WV, VA, and NC.

  11. I only know my ancestors of both my parents as far as my great-grandparents. Sometime's it's hard to find information on people who have passed away. If I had to choose a marriage of convenience, I probably would do it if I had children to care for or even just myself for that matter.


  12. I don't know a lot about my ancestors. I know a little and I wish I knew more.
    I don't know if I would choose a marriage of convenience but I probably would if the circumstances were right. I know women in the past had to do that because there was not much opportunity for them to provide for themselves. I love reading marriage of convenience stories.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  13. I know much about my ancestors & my hubby's, and once worked to identify every person in every picture. I only have a couple I couldn't identify, and one is an old tintype. Marriages of convenience, or arranged marriages, have been part of life for a long time. I think you can choose to love your spouse, and the more time you spend with them, the more you love them, as long as you're choosing to forgive, think the best of them, choosing to be kind, patient, long-suffering, etc. When you're seeking God and seeking to be close to Him is really what makes the marriage "work". I know there are nonchristians who have good marriages, but "a cord of 3 strands is not easily broken". I have really enjoyed Lena's books that I have read. Becky lelandandbecky (AT) reagan (DOT) com

  14. The winners are Melanie and Robin. Lena will be getting with you shortly.