Keli Gwyn
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Reading Book Dedications

I love reading dedications.

Some dedications are short; some are long. Some are funny; some are serious. Some are written for a family member, some for a friend, and some for a person who provided technical expertise or research assistance.

All are special.

What makes a dedication a must-read for me? I like seeing who has played a pivotal role in the author’s life or provided much-appreciated help in getting the book on the shelf.

Today the shipment of my debut novel is scheduled to arrive. One of the things I’m most looking forward to is cracking open a copy so Gwynly can read the dedication. He knows the book is dedicated to him. I couldn’t keep that secret, but with tremendous effort, I managed to keep from showing him the words I wrote just for him.

I don’t know who will be more moved by the dedication, me or my guy. Naw. That’s not true. I’m sure to go all weepy as I shed tears of joy, whereas Gwynly will probably just grin. That’s OK by me. His Gwyn grin is pretty special.


Do you enjoy reading dedications? Why or why not?

If you could dedicate a book to someone, who would it be?


 Book Release Blog Tour Appearances

The official release of A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado ,California is July 1. Many wonderful bloggers have offered to help me get the word out by hosting me on their blogs. I’ll be sharing the links to those posts at the bottom of mine throughout the tour, which runs the last week of June and all of July.

June 26

Writing for Christ ~ Interview and Book Giveaway with Casey Herringshaw

Christian Book Review Blog ~ Interview and Book Giveaway with Aizess

June 27

Stuff & Nonsense II ~ Interview and Book Giveaway with Anne Payne

Keli Gwyn


  • Aww! I’m actually excited to see what you wrote, too! 🙂

    I love reading dedications for exactly the same reasons you mentioned. I’ve always wondered who I would dedicate my first book to. It would either be my mama or my hubby. My mom has encouraged my writing from day one and she took me to museums and historic sites for the pure joy of seeing my smile, but my husband has picked up the torch where she left off and he’s in this for the daily grind. His words of encouragement and affirmation keep me filled up. Maybe I could dedicate it to both of them. Oh, dreaming! I love it. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Gabrielle, why not dream big? Go for a two-book contract, so you can dedicate one book to your hubby and another to your mom? =)

  • That is sooo sweet!! I can feel your joy and how special that moment will be for both of you!!
    I always read the dedications too. A friend of mine actually put me in hers and it was so cool!

  • I love reading dedication pages and acknowledgments! I can’t wait to read it, Keli. I may tear up too! 🙂

    For me, it depends on the book.I know one will go to one of my BFFs, one to my mom. One for my DH. But all are dedicated to my First Love–Jesus!! 😉

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jess, I’m thinking a three-book First Sale would be just the thing for you. That way you have a book for each of the special people you want to honor with a dedication.

  • Susan Mason says:

    How exciting, Keli! Waiting for your book in the mail! Better than Christmas!

    I love reading the dedications and the acknowledgements. Can’t wait to read yours!


    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sue, I hope you enjoy the story–and the dedication. I didn’t have the option of including acknowledgements, which could be a good thing. So many wonderful people have helped me that to list them all would require a novella. Your name would be among those listed. =)

  • Yes, I love reading the dedications and the acknowledgements too.

    I want to dedicate a book to my husband, for sure. But I also would love to dedicate one to my parents, especially my mom, who always told me she was number 1 fan.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lindsay, I’m dreaming big dreams for you. I’m thinking a book for your hubby, a book in remembrance of your mom, and a book for your dad sounds like a nice start. And why stop there? I’m sure you have other relatives, friends, and writing buddies you could dedicate a book to. Just keep on reeling in those contracts. Sound like a plan?

  • Melissa Tagg says:

    Oh yeah, I love to read dedications! And Acknowledgements pages. Someone told me recently she never reads the acknowledgements and I gaped.

    My first book will definitely be dedicated to my parents and grandparents–the four people I most want to be like!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melissa, you just melted my heart with your comment. Loved those special words, “the four people I most want to be like.” What a tribute. They must be very special indeed.

  • Lisa Jordan says:

    Congratulations, Keli!! So thrilled for you. There’s a joy in opening the box and holding your book for the first time that just can’t be explained.

    I love reading dedications too. My first dedication was to my husband. My second dedication was to my niece followed by my sister and her husband.

    Writing a dedication takes a lot of thought to get the words just right.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Lisa, I’m with you. Writing a dedication can be a challenge. How does one pour one’s heart into a handful of words the world will see? Not an easy task–but a very fulfilling one nonetheless.

  • Beth K. Vogt says:

    I read everything in a novel — dedications, acknowledgments, even copyright info!
    And yes, reading the dedication is a special insight into the author’s heart.
    Writing the dedication to Wish You Were Here was easy for me: I dedicated my debut novel to my husband Rob. And it was so, so special to share those words written just for him with him when the book came out.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Beth, like you I read every word in a book. You never know what treasure lie in those ancillary pages. Why, I read the acknowledgements in this really funny runaway bride romance recently, and lo and behold. There was my name. Was I ever surprised–and honored.

  • I LOVED writing the dedication for my debut novel! I’m not sure who to dedicate my 2nd one to!

  • Sherrinda says:

    I absolutley love to read a book’s dedication. Some are simple. Some are elaborate. Some make me cry. Mmmmm, I love ’em!

  • Donna Pyle says:

    Dedications are a must read! It gives insight into the author and who/what they hold dear. The dedication I wrote in my upcoming release was hard, because I didn’t want to forget anyone and properly thank those most pivotal. I can’t wait to read your dedication to Gwynly. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:


      How neat that you were able to dedicate your book to all those who helped you get it ready for publication.

      Gwynly actually read the dedication of my book aloud on the Debut Novel Delivery video I shared on my personal Facebook timeline. He liked it–a lot!

  • Loree Huebner says:

    Loved your short clip on FB of you seeing your book for the first time, and Gwynly reading his dedication…so touching. I had to find the Kleenex box!

    • Keli Gwyn says:


      Thanks for your kind words. I’d so looked forward to sharing the dedication with Gwynly. When it comes to supportive husbands, he’s at the top of the list. I wanted the world to know how special he is. Now they do. 🙂

  • I too love reading the dedications. I vowed if I ever published a book I would dedicate it to my fear brother Tim who was taken from us at age 19. It was 35 years later when I dedicated my first Amanda book to Tim – who will be forever young.