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LIH Spotlight: Bride by Arrangement

It’s June, and that means four new stories from
Love Inspired Historical will be hitting shelves.

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Bride by Arrangement by Karen Kirst,
the third book in the Cowboy Creek continuity series.

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

Bride by Arrangement

Mail-Order Matchmaking 

Newly minted Cowboy Creek sheriff Noah Burgess doesn’t want a wife—despite his friends insisting that he needs one. So when they send for a big-city single mother to be his mail-order bride, he’s fit to be tied. Even if vivacious Grace Longstreet might just be the only person who can see past Noah’s scars…and help him heal.

Grace needs a husband to keep her and her twin daughters out of her brother-in-law’s grasp. And she’ll do anything—including taking on her cousin’s identity—to find one. But as the attraction between Grace and the lawman sparks higher, she begins hoping for a real marriage. So she needs to tell the truth…or a mail-order match that’s meant to be could crumble.

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 Karen…

I saw on Facebook a while back that you enjoy sending snail mail notes to friends. When did your love of sending handwritten notes begin? What are some occasions that have you pulling out pen and paper and putting an actual stamp on an envelope?

Karen says: “In this age of communicating mainly by texts, emails and online messages, there’s something nostalgic about handwritten cards delivered to your mailbox. My aunt recently started making her own cards, and each one is unique to the recipient and the occasion. I treasure these little works of art and often leave them out for others to enjoy. It means something when someone takes the time to buy or make a card, pen a message and mail it. While I don’t make my own, I stock up on cute blank or thank you cards to send out whenever the mood strikes.”

Your Turn…

Do you enjoy sending snail mail?

When’s the last time your day was made by a note in the mail?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to Win a Print Copy
of Bride by Arrangement
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Giveaway ends Sunday, June 18 at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced here and in my
new LIH Spotlight on Monday, June 20.

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

Congratulations to Julie G, winner from my June 6 post,
who will receive a copy of Pony Express Hero,
Rhonda Gibson’s June 2016 release.

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Keli Gwyn


  • Connie Saunders says:

    Yes, I do enjoy sending and receiving snail mail. I still get a thrill when I receive a card or letter in my metal mailbox with the red flag so I try to share that joy by filling other’s mailboxes.
    This book sounds lovely and I appreciate the review and giveaway.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, it’s such fun to see that little red flag waving on one’s mailbox, look inside and find an honest-to-goodness letter, isn’t it? Each one I receive is a treat.

  • I’ve been “pen pals” with my great aunt for a couple of years now. She doesn’t have a computer or cell phone so the “old fashioned” way for us! I enjoy getting letters in the mail from her. I hate to admit it, but my handwriting is awful anymore and the last time I wrote I tried something different and typed out a letter and printed it and sent it. Saved my hand, saved her eyes from my horrible writing and saved time. I also got to say a lot of things that I probably wouldn’t have written by hand because of space issues. Thanks for the reminder that I do need to sit down and write my aunt…whether by hand or by typing I’m sure she loves hearing from us. 🙂

  • Tonja K. Saylor says:

    In this age of technology I rarely send Snail mail, but I can always count on a note or card from my mom on special occasions.

  • Deanna S says:

    No, I don’t do much snail mail other than Birthday & Anniversary cards.. I was touched by the sympathy cards we recently received from friends.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deanna, I’m sorry for your loss. It nice that people still acknowledge one with cards, though. They’re so much more personal than an email or a message on Facebook. I’m sure those who receive your birthday and anniversary cards are delighted.

  • Andrea Stephens says:

    It’s been a few years since I received meaningful note via snail mail. My daughter sent a Mother’s day package this year though that I loved. A small watercolor card made by her and little drawings from my grandsons. That meant so much more than any “thing” I could have received.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Andrea, there’s nothing like a handmade card from one’s child, is there? Except, perhaps, drawings from one’s grandchild. =)

  • Katie Edgar says:

    I love getting real mail and I send out thank you cards in the regular mail instead of e-forms. The last piece of really fun mail was actually for my daughter, my sister sent a card to congratulate her one pulling out her first tooth. It was so much fun to get!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Katie, I’m sure the recipients of your thank you notes really appreciate them.

      How sweet of your sister to send a congratulations card to your daughter when she lost that first tooth. That’s such a milestone in a child’s life, and to have it recognized in such an unexpected way must have been a real thrill for your gal.

  • Melody says:

    I love getting what I call “real” mail! I have sent many a hand written letter to those serving missions for the church I belong to. It’s always so fun to get a reply!
    I always send out Christmas cards, for getting those around Christmas time is so fun!

    Last week I got a book in the mail from a second mother of mine and she included a hand written note. Made my day for sure!!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melody, I’m sure those missionaries love receiving your handwritten letters. What fun that they write back.

      I look forward to Christmas. It’s the one time each year that our mailbox contains more “real” mail than junk mail. I enjoy catching up with our long-distance friends.

      How nice that your mom sent a book with a handwritten note. A double dose of special.

  • jane naccarato says:

    I love getting letters or a card in the mail. I usually do birthday cards. Other than a birthday card in May the last thing I sent was the letter to you Keli.

  • Merry S. says:

    I enjoy snail mail. I do the card ministry monthly for the sick and shut ins of our church. I have 2 friends who enjoy writing letters. I just received some nice newsy letters included in my birthday cards from them last month.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Merry, what a blessing you must be to the shut-ins and the sick in your congregation. There’s a woman at our church who sends notes to those who submit prayer requests. I enjoy receiving them after I’ve shared a request.

  • Trixi says:

    I haven’t written a letter by mail in ages!! I keep in touch via Facebook or the rare email anymore. And I do call on the phone or text. In today’s world, I think a personally hand-written note is considered by most people as so old fashioned. The modern conveniences are much easier & faster to send. But I do wish we could go back to that time, it’s so much more personal 🙂

    I have the first two books of the Cowboy Creek series and would love to add this one. Thanks for the chance Keli!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I agree that email, Facebook messages, texts and so on are quicker, but nothing makes my day like a handwritten note in the mail. I used to send lots of them and miss doing so. Times have changed, and so have I.