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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LIH Spotlight: Mail-Order Marriage Promise

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Mail-Order Marriage Promise, a September 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.

Wanted: Husband and Father 

Stunned that his sister ordered him a mail-order bride, John Wallin insists he’s not the husband Dottie Tyrrell needs. The scholarly logger knows Dottie will make the perfect wife—for some other man. Yet he’s compelled to invite the lovely widow and her infant son to stay with his family…but only until she can find her own way.

Dreams of true love are for other women. Betrayed by her baby’s father, Dottie just wants a safe home for her precious child. But who could resist a man with John’s quiet strength? When her secret past brings danger to their door, they may yet find this mail-order mix-up to be the perfect mistake…

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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New School Year

School started today for many of the students in our area. The new year will begin Tuesday for my daughter, and it’s an exiting one. Adri will be doing her student teaching this fall and will earn her credential around the middle of the school year, although she’ll still be taking classes for her Master’s of Teaching program. I’m one proud mom!

When I was a kid, few things excited me as much as the first day of school. I welcomed the end of summer and eagerly awaited the return to the classroom.

One of the ways I prepared for the Big Day was to restock my school supplies. New binders, Pee Chee folders, paper, pencils and pens could put a huge smile on my face.

Thanks to my new Bin Babe position at church—filling the bins with supplies for our Sunday School teachers each week—that I first mentioned in my May 29 post, I had a wonderful excuse to visit the Back-to-School sales this year. I snagged some great deals. There’s nothing quite like the thrill of getting four glue sticks for 1¢!

Another reason I’ve been looking forward to the start of the new school year is that our break is over and my Bin Babe buddy, Carol, and I are back to work.

In preparation for the new year, I spent several days completing the organization of the craft supplies that I’d started in May. I’m delighted with the results.

That project was both fun and functional. Carol and I can quickly find the craft items we’re looking for, which has cut our prep time, leaving more time for me to assist our children’s director in other ways.

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Questions for You

Are you or is anyone else in your family a teacher?

Did/do you get excited about the first day of school?

Do you visit the back-to-school sales looking for bargains?

What fun things are you looking forward
to during the coming school year?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of Mail-Order Marriage Promise
by leaving a comment on this post with the answer to one of
the questions above. You must answer a 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, August 12 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, August 14.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my July 31 post!
Patty will receive Inherited: Unexpected Family,
an August LIH by Gabrielle Meyer.

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LIH Spotlight: The Bride’s Matchmaking Triplets

This week I’m shining the spotlight on
The Bride’s Matchmaking Triplets, a June 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.

Marriage by Necessity 

When mail-order bride Elizabeth Dumont’s intended weds another, her only option is to take a job as nanny to abandoned triplet babies. Though she longs to provide a real home for her three precious charges, as a single woman she can’t adopt. Until her onetime sweetheart, minister Brandon Stillwater, offers a match of convenience…

It’s only for the triplets’ sake—that’s what Brandon tells himself. Insecurities once drove him and Elizabeth apart, and now small-town rumors have made them man and wife. And though Brandon doesn’t want to risk his heart this time, he’s not sure he can resist the feelings that are once again starting to bloom for Elizabeth. But can he convince her that this sweet surprise family is more than just convenient?

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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Why I Read

HarperCollins, which owns Harlequin and the Love Inspired lines, asked some of their authors why they read. You can see their answers here.

The question got me thinking. Why do I read? Here are three reasons.

I read novels for the joy of immersing myself in a story.

I read romances to relive the delight of falling in love all over again.

I read historical romances because I love to travel to other times and places and experience what life was like for those who lived then and there.

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Question for You

Why do you read?

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Book Giveaway!

Enter to win a print copy of The Bride’s Matchmaking Triplets
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, May 6 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, May 8.

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

Congratulations to the winner from my April 24 post!
Jennifer H. will receive a copy of The Marshal’s Mission,
a May LIH by Anna Zogg.

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