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LIH Spotlight: Lone Star Bride

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Lone Star Bride, a July release from
Love Inspired Historical author Jolene Navarro.

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

An Unwanted Marriage

Sofia De Zavala wants to help her father run their family’s Texas ranch—but he has other ideas for her future. Faced with an arranged marriage, Sofia dresses as a boy and joins a cattle drive, determined to prove herself to her father. But her plan backfires when she’s forced to save her reputation by marrying trail boss Jackson McCreed.

Jackson thought he was hiring a scrappy young boy—instead, the wary widower has landed his business partner’s feisty, headstrong daughter as his bride. He believes a marriage of convenience is the best they can hope for. But Sofia dares him to look to the future again…and find a love strong enough to lasso a lifetime of happiness.

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.


Meet the Author

This past week, I was privileged to meet my fellow LIH author Susanne Dietze in person! She and her family chose to visit my historic Gold Rush-era town of Placerville as they kicked off their Tahoe getaway. Talk about a treat!

My husband and I were able to join the wonderful Dietze family for lunch at a local restaurant. While my Carl conversed with Susie’s Karl and their two teens, Susie and I talked writing. And talked and talked…

Our lunch was far too short. Susie and I could have spent many more hours together. She’s every bit the sweetheart I thought her to be.


Questions for You

Have you had the pleasure of meeting any authors in person?

If you could have lunch with any author, who would you choose, and why?

If you won a meal out with a LIH author, which author
would you hope would be your dinner partner, and why?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Lone Star Bride
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, July 1 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, July 3.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my June 19 post!
Jasmine A. will receive a copy of The Renegade’s Redemption,
a July LIH by Stacy Henrie.









Keli Gwyn


  • Jane says:

    Not counting you I have met two authors: A B Guthrie Jr and Ray Garton. Lunch with an author too many to pick from. Some favorites Jim Butcher, Dana Stabenow, Nora Roberts/J D Robb, C J Box. I think I would want to know about anything outside of writing what they like to do when they are not writing.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, one year at a national writers conference, I was seated at the table next to Nora’s. My writing partner has signed books at Nora’s bookstore–with Nora. Pretty cool, eh?

  • Marie Pinkham says:

    I would love to have lunch with Janette Oke. Her books were my introduction to Christian Fiction and I have been hooked ever since!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marie, wouldn’t spending time with Janette be a blessing? I got to meet her when she was at a writing conference I attended. OK, that might be an exaggeration. I was all the way across the room from where she stood at the podium, but I did see her live and in person. 🙂

  • Brenda W says:

    I can’t remember meeting any authors.
    Not a fair question– which author would I choose.
    I enjoy reading books by a lot of authors–Janette Oke, Beverly Lewis, Sharlene MacLaren, Keli Gwyn, Karen Kirst, Danica Favorite, Erica Vetsch, Mary Connealy, Belle Calhoune, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Winnie Griggs, Debra Clopton and others
    For lunch with any author, I might pick Debra Clopton because her books make me laugh
    and they make me think also.
    If I won a meal out with a LIH author–maybe you or Karen Kirst because I enjoy your books.
    I would ask one of my cousins to go to dinner also.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, it would be hard to choose, wouldn’t it? I got to have dinner with Erica Vetsch up in her hotel room one evening during a writers conference. She’s lots of fun, as I’m sure you can imagine.

  • I haven’t made met any Authors as of yet!! But I hope to someday share a lunch with you, Keli or my sweet Amanda Barratt!! ❤️

  • I’ve had the pleasure of meeting YOU Keli! Loved our brunch together. I’ve met a few secular authors at autograph signings, but you are the only one I’ve met in person…unless you count my mom. She’s written a couple books and I’ve met her a few times 😉

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I have such fond memories of brunch with you and your great guy. What a treat that was.

      How cool that your mother has written books. You must be mighty proud of her.

  • Deana Dick says:

    I had the honor of meeting Janice Thompson. She came and loaded me with some of her books. She is a sweetheart and we instantly connected. Best day ever.

  • Robbin Spicci says:

    I haven’t met any that I know of. The ones I would like to meet or would have liked to meet before they passed are Catherine Cookson, Rosamunde Pilcher, Maeve Binchy, Jill Ker Conway, and Corrie Ten Boom – I like biographies a lot as well as ones with a female heroine. I also like historical works. The obvious answer is to meet your Keli. I hope to do so at your next signing.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wow, Robbin! What a list. I love seeing Corrie Ten Boom on it. Those who did get to meet her must have been so happy.

      I hope to see you at my signing in November. I’ll be sure and save a hug for you.

  • Marilyn R says:

    I met multiple authors at the first Christian Fiction Readers Retreat in 2016. It was so special to eat, visit and have books signed by them. I look forward to #CFRR 2017 this year.

    I would enjoy meeting your Keli with your love of history. I’ve enjoyed everyone of your books and will definitely have to have a copy of your final one. I’m going to miss the LIH books when they cease this line.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, I’ve heard great things about the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat. I’m so glad you were able to attend last year and will be there again this year.

      Thanks for your kind words about me and my stories. They mean a great deal to me.

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Never have met an author in person,Keli and have a bit of a list in mind,including you! Must admit though that the first on my list would be Julie Lessman. She was the first CF author I ever read and her books inspired me through a very tough time in my life.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lynne, I hope you are able to meet Julie Lessman in person one day. She’s a dynamo. Wish I had her energy–and even half of her talent. 🙂

  • Becky Smith says:

    My niece Joanna Marsh has written a book that will be on Amazon on Friday. I met Marilyn Quayle at a book signing for her 2 novels: Embrace the Serpent, and The Campaign.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, you must be mighty proud of your niece. I’m sure you’ll be helping her celebrate the release of her first book.

      What fun it must have been to meet Mrs. Quayle. I hope you were able to get a picture with her.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I have met Ann Gabhart and Jan Watson. They are both Kentucky authors who have had some amazing success with their books. When I was an Adult Services librarian I organized a Book Fair for our public library and both of them attended, as well as 22 other regional authors. It was the first one that our library had ever sponsored. I have also been fortunate to have attended library conferences with notable authors as keynote speakers but I didn’t meet them personally!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, I’m glad you’ve been able to meet Ann and Jan. I love that you organized a Book Fair for your community. Supportive readers like you are greatly appreciated by authors.

  • Trixi says:

    No I haven’t met any authors…YET! I can’t possible choose just one I’d love to meet and have lunch with. I’d probably start “local” with you Keli since you’re in California and I’m in Oregon 🙂 It’d be a real treat to meet your family and explore your historical town. I could play tourist with you guys as my guide…wouldn’t that be fun?

    Thanks for the LIH spotlight & giveaway. I think this cover has to be my top favorite…I just love that wedding dress. I’d probably would have picked it out for my own wedding. All that lace is so beautiful 🙂

  • Kisha says:

    I have not had the pleasure of meeting any LIH authors yet although I love every story. They always seem to minister to me in unique ways. Being able to be transported back in time gives me a rush every time. Janet trontad and Rhonda Gibson,kim Vogel sawyer, winnie Griggs, Sherri shakelford are some of my go to authors. I would thank each one for sharing their gifts and just ask “what motivates these blockbuster tales” .😘

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Kisha, the LIH authors do a great job, don’t they? I’m honored to be part of such a talented group.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    This week’s winner is Marie P. Congratulations, Marie! I’ll be in touch.