Keli Gwyn
Seven Brides for Seven Texans Giveaway!

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of the musicals I enjoyed when I was young. This movie–about the oldest brother taking a wife and encouraging his six brothers to claim brides of their own by “capturing” them–came out in 1954. Even though that was a few years before I came on the scene, I remember watching the show and being swept up in the romantic aspects of it.

The Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection, coming December 1, features seven brothers who are issued an edict by their father: find a wife in one year’s time in order to claim a share of their father’s cattle empire. Although each brother’s story is told by a different author, the stories work together, much like episodes of a television show. There are no captured brides or musical numbers, but there is plenty of romance.

My story, “A Love Returned,” features the middle brother, Sam Houston Hart. When Coralee Culpepper declined his proposal, Houston left Texas for the gold fields of California. But when his father’s edict brings him home, will Coralee—the only woman to ever claim his heart—accept him, or will he be forced to return to the Golden State alone?

Writing a Texas-set story was different for me since I’m a native Californian who has set my novels here in the Gold Country where I live. I do have ties to Texas, though. It just so happens that my mother and my father-in-law grew up in the same West Texas town. Both had come to California before my husband and I were born. Discovering our shared heritage when I was dating Carl was fun. So was adding some Texas elements to Houston’s story.

I’m looking forward to the release of this collection, which has already received some glowing reviews on Goodreads. I have yet to receive my author copies, but you could win one of them anyhow. See the Rafflecopter entry form below, but first, here’s more about the collection and where you can get it.

Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection:
The Hart Brothers Must Marry or
Lose Their Inheritance in 7 Historical Novellas

Coming December 1, 2016 from Barbour Publishing

Seven Brides for Seven Texans-MediumAvailable to pre-order from:

Amazon.com Paperback
Amazon.ca Paperback
Barnes & Noble Paperback
Book Depository
Books-A-Million
Christianbook
Cokesbury
!ndigo.ca Paperback

Meet the seven Hart brothers of the 7-Heart ranch in central Texas. Each man is content in his independent life, without the responsibilities of a wife and children—until their father decides 1874 will be the year his grown sons finally marry, or they will be cut from his will. How will each man who values his freedom respond to the ultimatum? Can love develop on a timeline, or will it be sacrificed for the sake of an inheritance?

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Questions for you…

Are you a fan of musicals? If so, what are some of your favorites?

Do you enjoy Texas-set stories? If so, what is it you like about them?

Have you read anything by the other authors in the collection?
If so, which of their stories have you enjoyed?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of the
Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection.
to be mailed to the winner once I receive my copies.

Giveaway ends Sunday, November 6  at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, November 7.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my October 24 post,
Marsha B, who will receive a copy of The Rightful Heir,
an October 2016 Love Inspired Historical by Angel Moore.

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LIH Spotlight: A Mother in the Making

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

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
A Mother in the Making by Gabrielle Meyer.

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

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Matchmaking with a Mission  

Practical, steady, levelheaded: all qualities single father Dr. John Orton expects in both a governess and a wife. But his children’s temporary governess Miss Marjorie Maren seems set on finding him an impractical woman to love…despite his plans of marrying solely for convenience. Nothing could be more exasperating to the handsome widower—except his increasing interest in Marjorie.

Vivacious and fun-loving: that’s the kind of bride the reserved doctor needs. Before Marjorie leaves to pursue her acting dreams, she intends to match him with a suitable wife candidate. Yet growing affection for her four charges and their dashing father has awakened a new hope—that she might be his perfect bride. But can she convince her employer to take a chance on love and claim real happiness before it slips away?

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Fun Question for Gabrielle…

I love seeing pictures on Facebook of your family enjoying your yard, which backs on the Mississippi. What do you like best about living right on that mighty river?

Gabrielle says: “ I grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River and my husband grew up on the shores of a lake nearby. We both love the water and have wonderful memories of our childhoods playing with our families in lakes and rivers all over our beautiful state of Minnesota. What I love the most is that we are making new memories with our own children in the river right behind our house. We swim, fish, boat, and simply relax on the water. It’s a refreshing escape from the busy world.”

Your Turn…

Are you a water person like Gabrielle?

What are your favorite water-related activities?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of A Mother in the Making.

Giveaway ends Sunday, October 2  at 12 a.m. PDT.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, October 3.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 19 post,
Andrea S, who will receive a copy of The Nanny’s Little Matchmakers,
a September 2016 Love Inspired Historical by Danica Favorite.

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Romantic Proposals: At The Footbridge

Marriage proposals are special. Some are funny. Some are serious. And some are so romantic we can’t help but sigh.

When my writer friend and blogging buddy Gabrielle Meyer shared her proposal story with me, I did just that. I asked her if she’d be willing to share it here on my blog, and she said yes.

Here is Gabrielle’s beautiful story, one I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

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The first time I saw my husband, David, he was in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and I was in the audience. When he stepped onto the stage, I sat up straight, and when he began to sing, I melted into a pool.

Later, I was at a gathering with friends, when David walked in. I was talking with a friend about my job at the Dairy Queen. She was lactose intolerant and asked if there were any products available for people like her. I must admit, I wasn’t concentrating on the conversation; I was too busy watching David walk across the room, his handsome smile directed right at me.

This was the big moment! Butterflies flew through my stomach and my heart did a little flip. My friend, not knowing how historic this moment would forever remain, glanced at David and said nonchalantly: “Dave, have you met Gabe? She’s our friendly lactose dealer.” It wasn’t an ideal introduction, but we’d met!

Nine months later, after hours of phone calls, chance encounters and planned meetings, our friendship (finally!) developed into a romance, and we’ve never looked back.

David and Gabrielle Meyer celebrating their 11th anniversary.

In those early days David wrote beautiful poetry. As he prepared to leave for college, he read me one of his poems. He said someday he would tell me what it meant, but with the transitions we were making after graduation, I quickly forgot about it.

For the first two years we attended universities only thirty miles apart, and then David made a difficult decision to transfer three hundred miles away. We couldn’t imagine being separated, but living together before marriage wasn’t an option, as both of us had made a commitment to purity. We began exploring the idea of marrying while we were still college students. It hadn’t been our original plan, but the more we talked and prayed, the more we knew it was God’s best for us.

We picked out a ring, a beautiful vintage setting much like my grandmother’s, but he said the rest would be a surprise.

On a moonlit night in October of 2000, David came to my parents’ home and asked me if I’d like to take a walk with him in the park along the Mississippi River. The lamps on the trail offered a soft glow as we meandered hand in hand. When we came to the little footbridge on the path, David stopped and asked me to be his wife. With a little cry of excitement I said yes, and we shared a sweet kiss before he placed the ring on my finger.

David and Gabrielle Meyer on the Footbridge

In the joy of the moment, he asked me if I remembered the poem he’d written for me two years before, and that’s when he told me: “I wrote that poem the day I knew I would ask you to be my wife.”

The words to that poem, full of promise and hope, are etched into my heart. They graced the front of our wedding program and remain some of my favorite words ever written.

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Someday

by David Meyer

 I listen to the sound of my dreams, which seem to be singing your name

And I feel the madness of the love that my heart proclaims

And to you I shall give this love, to place on your lips so tender

Ah! It is you my love, my heart has been forever surrendered

As tender as a kiss on the footbridge, where the two destined lovers meet!

As beautiful as the morning snow and the smile that smiles so sweet

And if I could only be there to greet thee!

What a wonderful morning it would be!

On the footbridge where I shall meet thee!

Oh! What beautiful mornings we will see!

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Now that you’ve read Gabrielle’s story, don’t you agree that hers is a sigh-worthy proposal?

I love that poem and how David planned years before exactly where he’d take Gabrielle when he proposed to her. He certainly picked a romantic spot, didn’t he? And don’t you love that poem?

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Have you ever written a poem for your special someone?

Has your special someone written a poem for you?

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 Keli’s Book Release Blog Tour Appearances

A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California was officially released 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 though the end of this month.

July 11

Novel PASTimes ~ Interview and Book Giveaway
with Becky Melby and Cindy Thomson

Tag(g)lines ~ Tildy’s Character Interview
and Peppermint Giveaway with Melissa Tagg

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