Keli Gwyn
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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Fun-Filled Friday: A Cup of Christmas Cheer

If you love Christmas stories, you might enjoy A Cup of Christmas Cheer. This two-book collection, available exclusively from Guideposts Books, contains sixteen heartwarming tales.


Volume 3: Tales of Christmas Past includes eight stories that take you from Gold Rush-era California to the post-Vietnam War days of the 1970s. The eight stories in Volume 4: Tales of Christmas Present capture the holiday spirit and traditions of today.

Why am I talking about Christmas now? Because these two adorable hardcover volumes from Guideposts Books just released. This is your opportunity to start your Christmas shopping, if you haven’t already. A Cup of Christmas Cheer would make a great gift. At just 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches each, the books would make good stocking stuffers, too. Volumes 1 & 2, released last year, sold out quickly, so I’m giving you a heads up on this year’s collection.

OK. I’ll confess. There’s another reason I’m excited about the books. My first story, “A Father’s Gift,” is included in Volume 3: Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Past. Here I am holding one of my author copies. Yes, I was happy.

Keli with A Cup of Christmas Cheer Volume 3

Here’s the description of my story as found on the Guideposts site…

A Father’s Gift

A young couple anxiously awaits the birth of their first child during the harsh winter of 1866. Life in Northern California is hard and the townspeople want to rally around them, but Cole Foster is suspicious and somewhat embittered toward his new neighbors. Having witnessed how the gold rush broke up his own family and led his father to abandon him, he wants to rely only on himself. However, God brings him into a season of need that softens his heart so he can learn to trust again. And, there is an extra surprise in store that rights a wrong from many years ago.

The other A Cup of Christmas Cheer authors and I have started a blog, where you can learn more about the books and the many fun activities we have planned. If you like giveaways, we’ll be having several of those. You’ll find them listed on our Giveaways page. We also unveiled our brand new Facebook page this week.

We’re currently running a giveaway on Goodreads. If you’re a member of the site, you can enter to win one of five sets of A Cup of Christmas Cheer Volumes 3 & 4. If you click the link below, it will take you to the giveaway.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Cup of Christmas Cheer by Various

A Cup of Christmas Cheer

by Various

Giveaway ends November 14, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Question for You

Are you a fan of Christmas stories? If so, do you
prefer bite-sized stories or full-length novels?

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