Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: Taking on Twins

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Taking on Twins, a June release from debut
Love Inspired Historical author Mollie Campbell.

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

Doctor Daddy 

Jake Hadley expects challenges when he returns to his frontier hometown to establish a medical practice—but caring for orphaned toddler twins wasn’t part of the equation. The new doctor would be out of his depth without Coralee Evans’s help. Once his sweetheart, now his best friend’s widow, Coralee has a tender way with the children that makes him long for a second chance. Until Jake is faced with a choice: Coralee or his career…

When Jake left Spring Hill for medical school, Coralee believed he’d abandoned her. And though a reunion might be possible, he’s working for the man trying to ruin her apothecary business. Could caring for these sweet children bridge the gulf between them and provide a prescription for rekindled love?

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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Character Names

Mollie used the name Coralee for the heroine of Taking on Twins, which makes me smile. That’s the same name I gave to the heroine of my novella, “A Love Returned,” in The Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection.

Coming up with character names can be both fun and challenging. We want our characters to be unique, but there are only so many names to choose from. It’s inevitable that readers will encounter characters from different books that bear the same names.

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Questions for You

Does the name of a hero or heroine affect your decision to read a story?

Do you remember character names from the stories you’ve read?

If you were given the opportunity to name a LIH hero
and heroine, what names would you give them?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Taking on Twins
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of the
questions above. You must answer at least one 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 27 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, May 29.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my May 15 post!
Katrina will receive a copy of Mail Order Sweetheart,
a June LIH by Christine Johnson.

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LIH Spotlight: Mail Order Sweetheart

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Mail Order Sweetheart, a June 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.

The Husband Hunt 

Theater singer Fiona O’Keefe is on a quest to form the perfect family for her orphaned niece. It’s a shame handsome and musically talented Sawyer Evans can’t support a household on his sawmill-manager wages. Fiona needs a respectable gentleman of means. And if she can’t find one in Singapore, Michigan, then she’ll just have to look for a husband in the mail-order want ads…

Sawyer doesn’t want Fiona to marry a stranger…or anyone other than him. It would be easy to reveal that he’s secretly heir to a railroad fortune. But Sawyer’s determined to be a self-made man, so he isn’t willing to take his father’s money. Instead, can he prove to Fiona that the man she needs is already by her side?

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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The End of an Era

I’ve often told my husband that a single email can change a writer’s day. That was certainly true today.

Harlequin sent an email to its authors this morning announcing the closure of five of its lines: Harlequin Western, Harlequin Superromance, Love Inspired Historical, Harlequin Nocturne and Kimani Romance.

Yes, that list included the Love Inspired Historical line I’ve been writing for. The last LIHs will be those releasing in June 2018.

As you might expect, the news has sent shock waves throughout the publishing world. Many of my fellow LIH authors are reeling. A LIH author friend posted the following on Facebook not long after the announcement.

I ache for the authors of all the lines that will be closing, as well as all those affected by this announcement, including our readers.

You might be wondering how I’m doing in the face of this news. Because of a choice I made a few months ago, the news didn’t have the same effect on me that it has others.

I’ve decided to retire. Yup! You heard that right. My November Love Inspired Historical, Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, will be my last novel. (The blurb just went up on Amazon. You can read it here.)

Why did I make this decision? Because I want to spend more time with my  wonderful husband. Carl retired two years ago, and he’s has been enjoying himself immensely. While he’s been hiking, going to the snow, taking bike rides, etc, I’ve spent much of my time nose-to-screen. But no more.

I sent in my final Love Inspired Historical just last night. Their Mistletoe Matchmakers has been revised, edited and returned to my savvy editor, Emily Rodmell, who has edited all five of my LIHs.

I’m eager to embrace the free time coming my way, but I’ll miss interacting with you, my devoted readers. Not to worry. I won’t be disappearing.

I’ll continue to blog here and offer my weekly giveaways through the end of the year. I’ll remain active on Facebook, too. I’ll probably be on Pinterest more often, looking up recipes, craft ideas and more. I’ve never had enough time to spend there, but I will now. I might even write a magazine article now and then. Who knows?

Thanks for your support, encouragement and understanding as I embark on this new chapter of my life.

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Questions for You

How do you feel about the news that the LIH line will be closing?

How long have you been a LIH reader?

Who are some of your favorite LIH authors?
(To be clear, I’m not seeking compliments. I’m eager to hear which
of my fellow LIH authors’ stories you’ve enjoyed over the years.)

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Mail Order Sweetheart
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 20 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, May 22.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my May 8 post!
Gloria F. will receive a copy of A Tailor-Made Husband,
a June LIH by Winnie Griggs.

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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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