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LIH Spotlights: A Family Arrangement and Wed on the Wagon Train

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Family Arrangement by Gabrielle Meyer and
Wed on the Wagon Train by Tracy Blalock,
two December 2016 releases from Love Inspired Historical.

Learn more about the stories below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy of each,
which will go to two different winners.


Makeshift Family 

Abram Cooper has ten months to turn rough Minnesota country into a vibrant town, or his sister-in-law will take his three sons back to Iowa with his blessing. Until then, Charlotte Lee has agreed to keep house and help raise his children as part of their bargain. But can the single father fulfill Charlotte’s requirements in time to make sure that she and his boys don’t leave—and take his heart with them?

Charlotte is convinced that the wilderness is no place to raise her nephews. But as she watches the community slowly develop, she sees that Abram just might be able to make it blossom. With three little matchmakers bringing her and Abram together, Little Falls could become not just a flourishing town, but the perfect home for their patchwork family.


Temporary Marriage 

When she and her sister are unexpectedly orphaned and prevented from traveling West unless they have a male chaperone, Mattie Prescott disguises herself as a boy. But after Mattie’s fellow wagon train companions discover her masquerade, their long-dreamed-of fresh start is over before it’s even begun. She has only one choice: marriage to the man who helped her—and kept her secret—along the trail.

To save her honor and his own, Josiah Dawson agrees to take Mattie as his bride. But his plans don’t include a wife, and this hasty union is just a temporary duty he’ll dissolve at the end of the trail. As Mattie proves herself indispensable in the face of tragedy, though, it’s soon clear that she’s also indispensable to Josiah’s heart…

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.


Changes to my blog format…

To make things quicker and easier for all of us, I’ve switched things up a bit.

  1. Instead of asking the author(s) a question, I ask you one as a way to get to know you better.
  2. No more Rafflecopter entry forms. All you have to do is comment to enter the weekly giveaway.
  3. I’m giving away two December books away this week, as I did the previous week. The last two weeks of the month, I’ll give away two January books. Starting in January, I’ll be giving away the following month’s books, one per week. This way you can win the books before they hit the stores’ shelves. 🙂


Questions for You…

cold-fighting-trioI’ve spent this past week battling a pesky head cold. Sadly, I had to miss out on some of the fun activities I had planned. I needed the time to rest up, and I didn’t want to spread my germs.

All I felt like doing was crashing on the couch with our cats and watching movies, but I forced myself to tackle some of the tasks on my to-do list. Thankfully, I have a heater in my office, so I’ve been nice and warm. I also have a husband who takes good care of me.

What do you like to do when the cold bug bites you? Do you prefer to curl up under the covers and watch a movie, read a book, listen to music, etc, or are you a person who forges ahead despite your fuzzy head? Do you want to be pampered or left alone?


Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of either a A Family Arrangement
or Wed on the Wagon Train by leaving a comment
on this post with the answer to the question above.
You must answer one of the questions 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, December 17 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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

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

Congratulations to the winners from my December 5 post.
Lucy Reynolds will receive a copy of Pony Express Christmas Bride
by Rhonda Gibson, and Merry S will receive a copy of
Cowgirl Under the Mistletoe by Louise M. Gouge.






Keli Gwyn


  • Melody says:

    I want to go to bed and never do anything, but that is not doable when you have to work. So I load up on medicine and forge ahead!
    And try not to get sick very often. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melody, I admire those of you who have to work even when you’re not feeling well. My husband didn’t take a sick day from the time we married until he retired. He just toughed it out–and crashed when he got home.

      I’m with you on trying not to get sick. I wash my hands so often, especially during the cold flu season, that my hands will get chapped.

  • I’m trying to get a cold right now. I am taking Musinex and sitting beside my diffuser sniffing peppermint, eucalyptus, and breathe ease essential oils. I’m one that kind of wants to be left alone when I am sick. I prefer to sit in my recliner and watch TV, sleep or read when I get sick.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, I’m sorry the cold bug has come knocking at your door. I hope your efforts to send it packing do the job. Enjoy your time in your recliner breathing in those soothing scents.

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    I keep working and cooking and pressing on. Takes a lot to make me lie down.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lucy, you sound like my husband. It takes a lot to keep him down. I admire that kind of strength in the face of illness, but I’m more inclined to take it easy when I don’t feel well.

  • Deana Dick says:

    I want to be left alone. I snuggle under the covers and read. When the body says rest, you do what the body says. Hope you are feeling better.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, I’m with you. Snuggling under the covers when I’m sick works for me. It does seem our bodies are telling us we need the rest when we get sick.

  • Thank you for shining the spotlight on A Family Arrangement, Keli! Hope you feel better, friend.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      I’m so excited about the release of your second LIH, Gabe. Thanks for the well wishes. I’m feeling quite a bit better today. Not quite up to returning to Curves, but I’m on the mend.

  • Kay Bossard says:

    I am so sorry you are not feeling well. I don’t think there are many ordinary sickness that can make you feel worse than a cold! True misery! I like to be pampered by my sweet husband and he is really good at it! I would love to read these books.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Thanks for the well wishes, Kay. Aside from a thick throat and lingering cough, I’m doing much better. I’m glad you have the kind of husband I do, who pampers us when we’re not feeling well. Mine made me the cinnamon chip scones I love and hinted that there will be a batch of snickerdoodles in the near future. 🙂

  • Brenda W says:

    I would think being sick was a good reason to curl up under a warm blanket and read a book. Thankfully I am not sick very often.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Brenda, I’m glad you don’t get sick often. I’d gone several years without a cold or flu, but this is my second time to go down with one this fall. I do have a soft blankie to huddle under in front of our pellet stove, so I’m good.

  • Connie Tillman says:

    I have been fighting a nasty cough that came out of nowhere. But there is no other choice but to go on. Keep on moving. Work, kids, church and everything else keeps on moving.
    I hope you have a great day! I love that you offer giveaways each week

  • Melanie Backus says:

    I trudge on unless I am really, really sick. Too many things to do to give in to feeling bad.

  • Marilyn R says:

    If I feel like a cold is coming on I’ll load on up on vitamin C and plenty of rest. If I’m miserable I will stay home from work instead of spreading germs. I do not like to be down at all. Depending how I feel I’ll using read as I’m not a movie watcher. Sometimes it’s just thinking on the goodness of God because I cannot focus on reading. Trust you are feeling better soon. Merry Christmas.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, rest are Vitamin C can be a real help. And reflecting on the Lord and His goodness can lift one’s spirits any day, but especially when we’re not feeling our best.

      Thanks for the well wishes. I’m feeling better each day.

  • Nicole Wetherington says:

    If I’m sick I like to stay in bed and watch tv or read! I like to be pampered unless I have a headache, then I need peace and quiet.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Nicole, I’m with you on the pampering. It helps, unless my head is throbbing. At those times, there’s nothing like a quiet room and a soothing atmosphere, is there?

  • Dianna says:

    When the cold bug bites, I usually have to go to work anyway. I save my sick days for when the kids are sick!! If it’s on a weekend and it’s possible to rest, then I prefer to be in bed.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianna, I think it’s written in the Mom contract that there are no sick days. Moms do what they have to do. And when their kids are sick, moms are there for them, no matter how they feel. Love in action.

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    I prefer to cuddle up and read, but power through when I have to. Thanx for the giveaway!!!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jennifer, a cold can be an excuse to cuddle up and read, but there are times we have to keep on going, no matter how we feel.

      You’re welcome for the giveaway. I’m excited that I have two books to give away each week of this month.

  • Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Hope you’re feeling better,Keli!Nothing can knock you out more than a cold! As for your question I’m the curl up on the couch type. While resting I like to watch old tv shows like I Love Lucy,The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.or Little House On the Prairie . Thanks for this giveaway both look like wonderful books!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lynne, thanks for the well wishes. I’m beginning to feel more like myself, which is nice.

      Curling up on the couch with classic movies sounds like a great way to pass the time when you have a cold. I haven’t thought about The Ghost and Mrs. Muir in a long time. I really liked that show.

  • jane naccarato says:

    If it is a workday I go to work. If it is a day off I load up on the meds and spend the day reading and watching tv.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      It doesn’t sound like you let a cold keep you down, Jane, if there’s work to be done. I’m glad you take care of yourself if you don’t have to work. Reading is a good medicine. 🙂

  • Jordann Langness says:

    My immune system is definitely not the best, so I tend to get colds quite frequently. Growing up, I always preferred to rest and either read or watch old movies. However, now that I’m a mom to an active four year old I don’t get as much rest as what I would like to when I’m sick, but I still try to sneak it in as much as I can. It’s also a plus that my son likes watching old movies/tv shows, so I Love Lucy is always good medicine choice!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jordann, I’m sorry you’re prone to colds. I went though a period back in my twenties when that was the case. I was burning the proverbial candle at both ends while working and taking night classes. The bugs seemed to know I wasn’t able to fight them and came visiting often.

      I feel for you as you try to fend off the bugs while being a busy mother of an energetic young fellow. Moms don’t get much down time. Good thing there are shows like I Love Lucy to help out.

  • elizabeth says:

    When I get sick, I drink tea, take some medicines and use a microwave heating pad where ever I go to stay warm

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Elizabeth, hot tea does seem to help when battling a cold, doesn’t it? I’ve had mugs of a citrus tea with honey the past week. Tasty and medicinal, too. I like the idea of a microwaveable heating pad. I’ll have to look for one of those–or ask my husband to make me one. He enjoys using my sewing machine, whereas I don’t.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I would love to cover up and watch TV but that isn’t always an option so I do what MUST be done and let the other go. Of course Reading a good book is another great prescription! Thanks for this giveaway.
    Merry Christmas Keli!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, I think you’re wise to limit what you do when sick to the essentials. No need to overdo it.

      Reading is definitely a RX for healing whatever ails you, isn’t it? Curling up with a good book is therapeutic.

      Thanks for the Christmas greeting. I wish you a joyous celebration of our Savior’s birth.

  • Of course, I have to tell my husband, “I don’t feel good.” He has set an example that works for him: orange juice, plenty of water, throat soothers, and headache tablets every six hours. Me: Usually sinus, so my handy boxes of tissue throughout the house, handwashing, and plenty of liquids. Keep on Happy Reading!
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  • Trixi says:

    I just want to go to bed and hibernate until I feel better! Thankfully I have a husband who makes sure I try to eat/drink something and takes care of things for me.

    I’ve already read, enjoyed and reviewed Jill’s book so I’d love to win Wed on the Wagon Train! She’s a new-to-me author and I love discovering new writers….especially in the LIH category! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  • Annie Khemraj says:

    Hi Keli,

    I have to say I had the honour of reading your novel, “A home of her own”. It was such a sweet and precious story. So glad James and Becky found each other. I als loss my grandma in 2014 to breast cancer. It was a very difficult time for our family. Anyway, thank you for writing such sweet and beautiful stories.

    Now to answer the contest question:
    I honestly prefer to be left alone when I’m down with the cold and flu bug. I usually make a pot of chicken noodle soup, make myself a warm warm cup of ginherited tea and cuddle up in bed with a great book to read!

    Hope you’re recovered from your cold and glad your hubby was able to spoil and pamper you a bit.

    Take care and I look forward to reading many more of your books.


    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Annie, I’m so sorry you lost your grandmother to breast cancer. I’m glad you enjoyed A Home of Her Own, even though it dealt with that very disease. I poured my heart into the story, tapping into all the emotions I went through during my beloved mother-in-law’s last days here on earth. There are two scenes that make me cry, even though I’ve read them countless times, because they came from a place deep within me.

      Curling up in bed with a book after a hearty bowl of homemade chicken soup sounds like a great way to deal with a cold or flu. Thanks for the well wishes regarding my cold. I’m happy to report that I’m feeling much better. I even made it to Curves yesterday and enjoyed an energetic workout. 🙂

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. I popped over to and found out who our winners are. Congratulations to Lynne M Feuerstein, who won a copy of A Family Arrangement, and Kay Bossard, who won a copy of Wed on the Wagon Train!

    Be sure to stop back by this coming week when I’ll have two January LIHs up for grabs.