Friday, June 5, 2015

Would You Rather with Keli Gwyn! Plus, a Giveaway!

I’m excited to host one of the sweetest women on the planet today! The kind and lovely Keli Gwyn is in the house and we’re playing a few rounds of WYR with her and her characters in her newest novel through Love Inspired Historical. Let’s get right to it. Also, you can enter to win a copy of Family of Her Dreams (US residents only). See how below!

Would you rather…

…fly or read minds?

Spencer: Fly. I’d like to get a bird’s eye view of my ranch.

Tess: I’d love to read minds, especially Spencer’s. I’m eager to find out what goes on in his head because very little of it comes out of his mouth.

Keli: I’m with Tess. I’d love to read minds. Learning how different people think would make it easier to get into my characters’ heads.

…fall in love and have your heart broken or never fall in love?

Spencer: I did fall in love. My heart was broken when my wife was taken from me, but I kept going. I had to. I have two small children to care for, but now I have the help of my headstrong housekeeper, Tess. She’s brought light and laughter back into my life.

Tess: Having been raised in an orphanage, I long to love and be loved. I dream of the day I have a husband and children of my own. Even though I could get hurt in the process, the rewards far outweigh the risks.

Keli: I’m all about love and romance. Loss and broken relationships are an inevitable part of life, but the pain eases over time, enabling a person to experience love anew.

…be wealthy and successful but never find love or find love and live meagerly?

Spencer: I’d choose love and a modest life. The pursuit of wealth robbed my father of happiness, and I want no part of that.

Tess: Love is essential. With it, one is rich even if she has little.

Keli: What a timely question. Gwynly retired just last week. As a teacher’s family, we’ve lived modestly, but we’ll be cutting down even more now. I’m up for that. My guy and I have a wonderful marriage, and I’m dearly loved. Talk about being blessed. That’s me.

Keli, tell us what inspired this story?

I love California’s Gold Country where I live. There’s a wealth of history here, which fascinates me. When I learned that the sleepy Gold Rush-era town of Shingle Springs nearby was once home to the busiest rail station in the state, my curiosity was piqued. I imagined what life would have been like for the stationmaster, and Spencer introduced himself. A grieving widower, he needed help. Who better than Tess, a confident, outspoken woman who has a heart overflowing with love she’s eager to shower on two motherless children—and their handsome father?

What are you working on currently?

I’m writing a story set in my historic hometown of Placerville. Once again I’m working in local history, which I love to do. I’ve fallen hard for my hero and heroine. Flynt and Jessie are bright, determined people eager to overcome their shameful pasts. When they’re forced to spend time together both on and off the job, secrets come to light. Secrets that could destroy everything.

Thanks for hosting me, Jess. It’s great to be here. I have a question for your blog’s readers.

 Since I’m learning to live on less, what is one money-saving tip you’d recommend?

(Jess here) I’ll chime in with my answer. I’ve discovered that if I create the weekly menu, then go through the pantry to see what I’ve got and only add to the grocery list what I need, I save money. I also include a snack or two for the kids but they know when it runs out, it’s out until I hit the grocery store the following week!

Award-winning author Keli Gwyn, a native Californian, transports readers to the early days of the Golden State. She and her husband live in the heart of California’s Gold Country. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, historical museums and other Gold Rush-era towns. Keli loves hearing from readers and invites you to visit her Victorian-style cyber home at, where you’ll find her contact information.

Here’s a look at Keli’s novel Family of Her Dreams
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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?
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  1. Thanks so much for hosting me, Jess. I loved your questions, although some them made me think a bit. :-)

    I worked with a professional organizer this spring. During one of our sessions, we focused on meal planning. She shared the same tip about planning a week's menus at once. Gwynly and I plan to do that, but not until the joyful frenzy of my book release is behind me.

  2. Ah yes, nice to chat with you again Keli! And I love the inclusion of your characters in this fun question and answer :-) Jessica, I'm so thrilled that you are featuring Keli and her new book "Family of Her Dreams"...such a fun & wonderful sounding book! One that is already on my to-read list ;-)
    Would I rather fly or read minds: Fly since I have so many dreams about flying! I'm not so sure I want to know what other people are thinking!
    I think the next two question would almost be the same to me: I'd rather love and live meagerly than never loved and be rich because I agree, when you have are already rich!
    I do the same thing for meals. I have my basic staple items & then I just buy what is needed to fill in the gaps. It's much more economical that way. I buy my meat in bulk as I make more than one meal of it and I plan to have left-overs at least once or over the weekend since it's my busy days. I also buy some things like clothing and such at second-hand stores and always watch my newspaper for items on sale. There are lots of ways to save money if you just look!
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book and for the fun blog post today ladies! Blessings!

  3. Thanks so much for stopping, Trixi, and for taking time to answer Jess's fun "Would You Rather...?" questions.

    Thanks, too, for the tips on how to save money. Since I don't like to cook, I'm all about making enough to have leftovers.

  4. Something that helps me save money is to wait 24-48 hours to purchase an "impulse buy" so I have time to rethink it and make sure it fits in the budget. Oh, and have a budget :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

  5. Heidi, thanks for the good advice. I've been working on putting it into practice and have found that it works. :-)


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