Lena Nelson Dooley – Real Life Romance – Part 2 of 3

Shannon here: Historical romance author, Lena Nelson Dooley shares her real life SURPRISE and a chance to win a copy of her latest novel, Catherine’s Pursuit. Comment on any post dated Feb 25 – March 1 to get your name in the drawing. Deadline: March 9th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Lena:

When I was in high school, I had been hit hard in the stomach by a weighted medicine ball. Because f some things going on in my body, it did real damage to me. The doctor told me that I might not ever conceive a child. 

Unbeknown to me, James’s mother had been x-rayed while she was carrying him. The doctor told her that he probably would be unable to father a child. She had worried for twenty-five years that he would never give her grandchildren.

Because of what happened to me, we didn’t even bother with the idea of birth control. Imagine our surprise when I conceived almost immediately. There was plenty of celebrating in the Dooley family because all our fears had been in vain.

We have two beautiful daughters and two sons-in-law, grandchildren have followed, as well as a great grandson. Our blessings are abundant. Praise the Lord.

About Lena: Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print.

Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with over 20 signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins, and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books. 

Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. Mary’s Blessing released in May 2012. It recently appeared on a review site’s Top Five Reads in 2012 list. Catherine’s Pursuit is coming in February 2013. 

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blog radio show. 

Lena has an active web presence on Shoutlife, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books. Find her online: www.lenanelsondooley.comHttp://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.comhttp://pinterest.com/lenandooley/ww.facebook.com/lena.nelson.dooleywww.twitter.com/lenandooleywww.facebook.com/pages/Lena-Nelson-Dooley/42960748768?ref=tshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/333031.Lena_Nelson_Dooleywww.shoutlife.com/lenanelsondooleyhttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/search/gate-beautiful-radio-show/http://christianfictionhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/, http://justthewritecharisma.blogspot.com/, http://www.bustlesandspurs.com/.

About the book – Catherine’s Pursuit: The search for her sisters will become a spiritual journey for the entire family.

Raised by her father, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything, surrounded by people to take care of her every need. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she has two identical sisters. Although her father vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine made no such promise. Setting out on her own with one clue and her maid in tow, she’s determined to find her sisters. 

Collin Elliott has seen better days. After losing his ship to a violent and unexpected storm, he is trying to recover–physically and emotionally. When Angus McKenna sends him to find, follow, and protect his daughter, he wants nothing more than to finish his task and return home. Can he help her find her sisters? 

And will the discoveries they make along the way teach them both what’s most important in life? 

“A heartwarming tale filled with history, adventure, faith, and love.” –Lisa Wingate, bestselling and award-winning author of Dandelion Summer and Firefly Island 

Purchase links: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1621360199?ie=UTF8&tag=lenneldoochaw-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=1621360199http://www.christianbook.com/catherines-pursuit-mckennas-daughters/lena-nelson/9781621360193/pd/360193?product_redirect=1&Ntt=360193&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCPhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/catherines-pursuit-lena-dooley-nelson/1111647814?ean=9781621360193

Come back March 1st for Lena’s excerpt from Catherine’s Pursuit!

17 Responses to “Lena Nelson Dooley – Real Life Romance – Part 2 of 3”

  • Susan Fryman says:

    So glad you have your children despite the odds. God is so good. Would love to win one of your books. Thank you for the opportunity. Blessings, Susan Fryman susanngarrylee@yahoo.com

  • Susan, yes, the children grandchildren are indeed a blessing from the Lord.

  • I so want to read this final book in the McKenna girls series. Kathleen ~ Missouri
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

  • Cyndi W. says:

    How exciting! I love it when God does things like that! 🙂 Looking forward to reading this book!

  • Katie Johnson says:

    I have Catherine’s Pursuit on my must read list. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Deanna Mundy says:

    God does the unexpected. People say miracles do not happen today but you and your husband can dispute that claim. God is so good.

    deamundy(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Diana Flowers says:

    I read, loved, and reviewed the first two books in this series and have become a blog stalker trying to win Catherine’s Pursuit. I will have to write a short story called My Pursuit of Catherine’s Pursuit! 🙂 I HAVE to find out what happens with the triplets!

    I was also told that I couldn’t conceive any more children 6 yrs. after I had my daughter. I am so glad God has the last word b/c 10 months after that disturbing news I gave birth to a blonde hair, blue eyed baby boy who has been the light of my life!

    dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

  • I would love to have this story to complete the series!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

  • Tammie Edington Shaw says:

    I would love to read this one. I’m about to finish the first one.

  • Rose Milligan says:

    This sounds like a great book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  • KayM says:

    Wasn’t that wonderful that the Lord blessed you with such great gifts!

  • Amy R. S. says:

    What a great miracle story. Nothing is impossible for God. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Beth C says:

    I enjoyed the other books in this series. Lena is a wonderful author.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

  • Karen G says:

    Wonderful story. So glad you have been blessed with children. My husband and I have not been able to have children because shortly after we were married I had to have surgery that would affect our chance of ever having a child. We been married for 30 years and have grown to enjoy and appreciate what we have. Thank you for the giveaway.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

  • lena, I am so happy for you that both doctors were wrong. Children are a gift from GOD and HE blessed you twice, and grandchildren are a bonus. Also the greats. I now have 19 great grands.
    I have been interested in this series, since I read the first review. I’m sure trying to win this book. Hope this will be a lucky day for me. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  • Lady DragonKeeper says:

    That’s awesome! I enjoy hearing stories like that. Never discount God … =) Thanks for the chance to win Mrs. Dooley’s book!

  • Kay from NY says:

    Lovely story. God sure does come through. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book.

    msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

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