Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lena Nelson Dooley's Maggie's Journey

Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 675,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (http://www.acfw.com) and president of the local chapter, DFW Ready Writers. She’s also a member of Christian Authors Network, CROWN Fiction Marketing, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

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 fifteen 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. And she loves chocolate, especially dark chocolate.

Her 2010 release is Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, from Summerside Press which recently won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western literature. Lena is currently under two 3-book contracts with Charisma House/Realms. The first book releases in October 2011. It’s Maggie’s Journey, book one of her McKenna’s Daughters series.

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.

Lena has an active web presence on Shoutlife, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books. You can check out her books and find out more about her on her blog by clicking the tabs across the top.

You can find Lena online at

Maggie's Journey

A girl who’s been lied to her whole life…

Near her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Lenora Caine finds a chest hidden in the attic containing proof that she was adopted. The daughter of wealthy merchants in Seattle, she feels betrayed both by her real parents and by the ones who raised her.

Maggie desires a place where she belongs. But her mother’s constant criticism and reminders that she doesn't fit the mold of a young woman of their social standing have already created tension in their home. With the discovery of the family secret, all sense of her identity is lost.

When Maggie asks to visit her grandmother in Arkansas, her father agrees on the condition that she take her Aunt Georgia as a chaperone and his young partner, Charles Stanton, as protection on the journey. Will she discover who she really is and, more importantly, what truly matters most in life?

Here's an excerpt of Maggie's Journey:

Chapter 1
September 1885
Seattle, Washington

Margaret Lenora Caine sat in the library of their mansion on Beacon Hill. Because of the view of Puget Sound which she loved, she had the brocade draperies pulled back to let the early September sunshine bathe the room with warmth. Basking in the bright light, she concentrated on the sketch pad balanced on her lap. After leaning back to get the full effect of the drawing, she reached a finger to smudge the shadows between the folds of the skirt. With a neckline that revealed the shoulders, but still maintained complete modesty, this dress was her best design so far. One she planned to have Mrs. Murdock create in that dreamy, shimmery green material that came in the last shipment from China. Maggie knew silk was usually a summer fabric, but with it woven into a heavier brocade satin, it would be just right for her eighteenth birthday party. And with a few changes to the design, she could have another dress created as well.

Once again, she leaned forward and drew a furbelow around the hem, shading it carefully to show depth. The added weight of the extra fabric would help the skirt maintain its shape, providing a pleasing silhouette at any ball. She pictured herself wearing the beautiful green dress, whirling in the arms of her partner, whoever he was. Maybe someone like Charles Stanton, since she’d admired him for several years, and he was so handsome.

“Margaret, what are you doing?”

The harsh question broke Maggie’s concentration. The charcoal in her hand slipped, slashing an ugly smear across the sketch. She glanced at her mother standing in the doorway, her arms crossed over her bosom. Maggie heaved a sigh loud enough to reach the entrance, and her mother’s eyebrows arched so quickly Maggie wanted to laugh … almost, but she didn’t dare add to whatever was bothering Mother now. Her stomach began to churn, a thoroughly uncomfortable sensation. Lately, everything she did put Mother in a bad mood. She searched her mind for whatever could have set her off this time. She came up with nothing, so she pasted a smile across her face.

Here's the book trailer for Maggie's Journey:

You can purchase Maggie's Journey from Amazon.

Lena is giving away a copy of Maggie's Journey. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

I did enjoy the excerpt for MAGGIE'S JOURNEY thank you & the cover is just wonderful.


Judy said...

Lena is a fantastic writer. I love her commitment to Christ and her family. I love that she loves chocolates! She mentioned some of my favorites. Chocolate covered cherries, yum!

I really enjoyed the trailer for Maggie's Journey and loved the excerpt. It is a book I must read.

Thank you for this giveaway!

Judy B


Jo said...

Maggie's Journey sounds like a great book and I would love to read it. Please enter me in the drawing.


Teela said...

Lena, you are an extremely gifted lady. The excerpt from Maggie's Journey really makes me hope that I win a copy of your book! Bless you as you speak and serve our Lord. teelayoung at hotmail dot com

wfnren said...

OH, I really want to read this book, thank you for the chance to win it.


lgm52 said...

I'd love to read this book. I enjoy reading historical fiction.

Merry said...

I look forward to Maggie's Journey. Thank you for a little peek at Lena's newest book. Please add me to the drawing.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Susan H said...

I just finished reading Lena's Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico. It was a great book! I look forward to reading her new book!


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a good book!


Lady DragonKeeper said...

Ooh, is Maggie a (secret) fashion designer? That's what I wanted to be when I was younger ... Thanks for the chance to win --sounds like a great book!


ann said...

this book sounds like one I would really enjoy reading - hope to win

amhengst at verizon dot net

Pam K. said...

I enjoyed the excerpt and the trailer for Maggie's Journey. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this book.


PriviesAndPrims said...

Please include me. Love the old timey stuff. :)

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Marianne said...

i love Lena's blog posts, and would love to read one of her books. please enter my name in the drawing.


Charlotte Kay said...

This sure sounds like a great read!
Thanks for the chance to win it!

Many Blessings and Smiles:)

Tracy Smith said...

I am just finishing up Lena's book, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico. It is wonderful and this one sounds like one that is wonderful as well. Would love to read it.

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Amy said...

Thank you for the excerpt. Would love to win. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Patsy said...

Count me in on the giveaway! I love the cover of Lena's book. I've been wanting to read it.


Marianne said...

i 'know' Lena from her blog, and would be so happy to win this novel of hers! Thanks for the chance, Esther


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