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LIH Spotlight: The Reluctant Guardian

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze,
a February release from Love Inspired Historical.
This is Susie’s debut LIH!

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

The Reluctant Guardian
by Susanne Dietze

Under the Spy’s Protection

When Gemma Lyfeld inadvertently interrupts a dangerous smuggling operation in her English village, she’s rescued by a mysterious Scottish spy. Now with criminals after her and her hopes for an expected marriage proposal recently dashed, she will make her society debut in London. But not without the man tasked with protecting her…

Covert government agent Tavin Knox must keep Gemma safe from the criminals who think she can identify them—a mission he never wanted. But as he escorts her and her rascally nephews around London, the lovely English lass proves braver than he ever imagined. Suddenly, the spy who works alone has one Season to become the family man he never dreamed he’d be.

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.


Deadline Pressure

Confession: this post went up a day late. I meant to get it up on time. I even had all but this portion of it formatted, but I plumb forgot. My apologies.

I’m racing to meet a deadline on my fifth LIH. I learned just last week that it will be a November 2017 release. I’ll be sending in cover ideas this week.

But guess what? Part of the story is still in my head waiting to be put on the page. It’s coming along nicely, but two things are taking place. One is that I’m spending most of my time with my nose to the screen, oblivious to what’s going on around me. The second, directly related to the first, is that despite my attempts to keep up with other things, I lose track of the days and forget what I was supposed to take care of. I appreciate your patience and understanding. I’m trying to cut myself slack, which isn’t easy.

One positive that came out of my delay is that I learned just today about a great sale on the Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection, which includes my first novella, “A Love Returned.” You can get an eBook copy for as little as $1.59, which is an 89% savings off the cover price. How’s that for a deal—and for looking on the bright side? 🙂

Question for You…

What are some ways you deal with the stressful times
in your life when your plate is overflowing?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of The Reluctant Guardian 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 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, January 30.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my January 16 post.
Dawn M. will receive a copy of
The Bounty Hunter’s Baby by Erica Vetsch.








Keli Gwyn


  • Karen R says:

    I deal with stress by reading books! Walking, baking, and gardening when the weather is nicer too. Sounds like a fun story!

  • Laurie Wood says:

    I deal with stress by knitting or spinning up more yarn on my spining wheel. 🙂 SO excited to see an English/Scottish romance coming from LIH!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Laurie, I have a number of friends who enjoy knitting and find it relaxing. Spinning sounds like fun, too.

      It is exciting to see a LIH set in the Regency period, isn’t it?

  • Laurie Wood says:

    P.S. That is a *gorgeous* cover!

  • Beth F. says:

    That book sounds wonderful! I deal with stress by crafting. It keeps me sane! I head to my craft room after my boys are in bed for some uninterrupted me time 🙂

  • Robin in NC says:

    It depends…sometimes I just break down & cry, sometimes I can escape for a short while in a good book & sometimes hubs & I get in the hot tub with a glass of wine!

  • Melody says:

    Honest to goodness? I wash my car! It relaxes me to wash it, and then when my car is sparkling I feel like I can handle life. Which is why winter sucks here because I don’t get to wash my car weekly like I like to do! Because I hand wash, no car wash for me! 🙂 The physical labor I put into it, is what I love!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melody, I like a clean car, too. Any time you want to de-stress, feel free to wash mine. Haha! Seriously, though, I can see how washing one’s car could be a great way to work out the stress.

  • jane naccarato says:

    I have a movie marathon Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Trek and anything with Bruce Willis. Sometimes wine and crochetting go along with the movies.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jane, watching movies is my daughter’s favorite was to unwind. I use that method, too, as long as it’s a romance. I do love a good love story. 🙂

  • Kim says:

    I deal with stress by going for a walk or reading a devotion.

  • Trixi says:

    I have read/reviewed this book for Susie so I’m not entering. I will, however, share this post!

    How I deal with stress? Could be a variety of ways depending on my mood. I listen to my Christian music, pray for God to help me, reflect on verses of Scripture, or escape in the pages of a book. Or sometimes I just rant in my head for a few minutes to relieve it…lol!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, I listen to Christian music when I drive. Since I don’t like being behind the wheel, that helps de-stress me.

      Reading provides a great escape from the pressures of everyday life, doesn’t it?

  • Brenda W says:

    I try not to let stressful things happen… But it is not always possible. I lose myself in a hobby, book or internet and hope for the best.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, I wish I had control over some of the stressors in my life, but they like to sneak up on me when I least expect them. I am working on simplifying things, so I look forward to calmer days ahead.

  • Linda Ortiz says:

    I hate to say, but I am a stress eater! I find anything sweet to eat.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Linda, I’ve used food as a way to deal with stress this past year, as my too-tight jeans can attest. I’m trying hard to make better choices this year, but it’s not easy. Those sweet treats are mighty tempting, aren’t they?

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Thanks for this post and giveaway,Keli! To deal with stress I either read a very romantic book or I watch a classic movie (usually a silly comedy,a musical,or my favorite Shirley Temple movie to name a few choices.;) )

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lynne, books and movies are great ways to escape the pressures we’re under. Nothing like a good romance or musical to perk a person up, is there?

  • I will read, crochet, or watch a movie. Get somewhere I can be quiet, and do all 3 🙂

  • Connie Saunders says:

    Walking is something I can do in every season but from Spring to Autumn,I relieve stress and frustration by working in my yard and garden. Getting close to nature and digging in the dirt reminds me of our Creator and our Comforter!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, I’m sure your yard looks great, thanks to your efforts, and that you enjoy delicious, healthful produce. That’s stress reduction with added benefits. 🙂

  • Lori D Daley says:

    When I am overwhelmed and stressed I tend to make lists and just start to di things on it one by one. It always makes me feel good to be able to cross things off.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lori, list making can be a big help. When I’m feeling overwhelmed and have lots of small tasks that need to be done, I reach for pen and paper.

  • Thank you so much for spotlighting the book, Keli! And congratulations on your 5th LIH contract! I can’t wait to read it!

    When I am overwhelmed, I tend to want to escape into a book or a TV show/movie, but it also helps me to get up and move. That said, I do “stress eat” sometimes too. I’m less of a sweet person than a savory snack person.

  • When I’m stressed I make a list of what needs to be done in order of importance and then tackle the list! I always feel better with each thing I get done. If I’m procrastinating or need to release some tension I like to read, exercise, or dance to music in my kitchen 😉

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Heidi, it feels so good to cross completed task off a list, doesn’t it? I use that method of stress reduction quite often, especially when I have lots of small tasks that need to be done.

      I love the idea of dancing in the kitchen. I’ve twirled around our living room to my 70’s music on occasion. The cats think I’m nuts, but it lifts my spirits, so they just have to deal with it. 🙂

  • Susan Williford Cobb says:

    When I am stressed I pull my nook out and crawl into another world. When I read I forget about the world around me and just melt into the words.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Susan, there’s nothing like being whisked away into a story world to reduce stress, is there? Well, I suppose that does depend on the story. Candace Calvert and Dani Pettrey have made my heart race with their action-packed stories. 🙂

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    I visited to find out who the winner of The Reluctant Guardian is. That would be Robin. Congratulations, Robin! I’ve sent you an email.