#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Back in the City of My Birth

I am sitting in the kitchen of my new house, on the land that will become the Triple L. (That stands for Linda Lee Lael, my original name.)

It’s a beautiful place, and somewhat like camping out, since none of the furniture has arrived. Most importantly, my dogs and cats haven’t arrived–and without them, I’m just not myself. They will be here soon, though, and it will be a mother-and-dog (and cat) reunion. I feel joy just thinking about it.

In the meantime, I’m writing “McKettrick’s Luck”, the first in the new series for HQN. This is the story of Jesse McKettrick, directly descended from Jeb and Chloe, of “Secondhand Bride” fame. He lives in the house they built, on the mountain top, and the little school Jeb constructed for Chloe to teach in is still there. Wait till you meet Jesse’s lady, Cheyenne. She’s equal to loving, and being loved by, a card-carrying (card-playing) McKettrick. Jesse, you see, is a master poker player. Can Cheyenne beat him at his own game? You’d better believe it. It takes a hell of a woman to best a McKettrick man.

And also in the meantime, I’ve having my huge back yard fenced in, so the dogs and kitties can play safely there. They’ll love the grass, and be mystified by snow, being Arizona critters.

Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be back tomorrow.

It’s wonderful to be connected to you again.

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