Thursday, September 03, 2015

A TEXAS CHRISTMAS - Lena Nelson Dooley, plus 5 more authors - One Free Book

Dear Readers, today I’m featuring my newest release, a novella collection with 5 other award winning authors. I’ve answered interview questions, but I won’t be able to interact with you. I’ll just be coming home from rehab after my knee-replacement. I might interact with you in the next few days. Be sure to leave a comment so you’ll be eligible for the drawing for one free book.

What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I often include spiritual themes about forgiveness/unforgiveness, trusting God or not trusting God for all things, even dealing with root of bitterness or a poor self-image. I want the readers to see how they can deal with similar problems with the Lord.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
My next book is Love Is Patient. It’s a novella collection as well.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I would love for James and me to spend one evening with George and Laura Bush. Our lives have several things in common but many more things that aren’t.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Queen Esther. She is my favorite Bible character. I wonder if I could have risked my life the way she did. There are so many nuances in the book of Esther in the Bible that I fined fascinating.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Rejections are a fact of life for most authors. I’d tell them to learn to recognize that a rejection of a manuscript isn’t rejection of them as a person. And there are a large number of reasons a publisher might reject a manuscript, even though the manuscript is publication ready. They might have a similar book coming out by another author or the book is very good but doesn’t fit what they need at the time.

Tell us about the featured book.
A Texas Christmas is a novella collection.
Six Romances from the Historic Lone Star State
Herald the Season of Love

Here Cooks the Bride by Cathy Marie Hake - Lacey Mather's delicious cooking is warming many hearts and stomachs--especially those of a closed-mouth blacksmith. But she has no plans to stay in Texas

A Christmas Chronicle by Pamela Griffin - Travis McCoy is a nomadic photographer with no time to put down roots, find a wife, and raise a family. But then he meets the unconventional Vivian Sager.

To Hear Angels Sing by Ramona Cecil - Bridget O'Keefe leaves Chicago to teach Indian orphans and quickly experiences the hostility the Comanche face from locals like Seth Krueger who blame then for the death of his parents.

The Face of Mary by Darlene Franklin - Mary "Polly" Jessup holds onto a promise of marriage made five years ago, but when Joey Carpenter returns from law school with a new outlook and a new girlfriend, her future hopes are dashed.

Charlsey’s Accountant by Lena Nelson Dooley - Charlsey Ames can rope, ride, and work the ranch with the men and never thought she's be attracted to accountant Harold Miller, III, a citified tenderfoot.

Plain Trouble by Kathleen Y’Barbo - An expert tracker, the plain Bessie Mae Ames is content unmarried, until Texas Ranger Josef Mueller tides into town, trailing a wanted man.

Please give us the first page of the book.
September 1879
“Excuse me, sir.”
Jeff halted mid-motion, his shovel full of coal. Black dust swirled around his thick boots as he glanced at the young lady. Oh, and she was definitely a lady. Judging from her so-very-proper Boston accent, the Daddy-has-money traveling suit with all the fuss and bother, and her wide hazel eyes, this gal wasn’t just out of place; she was lost.

“Might I impose for a moment to inquire as to the location of your local diner?”

He dumped the coal into his wheelbarrow and stood to his full height. “Diner’s closed. Best hop back aboard the train and try Meadsville.”

The feather in her stylish hat swayed back and forth as she gave her head a small shake. “I fear I did not make myself known. I’m Lacey Mather, and I’ve come to help my great-aunt Millie at the diner.”

“Millie’s your great-aunt?” Jeff couldn’t hide the surprise in his voice. On her better days, Millie looked as if she’d been caught in a whirlwind. Most of the time, she looked like she sorted bobcats for a living. No man in his right mind would imagine Millie as kin to this dainty blond beauty.

“Yes.” Miss Mather folded her white-gloved hands at her …

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Texas Christmas -
A Texas Christmas: Six Romances from the Historic Lone Star State Herald the Season of Love - Amazon

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Cindy W. said...

Oh how I love books about Christmas and Texas. I would love to win a copy! Thank you for the chance.


Cindy W. from Indiana

Emma said...

I am looking forward to reading "A TEXAS CHRISTMAS .Thank you for the opportunity to win.PA.

Melanie Backus said...

A Texas Christmas.....what could be better! I can't wait to read this one. Thank you, Miss Lena!

Melanie Backus, TX

pol said...

Hi Lena, Christmas and Texas -could not be a better combo for me. I like to read short stories like this with many authors. I find that sometimes I meet a new author that I want to get other books and read by her. thanks for sharing info on your story here. This little Lady sounds like a great character.
Paula O(
a Ga fan

Beth Gillihan said...

I love books like this! Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Unknown said...

I enjoy books containing more than one author. More bang for my buck!
Hope your recuperation is going well.
Martha josieringer(at)gmail(dot)com

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Cindy W, Emma, Melanie, Paula, Beth, and Martha,

So glad you dropped by. I enjoy writing books like this. Glad you like reading them.

Thanks for asking about my recuperation. I'm doing very well. I'll be going home from rehab on saturday. I'm really glad. Your prayers have been precious to me.

Unknown said...

A Texas Christmas sounds wonderful. Glad to hear your recuperation is going well!

Caryl in TEXAS

Trixi said...

I love novella collections! It gives me a chance to meet some new-to-me authors or read stories by those I already know & love. "A Texas Christmas" sounds like a great set.
I'm keeping you in my prayers for a speedy recovery & easy rehab! Thank you for the author interview, sure enjoyed getting to know a little bit about you :-) Blessings!

Trixi in OR

Mary Preston said...

A beautifully descriptive first page.

Mary P


Judy said...

A Texas Christmas would be right up my alley! I love the cover of this book and I am familiar with most of the authors. Should make for some great reading.

We have a lady in our church going through rehab for a hip replacement. Although it has been painful for her, she is doing well. Glad to hear that you are going home Saturday from rehab. I hope your knee replacement continues its healing process.

Judy B from Indiana

Abigail Mitchell said...

Looks awesome!!! Thanks for the chance to win.
Blanch, NC

Angela - Bookaunt said...

Sounds like a great book to read for the holidays.
Angela in St. Cloud, FL

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your great giveaway!! Your book looks awesome!!
Conway, SC.

Anonymous said...

Texas and christmas a great combo for a book. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com. Kim

Deanna Stevens said...

Dee in NE is so ready for cooler weather & a Texas Christmas sounds like a wonderful way to get started! Thanks for a chance to win a copy :)

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

I would love the chance to read these books!!!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

Terrill R. said...

Always happy to see another book with/by Lena Nelson Dooley.

Terrill - Lynden, WA

Linda Kish said...

This is the perfect book to start getting in the mood for the holidays.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Brenda Arrington said...

Would love to win this great sounding novella collection. Thanks for the chance to win.

Brenda in VA

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Well, dear readers, I'm finally home from rehab. I 'm moving slowly, but much better than when I came home with the first knee-replacement surgery.

Daryl, Trixi, Mary, Judy. I'm glad to see that you dropped by. It's always good to hear from you.

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Abigail, Angela, Sharon, Kim. I'm glad you love the subject of this novella collection. I do, too.

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Deanna, Sarah, Terrill, Linda and Brenda. Someone has to win. It might be you.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Wow! This book has some great authors and I especially love Christmas themes! Lens, it is also great to read an interview of you!
Hope your recovery is going well.
Connie from KY
cps1950 at gmail dot com

Lourdes said...

Loving all the authors listed!!! Lourdes from Long Island, NY

GrandaddyA said...

Sounds like something my wife would really enjoy. I'd love to win for her.
Edward A in VA

susanlulu said...

I'd love to read this book. Sounds great!
Susan in NC

Britney Adams said...

I'm so glad you are home, Lena! Prayers continue for your recovery. I adore Christmas stories and can't wait to read this collection. Thank you for the giveaway!

Britney Adams, TX

rubynreba said...

I always enjoy novellas and Christmas stories so I can't go wrong with this book! Love to read it!
Beth from IA

apple blossom said...

I love Christmas stories. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of A Texas Christmas

ABreaidng4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...
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Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Connie, thanks for asking. I'm home now, and doing very well. I'm still having home Physical Therapy. Soon both knees will be working well together. I look forward to that day.

Lourdes, Edward, and Susanlulu, So glad you came by. I know readers love Christmas stories set in Texas, and I'm glad to be a part of this collection.

Britney, your prayers are so appreciated. They have sustained me through the rough rehab.

Beth and Apple Blossom, you couild be the winner of the giveaway book.

sm said...

Like reading collections of various authors. So glad Lena made it through her surgery and is home and going to PT. Great work and keep it up! sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Pam said...

Hi, Lena! Pretty cool that you get to feature yourself on this one! I kind of chuckled when I read the "first page of the book". I was expecting to see the first page of YOUR story in the book but evidently Cathy Marie Hake's story is first in the book... Looking forward to reading the collection.

Pam in Ohio

Unknown said...

I am glad to hear your recuperation is going well. My prayers continue to be with you. What a gorgeous cover. I love winter/ Christmas stories and since it's a collection you have a story in I can't wait to read it !

Deanne in Pennsylvania