Friday, August 20, 2010

Lena Nelson Dooley ~ Interview + Giveaway!

*You can earn up to 6 entries in this giveaway. Read below for details*

Today author Lena Nelson Dooley is telling us about her new book, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico (May 2010). She has offered an autographed copy of her book to one lucky commenter. She will also be stopping by throughout the week to answer your questions! So if you have anything you want to ask her, you can include it in your comment for entering the contest. If you are only leaving a question in the comment and not entering the giveaway please say so.

Welcome, Lena! Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a full-time author married to the love of my life. We have two daughters, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters, two grandsons, and one great grandson.

Tell us about your salvation experience.
I accepted Jesus into my life when I was seven years old, soon after my mother died, at a summer revival at our little country church.

Are you:
Prone to tears, or yelling?
Yes. Probably more tears than yelling now. Used to yell a lot.

Stubborn, or compliant?
The answer to that might change according to who you ask. If it’s something I believe strongly about, I can be stubborn, but more often than not, I’m a peacemaker.

How do you handle disasters/BIG problems? Do you have a funny or interesting story showcasing how you handle them?
No funny story, but I’m really strong while the disaster or BIG problem is happening. Then after everything is completely over, I might melt down.

In your opinion, what is your best trait? What is your worst?
The best: God has blessed me with the ability to discern deeper meanings in situations.
The worst: Sometimes, I’m too busy to really pay attention.

Tell us something surprising about yourself that readers may not know.
Most people don’t know that I will soon be 68 years old.

If you compared your writing style to any other Christian Fiction author, who would it be? Also, how would you rate the romance in your books?
Readers have told me that they think my writing style is similar to Tracie Peterson’s and Lauraine Snelling’s. It has blessed me every time someone tells me that. I love both of these women’s writing.

What are you working on now or going to write next?
My agent is working with a 3-book series proposal—historical and the heroines are sisters.

How can readers get in contact with you?

SAFE-LDWRITES@FLASH.NET  - Author interviews/Free books  - Regular Blogger

Book blurb:
All that glitters is not gold.

It’s 1890, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride—despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah. Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeleine Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip—and Jeremiah himself—the secrets she left behind threaten to follow her to Golden...and tarnish her reputation beyond redemption.

Who would you pick to play the lead roles if this book was made into a movie?
Sandra Bullock and John Schneider

Do you have a link to a place to read the first chapter of this book or an excerpt?
No, but I do have a link to the book trailer:

*USA and Canada residents only, please*

Okay readers, here is your chance to win an autographed copy of Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico!


*Leave a comment with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win). The comment is mandatory. You will not be entered unless you leave a comment AND your email address.

*If you leave a comment you will be entered unless you specify that you would not like to be entered.

*Here are the ways to get entries:

(First entry) The mandatory comment saying you would like to be entered with your email address.

+1 Become one of my followers OR subscribe to my blog by email.

Read and leave a comment on one or more of my recent book reviews.
+2 No Other
+2 Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

**You can earn a total of 6 entries if you do all of the above entry options. Make sure to tell me in your entry comment on this post which of the things you did to get extra entries.**

*The contest will run from today (August 20) until 6:00 CST on Thursday (August 26). I will announce the winner that night. The winner is always randomly drawn. I will contact the winner either directly after choosing him/her or on Friday the 27th, and then that person will have one week to reply. If the winner doesn't reply within that time period, I will pick a new winner.

Good luck! Thanks for visiting.


Vidisha said...

Wow great Giveaway!!
Blog Follower!!

Katie G. said...

Please enter me! It looks great!

God bless!

~Katie G.

katiegalyean (at) yahoo (dot) com

Katie G. said...

I am a follower!

katiegalyean (at) yahoo (dot) com

Virginia said...

I would love to be entered for Lena Nelson Dooley's book. I am a follower. my comment is on the author and where we are alike, she melts down after the too. +2 Love Finds you in Golden, N.M. vrush729(at)aol(dot)com I think that fulfills 6..I think.....

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Thanks, Vidisha, Katie G, and Virginia for coming by the blog. Please tell your friends about the wonderful interview that Carman did with me. And I wish each of you could win. The book is available in Kindle as well as in print format.

PriviesAndPrims said...

Mail order bride stories are one of my favorite topics!

Please enter me.

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

I'm a follower and a subscriber.

Bluerose said...

I would love to be entered! I haven't read a book yet by Mrs. Lena, and she's on my list of "read soon" authors. :)
I'm a follower.
bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in this contest. I love to read books set back in history and have never read about the Mail Order Brides.

I am an e-mail subscriber and a follower of this blog.


Katy F. said...

I've been wanting to read this one! Please enter me!


Cindy W. said...

I have been wanting to read this book for some time now. I haven't had the opportunity to read any of the LFY books yet.

I love Lena's choice for her leads if it were made into a movie. Two of my favorites. :)

Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

+1 I am a Follower
+2 Left comment on Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico.

Cindy W.


Patsy said...

Sounds like a great book. Would love to read it. Thanks for giving away a copy.

Katie G. said...

I just posted on 'No Other'. That sounds like a great book as well!


katiegalyean (at) yahoo (dot) com

misskallie2000 said...

Great interview Lena and Carman. I can't wait to read Love Finds you in Golden, New Mexico.
I also melt down after the crisis.

+1 I am GFC follower and email subscriber

+2 Left comment on No Other Review

+2 Left Comment on Love finds you in Golden, New Mexico
I love the story line of this book and love the Love finds you in books and have on my wish list.

total 6 entries

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

please count me in...thanks :)

i'm a follower & subscriber, too

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

LAMusing said...

Thanks for the interview - count me in please.

Norma said...

Thanks for the chance - it sounds great!


LAMusing said...

I follow you on GFC!

LAMusing said...

I commented on your review of No Other (1)

LAMusing said...

I commented on your review of No Other (2)

Megan said...

This book sounds good!

Lena, do you have a favorite scripture or life verse?

Thanks for the chance to win!


Megan said...

I am a follower.
We posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

Katie M said...

I'd love a chance to win this book! Please include me!! :-D


Bakersdozen said...

I want to read this. I just read a Tracie Peterson book and I would love to read one from this author. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Bakersdozen said...

I subscribed via email. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Katie said...

Would love to win this!

Misusedinnocence said...

I would love to be entered. :)

Misusedinnocence said...

I follow on gfc.

Jennifer said...

I would love this book!! I love Christian fiction

Jennifer said...

I am a follower!

Jennifer said...

I posted a comment on the book review No other!

Jennifer said...

I've read Love finds you here books before and it was good!! I love historial fiction!

allisonsbj3 said...

Thanks so much for this giveaway! I'd love to read this book.


allisonsbj3 said...

Blog follower


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i'd love to enter!! i'm a follower!!

inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

rubynreba said...

I'd love to read this. Thanks!

rubynreba said...

I follow your blog

Amanda said...

I'd love to win this thanks!!
winnieayala at yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

I follow on GFC
winnieayala at yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

I commented on your No Other review #1
winnieayala at yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

I commented on your No Other review #2
winnieayala at yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

I commented on Love Finds You in Golden, NM review #1
winnieayala at yahoo dot com

Amanda said...

I commented on Love Finds You in Golden, NM review #2
winnieayala at yahoo dot com

holdenj said...

I think the mail-order bride premise sounds very good. Thanks for the chance to win!

holdenj said...

+1 Commented on the Love Finds you in NM review.

holdenj said...

+2 Commented on the Love Finds You in NM review.

elizabeth said...

I adore the Love Finds You books and I haven't read this one - thank you for the chance to enter!