Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: A Tailor-Made Husband

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Tailor-Made Husband, a June release
from Love Inspired Historical author Winnie Griggs.

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

From Bachelor Sheriff to Family Man 

Tired of pining for handsome sheriff Ward Gleason, seamstress Hazel Andrews plans to head East for a fresh start—until Ward finds an abandoned child. Hazel can’t turn down his request that she watch the little girl while he investigates a spate of crimes. But spending time with Ward is sending local gossips—and Hazel’s heart—into turmoil.

Nothing in Ward’s world is the same since he took charge of orphaned Meg…and that includes his growing feelings for Hazel. A fake engagement will allow them to care for the child together until Hazel moves away and finds someone more worthy. But with little Meg convinced she’s already found her forever family, can Ward and Hazel dare to make her dreams come true, along with their own?

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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Visiting a Story Setting

I love setting my stories here in the Gold Country where I live. I’ve featured several towns, which I’ve visited, enabling me to bring them to life as accurately as possible.

My latest release, Her Motherhood Wish, features an exciting scene set in Clarksville, California at the base of the Sierra Foothills. The hero of the story, Chip Evans, and some of his friends take on a villainous trio in this small town.


Unlike other towns I’ve used in my stories, I didn’t have access to Clarksville because it sits on privately owned land. Once a year, the site is opened to the public for Clarksville Day. To my dismay, the event didn’t take place the year I was writing Her Motherhood Wish. Clarksville Day was postponed three years due to construction of a freeway overpass nearby.

This year, at long last, Clarksville Day returned! I got to visit the town this past weekend and see the sites in my story firsthand.

The location I was most interested in was a barn owned by the Tong family, which I mentioned in my story. I thought at first that the building pictured above, labeled a Tong barn, was it. As I read the information posted, I learned that this barn didn’t come into being until the 1940s, when the vacated schoolhouse that forms the center portion of the barn was moved down the street and the two sides added.

As I explored the rest of the town, I located the ruins of the original Tong barn that existed in the 1870s. You can tell from my smile in the selfie below how happy I was to be standing in the very spot where Chip stands in my story.

Although using real towns in my stories requires a lot of research, I don’t mind. Doing the research gives me a good reason to explore historic places in the area, which my husband and I love to do. It would be easier to develop a fictional town, but I prefer helping preserve the rich history of the Gold Country I’m privileged to call home.

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Question for You

Which do you prefer, fictional settings or real ones, and why?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of A Tailor-Made Husband
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to the
question above. You must answer the question 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, May 13 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, May 15.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my May 1 post!
Kathleen will receive a copy of The Bride’s Matchmaking
Triplets,
a June LIH by Regina Scott.

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LIH Spotlight: The Bride’s Matchmaking Triplets

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Bride’s Matchmaking Triplets, a June release
from Love Inspired Historical author Regina Scott.

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

Marriage by Necessity 

When mail-order bride Elizabeth Dumont’s intended weds another, her only option is to take a job as nanny to abandoned triplet babies. Though she longs to provide a real home for her three precious charges, as a single woman she can’t adopt. Until her onetime sweetheart, minister Brandon Stillwater, offers a match of convenience…

It’s only for the triplets’ sake—that’s what Brandon tells himself. Insecurities once drove him and Elizabeth apart, and now small-town rumors have made them man and wife. And though Brandon doesn’t want to risk his heart this time, he’s not sure he can resist the feelings that are once again starting to bloom for Elizabeth. But can he convince her that this sweet surprise family is more than just convenient?

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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Why I Read

HarperCollins, which owns Harlequin and the Love Inspired lines, asked some of their authors why they read. You can see their answers here.

The question got me thinking. Why do I read? Here are three reasons.

I read novels for the joy of immersing myself in a story.

I read romances to relive the delight of falling in love all over again.

I read historical romances because I love to travel to other times and places and experience what life was like for those who lived then and there.

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Question for You

Why do you read?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of The Bride’s Matchmaking Triplets
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to the
question above. You must answer the question 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, May 6 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, May 8.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my April 24 post!
Jennifer H. will receive a copy of The Marshal’s Mission,
a May LIH by Anna Zogg.

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