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LIH Spotlight: The Marshal’s Mission

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Marshal’s Mission, a May release from
debut Love Inspired Historical author Anna Zogg.

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

Lawman with a Secret 

Hiding his true identity is the only way for US Marshal Jesse Cole to bring bank robbers to justice. But the lovely widow whose Wyoming ranch he stumbles onto reminds him of everything he’s sacrificed for the law. When his job is done, he’s resolved to leave Lenora Pritchard behind—until she and her son are threatened. Now the only way to protect them is to make her his wife.

To conceal her late husband’s guilt, Lenora hid his stolen haul. And with a ruthless gang leader determined to retrieve it, she needs Cole’s protection for herself and her son. It’s a marriage in name only, founded on dangerous secrets…but could it possibly lead to a true and loving family?

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.

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Feeling Nostalgic

Have you noticed that most families have a self-appointed historian? In my family of origin, that title belonged to my dad. He snapped many great stills over the years and captured footage on a vintage 8 mm video camera. In my husband’s family, his mother was the one clicking away.

I’ve followed in my dad’s and my mother-in-love’s footsteps, eagerly assuming the role of primary photographer in my family. I took my first shots with a classic Kodak camera I received for my eighth birthday. Film and developing cost quite a bit, so I didn’t take many pictures until I married Gwynly. Even then, I wasn’t as shutter happy as I am today.

That all changed when our daughter, Adriana, was born during the four and a half years were privileged to live in Germany. I learned how to use Carl’s fancy Olympus camera with all those dials and settings so that I could get great shots of our gal and keep the grandparents back in the States happy.

From that time forward, the frequency of my trips to the photo counter at our local Rite Aid increased. Family pictures were plentiful, but when our trio traveled, I’d come home with over a dozen rolls of film ready for developing. All those pics have piled up, ready for that someday scrapbooking I planned to do.

I’ve inherited the photos and memorabilia from my dad as well as my in-laws. What a treasure trove. When added to my stash, I have enough pictures to fill over a dozen shoe boxes, as you can see in this digital pic of my office closet. (Note: you can also see the LIHs I’ll be giving away over the next few weeks. 🙂 )

When digital cameras came along, Gwynly was an early adopter. However, I clung to my trusty Canon until film developing locations began to fade away. I’ve embraced the digital age now and have oodles of images stored on my hard drives.

My goal in the upcoming weeks is to sort those pictures, choosing the best of them, and create scrapbooks. I’ll be going through the six or more apple boxes full of memorabilia, too. Memory Lane, here I come…

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Questions for You

Where do you fall on the sentimentality scale?

How many physical photographs do you have
waiting to be sorted, tossed, displayed, etc?
How many digital images are stored on your computer?

What tips do you have for family historians who
have a hard time letting go of memorabilia?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of The Marshal’s Mission
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer at least one 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, April 29 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, May 1.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my April 17 post!
Cheryl B. will receive a copy of An Unlikely Mother,
a May LIH by Danica Favorite.

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Keli Gwyn

17 Comments

  • Robin in NC says:

    Oh my gracious! I’ve got hundreds & hundreds of my own pictures, my parents 8mm movies & my grandmothers slides!! Also, I’ve got hundreds & hundreds of digital images on my computers! I don’t have any helpful advice at all. I’ve got to admit I’m a bit envious of how organized all your pictures are! 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Robin, sounds like you have treasures aplenty. I found that sorting my plethora of pictures set all kinds of emotions swirling as I was swept back in time–joy, sadness, excitement–and ushered in a huge wave of nostalgia that threatened to take me under at times.

      Many hours (er, make that days) went into getting my photos into some semblance of order. I have yet to tackle the many albums I inherited from my dad, who had inherited those belonging to my grandmother. Fun times ahead.

  • My mom is the family historian. I’m picky about what I’m sentimental over. The older I get the easier it is to let go of things. I have a closet full of Creative Memory photo albums that I have done, but now I just put pictures on my computer then periodically transfer them to an external hard drive.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I admire your ability to detach from sentimental items. I’m working on that. Thankfully, I can take digital photos of things and let them go. That’s progress.

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Like you Keli I have dozens upon dozens of photos waiting for albums. Not only modern pics,but some of my photo archives date back to the 1800’s . As you might imagine these images of our family are very precious to me. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lynne, family photos are such treasures. Like you, I have some of the old cartes de visite and (and even a few tintypes) from the 1800s. Holding those cardboard-mounted images from yesteryear fills me with questions. I wonder who is pictured and what their lives were like. Sadly, no one took the time to record the names. I’ll have to put my research skills to work.

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    I never throw anything away on purpose!!!! I have lost photos and memorabilia and completed scrapbooks to fire and water damage and moves. I have six photo boxes waiting for scrapping. You are so organized. Have fun going down memory lane!I love Anna Zogg’s writing! Can’t wait to read this one. My husband enjoys her fantasy series.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, I can’t begin to imagine how devastating it would be to lose ones photos and memorabilia to fire or flood. I can see why having been through those experiences, you would cling tightly to what you have now. I’m so sorry for what you’ve endured.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have a box of family photos and slides that belonged to mom and dad. I have 1 photo box full of pictures and about 100 pictures on my computer.

  • Jane says:

    The comment above was mine I did not notice that the name box was empty. Sorry.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, how special to have pictures of your parents. I’m sure you treasure them.

      I must say, I admire your ability to keep the number of photos, slides, etc. that you’re storing to a manageable number.

  • I take a lot of pictures as well, always have. Most are in albums packed away in storage.I use my pictures as references when I am writing my stories. The last few years, the photos are on my computer although I used to still get them printed and put in albums up until a couple of years ago. Old habits die hard.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Darlene, I can relate to having a hard time adapting to new technologies. What helped me transition was taking time to create my first digital album on Shutterfly. I enjoyed that process more than I expected. Making that digital scrapbook helped me make the decision to scrapbook my prints the traditional way and my digital images the modern way.

  • Brenda W says:

    I am verrry sentimental.
    I have 6 shoe boxes of photos, about 8 notebooks with photos. I have possibly 6,000 pictures made with my first digital camera and 6,381 made with my digital camera I got in January 2016–these have hardly any family pictures.
    I could not advise letting go of memorabilia.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, you’re not alone in your sentimentality. I’m right there with you. What’s helped me is talking with my daughter, who isn’t sentimental. I was saving many things, such as childhood schoolwork, that hold no special meaning for her. Since I know she might change her perspective as she grows older, I’m not being ruthless, but I do feel less guilt about paring down the treasures to a more manageable amount.

  • I am very sentimental!! And also emotional for that matter. The quote “it is both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so deeply” must have been written for me 😉
    I am the photographer of the family so the pictures are beginning to pile up! My advice would be to not stress over it. If you forgot your camera and didn’t get to snap a quick pic of a special moment, just pay extra close attention to the emotion. Someday maybe the memory will fade but you will always remember how you felt and that’s the important part! ❤️

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    The winner of this week’s giveaway is Jennifer H. Congratulations, Jennifer! I’ll be in touch.

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