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LIH Spotlight & Giveaway: A Temporary Family

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Temporary Family by Sherri Shackelford,
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.

Make-Believe Marriage

When Tilly Hargreaves and her three nieces are stranded at his small stagecoach station in an abandoned town and threatened by outlaws, Nolan West must protect them. And the only way he can do that is by pretending he’s married to Tilly. But can the former solider, whose only wish is for solitude, stop himself from growing attached to his temporary family?

Tilly knows the charade is necessary to keep her and the girls safe, but now her heart is in danger. The longer she pretends the stoic station agent is her husband, the more genuine their union feels. Nolan believes he’s better off alone, but Tilly’s certain that if he’d only open his heart to his make-believe family, he’d want to claim them as his for real.

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.


Two Great Ways to Get Your
Love Inspired Historical Books Early

Harlequin Site

I used to order the books for my weekly giveaways directly from Harlequin. The books are available a month ahead of the release dates, which is fun. Who doesn’t like to get the books they’ve been waiting for early? They are also discounted. I got them for $4.79 each. Since I ordered four, I qualified for free shipping, making my total order just $19.16.

I earned My Rewards points, which enabled me to get free books. These points are available to anyone in the U.S. or Canada who buys Harlequin books online or in store. You just send in copies of your receipts.

Reader Service Program

Although buying the books from the Harlequin site gives me all these benefits, I’ve switched to the Reader Service program because I get even more.

Just for joining the Reader Service program, I received a welcome package that included two free Love Inspired Historical books, a check for $1.00 and a cute little sticky note pad.

My first shipment arrived this past weekend. Talk about fun in a box.

I received the four April Love Inspired Historical titles. Yes, you read that right. April. I will now be getting the LIH books two months before they hit the shelves. How cool is that?

In addition, I received a free Love Inspired book. But that’s not all.

I received the first of six cute little canapé knives. Each of my next five shipments will include another knife for me to add to the set.

What did this cost me? Far less than the cover price. I get each book for 20% off the cover price, plus 50¢ per book shipping and handling, for a total of $20.96 for the four books. Oh, and there was a $1.00 off coupon to use when I make my next payment.

I have set up automatic recurring shipments, so I don’t even have to remember to place an order each month.

In case you can’t tell, I’m one happy customer.


Questions for You

Where do you buy your Love Inspired Historicals?

Have you ever joined a book club?

Did you know about the Reader Service program?
What do you think about it?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of A Temporary Family 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, February 18 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, February 20.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my February 6 post.
Julie will receive a copy of
Pony Express Mail-Order Bride by Rhonda Gibson.










Keli Gwyn


  • Jordann says:

    I usually get my LI books at either bookstores or I order them online. I have never joined a book club, although I wouldn’t mind doing so. I didn’t know about the Reader Service, I will definitely have to check that out!

  • Brenda W says:

    I usually buy my Love Inspired Histoicals at Walmart. I have beloged to a book club in the past but not lately. I don’t think I knew about the Reader Service program. I know I have a little over 1 book’s worth of points on the My Rewards program.

  • jane naccarato says:

    I usually get my LI books at work (Paperback Trader) but I also buy some from Walmart or others stores that carry books.

  • elizabeth says:

    I buy my books usually on amazon. I like reading on my kindle.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Elizabeth, I’ve been shifting to reading more on my Kindle. I still prefer paper, especially when I’m reading non-fiction, but I like freeing up space on my bookshelves.

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Hi Keli! I usually buy my LIH books from stores like Meijers, Walmart,or order them from CBD. Have never been a part of a book club,but that Reader service sounds amazing! Especially for book lovers like us. Btw,A Temporary Marriage sound great! Looks like another candidate for my TBR list.

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    I usually buy my Love Inspired Historicals at Savers, the thrift department store I work at. If I am waiting for one from a series, I will order it on Amazon. Thanx for the giveaway!!!

  • Donna Moorhead says:

    I had never heard of the Reader Service but it sounds like a very good deal.

  • Cheryl Baranski says:

    I buy my Love Inspired books at Walmart usually.

  • Marilyn R says:

    I was not aware of the Reader Service program. I order LIH from either CBD or Amazon, along with purchasing some at Walmart. I may just have to check out the Reader Service. Thank you for sharing all the benefits.

  • Nancy Brown says:

    I am the administrator of a large book club online, which reads Christian fiction/historical fiction, and I’m always scouting around for new authors.
    The book club is inside of a huge website called
    I also periodically write reviews on my blog.

    I usually buy my books from or from Books A Million, which is fairly close to home.
    I’m not sure I understand completely about the Reader’s Service program. Do you join and then get books shipped to you monthly? Do you choose what you like before they ship?

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Nancy, what fun it must be to oversee your online book club. How many members do you have? How often do you “meet?”

      Yes, once you join the Reader Service program, the books from the line(s) you chose are delivered to you once a month. In the case of Love Inspired Historical, members receive all four LIHs released each month.

      • Nancy says:

        I have over 600 members, but not ALL of them are active all the time. Ha ha! But yes, over 600. We meet once a month, to vote on the next month’s readalong book, and to discuss the book we’re reading.
        Can we cancel at any time, or is there a contract involved with the RSP?

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Wow, Nancy! Six hundred members is a lot. You must do a wonderful job if that many readers want to join in.

          Yes. Anytime you want to cancel the Reader Service program, you just let them know. There is never any obligation to buy the books. If you receive a shipment and decide you don’t want it, you simply return it.

        • Nancy says:

          Well, it’s a strict Christian group, very fundamental and I guess by the way people are joining, that Christians are hungry for that.

  • Trixi says:

    I usually get my LI books via early reader teams from the author….lol!! I’ve won a lot in giveaway contests too. Sometimes I order them from Amazon when they are super cheap. And I leave all my book reviews on Harliquin which earns me 100 points per review. They even have surveys and things on there to earn more points. I’ve gotten a few free books when I have accumulated enough points, which as of right now, I can get TWO LI books! The problem comes when I can’t choose which TWO I want…lol! I’ve seen the Reader Service, but that is just not something I can afford every month. I’d love to do both Historical & Suspense if I ever had the budget. So I just watch for sales or furiously earn enough points to get a free book 🙂

    Thanks for the book giveaway chance Keli. I love seeing all your book goodies…how fun!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, you sound like a devoted reader and a savvy shopper. Finding deals is fun, isn’t it? And there are so many great opportunities to enter book giveaways these days.

      Earning My Rewards points is fun. So is choosing how to spend them, although I hear you on how hard it can be to narrow down the list.

      • Trixi says:

        I LOVE looking for bargains, whether it’s clothes, books, anything really!! My favorite thing to do during Spring/Summer? Perusing yard sales with the hubby 🙂 LOTS of bargains there! Sometimes you can even negotiate prices 🙂 We got our daughter a small dining room table (with detachable leaf) for $10!! It was only missing one screw on the leg which my husband fixed 🙂 She LOVES it, it’s just the right size for her small apartment 🙂

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    It’s time to find out who won a copy of A Temporary Family. That would be Nancy B! Congratulations, Nancy! Look for an email from me.

    • Nancy B says:

      Oh THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH KELI! This is so exciting, and it will be the first Sherry Shackleford book I’ve read. Oh, this is so nice, and thank you again!