Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: Frontier Agreement

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Frontier Agreement by Shannon Farrington,
a March release from Love Inspired Historical.

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

FORCED TO WED 

When half–Native American translator Claire Manette joins her mother’s tribe after her father’s death, she’s told she must marry or leave the village. Lewis and Clark expedition member Pierre Lafayette’s offer of a marriage of convenience is enticing. But with her refusal to leave her family behind and his dreams of exploring uncharted territories, it would never work.

Pierre joined the expedition for adventure…and to avoid settling down. So why does he feel compelled to protect a stranger by marrying her? The only thing he’s sure of is that he can’t allow Claire to be forced from the only home she has left. Pierre and Claire are an unlikely match, but amid the wilderness of the West, could his offer of duty become one of 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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Reaching The End

Turning those final few pages as a reader can be a bittersweet experience. I want to see how the story ends, but I know my time with the characters I’ve grown to care about is almost over. Call me silly, but I’ve been known to hug a book to my chest after I finish it, my way of saying goodbye to my fictional friends.

Reaching The End as a writer is an equally emotional experience for me. I’m flooded with relief that the hard work of drafting a story is behind me, disbelief that I wrote another book and a touch of grief that my time developing the characters and helping them reach their Happily Ever After has come to an end.

I might type The End, but I will soon be deleting those words, since all my editor wants to see are the three asterisks that signify the end of the manuscript. I’m also bracing myself for the work ahead.

Creating the first draft is only the beginning. I still have three edits ahead of me: the content edit (also known as the substantive or big-picture edit), the line edit (where I have to make smaller tweaks) and the copy edit (where the nitty gritty stuff like punctuation and grammar errors, repetitions, etc. are dealt with.)

This past week I typed The End on my fifth Love Inspired Historical, Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, coming in November. I spent seven weeks glued to my computer screen, so I welcome the break.

Actually, the work break isn’t really applicable, since I’m embarking on an intense game of catch-up. All the tasks I let slide in order to spend time writing are waiting me, such as getting the taxes ready to go to our CPA, doing loads of laundry and digging my desk out from under the piles of paper that have accumulated.

As I reflect on the story I just finished, I think about the readers who will read Their Mistletoe Matchmakers. I hope they will enjoy spending time with Henry and Lavinia and be satisfied with how things turn out for this couple.

Will readers heave satisfied sighs, or will they end up disappointed? Maybe they’ll wish I’d wrapped things up differently. Or perhaps they’ll think it’s one of my best stories yet. Only time will tell. Such are the thoughts that go through the mind of a reader after reaching The End.

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Question for You

How do you feel when you finish reading a novel?

What makes an ending satisfying for you?

Can you think of an ending you really enjoyed?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Frontier Agreement 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, March 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, March 6.

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

Congratulations to the winners from my February 27 post.
Lynne F, Marilyn R and Kalan S will each receive a copy of
Her Motherhood Wish, my March LIH.

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LIH Spotlight: Her Motherhood Wish

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Her Motherhood Wish, my March release
from Love Inspired Historical.

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

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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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at My Writing Life

Before I began writing with the goal of publication, I imagined what it would be like to create stories and see them in print. In my mind’s eye, writers lived serene lives with neat desks, clean houses and a deep sense of satisfaction from knowing that their stories were blessing the lives of readers.

Now that I’m a writer with my fifth novel releasing in less than two weeks, my rose-colored images have given way to reality. My office is a mess, my house is in desperate need of a post-deadline cleaning and my laundry hamper is overflowing.

I do, however, feel a sense of excitement as Her Motherhood Wish is making its way into the hands of readers, but that’s tempered by the knowledge that although I worked hard to create characters readers like, their story isn’t going to resonate with everyone who picks it up.

One star-reviews happen. So do mistakes in my stories.

When I receive my author copies, I look forward to sitting down with my latest book and encountering it as a reader. Since I haven’t read the story in several months, I don’t remember everything little thing that happens or the order in which the events take place. I’m often surprised and delighted to see the way the story plays out.

I was hard at work on Their Mistletoe Matchmakers when my copies of Her Motherhood Wish arrived last month, so I didn’t get to read my latest story in print form until this past weekend. I had fun spending time with Chip and Callie again. I laughed at times, cried at others and felt the same sense of frustration with a certain regimented hero that reviewers have.

There were times I cringed, too. Why? Because despite the number of people who read the story before it went to print, there are mistakes. I know they happen, but it’s hard for this recovering perfectionist to see them. I find it hard to believe that they got past me, my three writing partners, my editor, the line editor, the copy editor and the proofreaders, but they did.

In case you’re curious, here are the oopsies I found:

  • Page 68 : She glanced at Isaac, smiled at the obvious delight on her brother’s face and retuned her attention to Chip. (What a difference one missing R can make.)
  • Page 124: “And how about you, princess? Would you like to see what I brought with me?” (Princess is what Chip calls, Ruby, the little girl in the story, but in this case, Callie is speaking to Ruby. She was supposed to say sweetheart instead. My bad.)
  • Page 186: “When I was a younger, I used to read fashion magazines and dream about my next gown. (Extra words sometimes show up. In this case, I’d changed a young girl to younger, but I neglected to remove that little word, A.)

Those are the obvious errors I found, but when I read one of my books, I notice things I wish I’d done differently. For example, there were repetitions of words in Her Motherhood Wish that I would have changed, had I spotted them.

The writer’s life isn’t the blissful experience I envisioned, but there are rewards. Seeing one of my stories in print, hearing that readers are enjoying it and knowing I’ve done my best to glorify God through the faith elements make me happy.

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Question for You

How do you envision a writer’s life?

How do you feel when you spot a
mistake in a story you’re reading?

What would you like to know about me,
my writing process or my latest story?

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Book Giveaway – Three Copies!

Enter to win a print copy of Her Motherhood Wish 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, February 25 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winners to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, February 27.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my February 13 post.
Nancy B. will receive a copy of
A Temporary Family by Sherri Shackelford.

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LIH Spotlight & Giveaway: A Temporary Family

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Temporary Family by Sherri Shackelford,
a March release from Love Inspired Historical.

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

Make-Believe Marriage

When Tilly Hargreaves and her three nieces are stranded at his small stagecoach station in an abandoned town and threatened by outlaws, Nolan West must protect them. And the only way he can do that is by pretending he’s married to Tilly. But can the former solider, whose only wish is for solitude, stop himself from growing attached to his temporary family?

Tilly knows the charade is necessary to keep her and the girls safe, but now her heart is in danger. The longer she pretends the stoic station agent is her husband, the more genuine their union feels. Nolan believes he’s better off alone, but Tilly’s certain that if he’d only open his heart to his make-believe family, he’d want to claim them as his for real.

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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Two Great Ways to Get Your
Love Inspired Historical Books Early

Harlequin Site

I used to order the books for my weekly giveaways directly from Harlequin. The books are available a month ahead of the release dates, which is fun. Who doesn’t like to get the books they’ve been waiting for early? They are also discounted. I got them for $4.79 each. Since I ordered four, I qualified for free shipping, making my total order just $19.16.

I earned My Rewards points, which enabled me to get free books. These points are available to anyone in the U.S. or Canada who buys Harlequin books online or in store. You just send in copies of your receipts.

Reader Service Program

Although buying the books from the Harlequin site gives me all these benefits, I’ve switched to the Reader Service program because I get even more.

Just for joining the Reader Service program, I received a welcome package that included two free Love Inspired Historical books, a check for $1.00 and a cute little sticky note pad.

My first shipment arrived this past weekend. Talk about fun in a box.

I received the four April Love Inspired Historical titles. Yes, you read that right. April. I will now be getting the LIH books two months before they hit the shelves. How cool is that?

In addition, I received a free Love Inspired book. But that’s not all.

I received the first of six cute little canapé knives. Each of my next five shipments will include another knife for me to add to the set.

What did this cost me? Far less than the cover price. I get each book for 20% off the cover price, plus 50¢ per book shipping and handling, for a total of $20.96 for the four books. Oh, and there was a $1.00 off coupon to use when I make my next payment.

I have set up automatic recurring shipments, so I don’t even have to remember to place an order each month.

In case you can’t tell, I’m one happy customer.

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Questions for You

Where do you buy your Love Inspired Historicals?

Have you ever joined a book club?

Did you know about the Reader Service program?
What do you think about it?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of A Temporary Family 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, February 18 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, February 20.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my February 6 post.
Julie will receive a copy of
Pony Express Mail-Order Bride by Rhonda Gibson.

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