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LIH Spotlight: A Lawman for Christmas

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Lawman for Christmas, a November release from
Love Inspired Historical author Karen Kirst.

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

The Gift of Family 

Committed to her spinsterhood, Isabel Flores isn’t about to trust a man with her hard-won independence or her heart—especially not lawman Ben MacGregor. But when a little boy is abandoned on her property, the so-called “Debonair Deputy” of their small Tennessee town helps her care for the child. And Isabel begins to hope he might be more than just a handsome flirt.

Ben is well aware of Isabel’s aversion to love and has his own secret reasons for avoiding relationships. But as he and Isabel do their best to make the holiday special for their young ward, Ben wonders if he could be a family man after all. Will this Christmas be the first of many for Isabel and Ben’s little instant family?

Copyright © 2017 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.


 Changes Big and Small

Although I’m not known for being flexible or spontaneous, I’ve made a number of changes in my life this year. The biggest, of course, is choosing to stop writing novels and embrace retirement, but there have been others.

I accepted the Bin Babe position at church and help gather the supplies for the elementary Sunday School teachers each week, a task I enjoy. I’m a mentor mom at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and am looking forward to loving on the young moms in my table group. I’ve sported a new hairstyle all summer.

One area where I don’t switch things up very often is that of home decor. Gwynly and I have lived in our house twenty-four years, and yet we’ve rearranged our living room furniture once. The grouping of items on the wall behind our dining table has been there in the same pleasing arrangement since the day I first hung them. A Fiestaware vase filled with silk flowers that sits behind our corner kitchen sink has brightened that spot for over two decades.

A few months back I began collecting new wall hangings. Ever since, they’ve been piled in our bedroom floor, patiently awaiting their new homes. This past weekend, I summoned the courage to wield the hammer, pound the nails and put the new pictures in place.

Our bedroom now has a romance theme. When I saw this LOVE wall hanging, I knew it was just the thing, so I snagged it.

I soak in a tub filled with steaming hot water every night before bed, so these cute wall hangings are fitting. They have the added bonus of being a muted shade of purple, which prompted me to get a shower curtain in the same color. I love the new look.

I’m a California girl to the core, so when I saw this wall hanging, I put it in my cart pronto. The fun image of my beloved Golden State hangs in my office now, making my heart happy every time I see it.

I’ve made other small changes and have more planned. Each one adds freshness and fun to our home, which, to quote Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo, “sparks joy” and reminds me that change can be a good thing.


Questions for You

Do you embrace change, or are you resistant to it?

How often do you rearrange your furniture—or not?

What small changes have you made to your home recently?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of A Lawman for Christmas
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
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Giveaway ends Saturday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, October 9.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 25 post!
Amy G. will receive A Mistaken Match,
an October LIH by Whitney Bailey.










Keli Gwyn


  • I sometimes like change and sometimes I am resistant to change. I love to change my house up with a fresh coat of paint or new wall hanging or new accents, but don’t do it very often because I can’t afford that habit! ha! Other times I get things just the way I want them and then I could leave them for years and years. At the moment my family portrait wall is in need of refreshment. I have to bite the bullet and get everyone together for pictures. Not always an easy task. I’m wanting to take the last bit of carpet out of our house which will require 2 bedrooms getting an overhaul. I look forward to that!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, it sounds like you’ve made good progress on your spruce-up-the-house projects. I hope you’re able to get those final two bedrooms done soon.

      Having family pictures taken is a great idea. I plan to do that soon. It’s been too long.

  • It depends on what the change is, recently (the first part of this year) I embraced moving back home to Nebraska after 18 years in Florida) but my husband sure didn’t, at first anyway, lol, so there have been lots of changes to our home, lol. I rarely rearrange my furniture.

  • Vicki says:

    I agree with Julie. Sometimes I embrace change & sometimes I resist. I do enjoy switching the arrangement of furniture every once in awhile but sometimes there just aren’t many ways to switch that fit the smaller spaces in the main living area. One change we have made (well, still working on it) is in my super large walk-in-closet. We purchased a beautiful dark cherry closet organizer. Love the addition but I am such a hoarder of clothing that sorting through it all & saying goodbye to older clothing that is either outdated and/or doesn’t fit is difficult for me. UGH
    Not to mention, a lot of work. LOL

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Vicki, I attended a home show this past weekend and forced myself to walk past the closest and garage organizer booths. Why? Because they are far too tempting. I love the streamlined look.

      Sorting clothing can be tough. Perhaps if you were to think of it as reconnecting with old favorites that would make it seem a bit less like work and more like fun.

  • Karen K. says:

    Some changes are thrust upon us, and sometimes I do better at accepting it than at other times. When my husband became disabled, we learned to live at a different pace. In some ways I’ve enjoyed that. With each move to another state, I’ve tried to organize our home the best I can. We do tweak things along the way as needed, though. I recently cleaned out our coat closet and donated a lot of items. That was extremely satisfying!! Lol

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Karen, what fun to have you stop by. Congratulations on your latest release!

      I’m sorry you’ve had to deal with your husband’s disability, but I’m glad you’ve been able to find hidden blessings in the midst of the changes thrust upon you. I hope the same proves true in regard to the closure of the LIH line and that you enjoy the new homes you find for your stories.

  • jane naccarato says:

    Bought the house 4 years ago and everything is in the same place. I can’t move anything in the livingroom because only one wall works for the tv and in the bedroom the placement of the closet and bathroom make it impossible to move things around. Stuff on the walls sometimes changes but not often.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, I was so happy when I heard the news that you were getting your house. It must have been fun to find an arrangement that works for the furniture in your living room.

  • amy guillaume linderman says:

    congrats….i am liking change more and more lately. my husband laughs when he comes home and i have re-arranged our house AGAIN. we have a smallish house and too much antique furniture

  • Deana Dick says:

    I’m not a big fan of change. It is hard for me to adapt but sometimes change is good. I keep my furniture the same because it feels cozy . I really love the pictures you found. They go perfect with your decor.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deanna, leaving things as is can bring a measure of comfort and coziness, as you said.

      Thanks for the kind words about the pictures. I was happy to find them–and for good prices, too.

  • Gloria Flick says:

    I love change! I love to try new things and meet new people. I don’t like getting into a rut. My husband and I sold our home two years ago and lived in our RV for a year. Then a year ago we bought a “new” old house. Since we’ve been living here only a year, I haven’t made many changes yet. However, we plan to take the carpet out and put in new flooring. We hope to get that done by November. I don’t rearrange my furniture because it’s perfect where it is. Lol. I just pull things forward or push them back to clean and then put them back where I had them.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Gloria, I admire those of you who embrace change. I have to force myself out of the cozy containment of my comfort zone. The nice thing is that when I do, I’m generally glad I did.

      • Gloria Flick says:

        There was a time when because of lack of funds and no vacation time, I asked my husband to hook up the old RV and just for a change, we slept in the RV!

  • MH says:

    Ah. Change. I’m relatively ok with change. I don’t rearrange my furniture because my husband doesn’t like change. I do help my daughters rearrange their furniture in their room all the time!

    I do rearrange stuff on my desk since it’s my personal space and no one else’s! 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      MH, I like that you respect your husband’s desire to keep things as they are while finding ways to rearrange your area and help your daughters rearrange theirs.

  • Becky Smith says:

    When I get “cabin fever”, I move the furniture around. My kids used to ask me if I had ok’d it with their dad, but only because they wanted an excuse to not help. I can’t change all the rooms, but just changing the front room helps, especially when we are getting ready for Christmas and putting up the tree. Occasionally I will change something hanging on the wall, but not often.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, it sounds like moving furniture is a sure-fire cure for cabin fever in your case. I’m glad you’ve found a way to combat it. Perhaps I should try that the next time I’m afflicted with it.

  • Tiffany Hall says:

    Change does not always come easy for me. I am a creature of habit and always like to plan things and know when and how things are going to happen. Can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  • Connie Lee says:

    I’m resistant to change. I like things the way they are until they start looking dingy and have to change.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, there does come a point when even the most change-resistant of us will take action. I’d reached that point, which is why I bought the pictures. Seems like my threshold for keeping things as they are is twenty-four years. 😛

  • Lynsay says:

    It depends on what the change is. Sometimes I can embrace it and other times I’m super resistant.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lynsay, that is probably true of most of use to some extent. When it comes to reorganizing the items on my desk, I have no trouble, as my frequent trips to Office Max will attest.

  • vera wilson says:

    Not lots of ways to change up most rooms. So really most changes would be the heavy curtains for winter time, & light color ones for the spring/summer.

    Cable connections in rooms limit were tv has to be.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Vera, the layout of our homes can limit the placement of major furniture items, but even a small change such as your different colored draperies, a new throw pillow or replacing an old rug with a new one can make a difference.

  • Maryann says:

    I don’t embrace change well. I am more a creature of habit. I am most happy in my comfort zone and I am not too adventurous.I embrace the “me” that God made.

  • Rachael Clemons says:

    I do not embrace change. I’m a don’t fix it if it isn’t broke kinda girl.

  • Shelley Scarbro says:

    I do not like change. But big change is coming my way. I do believe 2 of my girls are going to be getting engaged soon. My household is getting ready to change very much!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Shelley, even though you’re not a big fan of change, I sense some excitement about those coming your way as your family grows to include two sons-in-love. I hope all goes well with the wedding planning to come and that things go smoothly on your daughters’ big days.

  • Misty cooper says:

    I love change as long as it’s for a good reason. If not I still go with the flow. I love to move stuff around and since my furniture doesn’t have much room for change I get to help my boys rearrange their furniture in there rooms. Usually every two months my youngest is ready to rearrange. Takes after me for sure.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Misty, embracing change certainly makes life flow more smoothy in many cases, since one of the few things that’s certain in our lives here on earth is change. I’m glad you’ve found ways to freshen things up in your house and keep from getting bored with the present arrangement.

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    I changed the curtains in my living room. I enjoy change, as it helps us grow. Thank you for the change.

  • Brenda W says:

    Some changes I like and some I don’t. I don’t like menu changes in restaurants because I can’t spot my favorites quickly. I don’t like software changes when they leave out good features, take away menus and force automatic updates on my paid for time. If I could set updates for my bonus time 2 am til 8 am, I would be happy.
    When I was younger, I liked rearranging my furniture a lot. Now I have a lot of stuff and not much room to change. Thinking about moving my pc desk a bit so I can see out the window better.
    Small changes were probably sorting my books and wondering if I could make narrow bookcases to line my hall completely. I haven’t been brave enough to start yet.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, your comment made me think about the many changes we face from outside sources. Our local Walmart remodeled recently, and my favorite supermarket has been in the throes of a major remodel all summer long. I jokingly say that the stores are helping their older customers like me stave off dementia by switching things up and forcing us to relearn the locations of the items.

      I hope you do get your desk moved and your books sorted. Small steps are a good place to start.

  • Susanne says:

    I can handle change when it is something that makes life better.

  • Mary Preston says:

    I have just finished my annual spring clean, so things most definitely got moved around.

  • Karen Riley says:

    At times I have a hard time adjusting to changes. The other day my sister changed the living room and kitchen around. I just thought ok so why did you do this.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Karen, some of us are creatures of habit. If I move things in the kitchen during one of my organizational outbursts, it can really throw my husband.

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Thanks for sharing your new decorating ideas,Keli!,very nice!! As for myself I’ve usually been resistant to change,but am getting better about it. In fact just recently made a big change: just moved to a new place! It’s turned out to be a wonderful change blessed by God! Our new home is much nicer,so glad I followed God’s will!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Lynne. I’m enjoying the new decor.

      What fun to be settling in to a new place. I hope you have a good time getting everything just the way you want it.

  • Melinda says:

    I do not like change but have learn new ways to deal. As long as the change is helpful, I adjust easier. We do not rearrange furniture much because we all wear glasses and do not see well without it. When I was young my Mom would move furniture around and in the middle of the night you would hear a what! screamed as Dad would be on his way to the Kitchen without his glasses.
    I have learned that change is part of live.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melinda, I hear you on dealing with changes in the dark due to vision issues. Before my LASIK surgery, back when my eyesight was around 20-900, I once got up in the night and petted a brown paper bag, thinking it was our orange tabby.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    Hi Keli. Thanks for sharing about A Lawman for Christmas and the pictures of your new decor. I don’t move my furniture around but I do change my accessories quite often. I like to showcase the different seasons and my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter lives to help me “decowate”! We now have pumpkins, gourds, fall leaves and sunflowers to enjoy until Thanksgiving.
    Thanks for this chance to win Karen’s book.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, our daughter loves to accessorize and has lots of bling. She has a knack for knowing just which pieces will go well with an outfit.

      I don’t do much seasonal decorating these days, aside from Christmas. I do change the silk flowers in the antique wheelbarrow in our front yard though.

  • jcp says:

    no rearranging furniture for me–my home is too small

  • Trixi says:

    I’m quite resistant to change & love routine and order, the big things in life that is. It’s comforting to me to know things are the same as they’ve always been. Over the years of being married to my husband, I’ve learned that little changes aren’t as stressful as they seem. He’s a much more resilient person, a go-with-the-flow kinda guy. I still struggle a bit, but I’m much better than I used to be.

    Rearrange furniture…what’s that? LOL….seriously once we have what we want where we want it, it doesn’t get moved. Unless we are dusting under the funiture 🙂

    We bought a house and moved in about 6 months ago so I’d say that was a pretty big change! We went from just over 1000 sq feet to about 1600 sq ft, so we’ve had to slowly add things to fill space. I’ve wanted to get a small sofa sleeper to go in my office/den/guest room/grand-girl room to serve two purposes. A comfortable spot to sit in and a guest bed for when my sister-in-law came to visit. Well, we found a good one at our furniture store and the salesman we know gave us a great deal on it. I’m happy to report it was delivered yesterday and it’s perfect for the spot I had for it 🙂 Now to find a new home for the roll-away bed we have…lol!

    Thanks for shining the spotlight on another new-to-me author and the giveaway chance. Isabel sounds like a character I could relate to being an independent soul 😉 Once again, I am amazed at the LIH cover!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I, too, have learned to embrace change more easily now that I’m older, er, more mature. Doing so has enabled me to enjoy experiences.

      I’m glad you’re enjoying your new home. What fun to have the sofa-bed arrived yesterday and find that it fit just right in the spot you had allocated for it.

  • Jan Hall says:

    I am resistant to change. I seldom move furniture around in my very small house. One change it have made is from wife to widow. I have been going through things and downsizing.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jan, I’m sorry about the loss of your husband. That must be a tough adjustment. I wish you well as you go through things, downsize and create a place that makes you happy.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    The winner of the giveaway is Misty C. Congratulations, Misty! I’ll be in touch.