#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Tomorrow is the day!

 

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This week’s winners are: 1) Theresa and 2) Marie Potts.  Congratulations!  As of now, there is a new contest underway: just comment, and you’ve entered.  2 winners will be chosen at random, notified by Jen, and announced here on the blog.  Each will receive an autographed copy of my latest.

Tomorrow, Jen and I will be hitting one of our local bookstores in order to take pictures of yours truly holding up the new book.  Check it out on my FaceBook page!

This weekend was a blast–my sister, Sally, flew up to Spokane on Friday, and that evening, we went to the Eric Church concert at the Spokane Arena.  WOW.  We had the BEST time.  Since it was St. Patrick’s Day, I wore a green shirt, complete with shamrocks, and even combed some green hair chalk through my two-toned locks.  (I’m letting my hair grow out, so it’s part silver and part brown.)  The music was loud and fabulous, and if I wasn’t an Eric Church fan before, I sure am now!  On Saturday, after sleeping in (it was 1 am when I fell into bed), Sally and I went to visit our mom, and took her out for a ride and a little retail therapy at Target.  Sunday morning, it was back to the airport; sure hated to see my sister go.  We always have a terrific time.

I’m listening to Buck Brannaman’s wonderful book, “The Faraway Horses.”  To me, this man is a true hero; he uses kindness, patience and skill to train horses, and he is a legend in the horse world, as many of you will already know.  There is no excuse for cruelty.

Inspiration

As I am temporarily between projects, I am devouring new books.  Some, of course, are only new to me–you may well have read them.  Every Tuesday, I head for Audible.com

Today’s listen is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, though I am nearly through.  On the playlist are: “Drowning Ruth”, by Christina Schwarz, “The Book of Polly” by Kathy Hepinstall, “The House Hunter”, one of James Patterson’s BookShot titles, “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients”, Theresa Brown, RN, “Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy”, by Nicholas Reynolds, a book about Ernest Hemingway and his adventures during World War II, “Gone” and “Wait for Me”, by Elizabeth Naughten, both of which are romantic suspense titles.  I love suspense, provided it isn’t too violent.  :)  I listen to/read a lot of nonfiction, especially histories, biographies and memoirs, but this week, I’m mostly in the mood for fiction, it would seem.  Since I haven’t read/listened to any of these books, I cannot recommend them–YET.  What I can recommend is “Lincoln in the Bardo”, by George Saunders–spooky, brilliant, and totally addictive, but also dark.  Once again, “The Five-Second Rule”, by Mel Robbins–I’m so impressed with this book that I’ve watched Ms. Robbins’ TED talk (she looks nothing like I thought she would, listening to her voice) and will be subscribing to her videos on YouTube.

On the musical playlist: Josh Turner’s “Deep South”, Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits, Michael Martin Murphy–I LOVE this guy’s music and the stories told in his songs, Red Steagall, “Dear Mama, I’m a Cowboy” (again, wonderful cowboy stories told in music), Christian artists Chris Rice, Bebo Norman, and the band, Passion.  I also like Bach, Beethoven and Mozart–brain music; call me crazy, but I can feel those synapses firing when I listen!   It’s a little like having a head full of fireflies–but in a good way.  :)  I often listen to music when I write, but I generally avoid anything with lyrics, as I find them distracting.  Music is also inspiring, however, and I often say I can sit down and write a Western if I listen to Marty Robbins, or Waylon and Willie singing “Pancho and Lefty”.  The movie “Legends of the Fall” has a similar effect–I’m not a huge Brad Pitt fan, but I adore the character he plays in this movie–Tristan.  The John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara film, “McClintock” inspired by historical romance, “The Vow”, and that story is still one of my favorite book-children.

Travel certainly inspires me, as does art–doing my own, or looking at that of others.  Animals, prayer, gardens and bold colors do, as well.

What inspires you?  

 

 

Though the term “stick ’em up” is widely used in Western films, it wasn’t actually coined until the 1930’s.

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