Thursday, July 19, 2012

Welcome to Keli Gwyn

BIO:
Award-winning novelist Keli Gwyn writes inspirational historical romance. A California native, she lives in the Gold Rush-era town of Placerville in the Sierra Foothills with her husband and two skittish kitties.

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. Her debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California, set in the heart of the Gold Country where she lives is currently available.

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, the Coach factory outlet store, and Taco Bell.

BACK COVER:
Love Is Gold in El Dorado, California

Widow Elenora Watkins heads to California with her nine-year-old daughter, Tildy, eager to become a partner in a mercantile. When the mulish owner withdraws his offer because she’s a woman, she opens her own shop. She’s determined to prove herself capable of running a successful business without the help of anyone—including her controlling father, her seemingly distant heavenly Father, and one Miles Rutledge.
Widower Miles Rutledge is not about to get involved with another willful woman like his late wife, especially when she’s his competition. But the beautiful Elenora may be too hard to resist. When another man appears out to claim Elenora’s heart, Miles searches for a way to win her back. . .while putting her out of business.

Meanwhile, Maude Rutledge, Miles’s meddling mother, longs to see her son make a good match. And Tildy is just as bent on gaining a loving papa.

The battle of wills begins, but can anyone win when the competition is more than they bargained for?

The book is available for pre-order at:

My Writing Journey
I embarked on my writing journey January 1, 2006. During the next two and a half years I pounded out five historical romance manuscripts. Why historicals? The research is a blast. Plus I get a kick out of using words like addlepated, gewgaws, and smitten.

Contest fever grabbed me early on. I submitted 36 contest entries during those early years, receiving a wealth of helpful feedback from my generous contest judges along with a few finals. The most exciting was my double final in the 2008 Golden Heart®, a national contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America®. That led to my first blog guest appearance and introduced me to the wonderful world of writers online.

At that point, I learned how much I had yet to learn and spent a year studying craft. Armed with my newfound knowledge, I took a look at my stories to see which of them showed the most promise. I loved them all, but Miles and Elenora told me theirs was the story I should pick, and I listened. I’d rewritten it once, but I knew it needed more work, so I got busy.
That rewrite proved my characters were right. Miles and Ellie’s story won several contests, earned me requests from editors and agents, and led to my offer of representation. Rachelle Gardner made her offer on the eve of Christmas Eve in 2009. Talk about an amazing Christmas present!

I’d love to tell you that Rachelle sold my story right away, but I still had work to do. After spending several months making my story the best I possibly could, I sent it to Rachelle and held my breath. To my delight, she liked it and was ready to submit it, which she did. Six weeks later we had two offers, and I got a contract for Christmas.

Now here it is eighteen months later, and my book is due to be released July 1st. July is my birthday month, and I can’t think of a better birthday present than holding my debut novel in my hands. I hope readers enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.



Readers, Keli is giving away a copy of A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Carole


10 comments:

Doreen Brannan said...

Can't wait to read this!
Congrats on your first book!!!

Doreen Brannan
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MsRubyKat said...

Sounds interesting. Would love to read this book.
Karen
kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

Wendy Newcomb said...

I love the cover and am looking forward to reading this book, it sounds great.

wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

ann said...

sounds like my kind of reading material.
thanks for the giveaway
amhengst at verizon dot net

apple blossom said...

I have seen this book and it looks ever so good would love to win thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Lane Hill House said...

I would love to win a copy!!! Kathleen
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the interview with Keli Gwyn. Sounds like she lives in a neat town, I love the western and Victorian books. Would like this chance to win a book.
Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Keli Gwyn said...

Thanks for all the kind words. I really appreciate them.

Joy Hannabass said...

Thank you for the wonderful intervieww ladies. And I would love a copy of this book! Thanks for the offer.
Blessings....Joy
Ibjoy1953(at)yahoo.com

Merry said...

Keli's book sounds so fun, a little love and a little competition. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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