Keli Gwyn
Fifth Friday: Five Prize Packages!

Because only four Love Inspired Historicals are released
each month, I plan something different for the fifth Fridays.

Since November will be my last month to post LIH spotlights, when
I’ll showcase the December titles, this will be my final Fifth Friday post.

November also happens to be the month when my final book releases.
I think that calls for some serious fun. And what’s more fun than giveaways?

In honor of this final Fifth Friday post and my final book’s release,
I have five prize packages up for grabs. How does that grab you?
Look below the pictures to find out how to enter the giveaway.

(Update: I just realized I meant to say Fifth Monday.
In my defense, I’m in book release mode,
and I’ve been living the life of a retiree,
so I’m a bit out of practice.)

Prize Package Number 1
A wooden Christmas ornament and a
copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 2
A Christmas-themed adult coloring book
and a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 3
A copy of my first and last novels:
A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California
and Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 4
My one and only novella, “A Heart Returned,” in the
Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection
and a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 5
An elegant Origami Owl Christmas-themed locket
and a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

This elegant locket deserves a closeup.
Note that the tiny crystals go inside the locket.
I removed them so the charms would show more clearly.



A Dream Realized

My dream of being a writer was born when I was seven. I realized that each of the books I loved to read had been written by someone. As as result of that aha moment, I decided I wanted to be a writer too.

When I was a teenager, I discovered romance novels. My mom would take my sisters and me to the local used bookstore, where we would each buy ten of the sweet Harlequin romances of the 1970s for a dollar. I’d read my stack, trade with a sister and read hers. I dreamed of writing stories like those I enjoyed.

Forty years after my dream of being a writer was born, I finally embarked on it. Six years later my first book, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, hit the shelves. Talk about a thrill. At long last I was a published author.

Three years later, my first Love Inspired Historical, Family of Her Dreams, was released by Harlequin. My heroine, Tess, realized her dream, and so did I. Four more LIHs followed.

As I reflect on my writing career, I feel a sense of accomplishment, along with a great deal of gratitude. I’ve had six novels, one novella and one short story published, each of them a God-honoring story filled with hope, healing and a happy ever after. I couldn’t have realized my dream without the support of so many, including you, my wonderful readers. Thank you!


Questions for You

What dreams have you realized?

What dreams are you working on now?

What dreams have you yet to pursue?


Fifth-Friday Giveaway!

Enter to win one of five fun-filled prize packages 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, November 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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

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

Congratulations to the winner from my October 30 post!
Kim A will receive a copy of A Child’s Christmas Wish,
a November Love Inspired Historical by Erica Vetsch.

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Fun-filled Friday: Unique Pumpkins

It’s Halloween, and many people will be displaying their jack-o-lanterns.

I went in search of a pumpkin and was amazed at the varieties I found.

Pumpkins 1These Red Worty Things certainly have personality, don’t they?

Pumpkins 2You’ve got to love a pumpkin called Cinderella,
especially when it looks like her coach.

Pumpkins 3

I have no idea how they came up with the name Wolf. I might have chosen Trunk or something else that captured the feel of those massive stems.

Pumpkins 4I couldn’t find a sign for these, so I have no idea what they’re called.

I didn’t end up with any of these pumpkins.
Instead I opted for a cute little fellow about the size of a grapefruit.


What names would you choose for these varieties?

Would you use any of them in your fall decoration scheme?

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Fun-filled Friday: Doubly Delightful Giveaway!!

If you enjoy reading and love to win free books, you’re in luck.
I’m offering one copy of my latest two releases to one winner.

My first short story, “A Father’s Gift,” appears in A Cup of Christmas Cheer,
Volume 3: Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Past,
offered exclusively from Guideposts Books.


I’m offering one copy to a commenter.
See entry instructions at the bottom of the post.


My debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, is on sale.
For a limited time, the Kindle e-book is just $1.99.

In honor of the sale, I’m offering a free Kindle copy to one commenter.


To enter the drawing, just leave a comment
telling me your favorite thing about Friday.

Drawing ends Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Drawing limited to US addresses only.
Odds of winning vary depending on the number of entries.

Be sure to include your email address when prompted.
For your protection, do not include any personal information in a comment.

Congratulations to Ane M, winner of the giveaway!



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