I am SO thrilled to host a virtual party for my dear friend, Keli Gwyn!!! Her debut novel, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California releases in a few days!!
I met Keli online four years ago when I first started blogging. She ran a blog called Romance Writers on the Journey, and I met many of my online writer friends through the interviews Keli hosted. Imagine my delight when, shortly after, she interviewed me! I was never so excited! (My family still thinks it's pretty cool!)
Since then, Keli has been a source of sunshine in my life. She always seems to know when I'm going through a rough patch. She'll come through with an encouraging word or gift, and it will make my day.
When Keli announced she'd landed the fabulous literary agent, Rachelle Gardner, I wanted to fly to California and hug her! Not long after, Keli shared the fantastic news that she'd sold her debut novel to Barbour Publishing. And now, here we are, celebrating the big release! Yay!!
All of you familiar with Keli, understand her infatuation with Taco Bell and McDonald's sweet tea. So instead of the customary coffee and desserts, we're heading south of the border and celebrating with fast food!
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Now that you have a snack, let's celebrate Keli!
Earlier this week, Keli and her husband headed to the post office to pick up the shipment of her books. Lucky for us, she caught on video the first moment of holding her book--I dare you not to cry when you watch this!
Look at this gorgeous cover!!
Now you REALLY want to read it, don't you?? Here's what it's all about:
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?
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, will be released in July 2012.
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.
To learn more about Keli's books, head to her website, like her Facebook page, follow her on Twitter, and check her out on Goodreads.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!!