Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlights: Pony Express Christmas Bride and Cowgirl Under the Mistletoe

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Pony Express Christmas Bride by Rhonda Gibson and
Cowgirl Under the Mistletoe by Louise M. Gouge,
two December 2016 releases from Love Inspired Historical.

Learn more about the stories below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy of each,
which will go to two different winners.

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Want-Ad Wife 

Mail-order bride Josephine Dooley’s trip West was supposed to end in marriage to her intended groom—not with the discovery that he hadn’t actually placed the bridal ad! Now her only choice is to convince Pony Express rider Thomas Young to wed her anyway to save her from her scheming uncle.

A bride shouldn’t be a surprise package, and when Thomas finds out about his meddling brother’s ruse, he plans to send his would-be wife packing. However, when he realizes Josephine desperately needs his help and a marriage of convenience is the only way he can protect her, he vows to become the husband she needs. But he quickly learns that it will be hard to keep his new bride at arm’s length…because Josephine is his perfect match.

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A Colorado Christmas Courtship
 

Deputy Grace Eberly can outshoot and outride most men in Esperanza, Colorado…but lassoing a husband is an impossible task. At least she has her good friend Reverend Micah Thomas to keep her company. When outlaws threaten their community, the two join forces to stop them, and Grace’s feelings for the reverend deepen. But she’s sure he’d never love a too-tall cowgirl in trousers and boots.

Micah believes that it’s time to find himself a wife—someone sweet and ladylike who can help him better serve the town. So why do none of the elegant young women of his acquaintance stir his heart like the feisty tomboy deputy? As they work to bring peace to the community, will Grace and Micah finally see that they make the perfect team?

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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Changes to my blog format…

To make things quicker and easier for all of us, I’ve switched things up a bit.

  1. Instead of asking the author(s) a question, I ask you one as a way to get to know you better.
  2. No more Rafflecopter entry forms. All you have to do is comment to enter the weekly giveaway.
  3. I’ll be giving away two December books away this week and next. The last two weeks of the month, I’ll give away two January books. Starting in January, I’ll be giving away the following month’s books. This way you can win the books before they hit the stores’ shelves.

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Question for You…

This past weekend, my family enjoyed
Christmas events from two different cultures.

sutter-creek-2016-las-posadas-keli-gwynOn Saturday, we participated in the Las Posadas pilgrimage held in the nearby Gold Rush-era town of Sutter Creek. We joined Mary and Joseph and a sizable group on a trek down luminary-lined streets. Along the way, we stopped at three inns, which turned the couple away. Our final stop was a manger, where we welcomed Baby Jesus.

sacramento-2016-christkindlmarkt-keli-gwynOn Sunday, we went to the Christkindlmarkt in Sacramento, which is a German Christmas market. In honor of the event, we wore our traditional German clothing. I’m shown in my Dirndl with St. Nikolaus and the Christkind, an angel-like character. We enjoyed the smell of Glühwein (mulled wine) in the air, visited the booths selling craft items and German wares, and ate Bratwurst for lunch.

What Christmas events based on other cultures have you participated in? Please include a description for those of use who might not know what the events are all about.

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of either a Pony Express
Christmas Bride
or Cowgirl Under the Mistletoe
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, December 10 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, December 12.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my November 28 post,
Chrissy D, who will receive a copy of
The Negotiated Marriage
by Christina Rich.

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LIH Spotlight: The Negotiated Marriage

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Negotiated Marriage by Christina Rich,
a November 2016 release from Love Inspired Historical.

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

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A Business Arrangement

When the railroad pushes to buy her land, orphaned Cameron Sims will do anything to keep the only home she and her sisters have ever known. Even if she must marry a stranger. But she’s determined her agreement with the mysterious, dashing man—who’s unlike anything the Kansas railroad town has ever seen—will remain simply business.

Duncan Murray doesn’t want a wife. He wants Sims Creek, a sanctuary that can help him forget a troubled childhood. But his reluctant, and captivating, bride-to-be is key to making his dreams a reality. And despite their business arrangement, Camy and Duncan might be signing on the dotted line for true love…

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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Changes to my blog format…

To make things quicker and easier for you, me and the featured author, I’m switching things up a bit.

  1. I’m no longer asking the authors of the featured books to answer a question, giving them more time to write the stories we love to read. Instead, I’ll be asking a fun question as a way to get to know you better. This change will take effect today.
  2. To make entering the giveaways less of a hassle for you, I’m no longer using Rafflecopter. All you will have to do to enter a giveaway is leave a comment on the post (one qualifying entry per person) with the answer to the question I ask. You’ll need to answer the question in order for your entry to be valid. If you’d still like to share the posts on Facebook or Twitter, that would be much appreciated, but doing so will no longer gain you additional entries. This change will take effect today.
  3. Because many of you have already received the current month’s books by the time I spotlight them on my blog, I’m going to start featuring the upcoming month’s books. I’ll need time to phase into this, so for the month of December, I’ll be giving away two books each week, one each to two different winners. The first two weeks, the winners will receive one of the four December titles. The second two weeks, the winners will receive one of the four January books. In January, I’ll be on track to feature February’s four books, one per week.

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    Question for You…

    For many of us, Thanksgiving has come and gone.
    What was the best part of your holiday celebration?

    For me, it was having our daughter will us for the first time in
    three years. I was happy Adriana had the opportunity to live
    in Europe and work as an English-language teaching assistant,
    but I missed her, especially on holidays.

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    Book Giveaway!

    Enter to win a print copy of The Negotiated Marriage
    by leaving a comment on this post with the answer
    to the question above. You must answer the question
    to qualify. You may comment on the post as many times
    as you’d like, but each person receives one entry.
    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 3 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

    Winner to be announced in my new
    blog post on Monday, December 5.

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

    Congratulations to the winner from my November 21 post,
    Bonnie R, who will receive a copy of
    Mail Order Mommy
    by Christine Johnson.

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LIH Spotlight: Mail Order Mommy

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Mail Order Mommy by Christine Johnson.

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

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A Mother by Christmas 

Nursing a broken heart, Amanda Porter had answered a frontier mail-order bride ad placed by Garrett Decker’s children—only to find the groom-to-be didn’t want a wife. The widowed bachelor she hoped to marry does need a housekeeper, though, and taking the job is Amanda’s only option. But his adorable children are determined she’ll be their mother by Christmas…

His wife’s betrayal and tragic death demolished Garrett’s life. Now he can’t even look at another woman, let alone marry Amanda, who resembles his first love. Even if she does make his house feel like a home, filling it again with laughter and his children’s smiles. But with his daughter convinced Amanda is the perfect mother, will Garrett realize she’s also his perfect match?

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 Christine…

I saw on your website that you enjoy hiking. If we were to encounter you on one of those outings, would you most likely be found walking in your neighborhood, traveling on a prepared trail in your town, hiking in the mountains, strolling on the beach or…?

Christine says: “Though you will most often find me walking in my neighborhood (as in every day), my favorite place to hike is in the mountains. The vistas take my breath away…or maybe it’s the altitude, lol. Seriously, I am in complete awe over God’s creation when in the mountains. The sheer size and beauty bring praises to my lips. It has been a couple years since I last hiked in the mountains, and answering this question makes me want to go there again soon.”

Your Turn…

How often do you go walking or hiking?

What are your favorite places to go when you want to take a hike?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Mail Order Mommy.

Giveaway ends Sunday, November 27 at 12 a.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, November 28.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my November 14 post,
Deana D, who will receive a copy of
Cowboy Creek Christmas, a 2-in-1
by
Cheryl St.John and Sherri Shackelford.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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