#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


There seems to be some confusion…

Regarding the re-release of previously published Mojo books.  Over my protest, DEADLY GAMBLE was released as ARIZONA WILD, and DEADLY DECEPTIONS will come out soon as ARIZONA HEAT.  Many readers have purchased ARIZONA WILD, expecting a new story, and some of them are both angry and disappointed.

Suffice it to say, I don’t blame them.  I apologize for not fighting harder to keep this from happening–I assure you, it won’t be repeated–and for not issuing a clear statement, well in advance, that you may have read the books before, under another title.

Unfortunately, such decisions are not made by authors, but by publishers.  

I take full responsibility for my part in this, and I am sorry it happened at all.

To all those who spoke up, I offer my sincere thanks.  This kind of feedback is extremely valuable, to both publishers and authors, and I am grateful.  Believe me when I tell you that the last thing I would ever want to do is make my readers unhappy for any reason.

47 comments to “There seems to be some confusion…”

  1. Lynn Hill
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 4:52 pm · Link

    Hi Linda it is sad when they take it upon themselves to do what they think is best for you or the book. Stand your ground they are your great books!!



  2. Deborah Nelson
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 4:54 pm · Link

    You have such integrity. Keep up the good fight for your customers. And thanks for the heads up for those of us who weren’t aware of the repetition.



  3. Leanna
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 4:54 pm · Link

    It’s irritating to me, but I know it is not the authors decision or in their control so I try not to get too upset.



  4. Terri S
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Thanks for letting us know. I was planning on buying it but, since I already have it, I won’t need too. Lol. I’m sure it’s irritating for everyone including you.



  5. Virginia Horton
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Thanks for letting us know. I think the author should have more say so on what is going on with their books.



  6. Gloria Herring
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:05 pm · Link

    Just trying to see if this goes through.



  7. Gloria Herring
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:06 pm · Link

    It did!! Yeah! Last times, I sent several and nothing went through.



  8. Janie K
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:06 pm · Link

    I have had this happen to me before and was glad to find out it’s not the author doing it. I also get frustrated when part of a series will only be an e-book. And I have been told that can be the publisher’s doing as well. Thanks for alerting us to this situation and never stop writing your wonderful books!



  9. Linda
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:10 pm · Link

    I saw Arizona Wild at WalMart today, but remembered that you said the names were being changed. I don’t know how many others do this but I always check the year it was written. I didn’t look to see if it showed the previous name inside. Even when I see a book that I think I already read with a new cover.

    Linda



  10. Marilyn Fish
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:11 pm · Link

    I have had the experience of the reissue of a book with a different cover (not a different title). It is frustrating to purchase a book you have already read. Thank you for taking care of your readers.



  11. debbie
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:12 pm · Link

    i wish books would not be re-printed under another name at all. why do that? not every one has the funds to spend on books and to purchase a book that you have already read-would return it asap. you are not the only author with books published under new names, a majority have that problem. maybe all publishers should indicate on the cover the former name to let “readers” be aware. as writers, maybe you can get together as a group to voice your displeasure of this practice to publishers. just a thought. thank you for your heads up. your readers truly appreciate it.



    • linda
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        · July 28th, 2016 at 7:17 pm · Link

      I agree. Re-releases are okay, since many new readers have never seen the books before, but I don’t approve of changing the title. It’s misleading.



  12. Sherry Wallace
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:18 pm · Link

    Looks as if Publishers do this on purpose for exactly the reason you stated, to get the public to think it’s a new story Sell more books that way by deceiving the readers – NOT GOOD idea!!



  13. Alison B.
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:22 pm · Link

    It’s unfortunate that publishers won’t listen to their authors. Who knows their readers better than an author??



  14. holly woodyatt
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:47 pm · Link

    I wish you would do more of the mojo books I loved them



  15. holly woodyatt
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 5:48 pm · Link

    I wish you would do more mojo books I loved them.



  16. Ruby Norwood
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 6:25 pm · Link

    I have learned over the years to double check a book that I think I have already read, but thanks for the thumbs up!!I really enjoyed the mojo books.



  17. Jo Ann Holcomb
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Mistakes happen I went to 2 different WalMarts (I work for Walmart) looking for the new ones that out on tuesday but didn’t find any so couldn’t read back to know one way or the other. Next stop is Costco, but tomorrow, so having info will help a lot. thank you, Jo Ann “Hope you had a good day” :lol:



  18. Ann Bartholomew
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 6:37 pm · Link

    I have had the same experience with Macomber and Wiggs books, thinking it was a book I hadn’t read. I carry a list of my favorite authors’ books so I don’t purchase a book I already have. Thank you for standing up for those of us who purchase books. $7.99 may not seem like much, but it is a breach of trust in publishing companies. Yay to you, Linda!



  19. Patricia Taylor
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 6:59 pm · Link

    I learned my lesson by purchasing a book with a new cover so now I look inside for the copyrighted date before buying any book. Changing the title plus artwork seems really deceptive. I had read online that the books were being reissued with a new title so I knew ahead of time not to buy them. I don’t understand why they thought it was necessary to change the titles.



  20. Marilou Frary
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 7:05 pm · Link

    Am I thinking right, that Debbie Macomber puts her initials on the cover of her new books? Or is there another reason she does that?



    • linda
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        · July 28th, 2016 at 7:12 pm · Link

      Debbie’s new books are marked, and so are Nora’s. ONCE A RANCHER had one, but it was small and hard to see. I’m going to ask for a large, clear one. That way, readers will know what they’re getting.



  21. linda
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 7:15 pm · Link

    To ALL: I’ve had the experience, too, and I hate it. I get so excited when I find a new book by an author I really like, and it’s a BIG disappointment to find out it’s a reprint. I’ve been burned enough that I always check the copyright page to see when the book originally came out.
    Re-releases are okay, even with new covers. But I REALLY object to new titles. The only way I would agree is if there was a big notation beneath, saying, PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS…



  22. Teresa Fordice
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 7:48 pm · Link

    One of the many reason why I always look at inside cover to see publication date!!!



  23. Phyllis Odell
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 8:34 pm · Link

    Linda I have not had this problem with your books but with some other authors I have a habit of checking the copyright date now on all books I buy or get from the library.



  24. midge watkins
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 10:03 pm · Link

    Just like in our government; we’ve lost control!! We know you
    would not do this on purpose. Besides, there are still some of
    your books I haven’t read and I think these two are some of
    them. Looking forward to the “Arizona” books, if I can find
    them.



  25. Roz Goodenough
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 10:09 pm · Link

    It makes me so mad when the publisher changes the title, the cover picture and then put an old book inside and charges the same as a new book title! Maybe if they realized how upset and disappointed it makes the consumers, they would put a disclaimer on the cover warning them. I try to read all the books by my favorite authors and re-releasing an old book under a new title is sneaky.



  26. Terry
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      · July 28th, 2016 at 11:28 pm · Link

    Linda, It’s great that you are concerned about your readers but it’s also up to us to be diligent about checking in the inside cover to see if the book has already been released. This is harder to do when you purchase them on line but if you get the books from a store, you can see if it’s been released previously by checking inside. Nora Roberts has a certain symbol she uses on the cover of all her new release books which lets you know it’s brand new and I like this idea. I think maybe Debbie Macomber has had this problem too and I know it’s frustrating for readers and authors alike. By the way, I just reread McKettrick’s Choice for the 5th time and I still love it!



  27. Linda P
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      · July 29th, 2016 at 12:29 am · Link

    Thank you for sharing this information. On paper books I look at the copyright date, but audible books only list the publish date. I just recently purchased the Mojo books on audible so I won’t be buying them again under their new titles.



  28. alisa wells
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      · July 29th, 2016 at 6:35 am · Link

    I was disappointed that these books were reissues ,but I did find out before I bought them. Thank you Linda for the explanation. It never crossed my mind to get upset with you. This situation, the disappointment just goes to show you just how much we would love to hear more from Mojo.



  29. Niki Davis
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      · July 29th, 2016 at 8:00 am · Link

    Never thought you would ever want to make us unhappy. I would have blamed it on the publishers – its always there fault.



  30. Andrea Lammly
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      · July 29th, 2016 at 8:39 am · Link

    I have gotten into the habit of checking the copyright date now as this has happened to me with another authors books. They change the covers at times but keep the title the same and my husband will surprised me with what he thinks is a new book and it’s one I already have. Loved the Mojo series and look forward to your next book. (I had read one of your earlier posts so I didn’t reorder/purchase the re-released Mojo books). Hope all is well with your Mom and at the ranch with everyone and the four legged ones as well. :)



  31. Charlotte Litton
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      · July 29th, 2016 at 10:52 am · Link

    When a book comes out and I’m unsure if it’s new, I look at the front of the book for the published date. It will tell you what year the first copy was published. Hope this helps.

    Linda, we know that you would never do anything to upset us.



  32. Elaine Key
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      · July 29th, 2016 at 11:16 am · Link

    Thanks for the information. I didn’t know about this.



  33. Mary Wornick
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      · July 29th, 2016 at 11:39 am · Link

    Thank you for letting us know.
    Have nice day, talk with you later ….
    Bye for now.



  34. rita hutcheson
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      · July 29th, 2016 at 12:57 pm · Link

    I will start out letting you know I love your books, I found one by accident and became a fan. I hate to say this but your publisher has made a major error. Releasing your book or books is fine but changing the title isn’t nice. I luckly already have these books and loved the story but if I hadn’t looked inside for the copywrite date I would of bought them again. I know its isn’t your fault but theres and it worrys me. Why couldn’t they keep the original titles? Not nice to fool the public. Big fan Rita



  35. April Mc Vey
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      · July 30th, 2016 at 6:11 am · Link

    I was wondering why you had not mentioned a new release. You seem pretty active about what you have been working on and no mention of thus book i would have been real disappointed if I had bought because I loved Mojo and would not enjoyed the taint of unwrapping a new reading present to find a rewrap. Thank you for clarifying?



  36. Brooks Flori
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      · July 30th, 2016 at 1:26 pm · Link

    Through your books I have come to now you as honorable forigtht & you have again r reinforced this with your last post, I knew that this as a financial decision made by your publisher. & thank you for coming clean about this. I am lucky to have a wonderful Librarian who told me first not to get excited about a new book fro you, that his was a reissue & renamed title, I a very lucky & saved myself t the eight dollars for a book I already own, but thank you, I will still support you as an author, & great woman & still recognize you as my favorite author. & am stillooking forward to your Civil War series.



  37. Brooks Flori
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      · July 30th, 2016 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Thank you Linda for being upfront & honest about his situation. throuhyour books I have come to know you as honest & I knew this ws a financial financial decision mad by our publishers & not you. however, thank you for reinforcing by faith in you & you will continue to be my favorite author & I am looking forward tour Civil War Series. You are indeed a great role mode. Thank you



  38. Diane Sallans
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      · July 30th, 2016 at 1:52 pm · Link

    I’ve been burned by that re-publish & rename publishing method before – incredibly annoying – it can turn me off from an author & a publisher.



  39. Shirley Choma
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      · July 30th, 2016 at 2:25 pm · Link

    I have read every book that you have written. I Have yet to read one I didn’t love. I also know that you would never do anything to jeopardize your integrity. I’m in the process of reading “Once A Rancher” it is just as awesome as all the other books you have written. Anyone who loves animals is a good person. Thanks for the great writings!! ShIrley Choma



  40. Lorelei Sawtelle
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      · July 30th, 2016 at 11:43 pm · Link

    I read the back of the book so I didn’t buy another. I have paper copies and Kindle. I LOVE MOJO AND TUCKER!!!!



  41. Teresa W
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      · July 31st, 2016 at 4:19 am · Link

    Linda you are a dear supremely talented Lady! Your readers love you AND your works! Stuff happens…..you are still one of my all time favorites!!!
    Sending you (and yours) love and blessings!!



  42. judy
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      · July 31st, 2016 at 11:09 am · Link

    I guess missed out on Deadly Gamble. I am going to buy Arizona Wild if I find it in the store. Yours is not the only books that the name and cover has been changed. Hope you are having a great week end.



  43. Mary Ann Webster
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      · August 1st, 2016 at 1:04 am · Link

    I was caught by buying the new book because I was so glad to read another MOJO story. Please write another story about her. She is just great. I love MOJO and TUCKER. Please don’t stop now.



  44. Evelyn Baldwin
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      · August 3rd, 2016 at 10:19 am · Link

    I know it’s bad to purchase a book you already have! I try to review the book, before I buy a new one! This has happened to me a few times! Glad you are honest about this! Many will not tell you it is a same novel! I love your Mojo series! Course I love all your books! Thank you! God Bless as always! Evelyn



  45. Valdi M.
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      · August 3rd, 2016 at 3:24 pm · Link

    Read them both and would be glad to read them again!



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