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LIH Spotlight: The Outlaw’s Secret

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Outlaw’s Secret by Stacy Henrie,
a February release from Love Inspired Historical.

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

The Outlaw’s Secret
by Stacy Henrie

Lawman in Disguise

Getting taken hostage by a gang of train robbers wasn’t in dime novelist Essie Vanderfair’s plans, but interviewing these men could make her career soar. Especially since the gang includes legendary outlaw Tex Beckett, better known as the Texas Titan. Tex is famed for his protection of women and children, so she’ll be fine…right?

Keeping the gang in line was hard enough before a stubborn, beautiful writer interfered. Now Tex is scrambling to keep Essie safe, to gather evidence against the gang and most of all to hide his dangerous secrets. First, that he’s a detective working undercover. And second, that he’s not the Texas Titan at all, but Tex’s twin brother, Tate Beckett.
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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The Reader-Author Connection

Back in the Dark Ages when I first dreamed of being a writer, the possibility of actually meeting a published author in person was slim. I remember driving four hours to meet my first one. Was I ever excited!

Today, thanks to blogs, Facebook, Goodreads, and other sites, readers have easy access to writers and vice versa. Because of that, many wonderful reader-author relationships have formed.

One of the many benefits of these friendships is that readers have learned how much their efforts to spread the word about books they’ve enjoyed help authors. As an author, I can tell you how grateful I am for the reviews and Facebook posts about my stories. My author friends feel the same way.

Many authors have formed groups of dedicated readers who receive advance copies of their books. I have a small group of my own and am blessed by the lovely ladies who are part of it, who will find copies of my upcoming March Love Inspired Historical, Her Motherhood Wish, in their mailboxes soon. These special friends find creative ways to spread the word about my stories.

Questions for You…

What are some ways you support the authors whose books you enjoy?

What are some of the most creative book promotions you’ve seen?

If you could help an author plan a fun online event for readers,
what would your suggest s/he consider doing?
In other words, what would you like to see?

The last two questions are meant as a way for you
to help me think outside the box as I prepare
for the release of Her Motherhood Wish.
Your creativity inspires me!

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of The Outlaw’s Secret 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, January 14 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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

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

Congratulations to the winner from my January 2 post.
Andrea S. will receive a copy of Wed by Necessity by Karen Kirst.

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Keli Gwyn

21 Comments

  • I guess I feel like a slouch after reading the questions. Or maybe I’m just more traditional in how I share books with others. I promote on my blog, I promote through facebook and post reviews where I have a presence. I also talk about books to whomever will listen to me! I haven’t come up with more creative ways to share authors books so I’ll look forward to reading everyone’s answers here 🙂 And Keli, I love that authors are so much more accessible than they used to be, I loved meeting you, and have a list of other authors that I can’t wait to meet!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I’m sorry my questions had that effect on you. My intention was to show how much readers do and how much we authors appreciate any and all efforts on our behalf. You do so much to help spread the word about books you’ve enjoyed. Please don’t discount yourself. You’re a blessing to me and to other authors.

      I so enjoyed meeting you and your husband in person, too. What a delightful time we had at our brunch while you were visiting here in the greater Sacramento area. I made wonderful memories that day.

      • Uhoh, did that sound like I was boohooing my ability? I also didn’t mean it to come across that way. I honestly would love to read other people’s methods of promoting. I happen to like my way with no pressure to me or the authors 🙂 I think everyone has their areas of giftedness in promotion. I also don’t mind changing things up now and then if I can be comfortable doing it. ha! So no worries on my end Keli 🙂

        • Keli Gwyn says:

          Julie, I know promotion can be tough from the author side. I’m eager to hear what it’s like from the reader/blogger/reviewer side. I have much I can learn from you talented people. 🙂

  • Stacy Henrie says:

    So fun to see THE OUTLAW’S SECRET on here, Keli! Thanks for spotlighting it.

  • I have been a Christian Fiction reviewer for over 7 years, posting my reviews on my blog, Amazon, Goodreads, etc. I also participate in other forms of promotion, especially on Facebook. I also love computer graphics & have created bookmarks, book covers,memes, web graphics, etc. for various authors, often at no charge.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wow, Pamela! You really go all out for authors. Love that! I wish I did a better job at graphics. I’m grateful for Canva. That site makes me look far more talented than I am. 🙂

  • Deana Dick says:

    I promote on my blog and Facebook . I also review for authors and put my review on many places for others to see. I have changed my profile picture on release day to reflect the book that is being released to help promote it. I like Facebook parties but have since decided not to attend them anymore. One author does a weeklong question for each day. Then does a drawing each day and awards prizes. There is also the author hop that several authors organize and that is lots of fun. I also like to just share their upcoming book on Facebook.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, thanks for sharing all you do to help authors. Believe me, we appreciate your efforts. I think readers enjoy giveaways. I’ve seen some pretty awesome prizes being offered.

  • jane naccarato says:

    I talk to the customers at Paperback Trader in Redding. Alot of the older ones don’t use the computer so no blogs or facebook. I will get out my tablet and show them the books and hopefully they will look for them in town.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, in spite of all the online promotion taking place these days, they say that nothing beats word of mouth. Happy readers telling their friends about our books are a blessing to authors.

  • Nicole Wetherington says:

    I like facebook book party’s to celebrate new releases and talk about books!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Nicole, Facebook parties can be a lot of fun, can’t they? I like that authors get to interact with readers in real time at the parties.

  • Trixi says:

    First off, as you know Keli, I am just recently part of your exclusive reader team. Along with many other great authors! I love to read/review & spread the word about new books coming out by each one via social media, word of mouth and requesting my library to purchase both physical copies and digital copies of their books. Making book quote graphics is also a fun way to spread the news & stretches my creative mind! I also love passing my copies on to my sister-in-law who is an avid Christian fiction reader. I love watching her eyes light up when I bring her a bagful of new books 🙂 I follow many authors on Amazon and Goodreads plus I receive their newsletters. I’ve discovered SO many ways to support an author. I feel like I am a small part of their lives and feel like I’ve made some new friends without ever meeting them in person.

    I love Facebook chat parties! A great chance to connect with authors, talk about their books or what’s happening in their lives, and find out what’s coming out next. I have to admit, I also like when they can do giveaways for the books (ebook or physical) or perhaps gift cards. I never expect that, it’s just a nice thing when they do it 🙂 I’m not sure what else to suggest as I am not naturally a planner, I just support those who are…lol!

    Thank you as always for the giveaway chance! I’ve heard such great things about Stacy’s writing but haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of her books.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, when it comes to book promo, you’re a pro! I watch your Facebook posts with awe and admiration. I’m so honored that you help spread the word about my books.

      You’re such a fun guest to have at Facebook parties. You chime right in with comments and bring smiles to many people’s faces.

  • Dianna says:

    I love visiting blogs to find out about new books and authors, so giveaways and review posts are always a hit for me. I usually share my favorite books on my own blog, Amazon review, and sometimes Goodreads.

    One promotion I really liked was a round-robin scavenger hunt a few months ago. The authors promoted someone else’s book, and there was a code on each page. It was fun to hop around to all the blogs.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianna, thanks for all you to support authors and help spread the word about our our books. It’s greatly appreciated.

      I like the idea of a round-robin scavenger hunt. I’ll have to think about that one. Wanders off filled with exciting possibilities brewing…

  • Becky Lee says:

    Does rating books on Goodreads & following my favorite authors on FB count as supporting authors?

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    I popped over to random.org to find out who the winner is. Congratulations, Deana! You won! I’ll get the book on its way to you.

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