Jody here! Today I have the privilege of hosting a guest, author Keli Gwyn. Keli is a dear friend of mine. Over the years she’s helped me grow in my writing skills, been an encourager-extraordinaire, and given me lots of help and advice when I needed it the most.
I’m thrilled that she’s releasing her second published book! She’s an awesome writer and excellent story-teller. So I highly recommend heading over and pre-ordering Keli’s newest release, Family of Her Dreams, just as soon as you’re done reading this post! I’ve already ordered my copy and can’t wait to read it.
Today, Keli is sharing a little bit about what inspired her upcoming release. So please join me in welcoming Keli! (And she’s graciously agreed to give away a signed copy of her new book, so don’t miss the entry form at the bottom of this post!)
Take it away, Keli!
Inspired by California’s Gold Country
By Keli Gwyn
When it comes to a place to live, I’ve hit pay dirt! My historic town of Placerville is nestled at the foot of the majestic Sierras in the heart of the Gold Country. Just eight miles away you’ll find Coloma, where James Marshall discovered the shiny nuggets that sparked the Gold Rush.
The rich history of the area inspires me. A visit to a Gold Rush-era town or historical museum starts story ideas swirling in my head. Such was the case when I passed the railroad depot in nearby Shingle Springs one day.
As writers often do, I asked myself questions. When did the rail line reach Shingle Springs? What was the depot like in its heyday? Who were the men working there?
The Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad, featured in my first Love Inspired Historical, Family of Her Dreams, was formed in 1862. In June 1865 the line reached Shingle Springs, which was the terminus until 1888, when the rails were finally extended to Placerville.
Before the Central Pacific Railroad connected the East and West in 1869, the P&SVRR was a busy line. Three depots were built at the Shingle Springs station to handle the abundance of freight bound for the silver-rich Comstock region in Nevada.
Little is known about the men who worked at the station. Being a writer, I set my imagination loose. Before I knew it, my fictional stationmaster, Spencer Abbott, introduced himself to me. A forward-thinking man, he realizes the station’s business will fall off as soon as the Central Pacific and Union Pacific meet, so he plans to go into cattle ranching, as did many in Shingle Springs when the gold ran out.
What Spencer didn’t plan was losing his wife and being left with two young children to raise on his own. The grieving widower is forced to hire a housekeeper, and Tess Grimbsy is eager to fill the position.
I’m excited about my upcoming book release for many reasons. One is that my launch party will take place at the Shingle Springs rail station, the very place where Spencer and Tess meet. The owner of Antique Depot, a quaint shop operating in one of the historic buildings, graciously agreed to host me. There will be train rides operating out of the station that day, too. How cool is that?
When’s the last time you rode on a train?
Here’s a little bit more about Keli’s book to whet your appetite!
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?
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 www.keligwyn.com, where you’ll find her contact information.
Sorry, this giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only!
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