Keli Gwyn
Fifth Friday: Five Prize Packages!

Because only four Love Inspired Historicals are released
each month, I plan something different for the fifth Fridays.

Since November will be my last month to post LIH spotlights, when
I’ll showcase the December titles, this will be my final Fifth Friday post.

November also happens to be the month when my final book releases.
I think that calls for some serious fun. And what’s more fun than giveaways?

In honor of this final Fifth Friday post and my final book’s release,
I have five prize packages up for grabs. How does that grab you?
Look below the pictures to find out how to enter the giveaway.

(Update: I just realized I meant to say Fifth Monday.
In my defense, I’m in book release mode,
and I’ve been living the life of a retiree,
so I’m a bit out of practice.)

Prize Package Number 1
A wooden Christmas ornament and a
copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 2
A Christmas-themed adult coloring book
and a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 3
A copy of my first and last novels:
A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California
and Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 4
My one and only novella, “A Heart Returned,” in the
Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection
and a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.

Prize Package Number 5
An elegant Origami Owl Christmas-themed locket
and a copy of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers.


This elegant locket deserves a closeup.
Note that the tiny crystals go inside the locket.
I removed them so the charms would show more clearly.

 

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A Dream Realized

My dream of being a writer was born when I was seven. I realized that each of the books I loved to read had been written by someone. As as result of that aha moment, I decided I wanted to be a writer too.

When I was a teenager, I discovered romance novels. My mom would take my sisters and me to the local used bookstore, where we would each buy ten of the sweet Harlequin romances of the 1970s for a dollar. I’d read my stack, trade with a sister and read hers. I dreamed of writing stories like those I enjoyed.

Forty years after my dream of being a writer was born, I finally embarked on it. Six years later my first book, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, hit the shelves. Talk about a thrill. At long last I was a published author.

Three years later, my first Love Inspired Historical, Family of Her Dreams, was released by Harlequin. My heroine, Tess, realized her dream, and so did I. Four more LIHs followed.

As I reflect on my writing career, I feel a sense of accomplishment, along with a great deal of gratitude. I’ve had six novels, one novella and one short story published, each of them a God-honoring story filled with hope, healing and a happy ever after. I couldn’t have realized my dream without the support of so many, including you, my wonderful readers. Thank you!

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Questions for You

What dreams have you realized?

What dreams are you working on now?

What dreams have you yet to pursue?

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Fifth-Friday Giveaway!

Enter to win one of five fun-filled prize packages by leaving
a comment on this post with the answer to one of the questions
above. You must answer at least one question to qualify.
(Be sure to leave your email address when youโ€™re
prompted to do so during the commenting process.
To keep spammers from snatching your address,
please donโ€™t leave it in your comment itself.)

Giveaway ends Saturday, November 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, November 6.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my October 30 post!
Kim A will receive a copy of A Child’s Christmas Wish,
a November Love Inspired Historical by Erica Vetsch.

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LIH Spotlight: Their Mistletoe Matchmakers

This week Iโ€™m shining the spotlight on
Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, a November release from
Love Inspired Historical author Keli Gwyn. Yup. That’s me. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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

A Christmas Matchย 

The best Christmas possibleโ€”that’s what Lavinia Crowne intends to provide before taking her orphaned nieces and nephew home to Philadelphia. But carrying out her plan may be harder than she expects, with their handsome, stubborn uncle, Henry Hawthorn, insisting on raising the children in rough-and-tumble Sutter Creek, California. Lavinia can’t bear to lose her late sister’s children, though, or go against her father’s demand to bring them home.

Henry believes his nieces and nephew need affection and security more than a lavish lifestyle. But as the children conspire to bring their aunt and uncle together, a new vision fills his headโ€”of future Christmases spent with sweet, determined Lavinia and their growing family. Can three little matchmakers, and the spirit of the season, bring the gift of a very happy beginning?

Copyright ยฉ 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art and cover copy text used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
ยฎ and โ„ข are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.

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ย New Beginnings

The release of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, my final book, marks the end of my writing career. While that’s sad in some ways, this ending has enabled me to embrace a new beginning. I’ve been transitioning to life after writing, and I can tell you, without hesitation, that retirement agrees with me.

Lavinia Crowne, the heroine of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, is embarking on a new beginning of her own. She’s left the comfort of her luxurious lifestyle in Philadelphia and has traveled west to Sutter Creek, California in order to collect her late sister and brother-in-law’s three orphaned children.

Believing that the rough and rugged mining town is no place to raise children, Lavinia plans to take her nephew and nieces back to Pennsylvania with her. There’s just one problem. The children’s paternal uncle, Henry Hawthorn, the youngsters’ legal guardian, insists they remain in Sutter Creek with him.

Like many Gold Rush towns, Sutter Creek boasted a wide main street. Many of the buildings standing today date back to the town’s early days. The pictures below give you an idea of the historic flavor.

Henry’s late brother, Jack, built a beautiful house. I chose to use a real home in Sutter Creek as the model for the one in the story. Since the Hawthorn brothers began their careers as blacksmiths, I added wrought iron railings on the porches. Other than thatโ€”and the removal of the lawn that wouldn’t have been there in 1860โ€”the house is just as I described it in the story, complete with a mistletoe-laden oak tree in the backyard.

This stately home might strike you as appealing, but Lavinia, the daughter of a wealthy hotel magnate, was used to life in her father’s lavish mansion. She was also used to grand Christmas celebrations. The simple one Henry has planned for the children pales by comparison, but Lavinia is prepared to remedy that.

As you might expect, Lavinia’s dogged determination to provide the children with a Christmas unlike anything they’ve ever experience causes her to clash with Henry. She’s so set on her goal that she’s already had readers flipping pages to find out if she comes to her senses. I won’t tell you howโ€”or whereโ€”the story ends, but I will tell you that Henry, Lavinia and the children enjoy a happy ever after and a new beginning.

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Questions for You

What new beginnings have you embarked on?

Are your Christmas celebrations simple,
or do you prefer to do things up in grand style?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win one of five a print copies of Their Mistletoe Matchmakers
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, October 21 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, October 23.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my October 9 post!
Kathleen D. will receive Mail-Order Christmas Baby,
a November LIH by Sherri Shackelford.

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Fifth Monday Giveaway: Five Books & Five Winners

Since June has five Mondays and there are only four LIHs
released each month, I have a special giveaway today.
Five winners will get to choose between my last
two Love Inspired Historicals, shown below.
Click here to read the back cover copy.

If you already have both books, that’s OK.
You could give your prize to a friend.

Choose between…

and…

Copyright ยฉ 2017 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited.
ยฎ and โ„ข are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
or its affiliated companies, used under license.

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New Endeavors

When I announced my retirement in my May 15 blog post, I mentioned how excited I am to embark on this new chapter of my life. One of the things I’ve been looking forward to is having time to volunteer at church.

I’ve assumed a position in our Kids World program that’s affectionately known as a Bin Babe. A dear lady and I meet with our Children’s Director once each week to fill five bins with supplies that will be used the following Sunday by our elementary teachers, making their jobs easier.

Because I love organizing, I was given permission to do some rearranging of the many supplies we have on hand. I’m just getting started, but my first project of finding a new home for the most-used craft items is complete, thanks to some clear plastic shoe boxes. Looking at this shelf makes my heart happy.
I have plans for many other organization projects, including creating an inventory of all our elementary department supplies using an Excel spreadsheet. Can you tell I’m detail-oriented?

Having time to do something that brings me so much joy is helping smooth the transition from my writing world to my new role as a retiree. There are moments I miss telling stories, but I’m helping Sunday School teachers tell the most important stories of all, which fills me with a deep sense of satisfaction.

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Questions for You

What’s the most enjoyable volunteer position you’ve ever held?

Are you a detail-oriented or big-picture person?

Is organizing something you enjoy?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of either Her Motherhood Wish
or Make-Believe Beau (your choice) by leaving a comment
on this post with the answer to one of the questions above.
I’ll be choosing five different winners this week!

You must answer at least one 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, June 3 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, June 5.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my May 22 post!
Colleen F. will receive a copy of Taking on Twins,
a June LIH by Mollie Campbell.

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