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Fifth Friday: Five Prize Packages!

Because only four Love Inspired Historicals are released
each month, I plan something different for the fifth Fridays.

Since November will be my last month to post LIH spotlights, when
I’ll showcase the December titles, this will be my final Fifth Friday post.

November also happens to be the month when my final book releases.
I think that calls for some serious fun. And what’s more fun than giveaways?

In honor of this final Fifth Friday post and my final book’s release,
I have five prize packages up for grabs. How does that grab you?
Look below the pictures to find out how to enter the giveaway.

(Update: I just realized I meant to say Fifth Monday.
In my defense, I’m in book release mode,
and I’ve been living the life of a retiree,
so I’m a bit out of practice.)

Prize Package Number 1
A wooden Christmas ornament and a
copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 2
A Christmas-themed adult coloring book
and a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 3
A copy of my first and last novels:
A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California
and Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 4
My one and only novella, “A Heart Returned,” in the
Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection
and a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 5
An elegant Origami Owl Christmas-themed locket
and a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

This elegant locket deserves a closeup.
Note that the tiny crystals go inside the locket.
I removed them so the charms would show more clearly.



A Dream Realized

My dream of being a writer was born when I was seven. I realized that each of the books I loved to read had been written by someone. As as result of that aha moment, I decided I wanted to be a writer too.

When I was a teenager, I discovered romance novels. My mom would take my sisters and me to the local used bookstore, where we would each buy ten of the sweet Harlequin romances of the 1970s for a dollar. I’d read my stack, trade with a sister and read hers. I dreamed of writing stories like those I enjoyed.

Forty years after my dream of being a writer was born, I finally embarked on it. Six years later my first book, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, hit the shelves. Talk about a thrill. At long last I was a published author.

Three years later, my first Love Inspired Historical, Family of Her Dreams, was released by Harlequin. My heroine, Tess, realized her dream, and so did I. Four more LIHs followed.

As I reflect on my writing career, I feel a sense of accomplishment, along with a great deal of gratitude. I’ve had six novels, one novella and one short story published, each of them a God-honoring story filled with hope, healing and a happy ever after. I couldn’t have realized my dream without the support of so many, including you, my wonderful readers. Thank you!


Questions for You

What dreams have you realized?

What dreams are you working on now?

What dreams have you yet to pursue?


Fifth-Friday Giveaway!

Enter to win one of five fun-filled prize packages 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, November 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, November 6.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my October 30 post!
Kim A will receive a copy of A Child’s Christmas Wish,
a November Love Inspired Historical by Erica Vetsch.

Keli Gwyn


  • Kalan says:

    I am a bit of a dreamer I suppose. I dream of being a published author, a professional photographer, and most of all a wife and mother someday!
    I am currently working towards all my dreams while seeking guidance from the Lord through each step.
    I don’t really have a dream that I have yet to pursue but I’m sure I will pick up more dreams along my way!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Kalan, those are wonderful dreams. I’m happy to see that you’re pursuing your dream of being a writer. I wish you well on that.

      From what I’ve seen based on the beautiful pictures you post on Facebook, you’re already a successful professional photographer. Those shots you capture are wonderful.

      Being a wife and mother is a wonderful dream. That’s one where we have to wait on the Lord. My daughter is in that place in life too. It’s a faith-building experience, to be sure.

  • I always wanted to be a wife and a mother. I can check those off of my list! I married at 19(almost 20) and am still married to that wonderful guy! We raised 2 beautiful daughters that we are pretty proud of. We now have 3 beautiful grandchildren that I had no idea were part of my dream, but I think they have blessed us big. A dream we would like to pursue would be to drive up to Maine and see the ocean there, we haven’t been to the east coast so we hope to do that soon.

    I’ve loved every one of your books Keli! My favorite was your first one! Maybe because it was the first book I read by you? I’m going to miss your writing, but so glad that we had the chance to meet and I know you are loving that time with your guy!!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, how wonderful to have met your great guy so early in life. Having met him myself when the three of us enjoyed brunch during your California trip last year, it’s easy to see why you chose him–and vice versa. You two make a wonderful couple. And what a legacy you have with your lovely daughters and three precious grandchildren.

      I hope you’re able to take that trip to Maine. I’ve seen pictures, and it looks like a beautiful place.

  • Katrina L says:

    My dream of becoming a wife and mother came true. And I was thrilled to be able to homeschool my children. From all my experience I have created a website with early childhood curriculum, but this is a dream still in progress as I have so much more to add to the website. My future dream for my website is to turn my curriculum into book form as well as write children’s poetry and stories to go along with my curriculum.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Katrina, it sounds like you’re living your dream. You’ve invested in your children, and now you’re working to create curriculum that will bless even more children in the years to come. That’s great.

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    My dream of being a wife and mother and grandma came true. Thank you so much for the chance.

  • Deana Dick says:

    My dream may sound silly but I want to visit a library in every state. I think it would be fun to see the history behind the library and look at all the different books each library has.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, I don’t think your dream is silly at all. Visiting a library in every state would be a fun thing to do. I’ve seen pictures of some fantastic libraries spread across our country. It would be cool to see them in person.

  • Susan Williford Cobb says:

    This giveaway is wonderful. It reminds us of what we wanted from our self and that we can still want a new dream. My dream was to be as a child was to be a Mother, which I am 5 times over. The bonus I never knew I wanted was being a grandmother. My greatest dream for myself right now is to get myself into better shape. To lose weight and to feel better. But my secret dream is to also be a writer. Fingers crossed.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Susan, being a mother is a wonderful experience. I can tell from reading your Facebook posts how much joy your children bring you. And of course those grandchildren. I’ve heard being a grandparent is an experience unlike any other and can be more fun than a person thought possible.

      I wish you well on your health and fitness dreams. I work on that one too. In fact, I have a Curves workout awaiting me soon. πŸ™‚

      With a talented author for a mother, I’m not surprised to hear that you harbor a dream of being a writer. Do you have plans to start a story any time soon? If so, I encourage you to put fingers to keyboard and let it pour out of you.

  • Mary Preston says:

    I suppose my biggest dream was to be happy. To have my family around me. To be loved. To feel safe.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Mary, having our families around us, experiencing the love, and feeling safe, secure and accepted seem like surefire steps to happiness. Add in a strong faith that leads to joy, and those are some of my deepest dreams too.

  • Adri Gwyn says:

    What dreams have you realized?
    I have become fluent in two foreign languages and spent three wonderful years living in Europe. I made great friends there and can hardly wait to travel back again.

    What dreams are you working on now?
    I’m working on my teaching credential to teach high school foreign language. My dream is to teach German, though so far I’ve only taught French.

    What dreams have you yet to pursue?
    I want to get a cat. And of course, someday, get married and have a family. But the cat part I have more control over.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wow! The one and only Adri Gwyn commented! This is a red letter day! My darling daughter actually commented on my blog. I’m both surprised and delighted. πŸ™‚

      I’m so happy that you realized your dreams of living in France and Austria, Adri, and that you were able to become fluent in French and German.

      I’m so proud of you! I know you’ve put in a lot of hard work, but you’ll earn that credential soon, and I’ll be there to happy dance with you.

      I look forward to the day you can get a cat. In the meantime, you can love on ours anytime you want. The boys enjoy your company.

      I pray that the Lord will grant you the desire of your heart, and that, in His time, you will meet a wonderful, godly man who realizes what a treasure you are. I pray for you and that young man, whoever he might be.

  • Tiffany Hall says:

    I only had one real dream in my life and that was to get married and have a family. I have been blessed to be married for 18 years and to have 5 wonderful children.
    Thanks for these very beautiful and generous giveaways!

  • Susan says:

    My one main dream growing up was to be married and have kids. I was blessed by having that dream and living it now. I don’t have anything else other than to raise Christian children!
    Lovely gifts and your books are always a blessing to read. πŸ™‚

  • Coral says:

    Great questions! I’ve always wanted a family of my own, like what I had growing up…and God has blessed with a great one! Another dream, which I will always continue to work on, is for my life to point others to God. And, one that is a great big dream, is to visit Ireland and/or old cathedrals in Europe!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Coral, having met your family, I know what a wonderful one you have. I’m thankful the Lord blessed you with your loved ones.

      You do so much to share Christ with others. Your faith shines through you, my friend.

      I hope you are able to visit Europe one day. There are so many great places to visit there and wonderful sights to see.

  • Marilyn says:

    Thank You for these giveaways. Your books are lovely. The covers are so inviting. They are filled with romance and dreams come true. Enjoy your retirement. Thank You for all your books over the years. God Bless.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Marilyn. I’ve been privileged to live my dream and have worked with many wonderful people along the way, including the Love Inspired team who puts out great stories with some of the best covers out there.

  • Robin in NC says:

    Becoming a grandma was definitely a dream come true for me! I also am enjoying retirement with my sweet husband! Thanks!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Robin, what fun that you’re a grandmother and that you’re retired. I hope the extra free time you have enables you to spend extra time with your grand(s).

  • Becky Smith says:

    My dream of being a wife, a mother, and a grandmother have come true. We are in the beginning of our dream of retirement and just being together with my husband. The dream yet to come true is that our children will continue to follow Jesus, and that our grandchildren to come to know Him fully.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, I’m happy that you’re embarking on your retirement and are enjoying time with your husband, children and grandchildren. I wish you all the best.

      • Becky Smith says:

        Keli, I received Their Mistletoe Matchmakers yesterday and am now halfway through it. I LOVE the story!!!! What a wonderful, wonderful book for your last story. (Always hoping you may eventually have another story you just have to write.) Have a blessed and wonderful day!

  • desiree says:

    well when i was a kid i am oldest of the 100 cousin or grand kids we go franklyn mansion and i used to talk to the little girl up stairs she died during the war she had epilepsy and then grand all say she answer me i love the thing we did when she was alive we go yard sealing and then walk every were we do alot of craft we made Easter basket for allof us and then we make holiday center peices

  • desiree says:

    my dream are from my family and they tell me what to do with the kids we lost a cousin to cancer grand said i will be around for while she was with me when had ioen heart surgery

  • Susanne says:

    My dream of just being a full time mom to my son & daughter. There is no greater calling in life. Children are precious gifts from God.

  • Fedora says:

    God is so good. I’ve been living the dream–able to be home with the kids, able to continue taking ballet, able to be freelance editing, able to serve Him in different ways. I am so blessed! Still working on the dream of a decluttered home and life–that continues to be a work in progress. Thanks for your friendship, Keli!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Fedora, I’m glad you’re able to be home with your children, to take your ballet classes and do your freelance editing work. I wish you well on the decluttering project. That’s one on my plate too.

  • Paula says:

    My dream that has been realized is to be a wife and mother. I’ve been married 47 years and we have 4 Children and 7 grandkids with another due in March. We are retired so I’m not sure I have any dreams yet to be fulfilled.maybe chopping away at my TBR pile!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Paula, being a wife and mother is a huge blessing. What a joy it must be to love on your four children and all those precious grandchildren. Congratulations on the one on the way!

      I’m eager to embrace my retirement. Like you, I look forward to doing a lot of reading.

  • Brenda W says:

    I don’t think I’ve had dreams or goals. That way I won’t be disappointed in me or life. I just blunder through life and hope for the best. Sometimes good surprises happen.
    I will miss your books but hope you enjoy retirement I will also miss LIH.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, I don’t see a lack of goals as blundering through life. I see it as contentment, which is a good thing.

      Thanks for your kind words and the well wishes on my retirement.

  • Karen K. says:

    So far, I’ve accomplished my goal of becoming a stay at home mom. I love being there for my family whenever they need me! Someday I’d like to become a professional genealogist. It’s my most favorite hobby! I absolutely love the puzzle aspect of it, and I love connecting with family members that I never knew that I had! Lol

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Karen, I was privileged to be a stay-at-home mom too. Motherhood is a high calling.

      Being a genealogist sounds like lots of fun. I look forward to reinstating my Ancestry membership and doing more work on our family trees once I’m fully retired.

  • Terressa T says:

    I dreamed and dreamed of becoming a home owner. We finally bought a house eight years ago and I can’t imagine how we lived before. I just love that we were able to make that dream come true. Now…I need to pursue my dream of getting my masters degree.

  • Jasmine A. says:

    For me as reader, the saddest words to see are “final release.” But it is also the start of a new chapter for you which is a positive thing I think. Dreams are tricky things and how we react to their attainment, or loss, is the trickiest thing of all. I rarely dream, I’ve attained so few in my, albeit short life, that I don’t often allow myself to dream. Some that I have attained? Ever since I was 3-4 years old I’d wanted to see the ocean, and, when I was 21 I stood in the Pacific Ocean on Waikiki Beach just outside of Ilwaco Washington and only a few miles from Astoria Oregon. Yes, there truly is a Waikiki Beach there. That same day I realized the second part of another dream, I saw my favorite lighthouse in person, I walked up to its base and touched the masonry. The first part of that lighthouse dream had been realized only 3 years before when I saw my very first ever lighthouse in Michigan. So, congratulations on reaching your dream of being a published author and here are many blessings wished your way as you go into the next chapter…

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jasmine, thanks for your kind words about and well wishes on my retirement. The Lord has confirmed my decision many times in many ways. I’m looking forward to this new chapter of my life, but I’ll miss interacting with the readers of my stories.

      Your take on dreams is different than mine. I see dreams as positive and inspiring. Of course, on the flip side, unrealized dreams could lead to disappointment. I’m glad you were able to realize your dream of seeing the ocean. It’s a mighty impressive sight, isn’t it?

      • Jasmine A. says:

        It’s kind of funny actually, I’ve realized very few dreams, which is pretty discouraging, but I have accomplished some that I hadn’t even dreamed. I am a book review blogger, something that I never would have thought about doing. I guess instead of dreams some things are simply blessings from God.

  • MH says:

    Hmm. I’ve reached a point in my professional career where I can somewhat balance work and home life – so that’s a dream/goal achieved. I’m working on becoming a better mother, spouse, daughter, sister, and friend. It’s a practical dream – maybe not even a dream, just a goal – but, nonetheless, I’m working on it.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      MH, I admire your ability to have reached a place in your life where you feel a sense of balance. I’m hopeful that retirement will lead to that for me.

      I like to think of goals as dreams with legs put to them. You’ve worked on making your dreams a reality, and you’re enjoying the benefits. I’m happy for you.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    AWww, Keli, I got weepy reading the words ‘my final 5th week post’. I am so happy for your dreams realized and anticipate that there are many more are in your furure.
    I have seen my dreams for marriage and motherhood come true and 3 1/2 years ago I became a grandmother for the first time! And even though I have always loved to read I never dreamed that I would one day work with books all day and have the chance to promote the joys and advantages that come from loving to read.
    I pray that you enjoy what is ahead and thank you for the enjoyment that you’ve given us!

    • Connie Saunders says:

      Sorry, Final Fifth Friday post!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, thanks for your kind words about my stories and your well wishes for my retirement. Although I will miss interacting with readers of my stories, I won’t disappear. I’ll just join the ranks of wonderful readers like you.

      I’m so happy you’re enjoying your dream of being a wife, mother and, more recently, a grandmother. I’ve heard being a grandparent is one of life’s greatest joys. (Books would be up there, too, I’m sure. πŸ™‚ )

  • Abigail Mitchell says:

    I guess I’d say that a dream that came true was marrying the love of my life, I have always dreamed of being married. That would also count as dream I am working on. πŸ™‚
    Also I dream of someday visiting Mackinac Island in Michigan.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Abigail, I ‘m so happy that you realized your dream of being a wife. I rejoiced when you married the man of your dreams and love seeing your posts about the fun times you and your guy share. Perhaps you could plan an anniversary trip to Mackinac Island down the road. That would make a great destination, from all I’ve heard about the place.

  • MaryLou Frazee says:

    Just β€œdiscovered” you this year and am looking forward to reading your books! I take life one day at a time. I never developed the β€œdreamer” part of myself! Maybe that should be my dream!!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      MaryLou, I’m delighted to have met you too and look forward to deepening our friendship as we get to know each other better.

      I think you harbor a special dream, one you shared with me recently. If I were rich, I’d see that it came true. You’d bless many if that were the case you were free to pursue it.

  • jcp says:

    My goal is to be content with what I have especially the small things on a daily basis

  • Bonnie Roof says:

    Thank you for this beautiful post, Keli, and for your always generous heart with the giveaways!!
    I have had several spiritual dreams fulfilled: becoming a cast member for a year in a passion play on the life of Christ (I had never done any acting previously), the vision and realization of the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat (CFRR), and the ministry of promoting Christian Fiction and it’s authors. These dreams have each been some of the most spiritually rewarding times of my life as God is the one who gave them to me.
    Sadly, my health is deteriorating to the point I can no longer accomplish what I once did. It makes me sad but God gives us seasons for the things He asks us to do. I will continue to promote Christian Fiction whether in large or small amounts, for as long as He continues to give me the strength, but feel a new dream must also be to let as many people as possible know just much He has blessed me, cared for me, and given me a peace and joy during my trials.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Bonnie, you have blessed so many authors through your efforts on our behalf. I’m grateful for all you’ve done and know others are too. What a rich legacy you have of pouring your heart into the CFFR, your ministry on behalf of Christian fiction and so much more.

      I’m sorry your health is declining. May you sense the Lord upholding you during this difficult time.

  • Carolyn says:

    As a young girl I dreamed of going to the mission field. The Lord has blessed and allowed me to make eight trips visiting nine countries. I’m currently pursuing the dream of going to Africa. All in God’s time.

    Thank you for your wonderful books, Keli. God bless you as you start the new chapter of your life. HE is good all the time.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Carolyn, how wonderful that the Lord has enabled you to visit all those countries, serving the peoples there in his game. He knows the desire of your heart, so I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out that He’s been busy preparing a way for you to go to Africa.

      Thanks for your kind words about my books and well wishes on my retirement.

  • Sabrina Templin says:

    A dream I’ve yet to pursue. Being married to the man who becomes my best friend. I’ve not met him yet sooooo….still waiting for that special someone. πŸ™‚

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sabrina, I hope that the Lord has a future husband in mind for you and trust that if He does, He will bring about a meeting at just the right time for the two of you.

      • Sabrina Templin says:

        THANK YOU! πŸ˜€ I needed to hear that today! πŸ™‚

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          You’re welcome, Sabrina. I was in the same place before the Lord brought my husband into my life. I finally gave up trying to make it happen and surrendered my desire to God. It wasn’t long after that I met Gwynly.

        • Sabrina Templin says:

          I just don’t understand why God is making me wait so long…if I’m not doing enough…if I’m doing too much of the wrong thing…idk i feel punished. I try to think of it in a positive light like you say but I just don’t understand His ways or reasons.

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Sabrina, one of the hardest things we have to do in life is wait. We want what we want now, not months or years from now.

          I can empathize what what you’re going through to a certain extent. My husband and I have been in waiting mode for a few months now, and it’s a tough place to be. We have to keep surrendering our desires to the Lord, keep trusting that He has a plan in mind, keep reminding each other that sometimes we’re called to live by faith. It’s a daily struggle, as I’m sure you can relate.

          It helps me to think of the many times in the past when I wanted something that I was sure would be the best thing for me and God surprised me by giving me more than I ever could have dreamed of–in His time. That’s the hard part. He knows the desires of your heart. He hears your prayers. He loves you more than you could ever imagine. And He will answer, albeit not always when and how you expect. May you sense His peace as He works behind the scenes in your life. That’s my prayer for you.

        • Sabrina Templin says:

          Thank you, Keli. And may you find that peace and reassurance as well πŸ™‚

  • Marilyn R says:

    One dreamed I realized was to obtain my MS in counseling as a non-traditional student. I work with abused children and their non-ofdending caregivers. Sad at times but rewarding in the end when justice is served on the offender.

    I’ve loved everyone of your books, Keli. I must obtain a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers to complete your books in my personal library. Blessings on your retirement and new dreams being fulfilled.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, I love that your dream of earning your degree and working with abused children came true. What a difference you make in many lives.

      Thanks for your kind words about my stories and for the support and encouragement you’ve shown me during my writing career.

  • Megan says:

    A dream I have realized and am still pursuing is my dream of traveling the world to preach the gospel.

  • Arletta says:

    I finally fulfilled my life long dream of going to Europe! Our family of 5 went from Sept 23 – Oct 11 and now we all want to go back! It was my dream to go for our 25th wedding anniversary but our girls couldn’t go last year due to college and work so we booked our trip over our 26th anniversary instead. I’m so glad that we were all able to go together. With them all trying to adult now, it’s going to get more difficult to all find a time to go away at the same time.

    Now I need to come up with a new dream.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Arletta, I’m glad you were able to visit Europe and to share that wonderful experience with your daughters. My husband and I were privileged to live in Germany for four and a half years early in our marriage. He taught the children of military personnel in an American high school, so he got summers off. We were able to travel and see a many wonderful places. As you know, beauty abounds throughout Europe. Did you have a favorite spot or country?

      • Arletta says:

        Salzburg, Austria blew us away. I think we went with zero expectations and it was so beautiful and clean. Another favourite was attending a football game with family. Wow, there are some passionate fans out there! It was almost more fun just listening and watching the fans than the game.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    For those of you who might have noticed my goof, there are only four Fridays in October, but there are five Mondays, which is what I meant to say. In my defense, I’m in book release mode, and I’ve been living the life of a retiree, so I’m a bit out of practice.

    It’s too late for me to update the post or my memes, but I doubt my oopsie will keep anyone from entering the giveaway and trying to win one of my five fun prize packages.

  • Dianne says:

    Monday is the new Friday πŸ˜‰ I looked forward to being a teacher. I was blessed to teach 1st grade. I also dreamed of being a wife & mother and can’t believe how quickly my babies have turned into teens and young adults. We traveled to Australia together as a family thanks to Make-A-Wish and that was a dream come true… although it was a dream that nobody knew we had until it happened. My next dream was a “baking kitchen” and that is currently in the making – this dream also happened quite unexpectedly. I’m not sure what my future dreams are – baking, blogging?? I’m excited to see what happens and enjoy the journey along the way. Congratulations on realizing your dream and best wishes with your current & future dreams. May retirement treat you well!! xo

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianne, I love hearing about others like my husband and daughter who answered the call to be an educator. I know you’ve blessed many young people, including your children. Your journey as parents hasn’t been an easy one. I admire you and your husband for the grace you’ve shown in the midst of unthinkable challenges.

      I’m so happy to hear that you’re back to your baking. How cool that your very own baking kitchen is in the works. I look forward to seeing pictures of it on Facebook.

  • Martha says:

    Hello and thank you for this giveaway!
    The dreams I’m working on now is keeping off the 100+ pounds I’ve lost and to continue with losing another 100 lbs. It’s a hard road but worth it.

    And the dreams I have yet to pursue…to be able to travel with my husband!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Martha, kudos to you on your success in taking steps to shed those pounds that have a way of sneaking up on many of us. I wish you well as you continue toward your goal.

      I hope you’re able to visit many wonderful places with your guy. Do you have an initial destination in mind?

      • Martha says:

        Hello Keli!

        Yes, my guy would like to take me to all the places he traveled to while serving in the Navy. He would love to take me to Australia, the Philippines and Japan. Blessed we have friends in all three places.

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Martha, those would be great destinations. Your husband could share his experiences in those places with you, you could enjoy visits with your friends, and you could take in some spectacular sights.

  • I love that you set your books in the Sierra foothills! Several of my siblings live in the area, and I like to play tourist when I come down to visit.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Evelyn, what fun that you have relatives here in the Sierra Foothills. Visiting them is a great reason to come here. Taking in some of our wonderful sights would be a bonus.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful comments. I loved reading about your dreams: those you’ve accomplished, those you’re working on now and those you plan to pursue.

    It’s time to find out who the winners of my five prize packages are. Let’s hear a drum roll, or better yet, a ring of jingle bells in honor of my Christmas story.

    Prize Package #1, which includes a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers and a wooden Christmas ornament, goes to Abigail M.

    Prize Package #2, which includes a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers and a Christmas-themed adult coloring book, goes to Jasmine A.

    Prize Package #3, which includes a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, my final book, and a copy of A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, my first book, goes to Sabrina T.

    Prize Package #4, which includes a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers and a copy of my only novella, “A Love Returned” in The Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection, goes to Bonnie R.

    Prize Package #5, which includes a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers and a Christmas-themed Origami Owl locket, goes to Connie. S.

    Congratulations, ladies! I’ll be in touch.