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LIH Spotlight: A Family for the Holidays

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Family for the Holidays by Sherri Shackelford.

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

Her Guardian Groom

Paid to accompany two orphaned siblings to their grandfather in Nebraska, Lily Winter is dismayed to discover the old man has gone missing. And when the children’s inheritance makes them a target, buying protection is Lily’s only option. Until a handsome gun-for-hire suggests another solution: marriage.

Undercover US Marshal Jake Elder can’t reveal his true identity without blowing his mission. Nor can he leave the town’s pretty new arrival unguarded. But while uncovering a plot against her charges is difficult and risky, falling for Lily is all too easy. Especially once their marriage in name only gives Jake a glimpse of how wonderful Christmas—and their future as a family—could be.

Copyright © 2016 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.


Fun Questions for Sherri…

 I saw on Facebook that you adopted an adorable rescue dog last year. Rocket is so cute. What breed is he? What have been the highlights of having this furry addition in your family?

Sherri says: “We adopted an adorable little white dog named Rocket. We’re really not sure of his breed, although the veterinarian suspects some Pomeranian and maybe a little miniature poodle.

Rocket came into our family during a rough time. I had recently lost a dear friend, and our beloved Yorkie, Pepper, passed away unexpectedly. My husband says that Rocket and I ‘needed’ each other. We’ve been together a year now, and we’re inseparable. The family calls him my  ‘shadow.

Rocket was skittish and took a lot of love and patience when he first came to live with us, but I treasure the little darling. I highly recommend rescuing a dog! While I wish I could have seen Rocket when he was a puppy, but I couldn’t imagine our lives without him 🙂 He’s five pounds of pure love.”

Here’s a picture of the cute little fellow


Your Turn…

Do you have (or have you ever had) a dog as a pet?
If so, what do/did you like best about your canine companion?

Have you ever adopted a rescue animal into your family?

What breed(s) of dogs are your favorites?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of A Family for the Holidays.

Giveaway ends Sunday, October 23 at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, October 24.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my October 10 post,
Lori E, who will receive a copy of The Sheriff’s Christmas Twins,
an October 2016 Love Inspired Historical by Karen Kirst.

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Keli Gwyn


  • He’s a little scruffy in that picture…but I always like a dog that’s a little bit scruffy 🙂 Thanks for hosting me, Keli!

  • In the 31 years my husband and I have been married we have had 2 dogs. It was so hard when they passed that we aren’t going to have anymore. Our first dog was a stray golden retriever puppy. She lived 13 years. Our second do we rescued from a shelter. She lived for 14 years. She was a terrier mix. Loved both of them. Dogs just love to be loved. Now we have “granddogs” ha! Our oldest and her family are living with us for a time because they sold their house and are buying another. They have 3 dogs. One a Great Pyrenees, one a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and one a snoozer type dog. We love them and enjoy them, but I’m ready to have my hair-free home again and snouts that aren’t always sniffing at my counters or our private parts! ha!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, dogs can enrich our lives, as it sounds like yours most certainly did, but it can be so hard when we lose them. I’m glad you have granddogs to bring doggie joy into your life and–for the time being, at least–into your home.

    • There are definitely pros and cons of pet ownership! I wore black pants to work the other day…When I stepped into the sunlight–I realized those pants were covered in fur!

      They are little bundles of love 🙂

  • Melinda Lane says:

    Oh too cute!!! We’ve always had dogs, usually from shelters. I got my first Cardigan Corgis from rescue. I currently own two Cardigan Corgis–one does agility and the other conformation. I love, love Corgis, especially Cardigans! My furkids are wonderful company–they love to play and do their sports, but they also like to be cuddly couch potatoes 🙂

  • flchen1 says:

    How fun, Sherri! No pets for us, alas, but we love seeing everyone else’s! So cute!! I’m sure all the cuddles are especially welcome as the weather gets cool! Love the sounds of A Family for the Holidays–thanks for the peek at this story!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      I know we’re talking about dogs in this post, Fedora, but I do love that when the weather gets cooler my cat condescends to curling up next to me. One of my favorite parts of fall. 🙂

    • The pets definitely get affectionate when there’s a chill in the air! My favorite is when they sit on your feet 🙂 Furry, feet warmers…

  • Brenda W says:

    Most all my life I have had a dog for a pet. I’ve kept strays but have never gotten a rescue dog from a shelter. I feel more safe having a dog to bark at anyone or any animal who is in my yard. I like medium size dogs like Australian Shepherds.
    Rocket sure is cute.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, dogs do make great pets, but they’re also good protection. A dog’s bark can alert us to someone coming on our property. That was the case when I was a girl and had a dog. My husband and I have cats now–scaredy cats. They alert us to someone coming by flying through the house in a mad dash to hide under our bed. 🙂

    • My husband would definitely like a larger dog! As a rescue dog, we weren’t exactly sure what we were getting. We were promised Rocket would be about 15 pounds! He’s about five…and full grown 🙂

  • Beth Fiscus says:

    That story sounds wonderful!
    Growing up, I lived on a farm. We had several dogs through the years. There was one that we had for quite a long time. We called her Big Red even though she was a small mutt 🙂

  • Melody says:

    Here’s where I yet again become the odd one out! I am so not a dog person. Never had one, never will get one! I will stick to my cockatiels! 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melody, I was a dog person growing up, but my husband is a cat person. Our first cat after we married totally converted me. I’m a cat person these days.

      I don’t know why, but birds scare me. My sister had one for a while when we were growing up, but I stayed away from its cage. Birds can be so pretty, though.

    • Birds can be extremely smart and personable! I bet your cockatiels are beautiful 🙂

  • Marilyn R says:

    Our family had different dogs throughout my childhood. They were all friendly and great pets. I have a cat currently as she is less demanding than a dog with my hectic schedule.

    A Family for the Holidays is a must be read story. I enjoy all Christmas stories that are inspirational.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, cats do require less care than dogs, but our two feline fellows can still be quite demanding at times. They want what they want when they want it and let us know if we don’t see to their needs promptly enough. 🙂

  • Trixi says:

    I’ve already read & reviewed this wonderful story so I’m not entering. But I will gladly spread the word on social media!

  • Dianna says:

    We’ve adopted several rescue pets! Our favorite pet ever was a pound kitty. She passed away 7 years ago, and I still miss her.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianna, I’m sorry you lost your feline friend. A pet fills a special place in one’s hearts and leaves a void when it’s gone. At least we have the good memories.