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LIH Spotlight: A Hasty Betrothal

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

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Hasty Betrothal by Jessica Nelson.

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

A Hasty Betrothal

A Practical Proposal 

Though Lady Elizabeth Wayland would rather spend her days with her beloved books than an uncaring spouse, scandal forces her to find a match posthaste. To escape the scoundrel who almost ruined her, Elizabeth accepts an unconventional proposal from a childhood friend. But when she finds herself falling for her husband-to-be, will she be able to convince him to return her love?

Widowed cotton mill owner Miles Hawthorne vowed to never marry again—until Elizabeth’s reputation is on the line. Their betrothal begins as a simple favor. As he spends more time with his fiancée, though, Miles finds that there’s more to her than he ever saw before. And Elizabeth just might be the only woman who can slip into his heart.

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 Jessica…

I remember meeting you in person at a writers conference in Orlando several years ago. You’d driven there just for the huge literacy autographing. Somehow we managed to find each other in a huge room with 500 authors and their adoring fans. What a fun memory!

I was too busy at that conference to spend any time at Walt Disney World, but this California gal has been to Disneyland a few times. Since you live not too far from Orlando and have several sons, I’m guessing you’ve been to Walt Disney World a time or two. What are your favorite attractions?

Jessica says: “The sad truth is that I have been to Disney World twice, and only once was with my kids. But we had a blast and though I don’t remember the name, I’m pretty sure my favorite ride was whatever was the fastest! In the end though, my favorite part of Disney is the fireworks. There is something truly romantic and magical about those swirling, dancing moments of music and color.”

Your Turn…

Have you ever been to Disneyland or Disney World? If so, what attractions are tops on your list? If not, what rides at other theme parks do you most enjoy?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of A Hasty Betrothal.

Giveaway ends Sunday, August 28  at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, August 29.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my August 15 post,
Wendy N, who will receive a copy of Wolf Creek Wife,
an August 2016 Love Inspired Historical by Penny Richards.

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Keli Gwyn


  • Hello, Jessica and Keli!

    The cover of A Hasty Bethrothal is gorgeous! The story sounds quite intriguing. A book-lover heroine ….yay!

    I’ve been to Disney World once and to Disneyland many times. Currently, my favorite ride is the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. My two grandsweeties enjoy this ride…repeatedly….so my fun comes from their excitement…..another generation of Disney lovers!

    Congratulations, Jessica, on your newest release!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sherida, I love the cover of Jessie’s latest release. It’s stunning!

      I haven’t been to Disneyland in years and haven’t heard of the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride. I like the name, though. =)

  • I really enjoy visiting Disneyland. It’s not only about a ride or the rides for me. The history mixed with the ever-changing magical environment. It truly is a “happy” place for me. If I had to choose one ride, it would be in California Adventure – The Hollywood Tower of Terror. The history, the story line, and mostly the ride. I really enjoy flying up in air and feeling weightless for a moment and to experience that with a group of strangers. Oh, and it’s an extra bonus when the Tower of Terror cast member is extra “witty”.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianne, I didn’t realize you were so adventurous. You wouldn’t catch me on a ride like The Hollywood Tower of Terror. I leave attractions such as that one to brave souls like you. =)

  • Jennifer Johnson says:

    I have been to Disney World twice. Once when I was a child and more recently when I was in my late 20s with a group of my college girlfriends. Anyway, what I remember as a child was riding Space Mountain. It was about an hour wait, and something went wrong. They turned on all the lights so we actually got to see what it looks like inside the building. It took about 40 minutes to fix it, and so many people left, that we were one of the first ones to be able to ride it once it was fixed. At the end of the ride, you stand on a moving sidewalk and they had these scenes of what the future would be like, and I remember thinking how neat it was. When I went back two decades later, they had changed that part of the ride–disappointing, but I think they changed it because their imaginings of the future had already happened!! I LOVE Space Mountain!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, what an interesting experience to see what Space Mountain looks like with the lights on. I remember being directed down a back alley when we were leaving Disneyland on a crowded evening during our last trip several years ago. It was strange to see dumpsters and such. I remember the days when Walt Disney didn’t want anything “real” to detract from a visitor’s “magical” experience.

  • Melody says:

    I have been to Disneyland a few times, and to Disney world once! My favorite ride of all time is pirates of the Caribbean! Last year when my friend and I were so tired, but we had a couple hours to kill before our dinner reservation, we rode pirates 7 times in a row! For that meant we got to sit a lot, and enjoy my fav ride. Win, win! 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melody, Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite rides. How cool that you got to ride it seven times in a row once. Must not have been a busy time when you were there.

  • I have been to Disneyland twice in my life. I went with my parents when I was 3. They took me on the Peter Pan ride and it scared me to death! I was petrified to go on any other ride. We took our daughters when they were 6 and 11 months. It was so miserable! So crowded! Took over an hour for my husband to take our 6 year old on the Dumbo ride. Never could get into a place to eat because all of the food places were too full. Long lines for all of the restrooms. Yes, I hated it! A good thing though is that I am no longer afraid of the Peter Pan ride! 😛 Needless to say Disneyland was not the happiest place on earth for me.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, Disneyland can be quite crowded at times. I’m not fond of huge crowds myself. I was happy when they instituted the Fast Pass, saving us time in line.

      Our daughter was about four the first time we took her to Disneyland. She was terrified of the Jungle Boat ride. It took her some time to get over that, but once she did, she had fun.

  • Nicole Wetherington says:

    No, I haven’t but I’d like to when I have kids of my own to take! I love going to busch gardens and riding the roller coasters!

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    My family went to Walt Disney World in December 1972. It was such an exciting trip, seeing relatives on the drive to and from and all the tourist stops! The attraction I remember featured nape of the earth flight filming over several national parks. It was if we were doing the flying. The camera tilted and I squealed, positive I was falling!!!! My body even leaned with the picture!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, Disney does a great job with their 3-D attractions. I remember one where they actually spritzed us with water mist when we were “flying” over a waterfall or something like that. So cool!

  • Beth Fiscus says:

    I have never been to any of the Disney attractions! They look fun, but I always think…maybe when the kids are older so they can actually remember the trip!

    This book sounds fantastic! I love the story line and the fact that they are old friends falling in love is wonderful.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Beth, we took our daughter to Disneyland when she was about four or five the first time since we were visiting relatives in the Los Angeles area. She didn’t really care for the experience. We took her again when she was around ten, and she got so much more out of it.

  • Luanne Lawrence says:

    We’ve gone to Disneyland several times. It’s always a tradition to go on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. My husband loves the Star Wars rides.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Luanne, we Californians are spoiled since Disneyland is here in our state. I’ve been four times. Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite rides, too.

  • Trixi says:

    I’ve never been to Disney World or Disney Land, maybe I’m a little different in saying I’ve never had the desire to. Probably because I’ve always lived too far from either one & the cost just to get in the gates is atrocious! Growing up in Illinois though, I’ve enjoyed Six Flags Great America, Adventureland and at least once to Wisconsin Dells. It’s been many years since I’ve been to a theme park! Not sure I’d enjoy it as much as when I was a kid 🙂

    I think my favorite thing is now to attend the local county fair every year here. Or any fair for that matter, I love the games, the farm animals I get to see, the 4-H shows, crafts & arts and all the food!! 🙂

    I’m not entering this one as I have this book coming to me, but I will gladly share this on twitter and Facebook!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, Disney’s theme parks aren’t for everyone. The prices have gone up and up and up, which makes it a financial hardship even for those of us who live somewhat near the parks. (We’re about twelve hours north of Disneyland.) Some of the other theme parks can be fun, too, and much more cost effective. A county fair has such a nice hometown feel, unlike the big amusement parks.

  • Patricia Cash says:

    I love Universal studios. I haven’t been to Disney in over 20 years. I love going to the fair. And farmers markets.

  • Fedora says:

    We have been to Disneyland quite a number of times, but never to Disney World yet! There was a stretch of a couple years when the kids were younger where we went twice a year with friends–that was a LOT of the Happiest Place on Earth, and the whole family felt the need for a break after that 😉 I just went most recently two summers ago with DD–the kids have also been blessed to go with their middle school music program, and have loved the chance to visit the park with their friends!

    Love the sounds of A Hasty Betrothal–I’ve always loved both the marriage of convenience and the friends-to-lovers themes!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Fedora, I can see how you feel like twice-a-year trips to Disneyland was a bit much. Dealing with the crowds, lines and high prices isn’t fun. I would be fine without another visit. Of course, if I were able to go with grandchildren someday, I might brave it again. =)

  • Connie Saunders says:

    No, I’ve never been to Disney World or Disneyland. King’s Island is a theme park that many people in our area visit and it has some really large rides. This past Saturday I was blessed to visit Noah’s Ark and it was wonderful! No matter how many times you’ve read this story, you could never visualise the enormity of the Ark or the magnitude of the items needed to survive during the Flood.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wow, Connie! Visiting the Noah’s Ark replica must have been quite an experience. I’ve seen pictures, but I doubt they do the project justice.

  • Diane Estrella says:

    I have not been to Disney in over2 20 years. It was overwhelming then with all the rides and I’m sure it’s even more so now.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Diane, Disneyland can be overwhelming. For me, the key to having a good time was mentally preparing myself and having a plan in place beforehand.