Keli Gwyn
LIH Spotlight: His Frontier Christmas Family

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
His Frontier Christmas Family, a December release from
Love Inspired Historical author Regina Scott.

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

A Family Made at Christmas

After taking guardianship of his late friend’s siblings and baby daughter, minister Levi Wallin hopes to atone for his troubled past on the gold fields. But it won’t be easy to convince the children’s wary elder sister to trust him. The more he learns about her, though, the more he believes Callie Murphy’s prickly manner masks a vulnerable heart…one he’s starting to wish he was worthy of.

Every man in Callie’s life chose chasing gold over responsibilities. Levi—and the large, loving Wallin family—might just be different. But she can tell he’s hiding something from her, and she refuses to risk her heart with secrets between them. Even as they grow closer, will their pasts keep them from claiming this unexpected new beginning?

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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Reflecting on my Stories: Music

The release of my final novel, Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, which has already begun to hit shelves across the country, has me feeling a bit nostalgic.

I looked at all eight of my published stories lined up in a neat row on top of my desk’s hutch recently and thought about what they have in common. One of the first things that struck me was that music plays a role in most of them. I’m focusing on that this week and will reflect on three other commonalities in my remaining November posts.


You might think that because I included music in most of my stories, I’m musically inclined. I’m not. My husband plays a number of instruments, and our daughter has a lovely singing voice, whereas I make a joyful noise.

Even though my musical skills aren’t that great, I love music. I took clarinet lessons during the sixth grade and sang in my high school’s choir my freshman year, but that stretched the limits of my abilities.

My lack of raw talent didn’t stop me from dreaming of playing piano like a pro or belting out tunes with finesse, but those dreams aren’t likely to go anywhere. I content myself with signing praise songs in church where my voice is drowned out by the drums or singsinging silly ditties I create to our cats.

When I began writing, my musical dreams worked their way into my stories. The hero and heroine of my debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, both play the violin very well. Miles and Ellie’s exceptional skills lead to a rivalry between them, one of many.

Tess, the heroine of my first Love Inspired Historical, Family of Her Dreams, believes she has a poor singing voice, but the hero convinces her otherwise. She ends up singing duets with Spencer.

By the time my second LIH, A Home of Her Own was contracted, the rights to the characters of my debut novel had reverted to me. I had a wonderful time writing a special scene where James and Becky attend a concert featuring Miles and Ellie, who are a happily married couple at that point.

My third LIH, Make-Believe Beau, features a saloon singer-turned-draftswoman. Jessie’s singing voice rivals that of Adele. Although Jessie vowed never to sing anywhere but in a church after turning her life over to the Lord, she learns to sing when and where He asks her to.

In my final LIH, Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, the hero and heroine both play the piano and sing well. There is a fun scene where Henry and Lavinia are practicing carols with the children in preparation for going caroling.

Although I lack the musical talents I wish I had, I’ve had fun slipping into the heads of characters who are gifted musicians and singers. We writers do live vicariously at times. 🙂

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Questions for You

What types of songs do you most enjoy singing?

Do you play an instrument? If so, which one?

Have you ever performed in a concert?

Do you sing to your pets?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of His Frontier Christmas Family
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to at least
one of the questions above. You must answer it 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, November 11 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, November 13.

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

Congratulations to the winners from my October 30 post!

Abigail M, Jasmine A, Sabrina T, Bonnie R and Connie S will
each receive a prize package, which can be seen in that post.
Look for a comment at the end of the comment trail
to see which winner won which prize package.

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