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LIH Spotlight: Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion, an October release
from Love Inspired Historical author Louise M. Gouge.

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

The Sheriff’s Second Chance 

Sheriff Justice Gareau can make outlaws quake in their boots…yet coming face-to-face with Evangeline Benoit once again takes away all his composure. She broke their engagement, and his heart, to marry a wealthy older man. Despite his reluctance, Justice can’t avoid the widowed single mother of two when they’re collaborating on a Christmas village for the town’s children.

The loving boy Evangeline once knew has become an unyielding lawman. Forced to flee New Orleans over false allegations, Evie doubts Justice will take her side when the past follows her to Colorado. Especially when he and her troublesome son butt heads. But perhaps the spirit of Christmas will soften his heart and give them a second chance at love.

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.


Role Playing

Although my sister starred in several plays and my mother had a number of roles in local junior college productions during my high school years, I never aspired to be an actress.

I can’t remember lines and freeze when I’m on stage. That fact became painfully clear when I was in sixth grade and was assigned the part of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had a full-blown case of stage fright the day of the performance and forgot every single thing I was supposed to say.

In spite of my traumatic thespian experience, I do have a wee bit of a ham in me. It came out when I was in Toastmasters a few years back. I don’t know why, but I can deliver a decent speech–and apparently I’m even funny at times. A woman who attended an author talk I gave told me I should do stand up. Who knew?

This week I tapped into my well-hidden talent and participated in at fun event at my local Curves. I won the opportunity to “Coach a Coach” as part of our fundraising efforts to support the American Cancer Society and our Relay for Life team.

Since I wanted to make things fun for the coach I got to coach, I created two personas: the Cheerleader and the Evil Queen, complete with pompoms and a sparkly belt that served as my makeshift whip.

On Shari’s first lap around the circuit, I offered oodles of encouragement and added a couple of cheers to the mix. Mind you, they weren’t all that impressive. Here’s one of them: S-H-A-R-I! S-H-A-R-I! Gooooo, Shari!

Things changed when Shari completed her first lap. I whipped off my pretty purple “I don’t sweat – I sparkle” t-shirt” to reveal a sleek black tank top with the words “Evil Queen” emblazoned on the front in purple glitter. Every lady on the circuit laughed.

Being the cheerleader was easy for me. I love to encourage people. Playing the part of the Evil Queen exceeded my limited acting abilities. Even though I tried to act tough, I cracked up many times–as did Shari, who was such a good sport.

Coaching my coach ended up being a blast. I won’t win any awards for my acting, but I had fun and contributed to a worthy cause at the same time.


Questions for You

Have you ever been in a play, or does
the thought of being on stage freak you out?

If you were given the opportunity to play
a part, which role would you choose?

Do you enjoy creating fun costumes?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer at least one to qualify.
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Giveaway ends Saturday, September 16 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, September 18.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 4 post!
Heidi R. will receive Montana Bride by Christmas,
an October LIH by Linda Ford.









Keli Gwyn


  • Deana Dick says:

    I have been in several plays at our church. I don’t mind doing them, but I’m more behind the scenes kind of person. I direct the Children’s Christmas play every year.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, what fun it must be to direct the youngest members of your church family in your annual Christmas play–and how rewarding to see their efforts when they perform.

  • jane naccarato says:

    I’ve never been in a play but I did help a friend with costumes for some plays at The Riverfront Playhouse. My name was listed in the program as costume assistant. I did’t know that until a couple of years later when my friend showed me the program. Never wanted to be in a play.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, how cool that you served as a costume assistant. Did you help create the costumes, or was your job to see that they were well cared for and given to the right people at the right time?

  • Mary Preston says:

    I was in a number of plays in High School. Just lots of fun. Not embarrassed or scared at all because I was up onstage with good friends.

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Hi Keli! Have been in a few plays in school and even speech class in high school. Which was actually an unusual choice for me since I’m basically a shy person. Although maybe I’m a ham at heart, because once I’m on stage I really enjoy it. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lynne, it sounds like you and I are similar. I’m normally reserved, but get me in front of an audience delivering a well-rehearsed speech, and you might think I’m outgoing by nature.

  • Carolyn says:

    I played in our annual Christmas play at church – The Nativity – growing up. In my adult life I participated in a couple of Easter plays. I prefer to be in the background assisting though.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Carolyn, I gather that being in those plays was a stretch for you. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we step out of our comfort zones, isn’t it?

  • Marilyn R says:

    I’ve been in church Christmas and Easter dramas but not a major role. I rather be in the background than out in the center.

    LIH did another beautiful job with the cover for Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion. LIH Christmas books are always wonderful to read any time of the year.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, it’s great that you don’t let your desire to be in the background stand in the way of the Lord using you to tell His Story in your church’s plays. I hope you have fun when you do perform.

  • Anita Ray says:

    I am a behind the scene person, So I enjoy designing and making the costumes. Although reading is my favorite thing to do, I also love crafts and sewing. This comes in handy doing the costumes and also decorations. You will always find me somewhere in the back, working to make the show go on. And when it’s all over, You will find me curled up somewhere with my book, blanket and coffee…READING!!

  • George Weitemeyer says:

    Have I ever been in a play, or does the thought of being on stage freak me out?

    You know, I’ve been RACKING my brain, TRYING to recall if I’ve been in a play. I honestly can not recall.

    But, being on stage… THAT is a piece of cake. There was a time when I was called on to sing a solo at Mount Hermon, California, in front of a packed auditorium, and was TOTALLY calm. It seems that God put it into me to be able to NOT feel intimidated in front of people. I enjoy trying to make the “group thingy” easier the attendees.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      George, you brought up an important point. If we cease to think about ourselves and our insecurities, focusing instead on those whom our performances will bless, things become a whole lot easier. I’m sure you blessed many people when you answered the call to sing that solo. What a special memory you have.

  • Julie G. says:

    I avoid being in front of people at all costs. Our music leader at church used to have all of the women come up on stage for Mother’s Day and sing in one big women’s choir. I refused. While I loved hearing the women sing, it was not a blessing to me to get up there! I found I didn’t want to go to church on Mother’s Day! I much prefer to sneak in the back door, sit in the back row and hope nobody notices me kind of gal 🙂

  • Tiffany Hall says:

    As a child, I was always in the Christmas plays at church and while I was always very nervous, I always enjoyed it. As an adult, I help teach the music for the children’s Christmas and Easter plays and then play the music for the actual plays themselves.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Tiffany, it’s great how you performed in those plays despite having battled the jitters. And look at you now, helping children to have good experiences such as you did. That’s wonderful!

  • Sandy Smith says:

    I hate making costumes. My husband is the one who has always made our son’s Halloween costumes. But the funniest thing that happened was when our son was in 6th grade and needed a monk costume for a medieval day in World Cultures class. We spent hours figuring it out and my husband put it together. He also appears for his business on a local morning radio program once a week and happened to mention spending the weekend putting together a “stupid” costume for this class. Turns out the teacher was listening and it came up in class about it. I told my husband he had to call the teacher and apologize. To this day, whenever he sees her, he still feels embarrassed!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sandy, as one who detests sewing, I can relate to your dislike of making costumes. I spent two long, frustrating days of my life doing my best to sew a Dorothy costume for our daughter when she was young. It turned out okay-ish, but I wouldn’t want anyone to check out that zipper.

      I’m sorry that medieval costume experience you had didn’t go well. I have a hunch the teacher would be able to laugh about it now. We tend to be harder on ourselves than others are on us most of the time, right?

  • Mary Tullila says:

    I’d like to play Scout if there’s ever a To Kill a Mockingbird play .

  • Becky Smith says:

    Yes, I was Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly! while in high school. My teacher asked me to try out, and it was hard for me because I tend to be quiet and like being in the background more. I’m not sure I could do it again.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, what fun that you got to play Ermengarde. I like that you took on the challenge even though it wasn’t easy. Was the boy who played your beau tall?

  • Connie Lee says:

    In elementary school, every class was required to give a play once a year. Although I enjoyed being included, I was always afraid I would forget my lines. I managed to get through it, but I really didn’t enjoy being on stage in front of people.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, having gone totally blank during my Puck performance, I can relate to the fear of forgetting one’s lines. The fact that you got through those experiences probably helped you learn how to memorize lines and hopefully eased some of your stage shyness.

  • Mary Preston says:

    I was in a number of plays in high school. Always lots of fun. Not too many nerves.

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    I’ve been in church plays, but was scared to death.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lucy, I understand. I would sit on my hands if they asked for volunteers to be in play at church. I’ll leave that to those who would enjoy the experience.

  • Brenda W says:

    I don’t think I have ever been in a play. I even hated having to recite poetry or anything in front of a class.