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LIH Spotlight: Mistletoe Mommy

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Mistletoe Mommy, an October release from
Love Inspired Historical author Danica Favorite.

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


Widower Luke Jeffries needs a mother for his three young children, whether or not they agree. When he meets Nellie McClain at the mail-order-bride agency, Luke thinks his problems are solved, but they’ve only just begun. Though the beautiful widow awakens his grieving heart, Luke won’t betray his cherished wife’s memory.

A marriage of convenience is exactly what Nellie wants, since she’s been wounded by love before and doesn’t plan to risk her heart again. But despite her chilly reception at Luke’s family’s simple Colorado cabin, her feelings for Luke and the children grow deeper every day. Can Nellie and Luke heal the pain in each other and finally make their family whole again?

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.


Broadway Bound…Sort of

I visited New York City once when I attended a writing conference that took place there. The conference hotel was situated right on Times Square with all its frenzied activity and neon glitz.

Many of my fellow conference attendees were eager to see a Broadway show. Not me. This small-town gal summoned her courage, had the hotel hail her a cab, hopped on a ferry and enjoyed a breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty while en route to Ellis Island. My solo outing was a high point of that trip.

I’ve wondered a number of times since if I should have taken in Broadway show back then. Since I have no plans to return to NYC, that opportunity isn’t like to come my way again.

Or so I thought…

Our daughter, Adriana, has been working hard this past year and a half, intent upon earning her teaching credential. This coming December, she will jump through the final hoops and become a full-fledged teacher.

I wanted to do something special to celebrate our gal’s achievement. She and her dad enjoyed a trip to Europe when she was in high school and had a wonderful time, so I asked Carl what he thought of us ladies taking a trip of our own this time. He was all for it.

Since Adriana loves Broadway musicals, I got the idea of seeing which of them will be playing in San Francisco over her Christmas break. That would be Aladdin, a show she would love to see.

When I told Adri that she and I will be traveling to the Bay Area by train, staying in a historic hotel in the heart of the city and seeing Aladdin at the famous Orpheum Theater, her expression went from disbelief to delight in a matter of seconds.

The next few months will be filled with anticipation and a flurry of Facebook IMs as we plan our itinerary. I don’t know which of us is more excited. San Francisco, here we come!


Questions for You

Which Broadway shows are your favorites?

Have you ever attended a Broadway show in person?

If you haven’t, which show would you most want to see?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Mistletoe Mommy
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions 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, September 23 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, September 25.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 11 post!
Sandy S. will receive Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion,
an October LIH by Louise M. Gouge.













Keli Gwyn


  • jane naccarato says:

    I saw Jesus Christ Superstar at the Redding Civic Center with Ted Neely playing the leading role, I had only seen the movie with him in the lead role. The King and I would an all time favorite to see on the stage, back in the 70’s I tried talking my mother into going to SF to see it with Yul Brenner.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, what fun to see the show right there in your area. My daughter would love to see The King and I. She’s a real fan of the classics. I hope you get to see it one day.

  • Katrin S says:

    I saw Lion King, Wicked and Marry Poppins years ago. Not on Broadway, but in London. A girls trip with my best friend too.
    Wonderful shows all three of them!

  • Mary Preston says:

    I would love to see Les Miserables up on stage. Maybe one day I will attend a Broadway show.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Mary, seeing the Broadway version of Les Mis would be incredible. My daughter had a role in that play when she was in high school, and that production was moving. I’m sure I’d be a blubbery, smiling mess after a Broadway production of it.

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    I would say my favorite Broadway musicals are the classic ones like Sound of Music .Never saw one on Broadway,but did see a few local productions. Would love to see a musical on Broadway itself. Hope you have a wonderful time!

  • Cathy Thoma says:

    I’ve never seen a Broadway show. I don’t pay attention to what’s on. I don’t know if I’d want to see one.

  • Julie G. says:

    I’ve never seen a broadway show or a local production. I am not a big fan of live theater. If I had to choose one to see I guess it would be Wicked. Or maybe Fiddler On The Roof. I probably would much prefer your trip to the Statue of Liberty!

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I’ve never seen a real Broadway play but I was able to see a touring company perform Hairspray. I loved it because I love musicals. I’m not up to date on the current productions but I’ve always loved the music of Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. Hope you have a wonderful trip and thanks for this giveaway.

  • Marilyn R says:

    I haven’t seen any Broadway shows on Broadway, but have had the opportunity to see shows at a theatre. I’m not sure what is popular today, but a couple of my favorites are The Sound of Music and Oklahoma.

    I would take the trip to Ellis Island instead of going to a Broadway show if I had the opportunity to be in NYC.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, I enjoy live theater and was tempted by the Broadway shows, but when I had the opportunity to visit such a historic landmark, I couldn’t pass it up.

  • Brenda W says:

    I like The Sound of Music. I have not attended a Broadway show in person. Probably I would like only some of the older classics.

  • Robbin Spicci says:

    While I have never been to New York, I took my mother to see a production of Cats in Bakersfield a long time ago. It had some of the original cast in it. It was fantastic. I did see Phantom of the Opera in LA and it was incredible too.

  • I love the Sound of music. Could watch it over and over. Loved Oklahoma! The wildest thing happend this week I was asked by a person to accept her as a friend. Looked at her page she looked good so I did. She is now a author writing books. But she was a star in Oklahoma. Has been so awesome getting to know her and was asked to do reviews for her. Made my day.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wow, Diana! How cool to have received a friend request from a star in Oklahoma! I’m sure your new friend has many stories to tell of her days on the set.

  • Chris Thomas says:

    When I was in high school the Spanish classes took a trip to NY to see Evita one year and West Side Story the next year. Those and Cats are the only shows I saw on Broadway. Loved the first two and was really disappointed in the third. Have enjoyed a few shows in Denver with Wicked being my favorite.

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    I have never seen a Broadway show. I am with you; a trip to Miss Liberty and Ellis Island would be more interesting. My ancestors came before Ellis Island. Did you find your ancestors records there?

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, I was interested in Ellis Island because of the history. I have no idea when my ancestors immigrated, although I have plans to research my family tree at some point. Your ancestors have obviously been here a while.

  • Trixi says:

    Which Broadway shows are your favorites? Never seen one.

    Have you ever attended a Broadway show in person? Nope

    If you haven’t, which show would you most want to see? No idea!

    So as you can see Keli, I’ve never seen a Broadway show and I’m not sure I’d be all that interested in one. I’m more of the museum/historic sites person when on vacation. 🙂 My husband and I went to SF in October last year and while it was fun (Chinatown & the waterfront), I’m not sure I’d return any time soon. Maybe it was the area we stayed in, it was near some of the rougher places. I’d stick closer to Pier 39 or somewhere on the waterfront next time. Or maybe I’m too much of a small town girl, big cities make me nervous!

    Thank you for the chance to win the latest LIH by Danica, loving that cover! 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, Broadway shows aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. Neither is San Francisco, but I’m glad you got to experience that iconic city. My daughter and I will be visiting a number of museums and historic sites when we’re there, but there will be shopping and tourist stops, too. Pier 39 is on our list. 🙂

  • JoAnn Roth says:

    I have seen Phantom of the Opera, but not on Broadway. I would also love to see Anastasia.

  • Tiffany Hall says:

    I haven’t had the opportunity to see a Broadway show, but I would love to see Wicked and The Sound of Music.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Tiffany, I’d love to see The Sound of Music, but I’m not sure about Wicked. My daughter says it would be great. I’d need to learn more about it first since I’m unfamiliar with it.

  • Andrea Stephens says:

    I’m so glad you get to have a Mother/Daughter trip! My husband and daughter went on a trip to San Francisco before she got married. They had a wonderful time.
    *no need to enter me, I have the book.

    Hubby took me to San Fran the summer several months after our daughter got married. It was a beautiful, long road trip from here in Chicagoland to northern CA then down the coast.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Andrea, what fun that your husband and daughter enjoyed a dad-daughter date in San Francisco before her wedding. I’m not surprised they had a good time. There’s something for everyone in that city. It’s great that you and your guy got to visit it as well. What a special trip that must have been, albeit a long one. You got to see a lot of our beautiful country.

  • Robin in NC says:

    I’ve never even been to NY & I’m so out of touch that I don’t even know what shows are playing on Broadway…I know, very sad. 🙁

  • Melinda says:

    I am not much on live theater but love The Fiddler On The Roof book and movie as well as the soundtrack. I would like to see that performed live.
    I know you and your daughter will make wonderful memories.

  • Jordann says:

    I have never seen a broadway show, but I would love to!! It’s definitely on my bucket list!

  • Maryann says:

    I don’t have a favorite but I do like The Sound Of Music. I have been to Broadway twice in NYC. I actually live in NY but really don’t enjoy the city. The show tickets are pretty expensive.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Maryann, what fun it must have been to experience Broadway twice. What shows did you see when you were there?

      I can understand your reluctance to visit NYC. I’m not fond of large cities either. Being in Times Square when I attended that conference was both thrilling and stressful for me. I forced myself to enjoy the experience for what it was while reminding myself that I’d soon be back in my small town.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    This week’s winner is Andrea S. Congratulations, Andrea! I’ll be in touch.