#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Well, I spent yesterday and part of this morning working on the outline for the first book in the new series, tentatively titled, “The Brides of Petticoat County.”  Book 1, also tentatively titled (I’m waiting for the go-ahead from the powers that be), is called, “The Marriage Pact.”  The setting is Wyoming this time, and the hero is Tripp Galloway, pilot and owner of a fleet of private jets, back in Petticoat Creek to help his rancher stepfather out of a bad spot.  And darned if the cowboy life doesn’t look real good to Tripp, who’s tired of traveling and ready to put down roots.  Our heroine is Hadleigh Stevens, owner of a–wait for it!–quilt shop called “Patches”.  Quilts, of course, are my current fascination.  Anyway, Hadleigh’s always been in a little in love with her late brother Will’s best friend, but Tripp just sees her as his buddy’s gawky kid sister–until he gets another look at her, that is.  What a difference a decade makes. 

Of course they’ll have to get past that other thing that happened ten years ago….

So, why call today’s entry “Characters”?  Well, the art department at Harlequin is top-of-the-line, and johnny-on-the-spot, and they need descriptions so they can plan those super covers and videos they always put together.  So I’ve been hustling to come up with names and celebrity look-alikes for the first three heroes and heroines.  Jenni did most of the work and, being young, she’s more in touch with who’s hot–she downloaded some pictures for me and I made some selections.  Now I have foam boards with pictures glued on, names inscribed, and there’s still plenty of room for details like the color of a truck, the kind of horses the story calls for, etc.  Actually, this is quite inspiring, and I’m wondering why I’ve never tried it before.  :) 

I think I spaced out a contest.  I’ll have Super-Jen look into it and announce some winners. 

We’re having the most wonderful weather–and I’m already cutting lettuce for fresh salads.  The radishes are a little puny, and hot as all get-out, but, hey, I’m learning.  My beloved peonies have been and gone, but the roses are kicking in, so it’s all good.  Tomatoes and squash are coming along, as are the cucumbers and white onions.  There’s no such thing, in my opinion, as too much salad.

The home improvements continue–about to have the house painted.

Well, I’m due in Petticoat Creek, so I’d better get rolling.

Be well, be happy, and be kind.

25 comments to “Characters”

  1. Liz M
      · July 16th, 2013 at 12:06 pm · Link

    I will be looking forward to reading the new series. Any and all your books are just wonderful. Thanks Linda for writing such wonderful stories. :-P

  2. Nyoka Smith
      · July 16th, 2013 at 1:01 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great series!! I know you will enjoy the research on the quilts! I love looking at quilts and remember my Mom quilting but never have the patience for doing one. I sure envy those that can turn out a beautiful piece of art! Can’t wait for the book to come out!!!
    God bless!

  3. Linda R
      · July 16th, 2013 at 1:37 pm · Link

    I can’t wait!!! I love all of your books!

  4. Tammy Meese
      · July 16th, 2013 at 2:02 pm · Link

    Cant wait for the new series!! And now Im craving salad for breakfast, I agree, you can never have too much salad.

  5. Sherry Wallace
      · July 16th, 2013 at 2:10 pm · Link

    Ha – love the quilt shop owner idea!! As you may already know, old fashioned quilt patterns have different names, like barn raising, fire (or smoke) in the chimney, log cabin (my favorite & very versatile), court house steps. My father’s mother made quilts out of her husband’s old worn shirts – nothing went to waste around the turn of that century. What kind of horses? Now that’s another realm to explore! Does he raise & train special horses for something? Looking forward to hearing more :-)
    Blessings to all,

  6. judy
      · July 16th, 2013 at 2:21 pm · Link

    When does Big sky secrets and the Big sky Wedding come out. Can not wait until your new series comes out. Sure do enjoy your books.

  7. Jodie Mejia
      · July 16th, 2013 at 2:24 pm · Link

    I hate to sound like a broken record Linda, but do you think you will be writing the third Mojo Sheepshanks book anytime soon?
    Again I love all of your books, I have Big Sky Wedding on preorder and watching for Big Sky Secrets so I can preorder it. You can’t crank them out fast enough to suit me. I have a Nook and it goes everywhere with me.

  8. Pat Burleson
      · July 16th, 2013 at 2:55 pm · Link

    I can’t wait , so excited about the new series. You are by far my favorite writer. Still sooo waiting for “Big Sky Wedding.”

  9. Ruby Norwood
      · July 16th, 2013 at 3:03 pm · Link

    Love the quilt idea. My mom made all of her kids and grands a quilt before she passed away, but i just could not do it myself.
    I will also look forward to your new series.I love all of your books anyway.

  10. emily
      · July 16th, 2013 at 3:13 pm · Link

    Omg I cannot wait for this new serious. I’m seriously about to start re reading all the other series I have gone through. You work is wonderful. I always feel like I’m there. Part of the stories.

  11. Alice Johnson
      · July 16th, 2013 at 4:46 pm · Link

    New series sounds great! Of course, have read & kept all your books, so know this one will be approved & great also ;)

  12. Vicky
      · July 16th, 2013 at 5:14 pm · Link

    I also love your books and will be looking forward to “traveling” to Petticoat County. Owner of a quilt shop called Patches sounds perfect too!! Because the way you write we can see the landscape or town or building etc… As I finish one book in a series I already look forward to the next. And I agree about salad matter of fact dinner will include a salad tonight :)

  13. christine
      · July 16th, 2013 at 6:01 pm · Link

    Please consider having this series have historical elements. I love your historical novels!

  14. Nadine Spradlin
      · July 16th, 2013 at 6:28 pm · Link

    I would love to visit the west & northwest . but since that isn’t possible I’ll continue to enjoy your books that practically come to life . mountains , sunrise,sunset, colors, homes, even snow. Oh I love the characters and your writing style . keep on & on &on ….

  15. carole
      · July 16th, 2013 at 7:07 pm · Link

    Hi! I’m looking forward in reading this book! love the name Tripp! I have a friend name Tripp and he’s a horse trainer and I gave him some of your books to read…he wanted to see what I read that would keep me up late at night…of course the cute cowboys and he’s one! He likes your books,too! Anyways, have fun writing and can’t wait on the contests!

  16. Norma Stanforth
      · July 16th, 2013 at 7:55 pm · Link

    Linda, i glad you are getting a good start on your new book. But what happen to Petticoat Junction , lol. Boy those garden vegetable really sounds so delicious and great for you. Have a great evening everyone and God bless you all.
    As always your friend,

  17. Wanda
      · July 16th, 2013 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Looking forward to the rest of the book. Very interested. :)

  18. Cassandra
      · July 16th, 2013 at 9:51 pm · Link

    Bloody fingers from quilting just could’t hang with it. I know I was not using correct technique. Hope your quilter knows his/her thimbles.

  19. harriet Vick
      · July 16th, 2013 at 10:17 pm · Link

    Oh my! You’ve made the new series sound so wonderful already and now I have to wait!

  20. Sherina Pardy
      · July 17th, 2013 at 12:39 am · Link

    Linda, I totally love the books. There was a super hunky cowboy that just tried out for American ninja warriors. You should use someone as strong, talented with as much charisma like this fellow. Also my sister just bought a beautiful dun- skin horse. Just some ideas!

  21. Amy
      · July 17th, 2013 at 9:14 am · Link

    Can’t wait for the new series! I just finished last night reading Casey and Walker’s story…loved it of course! I get a little sad when I finish one of your books because I enjoy them so much! Your garden sounds wonderful!

  22. Emily
      · July 17th, 2013 at 9:42 am · Link

    I can hardly wait for your next book and then the new series. I too have most all of your books, and I start re-reading the series as I like to keep them in order. I never give up your books. They keep me spell bound!

  23. Cassie
      · July 17th, 2013 at 11:56 am · Link

    Thank you so much for sharing your amazing gift with the world!! When I start your books I can not put them down! I am more excited for this new series than my kids on Christmas morning (and I have a 3 year old!!) I’ll be watching :)

  24. kathryn s. walkowicz
      · July 18th, 2013 at 12:09 am · Link

    I am in love already. thanks for the sneak peak!! and a view to how to create characters in a new way! :lol:

  25. stacy
      · August 22nd, 2013 at 4:01 am · Link

    Dear Linda, love your books so much , and have read many over and over. Please write another historical romance as those are my absolute favorite! Daniel’s Bride, Lauralee, the Stone Creek series, the McKettrick’s Bride series…. so wonderful.

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