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LIH Spotlight: A Family for the Rancher

It’s August, and that means four new stories from
Love Inspired Historical will be on the shelves soon.

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Family for the Rancher by Louise M. Gouge.

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

A Family for the Rancher

From Neighbor to Daddy 

Rancher Edmund McKay likes his life simple and quiet—everything feisty neighbor Lula May Barlow is not! But with a cattle rustler on the loose, he’s duty-bound to protect the widowed mother, even without her approval. Yet he never expected to enjoy her company. And he certainly never thought her crowded, bustling house would be the first place he’d ever feel at home…

After a harsh childhood, Lula May knows how to stand on her own two feet. She doesn’t need Edmund’s help—but she’s starting to want it, all the same. So are her children, who clearly have matchmaking in mind. And when a threat from the past resurfaces, she realizes all that’s at stake…including her chance for a lifetime of love.

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 Question for Louise

In reading the biography on your website, I learned that you started college the same semester your eldest child did. I love that you embraced that dream and didn’t let the fact that you were a more mature student stop you. You went on to earn a Master’s degree and work as an English professor. That’s impressive!

With all the years your spent involved with education, I’m sure you have plenty of wonderful memories. Which one stands out the most, and why?

Louise says: “It’s hard to pick from so many happy memories, but I think the best was being at the University of Central Florida at the same time as my two oldest children. Occasionally we met for lunch, which was very special. My daughter and I took a Creative Writing class together. And here’s a funny one: You know how moms sometimes have to go pick up a sick child from school? Well, one day in class I got too sick to drive myself home, so my children drove me there. In retrospect, that one still tickles my funny bone.”

Your Turn…

What is one of your favorite memories from your school days?


Book Giveaway!

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

Giveaway ends Sunday, August 14  at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, August 15.

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

Congratulations to the five winners from my August 1 post:
Jasmine A, Julie G, Rachel K, Sherida S and Trixi O,
who will receive a copy of Make-Believe Beau,
my August 2016 Love Inspired Historical.







Keli Gwyn


  • I was not a fan of going to school! One of my favorite memories is meeting a girl named Grace in 7th grade. We went to school together for 7th and 8th grade then lost touch. 36 years later I found her on facebook and we have been emailing back and forth! How fun is that? I went one semester to college after I graduated high school. I hated it. So I took a break for a couple of years then started dabbling with classes when I met my husband. We just took random classes together. I seriously went back to college at the age of 30 and loved it! I never finished with a degree, but I did earn a certificate in Medical Office Administration. I was in the middle of getting my AA when we had a big move and I’ve never gone back.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, not everyone likes school. It is better when one has good friends there. I’m glad you and Grace formed a friendship to get you through those tough middle school years. What fun that you’ve reconnected here on Facebook.

      If you were to go back to college, what might you study?

      • Having worked as an assistant in a middle school library and an elementary school library I would probably study to be a librarian. But honestly? I have not interest in going back. That was a season in my life and I have no interest in going back.

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Julie, it sounds like you’re content right where you are, which is a good thing. Even though you’re not a librarian, you still get to do a lot of reading. 🙂

  • Luanne Lawrence says:

    I was a band geek! I played clarinet and loved band, even got my picture in the paper for Best Girl Band Marcher.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Luanne, I didn’t know you were in the band. The clarinet is a great instrument. Both Carl and I played it when we were in school. I only played my sixth grade year, and then we moved to remote ranger station where I went to a one-room school with no band. I was so far behind everyone else when we returned to civilization that I didn’t join the band at my new school.

      I love that you were recognized as the Best Girl Band Member and got your name in the paper. You’re a celebrity!

  • Susan Williford Cobb says:

    My favorite memory was getting my first kiss tin the hall way by choir class. He was a senior and I was a freshman. Such fun memories.

  • Hi, everyone. I’m loving these school memories. Keep them coming!

    As Keli said, not everyone likes school. I was fortunate to like it, especially when I went back as an adult.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Louise, I think going back to school as an adult gives a different perspective. I think men and women who are juggling family, work and/or school in order to reach their goals tend to value their education more because of the sacrifices involved. It took me eleven years to get my four-year degree because I had to put myself through college, so that diploma means a great deal to me.

  • Nicole Wetherington says:

    The awesome teachers!

  • Merry S. says:

    One of my favorite school memories was the SRA reading boxes. I would always try to read as much as I could and get to the new color. I always loved to read.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Merry, I remember the SRA reading boxes. Like you, I loved advancing to the next level. It seemed the stories got better the higher I went. Did you find that to be the case, too?

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    My favorite school memory is when my 7th grade English teacher,Mrs. Troike introduced me to the short stories of O.Henry. I’ll never forget how she encouraged my love of reading (and helped me through a rough time when I was being bullied).

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lynne, I love O’Henry’s Christmas story, The Gift of the Magi. What a wonderful tale of selfless love and putting the other person first.

  • Trixi says:

    My favorite memory of school is when I met my BFF! She was a year behind me & I think one of her friends introduced us (it’s been too long ago) and practically from that day forward we formed a bond that has lasted 31 years!! Even though we live across the country from each other, we still talk on the phone or text each other or keep up on Facebook! We just GET each other…lol!

    Thanks for the LIH spotlight, I’m excited for Louise’s newest book 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, how wonderful to have formed a friendship that had spanned the decades. It’s great that you’re able to keep in touch. Do you ever get the opportunity to spend face-to-face time together?

      • Trixi says:

        I so wished I did Keli! She lives in Illinois and I live in Oregon so the cost of travel is quite out of my budget. The last time I was out there was many years ago. Seems the plane tickets keep going up all the time 🙁

        When I did see her, it was as if we never got separated…and I loved that we still had that connection.

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Trixi, it’s great to have friends like yours with whom there’s a connection that spans the years. I hope you two are able to get together in person one day. The nice thing is that with phone calls, texting, email, Skype, Facebook IMing and all the other ways we have of communicating today, we can keep in touch with anyone anywhere.

  • Kelly Youngblood says:

    I am not sure what my favorite memory is from school. Even sitting here thinking of memories all I can think of are the not so good ones. I moved several times during my school years and never liked being the new kid, nor leaving friends from the previous school. I was a decent student as far as grades. Hmm…

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Kelly, I can understand about being the “new kid.” We moved every year or two until I was in high school. It was hard to say goodbye and start over so many times, but it did teach this introvert to be a bit more outgoing.