Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Meet Lena Nelson Dooley

Last week's author spotlight and interview fell through the cracks of my scheduling...or lack of it, but don't worry, I've rescheduled with Mary Connealy for August 11th and 12th.

This week I have the privilege of having Lena Nelson Dooley, a lady I would count it an honor to meet someday. While I was reading her web site I was greatly encouraged by this: "God places His storehouses of provision along the road of obedience." It's now post-it noted to my computer and it's encouraged me every time I read it. =)

Lena is giving away a copy of her new release Cranberry Hearts, so leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. The book giveaway will be open until Saturday evening and the winner will be posted on Sunday.

Lena Nelson Dooley is a multi-published author, who feels a call to mentor other authors. Besides writing full-time, she has hosted a critique group in her home for over twenty years. She has a large Internet following on Shoutlife, Facebook, Twitter, her web site, and her blogs. She’s a member of ACFW and CAN and serves as president of the local ACFW chapter. In addition, she speaks at women’s groups, writing groups, and writing conferences. She and her husband James live in Texas.

At her blog, A Christian Writer's World, Lena does wonderful author interviews and book giveaways.

Cranberry Hearts
Hearts Are on the Line in Three Suspenseful Romances

Three modern women’s lives have been turned upside down. But going home to the Boston area leads them to encounter both love and danger.

Leiann Hambrick is called home to meet the grandfather she never knew, but Gerome Mays suspects her of stealing from the elderly man. Can Leiann forgive those who lied to her—and about her?

Kayla Marceilo left Boston to heal, only to have her ex-fiancĂ© find her. But Ty Lawrence’s past still makes loving him a risk. With the danger so tangible, can Ty every win her trust?

Riley O’Hare gives up her dreams to run the family’s cranberry farm, and just when she thinks her new life is peaceful, Zane Baldwyn brings danger to her door. Can they work together to solve a mystery and save the farm?

Can these three women learn to trust God and man when uncertainty darkens their lives?

Excerpt from Cranberry Hearts

Leiann Hambrick clutched her upper arms as if to hold herself together while she stared through the sheer curtains that veiled the picture window. Would she have to leave all this behind? She no longer saw the Hurst athletic complex, which had been built a few years earlier. In her mind’s eye she saw the thicket full of wild mustang grapevines that used to grow on that spot. Grapes she had picked so her mother could make her famous jelly. Jelly her father loved on his biscuits in the morning. She longed for that simpler time, when she knew who her father was. When she knew who she was.

Leiann swiped at the tears that streamed down her cheeks, ruining the makeup she had taken such pains to apply a few hours ago as she prepared for the reading of her mother’s will. How different her world had been this morning.

The Hambricks had moved to this house on Cimarron Trail in Hurst, Texas, when Leiann was in the fourth grade. Leiann had been excited when they moved to this ranch-style house on the quiet street. A lot of undeveloped property surrounded them. Besides the thicket across the road—and it had been a country road then, not a four-lane street as it was now—a creek ran along the back of the property. Leiann and her friends played there often, wading and hunting bullfrogs on hot summer evenings.

Leiann yearned to go back to that time when she knew what her life was all about. She wanted to hug her mother and have her daddy tell her that everything was all right because they were together. Of course, that was impossible. She didn’t think anything would ever be all right again.

Squeezing her eyes shut could not erase the pictures that danced through her mind. The lawyer’s office. The reading of the will. . .

“And to my daughter, I leave all my worldly goods.” The lawyer’s voice had droned on, listing the things that had belonged to her mother, which were now Leiann’s. Family heirlooms, bank accounts, furniture and household goods, jewelry. But not the house. Her mother hadn’t owned the house.


You can purchase Cranberry Hearts from Amazon and CBD.

Come back tomorrow for an interview with Lena!

7 comments:

  1. Anonymous6:41 AM

    Thanks Patty!

    This book looks very good, and the setting is in my neck of the woods. Sunny

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  2. Lena Nelson Dooley is a great author. I've had the pleasure of interviewing her for a past site and also reviewing a book of hers. I highly recommend this author!

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  3. I would love to win Lena's book. Please enter me. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  4. I would love to read this book, so thank you so much for the giveaway! New England is a favorite setting of mine, but books are the only way I get to experience it.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  5. Diane Cook12:02 PM

    Lena Nelson Dooley is not only a great author but she is an exemplary Christian. I would be honored to win her new book.

    Diane Cook

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  6. She sounds like a wonderful woman. And the story sounds lovely too!

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  7. "God places His storehouses of provision along the road of obedience."

    I love that, too!

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