Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: A Mother in the Making

It’s September, and that means four new stories from
Love Inspired Historical are on the shelves.

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Mother in the Making by Gabrielle Meyer.

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

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Matchmaking with a Mission  

Practical, steady, levelheaded: all qualities single father Dr. John Orton expects in both a governess and a wife. But his children’s temporary governess Miss Marjorie Maren seems set on finding him an impractical woman to love…despite his plans of marrying solely for convenience. Nothing could be more exasperating to the handsome widower—except his increasing interest in Marjorie.

Vivacious and fun-loving: that’s the kind of bride the reserved doctor needs. Before Marjorie leaves to pursue her acting dreams, she intends to match him with a suitable wife candidate. Yet growing affection for her four charges and their dashing father has awakened a new hope—that she might be his perfect bride. But can she convince her employer to take a chance on love and claim real happiness before it slips away?

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Fun Question for Gabrielle…

I love seeing pictures on Facebook of your family enjoying your yard, which backs on the Mississippi. What do you like best about living right on that mighty river?

Gabrielle says: “ I grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River and my husband grew up on the shores of a lake nearby. We both love the water and have wonderful memories of our childhoods playing with our families in lakes and rivers all over our beautiful state of Minnesota. What I love the most is that we are making new memories with our own children in the river right behind our house. We swim, fish, boat, and simply relax on the water. It’s a refreshing escape from the busy world.”

Your Turn…

Are you a water person like Gabrielle?

What are your favorite water-related activities?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of A Mother in the Making.

Giveaway ends Sunday, October 2  at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, October 3.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 19 post,
Andrea S, who will receive a copy of The Nanny’s Little Matchmakers,
a September 2016 Love Inspired Historical by Danica Favorite.

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LIH Spotlight: The Nanny’s Little Matchmakers

It’s September, and that means four new stories from
Love Inspired Historical are hitting the shelves.

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Nanny’s Little Matchmakers by Danica Favorite.

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

the-nannys-little-matchmakersA Wife for Their Papa 

Polly MacDonald intends to tame Mitch Taylor’s five mischievous children, even though every other nanny has fled. She needs this job—and Mitch’s brood sorely needs affection. Perhaps their widowed papa does, too. But when the children begin scheming to make her their new mother, Polly must resist. She’s seen too many bad marriages to want one of her own.

Mitch has come to Leadville, Colorado, to escape a scandal, not find a wife. After the disaster of his first marriage, he’s sure he isn’t husband material. Though Polly’s tender care is working wonders with his children, Mitch knows he should keep his feelings to himself. But can two wary hearts deny the dearest wish of five eager matchmakers?

Copyright © 2016 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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Fun Question for Danica…

I’ve been following your house addition project on Facebook. I’ve heard such an undertaking can be full of challenges? What parts of the process have caused you the most stress? What have been the greatest rewards?

Danica says: “Yes, definitely a lot of challenges. I think the biggest challenge is that everything takes longer and costs more than you initially expect. We bought the house a year and a half ago, and our construction project is still not even close to being useable. A lot of unexpected things pop up, so it’s been really hard to stay in a smaller space. We lost 1000 square feet of living space with our move (that the project will add back, and then some!), and it’s been hard, especially for the introverts (raising hand) of our family. Honestly, that’s the biggest challenge. I’ve had my own office for a long time now, but for the past year and a half, I haven’t, and I’m DYING for my own space.

The greatest rewards: Well, I’m still looking forward to it: when it’s done! That said, we’ve had an unexpected bonus. A lot of people say that a house construction/remodel project is very stressful on a marriage, and is the cause of a lot of divorces. In our case, it’s brought us together in a lot of odd ways, and I think our marriage has gotten a lot stronger. I appreciate my husband in so many deeper ways, and I’m really grateful we get to work on this project together. Okay, he does all the work. I just pick stuff out and tell him what I want. J In the end, we’ll be living in our dream home, so it’ll all be worth it.”

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My office in progress. Right now, it’s being used to store tools and things hubby needs for the project, but hopefully soon I can show pics of it being where I work!

Your Turn…

How do you deal with major projects? Do they excite you or make you want to bury your head far under the covers and wait for the dust to settle?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of The Nanny’s Little Matchmakers.

Giveaway ends Sunday, September 25  at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, September 26.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 12 post,
Brenda W, who will receive a copy of Texas Cinderella,
a September 2016 Love Inspired Historical by Winnie Griggs.

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LIH Spotlight: Texas Cinderella

It’s September, and that means four new stories from
Love Inspired Historical will soon be on the shelves.

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Texas Cinderella by Winnie Griggs.

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

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In Search of a Groom 

After a life of drudgery on her family’s farm, Cassie Lynn Vickers relishes her freedom working in town as a paid companion for feisty Mrs. Flanagan. When her father suddenly demands she come home, she has no choice. Unless she can find a husband. If only she could convince handsome town newcomer Riley Walker to marry her…

Riley is on the run. He’s desperate to keep his niece and nephew safe from his crooked half brother. But a delay in Turnabout, Texas, shows him everything he didn’t know he was missing: home, family—and Cassie Lynn. Can he find a way to become her Prince Charming…and build a real family with the children and Cassie Lynn?

Copyright © 2016 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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Fun Question for Winnie…

I saw a picture of you on Facebook sporting a fun T-shirt with the words “Night Owl Writer” on the front (shown below, with Winnie’s permission).

I’ve read that you spent many years juggling a demanding day job and your writing career, making writing at night a necessity. Are you by nature a night owl? If so, has that always been the case? What do you like best about being awake into the wee hours?

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Winnie says: “Yes, I’ve always had something of a nocturnal bent. But I haven’t always been able to indulge in it as I’d like. The day job I worked at for 35 years had me arriving at the office at 7:30. With a 35 mile commute and four kids to get ready for school I usually set my alarm for 5:30am (or earlier!), which meant if I wasn’t in bed by 11:00pm, the next day was not going to go well. So I ‘trained myself’ to be a morning person, even though it never really felt right.

Retirement changed all that. Now I’m often up until 2:00am, or even later when the writing really flows. And I find being able to play to my natural circadian rhythms really helps my creativity.

As far as what I like best about being a night owl, I think there is something energizing about being awake when you feel like much of the rest of the world is asleep, as if you have the opportunity to access more of the creative energy floating about us all. Fanciful notion, of course, but that’s how it feels to me.”

Your Turn…

Are you a night owl like Winnie, or are you more of an early bird?

What do you like best about your favorite time of day?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Texas Cinderella.

Giveaway ends Sunday, September 18  at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, September 19.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 6 post,
Becky S, who will receive a copy of A Rancher of Convenience,
a September 2016 Love Inspired Historical by Regina Scott.

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