Keli Gwyn
Harlequin Distribution Center

Have you ever wondered how a book gets into a reader’s hands?

Harlequin gives a behind-the-scenes look in their post:
An Inside Look at the Harlequin Distribution Center, Part 1.

You’ll see a description of all the steps in the process
plus plenty of pictures and the video shown below.

What’s even better is that the photos were taken when the June 2015 books were being packed. Yes, that’s the month Family of Her Dreams was released! I didn’t see my book, but I did see Her Convenient Cowboy by Lacy Williams, who is one of my shelf mates. How cool is that?

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Family of Her Dreams Book Release Fun!

My first Harlequin Love Inspired Historical,
Family of Her Dreams, is on the shelves!

I actually got to see the Anderson Merchandisers representative put the book on the shelf at my local Walmart. Carl (aka Gwynly) captured the moment. If you click on the photo below, you can view the video on Facebook.

Family of Her Dreams at Walmart
I’ve got lots of fun events happening to celebrate my book’s release.

Guest Blog Posts Aplenty

Several of my writer friends have invited me to visit their cyber homes. You can see where I’ll be when by visiting my Guest Blog Posts page.

Book Release Party

I have a local Book Release Party coming up in the Gold Rush-era town of Shingle Springs at the very railroad depot where Family of Her Dreams takes place. My hero, Spencer Abbott is the (fictional) stationmaster there. It’s where he meets his headstrong housekeeper, Tess Grimsby. I’m quite excited that the owner of the Antique Depot, housed in the remaining historic building, agreed to host me. If you live in the area and would like to attend, you can join this fun-filled June 14 event by visiting the Facebook page I set up for it here.

Giveaways Galore

I’m giving away lots of copies of my book, so you have plenty of chances to win one. Visit my Contests & Giveaways page to find out about those taking place. You can check out my Giveaways: Family of Her Dreams board as well.

Get in the Swing Giveaway

If you’re a fan of bling, you can Get in the Swing for a chance
to win this lovely family-themed Origami Owl Locket.

Origami Owl Family LocketTo enter, send a picture of yourself sitting in a swing
holding a copy of Family of Her Dreams.

Two ways to submit your photo entry: email it to me or
share it on my Facebook author page so I can pin it on my
Get in the Swing Giveaway board on Pinterest,
where I will collect all the entries.

The winner will receive a family-themed Origami Owl Locket
plus a copy of Family of Her Dreams, a $75 value.

Entries accepted until June 30, 2015. (US addresses only.)

I will announce the winner on my blog on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

Get in the Swing Giveaway

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Cover Reveal: Family of Her Dreams

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover of Family of Her Dreams, my first Love Inspired Historical, which will be a June 2015 release.

Family of Her Dreams Front Cover - Medium

The Harlequin design team does a wonderful job with the covers for all three Love Inspired lines of sweet, God-honoring romances: Love Inspired (contemporary), Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical.

When creating covers for Love Inspired Historical, the designers have to find a balance between historical accuracy and modern readers’ expectations.

On occasion, historical concessions are made. Such is the case on my cover. I spotted three.

One historical concession is that my Victorian housekeeper heroine, Tess, wouldn’t have let her boss, Spencer, see her with her hair down. A proper lady wore her hair up.

Can you spot two other historical concessions? I’ll give you a hint. They involve the children’s clothing.

There are a number of historically correct details as well. Here are a few…

  • Tess’s dress is modest, and she’s wearing plenty of petticoats.
  • Like most Victorian men, Spencer is wearing a waistcoat instead of being seen in his shirtsleeves, and he’s wearing a hat. Both items were part of a gentleman’s attire, even on the hottest of days.
  • Little Luke is wearing suspenders, or braces, which were what men used to hold up their trousers in the days before belts became common.

The goal of the designers is to create a cover that will catch readers’ eyes and give them an idea what the story is about. The cover of Family of Her Dreams does both very well. I have a serious case of cover love!

Post Update

I’ve received several requests to know what the other historical concessions are, so I’ll tell you.

One savvy reader pointed out that Luke is actually wearing a belt. For some reason that had escaped my notice. She’s correct in saying that a boy in that time period wouldn’t have worn one. He would have worn suspenders, which Luke is.

Another reader wondered if little Lila would be wearing shoes. Since babies grew so fast and since it gets quite hot during a California summer, I have a hunch not all wee ones wore shoes, especially those who weren’t walking yet.

While those were great observations, they weren’t the ones I had in mind when I asked my question. Here are the two historical concessions I spotted.

Lila’s dress is short. In most of the vintage photographs I’ve seen, a baby’s dress was floor-length, as evidenced in this rare picture of three Victorian Era babies photographed together. Note that one of the babies is indeed barefoot.

Click photo for source.

Click photo for source.

The other historical concession involves Luke’s trousers. In the Victorian Era, a baby boy started life wearing dresses, just as his sisters would have. In fact, one of the three babies in the photo above is a boy.

When a boy reached the age of four or five, he was breeched, meaning he was put into short pants, or  breeches. Since Luke is four, he would have worn short pants. However, since modern readers are used to seeing boys in long pants, that’s what Luke is wearing. Although not historically accurate, he’s adorable, and that’s what counts, right?

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