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LIH Spotlight: The Cowboy’s City Girl

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

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Cowboy’s City Girl by Linda Ford,
the third book in her Montana Cowboys series.

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

The Cowboy's City Girl

Bride on the Ranch 

Beatrice Doyle came to Montana to escape her father’s marriage plans for her—not to lasso herself a cowboy. Yet she can’t ignore the sparks that fly between her and Levi Harding while she’s at his family’s ranch, caring for his injured stepmother. But opening her heart would mean sacrificing her quest for independence…

After being rejected by the girl he hoped to marry, Levi vows never to love again. Nevertheless, he’s drawn to big-city girl Beatrice. In her, the half–Native American rancher sees himself: someone a little bruised, a lot lonely. And when the two join forces to care for an orphaned girl, he yearns to heal their fractured hearts—and form the family they all long for.

Montana Cowboys: These brothers live and love by the code of the West

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 Linda…

A woman’s purse can reveal a great deal about her.
What would we learn about you if we were to take a peek inside yours?

Linda says: “#1 That I need to clean out my purse.
#2 That I’m prepared for most anything but especially for
a wandering idea. I always have paper and pen in my purse.
#3 That I have too many credit cards, reward cards, but only one library card.”

Your Turn…

What would we learn about you if we were
to take a peek inside your purse or wallet?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of The Cowboy’s City Girl.
Use the Rafflecopter entry form below.

Giveaway ends Sunday, May 8 at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, May 9.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my April 25 post!
Sydney A. won a copy of Mail Order Mix-up
by Christine Johnson.

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Keli Gwyn


  • Lynn Funk says:

    Like Linda I also have a lot of cards in my wallet.I have one called the plum card for books.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lynn, I’m curious about the “plum card for books.” Would that be your library card, a bookstore rewards card or something else?

      Did you intend to enter the drawing? If so, be sure to complete the Rafflecopter form.

  • Funny you should ask, lol. My kids, and my husband, used to tease me about having everything but the kitchen sink in my purse. Then when we were on vacation and my son and then future daughter-in-law needed sinus/allergy meds, YEP, I had them. They quit teasing me, lol.

  • I’m pretty no-nonsense. I don’t like to carry a bunch of stuff. So I have my wallet, a Bible and an address book. My one frivolous thing I carry is Tic Tac’s. My youngest granddaughter comes running towards me yelling, “Grandma can I have a mint?” every time I see her. You can bet I’m never without a Tic Tac 😉

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I love that you carry an address book. I remember the days when we all had them. I also remember sending handwritten letters via snail mail–lots of them. I still write letters to a few friends. I find it restful and fun.

      I love your TicTacs story. One of my grandmothers always carried Lifesavers and Chiclets gum. I loved knowing I could count on her to share them with me.

      • I rarely write a snail mail letter Keli. But I keep the address book because it hasn’t dawned on me yet that I can put all of that information on my phone! I know, I’m a ding-a-ling! ha! I have a great aunt that I still write hand-written letters to. But the last time I sent a letter to her I typed it out on my computer and then printed it up and sent it. My handwriting is awful anymore. I could say all I wanted to say without getting writers cramp!

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Julie, if it makes you feel better, all my personal addresses are still in an address book. I do keep the pages on my computer, but I update them each January and print them out. My writerly info is stored in my online address book, though.

      • I still have address book also. I only carry a cheap cell phone as we have no tower where we live. I don’t write letters like I used to, but I do. Since my mother passed 2 yrs ago I inherited her friends and cousins left! But my purse? Still too heavy!

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Mary, I inherited some wonderful friends when my beloved mother-in-law lost her battle with breast cancer years ago. Keeping in touch with them has been a real blessing. Many of them still correspond via the handwritten letter.

  • Melody says:

    I have so much stuff with me. My purse is heavy!! I have my wallet of course, then like a million rewards cards, receipts, ticket stubs, etc. Cell phone and Ipod chargers, my ipod, sunglasses, eye drops, advil, about six lip products because I am addicted to makeup, pony tail holder, contact case, feminine products, and right now honey mustard dipping sauce I never threw away!! Hahaha

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Your comment made me smile, Mel. I fluctuate between carrying a suitcase, er, large purse filled to the brim with might-need items or a tiny one with just the essentials inside. Perhaps that’s the mom in me trying to make the transition to Empty Nester.

      I have a handful of those rewards cards, too. I’ve learned to signup for just those that cards that can be accessed by a phone number plunked in when I make a purchase.

      • Melody says:

        That’s what I do sometimes too! Just a small purse with the wallet- that’s it when I don’t want to lug around everything but the kitchen sink! 🙂
        I need to follow your lead and get rid of all the cards I can use my number for!

  • Anne Payne says:

    I usually have a little bit of everything but what I have the most of is pens. Lots of pens. And in all colors too! I love pens. 🙂

  • Sylvia McGhan says:

    I carry a tiny purse becouse otherwise it would fill up a big purse 🙂 but something u would learn about me is I never use my change so it quickly fills up my purse 🙂 lol even if it’s $5.09 I will give six dollars 🙂 lol

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sylvia, I’ve seen people who keep jars for their coins. I’m one of those odd people who gives clerks odd change so I don’t get back a handful of small coins. For instance, if the bill comes to $4.55, I’ll give them a nickel. I’ve had so many clerks stare at the coin as if I’ve lost my marbles. I tell them to go and ahead and punch in what I gave them and see why I did. When the register tells them to give me back 50¢, they get it and grin.

  • That I am a minimalist when it comes to what I want to carry around. I have a small pocketbook that I carry that fits in one hand. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Erica, I aspire to be a minimalist. I’m not there yet, but I’m working on it. In fact, I’m going to take an online course from a big-name minimalist soon to motivate me.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I have the usual credit cards, insurance info, the all-important library cards, pen, paper and too many sales receipts that need to be thrown away!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, those receipts pile up quickly, don’t they? I was a bookkeeper back in the Dark Ages, and I save my receipts to match to our charge card statements. Call me old school or O.C. 🙂

  • Annette Lawrence says:

    Every few days I weed out the extra receipts and try to keep my small purse tidy (haha!), which doesn’t always quite work, but I do my best. However, only 3 credit cards (one is a prepaid one), but way too many other cards for various stores and to get points and airmiles for example. The library card is on my key chain. I prefer not to keep anything (except money) of great value should my purse go missing. My driver’s license has been photocopied along with the car insurance. Just a tiny pen is all I need. I have a small purse to make sure I am not carrying around a lot of weight, not good for the back or neck!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Annette, I have large purses and small purses. Every time I switch to the small purse, I realize that I carry more than I need in the large ones. My shoulders also thank me.

  • Annette Lawrence says:

    I am trying to enter the contest, but am confused as to how to do so. Please help!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Annette, to enter the contest, you can click on either the Facebook button or the email button in the Rafflecopter box. Once you do, you’ll see three things you can do to enter the contest. The first one is to leave a blog comment. Once you have done that, you click that option, provide the information requested and you’re entered. By using Rafflecopter, I’m able to offer my blog’s visitors ways to earn extra entries beyond just leaving a blog comment, thus increasing their odds of winning. 🙂

  • Nancy M says:

    It’s messy! Too many receipts!

  • Joan Kurth says:

    My daughter gave me a bag for my yarn but I use it for my purse. I have to have a purse big enough to carry my library book! (I do not have a kindle.)

  • Annie JC says:

    That I don’t have much credit cards! I prefer to keep things simple.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Annie, I’m striving to keep things simple, too, which is why I’ve been using a smaller purse recently and carrying just the basics.

  • Deanne Patterson says:

    In my purse you would not find much. I am not a materialistic person so I keep a very minimal amount of things in my purse. Change at the bottom of my purse, my cell phone, a book and my wallet with my library cars in them. I have library cards from Pennsylvania and Maryland. I lived in Maryland and had a library card there but then I moved to PA but wanted to keep going to the MD and still check out books so now I renew my MD card each year and pay a fee. It’s worth it though since it’s still cheaper than buying the books.

  • Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    You would learn that I am an avid reader. I always have a book in my purse and of course, my library card and book club card in my wallet.

  • Merry S. says:

    In my purse you would probably find 2 books, my wallet and some medicines if needed. My wallet has just the basics. A few cards thats it. I usually only use my purse when on vacation. I like to keep it simple.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Merry, I like that you keep two books in your purse. I’m guessing that’s so you’ll still have something to read if you finish the first.

  • Trixi says:

    I only carry a wallet that can fit in my back pocket. I’ve not carried a purse for many years! I never have much stuff to lug around anyway…haha!
    Let’s see, I have my drivers license of course, grocery store cards, bank debit card, library card , first aid card that I got when I completed the course, and my credit union bank account card. I’ve heard of this green stuff that people sometimes carry around, but I haven’t seen any of that in my wallet…lol!

    Another awesome sounding LIH on your blog Keli…I think it belongs on my shelf 🙂 Thank you for the chance!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, you really keep it to a minimum. I have a girlfriend who doesn’t carry any cash. I’m old fashioned and have a hard time whipping out my card in a store when I’m only spending a dollar or two, so I do have some cash in my coin purse. Of course, I can charge a 99¢ cent e-book on Amazon without batting an eye. 🙂

  • Carrie says:

    That I love pens 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Pens are such fun, aren’t they, Carrie? I have oodles of them at home and usually have two or three different ones in my purse.