Keli Gwyn
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.

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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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Fun-filled Friday: Catching Up With Friends

How are you doing? I wish we could sit in my cozy real-life living room and have a nice chat. The decor is not at all Victorian, as you can see, but the couch and chairs are comfy.

Our German-influenced Living Room

If you were to come calling, I would invite you to have a seat, offer you something to drink and sit back, eager to hear your latest news.

Alas, few of you live nearby, so we’re resigned to my virtual parlor. Since it can take any form I’d like, I’ve chosen the one below. Note that it comes complete with an attentive butler ready to see to your every need.

Victorian Parlor

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Because we’re limited to an online conversation, I’m forced to wait for a comment filled with your latest news. While I do, I’ll tell you what I’ve been doing during the past months while I was sadly neglecting my blog.

Since this is Friday, I’m going to have fun with the letter F and one of my favorite literary devices–alliteration. These five F’s happen to be my top priorities, which I identified following an enlightening sermon.

Faith

Gwynly and I are attending a church closer to home these days and are able to participate in a number of activities. We’ve joined the usher/greeter team and are enjoying meeting new people. We’re both participating in Bible studies and are learning a great deal. I just launched a life group for writers called The Write Stuff. Four liked-minded ladies joined me at the first meeting, and we had a wonderful time talking writing.

Family

Change has been the byword in our family of late. Gwynly is teaching his last year of high school chemistry. He’ll retire at the end of May and enjoy his “endless summer.”

Our daughter, Adriana, a German-French major, spent the past school year in France working as an English-language assistant in two middle schools while becoming fluent in French. This year she’s once again employed as an English-language teaching assistant, but she’s moved to Austria, where she’s working in two high schools and taking her German from great to stellar. We were blessed to be able to visit her in France last Christmas and are saving our pennies for a trip to Austria after Gwynly retires.

My dad passed away in December, and I’ve been missing him. Losing a parent is tough. I’m sure some of you can relate to that vacant ache.

Friends

I enjoy spending time with my face-to-face friends when I can. My online friendships bring me a great deal of pleasure as well. That’s why I’m eager for you to leave a comment.

Fitness

You may recall that I have osteoporosis and have been battling plantar fasciitis as a result of doing so much walking. I’m happy to report that my foot is doing better. I continue to enjoy my workouts at Curves and look forward to spending more time on our wonderful walking trail. I’ve joined the Fitbit craze, so I’m eager to increase my daily steps.

Fiction Writing

cup_cover_2up_34I’m excited about the release of my first short story this month. “A Father’s Gift” appears in A Cup of Christmas Cheer, volume 3, one of two volumes in this collection of heartwarming Christmas stories. The other authors and I have launched a Cup of Christmas Cheer website and blog, where readers can learn more about the stories.

At long last, I have a title and release date for my first Love Inspired Historical! Family of Her Dreams, a wholesome God-honoring inspirational romance, will be released in June 2015. I hope to get my first glimpse of the cover in the next few weeks.

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So, that’s my latest news. What’s yours?

I’d love to hear what’s been going on in your life.

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