Keli Gwyn
A Fond Farewell

I’m normally a wordy writer, but as I prepared this post, words failed me.

My decision to retire is the right one for me, a decision the Lord has confirmed many times in many ways. That doesn’t stop the rush of emotions washing over me as I embrace this new chapter in my life.

As I reflect on my writing career, one emotion stands out: gratitude. I’m beyond thankful for each one of you who has come alongside me as I’ve traveled this path, offering me support and encouragement. You’re the best cheerleaders ever!

I’ve been asked if I would consider writing again. My answer is this. I might not be writing novels now, but I’ll always be a writer. Should the Lord call me to put fingers to keyboard again someday, we would have some long talks.

My longtime writing partner, Anne, sent me an encouraging email recently. She suggested I think of writing as “a room in your life that is always there, right behind the closed door.” I’ve taken her wise words to heart.


This post marks the end of my blogging…for now. I’m eager to see what the Lord has in store for me next.

Instead of saying goodbye, as we Americans do, I’ll end by saying auf Wiedersehen, which, translated literally, means until we see each other again. I’m sure I’ll see many of you over on Facebook.

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Christmas Tea With an Author

I hope to see some of you at my final author appearance.
I’ll be your host at the Christmas Tea with an Author
event this coming Friday, December 8.

I’ll be stopping by throughout that day to chat with readers. The other participating Love Inspired Historical authors and I teamed up to offer a Loaded Kindle Fire. I’ll be offering some fun prizes of my own, including this Christmas-themed Origami Owl locket.


I think this festive locket deserves a close-up.

Note that all the tiny crystals are included.
I removed them to make it easier to see the charms.

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Final LIH Spotlight Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to the winner from my November 27 post!
Denise M. will receive Would-Be Mistletoe Wife by
Love Inspired Historical author Christine Johnson.

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Seven Brides for Seven Texans Giveaway!

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of the musicals I enjoyed when I was young. This movie–about the oldest brother taking a wife and encouraging his six brothers to claim brides of their own by “capturing” them–came out in 1954. Even though that was a few years before I came on the scene, I remember watching the show and being swept up in the romantic aspects of it.

The Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection, coming December 1, features seven brothers who are issued an edict by their father: find a wife in one year’s time in order to claim a share of their father’s cattle empire. Although each brother’s story is told by a different author, the stories work together, much like episodes of a television show. There are no captured brides or musical numbers, but there is plenty of romance.

My story, “A Love Returned,” features the middle brother, Sam Houston Hart. When Coralee Culpepper declined his proposal, Houston left Texas for the gold fields of California. But when his fatherโ€™s edict brings him home, will Coraleeโ€”the only woman to ever claim his heartโ€”accept him, or will he be forced to return to the Golden State alone?

Writing a Texas-set story was different for me since I’m a native Californian who has set my novels here in the Gold Country where I live. I do have ties to Texas, though. It just so happens that my mother and my father-in-law grew up in the same West Texas town. Both had come to California before my husband and I were born. Discovering our shared heritage when I was dating Carl was fun. So was adding some Texas elements to Houston’s story.

I’m looking forward to the release of this collection, which has already received some glowing reviews on Goodreads. I have yet to receive my author copies, but you could win one of them anyhow. See the Rafflecopter entry form below, but first, here’s more about the collection and where you can get it.

Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection:
The Hart Brothers Must Marry or
Lose Their Inheritance in 7 Historical Novellas

Coming December 1, 2016 from Barbour Publishing

Seven Brides for Seven Texans-MediumAvailable to pre-order from:

Amazon.com Paperback
Amazon.ca Paperback
Barnes & Noble Paperback
Book Depository
Books-A-Million
Christianbook
Cokesbury
!ndigo.ca Paperback

Meet the seven Hart brothers of the 7-Heart ranch in central Texas. Each man is content in his independent life, without the responsibilities of a wife and childrenโ€”until their father decides 1874 will be the year his grown sons finally marry, or they will be cut from his will. How will each man who values his freedom respond to the ultimatum? Can love develop on a timeline, or will it be sacrificed for the sake of an inheritance?

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Questions for you…

Are you a fan of musicals? If so, what are some of your favorites?

Do you enjoy Texas-set stories? If so, what is it you like about them?

Have you read anything by the other authors in the collection?
If so, which of their stories have you enjoyed?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of the
Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection.
to be mailed to the winner once I receive my copies.

Giveaway ends Sunday, November 6ย  at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, November 7.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my October 24 post,
Marsha B, who will receive a copy of The Rightful Heir,
an October 2016 Love Inspired Historical by Angel Moore.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Great Deals on My Backlist Titles

If you enjoy my stories or want give one or
more of them a try, I have good news for you.
Two of them are are sale! One of them is free!
If you already have the books, feel free to tell others.
Deals like these don’t come along very often.

Family of Her Dreams Front Cover - MediumThe eBook version of my first
Love Inspired Historical,
Family of Her Dreams,
is on sale for just $1.99 each!
The sale ends October 25.

It’s available for Kindle and Nook,
and you can get it from iBooks/iTunes, too.

As of this post, there are 22 reviews on
Amazon with an overall rating of 4.8 stars.

A Family to Cherishย 

Headstrong Tess Grimsby loves her new job caring for the children of a recently widowed man. But she never imagined that she’d fall for her handsome employer. Yet Spencer Abbott is as caring as he is attractive, and Tess can’t help but feel for him and his family. Though, for the sake of her job, she’ll keep any emotions about her boss to herself.

Between his stationmaster responsibilities in a gold-rush town and trying to put his family back together, Spencer has his hands full. He soon finds his new hire’s kind personality warming his frosty exterior. But could he ever admit to seeing her as more than just an employee?

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A Home of Her Own - mediumThe eBook version of my second
Love Inspired Historical,
A Home of Her Own,
is on sale for just $1.99 each!
The sale ends October 25.

It’s available for Kindle and Nook,
and you can get it from iBooks/iTunes, too.

As of this post, there are 15 reviews on
Amazon with an overall rating of 4.9 stars.

This story received a 4.5 star Top Pick
rating from RT Book Reviews magazine.

A Blossoming Loveย 

Becky Martin knows that she can’t stay at James O’Brien’s apple farm forever, but she wishes she could. After her brother framed her for arson, she flees Chicago, traveling cross-country to California and finding work caring for James’s ailing mother. Beneath the apple blossoms, it’s almost as if she has a real familyโ€ฆbut her secret won’t stay buried forever.

James, scarred from an explosion, didn’t expect to connect to the pretty young traveler. Could she really love someone damaged like him? He knows she’s hiding something. If only she’d trust him. Can she let

go of her past and believe in the possibility of a future amid the apple trees?

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BrideOpensShop Medium (Web)

The eBook version of my debut novel,
A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California,
is currently FREE!

It’s available for Kindle and Nook, and
you can get it from Christianbook.com, too.

As of this post, there are 97 reviews on
Amazon with an overall rating of 4.7 stars.

An ever-resourceful widow, Elenora Watkins arrives in El Dorado ready to go into partnership with Miles Rutledge. When he refuses, Elenora becomes the competition across the street. Is this town big enough for
the two of them?

Miles can’t help but stick his well-polished boot in
his mouth whenever he comes face-to-face with Elenora. Can he find a way
to win her heart while destroying her business? Miles’s mother, Maude,
is bent on Elenora becoming her new daughter-in-law while Elenora’s
daughter, Tildy, thinks Miles would make a perfect papa. How far will
these meddlers go to unite this enterprising pair?

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My heartfelt thanks to those who have left
reviews and told others about my books.
Your support means a great deal to me.

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