#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


The Friday Update

First, I want to bring you up to speed on the current work-in-progress, DEADLY GAMBLE, which will be published in November of 06, in trade-size paperback, by HQN. I expect to finish the rough draft–revisions still ahead–this very day. It’s been an amazing experience; even though I’ve written approximately 100 books–I lost count years ago–each one takes me into new territory, both interior and exterior. It’s always an exciting journey, and usually exhausting–more so in this case, because Mojo Sheepshanks, the heroine of this brand new series, is absolutely intrepid. She goes where no sensible person would go, and of course, I have to travel with her. I’m looking forward to a break. I’m also looking forward to the next Mojo story!

Here’s what else is going on Linda-World:

The horses are heading north this weekend, in the care of my cousin, Steve Wiley, and his son, Andy. I’m going to have to cry a little, but Skye, Banjo, Buck and Coco need to go on ahead, so they have time to grow a coat of winter hair. I wouldn’t trust them to just anybody–Steve and Andy love them as much as I do. Soon, I hope, I’ll be living up there with them, on my new ranch, which I plan to call the Triple L. (Linda Lee Lael).

I’ve decided to learn to play poker. I’ll tell you more about that later, but suffice it to say, I’ll be writing 3 modern McKettrick books soon, and poker figures prominently in the stories. These guys need to know when to fold ’em, know when to hold ’em, know when to walk away, and know when to RUN! Rest assured, they’ll never count their money while they’re sittin’ at the table, because there’ll be time enough for countin’, when the dealin’s done.

I’m going back to Weight Watchers on Tuesday morning. Alcoholics need to go to AA, and I need to go to WW! :) Might as well just accept it.

It’s cooling off here in Arizona, and what a relief that is. I had to laugh yesterday, when I realized that 96 degrees is a cool temperature to me!

More next week.

Plan something new and impossible.

Have a wonderful weekend.

And hold onto your COURAGE.

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