Friday, October 31, 2014

A Coffee Chat with Keli Gwyn! ~ Giveaway!

Erica here: I am so happy to be able to introduce you to my friend, Keli Gwyn! Keli writes historical romance, and she's one of the sweetest ladies you'll ever want to meet! So grab a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and pull up a chair.

Here at CC&C, we’re all about the coffee and tea. What is your beverage of choice?

I might be able to hear Jaime’s gasp all the way out in California when she reads my confession, but I’m not a fan of coffee. Well, that’s not entirely true. I love the way coffee smells when it’s being ground or brewed, but I ‘ve never developed a taste for the drink itself. That’s probably good, since I tend to overindulge in things I like. I am, however, a tea drinker. I don’t drink black or green teas, but I have quite a selection of herbal teas to choose from. No surprise, there, huh? J

All coffees and teas are better with a snack or two. What’s your go-to snack?

I’m munching on raw, unsalted almonds as I type. I have several bags of them in the cupboard and go for them when I need a quick snack. I try hard to convince myself they’re as tasty as potato chips, but I don’t always succeed, as evidenced by the extra padding I’ve acquired around my midsection. Yup. There’s more of me to love now than there was a few months back. Note to self: Choose. Almonds. Instead.


 Jaime is all about the selfies, so we’d love to see a selfie of you. J

Sure thing. This is me celebrating my invitation to appear as a guest at Coffee Cups & Camisoles.

   







Anne and Erica are history museum addicts. Can you tell us a little about a history museum that is close to where you live or grew up?

History + museum = two of my favorite words. I live in the heart of California’s Gold Country and love visiting museums throughout the area. A museum I especially enjoy touring is the one in Coloma, site of James’s Marshall’s famous gold discovery in the tailrace of Sutter’s Mill. This historic town is just eight miles from where I live, so I’m able to visit often and relive the early days of the Golden State.    





Can you tell us a little bit about the research you did while writing “A Father’s Gift”?

“A Father’s Gift” takes place in the year 1866 in the Gold Rush-era town of Meadow Lake, California. I chose that year and that location based on the real life of local legend John “Snowshoe” Thompson, the first mail carrier to traverse the Sierra. Ten years prior, Snowshoe Thompson was hired by the U.S. Postal Service to transport mail from my hometown of Placerville, California over the mountains to Genoa, Nevada. This kindhearted native of Norway completed the 90-mile trek to Genoa in three days, traveling on a pair of ten-foot long wooden skis he’d made himself.

To learn about Snowshoe Thompson, I visited the El Dorado County Historical Museum here in Placerville, where a pair of his skis are displayed. I also visited Genoa, Nevada, where the legendary mail carrier was laid to rest. While doing my research, I learned that during the fierce winter of 1866/67, Thompson was asked to deliver mail to snowbound Meadow Lake, the only year he varied his route. When I discovered that fact, I had the nugget I needed to begin my story. My imagination filled in the rest.








What does your writing space look like? Do you have an office, a corner of the couch, or do you go to the library or coffee shop?


When I sold my first book, I took advantage of a sale at Staples and treated myself to a spacious corner desk with a matching hutch. You would think I’d have plenty of room to store everything, but my desktop is often hidden beneath a proliferation of papers. Seriously, piles spring up when I’m not looking. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has this problem.







This time of year, as temperatures drop, you would be more likely to find me draped over my
comfy armchair writing on my laptop while toasting my tootsies.









What are you reading right now?

I’m savoring the other short stories in A Cup of Christmas Cheer, which are written by some incredibly talented authors. I still pinch myself whenever I think of having my story alongside theirs.

I confessed to having said yes to a few potato chips over the past few months. OK, it was more like several bags, but don't tell my Curves coach ;-). Anyhow, my chip of choice was Lay's Sour Cream & Onion. What chip variety calls your name most loudly?


Here's a little bit about Keli and her latest release:

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, historical museums, and the Coach factory outlet store.


 “A Father’s Gift” in A Cup of Christmas Cheer Volume 3: Heartwarming Tales of Christmas Past
(Description from the Guideposts advertisement)

In “A Father’s Gift,” a young couple anxiously awaits the birth of their first child during the harsh winter of 1866. Life in Northern California is hard, and the townspeople want to rally around them, but Cole Foster is suspicious and somewhat embittered toward his new neighbors. Having witnessed how the Gold Rush broke up his own family and led his father to abandon him, he wants to rely only on himself. However, God brings him to a season of need that softens his heart, so he can learn to trust again. And, there is an extra surprise in store that rights a wrong from many years ago.

Here’s where you can find Keli online.
Facebook link –   http://www.facebook.com/KeliGwyn
Facebook author page –  http://www.facebook.com/KeliGwynAuthor
Twitter Link –  http://twitter.com/KeliGwyn
Pinterest link –  http://www.pinterest.com/keligwyn
Instagram link –  http://instagram.com/keligwyn
Website link –  http://www.keligwyn.com


Keli has graciously offered to give away a set of A Cup of Christmas Cheer volumes 3&4 to one lucky readers. (US Residents only, please) To enter, use the rafflecopter form below. Each time you like one of our pages on Facebook, you receive another entry in the drawing!


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    26 comments:

    1. I simply love and must have, Kettle Brand Jalapeno chips. These are so delicious! I have failed on many diets because of them! They simply call my name and I simply answer that calling!

      Blessings!
      Judy B
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      1. Judy, I've never heard of Kettle Brand Jalapeno Chips...are they wicked spicy? I am such a wimp when it comes to spicy food.

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      2. Judy, I like spicy food, so I might have to try those jalepeno chips. Then again, that could be dangerous for me, since when it comes to chips, I really can't eat just one. :-)

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    2. Oh my gosh Kelli! I gasped so loud. No coffee!?!?!? But I love almonds so we're ok. ;)

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      1. Phew, Jaime! I'm glad we found some common ground and can still be friends. :-)

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    3. Almonds are good, but I prefer plain potato chips, kettle cooked, because they are crunchy (and more fattening of course). I tried the Lays Cappuccino flavored but they were not good, and that's coming from a true coffee drinker! tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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      1. Gail, I haven't tried kettle-cooked potato chips. Are they better for you than regular ones? If so, I could indulge in them every now and then with less guilt. That idea appeals to me.

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    4. why cannot we lurk? Keli, you are so petite you don't need to worry about chips. just stand by your man and you look even smaller...Thanks for sharing today.
      Paula O

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    5. Paula, I'm not sure where that no lurking comment came from. It just showed when I posted the link to the post on Facebook.

      I appreciate your kind words. I wouldn't worry too much about the chips if I didn't have to jump around and tug really hard to get my formerly loose-fitting jeans zipped. I've been taxing their limits lately. :-)

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    6. Keli! I learned a few things about you, my friend. Like a potato chip weakness ;) I was sure you never indulged in anything but healthy snacks..hehe. I absolutely love, love, love Lay's Sour Cream & Onion chips but if I had a choice, I would snag a bag of their Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper..YUM!!!

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      1. Anne, I have more weaknesses than Lays has varieties of chips. LOL And speaking of their chips, those Kettle Cooked Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper chips sound yummy. Methinks the question I asked might not have been wise. I'm feeling sorely tempted to make an emergency run to the supermarket. :-)

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    7. What a fun interview, although I'm still reeling from the discovery you prefer herbal tea to coffee! Really, Keli??? I can't imagine life without coffee, although I also love Chai tea. I'm a popcorn addict, but buttery fingers aren't conducive to a clean keyboard, so when I'm writing I often have a box of Triscuit crackers nearby... the rosemary and olive oil flavour.

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      1. Carol, I'm not sure I should I even qualify as a real writer since I don't care for coffee and chose to give up chocolate about a decade back. I loved it way more than chips, so I asked the Lord to help me let go, and He's honored my request.

        Popcorn is a fun treat. I used to eat a fair bit of it when I was a kid, nice and buttery. My interest in it waned after my summer working in a drive-in movie theater snack bar. There really can be too much of a good thing. :-)

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    8. Great interview with Kelli! I also have a weakness for Lay's Ruffled Sour Cream and Onion. YAY Kelli preferring herbal tea instead of coffee. A woman after my own heart. Just ask Jaime Wright ;) Ladies, have a wonderful weekend.

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      1. Caryl, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who favors herbal tea over coffee. I fear we're a small minority, though. :-)

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    9. Yay, Keli! Loved this interview! So excited about your book too! I'm not much if a chip gal... I'd rather save the calories for dessert (more than likely after each meal) ;)

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      1. Amy, I admire your will power when it comes to chips. Or should I say won't power? Dessert is a good reason to pass.

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    10. I'm not a big potato chip fan, but I love almonds and tea. Although I usually drink black, I do enjoy a mug of Celestial Seasonings fruit teas! The books sounds wonderful and I look forward to reading them as Christmas draws nearer!

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      1. Melissa, I like black tea, but I decided to give up caffeine several years ago. I'm a night owl as it is. Adding caffeine to the mix took me over the edge. Or made me edgy. Probably both. :-)

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    11. My hands down favorite is Kettle Chips Jalapeno Chips :)

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    12. Heather, you're the second one to mention the Kettle Jalapeno Chips. I'm intrigued. Might have to sample them. :-)

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    13. Usually a BBQ chip or sometimes Sour Cream and Onion. Oh, and can't forget to throw the fried Cheetos in there, lol.


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      1. Wendy, Cheetos are yummy, too. I'm a fan of the crunchy variety.

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    14. How fun, Keli! My favorite for potato chips is either BBQ or plain :) But I'm with Wendy--I'm also a sucker for Cheetos, orange fingers and all ;)

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      1. Thanks for stopping by, Fedora. I used to love getting those tasty orange fingers when I was a kid because it was so fun to like them off. OK. I still like to do that, on the rare occasion that I indulge in a bag of Cheetos. Surely I'm not the only grown-up who does. :-)

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    15. Congratulations to Heather, winner of the giveaway!

      Thanks to everyone who stopped by, left such wonderful comments and entered the giveaway. I wish I could send each of you copies of A Cup of Christmas Cheer volumes 3 & 4. Alas, I can't. You can, however, get copies for yourself if you'd like. The books are available exclusively from the publisher, Guideposts Books. To order, just use the following URL: https://www.shopguideposts.org/christmascheerblog

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