#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Dad’s Legacy

That’s how it is these days. Show up. Suit up. Get into the game.

Today, I’m taking Sadie and Bernice to a nearby park for a walk. We all need a little sunshine, green grass, and fresh air.

Next week, I’ll be on the road, visiting Kansas City and Denver, two towns that are very friendly to cowgirls! I bought myself two new pairs of boots for the trip, one bright pink (I DO love pink) and one with lovely flowers embroidered on the sides. Truth to tell, I considered postponing this tour, promoting my new hardcover, “A Wanted Man”. I figured I had two pretty good excuses, losing my dad and a world-class case of bronchitis.

But one of my dad’s qualities was something he called “gumption”. It’s a cowboy/Marine Corps word, meaning to push up your sleeves, stand toe-to-toe with whatever’s in front of you, and get it done.

The bronchitis is better. The Dad-shaped hole in my life will always be there.

I’m strong, whether I want to be or not.

And I’m looking forward to seeing your smiling faces and hearing your warm voices.

If I tear up a little, I know you’ll understand.


The horses are coming home soon! Their stalls are ready, with fresh shavings and state of the art waterers. Hay is being delivered, even as we speak.


Very soon.

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