Nelson Dooley's "Catherine's Pursuit"

Title: Catherine’s Pursuit
Publisher: Realms, the fiction imprint of Charisma Media

Cover blurb: 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?

1) How did this story come to you?
The McKenna’s Daughters series percolated in my brain for several years before my agent sold it. Identical triplets, born on a wagon train and separated at birth when their mother dies, presented all kinds of possibilities. They are raised in different kinds of families. Catherine’s Pursuit is book three in the series.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
The story first came to me when Tracie Peterson, who was the Heartsong Present acquisition editor for already published Heartsong authors. This was when Heartsong started doing the three book states series. She was really interested in it, but the editors changed, and the next one didn’t buy it.

Then my agent and I decided I should expand the stories to longer novels, because it was hard to include all I wanted to in the Heartsong length. At the time Realms bought the series another editor was also interested in it.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I like to try different kinds of things to eat. I love turtle and froglegs, but don’t like alligator as much.
I started first grade when I was 5 years old, so I was always the youngest person in each class.
One summer, I attended two colleges at the same time.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m writing a new series called Love’s Road Home, and there’s a major publishing company interested in it, but they can’t contract it right away. And I’ve been offered a exciting writing gig that can fill part of the time till then, but I can’t announce what it is until I sign the contract.

5) Parting comments?
I love my readers, and welcome new ones. Readers keep me writing books. I like for them to connect to me. There are lots of places they can find me.

9) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Blog: Http://
Official Fan Page:
Blogs where I’m a part: and


  1. I would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway

  2. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  3. Now this is an author I love - also a good prayer partner over the years. Please enter me to win.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

  4. KarenK and SquiresJ, so glad you stopped by. Good luck in the drawing.

    If you have an ereader, MAGGIE'S JOURNEY, book one in this series is FREE for download until February 12 for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony, and any epub readers.

  5. Lena!! Turtle and frog legs! I wouuld have never thought it of you. LOL If I come over for dinner how about meatloaf and mashed potatoes instead? ;)

    Lena, I absolutely HAVE to find out how this series ends and would feel so blessed to win this one. You know how much I loved the first two! Thank you for the opportunity.


  6. I would love to win Lena's book. I love her writing.

  7. Everytime I read Mrs.Dooley's books
    they are so enjoyable. I know before
    I read it that it will be good and
    it always has been. I would love to
    win this one, it's going to be good,
    too. Good is really not the word I
    want to use but nothing else comes
    to me.... Oh, yes, AWESOME.

  8. I just love the covers on this series of books and am looking forward to reading the whole series.


  9. CATHERINE'S PURSUIT sounds like quite an exciting story.

    I started school a few months before I turned 5. The school was small & only had a first grade every two years. So, my Mother decided better at nearly 5 than nearly 7. I was always the youngest too.


  10. I have been looking forward to Catherine's Pursuit for months now. I've read the first two of the series and loved them.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  11. So glad to see so many long-time, online friends dropping by. And I love reading the wonderful comments about my books. My greatest desire in writing is to touch readers' hearts.

    Diana, if you were to come to my house to eat now, you would probably get TexMex food. I love it.

    Ybutler, thanks for the word.

    Wendy, I've been so pleased with the covers Realms/Charisma Media has done for my books. They're the best I've had, and I've never had a bad cover.

    1. TexMex is good too, Lena. As long as you don't slip any turtle in it. (wink) I'll bet you are an awesome cook!


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