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LIH Spotlight: Mail-Order Christmas Baby

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Mail-Order Christmas Baby, a November release from
Love Inspired Historical author Sherri Shackelford.

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

The Rancher’s Special Delivery 

The “package” is addressed to him, but rancher Sterling Blackwell certainly didn’t order a baby! More scandalous still, he and the town’s pretty teacher are named as parents. With gossip running wild, only a marriage of convenience can protect little Gracie and their reputations until her real family is found.

Heather O’Connor is content to be the spinster schoolmarm of Valentine, Montana…until Gracie’s arrival stirs her heart. She can’t keep the adorable child without Sterling’s help, though she promises not to interfere with his life. But staying aloof from her handsome husband isn’t easy with a tiny matchmaker in tow. A mistake brought them together, but love might just make them a family by Christmas…

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.


 Heartbreak, Healing and Hope

The past few weeks have brought one heartbreaking situation after another: devastating hurricanes, a massive earthquake in Mexico and the tragic shooting in Las Vegas. After my devotions this morning, I popped on Facebook and read about the fires raging in Santa Rosa, California that have forced three of my literary agency’s staff members to evacuate.

Heartbreaking news such as this is hard to hear. I’ve prayed about the situations repeatedly, many times through a sheen of tears. But I’m not without hope. We who have accepted the Lord as our Savior have the assurance that He’s there with and for us in good times and bad.

I shared a prayer request with a dear friend of mine this past week. She referred me to a Bible verse she finds helpful in uncertain times. I was comforted not only by the Scripture passage, but also by my friend’s kindness in directing me to the uplifting words.


Question for You

What inspirational saying or Bible verse would
you offer someone whose heart is heavy?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Mail-Order Christmas Baby
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to the
question above. You must answer at least one 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, October 14 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, October 16.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my October 2 post!
Misty C. will receive A Lawman for Christmas,
a November LIH by Karen Kirst.







Keli Gwyn


  • Mary Preston says:

    This is the day the Lord has made;
    We will rejoice and be glad in it.

    Psalm 118:24

  • Deana Dick says:

    Roman’s 8:31 If God is for you, who can be against you? It reminds me daily that God has our back no matter what the circumstances are. If God is for us, then we hsve everythibg we need. He will dry our tears and bring us comfort. He will never us nor forsake us.

  • Lisa Rumsey says:

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who so ever believe it’s in him should not perish but have everlasting life

  • Lisa Rumsey says:

    John 14:1&2 let your heart not be troubled: ye believe in God believe also in me
    In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so,I would have told you I go to prepare a place for you

  • Karen Sheeley says:

    Matthew 11:28. Come unto me, all ye that Labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

  • Marilyn R says:

    Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” KJV

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    John 11:35 Jesus wept. Rev 21:4a God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. God is compassionate. He weeps when you weep and comforts you as no one else can. God love YOU.

  • But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do. Psalm 73:28

    A much needed verse a couple of years ago when a circumstance threatened to overwhelm me. I love how the Lord sends reminders to us through His Word! In the translation I first read this in it said “I have made the Lord my refuge” I love that picture! He is definitely my refuge in times of trouble 🙂

  • Beverly says:

    John 14-27
    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

  • Emma S. says:

    John 14:1&2 let your heart not be troubled: ye believe in God believe also in me
    In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so,I would have told you I go to prepare a place for you

  • Megan says:

    Psalm 139 (verses 5, 12, 17 specifically)
    You hem me in behind and before, and You lay Your hand upon me.
    Even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.
    How precious are Your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

  • Beth C says:

    John 14:27Tree of Life Version (TLV)

    27 “Shalom I leave you, My shalom I give to you; but not as the world gives! Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid

  • Angela Couch says:

    “Roads are for journeys, not destinations.” Life gets hard, but the Lord wants us to learn as we go.

  • Becky Smith says:

    Isaiah 43:1-2 “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!
    When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
    When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.”

  • I would say what I tell my Children.
    Offer your problems to Our Lord.

  • MH says:

    Come to me all those who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    KJ21 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

  • Trixi says:

    Psalms 147:3 “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up his wounds.” It’s a promise we can stand on! 🙂

    I will be getting this book being on Sherri’s review team so no need to include my name. I will share this giveaway on Facebook and twitter though.

  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

  • “The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.””
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:14-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Thanks for the wonderful verses and sayings you shared. They lifted my spirits and encouraged me, as I know they would do for those with whom you choose to share them.

    The winner of this week’s giveaway is Kathleen D. Congratulations, Kathleen! I’ll be in touch.