I haven’t hosted a guest for a while — too busy with other commitments! It is wonderful to break the drought with my California pal, inspirational novelist Keli Gwyn. I was fortunate to meet Keli ages ago when she was yet a hopeful author with a Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® double final. Since that time we have met at several RWA National Conferences, and when she shared her knowledge with my California writers group, the Yosemite Romance Writers. It has been a thrill to watch Keli make the exciting transition from aspiring author to published author. And now she is here to celebrate another release!
Please join me in welcoming Keli Gwyn as she talks about her love of animals, especially in romance stories, and as she basks in the happiness of a new book. As a special thanks, Keli is graciously offering ONE signed, print copy of her new novel – Family of Her Dreams. (US address only, please) Deadline for comments to enter giveaway is June 19. Winner will be contacted via email.
Award-winning author KELI GWYN writes stories that transport readers to the 1800s, where she brings historic towns to life, peoples them with colorful characters and adds a hint of humor. A California native, she lives in the Gold Rush-era town of Placerville at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.
When Keli’s fingers aren’t hovering over the keyboard of her newfangled laptop, she enjoys strolling past stately Victorian houses in her historic town, burying her nose in reference books as she unearths interesting facts to include in her stories, and interacting with other romance readers. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, other Gold Rush-era towns and historical museums.
She loves hearing from readers and invites you to visit her Victorian-style cyber home at www.keligwyn.com where you’ll find her parlor, study, carriage house and more.
Keli Gwyn brings chocolate!
My first Love Inspired Historical, Family of Her Dreams, hit shelves earlier this month. It’s exciting knowing that readers are meeting recently widowed Spencer Abbott and Tess Grimsby, the warmhearted woman he hires to care for his children.
I’m grateful to Sharon for having me here to help celebrate this special occasion. Because Tess makes chocolate cakes whenever a member of Spencer’s family has a birthday, I thought it would be fun to offer virtual chocolate cupcakes in honor of my book’s launch. Be sure to help yourself to one—or two. After all, they’re calorie free.
Writing Family of Her Dreams was fun. Tess’s character came to me right away. It took longer for Spencer to become fully fleshed out in my mind. When he did, I fell for him right away. And his kids. I love adventurous, energetic Luke, and little Lila is a doll.
But there’s another member of the family. Spencer’s dog plays a special role in the story. At one point, the loyal fellow alerts Tess to danger and helps save the day.
A pet holds a special place in our hearts. When I was young, I had a dachshund. Alex had a fondness for food, as his ample girth proved. There was a lot of him to love, and love him I did. Dearly. I cried buckets the day he died.
After I left home I spent a number of years living in apartments and was unable to have a pet. Eventually I met and married my wonderful husband, and we bought our first house. While I dreamed of having a dog again, I’d learned during our dating days that Gwynly wanted nothing to do with having one. He was partial to cats.
Because I believe having a pet adds a great deal to a child’s life, I reluctantly agreed to get a cat so our daughter could enjoy the experience of growing up with a furry friend. Imagine my surprise when the orange tabby we picked out on our visit to the animal shelter snuggled up to me, a confirmed dog person, and began purring. My heart melted. It didn’t take long for that affectionate fellow to convert me. These days I’m a cat person, too.
My readers can look forward to future stories that feature pets. The hero in my work-in-progress has a brightly colored parrot. I’ll be including a cat in the story after that. There’s just something about a pet that completes a story—and a family. Wouldn’t you agree?
What pet did you have growing up?
What pet(s) does your family have now?
Family of Her Dreams by Keli Gwyn ~
A Family to Cherish.
Headstrong Tess Grimsby loves her new job caring for the children of a recently widowed man. But she never imagined that she’d fall for her handsome employer. Yet Spencer Abbott is as caring as he is attractive, and Tess can’t help but feel for him and his family. Though, for the sake of her job, she’ll keep any emotions about her boss to herself.
Between his stationmaster responsibilities in a Gold-Rush town and trying to put his family back together, Spencer has his hands full. He soon finds his new hire’s kind personality warming his frosty exterior. But could he ever admit to seeing her as more than just an employee?
Family of Her Dreams is such a sweet story of love and faith. I just loved Tess when she was with the children. And really loved her and Spencer when they were together. A wonderful, tender and inspiring story. – Amy on Amazon
LOVED THIS BOOK! Family of Her Dreams is a delightful, heart-warming tale that I didn’t want to end. FIVE STARS!! – Patty Jo on Amazon