Keli Gwyn
A Fond Farewell

I’m normally a wordy writer, but as I prepared this post, words failed me.

My decision to retire is the right one for me, a decision the Lord has confirmed many times in many ways. That doesn’t stop the rush of emotions washing over me as I embrace this new chapter in my life.

As I reflect on my writing career, one emotion stands out: gratitude. I’m beyond thankful for each one of you who has come alongside me as I’ve traveled this path, offering me support and encouragement. You’re the best cheerleaders ever!

I’ve been asked if I would consider writing again. My answer is this. I might not be writing novels now, but I’ll always be a writer. Should the Lord call me to put fingers to keyboard again someday, we would have some long talks.

My longtime writing partner, Anne, sent me an encouraging email recently. She suggested I think of writing as “a room in your life that is always there, right behind the closed door.” I’ve taken her wise words to heart.


This post marks the end of my blogging…for now. I’m eager to see what the Lord has in store for me next.

Instead of saying goodbye, as we Americans do, I’ll end by saying auf Wiedersehen, which, translated literally, means until we see each other again. I’m sure I’ll see many of you over on Facebook.

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Christmas Tea With an Author

I hope to see some of you at my final author appearance.
I’ll be your host at the Christmas Tea with an Author
event this coming Friday, December 8.

I’ll be stopping by throughout that day to chat with readers. The other participating Love Inspired Historical authors and I teamed up to offer a Loaded Kindle Fire. I’ll be offering some fun prizes of my own, including this Christmas-themed Origami Owl locket.


I think this festive locket deserves a close-up.

Note that all the tiny crystals are included.
I removed them to make it easier to see the charms.

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Final LIH Spotlight Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to the winner from my November 27 post!
Denise M. will receive Would-Be Mistletoe Wife by
Love Inspired Historical author Christine Johnson.

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LIH Spotlight: Would-Be Mistletoe Wife

This week Iโ€™m shining the spotlight on
Would-Be Mistletoe Wife, a December release from
Love Inspired Historical author Christine Johnson.

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

Mistletoe Match

Worried she might lose her teaching job if funding is cut for her boarding school, widow Louise Smythe must consider marriage. But the only prospective groom in town is lighthouse-keeper Jesse Hammond, and he wants childrenโ€”something she may never be able to provide. While Jesse waits for the ideal woman to make his wife, though, Louise canโ€™t help but long for something more than his friendship.

If he wants to be promoted to head lighthouse keeper, Jesse needs to find a wife suited to his rustic lifestyle. But as he and Louise partner to give the townโ€™s homeless orphans a joyous holiday, heโ€™s drawn to the petite woman. Will the light of Christmas finally inspire them to trust in each otherโ€™s hearts?

Copyright ยฉ 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art and cover copy text used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
ยฎ and โ„ข are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.

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Reflecting on My Stories: Strong Heroines

The release of my final novel this month has me feeling a bit nostalgic. As I look back on this story and the seven others Iโ€™ve had published, Iโ€™ve noted some commonalities. I’ve covered the role music plays in many of my stories, the endearing children in half of them and the supportive heroes in all of them. This week, Iโ€™m focusing on my heroines, who are all strong women, although they might not describe themselves that way.

Elenora Watkins, the heroine of my debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, is not only strong, but she’s strong-willed and has a stubborn streak too. That’s not a problems for Miles Rutledge, who’s a mite mule-headed himself. These two mercantile owners compete at every turn, each of them out to best the other in merchandising, music and marksmanship. At least, it starts out that way. I love seeing the change of heart they undergo as love gains a foothold.

When Spencer Abbott, the hero in Family of Her Dreams, meets Tess Grimsby, she issues the recent widower a challenge. If he’ll give her one day, she’ll prove she’s the right woman to serve as his housekeeper and care for his two young children. Her inner strength and huge heart enable her to win over the grieving children, but she has to redouble her efforts where their withdrawn father is concerned.

Sweet Becky Martin, the heroine of A Home of Her Own, doesn’t see herself as strong, but she possesses a quiet strength. She does an excellent job caring for James O’Brien’s ailing mother, helps him in his apple orchard and establishes a successful baking business. Her strength is put to the test as she deals with a scheming brother back east who has framed her for a crime he committed, and she shows everyone, herself included, what she’s made of.

Former saloon singer Jessie Sinclair, the heroine of Make-Believe Beau, has worked hard to become a draftswoman, forcing her to work alongside men who doubt her abilities, but she rises to the challenge. Harder yet is overcoming her past, but with the Lord upholding her, she holds her head high and shows engineer Flynt Kavanaugh that she’s a woman of worth.

Chip Evans and Callie Hunt, from Her Motherhood Wish, discover two youngsters alone alongside the road. Although she doubts they’re in danger from the murderous trio that took the life of the children’s father and left them orphans, Chip convinces her otherwise. She froze when her own parents were killed in front of her when she was a girl, but Callie displays remarkable strength in the face of danger. She would do anything to protect the children she’s come to love.

Lavinia Crowne, the heroine of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, fears losing the respect of her controlling father. She heads to California prepared to claim her recently orphaned nieces and nephew and take them back to Philadelphia with her, where they will enjoy a lavish lifestyle. Henry Hawthorn has other plans, which pits Lavinia against him. She fights for guardianship, but her ultimate battle is with herself. Can she stand up for what she believes is best for the children, even if that will cost her everything?

Readers have asked I see myself in my heroines. There are elements of me in each of them, but like Becky, I don’t see myself as strong, although others do. What I do know is that I admire each of my heroines and wish I were more like them.

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Questions for You

What do you see as your greatest strengths?

What have others said are some of your strengths?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Would-Be Mistletoe Wife
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, December 2 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my farewell
blog post on Monday, December 4.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my November 20 post!
Julie will receive The Gift of Twins by
Love Inspired Historical author Gabrielle Meyer.

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LIH Spotlight: The Gift of Twins

This week Iโ€™m shining the spotlight on
The Gift of Twins, a December release from
Love Inspired Historical author Gabrielle Meyer.

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

Unexpected Holiday Blessings

Finding twin five-year-old boys on his doorstep isnโ€™t the first surprise Reverend Benjamin Lahaye has faced lately. Emery Wilkes, the new schoolteacher the town has hired, turns out to be a very pretty womanโ€”not the man theyโ€™d been expecting. And though the twins and Emmy are only boarding with Ben until Christmas, the arrangement feels all too natural.

Emmy has moved to Minnesota to put loss behind her. Marriage would mean forsaking her position and her purpose, and Ben is an honorable man who understands her refusal to wed. But as he gets closer to tracking down the little boysโ€™ father, Emmy realizes just how much she wants their sweet temporary family to become permanent.

Copyright ยฉ 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art and cover copy text used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
ยฎ and โ„ข are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.

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Reflecting on My Stories: Supportive Heroes

The release of my final novel this month has me feeling a bit nostalgic. As I look back on this story and the seven others Iโ€™ve had published, Iโ€™ve noted some commonalities. I’ve covered the role music plays in many of my stories and the endearing children in half of them. This week Iโ€™m focusing on my heroes, who are staunch supporters of my heroines.

In my debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, the heroine, Elenora Watkins, opens a small mercantile across the street from a large, well-established mercantile owned by the hero, Miles Rutledge. Ellie is out to prove she can run a successful business on her own and has a hard time accepting the help Miles offers. Thankfully, he’s just as bent on convincing her she has nothing to prove because it’s evident to him she’s a bright, capable, creative woman.

Becky Martin, the heroine of my second Love Inspired Historical, A Home of Her Own, has a gentle, loving nature. She does a wonderful job caring for the ailing mother of the hero, James O’Brien. He, in turn, supports Becky in her dream of opening a bakery.

Flynt Kavanaugh, my civil engineer hero in Make-Believe Beau, champions Jessie Sinclair, the newly hired draftswoman at the irrigation company where he works. Callie Hunt discovers a love of woodworking when she’s asked to work alongside carpenter Chip Evans in Her Motherhood Wish, and he’s happy to help her learn the craft.

The heroine of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, Lavinia Crowne, arrives in Sutter Creek determined to show her sister’s recently orphaned children the kind of lavish Christmas celebrations they’ll have when she takes them back to Philadelphia with her. She’s sure she can offer her nephew and nieces a better life than they would have in their small town.

Even though the children’s paternal uncle, Henry Hawthorn, is just as determined to provide a simple, faith-filled family celebration for the children and keep them in California, he does his best to support Lavinia in her plans while praying she’ll embrace the true meaning of Christmas.

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Questions for You

Which men in your life have been your biggest supporters?

What have the men in your life done to help you reach your goals?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of The Gift of Twins
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, November 25 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, November 27.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my November 13 post!
MH will receive Once Upon a Texas Christmas
by Love Inspired Historical author Winnie Griggs.

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