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LIH Spotlight: Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion, an October release
from Love Inspired Historical author Louise M. Gouge.

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

The Sheriff’s Second Chance 

Sheriff Justice Gareau can make outlaws quake in their boots…yet coming face-to-face with Evangeline Benoit once again takes away all his composure. She broke their engagement, and his heart, to marry a wealthy older man. Despite his reluctance, Justice can’t avoid the widowed single mother of two when they’re collaborating on a Christmas village for the town’s children.

The loving boy Evangeline once knew has become an unyielding lawman. Forced to flee New Orleans over false allegations, Evie doubts Justice will take her side when the past follows her to Colorado. Especially when he and her troublesome son butt heads. But perhaps the spirit of Christmas will soften his heart and give them a second chance at love.

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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Role Playing

Although my sister starred in several plays and my mother had a number of roles in local junior college productions during my high school years, I never aspired to be an actress.

I can’t remember lines and freeze when I’m on stage. That fact became painfully clear when I was in sixth grade and was assigned the part of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I had a full-blown case of stage fright the day of the performance and forgot every single thing I was supposed to say.

In spite of my traumatic thespian experience, I do have a wee bit of a ham in me. It came out when I was in Toastmasters a few years back. I don’t know why, but I can deliver a decent speech–and apparently I’m even funny at times. A woman who attended an author talk I gave told me I should do stand up. Who knew?

This week I tapped into my well-hidden talent and participated in at fun event at my local Curves. I won the opportunity to “Coach a Coach” as part of our fundraising efforts to support the American Cancer Society and our Relay for Life team.

Since I wanted to make things fun for the coach I got to coach, I created two personas: the Cheerleader and the Evil Queen, complete with pompoms and a sparkly belt that served as my makeshift whip.


On Shari’s first lap around the circuit, I offered oodles of encouragement and added a couple of cheers to the mix. Mind you, they weren’t all that impressive. Here’s one of them: S-H-A-R-I! S-H-A-R-I! Gooooo, Shari!

Things changed when Shari completed her first lap. I whipped off my pretty purple “I don’t sweat – I sparkle” t-shirt” to reveal a sleek black tank top with the words “Evil Queen” emblazoned on the front in purple glitter. Every lady on the circuit laughed.

Being the cheerleader was easy for me. I love to encourage people. Playing the part of the Evil Queen exceeded my limited acting abilities. Even though I tried to act tough, I cracked up many times–as did Shari, who was such a good sport.

Coaching my coach ended up being a blast. I won’t win any awards for my acting, but I had fun and contributed to a worthy cause at the same time.

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Questions for You

Have you ever been in a play, or does
the thought of being on stage freak you out?

If you were given the opportunity to play
a part, which role would you choose?

Do you enjoy creating fun costumes?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Cowboy Lawman’s Christmas Reunion
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 16 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, September 18.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my September 4 post!
Heidi R. will receive Montana Bride by Christmas,
an October LIH by Linda Ford.

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LIH Spotlight: Cowboy Homecoming

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Cowboy Homecoming by Louise M. Gouge,
an April release from Love Inspired Historical.

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

Rocky Mountain Proposal 

After two years, Tolley Northam returns home, transformed from a mischievous youth into an ambitious lawyer confident of winning his father’s approval at last. But he soon begins to wonder if the only way to do so is to marry family friend Laurie Eberly—a woman his father has always liked. If only she weren’t so adamant about refusing Tolley’s proposal…

Laurie’s childhood friend is now a handsome, accomplished lawyer with undeniable charm. But she can’t accept Tolley’s proposal; she believes it’s just to earn his father’s praise. First he’ll have to prove to her that he wants her for a wife not because his father thinks she’s the perfect match, but because he does.

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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Signs of Spring

I enjoy each of the seasons. Each of them has elements I like.

I’m enjoying driving around these days and seeing the flowering trees bursting forth in all their glory. Those with the bright pink blossoms are my favorite sign of spring.

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Question for You

What is your favorite sign of spring?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Cowboy Homecoming by
leaving a comment on this post with the answer to the
question 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, March 18 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, March 20.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my March 6 post.
Jane N. will receive a copy of The Rancher’s Surprise Triplets
an April LIH by Linda Ford.

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LIH Spotlights: Pony Express Christmas Bride and Cowgirl Under the Mistletoe

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Pony Express Christmas Bride by Rhonda Gibson and
Cowgirl Under the Mistletoe by Louise M. Gouge,
two December 2016 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.

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Want-Ad Wife 

Mail-order bride Josephine Dooley’s trip West was supposed to end in marriage to her intended groom—not with the discovery that he hadn’t actually placed the bridal ad! Now her only choice is to convince Pony Express rider Thomas Young to wed her anyway to save her from her scheming uncle.

A bride shouldn’t be a surprise package, and when Thomas finds out about his meddling brother’s ruse, he plans to send his would-be wife packing. However, when he realizes Josephine desperately needs his help and a marriage of convenience is the only way he can protect her, he vows to become the husband she needs. But he quickly learns that it will be hard to keep his new bride at arm’s length…because Josephine is his perfect match.

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A Colorado Christmas Courtship
 

Deputy Grace Eberly can outshoot and outride most men in Esperanza, Colorado…but lassoing a husband is an impossible task. At least she has her good friend Reverend Micah Thomas to keep her company. When outlaws threaten their community, the two join forces to stop them, and Grace’s feelings for the reverend deepen. But she’s sure he’d never love a too-tall cowgirl in trousers and boots.

Micah believes that it’s time to find himself a wife—someone sweet and ladylike who can help him better serve the town. So why do none of the elegant young women of his acquaintance stir his heart like the feisty tomboy deputy? As they work to bring peace to the community, will Grace and Micah finally see that they make the perfect team?

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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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. I’ll be giving away two December books away this week and next. The last two weeks of the month, I’ll give away two January books. Starting in January, I’ll be giving away the following month’s books. This way you can win the books before they hit the stores’ shelves.

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Question for You…

This past weekend, my family enjoyed
Christmas events from two different cultures.

sutter-creek-2016-las-posadas-keli-gwynOn Saturday, we participated in the Las Posadas pilgrimage held in the nearby Gold Rush-era town of Sutter Creek. We joined Mary and Joseph and a sizable group on a trek down luminary-lined streets. Along the way, we stopped at three inns, which turned the couple away. Our final stop was a manger, where we welcomed Baby Jesus.

sacramento-2016-christkindlmarkt-keli-gwynOn Sunday, we went to the Christkindlmarkt in Sacramento, which is a German Christmas market. In honor of the event, we wore our traditional German clothing. I’m shown in my Dirndl with St. Nikolaus and the Christkind, an angel-like character. We enjoyed the smell of Glühwein (mulled wine) in the air, visited the booths selling craft items and German wares, and ate Bratwurst for lunch.

What Christmas events based on other cultures have you participated in? Please include a description for those of use who might not know what the events are all about.

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of either a Pony Express
Christmas Bride
or Cowgirl Under the Mistletoe
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 10 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, December 12.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my November 28 post,
Chrissy D, who will receive a copy of
The Negotiated Marriage
by Christina Rich.

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