#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
The McKettrick Way

The book is doing great, right out of the chute, as they say in rodeo! I’m so pleased.

I’m already getting letters asking if I’ll be telling the story of the intriguing cowboy who appears at the very end. The answer is: YES! Since I don’t want to give away too much, as some of you are still reading, that’s all I want to say for now.

I’m nearly finished with “A Stone Creek Christmas”, next year’s Silhouette Special Edition, scheduled for December, and this book is a real kick. I’m having SO much fun with Olivia O’Ballivan, Tanner Quinn (be still my beating heart, what a hunk!) and Tanner’s engaging young daughter, Sophie. There are some very special animal characters, too, of course–a lonely pony, a talking dog, and a lost reindeer.

We’ve made the selections for the 2007 scholarship winners, and they’ll be announced soon. If you won, my congratulations. You had some very tough competition! If you didn’t, don’t despair. We’ll be starting a whole new round soon.

And now back to Stone Creek….

I Can’t Help It….

I’ve GOT to brag! I just learned that “The McKettrick Way” is the #1 series romance at Borders and Waldenbooks! Pardon me while I jump up in the air and kick my heels together, shouting a rousing, “Whoopee!”

The snow lingers, and is it ever beautiful. We’re expecting more tonight–hopefully not before my emergency hair appointment. :) (Like Dolly Parton, I don’t worry about being a dumb blonde, because I’m not dumb and I’m not blonde, either.) Why does my appointment qualify as an emergency? Well, I’m heading out for New York early the morning of the 3rd, and hair looks–well–like I’ve been too busy writing books and messing with horses to get it done. :)

I’m so looking forward to this trip, even though it means a long absence–almost two weeks–from home. I’m meeting up with the Harlequin folks, having lunch with the movers and shakers from Barnes and Noble, and spending time with my beloved editor, Joan, and my agent’s agent, Irene Goodman. I plan to hit the MacKenzie-Childs store on 57th Street, and Kate’s Paperie, too. These are two of my very favorite places. After a few days in the City, this cowgirl heads for Las Vegas, where I’ll be a guest at the National Finals Rodeo, courtesy of Steve Miller and the bunch at Montana Silversmiths. You HAVE checked out their website, haven’t you? http://www.montanasilversmiths.com/

This trip, I’m taking my laptop. Barring technical snafus, I’ll be blogging regularly–my way of bringing all of you along. So pack up your saddle bags, wranglers, we’re going to ride!

Back in earlier days, a cattle drive would average 10-12 miles a day.