Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: Mistletoe Mommy

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Mistletoe Mommy, an October release from
Love Inspired Historical author Danica Favorite.

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

A MOTHER FOR CHRISTMAS

Widower Luke Jeffries needs a mother for his three young children, whether or not they agree. When he meets Nellie McClain at the mail-order-bride agency, Luke thinks his problems are solved, but they’ve only just begun. Though the beautiful widow awakens his grieving heart, Luke won’t betray his cherished wife’s memory.

A marriage of convenience is exactly what Nellie wants, since she’s been wounded by love before and doesn’t plan to risk her heart again. But despite her chilly reception at Luke’s family’s simple Colorado cabin, her feelings for Luke and the children grow deeper every day. Can Nellie and Luke heal the pain in each other and finally make their family whole again?

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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Broadway Bound…Sort of

I visited New York City once when I attended a writing conference that took place there. The conference hotel was situated right on Times Square with all its frenzied activity and neon glitz.

Many of my fellow conference attendees were eager to see a Broadway show. Not me. This small-town gal summoned her courage, had the hotel hail her a cab, hopped on a ferry and enjoyed a breathtaking view of the Statue of Liberty while en route to Ellis Island. My solo outing was a high point of that trip.

I’ve wondered a number of times since if I should have taken in Broadway show back then. Since I have no plans to return to NYC, that opportunity isn’t like to come my way again.

Or so I thought…

Our daughter, Adriana, has been working hard this past year and a half, intent upon earning her teaching credential. This coming December, she will jump through the final hoops and become a full-fledged teacher.

I wanted to do something special to celebrate our gal’s achievement. She and her dad enjoyed a trip to Europe when she was in high school and had a wonderful time, so I asked Carl what he thought of us ladies taking a trip of our own this time. He was all for it.

Since Adriana loves Broadway musicals, I got the idea of seeing which of them will be playing in San Francisco over her Christmas break. That would be Aladdin, a show she would love to see.

When I told Adri that she and I will be traveling to the Bay Area by train, staying in a historic hotel in the heart of the city and seeing Aladdin at the famous Orpheum Theater, her expression went from disbelief to delight in a matter of seconds.

The next few months will be filled with anticipation and a flurry of Facebook IMs as we plan our itinerary. I don’t know which of us is more excited. San Francisco, here we come!

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Questions for You

Which Broadway shows are your favorites?

Have you ever attended a Broadway show in person?

If you haven’t, which show would you most want to see?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Mistletoe Mommy
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, September 23 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, September 25.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 11 post!
Sandy S. will receive Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion,
an October LIH by Louise M. Gouge.

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LIH Spotlight: For the Sake of the Children & Rescuing the Runaway Bride

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
For the Sake of the Children by Danica Favorite and
Rescuing the Runaway Bride by Bonnie Navarro,
two January 2017 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.

For the Sake of the Children
by Danica Favorite

The Nanny Agreement

Widower Silas Jones needs a mother for his daughter, and marriage could help his former sweetheart repair her tattered reputation. Yet he can’t blame Rose Stone when she refuses a marriage of convenience after he once broke her heart, marrying another woman to save his family’s farm. He’s blessed Rose agrees to be his nanny. If only she’d look at him again with the warmth she shows little Milly…

Rose’s tarnished past hasn’t quelled her spirit. She’s building a good life in Colorado with her infant son—and the glimmer of a future with Silas. But when his in-laws try to claim Milly, Rose must decide if the makeshift family she and Silas have forged can reopen her heart to love.

Rescuing the Runaway Bride
by Bonnie Navarro

Wrong Groom, Right Bride

When the beautiful daughter of a wealthy Mexican landowner is injured saving his life, Christopher Samuels must nurse her back to health. Despite their language barrier, Chris grows close to Vicky Ruiz…but she’s betrothed to another man. Can Chris care for the spirited young woman and find a way to take her home in time for her wedding, without falling for her in the process?

Vicky would prefer spinsterhood to her arranged marriage. But while words aren’t necessary to express the growing attraction between them, Vicky can’t make Chris understand her reasons for running away. He seems determined to return her “home” to her father’s hacienda. Why can’t Chris see that the only home Vicky wants is with him?

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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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. Each week of this month I’ve given away two books, those from December first, followed by those from January. 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. 🙂

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Reflecting on 2016…

During this week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I grow reflective. As I look back on the waning year, certain events stand out as the highlights. Sometimes it can be difficult to pick one experience that surpassed the others, but not this year.

The highlight of 2016 was our daughter’s return to the States after her three years in Europe. Adriana spent a year in France working as an English-language teaching assistant in two middle schools. From there, she went to Austria, where she spent two years in the same position, this time working in two high schools.

Although I’m thrilled that our gal had this incredible experience, I missed Adri and was happy to see her return, as my beaming face in the photo below illustrates. When Adri stepped off that escalator, she braced herself for my hug, which was a good thing. I threw myself at her with such force that I might have bowled her over otherwise.

Question for You…

When you look back on 2016, which event stands out as your best?
If you have more than one and can’t choose, feel free to share all of them.

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of either For the Sake of the
Children
or Rescuing the Runaway Bride by leaving a
comment on this post with the answer to the question above.
You must answer the 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, December 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winners to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, January 2.

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

Congratulations to the winners from my December 19 post.
Marilyn R will receive a copy of Montana Cowboy Family
by Linda Ford, and Jane N will receive a copy of
His Substitute Wife by Dorothy Clark.

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LIH Spotlight: The Nanny’s Little Matchmakers

It’s September, and that means four new stories from
Love Inspired Historical are hitting the shelves.

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Nanny’s Little Matchmakers by Danica Favorite.

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

the-nannys-little-matchmakersA Wife for Their Papa 

Polly MacDonald intends to tame Mitch Taylor’s five mischievous children, even though every other nanny has fled. She needs this job—and Mitch’s brood sorely needs affection. Perhaps their widowed papa does, too. But when the children begin scheming to make her their new mother, Polly must resist. She’s seen too many bad marriages to want one of her own.

Mitch has come to Leadville, Colorado, to escape a scandal, not find a wife. After the disaster of his first marriage, he’s sure he isn’t husband material. Though Polly’s tender care is working wonders with his children, Mitch knows he should keep his feelings to himself. But can two wary hearts deny the dearest wish of five eager matchmakers?

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.

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Fun Question for Danica…

I’ve been following your house addition project on Facebook. I’ve heard such an undertaking can be full of challenges? What parts of the process have caused you the most stress? What have been the greatest rewards?

Danica says: “Yes, definitely a lot of challenges. I think the biggest challenge is that everything takes longer and costs more than you initially expect. We bought the house a year and a half ago, and our construction project is still not even close to being useable. A lot of unexpected things pop up, so it’s been really hard to stay in a smaller space. We lost 1000 square feet of living space with our move (that the project will add back, and then some!), and it’s been hard, especially for the introverts (raising hand) of our family. Honestly, that’s the biggest challenge. I’ve had my own office for a long time now, but for the past year and a half, I haven’t, and I’m DYING for my own space.

The greatest rewards: Well, I’m still looking forward to it: when it’s done! That said, we’ve had an unexpected bonus. A lot of people say that a house construction/remodel project is very stressful on a marriage, and is the cause of a lot of divorces. In our case, it’s brought us together in a lot of odd ways, and I think our marriage has gotten a lot stronger. I appreciate my husband in so many deeper ways, and I’m really grateful we get to work on this project together. Okay, he does all the work. I just pick stuff out and tell him what I want. J In the end, we’ll be living in our dream home, so it’ll all be worth it.”

danicas-office-under-construction

My office in progress. Right now, it’s being used to store tools and things hubby needs for the project, but hopefully soon I can show pics of it being where I work!

Your Turn…

How do you deal with major projects? Do they excite you or make you want to bury your head far under the covers and wait for the dust to settle?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of The Nanny’s Little Matchmakers.

Giveaway ends Sunday, September 25  at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, September 26.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 12 post,
Brenda W, who will receive a copy of Texas Cinderella,
a September 2016 Love Inspired Historical by Winnie Griggs.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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