Keli Gwyn
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LIH Spotlight: An Unlikely Mother

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
An Unlikely Mother by Danica Favorite,
a May release from Love Inspired Historical.

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

Bound by a Child 

Hoping to overcome her reputation as Leadville, Colorado’s biggest gossip, wealthy socialite Flora Montgomery offers to help a miner care for an abandoned child. But her growing affection for the sweet boy’s handsome rescuer could be a problem. Especially since her parents insist she must marry for money.

Undercover mine owner George Baxter is digging himself into a dilemma. The once-spoiled Flora has become a delightful, generous woman, and she’ll be devastated by his deception. Yet if he can’t discover who’s sabotaging the mine, George will lose any chance of making a home for Flora and Pierre. Can the little boy who holds both their hearts help them lay claim to a new dream of 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.

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Getting Organized

If my close friends were to describe me, they might choose the word organized. I am, at heart, but when I began pursing my dream of writing, things changed.

With much of my time spent nose-to-keyboard, I devoted less of it to keeping things in their proper places. Piles began appearing. They were soon joined by more piles.

My files underwent a similar change. I used to keep them pared to a minimum, but I lacked the time to weed their contents. They began bulging. I dreaded opening the drawers and trying to squeeze just one more document inside.

To combat the problem and keep myself from going batty, I would periodically clean my office. Those bursts of organizational energy might result in cleared surfaces, but the underlying problem was still there, the evidence hiding in the closet and drawers.

I’ve turned in the second book of my two-book contract and am not under deadline for the first time in three years, so I’m taking time to dig out. Over the weekend, I began by going through piles destined for the shredder. Thirty pounds are ready to be hauled off, and I feel lighter and more at peace already.

Today I will continue deep cleaning my office. My goals are to eliminate those piles, reduce the number of dated documents in those files and rediscover the joy of spending time in a streamlined space.

Once my work table in the corner of my office is clear, I look forward to sorting the boxes of photos and memorabilia I inherited from my dad and my in-laws. My organizational heart is happy.

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Questions for You

Are there areas in your home that
you struggle to keep under control?

Do you have an organizational bent, like me,
or are you comfortable in a less structured setting?

What are some of your best tips for dealing with the
proliferation of papers that have a way of piling up?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of An Unlikely Mother
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer at least one to qualify.
(Be sure to leave your email address when you’re
prompted to do so during the commenting process.
To keep spammers from snatching your address,
please don’t leave it in your comment itself.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, April 22 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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

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

Congratulations to the winner from my April 10 post.
Linda W. will receive a copy of Her Cherokee Groom,
a May LIH by Valerie Hansen!

Congratulations to Paula M, who won the additional copy of
Her Cherokee Groom that Valerie offered to give away!

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Keli Gwyn

36 Comments

  • Sandy Nadeau says:

    LOLOL I moved 4 states away! Talk about getting rid of clutter. Not the easiest way, but I don’t seem to struggle with it any more. Until the mail arrives….

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sandy, moving can be a great incentive to declutter. We’ve been in the same house for twenty-four years. I do my best to keep things from piling up, but despite my best intentions, they pile up.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I must confess to loving the written word but every so often, I do feel overwhelmed with magazines so I gather them to share with others. Thanks for sharing this giveaway.
    Connie

  • I would say I struggle with my closet the most! I enjoy creating so my closet is full of my paints and brushes and photography equipment.
    I tend to want things to be very tidy, especially when it comes to my writing and papers and such but some hobbies (painting, drawing, sewing, etc.) aren’t very neat! So I try to keep a good balance!
    Thanks!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Kalan, hobbies can lead to lots of great supplies, but keeping them corraled can be a challenge. Just look at my stamping and scrapbooking cupboards, and you’ll see what I mean. 🙂

  • Deana Dick says:

    I struggle with trying to keep all out bills thst come in the mail in one place. I hate having to scramble to find the electric bill. My hubby has now started putting everything online so I don’t have to stress about bills.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, online bill pay has been such a help to me, the bookkeeper of the family. I’ll admit that I have been late on the two or three bills I have to pay the old-fashioned way, though.

  • Tammie Edington Shaw says:

    My office is the problem area in our home. Since we have a small place the dining room has been converted to my office and things spill over in the hallway, etc. I am not very organized, but I get frustrated when I can’t find things. I have no help for others, except procrastination makes it worse.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Tammie, working on the dining room table would present challenges. I wonder if getting some portable bins would help. My husband used some when he had to change classrooms, and it made moving from one location easier.

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    I’m always organizing something. Hubby hates when I start on his things. Haha I can’t stand clutter, as it drives me crazy.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lucy, you sound like me. I had to learn not to interfere with Gwynly’s things. These days, I volunteer to help him organize and to let me know when he’s ready. That doesn’t mean I get overzealous at times, though. Thankfully, he’s very understanding.

  • Brenda W says:

    This new book by Danica Favorite sounds so interesting — like the rest of her Leadville books!

    I struggle with keeping all areas of my home organized.

    Paperwork is badly in need of organizing at my house. My genealogy papers get taken out of files and notebooks to be copied and I don’t put them back. Then I look for them and can’t find them….

    I thought I was somewhat organized when I was younger. But now I procrastinate about organizing.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, how fun that you’re into genealogy. I’m getting into it myself. I would imagine the papers/documents could quickly get out of control. Sounds like your binders help.

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Had fun reading this post Keli! Unfortunately I do have a trouble spot in my home,namely my bedroom closet. Like the old radio show Fibber Mcgee and Molly (if you’ve never heard it you should Youtube it,it’s very funny)everything is put in this closet. now it’s just having the time and gumption to do it. 🙂

  • Jordann says:

    I love things to be organized and for everything to have a place. My biggest problem is getting rid of stuff. I always have the hardest time throwing things out. So, while I’m great at having things organized, I am running out of places to store everything.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jordann, learning to let go can be tough. I’m working on that one. What I’m finding is that I prefer the sense of space and the peace that come from having less to organize.

  • Mary Preston says:

    I am definitely someone who likes the house etc to be organised.

    As to papers I tend to hold onto them until they lose all meaning to me. I had a massive stack of assignments from my studies – way before everything was submitted electronically – once I no longer cared they were composted.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Mary, the nice thing about papers is that they do age. Eventually they lose their meaning, making it easier to part with them. I’m hoping that proves true for me as I wade through my piles and files.

  • I feel your pain. I too like to be organized but while writing, it goes out the window. I cleared out a lot of the clutter when we moved to Spain but it still piles up. Funny thing is, I am still always able to find things. I sometimes say, “I don´t file, I just pile.” Have fun getting organized!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Darlene, it sounds like you totally get what I’m dealing with. I was quite organized before writing came into my life. Unfortunately, publishing deadlines take precedence over household tasks, including organization. I’m glad you can find what you’re after in your piles. I’ve had to spend far too much time going through mine in frantic attempts to locate something, which is why I’m attacking the stacks now.

  • Colleen Flathers says:

    I hate being disorganized and living in clutter, but yet I can’t seem to get a handle on either issue. I try but everything seems to go back to the messy disorganized cluttered life.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Colleen, it does seem like things go back to their disorganized state quickly, doesn’t it. That makes me think that those who stick to a routine of dealing with the piles are on to something. 🙂

  • Marilyn says:

    I’m usually an organized person and have had bosses compliment on that. However, recently my books are not as organized as they use to be. I’m trying to work on that currently, but with spring here yard work is calling my name more to be outside. LOL

    Another great LIH book being released. I picked up some older LIH books at a used store over the weekend.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, books can pile up, too, especially for avid readers who are constantly adding to their collections. I’ve shifted to getting most novels on my Kindle, which has helped. I still prefer a paper book, but having space in my house has taken precedence.

      What fun that you stocked up on some LIHs. I hope you enjoy the stories.

  • Becky Smith says:

    I struggle most with my “office” area that has the computer, sewing, pictures, and crafts, because I use that room so much. I’ve really enjoyed Danica’s books that I have read, as well as the other LIH books.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, offices seem to get out of hand quickly, don’t they? That’s probably because they hold so many small items. I’m learning that having a designated space for each one helps. So does letting go of the excess.

      Danica writes great stories, doesn’t she?

  • Beth Fiscus says:

    I am definitely a person who likes organization! Having 3 young boys makes that a challenge and I have become less of a perfectionist as a result (which is probably a good thing!) My craft room gets out of control easily as I work on projects, but I ALWAYS feel better and more relaxed when it is clean and organized. I am very lucky to have a supportive husband who added cabinets on 3 walls of my craft room so everything has its very own place and I know where it all goes…it is just a matter of taking the time to put it all away before I dive into another project!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Beth, you must be one busy mom. I admire your ability to find time to craft. Your room with all those cupboards sounds wonderful. Having a place for everything certainly makes keeping things put away easier.

  • Cheryl Baranski says:

    I was never an organized person until the last few weeks before my neck surgery. I had worked so hard along with help from my husband and my sons. Some things went in our storage unit, lots of items donated. Our place looked wonderful until my husband had to go back to work. It is like pulling teeth to get my boys to do the work that needs to be done around here. I am getting so frustrated. Since I am not able to do the work myself. It will be a few months before I can. I want it all organized nice and neat again.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Cheryl, I’m sorry you had to undergo neck surgery. What a life changer that must have been. I can understand your desire to get things neat and keep them that way. I wish you well on your recovery and hope that before you know it you’re able to keep things looking the way you like them.

  • I like things organized and in their places. I do have a hard time with the paperwork though. I have a file for all of it, but they tend to pile up on the counter before I get to file them. At the end of each year I pile all of the papers from the year into a box and throw it into the attic. At the moment I have 15 boxes and packets of papers that need to be shredded or burned. I’m keeping the “7 years” required for tax purposes but the rest need to go! My husband and I recently cleaned out the attic. We got rid of a LOT of stuff. I’d love to whittle down some more. People have asked me to organize for them! I’m also a control freak so that helps with the organization. ha!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I’m organized but sentimental, which creates a challenge. I need to allow the anti-packrat in me to join in and help me oust the overload. Kudos to you on your whittling success.

  • jcp says:

    my bookshelves even though I donate my read books often

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