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LIH Spotlight: Montana Cowboy Family & His Substitute Wife

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Montana Cowboy Family by Linda Ford and
His Substitute Wife by Dorothy Clark,
two January 2017 releases from Love Inspired Historical.

Learn more about the stories below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy of each,
which will go to two different winners.


Temporary Family 

After discovering one of her young students has been abandoned along with his sisters, schoolteacher Sadie Young whisks them away to the safest place she knows—her own home. And when handsome cowboy Logan Marshal vows to assist her in caring for the children, she isn’t sure she wants his help…but she needs it. If she lets Logan get too close, though, he may discover the secret she’s convinced will be her ruin.

Logan Marshall isn’t looking for a family. But with the parentless children and their unflappable teacher tugging at his heart, it appears he has one—at least temporarily. The kids would like nothing better than to have a real mother and father, and with Logan slowly falling for Sadie, their deepest wishes just might come true…


A Convenient Marriage 

Blake Latherop needs a wife in order to keep his business, and his betrothed has apparently eloped with another man. So when his fiancée’s sister, Audrey Prescott, steps off the train in Whisper Creek offering to be his bride, he’s in no position to refuse. But it’s hardly the marriage he had in mind.

Audrey knows she shouldn’t have answered Blake’s letters in her sister’s name…but she couldn’t bring herself to tell him of his fiancée’s betrayal. Now the only way to fix things is through a temporary marriage. But as she comes to love her new life in the West, Audrey dreads the day Blake finds another solution to their situation. Because what started as a marriage of convenience has become so much more for her…

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.


Changes to my blog format…

To make things quicker and easier for all of us, I’ve switched things up a bit.

  1. Instead of asking the author(s) a question, I ask you one as a way to get to know you better.
  2. No more Rafflecopter entry forms. All you have to do is comment to enter the weekly giveaway.
  3. The last two weeks of the month, I’ll give away two January books. Starting in January, I’ll be giving away the following month’s books, one per week. This way you can win the books before they hit the stores’ shelves. 🙂


Exploring the New Bookstore in Town…

A brand new Barnes & Noble store opened in a nearby town. My husband invited me on a date to check out the store during the grand opening that took place last week. He totally gets me. 🙂


Carl and I spent two hours there. I noted some features I hadn’t seen in a bookstore before. There’s a coffee & wine bar, along with a sit-down restaurant.


The CD section I expected to find is no more. It’s been replaced by vinyl.


I saw not one, not two, but three display tables with books that had been signed by the authors. I checked to make sure the signatures hadn’t been added before the books went to print, but they hadn’t. Each one was slightly different. How cool is that?


Questions for You…

Would having a restaurant inside a bookstore make you more likely to visit the store?

Where is most of your music stored? On your phone, computer or tablet? Or do you have a collection of CDs, cassettes and/or vinyl aka record albums?

Would finding a display of books signed by the author make you more or less likely to purchase them?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of either a Montana Cowboy
or His Substitute Wife by leaving a comment
on this post with the answer to the question above.
You must answer one of the questions 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, December 24 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winners to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, December 26.

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

Congratulations to the winners from my December 12 post.
Lynne F will receive a copy of A Family Arrangement
by Gabrielle Meyer, and Kay B will receive a copy of
Wed on the Wagon Train by Tracy Blalock.








Keli Gwyn


  • I don’t have an opinion about a bookstore having a restaurant or not. I’m good either way. Most of my music is on the radio. ha! My youngest daughter does have a collection of CD’s that she left when she moved out so when we go on vacation I’ll grab a couple of those to listen to in the car. I prefer to have an author signature be a bit more personalized so a display of books signed by different authors really doesn’t lure me to the books. If the author was there signing the books I might be more apt to buy one 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, the CD player in my Sport Trac conked out a few years ago, so I listen to the radio when I’m driving these days. Otherwise, I have CDs, some of which I’ve loaded onto my computer so I can play them when I’m in my office writing.

      I like to include a personal note when I sign books for friends, but there are times when I just sign my name, especially when the reader is going to pass the book on to someone else.

      • Gasp! Pass the book on to someone else?! For the most part if an author signs a book for me I keep it 🙂 But yes, there are books that have been generically signed that I have passed on. But they aren’t as special as the ones that are personalized 😉 so it is easier to pass those to someone else.

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Julie, I love that it means so much to you when an author signs a book especially for you. I’ve had fun adding notes to books I’ve sent you. 🙂

  • Marilyn R says:

    Having a restaurant in a bookstore doesn’t matter to me as I have to travel an least an hour to one, unless it’s an used one in my town. I have a collection of CD’s that I play at times. I’ve been playing the Christmas ones at home and work. I like books personalized if they are signed by an author. Yes, I would attend a book signing to meet the author and have her sign the book of my choice that day. Love Inspired books are wonderful.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, having a restaurant inside a bookstore isn’t really a draw for me either. I can eat at lots of places. I go to a bookstore for the books and the book-related gift items.

      I love it when readers come to my signings and I get to meet them in person. I’ve had many wonderful chats at book signings. That’s one of the best parts of being a writer.

  • jane naccarato says:

    A restaurant is not a big draw for me I am there to look at the books but sitting down and having tea or coffee when I am done is nice. Most of my music is records, cassettes and cds. Turntable needs a new belt and speakers, player in car is broken so radio when I listen to music. Signed books from a book signing not just a display of them.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, I’m with you. I got to a bookstore for the books–to touch them, smell them and crack open the covers of those that look interesting and take a peek.

      My husband passed on his turntable and albums to our daughter, who was delighted to get them. I gave our cassettes to the Hospice thrift store. We have quite a few CDs, but I store them in thin CD sleeves to save room. Our entire collection now fits in two small boxes.

  • Terressa T. says:

    I go to bookstores for the books, so having a restaurant in a bookstore would be more of distraction to me. My music is all over the place. Mostly on CDs. I love having my books signed by the author! If I found a display table with books signed by my favorite authors it would be very hard for me to not buy each different book!!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Terressa, first off, I love the spelling of your name. So pretty.

      Based on the comments so far, you’re not alone in your thoughts regarding the restaurant. Bookstores are for books. I suppose having a coffee bar or restaurant could be a good thing if one has a friend or spouse along who doesn’t care for books and needs a place to hang out. Of course, there are many lovely reading nooks tucked in this new B&N store where a person could wait for a browsing reader.

      I like that an author’s signature means so much to you. I prefer to add a special note when I sign a book, but there are times when I only sign my name, mostly when the book is being given as a gift and I don’t know the recipient.

  • elizabeth says:

    I like finding books that were signed by the author, I think it adds to the value so yes a book that is signed is more interesting than one off the shelf.

  • Brenda W says:

    I would not be interested in a restaurant or bar in a bookstore. Just have the books organized with easy to see labels on each aisle. And sales, please.
    I have quite a few cds, cassettes and a few old records. My mp3’s are stored on my pc, external hard drive, flash drives, mp3 players, phone, and written on a few cds. My tablet doesn’t have good sound when playing music.
    I wouldn’t pay more in a store for a book signed by an author because it might not be a real signature.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, I’m all for sales in bookstores. Then again, I’m all for sales on most things. 🙂

      It sounds like you have quite a collection of music in different formats. I’m with you on the sound quality on a tablet. I don’t even like to play music on my laptop. I play music when I’m writing on my older desktop. The sound on that trusty Mac is quite good.

  • Dianna says:

    Having a restaurant inside a bookstore would not make me more likely to visit the store. I don’t mind getting a coffee while I’m there, but I don’t really want to eat in the bookstore.

    I don’t have a lot of music anymore. Mostly I listen to the radio.

    Finding a display of books signed by the author would be fun to look at, but I don’t tend to be more likely to buy a signed book.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianna, I’ll be curious to see how many people actually eat at the restaurant in the new Barnes & Noble store near me. Perhaps reader friends would find it convenient to meet there. I might check it out one day just to say I did, but the books are the draw for me.

  • Jordann Langness says:

    Having a restaurant inside a bookstore wouldn’t be the reason I would go-I would go because it is just a plain bookstore, but it would make it easier to stay all day-because a girl has to eat!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jordann, I hadn’t thought about the possibility that they included a restaurant in the new Barnes & Noble as a way to sustain readers who don’t want to leave the store just to grab a meal. 🙂

  • Debra Duncan says:

    This is so much fun!!
    1) I dont care for a restuarant to be in bookstore but love having a coffee bar and cozy seating so you can sit and enjoy while reading.
    2) i have music on my phone and computer. Nut i also have a collection of cassettes, cds and even vinyl records. Gave my 8track collection to my ex father in law about 25 yrs ago.
    3) Love signed books but prefer to get them signed in person so its more personal.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wow, Debra! You still had an 8-track collection? I’m impressed. I had a few of those clunky tapes. I remember shoving the BeeGees in the 8-track player and singing along with them as I drove.

  • Laura AKA Loves 2 Read Romance says:

    Having a restaurant in the bookstore isn’t a draw for me either I figure it would be a distraction. I don’t mind a coffee/tea shop in the store. As to signed books by the author I think I would rather meet the author and get to talk to them instead of just picking up a signed book.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Laura, I’m with you. Previously signed books aren’t as fun as those signed just for by the author. It’s such fun talking to the person who wrote the story. As an author, I love talking with those who’ve read or plan to read my books.

  • Trixi says:

    Never heard of a restaurant in a bookstore, might be a bit weird for me! Probably one of the strangest places to have one.

    I have CD’s for music and we’re very blessed to have a Klove Christian station that I have playing softly in the background all day. Or, if I am cleaning or cooking in the kitchen, I’ll pull out my little bluetooth speaker to stream Pandora through my phone. I also can’t believe vinyl records are coming back to some degree!

    I think having a section with autographed books (if they were Christian) would make me more apt to buy them. I love seeing the authors signature on the front page 🙂

    Thanks for this weeks giveaway Keli! Both books sound so good & you can’t beat the LIH covers…Love Inspired does such a wonderful job on them!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I wonder if this new fad of including restaurants in bookstores will lead to restaurants in hardware stores. Guys might like that.

      We have a great Christian radio station in our area too. What a blessing that is since the CD player in my Sport Trac packed it in a couple of years ago.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    I popped over to to find out which of my wonderful blog visitors left the comments with the numbers that came up. The first would be Marilyn R, who won a copy of Montana Cowboy Family by Linda Ford. The second would be Jane N, who won a copy of His Substitute Wife by Dorothy Clark.