Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: Lone Star Bride

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Lone Star Bride, a July release from
Love Inspired Historical author Jolene Navarro.

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

An Unwanted Marriage  

Sofia De Zavala wants to help her father run their family’s Texas ranch—but he has other ideas for her future. Faced with an arranged marriage, Sofia dresses as a boy and joins a cattle drive, determined to prove herself to her father. But her plan backfires when she’s forced to save her reputation by marrying trail boss Jackson McCreed.

Jackson thought he was hiring a scrappy young boy—instead, the wary widower has landed his business partner’s feisty, headstrong daughter as his bride. He believes a marriage of convenience is the best they can hope for. But Sofia dares him to look to the future again…and find a love strong enough to lasso a lifetime of happiness.

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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Meet the Author

This past week, I was privileged to meet my fellow LIH author Susanne Dietze in person! She and her family chose to visit my historic Gold Rush-era town of Placerville as they kicked off their Tahoe getaway. Talk about a treat!

My husband and I were able to join the wonderful Dietze family for lunch at a local restaurant. While my Carl conversed with Susie’s Karl and their two teens, Susie and I talked writing. And talked and talked…

Our lunch was far too short. Susie and I could have spent many more hours together. She’s every bit the sweetheart I thought her to be.

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Questions for You

Have you had the pleasure of meeting any authors in person?

If you could have lunch with any author, who would you choose, and why?

If you won a meal out with a LIH author, which author
would you hope would be your dinner partner, and why?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Lone Star Bride
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, July 1 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, July 3.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my June 19 post!
Jasmine A. will receive a copy of The Engagement Charade,
a July LIH by Jolene Navarro.

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Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: The Renegade’s Redemption

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Renegade’s Redemption, a July release from
Love Inspired Historical author Stacy Henrie.

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

Refuge for the Outlaw 

When Tex Beckett arrives at Ravena Reid’s farm, he’s eight years too late for the elopement they’d once planned—and it’s far too early to win her forgiveness. He’s seriously wounded, though, and she can’t turn him away, though she knows better than to trust him. Yes, it’s wonderful having help with the farm, and with the orphans she fosters, but if she opens her heart, she’ll get hurt again when he leaves. And Tex always leaves.

As a notorious bank robber, Tex is used to danger. Yet reuniting with the only woman he’s ever loved is the riskiest thing he’s ever done. All he wants is to stay with Ravena and the children. But can he build a new start before his past catches up with him?

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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Robots & Reading

Last week my husband, daughter and I built two robots that will be used as decorations at the Kids Kamp our church is hosting this week. The theme is Gadgets & Gizmos, so we created Gadget & Gidget, who are selling gizmos.

I’m not a big science fiction fan, so my knowledge of robots and such is limited. However, I headed to our local Hospice and Goodwill thrift stores to look for items we could use to construct our cardboard box creations and found lots of fun things, so many, in fact, that we couldn’t use them all.

Carl and Adriana appreciate sci-fi more than I do, so I deferred to them when it came to the design. They pooled their talents and came up with a great plan for constructing our robots.

We delivered our duo to the church on Sunday, where they and their cardboard counterparts will delight the children. Actually, not all the robots entered in the robot-building contest are made of cardboard. One family created a robot made mostly of metal, as seen below.

My jaw dropped when I saw Roger. He’s amazing! I learned that the father in this family is a welder. He certainly put his expertise to good use, didn’t he?

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Questions for You

Are you a science fiction fan?

If so, what are some of your favorite shows or movies?

Would the opportunity to create a robot appeal to you?

If so, do you have an idea what yours might look like?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of The Renegade’s Redemption
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, June 24 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, June 26.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my June 12 post!
Brenda W. will receive a copy of The Engagement Charade,
a July LIH by Karen Kirst.

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LIH Spotlight: The Engagement Charade

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Engagement Charade, a July release from
Love Inspired Historical author Karen Kirst.

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

A Temporary Betrothal 

Pregnant widow Ellie Jameson is hiding a secret: her betrothal is a sham to keep her safe from her interfering in-laws. It’s simple friendship that prompts her reclusive boss to pose as her fiancé. But can Ellie keep her feelings for Alexander Copeland from developing into something more?

When he moved to Gatlinburg after losing his wife and child, Alexander had one rule: stay out of other people’s lives. Easier said than done with the café owner’s eternally optimistic cook interrupting his enforced solitude. He only intended to protect Ellie, not propose to her. But with a little trust, and a helping of forgiveness, this temporary arrangement could be a recipe for lasting happiness…

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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Bonnet Books

Whenever I visit Walmart, I stop by the book section to say hi to the latest stories in the Love Inspired lines. I gaze fondly at the covers of books bearing the names of my friends. If no one’s looking, I might even run my hand over the pretty covers or pick up a book and savor that wonderful new-book scent.

What I saw this past week surprised me. The bottom shelf boasted six Amish stories, repackaged from earlier Love Inspired releases, I believe. Each book has a cover featuring a lovely model wearing a simple dress and a white kapp.

In hindsight, I shouldn’t have been surprised to see the books. I follow the LI editors on Twitter, and they’ve been tweeting requests for submissions of Amish stories for both the Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense lines for some time. It appears they can’t get enough.

Amish books have been around for many years now. I remember when the craze first started not longer after I began writing with a goal of becoming published. There were those who said bonnet books, as they’re sometimes called, were a fad and predicted the interest in them to fade as quickly as it had grown, but that hasn’t been the case.

The demand for stories about plain people seems to be stronger than ever. I’ve been pondering why this genre has such appeal. My theory is that people today live such busy lives that they’re drawn to these stories due to the simplicity represented by the Amish lifestyle.

Upon deeper reflection, I find myself wondering if the interest in bonnet books has led to the waning interest in historicals. Could it be that readers crave the idea of a simpler life in the here and now and no longer feel the need to escape to the past in order to satisfy their desire?

I don’t have answers. After all, I’m just one reader. I’m hoping you can help educate me.

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Questions for You

Are you a fan of Amish stories?

If so, what is it you like about them?

If not, why do you think they’re so popular?

Do you think my theory about bonnet books replacing historicals
as today’s readers seek to escape their hectic lives for a few
restful hours has merit, or do you think I’m all wet?

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A Fun Event for LIH Readers

If you’re a member of Goodreads, I invite you to visit our Love Inspired Historical group this week. Normally, our readers asks us questions about our stories during our monthly Q&As, but we’re switching things up. The LIH authors are hosting a our First Ever Reverse Q&A.

We’re asking questions of you, our wonderful readers this time. We’d love to hear what you think, so please consider popping by. The event runs June 12-16.

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of The Engagement Charade
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, June 17 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, June 19.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my June 5 post!
Lisa R. will receive a copy of Montana Cowboy’s Baby,
a July LIH by Linda Ford.

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