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LIH Spotlight: Taking on Twins

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Taking on Twins, a June release from debut
Love Inspired Historical author Mollie Campbell.

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

Doctor Daddy 

Jake Hadley expects challenges when he returns to his frontier hometown to establish a medical practice—but caring for orphaned toddler twins wasn’t part of the equation. The new doctor would be out of his depth without Coralee Evans’s help. Once his sweetheart, now his best friend’s widow, Coralee has a tender way with the children that makes him long for a second chance. Until Jake is faced with a choice: Coralee or his career…

When Jake left Spring Hill for medical school, Coralee believed he’d abandoned her. And though a reunion might be possible, he’s working for the man trying to ruin her apothecary business. Could caring for these sweet children bridge the gulf between them and provide a prescription for rekindled love?

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.


Character Names

Mollie used the name Coralee for the heroine of Taking on Twins, which makes me smile. That’s the same name I gave to the heroine of my novella, “A Love Returned,” in The Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection.

Coming up with character names can be both fun and challenging. We want our characters to be unique, but there are only so many names to choose from. It’s inevitable that readers will encounter characters from different books that bear the same names.


Questions for You

Does the name of a hero or heroine affect your decision to read a story?

Do you remember character names from the stories you’ve read?

If you were given the opportunity to name a LIH hero
and heroine, what names would you give them?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Taking on Twins
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of the
questions above. You must answer at least one question 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, May 27 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, May 29.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my May 15 post!
Katrina will receive a copy of Mail Order Sweetheart,
a June LIH by Christine Johnson.



Keli Gwyn


  • Names of the hero or heroine do not affect my decision to read a story. I am guilty of judging a book by it’s cover as well as seeing who the author is and the title. Sometimes I will read the blurb but not always, if it is an author I know and like I will not read it but if it is a new author I usually do.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wendy, great covers can be a draw, can’t they? When those covers have the names of authors whose stories we love on them, they really grab our attention. 🙂

  • jcp says:

    I try not to pick up books with my brother’s names

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Reading stories with characters who share names of people close to me can be interesting, can’t it? I once read a story with a heroine named Kelly. That was kinda weird.

  • Jane says:

    The author and story line draw me in not the names. If I had to pick a name it would probably be common names like Sam, Nick, David, Mary, Becky, Nancy. I would use old fashioned names if I could find some that were different.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, story lines and authors are big draws for me, too. I can see why you like classic names since you have one. There are a lot of famous Janes. Jane Austen comes to mind. 🙂

  • Names don’t usually effect my decision to read a book but some names are definitely better than others!
    I remember reading a book once with the name “Prissy” in it, which I found very unusual but the character was great!
    I love the character names “Adelaide” and “Marshall”

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Kalan, one of my early stories (that didn’t end up being published) featured a heroine named Adelaide. She went by Addie, which I really like. And Marshall sounds very heroic. Nice picks. 🙂

  • The names of the characters usually have no effect on whether I choose to read a book or not. I base my decision more on what the plot line is, however, I will usually always pick up a book by a favorite author no matter what the plot is.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Colleen, favorite authors and plot lines are a big draw for me and many others, too. What’s a favorite plot line for you?

  • Becky Smith says:

    This cover is adorable! I pick a novel more by the story line and by the author. Names don’t make much difference except to notice that sometimes names are so “fitting” while you read the story. I guess some titles don’t tempt me, but I’ve never seen an LIH book that I haven’t liked. I loved the names of Chip, Callie, Tess, and Spencer. Recently I read a book with Gwyn in it, and my mind automatically said, “Gwynly”! Haha!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, the LI team works hard on our titles and covers since they know that those will help entice readers to pick up a book and check it out.

      I’m glad you liked the names Chip, Callie, Tess and Spencer. Those are some of my favorites, too. 😉

      How fun that you saw the name Gwyn and thought of the nickname I’ve given my great guy.

  • Names of characters doesn’t really determine whether I read a book or not. Sometimes characters will stay with me, but I forget their names! So I’m guessing names aren’t that important to me in my reading 🙂 I do know that I want to read a name I can pronounce and also a name that isn’t spelled so different that it isn’t recognizable.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, like you, I remember what characters are like more than their names. Also like you, I don’t care for names that are so unusual in spelling or pronunciation that they pull me out of the story.

  • Marilyn R says:

    Names of characters doesn’t have an effect on the books I read. Authors I enjoy reading always draw me along with the covers for their books before I even read the synopsis.
    Taking on Twins grabbed me just because of the title since I’m a twin. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations to Molly Campbell on her debut LIH book.

  • Trixi says:

    The names of characters don’t affect whether I’ll read the book or not. I do tend to remember names from other books I’ve read, I thought Coralee was your heroine from 7 Brides for 7 Texans. 🙂 It does throw me off for about a nanosecond when I read a different story with the same characters names because my mind is still in the first story, lol! I have to keep reminding myself I’m in a different book.

    If I were given a chance to name the hero or heroine, I might take a crack at it. Depending on the genre, setting and era, you would definitely want an appropriate name. In historicals, I’d have to research proper names for the time. I would think Amish & Regency would be the same. I love the old fashioned names & my choice would be a variation of my name; Beatrice or Beatrix. For a hero, I’d want a manly strong name…not a wimpy one, lol! Something that evokes strength and masculinity just by reading it. My other choice would be names found in the Bible. 🙂

    How about a question for you Keli? Where do YOU come up with your characters names?

    Such a fun post to read! Thanks for the giveaway chance for a new-to-me writer.

    • Trixi says:

      Well, DUH! I just read that this is her debut book…no wonder I didn’t know her…haha!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, your comment about remembering Coralee’s name from my Seven Brides for Seven Texans novella made me smile. My mom was raised in Texas and she went by two names, so that’s what I’d planned to do. Coralee was originally Cora Lee, but that was too close to Caro, one of the other heroines, so I agreed to change it.

      I like the process you went through to come up with the names you would choose for a LIH couple. I like Beatrice/Beatrix. Either would work well.

      You asked where I come up with character names. Sometimes they just come to me. Other times I study a list of period names online and see which ones resonate. My husband came up with Tess’s name from my first LIH, Family of Her Dreams. I knew she was going to be tall, and Carl came up with the name and taunt I used: Too-Tall Tess. The name fits her perfectly. The only downside was that it ends in an S–two in fact–making the possessive a bit of a problem. I reworked a lot of sentences to avoid using the possessive form.

      • Trixi says:

        Too-Tall Tess, now that’s funny! But I can see where it would cause all sorts of consternation in the writing process. Remember when just recently Grammar Queen (aka Myra Johnson) on Seekerville talked about that very thing? How all those s’es would be havoc if not written correctly. OY…even as a non-author when writing up reviews, I get it all mixed up! Most times I just change how I’m wording it to avoid that problem, lol!

        Thanks for sharing the background for your story and name of your heroine. It’s always fun to learn an authors process on how a book comes about. 🙂 Hugs and blessings!

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Trixi, since our names both end in I, we’re good to go! We can possess things with no trouble at all. I possess some pretty purses. I have a hunch you possess a lot of books. 😀

  • Dianna says:

    Occasionally I remember names from books I really like. Normally I don’t, though.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianna, I don’t remember many characters’ names, but some stick. There are Mr. Darcy, Laura and Almonzo, Beezus and Ramona, to name just a few. 😀

  • Brenda W says:

    I know the drawing is over but I want to say this.

    It bugs me if the names in the story don’t seem to fit with the time period of the book.

    Otherwise, the story, the time-period, the author and publishing company are what I think about more than a name. Some names I will like and some seem unusual. So I just read on to see what’s happening in the story.

    I read lots of books and don’t remember the names that much. I usually have to go pick up the book to answer questions at book parties.

    As for names in a book, I would pick ordinary names like Janie, Susie, Sophie, Matthew, David, Jonathan or more historic type names for earlier times–Newton, Francis, Earlie, Nannie, Liza, Nona.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, I’m with you on wanting period-appropriate names. The history buff in me can be pulled out of the story otherwise.

      I like the names you would choose for characters. I had a minor character named Sophie in my second LIH, A Home of Her Own. Her full name was Sophronia Wannamaker. That’s a mouthful, but it fit the character, who was the somewhat snooty daughter of a wealthy man.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    This week’s winner is Colleen F. Congratulations, Colleen! I’ll be in touch.