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LIH Spotlight: Make-Believe Beau

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The Courtship Charade 

As a draftswoman in a man’s world, Jessica Sinclair causes a stir as her new male colleagues vie for her attention. And the company manager has an ultimatum: fake a courtship with her boss, Flynt Kavanaugh…or lose her job. But pretending to be smitten with the handsome engineer unleashes a real, complicated attraction—and could reveal the past she hoped to keep hidden.

Jessica is certainly the best person for the job. But as their make-believe romance escalates, Flynt knows that’s not the only reason he wants her on his team. However, with his past shrouded by a shameful secret, Flynt has always focused his ambitions on building a career, not a family. Now he has designs on Jessica’s heart, but can they trust each other with the truth?

Copyright © 2016 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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A Fun Fact About Me…

Many women dream of a diamond engagement ring. I wanted something different. When my husband asked me to marry him, he took me to pick out a ring. Although purple is my favorite color these days, blue was at the time. I chose a lovely sapphire, which I wore as a lone stone for twenty-five years. At that point, we added a small diamond on either side of it. I found out that I do like the sparkle after all. 🙂

Sometimes I work tidbits from my real life into my stories. The hero of Make-Believe Beau, irrigation engineer Flynt Kavanaugh, received a special piece of jewelry from an unexpected source. The stone is–you guessed it–a sapphire. Flynt’s sapphire is bigger than mine, but that’s all I can tell you about it without giving away too much of the story.

Your Turn…

What gemstone is your favorite, and why?

Is there a story behind your favorite piece of jewelry?

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Five-Book Giveaway!

Enter to win one of five print copies of Make-Believe Beau.

Giveaway ends Sunday, August 7 at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winners to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, August 8.

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

Congratulations to Melody, winner from my July 25 post,
who will receive a copy of Counterfeit Courtship,
Christina Miller’s July 2016 release.

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Keli Gwyn

52 Comments

  • Susan Williford Cobb says:

    I love your books. Fire opal is my favorite. I always remember my Mom wearing once when I was a child. It always reminds me of her and it suits her spit fire personality.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Susan, I like the multi-colored aspect of opals. So much fun in one stone. It’s cool how that gem reminds you of your dear mother. I trust that spitfire personality is serving her well as she deals with her current health issues.

  • My favorite stone is the ruby. It is my birthstone for the month of July, but even if it weren’t I think I would still love it because I think they are one of the prettier stones. I do love diamonds too! The sparkly is pretty hard to resist! Congratulations on your new book release Keli! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Shawna MacKenzie says:

    My favourite is Ruby. My birthstone!

  • A Ruby, my, and my husband’s, birthstone!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wendy, seems there are a number of us who share a birthday month. You’re the third visitor in a row with a July birthday. What are the odds…? 🙂

  • Melody says:

    Sapphire is my favorite gem stone so this book sounds right up my alley! I have always been drawn to the color, even though purple is my favorite color! Haha we are so similar, I love it!!! I don’t have a sapphire ring. Soomeday!!! 🙂

  • Deana Dick says:

    My favorite is sapphire. I love the brilliance of the color and it reminds me of my grandmother. She loved sapphire and always wanted a ring . She never got one but someday I hope to have one . It will make me think of her and how much she loved the Lord.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, I’m glad you had such a special relationship with your grandmother. I hope you get that sapphire so you have an ever-present reminder of a special lady.

  • Very excited about your new book!! I love gems…so hard to choose a favorite. I adore turquoise…but love a blingy blue too. Emeralds are gorgeous. I chose a plain gold band for a wedding ring. Then, years later, we had matching gold bands inlaid with flat diamonds made…I have a hard time with raised stones of any kind!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Kathryn, it sounds like you know how to appreciate many different stones. It is hard to choose just one. They’re all so pretty.

      I like the idea of flat-mounted stones. My sapphire isn’t very big, so it doesn’t stick up too much, but I still manage to snag it on things every now and then.

  • Katie Edgar says:

    Is Tanzanite considered a gemstone? That is my favorite colored stone that I do have. I have always wanted to have a fire opal though, because they are gorgeous! Congrats on the new book! It looks so fun!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Katie, tanzanite is a gemstone. At least Google told me so. 🙂 It’s a very pretty one.

      Fire opals are exotic with all those colors hiding inside. I hope you get one some day.

      Thanks for the kind words about my book. I had fun writing it. Jessie is a heroine with some serious spunk, and Flynt is a dreamy hero. I know I’m biased, but I suppose I’d better like my characters, right? 🙂

  • Merry S. says:

    My favorite piece of jewelry that is not from my husband is a small gold leaf with pearls (not real). My mom would sometimes take a sweet older lady home from church – Mrs. B. When she passed away her son told my mom and my sister and I to pick out a piece from her jewelry box to remember her by.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Merry, I’m glad you had such a special relationship with Mrs. B. It’s nice that your son invited you to pick out a keepsake. It sounds like you chose a pretty one.

  • Tanya says:

    I’ve always wanted a Ruby

  • Dianne says:

    I don’t really have a favorite gemstone, but I’ll choose a diamond. While I’m at it – I’ll go as far as to say The Hope Diamond – that gemstone is spectacular. During the first few years of our marriage my husband went on a business trip to Washington DC. I begged to go and ended up getting to go for free using airline miles that my husband’s boss used to get the flight ticket for me. It was a quick trip and my husband had to work most of it. However, we took a quick adventure to see the Panda Ling Ling. We also went to the national museums, picked a few items to view at each and literally zoomed through all of them. One of the items on our list – The Hope Diamond….. because I had “read” about it in different stories over the years!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianne, what a wonderful whirlwind trip you had. D.C. is one place I want to visit. Like you, I’d love the see the museums. And the Hope Diamond. Talk about BLING! 🙂

  • Sue Stinnett says:

    My birthday is aquamarine but there is an aquamarine cats eye that is gorgeous.

  • Sara Keller says:

    My birthstone is garnet. My dad’s birthstone is Diamond. He passed away before I graduated high school. So I consider Diamond my favorite birthstone because I know that my dad is a diamond in Heaven.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sara, my daughter’s birthstone is garnet, too. My grandmother gave me a garnet ring when I was younger. When our daughter was in high school, I was able to give it to her. It can be fun to pass on family heirlooms.

      I’m so sorry you lost your father when you were so young. That had to be heart wrenching. I love how you think of him as a diamond in heaven.

      • Sara Keller says:

        Thank you for the kind words. With the Lord’s help I was able to make it through. I agree about passing on the heirlooms. You know they always have a story and they will always be treasured.

  • Trixi says:

    Sapphires are my favorite gem, next to my birthstone which is peridot! (Aug 9th) I bought myself a small sapphire ring years and years ago to celebrate my freedom from an abusive first marriage. It has a marquise cut gem with small (probably chips) diamonds surrounding it and a few on the band. I just love it 🙂

    • Trixi says:

      Oh dear how rude of me….I forgot to add, thanks for the generous offer for you newest book Keli!!! Congrats to you 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, what fun that you have a birthday coming up so soon. Do you have any special plans?

      Your sapphire ring sounds lovely. I’m sure it’s even more special because of the significance behind it.

      • Trixi says:

        Hi Keli! Ok, so the tweet works fine now, thanks for fixing it!

        My birthday plans are, I’m going to visit my sister-in-law up in Washington state for my birthday week and eating at Olive Garden…yummy!! I hope they give me a free dessert, lol!

        And yes, my ring does mean a lot to me since it’s very significant. My freedom both from abuse and my freedom in re-kindling my relationship with God 🙂 He’s so good and faithful to me!

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Trixi, I’m glad the tweet option works now. I saw the tweet you left. Thanks for that.

          Your birthday plans sound great. I love eating at Olive Garden. Just thinking about that makes me hungry. (Can you tell I’m leaving this post right before dinner? 🙂 )

  • Michelle says:

    Opal is my birthstone, so I guess that would be my favorite, or maybe just a small, pretty diamond! Also, I loved your last book. Can’t wait for the next one!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Michelle, opal seems to be a popular stone. Several of those who’ve left comments have mentioned it. I love that it has so many colors hidden inside.

      Thanks for your kind words about my stories. It’s so rewarding to hear that readers like them.

  • Dianna says:

    I don’t really have a personal favorite gemstone, but my wedding ring is very special to me. I guess the diamond is what’s important in it, but I like it because my husband picked it out. On my own, I’d probably choose emeralds or sapphires.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianna, there are so many lovely gemstones to choose from, aren’t there? Diamonds do sparkle. I was surprised at how much they set off my sapphire.

  • I can’t choose just one gemstone….I like all the sparkling jewels!

    Congratulations on your newest book! In your setting, a woman in a man’s world will be interesting. Fun your mother was a research contributor! I’ll be looking for the special significance of the sapphire. Fun!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sherida, any kind of bling can make a woman’s heart sing, can’t it?

      Thanks for your kind words about Make-Believe Beau. I had such fun seeing where Flynt and Jessie took this story. They had some very definite ideas. I did have to take charge at times. 🙂

  • Jasmine A. says:

    My favorite gemstone is the Sapphire, specifically Montana sapphires. Figures I’m stuck with amethyst as a birthstone. Anyway, Montana, especially Yogos, are some of the most beautiful and inclusion free sapphires in the world. The Yogos are tiny but feature the most desirable cornflower blue. I have two Montana sapphires, neither are Yogos, and I love them both. One is a 1.11 carat stone in a blue with some green color. The other is in a gold ring and is a pale green that turns white in some lights.

    One of my favorite jewelry pieces is the dark blue sapphire ring my dad bought me for Christmas a number of years ago. He bought it to replace the iolite purity ring my mom gave me when I was 12. The iolite ring was lost while washing dishes.

    I love stones and even make my own bead jewelry.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jasmine, I hadn’t heard of Montana sapphires before. I searched for them on Google. Wow! I can see why you like them. They’re beautiful! It’s nice that you have two of them.

      I’m sorry you lost the special purity ring your mom gave you, but the ring your dad got to replace it sounds like it’s a really nice one, too.

  • Rachel Koppleberger says:

    My favorite is turquoise and malachite. Turquoise is my birthstone.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Rachel, it’s great that your favorite stone is your birthstone. From what I’ve seen, that doesn’t happen too often. My birthstone is a ruby, and I don’t really care for red.

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