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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 Coraleeβ€”the only woman to ever claim his heartβ€”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: Paperback Paperback
Barnes & Noble Paperback
Book Depository
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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 childrenβ€”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?


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?


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 6Β  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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway










Keli Gwyn


  • vera wilson says:

    Seen Brides For Seven Brothers has been a long time fav movie of mine for years. So this book should be great. Thanks for the chance.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Vera, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a fun movie, isn’t it? I love that we get to experience seven happily-ever-afters when we watch it. Readers of Seven Brides for Seven Texans will enjoy that same aspect when they read this new collection since all seven Hart brothers find their brides. πŸ™‚

  • Love musicals. My all-time favorite is The Sound of Music. Every now and then my husband and I break out the musical DVD’s and spend a couple of days watching them. Yes, I enjoy Texas-set books because…well, cowboys! I’m pretty sure the only author I have read in this compilation is you, so I am looking forward to the release. It looks great Keli!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Julie, the Sound of Music is one of my favorite musicals. Since we lived in Germany all those years ago, we got to visit many of the movie sites when we took a trip to Salzburg. What fun that was!

      The other authors in the collection are great. I’m sure you’ll enjoy their stories. If so, you’ll be able to find many more that they’ve written.

  • Abigail Mitchell says:

    Ok, everything about this post I love! I love Musicals, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of my favorites, if not my favorite! And i love books set in Texas, and especially in the late 1800s! Of course some of my other favorite musicals would have to be Rodgers and Hammerstein! Love them! I love a lot of the old musicals! As far as these authors, i haven’t read a whole lot by them, but all of there work looks awesome! I did loooove Susan Page Davis’ series on the Ladies Shooting Club! They were so good! Thanks for this fabulous giveaway!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Abigail, there are so many great classical musicals to choose from, aren’t there? Rodgers and Hammerstein put out some of the best.

      I’m glad you’ll get to “meet” the other authors in the collection. They write good stories.

  • Coral Haley says:

    LOVE Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! Also love Guys and Dolls. I grew up watching these musicals with my grandmother, who lived with us the last 5-6 years of her life. I think it’s time I introduced some of these musicals to my own daughter. πŸ™‚

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Coral, what fun it must have been to watch those musicals with your grandmother. I’m sure you’ll have fun sharing them with your daughter.

      I introduced our gal to musicals with Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and a few others, but it turns out she’s a far bigger fan of classical musicals than I’ll ever be. Adri loves many of the old non-musical movies, too, and has quite a collection of them.

      Our whole family enjoys one modern-ish musical: A Muppet Christmas Carol. We watch that one together every Christmas Eve, with the exception of her years abroad. But she’s back this year, so we’ll be watching it come December 24th. πŸ™‚

  • Melinda says:

    I wouldn’t call myself a fan of musicals, but I LOVE “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “White Christmas”, can watch those over and over!

    I do love Texas set, I’ve always liked John Wayne Westerns (El Dorado being a favorite), so I love the setting, the cowboys, the feel of Texas.

    Can’t wait to read these!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melinda, White Christmas is a great movie, isn’t it? Our daughter, who is a classic movie buff, introduced me to it. Since Adriana is living in our area again, I’ll have to schedule a mom-daughter date at her place to watch that show and share some munchies.

  • Megan besing says:

    I do enjoy Texas stories. Reminds me of the years we lived there.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Megan, what fun it must have been to live in Texas. I’ve only been there twice. The first time I was five, so I don’t remember much. The second time was back in 2002. We returned to Midland to inter my father-in-law’s cremains beside my mother-in-law’s (in the same cemetery where my ancestors are buried.) I’d never seen sheet lightning before that trip. It was really something. I also experienced the vastness of the Lone Star State. And I thought California was big. πŸ™‚

      P.S. I was there for a writer’s conference once, too, but it was held at a hotel at the Dallas airport smack dab in the middle of the freeway off ramps, so I didn’t get much of a taste of Texas then.

  • Deana Dick says:

    I love stories set in Texas. Perhaps it is because I live there. So much history and beautiful land. And we mustn’t forget about the Cowboys.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deana, I’m sure Texas has a great deal to offer. I only got to visit West Texas. I’d love to have an opportunity to see more of your beautiful state. One day…

  • Melody Estus says:

    The cover reminds me of the area I grew up in which is the Midwest and this book has several authors I know and love to read their stories……

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melody, what fun that the story reminds you of your early years in the Midwest. Most of the stories in the collection take place on or near the fictional 7-Heart Ranch east of San Antonio.

  • Keli, this new collection sounds like such fun. Congratulations to all seven authors!

    The King and I is my favorite musical!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Sherida, thanks for sharing in our excitement. The other authors and I are eager for readers to “meet” the Hart brothers and the women who capture their hearts.

      My daughter introduced me to the King and I. She’s a big fan of classical movies and musicals.

  • Bonnie Roof says:

    The answers to your questions: yes, yes, and yes , LOL!! I love novella collections and the authors who are included in ‘Seven Brides For Seven Texans’. Thanks for your post and for the giveaway opportunity, Keli!!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Bonnie, your comment made me smile. I’m glad you’re looking forward to the release of this fun collection. So are the other authors and I. Working with these talented ladies was a privilege. I’m still pinching myself.

  • Jan Klopfenstein says:

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers one of my favorites. Also Fiddled on the Roof, Sound of Music. Have a lot of the songs memorized

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Jan, those are three of my favorite musicals, too. I’m not surprised you know many of the songs. I’d love to hear you sing them. You have such a lovely voice. I still remember you singing at our eighth grade graduation. πŸ™‚

  • Connie Saunders says:

    Yes, I love musicals and I have several favorites. I never tire of The Sound of Music, West Side Story, and The Phantom of the Opera.

    I read Erica Vetsch’s The Cactus Creek Challenge and enjoyed it tremendously!

    Thanks for this giveaway.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Connie, I love The Phantom of the Opera. My daughter’s marching band did a field show to several of the numbers from it when she was in high school. I never tired of hearing them.

      I read The Cactus Creek Challenge, too. What a fun story!

  • Abby Breuklander says:

    I absolutely love musicals!!! I would have to say that The Phantom of the Opera, The Music Man and The Sound of Music are my favorites!

  • Luanne Lawrence says:

    I do like some musicals, especially the older ones.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Luanne, there are some great classical musicals, aren’t there? I introduced our daughter to a few of them, but our classical musical/movie enthusiast introduced me to a lot more.

  • Deanna S says:

    Are you a fan of musicals? No I’m not a fan..

    Do you enjoy Texas-set stories? Yes, I like that most are on ranches and have lots of cowboys & horses!

    Have you read anything by the other authors in the collection? Yes, all but two.. the collections you all do are great!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Deanna, the stories in the collection take place on or near a huge cattle ranch east of San Antonio, Texas. There are plenty of cowboys and horses. Cattle, too. πŸ™‚

  • Tami says:

    I love musicals!! Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an all time favorite. Love it!! Also, Hello Dolly & White Christmas.

    I also love western set historical books… Texas or not.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Tami, Hello Dolly is another of my favorite musicals. I watch it with my daughter from time to time. Those song and dance numbers are wonderful.

      I’m another fan of Western-set stories. Being a native Californian, I like stories set in the Far West best. πŸ™‚

  • Joelle M says:

    I do love musicals, especially My Fair Lady, Annie, and White Christmas! I am so excited about this book because I love reading compilations where the characters from earlier books are in later books. I fall in love with characters and want to read more about them!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Joelle, Annie is a fun musical. I’ve seen several versions. I think my favorite character is Miss Hannigan. She’s a hoot. I think Carol Burnett would get my vote for the best Miss Hannigan. Who would get yours?

      Since you like connected stories, you’ll love Seven Brides for Seven Texans. One story takes off where the last one ended, much like episodes of a TV show. That required a good deal of collaboration behind the scenes, but it was worth it. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Hibdon says:

    I love musicals!!! Whenever Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is on I stop everything else! It is my favorite musical. Thanx for the giveaway.

  • Trixi says:

    I’ve not watched too many musicals, but I think my favorite one is “Sound of Music”. I must have watched it at least 20 times and haven’t gotten tired of it πŸ™‚

    I do have books by some of the authors in this collection, haven’t had the chance to read any yet….you should see my long TBR list (mostly review books right now).

    I do enjoy Western-type stories, especially historical! It doesn’t matter the state to me, anything is good πŸ™‚

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Trixi, Sound of Music is one of my most favorite musicals. Like you, I never tire of it.

      I’m not surprised an avid reader like you has a mountainous TBR pile. I wish you happy reading and reading and reading.

  • Susan Williford Cobb says:

    I do like musicals. My favorite is phantom of the opera. I love Texas based books as I live in Texas and it is a great state. I have read books from Keli Gwyn and also from Susan Page Davis. I would love to win this book but if I don’t I will be buying it !!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Susan, I really like the Phantom of the Opera movie starring Gerard Butler. The song and dance numbers are outstanding.

      Since you live in Texas, I have a hunch you’ll really enjoy the stories in Seven Brides for Seven Texans. It was fun for me to set a story there for a change.

  • Dianna says:

    I have never been to an actual musical – just school plays!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianna, school plays can be such fun. My sister was in drama during high school, and I got to see her perform a number of times. Our daughter was a member of the chorus in Les Miserables during her senior year of high school. She had such fun, and I enjoyed the performance immensely.

  • Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Singin’ in the Rain, Cinderella,Funny Girl, Mary Poppins, The Music Man

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Kathleen, I get the feeling you’re a BIG fan of musicals, especially the classics. πŸ™‚ They sure knew how to do musicals right back then, didn’t they?

  • Nicole Wetherington says:

    I love Christmas musicals!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Nicole, which of the Christmas musicals are your favorites? The one that comes to mind is White Christmas, starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

  • Pam Lunsford says:

    Keli, I have always loved Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I remember watching it for the first time when I was young and thought it was so romantic. I still watch it when it comes on TV.
    I enjoy my Christian fiction setting to be in Texas because Texas is the place for cowboys and I’ve always wanted to visit Texas.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Pam, there is plenty of romance in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, along with wonderful musical numbers. Sigh!

      I hope you get to visit Texas one day. I’d like to see more of it myself.

  • Kirsten Rinehart says:

    I love musicals, Texas based stories, and I have read books by multiple of the authors of this new series. My favorite musical is the Sound of Music. Love Julie Andrews. The thing I love about Texas based stories is that it takes place out west and has cowboys. I have read Susan Page Davis story from the Cowboy’s Bride Collection.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Kirsten, Julie Andrews is so talented, isn’t she? And she’s a class act.

      Cowboys have long been a reader favorite, as have Texas settings. This collection has both. πŸ™‚

  • Susan P says:

    Our family loves the movie Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! I like books set in Texas because I’m a farm girl and enjoy western scenes and the aura that Texas gives to a story.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Susan, I like your use of the word “aura” to describe that special essence that a story set in Texas has. I think you’ll find that aura in this collection.

  • Beth Erin says:

    I’m not a big musical fan but I do love stories set in Texas. I think the independent spirit of Texans appeals to me most as well as the history of hard working ranchers and cowboys.

  • flchen1 says:

    I do enjoy musicals! The Sound of Music is probably the one I know best from watching it on TV periodically as a child… Played the piano for the musical Godspell in college… and well, many of the Disney movies are musicals πŸ˜‰ Lots of singing and catchy songs πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to read this collection, Keli!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wow, Fedora! I didn’t know you play the piano. I always wanted to learn. I can peck out the Marine Hymn with one finger, but that’s as far as I got.

      • Fedora says:

        With all the years of lessons I was blessed to have, I ought to be a concert pianist, Keli!! And it’s never too late for lessons if you still have the interest! πŸ™‚

  • Caryl Kane says:

    Are you a fan of musicals? Not really a fan.

    Do you enjoy Texas-set stories? I love stories set in my home state of Texas. I can’t resist cowboys. *wink*

    Have you read anything by the other authors in the collection?
    I’ve read A Mother in the Making and A Family Arrangement by Gabrielle Meyer and loved them.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Caryl, I have a hunch you’ll enjoy Seven Brides for Seven Texans. It’s filled with handsome cowboys. πŸ˜‰

      It’s fun to see that you’re a fan of Gabrielle Meyer. She has two more LIHs contracted, and I have a hunch there will be plenty more after those.

  • Lucy Reynolds says:

    I have read Erica, Susan and Lorna. Yes, I enjoy books set in Texas. My sis in law is from Texas.

  • Marilyn R says:

    I enjoyed the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, too. My all time favorite musical is The Sound of Music. I prefer attending musicals or dramas instead of any movies. Thank you for sharing.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Marilyn, live productions are such fun, aren’t they? I’ve enjoyed them ever since high school when I got to watch the plays my drama-loving sister was in.

  • Andrea Stephens says:

    I love all the Old Hollywood musicals, Seven Brided for Seven Brothers is just one of them, Singing in the Rain is another.
    I have read books or novellas by all the authors, I love them all so much.
    Just like the saying goes Everything in Texas is Bigger, it goes for this collection as well. I read it on NetGalley and would love to have my own copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • jcp says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Dianne M Medeiros says:

    I am not really a fan of musicals. They are okay. I do enjoy Texas or “western” style stories… especially those from the late 1800s or early 1900s – my grandmother’s generation. I am intrigued to read 7 short love stories & discover how each brother finds their “one” and especially how the stories all tie together. I enjoy reading stories that reference one another.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Dianne, this novella collection is super fun because of the ties between the stories. Each story picks up where the last one left off. There was A LOT of collaboration between the authors in order to pull this off. Kudos to our project leader, Erica Vetsch, and our editors.

  • Marsha Bernabe says:

    I love musicals! The first one I saw in a live was the king and I with Yul Brenner when I was 8

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Wow, Marsha! It must have been wonderful to see the King and I with Yul Brenner live. Our daughter, who is a huge fan of musicals, loves that one.

  • Monica says:

    I love musicals. My favorite is Singin’ in the Rain. I love Gene Kelly. I watched Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for my music appreciation class when I was in college. Best homework ever!
    I enjoy stories set in Texas. There’s just something about cowboys and ranches and cowboys… πŸ˜‰
    Aside from your books which I absolutely love, I’ve also read 3 books by Erika Vetsch including A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, California. I also love and recommend the 3 book Boardinghouse Brides by Vickie McDonough.
    I’m looking forward to reading this new book. Thank you!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Monica, Gene Kelly was a good actor and an incredible dancer. That umbrella scene from Singin’ in the Rain is wonderful.

      Thanks for your kind words about my stories. Erica is a talented storyteller, isn’t she, as is Vickie? I can’t believe my story is featured alongside theirs. I’m still pinching myself.

  • Anne Payne says:

    Congratulations, Keli!!! I’m looking forward to reading this collection of stories by some fabulous authors! πŸ™‚

    Now to answer your questions…
    Are you a fan of musicals? If so, what are some of your favorites?

    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is my favorite musical! I also enjoy watching movies that have a lot of music in them, like The Sound of Music. πŸ™‚

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

    I love Texas stories about Texas Rangers and cowboys! I was just talking with a book friend about this the other day. She thinks it’s funny that I like Texas so much and I’m not even from there. In fact, I’ve only been there once but loved it!

    Have you read anything by the other authors in the collection? Yes!

    If so, which of their stories have you enjoyed?

    I’ve enjoyed reading Long Trail Home by Susan Page Davis. I loved this story because it deals with the sovereignty of God.

    I’ve read many books by Vickie McDonough. I mean, who hasn’t, right?! But Gabriel’s Atonement is one of my favorites. An excerpt from my review: The spiritual theme of atonement is beautifully presented. I always appreciate the manner in which McDonough weaves Christ into her stories.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Anne, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a favorite of many of us. I’m thinking I need to put it on our Netflix queue so my daughter and I can enjoy it when she has her Thanksgiving break.

      Texas seems to have quite the appeal. Perhaps it’s because it evokes images of rough and rugged cowboys.

      I’m honored to be in a collection with such talented authors. Seeing my name listed with theirs still doesn’t seem real.

    • Wow, Anne. I’m humbled by your comments. Thanks so much for being such a loyal fan!

  • bn100 says:

    like musicals, no fav