Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: Their Mistletoe Matchmakers

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, a November release from
Love Inspired Historical author Keli Gwyn. Yup. That’s me. 😃

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

A Christmas Match 

The best Christmas possible—that’s what Lavinia Crowne intends to provide before taking her orphaned nieces and nephew home to Philadelphia. But carrying out her plan may be harder than she expects, with their handsome, stubborn uncle, Henry Hawthorn, insisting on raising the children in rough-and-tumble Sutter Creek, California. Lavinia can’t bear to lose her late sister’s children, though, or go against her father’s demand to bring them home.

Henry believes his nieces and nephew need affection and security more than a lavish lifestyle. But as the children conspire to bring their aunt and uncle together, a new vision fills his head—of future Christmases spent with sweet, determined Lavinia and their growing family. Can three little matchmakers, and the spirit of the season, bring the gift of a very happy beginning?

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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 New Beginnings

The release of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, my final book, marks the end of my writing career. While that’s sad in some ways, this ending has enabled me to embrace a new beginning. I’ve been transitioning to life after writing, and I can tell you, without hesitation, that retirement agrees with me.

Lavinia Crowne, the heroine of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, is embarking on a new beginning of her own. She’s left the comfort of her luxurious lifestyle in Philadelphia and has traveled west to Sutter Creek, California in order to collect her late sister and brother-in-law’s three orphaned children.

Believing that the rough and rugged mining town is no place to raise children, Lavinia plans to take her nephew and nieces back to Pennsylvania with her. There’s just one problem. The children’s paternal uncle, Henry Hawthorn, the youngsters’ legal guardian, insists they remain in Sutter Creek with him.

Like many Gold Rush towns, Sutter Creek boasted a wide main street. Many of the buildings standing today date back to the town’s early days. The pictures below give you an idea of the historic flavor.

Henry’s late brother, Jack, built a beautiful house. I chose to use a real home in Sutter Creek as the model for the one in the story. Since the Hawthorn brothers began their careers as blacksmiths, I added wrought iron railings on the porches. Other than that—and the removal of the lawn that wouldn’t have been there in 1860—the house is just as I described it in the story, complete with a mistletoe-laden oak tree in the backyard.

This stately home might strike you as appealing, but Lavinia, the daughter of a wealthy hotel magnate, was used to life in her father’s lavish mansion. She was also used to grand Christmas celebrations. The simple one Henry has planned for the children pales by comparison, but Lavinia is prepared to remedy that.

As you might expect, Lavinia’s dogged determination to provide the children with a Christmas unlike anything they’ve ever experience causes her to clash with Henry. She’s so set on her goal that she’s already had readers flipping pages to find out if she comes to her senses. I won’t tell you how—or where—the story ends, but I will tell you that Henry, Lavinia and the children enjoy a happy ever after and a new beginning.

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Questions for You

What new beginnings have you embarked on?

Are your Christmas celebrations simple,
or do you prefer to do things up in grand style?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win one of five a print copies of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers
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Giveaway ends Saturday, October 21 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
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Must be 18 to enter. International OK. Void where prohibited.

Congratulations to the winner from my October 9 post!
Kathleen D. will receive Mail-Order Christmas Baby,
a November LIH by Sherri Shackelford.

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LIH Spotlight: Mail-Order Christmas Baby

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Mail-Order Christmas Baby, a November release from
Love Inspired Historical author Sherri Shackelford.

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

The Rancher’s Special Delivery 

The “package” is addressed to him, but rancher Sterling Blackwell certainly didn’t order a baby! More scandalous still, he and the town’s pretty teacher are named as parents. With gossip running wild, only a marriage of convenience can protect little Gracie and their reputations until her real family is found.

Heather O’Connor is content to be the spinster schoolmarm of Valentine, Montana…until Gracie’s arrival stirs her heart. She can’t keep the adorable child without Sterling’s help, though she promises not to interfere with his life. But staying aloof from her handsome husband isn’t easy with a tiny matchmaker in tow. A mistake brought them together, but love might just make them a family by Christmas…

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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 Heartbreak, Healing and Hope

The past few weeks have brought one heartbreaking situation after another: devastating hurricanes, a massive earthquake in Mexico and the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. After my devotions this morning, I popped on Facebook and read about the fires raging in Santa Rosa, California that have forced three of my literary agency’s staff members to evacuate.

Heartbreaking news such as this is hard to hear. I’ve prayed about the situations repeatedly, many times through a sheen of tears. But I’m not without hope. We who have accepted the Lord as our Savior have the assurance that He’s there with and for us in good times and bad.

I shared a prayer request with a dear friend of mine this past week. She referred me to a Bible verse she finds helpful in uncertain times. I was comforted not only by the Scripture passage, but also by my friend’s kindness in directing me to the uplifting words.

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Question for You

What inspirational saying or Bible verse would
you offer someone whose heart is heavy?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Mail-Order Christmas Baby
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to the
question 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,
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Giveaway ends Saturday, October 14 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, October 16.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my October 2 post!
Misty C. will receive A Lawman for Christmas,
a November LIH by Karen Kirst.

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LIH Spotlight: A Lawman for Christmas

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Lawman for Christmas, a November release from
Love Inspired Historical author Karen Kirst.

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

The Gift of Family 

Committed to her spinsterhood, Isabel Flores isn’t about to trust a man with her hard-won independence or her heart—especially not lawman Ben MacGregor. But when a little boy is abandoned on her property, the so-called “Debonair Deputy” of their small Tennessee town helps her care for the child. And Isabel begins to hope he might be more than just a handsome flirt.

Ben is well aware of Isabel’s aversion to love and has his own secret reasons for avoiding relationships. But as he and Isabel do their best to make the holiday special for their young ward, Ben wonders if he could be a family man after all. Will this Christmas be the first of many for Isabel and Ben’s little instant 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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 Changes Big and Small

Although I’m not known for being flexible or spontaneous, I’ve made a number of changes in my life this year. The biggest, of course, is choosing to stop writing novels and embrace retirement, but there have been others.

I accepted the Bin Babe position at church and help gather the supplies for the elementary Sunday School teachers each week, a task I enjoy. I’m a mentor mom at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and am looking forward to loving on the young moms in my table group. I’ve sported a new hairstyle all summer.

One area where I don’t switch things up very often is that of home decor. Gwynly and I have lived in our house twenty-four years, and yet we’ve rearranged our living room furniture once. The grouping of items on the wall behind our dining table has been there in the same pleasing arrangement since the day I first hung them. A Fiestaware vase filled with silk flowers that sits behind our corner kitchen sink has brightened that spot for over two decades.

A few months back I began collecting new wall hangings. Ever since, they’ve been piled in our bedroom floor, patiently awaiting their new homes. This past weekend, I summoned the courage to wield the hammer, pound the nails and put the new pictures in place.

Our bedroom now has a romance theme. When I saw this LOVE wall hanging, I knew it was just the thing, so I snagged it.


I soak in a tub filled with steaming hot water every night before bed, so these cute wall hangings are fitting. They have the added bonus of being a muted shade of purple, which prompted me to get a shower curtain in the same color. I love the new look.

I’m a California girl to the core, so when I saw this wall hanging, I put it in my cart pronto. The fun image of my beloved Golden State hangs in my office now, making my heart happy every time I see it.

I’ve made other small changes and have more planned. Each one adds freshness and fun to our home, which, to quote Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo, “sparks joy” and reminds me that change can be a good thing.

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Questions for You

Do you embrace change, or are you resistant to it?

How often do you rearrange your furniture—or not?

What small changes have you made to your home recently?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of A Lawman for Christmas
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, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, October 9.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 25 post!
Amy G. will receive A Mistaken Match,
an October LIH by Whitney Bailey.

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