Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: Mistletoe Mommy

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Mistletoe Mommy, an October release from
Love Inspired Historical author Danica Favorite.

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

A MOTHER FOR CHRISTMAS

Widower Luke Jeffries needs a mother for his three young children, whether or not they agree. When he meets Nellie McClain at the mail-order-bride agency, Luke thinks his problems are solved, but they’ve only just begun. Though the beautiful widow awakens his grieving heart, Luke won’t betray his cherished wife’s memory.

A marriage of convenience is exactly what Nellie wants, since she’s been wounded by love before and doesn’t plan to risk her heart again. But despite her chilly reception at Luke’s family’s simple Colorado cabin, her feelings for Luke and the children grow deeper every day. Can Nellie and Luke heal the pain in each other and finally make their family whole again?

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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Broadway Bound…Sort of

I visited New York City once when I attended a writing conference that took place there. The conference hotel was situated right on Times Square with all its frenzied activity and neon glitz.

Many of my fellow conference attendees were eager to see a Broadway show. Not me. This small-town gal summoned her courage, had the hotel hail her a cab, hopped on a ferry and enjoyed a breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty while en route to Ellis Island. My solo outing was a high point of that trip.

I’ve wondered a number of times since if I should have taken in Broadway show back then. Since I have no plans to return to NYC, that opportunity isn’t like to come my way again.

Or so I thought…

Our daughter, Adriana, has been working hard this past year and a half, intent upon earning her teaching credential. This coming December, she will jump through the final hoops and become a full-fledged teacher.

I wanted to do something special to celebrate our gal’s achievement. She and her dad enjoyed a trip to Europe when she was in high school and had a wonderful time, so I asked Carl what he thought of us ladies taking a trip of our own this time. He was all for it.

Since Adriana loves Broadway musicals, I got the idea of seeing which of them will be playing in San Francisco over her Christmas break. That would be Aladdin, a show she would love to see.

When I told Adri that she and I will be traveling to the Bay Area by train, staying in a historic hotel in the heart of the city and seeing Aladdin at the famous Orpheum Theater, her expression went from disbelief to delight in a matter of seconds.

The next few months will be filled with anticipation and a flurry of Facebook IMs as we plan our itinerary. I don’t know which of us is more excited. San Francisco, here we come!

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Questions for You

Which Broadway shows are your favorites?

Have you ever attended a Broadway show in person?

If you haven’t, which show would you most want to see?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Mistletoe Mommy
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer at least one to qualify.
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Giveaway ends Saturday, September 23 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, September 25.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 11 post!
Sandy S. will receive Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion,
an October LIH by Louise M. Gouge.

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LIH Spotlight: Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion, an October release
from Love Inspired Historical author Louise M. Gouge.

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

The Sheriff’s Second Chance 

Sheriff Justice Gareau can make outlaws quake in their boots…yet coming face-to-face with Evangeline Benoit once again takes away all his composure. She broke their engagement, and his heart, to marry a wealthy older man. Despite his reluctance, Justice can’t avoid the widowed single mother of two when they’re collaborating on a Christmas village for the town’s children.

The loving boy Evangeline once knew has become an unyielding lawman. Forced to flee New Orleans over false allegations, Evie doubts Justice will take her side when the past follows her to Colorado. Especially when he and her troublesome son butt heads. But perhaps the spirit of Christmas will soften his heart and give them a second chance at 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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Role Playing

Although my sister starred in several plays and my mother had a number of roles in local junior college productions during my high school years, I never aspired to be an actress.

I can’t remember lines and freeze when I’m on stage. That fact became painfully clear when I was in sixth grade and was assigned the part of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had a full-blown case of stage fright the day of the performance and forgot every single thing I was supposed to say.

In spite of my traumatic thespian experience, I do have a wee bit of a ham in me. It came out when I was in Toastmasters a few years back. I don’t know why, but I can deliver a decent speech–and apparently I’m even funny at times. A woman who attended an author talk I gave told me I should do stand up. Who knew?

This week I tapped into my well-hidden talent and participated in at fun event at my local Curves. I won the opportunity to “Coach a Coach” as part of our fundraising efforts to support the American Cancer Society and our Relay for Life team.

Since I wanted to make things fun for the coach I got to coach, I created two personas: the Cheerleader and the Evil Queen, complete with pompoms and a sparkly belt that served as my makeshift whip.


On Shari’s first lap around the circuit, I offered oodles of encouragement and added a couple of cheers to the mix. Mind you, they weren’t all that impressive. Here’s one of them: S-H-A-R-I! S-H-A-R-I! Gooooo, Shari!

Things changed when Shari completed her first lap. I whipped off my pretty purple “I don’t sweat – I sparkle” t-shirt” to reveal a sleek black tank top with the words “Evil Queen” emblazoned on the front in purple glitter. Every lady on the circuit laughed.

Being the cheerleader was easy for me. I love to encourage people. Playing the part of the Evil Queen exceeded my limited acting abilities. Even though I tried to act tough, I cracked up many times–as did Shari, who was such a good sport.

Coaching my coach ended up being a blast. I won’t win any awards for my acting, but I had fun and contributed to a worthy cause at the same time.

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Questions for You

Have you ever been in a play, or does
the thought of being on stage freak you out?

If you were given the opportunity to play
a part, which role would you choose?

Do you enjoy creating fun costumes?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion
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, September 16 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, September 18.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 4 post!
Heidi R. will receive Montana Bride by Christmas,
an October LIH by Linda Ford.

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LIH Spotlight: Montana Bride by Christmas

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Montana Bride by Christmas, an October release
from Love Inspired Historical author Linda Ford.

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

Wanted: Convenient Wife 

When preacher Hugh Arness advertises for a marriage of convenience, the single father’s not expecting Annie Marshall to apply. She’s too vivacious—and far too pretty. Yet Annie connects with his withdrawn young son, Evan, and he agrees to a trial period—which her grandfather will chaperone—until Christmas. By then he’ll have found a candidate who doesn’t make him long for more than he feels worthy of…

Security and her own home…Annie wants both, without the heartache love brings. Soon she’s earning little Evan’s trust, eager to show his papa that their partnership can work. She knows that Hugh needs tenderness, too. And maybe this Christmas could mark the end of their practical arrangement…and the start of a true union and real 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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Christmas Stories Are Coming!

Three Love Inspired Historical Christmas stories have already arrived in the homes of those of us who are members of the Harlequin® Reader Service program. I know because I’ve already received the October books, which are ready for my giveaways this month.

The October LIHs will begin showing up on the shelves around the middle of that month. Some readers will be eager to grab them, since Christmas stories are their favorites. Others might roll their eyes and say it’s too early.

I’m normally not all that eager to see Christmas stories show up early, but since my November release, Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, will be my first full-length Christmas story as well as my last book, I’m getting excited.

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Question for You

What is your reaction to seeing the first
of the Christmas books hit the shelves?
Will you shout with glee, grab those you’re interested in
and start reading right then; buy the books you want but
save them for later; or roll your eyes and walk on by?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Montana Bride by Christmas
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, September 9 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, September 11.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my August 28 post!
Sabrina T. will receive The Outlaw’s Second Chance,
a September LIH by Angie Dicken.

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