#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Rodeo Report 1

I promised a report on the rodeo, and this cowgirl delivers on a promise–though it may take some time! On top of horse work–man, do they look beautiful out there in that snowy pasture–and starting the new book, “The Montana Creeds: Logan’s Return”, I’m getting to this blog later every day, it seems.

Jenni and I arrived in Las Vegas late the night of the 7th, caught a cab, and checked into the marvelous South Point Hotel, which is the center of all things rodeo. Fantastic place! It has it’s own arena, with accommodations for 1400 horses, a bowling alley, a bingo hall, and a multi-screen movie house. No gambling that night–we were too tired from all the familiar hassles of traveling.

On December 8, I finally got together with the wonderful Steve Miller, of Montana Silversmiths, who made all this possible. (Steve is my ex-husband’s first cousin–I knew him slightly, years ago, but we hadn’t crossed paths in a long, long time.) In addition to his organizational genius, Steve is an accomplished sculptor. There’s a full-page ad for his work in this month’s issue of “Cowboys and Indians”, the one with Trisha Yearwood on the cover. Steve’s wife, Terry, is one of the loveliest women I’ve ever met.

I made my first visit to Cowboy Christmas, the big rodeo-associated gift show, that day and bought myself a pile of jeans. I visited a few of my favorite booths, too, but didn’t spend as much this year as last. Guess I’m getting more conservative as I get older. NOT. :)

Judy Wagner, also of MSS, called to say she’d left something for me at the bell desk. Well, when I got there, I was bowled over! Here was the most fantastic western purse, just crammed with blue jewelry boxes!! Stunning stuff, all from the Montana Silversmiths collection.

There’s more. A lot more. Tune in tomorrow!

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