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Lena Nelson Dooley

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Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 800,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the local chapter, DFW Ready Writers. She’s also a member of Christian Authors Network, CROWN Fiction Marketing, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

Lena loves James, her children, grandchildren, and great grandsons. She loves chocolate, cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, and spending time with friends. Travel is always on her horizon. Cruising, Galveston, the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Mexico. One day it will be Hawaii and Australia, but probably not the same year. Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with fifteen signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins from American Christian Fiction Writers and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award at their national conference. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books. And she loves chocolate, especially dark chocolate.

Her book Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, from Summerside Press won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in western media. Lena is also the author of McKenna’s Daughters series from Realms/Charisma Media. Maggie’s Journey won the 2012 Selah Award for Historical Novel at BRMCWC. Mary’s Blessing is a Selah Award finalist for Romance Novel, and Catherine’s Pursuit released in 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.

Books by Author

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Rescuing Christmas (Christmas Mail Order Angels Book 12)

When Rose Ellen Murphy becomes a mail order bride, the unthinkable happens. It is the worst mistake of her life. Or is it? Jedediah Strong finds a woman's beaten and bloody body in a gully on his ranch, high in the mountains of Wyoming. He starts to bury her, when he notices a slight movement. She's…

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A Heart's Gift: A Love's Road Home Novel

Because of an earlier betrayal, Franklin vows never to open his heart to another woman. But he desires an heir. When Lorinda is finally out from under the control of men who made all the decisions in her life, she promises herself she will never allow a man to control her again. But how can she provide…

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Autumn Love: Five Novellas of Finding Love in the Heart of Thanksgiving

Lena Nelson DooleyDIY THANKSGIVING LOVE - A misunderstanding brought Austin Hodges and Valerie Bradford together. The same misunderstanding eventually pushed them apart. Can a church youth campout help them to see each other through the eyes of truth?Lisa CraneTHANK HEAVEN FOR LITTLE GIRLS - Charley…

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A Sweet Noel: Seven Contemporary Romance Novellas

Candy Lane Sweet Shop Candyce Barkley tosses the engagement ring, the last token of her past, out the car window. She has a second chance to make something of her messed-up life. If the folks of Madison Creek can forget her history for mischief making. Finley Quinn is a few hours away from his rut in…

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The Gold Digger

Published in connection with Hartline Literary Agency, serving the Christian book community. 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…

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The Love Is Patient Romance Collection: True Love Takes Time in Nine Historical Novellas

Enjoy the slow dance through the courtship of nine historical couples in the American west, including the territories of Arizona and Wyoming. Just at a time in life when they have nearly given up on finding love, romance enters their lives. But will it be true love, and will it be worth the wait? Find…

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A Texas Christmas: Six Romances from the Historic Lone Star State Herald the Season of Love

Spend Christmas in the Old West with six unconventional women who take on Texas-sized challenges—and unexpected romance. Bridget falls for a man opposed to her teaching Indian orphans. Polly is trying to hold her family together when her childhood love returns to town. Rugged rancher Charlsey is inexplicably…

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8 Weddings and a Miracle Romance Collection: 9 Contemporary Romances Need a Little Divine Intervention

Weather the storms of life alongside nine modern couples who hope to make it to the altar—someday. Be it a meeting in the wrong place at the right time, an accident that opens hardened hearts, or weather that seems to blow things off course, sometimes love needs a little divine intervention. Penned…

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Catherine's Pursuit

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,…

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Mary's Blessing

Mary Lenora Caine knows she is adopted. As she was growing up, her mother called her “God’s blessing.” But now that she’s gone, Mary no longer feels like any kind of blessing. Her father, in his grief, has cut himself off from the family, leaving the running of the home entirely in Mary’s…

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Maggie's Journey

Near her eighteenth birthday, Margaret Lenora Caine finds a chest hidden in the attic containing proof that she was adopted. The daughter of wealthy merchants in Seattle, she feels betrayed both by her real parents and by the ones who raised her. Maggie desires a place where she belongs. But her mother’s…

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Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

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…

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The Spinster Brides of Cactus Corner

Four spinsters find romance while caring for orphan children in a small Arizona town.

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Montana Mistletoe

Four girlfriends make a pact to find true love by their twenty-eighth Christmas. As the deadline looms, each keeps busy with expanding career and experiences faltering Christmas spirit. Lori is a major struggling to bolster the small town's economy, Madison runs a Christmas store and often travels to…

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Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe

Four young women, fresh out of college, pursue their careers at a new ski lodge at Lake Tahoe's Incline Village during the winter season. Bethany Stillman's resolve to focus on her RN career falters when she meets paramedic Cole Beckman. Cole wonders how long it will be before Beth realizes he's to…

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Wild West Christmas

Charlsey Ames can ride, rope, and work the ranch with the best of them. But things don't add up when she finds herself attracted to accountant Harold Miller III, a citified tenderfoot. Will he ever see the gentle woman beneath the coating of trail dust. Sharp-shooting Lucy Ames is thrilled to join Major…

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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…

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The Prairie Romance Collection

Expanding western borders, turning the land, and finding a place in which to live and love defines the pioneer Heart. Within this unique collection are twelve complete stories of romance on the American Great Plains penned by twelve different multi-published authors. Enjoy history relived through the…

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Wild Prairie Roses

Lost Gold Leads to a Treasure Trove of Romance In the decade following the Civil War, rumors of gold lost near Browning City, Iowa, lead three couples on quests for treasure. Constance Miller’s father’s dying request sends her on a manhunt. Once in Iowa, local blacksmith Hans Van de Kieft shadows…

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Snowbound Colorado Christmas

Love Arrives with a Blizzard Thalia Bloom’s Christmas Party on December 3, 1913, is the talk of Denver, but no one dreams the gently falling snow will continue six days and accumulate nearly four feet. Fires of Love by Tamela Hancock Murray Thalia Bloom looks forward to her party, except for seeing…

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Windswept Weddings

Wedding bells are ringing, but there are storms on the horizon that may keep everyone from reaching the church. Christine's perfect wedding plans are sorely tested when the worst snowstorm in over a decade hits central Minnesota. Tornado warnings blare on Marie's wedding day, which is great for the…

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