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LIH Spotlight: Special Delivery Baby

It’s May, and that means four new stories from
Love Inspired Historical are hitting the shelves.

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Special Delivery Baby by Sherri Shackleford,
the second book in the Cowboy Creek Continuity series.

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

Special Delivery Baby

Instant Daddy 

An abandoned baby is the last thing town founder Will Canfield expects on his doorstep. He’s not the father—and the mother’s unknown. But the precious little girl needs a protector. And Will never backs down from a challenge, even if it means caring for a newborn…or dealing with spitfire cattle driver Tomasina Stone.

With her father gone, Tomasina’s trail life has ended. Yet becoming a polished city lady feels far out of her reach. All she wants is a place where she’ll be appreciated, respected…maybe loved. And the more time she spends helping Will care for the baby, the more she wonders if she’s found it. She’s never wanted to settle down…but Cowboy Creek—by Will’s side—might finally give her heart a lasting home.

Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown

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.


Sherri Shackelford's Bookshelf

Fun Question for Sherri…

I laughed when I read your bio, in which you talk about being a busy mother of three who collects mismatched socks. While I have no doubt that’s true, what other collections do you have?

Sherri says: “I’m a remarkably blank slate! Before I took up writing, I was an obsessive reader. I could finish a book in a day. As you can imagine, I didn’t have a lot of opportunity for other hobbies. With three kids running underfoot, free time is scarce. I’m not much for dusting either, and collections seem to require a lot of dusting. My personal library of books is probably the closest I’ve come to a collection. I have over 500 books in alphabetical order on custom-built shelves in my office.” (One of them is pictured.)

Your Turn…

What collections do you have?
Do you, like Sherri, have an impressive collection of books?
Or mismatched socks? 🙂


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Special Delivery Baby.

LIH Giveaway_ Special Delivery Baby

Giveaway ends Sunday, May 14 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

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

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

Congratulations to the winner from my May 2 post!
Carrie S. won a copy of The Cowboy’s City Girl
by Linda Ford.

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Keli Gwyn


  • I collect movies and books. One whole room has shelves that cover every wall. Six shelves for books and three for movies, with more spilling out to other parts of the house. Ack! I have a lot of dust collectors as well. My mom decided to un-clutter her house and she gave me all of her antique tea cups that she collected over the years. Now I have to dust them!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, collections can grow to epic proportions, can’t they? I’m enrolled in a course in minimalism right now and am letting go of many things. It’s not easy at times, but it does feel freeing.

      The hardest things for me to deal with are sentimental items. It sounds like the teacup collection your mother passed on to you is special, but perhaps you could share some of the teacups with others. Just a thought.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I do have a lot of books but I also collect pitchers and snowmen.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, I know a lot of people who collect books but few, if any, who collect pitchers and snowmen. What led you to collect those items, and why are they special to you?

  • Melody says:

    Books are most definitely a collection! I buy a lot on the kindle to save space, but nothing makes me happier than an actual printed book in hand!
    I also have a huge collection of rubber/acrylic stamps, along with all sorts of scrapbooking supplies to go with it. The closet under the stairs is literally bursting. I don’t think I need to shop for supplies for the rest of my life! Haha
    Also have a collection of porcelain dolls. Love em, but due to lack of space had to halt my collection! For now. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melody, I, too, have a collection of rubber stamping and scrapbooking supplies. I’ve pared it down, but there’s still plenty. Now to carve out time to create the cards and albums. I spend so much time writing and reading that time for crafting is in short supply. If only I didn’t need to sleep. 🙂

      • Melody says:

        Haha I hear ya! Silly sleep. I never have time for it anymore and it makes me sad. I miss scrapbooking!

  • jane naccarato says:

    Buffalo and mice. Buffalo because it is my favorite animal. My family gave me stuffed animals of mice because my nickname is mouse. My biggest collection is books.

  • Annie JC says:

    This looks really good! I really like stories with kids/babies! As a bibliophile/booknerd, I’m happy to say I collect books that I love. I also have a nice collection of Pride & Prejudice hardback editions. To me, my collection makes sense to who I am and what I love to do. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      I’m not surprised that you have a collection of books, Annie. It’s easy to see that you love them. Are all the hardback P&Ps different versions?

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    Books, angels, crosses, babies(dolls), and of course, mismatched socks! My youngest daughter likes to wear them that way!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, I love that you have a collection of crosses. Do you have a favorite? Your collection of mismatched socks made me laugh. I have a hunch many of have a few of those around. 🙂

  • Susan P says:

    My favorite animal is a buffalo, so I collect them. (I read Jane’s comment above – yay for buffalo lovers!) I also love crazy socks, so I have a drawer full of them. Hmm, what else…..books, books, more books, fun coffee mugs, and I’m sure if I sat here longer I could think of more things!

  • Trixi says:

    I’m not entering the contest as I have this book already, along with “Want Ad Wedding” the first one in the Cowboy Creek series. Harlequin had a fantastic deal in April that I couldn’t pass up, so I bought seven (2 LIS & 5 LIH)!!

    As far as collections, I also have a HUGE book collection…my biggest being the 200+ Love Inspired on my shelf! From all genres & have read probably just as many over the years 🙂 Then I have multitudes of full length Christian fiction novels by various authors & quite a few novella collections. In fact, I had to shuffle some things around in my living room just to make room for a second bookshelf…lol! I haven’t counted how many books I have but the number may be right up there with Sherri’s…lol! I’m not as obsessive as to want to alphabetize them all though :-\ My LI books are all in order of Month & Year though, lol!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, since I know how much you love books, I’m not surprised you have quite a collection of them. I also know what a BIG fan of the Love Inspired lines you are, so the fact that you have an impressive selection of those books in your collection makes sense. Thanks for being such an enthusiastic supporter of LI.