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LIH Spotlight: Texas Cinderella

It’s September, and that means four new stories from
Love Inspired Historical will soon be on the shelves.

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Texas Cinderella by Winnie Griggs.

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


In Search of a Groom 

After a life of drudgery on her family’s farm, Cassie Lynn Vickers relishes her freedom working in town as a paid companion for feisty Mrs. Flanagan. When her father suddenly demands she come home, she has no choice. Unless she can find a husband. If only she could convince handsome town newcomer Riley Walker to marry her…

Riley is on the run. He’s desperate to keep his niece and nephew safe from his crooked half brother. But a delay in Turnabout, Texas, shows him everything he didn’t know he was missing: home, family—and Cassie Lynn. Can he find a way to become her Prince Charming…and build a real family with the children and Cassie Lynn?

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.


Fun Question for Winnie…

I saw a picture of you on Facebook sporting a fun T-shirt with the words “Night Owl Writer” on the front (shown below, with Winnie’s permission).

I’ve read that you spent many years juggling a demanding day job and your writing career, making writing at night a necessity. Are you by nature a night owl? If so, has that always been the case? What do you like best about being awake into the wee hours?


Winnie says: “Yes, I’ve always had something of a nocturnal bent. But I haven’t always been able to indulge in it as I’d like. The day job I worked at for 35 years had me arriving at the office at 7:30. With a 35 mile commute and four kids to get ready for school I usually set my alarm for 5:30am (or earlier!), which meant if I wasn’t in bed by 11:00pm, the next day was not going to go well. So I ‘trained myself’ to be a morning person, even though it never really felt right.

Retirement changed all that. Now I’m often up until 2:00am, or even later when the writing really flows. And I find being able to play to my natural circadian rhythms really helps my creativity.

As far as what I like best about being a night owl, I think there is something energizing about being awake when you feel like much of the rest of the world is asleep, as if you have the opportunity to access more of the creative energy floating about us all. Fanciful notion, of course, but that’s how it feels to me.”

Your Turn…

Are you a night owl like Winnie, or are you more of an early bird?

What do you like best about your favorite time of day?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Texas Cinderella.

Giveaway ends Sunday, September 18  at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, September 19.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 6 post,
Becky S, who will receive a copy of A Rancher of Convenience,
a September 2016 Love Inspired Historical by Regina Scott.

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Keli Gwyn


  • Beth F. says:

    Oh my goodness! I am a night owl too! I agree, getting kids up early for school can be a little rough if I stay up too late…which is have a tendency to do.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Beth, you’re not alone. I’m another night owl. Those early school mornings when our gal was growing up could be tough on me, especially when I’d been up burning the midnight oil.

  • Andrea Stephens says:

    I tend to be a night owl and an early riser so I’m pretty much worthless! I tried training myself to go to bed at 10pm. (Doctor’s advice) It worked for a little while. Now I just sleep when I’m sleepy. Usually in my chair. I get up to go to bed and I’m wide awake.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Andrea, some people don’t seem to require as much sleep as others. I wish I were one of those, but when I cut back on sleep as I race toward a deadline, I usually end up paying for it down the road.

      • Andrea Stephens says:

        I never get enough sleep. My husband says “you should be used to it” I just tell him it’s not something a person ever gets used to. You learn to do the basics of functioning, all else falls aside.

  • Andrea Stephens says:

    For some reason, I stopped getting this newsletter. I subscribed again. I hope that’s alright.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Andrea, I have to apologize. I haven’t been good about putting out newsletters. I wasn’t sure they were necessary since I post so much about my books on Facebook and other places. You’ve shown me some people do appreciate my newsletter, so I’ll make sure to put that on my promo list when my next book comes out.

      • Andrea Stephens says:

        No need to apologize. I follow you on Facebook and Goodreads, so I get your information. I like the Spotlight’s you do here.

  • Becky Smith says:

    I’m not much of a night owl, unless I’m reading and HAVE to finish the book. I prefer early morning – after coffee and my quiet time. I haven’t read anything from this author yet, but I have her on my TBR list!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Becky, reading has keep me up late many a night. Of course, I am a night owl. I do like early mornings and have been waking up earlier these days, which is nice.

  • Melody says:

    I am just like Winnie! Night owl by heart! I function at my very best when I can stay up late and sleep in! This life is meant for early bird people though, so I have to adjust to that. But I am never as happy as when I can do what my body wants. It’s not the hours of sleep I get, it’s the time I get them! Not something many people seem to understand!
    I like the night because night is when I have the best conversations! When nothing else is distracting is the best bonding time when deep things come out! I will always treasure the late night chats I had with my Mom when she was alive. Bar none the best spent late nights that I can never replace! So worth the loss of sleep for the time when our souls could connect!

  • Dianne Casey says:

    I am more of a morning person. I like to see the sun rise in the morning. It’s such a peaceful time of the day.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianne, when I’m up in the early hours of they day, I, too, am struck by the peacefulness. It’s almost reason enough to get me out of bed early. Almost. 🙂

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    I am a night owl!!!!! My parents, school and college, the military; I am still a night owl in the early bird world!!!!!! Thanx for the giveaway!!!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, you’re in good company, as you can see from the other comments. There are a number of us who are night owls. It seems to be something that is hardwired in us, doesn’t it?

  • Nicole Wetherington says:

    I’d say night owl! It takes a while for me to really wake up haha

  • I’m a night owl. But the older I get the harder it is for me to sleep so I also am finding that I can be a morning person. Well, only a morning person if I can have a bit of time to myself to wake up. ha! I love the peace that I have being awake at night when the house is quiet. Plus it has become the only time that I find to read 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I find that no matter what time I’ve gone to bed, I’m waking earlier than I used to. It’s odd, but I don’t mind. The early morning hours have benefits of their own, but I do like my late nights.

      Finding reading time is important. Good books are worth lost sleep, aren’t they?

  • Brenda W says:

    I am somewhat of a nightowl. But I have no sense of time when I am working on something interesting. Night hours are usually quieter–no phone calls, etc.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I think I would be considered a night owl or should I say evening owl? I usually get productive around 10 am and then it’s non- stop till about 9 pm.

  • Merry S. says:

    I am a night owl. My husband works long hours and is up till at least 2 am, so I like to stay up with him while he works at home doing work on the laptop. Ever since my cancer surgery I don’t sleep well so it works out great for the both of us. Best time to read!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Merry, I’m so sorry you’ve dealt with cancer and that it’s messed with your sleep cycle. I’m sure your husband appreciates your company, though.

  • Janet Dean says:

    I love to be up early, have coffee, do devotions, then get on with my day. My mind shuts down after 9:00 pm so I can no longer write late at night.

  • Trixi says:

    I’m neither really! I like late morning to early evening best. At around 8pm I’m ready to start relaxing for the night.

    I used to be a night owl as a teenager & it worked out well when my husband worked the mid-shift (3-11pm). Now that our life has changed (no little kids to get ready) and he works early morning shift, we are often in bed by 9:30pm. I still read in bed for an hour or two however. Whenever I had a job, I liked the early morning shift that way I have the afternoon off 🙂 I’ve worked graveyard before and that’s no fun….lol!

    Winnie, I’m so excited for your book!! It’s on my must-read list, though like the rest of the commenters here, I’d love to win a copy 🙂 Either way, it will be on my shelf…lol! Thanks for the fun interview and book giveaway Keli!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I think it’s interesting how internal clocks shift as we add more candles to our birthday cakes. I do find that I wake earlier now than I did when I was younger. I’m not sure why, but I don’t sleep in like I used to. It’s great for getting more done, but I do get tired if I’ve indulged my night owl side the evening before.

    • Hi Trixi! Thanks for putting my book on your must-read list! And the interview was fun for me as well.