Monday, July 16, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: Mary's Blessing by Lena Nelson Dooley

Welcome to the CBRB, Lena! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been married to the love of my life for almost 48 years. We live in north Texas. We enjoy spending time with friends and family. All of our immediate family, except our army grandson, live in the same area we do.

When did you first discover that you loved writing?

I grew up in a family where everyone wrote. I didn’t know people didn’t write until I grew up. The only one besides me who is published is my brother who is a pastor. He had a nonfiction book published several years ago.

Why do you write the type of books that you do?

I write the kind of books that I like to read—books with characters, who grip your heart. They can appear in various genres, and I have written in a number of genres. Right now, my last three books that a publisher contracted were historical romantic fiction. And the next four contracted books are as well.

What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?

Probably all the waiting. To overcome that, I had to learn to be patient. And God gave me plenty of opportunities to do that.

Has writing changed your life in any way?


It has enriched my life—both by knowing editors, agents, and other authors as well as connecting with amazing readers. It has also changed my reading habits. With all the research I do and reading other authors’ manuscripts for possible endorsements, my own reading for enjoyment has decreased.

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?


God has given me several personal scripture verses at various times in my life—Proverbs 37: 4-5, Jeremiah 29: 13-14a, and now, Philippians 3:10.

Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?

There are so many fantastic books published recently. I could make a rather long list. Come over to my blog and meet some of the authors:
http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com

What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

There are so many things. Which one do I chose? I’m a recovering perfectionist. I like everything done a specific way. When I’m home, I even lay out my vitamins and herbs in a certain order before I take them. If I were to have had a mental illness, I’m sure it would have been obsessive/compulsive disorder. Praise the Lord, He has kept me from that.

Ha! Ha! I'm quite opposite from you in that aspect;) Please tell us about the featured book.
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I loved writing this series. Identical triplets born on one of the last wagon trains on the Oregon Trail. Their mother died giving birth, and their father was so heartbroken, he can’t think straight, so he gives away two of the girls to other families on the wagon train. The girls grow up not knowing they have sisters. They find out near their 18th birthday.

With Mary’s Blessing, here’s the back cover copy:
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?

Can you please give us the first page?

Chapter 1
Outside Oregon City
April 1885
    “Pa?” Mary Lenora Murray shouted back over her shoulder as she picked up the heavy picnic basket. “You ready to go?” Why does he always drag his feet when we’re going to church?
    Her father came through the mud room into the kitchen, letting the screen door slam shut behind him. He smelled of heat, hay, and sunshine, with the strong tang of muck from the barn mingled in. By the looks of his clothes, attending church was the farthest thing from his mind. His ratty trousers held smudges of several dark colors. She didn’t even want to guess what they were. And the long sleeves of his undershirt, the only thing covering his torso, were shoved above his elbows. Grayed and dingy, the shirt would never be white again, no matter how hard she tried to get it clean.
    Mary bit her tongue to keep from scolding him as she did her younger brothers and sister when they made such a racket entering the house. No doubt, he would give her some excuse about having too much work to go to church. Not a big surprise. She’d heard it all before too many times.
    He set a bucket of fresh water beside the dry sink and gripped his fingers around the front straps of his suspenders. That always signaled he was about to tell her something she didn’t want to hear.
    “I’m not going today.” This time, he didn’t really make any excuses. Just this bald-faced comment.
    She took a deep breath and let it out slowly, trying to calm her anger. She’d give him a sweet answer even if the words tasted bitter in her mouth. “The new pastor is coming today. We’re having dinner on the grounds after the service. Remember, I told you when we got home last Sunday.” She flashed what she hoped was a warm smile at him and prayed he couldn’t tell it was fake.

Where can readers learn more information about you?

I’m all over the Internet. In addition to my blog, which I gave the link for above, I’m here:
Website: www.lenanelsondooley.com
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/lenandooley/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lena.nelson.dooley
Official Fan Page: www.facebook.com/pages/Lena-Nelson-Dooley/42960748768?ref=ts
Twitter: @lenandooley
Shoutlife: http://www.shoutlife.com/lenanelsondooley
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/333031.Lena_Nelson_Dooley

Thank you again for being here, Lena! For those who missed the link to Lena's blog, which happens to be one of my favorite blogs, here it is: http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com. Just out of curiosity, have any of you read one of Lena's books? If so, which one(s) have you read and what was your favorite aspect of the story?
 

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Giveaway!
Lena has kindly offered to giveaway a print copy of Mary's Blessing! Just leave a comment with your email address to be entered in the giveaway. Giveaway is available to U.S. residents only. (If you win and you don't live in the U.S., you will receive an eBook copy of Mary's Blessing.) Be sure to check the sidebar (under Winner Announcement) after the giveaway is over to see if you've won. The winner must contact me by going to my "Contact Me" page and sending me an email. 

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Giveaway ends on Friday, August 10, 2012 at midnight (Eastern time). Winner will be chosen using Random.org.

29 comments:

  1. Read Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe and looking forward to reading Mary's Blessing and more of Mary's books.

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  2. I'd love to win a copy of this book! It sounds like a great read!

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  7. Such a fun time period to read about! And I Love the girl on the cover, she looks so pretty and sweet.
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  8. Sounds like a wonderful story. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  9. I haven't read any of Lena's books yet. I would be delighted to win a copy of Mary's Blessing. Thanks for this giveaway!

    Blessings!
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  10. I am a follower of this blog.

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  11. I was the first comment on 17th but my laptop decided to freeze and by the time I got it back up I had forgotten where I had been. lol Of course that might also be old timers.

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  17. I would absolutely love to win this book, thank you for the chance.

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  18. I am a follower.

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  23. I read 'Love Finds you in Golden, NM' by Lena. Looking forward to this series. Have seen it around but haven't read either of the books thus far.

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  24. I follow via Google friends connect..
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  25. Would love to win this book. I haven't read any of Lena's books yet and Mary's Blessing and the rest of the series sounds so good.
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  26. I'm a follower of the blog.
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  28. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/MsRubyKat/status/229939539324567552
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  29. Thanks for the giveaway!

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