Keli Gwyn
Book Release Victorian Style: Elenora’s Extravaganza!

Do you like pretty things? If so, I have good news for you.

In honor of the release of my debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, an inspirational historical romance that takes place in 1870, I’ve planned a special grand prize drawing. The prize package is valued at $200.

The heroine of my story, Elenora Watkins, owns a shop where she sells what she likes to refer to as “the finer things. I combed the Internet in search of Victorian-themed items such as she would offer her customers.

After hours of research, which was some of the most fun I’ve had in ages, I found several items sure to capture a lady’s eye. I’ve waited weeks to show them to you, and now I finally can.

Here they are. . .

Elenora’s Extravaganza in its entirety

 And here are the close-ups. . .

This is a limited edition Thomas Kincade figurine from The Hamilton Collection called “Tea at Three.” Kincade spent his early years here in Placerville, California where I live and attended the same elementary school our daughter did.

Battenburg lace fan


Silver jewel box (non-tarnishing) and book-style locket

Silver vanity set from Victorian Trading Company


 Questions for You

(You only have to answer one to qualify for the drawing.)

Do you have any Victorian treasures of your own,
perhaps something passed down through the generations?

Of all the items pictured, which is your favorite?


The Drawing

I’m using Rafflecopter to hold the drawing. Doing so gives you the opportunity to earn bonus entry points. The drawing will run the entire month of July.
We’ll find out who the winner is August 1. It could be you!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For more ways to win fun prizes, including copies of my debut novel as well as my weekly Bushel of Fun giveaway, visit my Contests and Giveaways page.


 Book Release Blog Tour Appearances

A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California is officially released! Many wonderful bloggers have offered to help me get the word out by hosting me on their blogs. I’ll be sharing the links to those posts at the bottom of mine throughout the tour, which will continue through the end of July.

July 1

The Historical Christian Romance Review
Author of the Month Interview with Amber Perry

Keli Gwyn


  • Janet Ruth says:

    Congratulations on your new book, and I can’t wait to read it. My favourite from your awesome gift pack is definitely the locket, it is gorgeous!

  • I am a huge fan of historical romance novels. Can’t wait to read yours. Congrats on your debut.

  • Peggy Wirgau says:

    Your book sounds wonderful! My favorite item would definitely be the vanity set.

  • Janet Estridge says:

    The only Victorian items I have to pass on are pictures of family members long gone.
    My favorite Victorian item is the fan.

  • CaraG says:

    I have so many things Victorian passed down from family, needlework especially. And I have cards with the wonderful artwork and family member’s beautiful penmanship. There are dishes, too, and I use them often, carefully,of course.

    I have yet to meet a tea I don’t love and have the most exquisite tea cups for serving.

    I, too, live in a Victorian town and the local museum hosts tea parties a few times a year. My grandchildren love dressing up and attending.

    Congratulations on your debut novel. How exciting for you and for us readers. It’s such a treat to be introduced to a new author. (Saw you on Seekerville.) I look forward to reading your book.

    Everything in your giveaway is lovely. The figurine might be my favorite as it captures the elegance of the ladies of the era.

  • Tonnie Heckathorn says:

    Congratulations on your new book. I love historical romance novels. Everything in your giveaway is beautiful. My favorite is the book-style locket.

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  • bn100 says:

    I don’t have any Victorian treasures. The Thomas Kincaid figurine looks lovely.

  • Pam K. says:

    I really like the locket since it is shaped like a book. My family has some things that belonged to my grandmother from probably the early 1900’s: high topped, lace-up shoes, blouses and skirts, her 1914 wedding dress, and a couple of old powder compacts.
    I enjoyed the book, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California.