Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: The Marshal’s Mission

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Marshal’s Mission, a May release from
debut Love Inspired Historical author Anna Zogg.

Learn more about the story below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy.

Lawman with a Secret 

Hiding his true identity is the only way for US Marshal Jesse Cole to bring bank robbers to justice. But the lovely widow whose Wyoming ranch he stumbles onto reminds him of everything he’s sacrificed for the law. When his job is done, he’s resolved to leave Lenora Pritchard behind—until she and her son are threatened. Now the only way to protect them is to make her his wife.

To conceal her late husband’s guilt, Lenora hid his stolen haul. And with a ruthless gang leader determined to retrieve it, she needs Cole’s protection for herself and her son. It’s a marriage in name only, founded on dangerous secrets…but could it possibly lead to a true and loving family?

Copyright © 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art and cover copy text used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.

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Feeling Nostalgic

Have you noticed that most families have a self-appointed historian? In my family of origin, that title belonged to my dad. He snapped many great stills over the years and captured footage on a vintage 8 mm video camera. In my husband’s family, his mother was the one clicking away.

I’ve followed in my dad’s and my mother-in-love’s footsteps, eagerly assuming the role of primary photographer in my family. I took my first shots with a classic Kodak camera I received for my eighth birthday. Film and developing cost quite a bit, so I didn’t take many pictures until I married Gwynly. Even then, I wasn’t as shutter happy as I am today.

That all changed when our daughter, Adriana, was born during the four and a half years were privileged to live in Germany. I learned how to use Carl’s fancy Olympus camera with all those dials and settings so that I could get great shots of our gal and keep the grandparents back in the States happy.

From that time forward, the frequency of my trips to the photo counter at our local Rite Aid increased. Family pictures were plentiful, but when our trio traveled, I’d come home with over a dozen rolls of film ready for developing. All those pics have piled up, ready for that someday scrapbooking I planned to do.

I’ve inherited the photos and memorabilia from my dad as well as my in-laws. What a treasure trove. When added to my stash, I have enough pictures to fill over a dozen shoe boxes, as you can see in this digital pic of my office closet. (Note: you can also see the LIHs I’ll be giving away over the next few weeks. 🙂 )

When digital cameras came along, Gwynly was an early adopter. However, I clung to my trusty Canon until film developing locations began to fade away. I’ve embraced the digital age now and have oodles of images stored on my hard drives.

My goal in the upcoming weeks is to sort those pictures, choosing the best of them, and create scrapbooks. I’ll be going through the six or more apple boxes full of memorabilia, too. Memory Lane, here I come…

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Questions for You

Where do you fall on the sentimentality scale?

How many physical photographs do you have
waiting to be sorted, tossed, displayed, etc?
How many digital images are stored on your computer?

What tips do you have for family historians who
have a hard time letting go of memorabilia?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of The Marshal’s Mission
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer at least one to qualify.
(Be sure to leave your email address when you’re
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To keep spammers from snatching your address,
please don’t leave it in your comment itself.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, April 29 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, May 1.

Must be 18 to enter. International OK. Void where prohibited.

Congratulations to the winner from my April 17 post!
Cheryl B. will receive a copy of An Unlikely Mother,
a May LIH by Danica Favorite.

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LIH Spotlight: An Unlikely Mother

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
An Unlikely Mother by Danica Favorite,
a May release from Love Inspired Historical.

Learn more about the story below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy.

Bound by a Child 

Hoping to overcome her reputation as Leadville, Colorado’s biggest gossip, wealthy socialite Flora Montgomery offers to help a miner care for an abandoned child. But her growing affection for the sweet boy’s handsome rescuer could be a problem. Especially since her parents insist she must marry for money.

Undercover mine owner George Baxter is digging himself into a dilemma. The once-spoiled Flora has become a delightful, generous woman, and she’ll be devastated by his deception. Yet if he can’t discover who’s sabotaging the mine, George will lose any chance of making a home for Flora and Pierre. Can the little boy who holds both their hearts help them lay claim to a new dream of family?

Copyright © 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art and cover copy text used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.

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Getting Organized

If my close friends were to describe me, they might choose the word organized. I am, at heart, but when I began pursing my dream of writing, things changed.

With much of my time spent nose-to-keyboard, I devoted less of it to keeping things in their proper places. Piles began appearing. They were soon joined by more piles.

My files underwent a similar change. I used to keep them pared to a minimum, but I lacked the time to weed their contents. They began bulging. I dreaded opening the drawers and trying to squeeze just one more document inside.

To combat the problem and keep myself from going batty, I would periodically clean my office. Those bursts of organizational energy might result in cleared surfaces, but the underlying problem was still there, the evidence hiding in the closet and drawers.

I’ve turned in the second book of my two-book contract and am not under deadline for the first time in three years, so I’m taking time to dig out. Over the weekend, I began by going through piles destined for the shredder. Thirty pounds are ready to be hauled off, and I feel lighter and more at peace already.

Today I will continue deep cleaning my office. My goals are to eliminate those piles, reduce the number of dated documents in those files and rediscover the joy of spending time in a streamlined space.

Once my work table in the corner of my office is clear, I look forward to sorting the boxes of photos and memorabilia I inherited from my dad and my in-laws. My organizational heart is happy.

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Questions for You

Are there areas in your home that
you struggle to keep under control?

Do you have an organizational bent, like me,
or are you comfortable in a less structured setting?

What are some of your best tips for dealing with the
proliferation of papers that have a way of piling up?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of An Unlikely Mother
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer at least one to qualify.
(Be sure to leave your email address when you’re
prompted to do so during the commenting process.
To keep spammers from snatching your address,
please don’t leave it in your comment itself.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, April 24.

Must be 18 to enter. International OK. Void where prohibited.

Congratulations to the winner from my April 10 post.
Linda W. will receive a copy of Her Cherokee Groom,
a May LIH by Valerie Hansen!

Congratulations to Paula M, who won the additional copy of
Her Cherokee Groom that Valerie offered to give away!

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LIH Spotlight: Her Cherokee Groom

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Her Cherokee Groom by Valerie Hansen,
a May release from Love Inspired Historical.

Learn more about the story below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy.

Runaway Wedding 

On the run from false murder charges, Annabelle Lang can only count on one man, Cherokee diplomat Charles McDonald. The handsome ambassador has already helped her escape Washington City. Now he’s proposing marriage to protect her honor. Though she’s losing her heart to Charles, Annabelle’s certain his offer comes from duty, not love.

Charles’s feelings for the flaxen-haired beauty go beyond mere companionship, but he’s doubtful a lady like Annabelle would ever consider him under normal circumstances. And with his family expecting him to wed a Cherokee bride, he wouldn’t have asked. If it’s more than convenience that binds Charles and Annabelle, there’s only one way to find out—he’ll have to court his own wife!

Copyright © 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art and cover copy text used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.

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Easter Traditions

I’m looking forward to our Easter services. Our church has four, and I’m privileged to be serving at two of them. At one service, I’ll be passing out programs. At another, I’ll be greeting visitors at the Welcome Center. I have plenty of smiles ready and waiting.

In addition to our pastor’s uplifting Easter message, regular attendees and visitors alike can enjoy a cinnamon roll warm from the oven. A gentleman in our congregation makes hundreds of them every Easter, and they are delicious. They also make our lobby smell mighty good. This Easter tradition has fast become one of my favorites.

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Question for You

What are some of your favorite Easter traditions?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Her Cherokee Groom
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to the
question above. You must answer it to qualify.
(Be sure to leave your email address when you’re
prompted to do so during the commenting process.
To keep spammers from snatching your address,
please don’t leave it in your comment itself.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, April 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, April 17.

Must be 18 to enter. International OK. Void where prohibited.

Congratulations to the winner from my April 3 post.
Becky S. will receive a copy of The Nanny’s Temporary Triplets,
a May LIH by Noelle Marchand.

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