Monday, May 7, 2012

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

Welcome to Writing for Christ Lena Nelson Dooley, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know? 

I really love to eat fresh lobster. I don’t get a chance to eat it very often, but I love it. 

Do you have a favorite genre to read/write? 

My favorite genre to write is whatever proposal my agent can get a publisher to buy. Right now, I’m in working on the 4th book of 7 in a row that are historical romantic women’s fiction. I call it that genre, because they don’t really fit the strictly romantic genre, because of the multiple Point of View characters and depth of the issues involved. 

Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing? 

If God wants a publisher to buy a proposal, that publisher will buy it. So I am able to just rest in that. Every time my agent sells a proposal that has had several rejections, it has been bought by a publisher that has an even better deal. And I know that God chose that publisher because He knew that the people He wanted to read it would be reached through that publisher’s marketing.

5 things you love? 

Besides Jesus, James, and the rest of my family, who all come before these other things, here are 5:

Getting together with friends

Speaking at conferences and retreats

Mentoring other authors

Chocolate, especially chocolate covered cherries, both the ones at Christmas and chocolate covered dried cherries

Going on a cruise 

What do you enjoy most about being a published author? 

Being able to contribute to my family’s well-being while doing something that I love. But a close second is getting to know more and more of my readers. I just love them, too. 

Places for readers to learn more about you?
I’m also on Goodreads and Linkedin
Thank you for being with us today!

Readers here is your chance to enter to win Lena's novel!
Please leave an email address. If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win!

For extra entries:


~Be a follower
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Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on May 18th.

58 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. I absolutely loved the first book in this series. I would love to read this one.

    agent_beckster(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. I would love to be entered!

    Isn't Fresh Lobster just omnom? Thankfully, being a Florida girl, we get fresh shrimp no problem. But rarely do we get fresh Lobster.

    Godsforlife at gmail dot com.

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  3. I'm a follower.

    Godsforlife at gmail for com.

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  4. I love her books and I'm looking forward to reading Mary's Blessing.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  5. I am a follower.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  6. Email subscriber.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  7. I would really, really like to win Mary's Blessing! I appreciate Lena's inviting novel covers that say, "Come on in!"
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  8. I am a follower of Casey's blog!
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  9. I am a subscriber so I get it hot off the press!! Thank you. I enjoy your posts.
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  10. Lena is such a blessing. I love her writing and love her sweet spirit. I had the honor of being in her critique group while I lived in Texas. Lena, thank you for being such a wonderful mentor. Hugs to you, sweet lady! I miss you.

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  11. Please enter me! I am on her blog all the time entering for books giveaways and I would love he chance to read one of hers. I'm a follower And a subscriber as well. Thanks.
    Katiegalyean (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  12. Wow, I am first. Won one time on first, maybe again. I always love Lena's books. Maybe I will win this one. Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  13. I am an email subscriber. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  14. I follow on Google Friend Connect ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  15. I am a GFC follower, wfnren.

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  16. I am a subscriber.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  17. I am not sure if this is where I leave a comment for a chance to win Lena's book, but the link I clicked on "enter to win" led me to another page. I am a follower. I would love to win a copy of Lena's new book - I have yet to read any of her books, but this one looks and sounds good!

    Blessings!
    Lori

    triple(at)evertek(dot)net

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  18. Thank you for a chance to win. I would love to read this book. God bless you both.

    Glenda Parker
    parker.glenda@ymail.com

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  19. Fun! I loved the comment about trusting God for the right publisher!

    Usually I don't enter your contests because I'm a fiction-buying addict and often already have the books. :) But this is one I actually don't have! So here's my email: melissatagg[at]yahoo[dot]com.

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  20. HI Lena,
    I like lobster too. Found a recipe to bake it and now I watch for sales on lobster tail. When our store sells them for holidays, I pick up a couple so I can have them while the rest of the family eats steak. It's not much more expensive than steak, so we all win!

    I am a subscriber, Casey.

    Lyndee
    spooler(at)comcast(dot)net

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  21. Lena,
    I love chocolate covered anything...well...except anchovies ;)

    Casey,
    I love Lena's books! I am all over this one :) Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  22. I'm a follower :)

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  23. I'm a subscriber :)

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  24. I love Lena's books. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  25. I'm a follower

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  26. I'm a subscriber

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  27. I would love to win a copy of this book. I loved the interview with Lena. She is one classy lady!!

    Blessings!
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I am a subscriber of this blog.

    Blessings!
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  29. I am a subscriber to this blog!

    Blessings!
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. Looks like a great book!!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  31. I am a follower!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. I am a subscriber!

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  33. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel.

    ~i'm a follower
    ~i'm an email subsriber, too

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  34. Enjoyed the interview!
    Follower and subscriber!
    brendon8@bellsouth.net

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  35. I think that Lena Nelson Dooley is wonderful writer. She keeps you engaged all through her books. Ans historical fiction is one of my favorite kinds of books to read. Would love to win.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. I am a long time follower (Carol N Wong) of your blog.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. I am an e-mail subscriber of your blog.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  38. This looks like a good book! Please submit my email address into the contest. Thanks!

    janetdj23@yahoo.com

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  39. Lena is an amazing woman! One of my favorite people! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win her book. I've subscribed and followed.
    Marji.Laine@gmail.com

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  40. I would love to win this book!
    Ali
    Alibaby374@gmail.com

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  41. I am a follower
    Ali
    Alibaby374@gmail.com

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  42. My goodness, so many people have visited this interview. So glad to see you here. And thank you, Casey, for featuring me here.

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  43. How fun! My email is libbilogs@gmail.com

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  44. Loved "Maggie's Journey" and would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks.
    Sharon
    smoore at tcq dot net

    I am an email subscriber.

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  45. I would love to read this series. Please enter me in contest. It sounds very good. Tore923@aol.com

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  46. I read another one of Lena's novels, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico. It was such a wonderful book!
    I'd love to read this book, sounds like a great series.

    followsjc[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  47. Great interview.I like Lena's books . I'm looking forward to reading Mary's Blessing.Please enter me.Thanks for the opportunity to win her book.
    augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  48. I am an email subscriber.
    augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  49. I am a follower!
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  50. The book sounds great. I would love to win this book as I have never ready the author before. I started following yoru blog today.
    Thanks
    Melissa
    themiraclesnook@cox.net

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  51. love to be included in this book giveaway thanks

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  52. email subscriber

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  53. gfc follower

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  54. what great assurance in knowing " that God chose that publisher because He knew that the people He wanted to read it would be reached through that publisher’s marketing" love that... thx for sharing such encouragement!
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  55. gfc follwr
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  56. email subscribed! faithhopecherrytea at*gmail.*com

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  57. thanks for this giveaway
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