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LIH Spotlight: Frontier Agreement

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Frontier Agreement by Shannon Farrington,
a March release from Love Inspired Historical.

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

FORCED TO WED 

When half–Native American translator Claire Manette joins her mother’s tribe after her father’s death, she’s told she must marry or leave the village. Lewis and Clark expedition member Pierre Lafayette’s offer of a marriage of convenience is enticing. But with her refusal to leave her family behind and his dreams of exploring uncharted territories, it would never work.

Pierre joined the expedition for adventure…and to avoid settling down. So why does he feel compelled to protect a stranger by marrying her? The only thing he’s sure of is that he can’t allow Claire to be forced from the only home she has left. Pierre and Claire are an unlikely match, but amid the wilderness of the West, could his offer of duty become one of 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.

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Reaching The End

Turning those final few pages as a reader can be a bittersweet experience. I want to see how the story ends, but I know my time with the characters I’ve grown to care about is almost over. Call me silly, but I’ve been known to hug a book to my chest after I finish it, my way of saying goodbye to my fictional friends.

Reaching The End as a writer is an equally emotional experience for me. I’m flooded with relief that the hard work of drafting a story is behind me, disbelief that I wrote another book and a touch of grief that my time developing the characters and helping them reach their Happily Ever After has come to an end.

I might type The End, but I will soon be deleting those words, since all my editor wants to see are the three asterisks that signify the end of the manuscript. I’m also bracing myself for the work ahead.

Creating the first draft is only the beginning. I still have three edits ahead of me: the content edit (also known as the substantive or big-picture edit), the line edit (where I have to make smaller tweaks) and the copy edit (where the nitty gritty stuff like punctuation and grammar errors, repetitions, etc. are dealt with.)

This past week I typed The End on my fifth Love Inspired Historical, Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, coming in November. I spent seven weeks glued to my computer screen, so I welcome the break.

Actually, the work break isn’t really applicable, since I’m embarking on an intense game of catch-up. All the tasks I let slide in order to spend time writing are waiting me, such as getting the taxes ready to go to our CPA, doing loads of laundry and digging my desk out from under the piles of paper that have accumulated.

As I reflect on the story I just finished, I think about the readers who will read Their Mistletoe Matchmakers. I hope they will enjoy spending time with Henry and Lavinia and be satisfied with how things turn out for this couple.

Will readers heave satisfied sighs, or will they end up disappointed? Maybe they’ll wish I’d wrapped things up differently. Or perhaps they’ll think it’s one of my best stories yet. Only time will tell. Such are the thoughts that go through the mind of a reader after reaching The End.

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Question for You

How do you feel when you finish reading a novel?

What makes an ending satisfying for you?

Can you think of an ending you really enjoyed?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Frontier Agreement by leaving
a comment on this post with the answer to one of the questions
above. You must answer at least one question 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, March 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, March 6.

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

Congratulations to the winners from my February 27 post.
Lynne F, Marilyn R and Kalan S will each receive a copy of
Her Motherhood Wish, my March LIH.

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28 Comments

  • Christina Lauterwasser says:

    I do a happy dance when I finish a book! If it’s a happy ending that is! 😉

  • jane naccarato says:

    Yay another book done the waiting to be read pile just got smaller. I hate the end of the book where my brain says good book but I would have had a different ending. I also do happy dances when it is a really good book then I recommend it to other people.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, congrats on finishing another book. You’re a reading machine.

      Readers who love a story and recommend it to others make writers like me very happy. 🙂

  • Emily Bailey says:

    My favorite types of endings are the happy endings!! I love a good family oriented story ❤️

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Emily, I enjoy romances because of the guaranteed happy endings.

      I like family-oriented stories, too. Her Motherhood Wish is one, and so is the story coming in November, Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

  • Sometimes I’m relieved to finally be at the end of a book. Usually when I have a stack of other books that must be read for reviews. Sometimes when I reach the end of a book I’m not ready to let go of the characters. They and their story linger in my mind for a while. I always always like Happily Ever After stories. I don’t want a sad ending. I don’t want a doom and gloom ending. I want hope and happiness and satisfaction. Life is too full of the gloomy to have it in the books I read for fun. I have been known to let out a major groan of agony if a book leaves me on a major cliffhanger where I have to wait for another year to find out what happens. So not nice of the author to do that! haha! I want everything tidily wrapped up by the end. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I’m with you. I don’t like to be kept hanging. I like endings that leave the characters is a good place. That’s why I’m such a fan of romances, where happy ever afters are guaranteed.

  • Amanda Shivrattan says:

    I am overwhelmed with emotion when I finish reading a book. If it’s a good book I tend to think about the characters who I’ve grown to love. If it is a book that I hated, I still think about the characters…for a few hours or so and move on to my next book. I’m known to hug a good book to my chest too when I finished reading it!

    I love a good ending that is not rushed. One story which ending is epic is A Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas! I adored this book and highly recommend!!

  • If it is a good book I am usually sad that I will not be spending time with the characters anymore. The best endings stick with me for a long time. I have been known to sob uncontrollably, on the bus, after I have finished a book. I try to read the endings at home now.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Darlene, reading in public can earn me interesting looks from those nearby. I laugh. I cry. I sigh. And sometimes I mutter things at characters who are slow on the uptake.

  • I always experience a little bit of sadness when I finish a book since I am usually attached to the characters after reading their story. But I love to read a happy ending! ❤️ I particularly love the ending of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen 💜

  • Marilyn R says:

    I appreciate happy endings and the characters responding to God’s love by the end of the book (if they’ve been distance or angry with God initially in the story). I smile and hug a book at the end when I’ve been so involved with the story and the lives of the characters. I find myself wondering about characters I’ve fallen in love with as they become friends and some even family members. I have to remind myself it’s a fictional character and no way to contact them. LOL

    I’m blessed to win a copy of Her Motherhood Wish by you, Keli. I’ve fallen in love with your stories. Their Mistletoe Matchmakers is going on my list of books for the future that I keep until they are available. God bless.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, I love that you form such deep connections with the characters in the stories you read. I do, too, at times. It’s fun when that happens.

      One of the things I liked about Her Motherhood Wish is that readers get to revisit Spencer and Tess from my first Love Inspired Historical, Family of Her Dreams, since the story is set at their place. There are also brief updates on how James and Becky from A Home of Her Own and Flynt and Jessie from Make-Believe Beau are doing.

      It’s nice to hear that you’re looking forward to Their Mistletoe Matchmakers. This story is set in a different Gold Rush-era town. It has a whole new cast of characters, which was different for me. I’d grown to love those from my first four LIHs and missed them.

      • Marilyn R says:

        Keli, it’s nice to know there are updates on the characters from your LIH books. I’m sure it’s hard as an author to part with beloved characters, just like readers parting with loved characters in series.

        God bless.

  • Trixi says:

    I feel sad to see a really good book ends….like I’m leaving behind good friends! That’s why I love series books because we can re-visit with them 🙂

    What makes an ending satisfying for me is always, ALWAYS the “Happily-Ever-After”! I love seeing the hero & heroine find true love & know they’ll have a happy life together 🙂

    I enjoy the ending when the hero proposes in an unusual & surprising way, especially when it involves something that has special meaning to the heroine. I can’t name a specific book right now, but it really makes me have that happy sigh at the end. For a hero to go out and WANT to make a proposal even MORE special, yep, makes me fall in love with him too 🙂

    Thanks for introducing me to a new-to-me author Keli! The book sounds good…but then again, it’s an LIH, what’s not to love 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I’m with you on Happy Ever After Endings. That’s why I love reading romances. And heroes who put a lot of thought into their proposals are The Best!

  • Brenda W says:

    I like happy endings because they create hope!

  • jcp says:

    I feel like I’m saying good-bye to people I personally know

  • elizabeth says:

    When I finish a book in a series – I rush to read more and more. If it is a stand alone I usually have to wait a few days till I am ready to embark on a new book. I love thinking about the characters and I usually go back and re-read my favorite parts!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Elizabeth, I like that you take time to savor your experience with the characters after you finish their story is great. I’ll go back and reread favorite passages, too, especially if I raced through them the first time.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Thanks to all who entered left comments and entered the giveaway. I’ve held the drawing. Congratulations to the winner, Darlene F! She’ll receive a copy of Frontier Agreement.

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