Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Lena Nelson Dooley

I'm honored to host Lena Nelson Dooley on this blog site today! She's long been one of the authors I've admired. Lena, can you us: is there a story behind your book,  8 Weddings and a Miracle?
This collection was put together by the editorial department at Barbour publishing using multi-published, and often award-winning, authors.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!) 
There are so many good Christian authors out there, and I read as many of the new books as I can. Some of my favorite authors are Kellie Coates Gilbert, Lynne Gentry, Becky Wade, and Patricia Pacjac Carroll. Recent books I’ve read that I’ve loved are How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck, Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert, Return to Exile by Lynne Gentry, Once Again by Deborah Heal, A Way of Escape by Serena Miller, and I’ve loved all the Quilts of Love books, especially Masterpiece Marriage.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
My middle name should be quirky. I’ll love numbers. I count things—railroad cars as the train goes by, how many people are in the room, and other strange things. If I had a mental illness, it would be OCD. I’m recuperating from making everything perfect at all times.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
I love to laugh. It doesn’t take much to get me to laugh out loud. I almost always laugh with my great grandchildren. They are so cute and cuddly, and they’re exploring the world around them.

What is your favorite season of the year?  
I’m a spring/fall person, because of the milder climate. Probably spring is my favorite, because everything comes to new life—flowers, trees, grass. Seasons are probably the only things where I’m moderate. I don’t like to much heat or too much cold. In other things, I’m usually exuberant. 

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?
I live in north central Texas. I didn’t grow up here, but I got here as soon as I could. I married a tall, handsome Texan, so here I will stay. I love the spring wildflowers. We even have a wildflower patch in one of our flower beds, and the bluebonnets are beautiful, along with the other flowers there. I like that we don’t have to shovel snow very often here. And in the heat of summer, I stay in air conditioning—both in vehicles and buildings—as much as possible.

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in?
I love cruises. You don’t have to pack and unpack your suitcases but once, and you travel several places. There’s plenty of food on board, and sitting on the deck and watching the water and foam trail behind the ship is very soothing. Being out on deck under the stars with my husband is very romantic.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
Oh, yes. I’m always making notes of people I see or places we visit. I also take lots of pictures to remind me. Everywhere we go and everything we see, as well as all the people we meet could appear in one of my novels at any time.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
Lot of my books lean toward the need to both give and accept forgiveness. And trust is often present, too. Other things appear, like bitterness, poor self-image, lack of commitment.

Why should our readers buy this book?
It’s a real bargain, because they’ll be getting novellas by some of the best Christian novelists. They’ll be able to sample the writing of 9 different novelists.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Right now, my agent is marketing my next series. I’m almost finished writing the first book in the Love’s Road Home series. A Heart’s Gift is a marriage of convenience story that has some mystery and suspense thrown in. My fans should really love it, and maybe so will readers who haven’t tried any of my books before.

Buy her book here:
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Multi-award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has had more than 800,000 of her books sold. 

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 blogtalk radio show.

She has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs. She has been featured in articles in Christian Fiction Online Magazine, ACFW Journal, Charisma Magazine, and Christian Retailing.

Lena has won numerous awards. She lives in Texas with her husband of over 49 years. Their favorite activities involve time with their family members. Their daughters and sons-in-law have given them four grandchildren, and now they have two great grandsons, who delight them, and another coming in April of this year.

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

Connect with Lena here: 

LENA is giving away a copy of 8 WEDDINGS and a MIRACLE. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Sm said...

I would love to win thmis book and sample. 9 different authors! Sm. wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Angela Holland said...

Thank you for sharing. This book sounds good. I enjoy wedding stories

Marianne Barkman said...

I loved your post! And I'm looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

Linda Kish said...

It's always fun getting to know more about a wonderful author, Thanks. I'd love the chance to read this book. I love love stories.

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Merry said...

Great interview with a lovely lady! I love her spirit of joy.
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Anne Payne said...

I always love reading interviews that Lena has done. She is fascinating. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book. It looks great!


tammy cordery said...

I love the review of all her books. I would love to win this book. It seems like a great book to read. mommystuck1(at)optonline(dot)net thank you again for the chance to win a great book.

Caryl Kane said...

Lovely collection of delightful stories! The cover is beautiful!


Carol Q. said...

This sounds very good, thanks for this chance

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

I don't spend much time online on Sunday, so several of you beat me to the interview. I love the women here at The Barn Door Book Loft and thank them for featuring me.

Sm, Angela, Marianne, it's good to see some of the people who often visit my blog here.

Linda, Merry, Anne, I know y'all will love this book.

Tammy, Carol, Carol Q., someone has to win, it might as well be you.

Patty said...

I've followed Lena's blog for quite a while now. It's fun to read her being interviewed! Would love to win this collection.


Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Patty, I'm glad you like my blog. And I had fun answering the questions for this one.

Deanna Stevens said...

I do enjoy a book by Lena ! !
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