Award-winning author 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, other Gold Rush-era towns and historical museums. She 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.
Singing Make-Believe Style
by Keli Gwyn
Do you like to sing? I do, but sadly, when it comes to singing, I’m more enthusiastic than talented. My daughter has a lovely singing voice, whereas I make a joyful noise.
OK. I’ll confess. I can carry a tune, but I’m not about to try out for our worship team. My singing, for the most part, is limited to blending in with the congregation when we sing praise songs on Sundays and belting out unique ditties for our two kitties in the privacy of our home. The boys don’t my mind my mediocre singing voice or the goofy songs I create solely for their benefit, bless their little cat hearts.
Even though I lack the singing voice I’d like to have, I found a way to imagine what it would be like if I did: I created a character who was a singer. The heroine of my latest Love Inspired Historical, Make-Believe Beau, which releases this month, used to make her living as a singer. She’s an alto, which I am, but unlike me, she can draw crowds with her amazing voice.
Jessie’s former singing career plays an important role in the story. She’s working as a draftswoman in a formerly all-male engineering office and is forced into a courtship with her boss, engineer Flynt Kavanaugh. Because of the compromising circumstances surrounding her former career, she’s worked hard to put her past behind her. Flynt finds out that Jessie has a remarkable voice, though, and thanks to his, um, interference, she ends up singing again. Things don’t go as planned, making for some interesting developments in the story.
Since I created Jessie, I gave her such a good voice that she’s able to do justice to any type of song. During her unexpected performance in a most unlikely venue, Jessie sings a number of hymns, but she also sings a couple of tunes that were popular during the 1870s. At one point in the story, she even sings a few measures from a famous SOMETHING. As I said, she’s talented. I hope readers enjoy reading Flynt and Jessie’s story and finding out what part her musical abilities play in it.
About MAKE-BELIEVE BEAU:
The Courtship Charade
As a draftswoman in a man’s world, Jessica Sinclair causes a stir as her new male colleagues vie for her attention. And the company manager has an ultimatum: fake a courtship with her boss, Flynt Kavanaugh…or lose her job.But pretending to be smitten with the handsome engineer unleashes a real, complicated attraction—and could reveal the past she hoped to keep hidden.
Jessica is certainly the best person for the job. But as their make-believe romance escalates, Flynt knows that’s not the only reason he wants her on his team. However, with his past shrouded by a shameful secret, Flynt has always focused his ambitions on building a career, not a family. Now he has designs on Jessica’s heart, but can they trust each other with the truth?
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Questions for You
Do you like to sing?
Have you ever sung for an audience,
either in a solo or as part of a group?
either in a solo or as part of a group?