#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Jen tells me we have some confusion over who actually won the contest. We doubled checked, identified the original winner, and sent her an email.  Sorry about the mix-up–next time, I guess we’ll need more identifying details upfront.  Still working the kinks out of the process, but if you’re not THE Kathie, please don’t worry.  There’s another contest starting–right now.   :)  ONE winner will receive a signed book and another of my sister Pam’s beautiful bracelets.

What is your all-time favorite book, and why is it so memorable to you?  (Hint: it doesn’t have to be one of mine.)

On to another subject–it seems to be a slow writing week–I get those sometimes.  I will say that I LOVE this book.  (I know, I always say that, and it’s always true!)

Received a delightful package yesterday–the watercolor painting of James Arness, as Matt Dillon, I bought from my friend Buck Taylor, at Cowboy Christmas.  Lo and behold, my friend and publicist, Nancy Berland, had sneaked into the booth and bought me a Miss Kitty portrait to match!  Both are part of a Dad-tribute, very special to me.  Dad, a town marshal, pretty much worked 24/7, but he always managed to get home in time to watch “Gunsmoke” on Saturday nights.

Of course, for those of us who loved TV westerns, Matt Dillon was not just a cowboy-cop, he was an icon, right up there with the Duke. 

The seed catalogs are arriving, and I devour them avidly as I do my art magazines.  The names, colors!  Who knew there was a peach colored sunflower???  It’s called Peach Passion (botanicalinterests.com) and I’m going to grow some for sure.  Maybe we ought to push the fence out a ways and make more room.

For today, that’s the news from the Triple L.

78 comments to “Kathie-Confusion”

  1. Kathleen O
      · January 10th, 2013 at 1:55 pm · Link

    I think there was a Kathie and a Kathleen, but I knew it was not me…
    Hopefully I will be lucky at a future date. :)

    • Kathleen O
        · January 10th, 2013 at 2:39 pm · Link

      I have so many wonderful books on a list for favourite… But I would have to say one of my all time Favs is Palamino by Danielle Steel. It was such a moving romantic book. It test true love at its hardest time in your life.

  2. Jennifer Legan
      · January 10th, 2013 at 1:58 pm · Link

    My all time favorite and most memorable book is “Mr. And Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, The Two Shall Become One” by Sharon Lathan. I am a huge Jane Austin fan and love everything Pride and Prejudice. This book just embodies everything that I ever imagined happened after the movie ended. I have read it hundreds of times and still love it.

  3. Christine Houser
      · January 10th, 2013 at 1:59 pm · Link

    My favorite books of all time are the Creeds. I love them. I was not a fan of westerns until I read the Creeds, now I look for more from you.

    • Loretta Walker
        · January 14th, 2013 at 10:27 am · Link

      It’s really hard to select a favorite book, though, not so hard to select my favorite writer. I love all your books. Everywhere I go I look for more to buy and add to my collection. TOTALLY ADDICTING! To be honest, my favorites are The Creeds. Love em.

  4. Beverly George
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:05 pm · Link

    I just subscribed to your wonderful blog and I see contest winners announced. How do I enter for contests. I love your books I have just finished the Big Sky books….will there be another?

  5. Debra
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Wow picking one book would be way to hard for me. I’m a Austen fan also and my favorite is Persuasion, but Little Women, Lonesome Dove, Gone with The Wind and Scarlett all stand out in my mind as favorites. I’m also a huge “Matt Dillion” fan and still watch it regularly on the Western Channel.

    • sam
        · January 11th, 2013 at 4:01 am · Link

      Debra, I think Persuasion is a great read, but have you seen the DVD version with Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones? It is lovely:)

      • Hilda
          · January 11th, 2013 at 1:59 pm · Link

        Sam, do you like that version of Persuasion better than the version with Ciaran Hindes (sp?), or have you not seen that one? I love that story! I’ll have to locate the one you recommend. Thanks!

      • Debra
          · January 14th, 2013 at 2:06 pm · Link

        Yes Sam, in fact I own three versions of it. Ciaran Hinds, Rupert Penry-Jones, and Bryan Marshall as Capt. Wentworth.

  6. Jenny Butler
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:08 pm · Link

    I have way too many favorite books, but if I had to pick one. I’ve read your book Austin a million times. the pour book is falling apart. I’m not sure exactly why I like that one so much, but I can just get lost in it. As my husband tells me, when I’m reading I don’t hear anyone or anything.

  7. Andrea Lammly
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:09 pm · Link

    Just a quick note that I loved Boone & Tara’s story and can’t wait for the next one.

    I have to say “The Help” was one of the greatest books I’ve read in a long while. It had me from the first few pages. However, “McKettrick’s Choice” was and is a personal favorite of mine. Holt is the ultimate cowboy and I literally could not put this book down. I think it’s one of the best stories you’ve ever written. That’s my vote.

    Glad to hear the diet is working. Hopefully we are all successful at it this year! Snow on the ground here in VT so it’s hard to think of flowers but going to be 50 here this weekend so there is hope!

    Happy day to everyone & God’s blessings to all of you too.

  8. Crystal
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:10 pm · Link

    My all time favorite book??? Hmm….. This may consider some thought. As a child I would have to say my favorite was homecoming by Cynthia Voit. And as an adult it would have to be….gonna have to think. Its one of yours I just LOVE them all!! I will get back with that!

    • Crystal
        · January 10th, 2013 at 4:34 pm · Link

      With much consideration I’m still torn between 2! So here it goes Emma and the Outlaw and Taming Charolette! Their love is SO strong! But this was a very hard question!

  9. Tonnie Heckathorn
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:28 pm · Link

    I would read any book I could get my hands on since the age of eight. My mom belonged to Reader Digest’s four-books-in-one volume book a month club. I would read the volume in two weeks. Then I discovered and fell in love with the Pippi Longstocking Series by Astrid Lindgren. If a book was on the table I would read it. As an adult I still read everyday and love Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series. My son gave me a Nook HD for Christmas this year and I have been downloading and discovering new authors to expand my reading experience.

  10. Rachel
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Hmmm I have sooooo many I love but at this moment I would have to say a scent of jasmine. I can go nd pick it up anytime and read it. But I must also put in that same thought Mckettricks choice. Holt and lorieli are my favorites. I love all the Mckettricks but love that story.

  11. Hilda
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:33 pm · Link

    I’m going to go with McKettrick’s Heart. But there are a whole lot of other favorites right behind it!

    I’ve always wondered, Linda, how do you pronounce Psyche’s name (the woman with cancer)? How did you decide to use that as her character’s name in the book?

    • Hilda
        · January 10th, 2013 at 3:03 pm · Link

      If we are going back to our childhood, what pops into my mind is Helen Keller’s book. Huge impact on me! Also, Little Women. I think the question is making my brain hurt, trying to decide! And I’m thinking I should mention the Bible….. And I’m still a huge fan of Last Chance Cafe. If I had to keep a series of stories, it would be the McKettrick’s for sure (all of them), and if I could keep two series, I’d also keep the Cedar Cove Series. I could be dropped off on a deserted island with those 2 series.

  12. Teresa
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:36 pm · Link

    If you want color – try the new ORANGE and PURPLE Geraniums – you can even get seeds for them on ebay – I have one of each that this will be the 3rd year for them = they are in hugh hanging baskets in the south facing windows above my washer and dryer!! LOVE that the orange one has been blooming since Thanksgiving!!

  13. Hillary Harshbarger
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:36 pm · Link

    I love so many books its hard to pick just one! But I’d have to pick The Chronicles of Narnia the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe!! It’s been a favorite since childhood!!

  14. Ruth
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:37 pm · Link

    I’ve read everything and anything since I was about 7 or 8 years old, and all of them at the time were my favorite book! I love books, to the point where I’ve been trying to create an altered art journal and have to keep going to the thrift store for another book because i started to read the last one! If I had to choose a favorite, would never pass on book, I’d have to pick my mothers old cookbook. She had written notes in it, stuck it full of scraps of paper and odds and ends that are all a tale of her life before and after she bacame my mother. There are notes from my grandmother as well, as as they’ve both passed on this has become my most cherished family book.

  15. Teresa
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:38 pm · Link

    oops favorite book would have to be Black Stallion series by Walter Farley – recently invested in a set for the Grandkids – also love Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – been horse crazy since birth!!

  16. Jane
      · January 10th, 2013 at 2:44 pm · Link

    I have too many “favorite ones” to pick just one….but one I’ve read and re-read is Jesse’s story in McKETTRICK’S LUCK. However, I love all the contemporary McKettricks…AZ or TX,and the Creeds…MT or CO.


  17. marie
      · January 10th, 2013 at 3:02 pm · Link

    I did just read this past week CORBINS FANCY AND MEMORYS EMBRACE, LOVE THEM BOTH.

  18. Pam Brewer
      · January 10th, 2013 at 3:05 pm · Link

    I have two – “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Ah, the joys of being an English teacher :-D

  19. Sue Mccormick
      · January 10th, 2013 at 3:08 pm · Link

    I’m NOT entering this contest. It’s impossible to pick ONE favorite book. Should I do old favorites like “The Wizard of Oz” or “The Long Winter” or “Roller Skates?” Should I pick a “new” favorite like “Genuine Lies” or “Shades of Twilight” or “Deadly Gamble?” Should I pick a classic like “Persuasion” or “Jayne Eyre” or “Busman’s Honeymoon?” I read each of these books about once a year, as I do many others. I would guess that many of your readers are in the same “fix” that I am in the case of picking one all-time-favorite.

  20. sam
      · January 10th, 2013 at 3:23 pm · Link

    I have been thinking about my favourite books, and I can honestly say that I fell in love with cowboys when I first read Dorothy Garlock books ( my favourite being “Larkspur”), but when I had read those I found you and my favourite by far for me is “The Outlaw” :)

    • sam
        · January 10th, 2013 at 3:27 pm · Link

      I made a boo boo! It is “My Outlaw” I was getting too excited, silly me :wink:

  21. Lori DeLong
      · January 10th, 2013 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Logan Creed’s story would have to my favorite. My late friend introduced your books to me and got me reading again. So I always buy 2 of your books and donate one to our local library in my friends memory so everyone will have a chance to read yor wonderful books!

  22. Lindy
      · January 10th, 2013 at 4:06 pm · Link

    I love it when these kinds of questions are asked because I get such wonderful suggestions about what to read next. Thanks! Seems to me my favourites have a season but consistently return to Elizabeth Lowell’s “Now” series, Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, Lynsay Sands Argeneau series (when I want a giggle), and your books, of course, especially the Creeds and my favourite of yours – “Forever and the Night”.

  23. Kathleen McCluskey
      · January 10th, 2013 at 4:07 pm · Link

    I have several,s book that made an impact on a time in my life. As a child The velveteen Rabbit book told how toys can become real with LOVE, Then I remember reading such classics as Little women , Mrs Mike , the Red badge of Color etc. For a time I read only College texts I needed to Read, But as I had children and took them to storytime I suddenly found the Fiction Section full of Romance novels and have been reading an average of 2 a week. i have read almost all of Linda’s books with a moth of publication.

    • Hilda
        · January 10th, 2013 at 4:28 pm · Link

      I loved Mrs. Mike! I still have my copy that I bought when I was in Junior High! Thanks for reminding me about that one, Kathleen M!

  24. Sue Klepinger
      · January 10th, 2013 at 4:23 pm · Link

    I have many books that are favorites, but I think my very, very favorite book is “McKettrick’s Choice”. I love all the McKettricks (old time cowboys and modern cowboys), but I absolutely love Holt and Lorelei. Thank you for writing such wonder characters.

  25. Jessica G
      · January 10th, 2013 at 4:31 pm · Link

    I seem to have a lot of favorites like most everyone else. I’m a big series reader. Some of my favorites are the Outlander Series By Diana Gabaldon and All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness (only two of three have been written so far) and as I am of that generation the Harry Potter Series. But my favorite LLM book is A Wanted Man.

  26. Norma Stanforth
      · January 10th, 2013 at 4:32 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    I am so glad you got you watercolor painting of Matt Dillon you got at the cowboy Christmas. I am glad you friend and publicist bought you Miss Kitty to go with Matt, that was real nice of her.
    I have two top favorite books. One is the Bible, the other is A McKettrick Christmas, i have others but those are the top. The Bible has a lot of everyday living in it and what and how for us to do to be saved, for the forgiveness of our sin. A McKettrick Christmas, there was an avalanche, the snow came down, on the tracks and stopped the train the McKettrick’s daughter was on the train along with a lot of other people. They thought they were going to die but the McKettrick daughter knew that her dad, grandpa,brothers, and uncles would be after her, she had the faith.
    Norma Stanforth :-P

        · January 11th, 2013 at 10:15 am · Link

      Norma, you have surpassed us all. The bible……. how could we not think of that. It is our everday fuel for life. Thanks for reminding me to put my flesh aside and get myself in the word. This contest hands down has your name on it!!! Have a wonderful day!

      • Hilda
          · January 11th, 2013 at 2:01 pm · Link

        HEY! I thought of the Bible too! :)

      • Norma Stanforth
          · January 11th, 2013 at 5:07 pm · Link

        Thank you Crystal, but it is all up to Linda, and other people, but thank you, we do have to remember about our souls. God bless you.

  27. marie
      · January 10th, 2013 at 4:39 pm · Link

    OH GOSH, I FORGOT I ALSO LOVE THE VIRGIN RIVER SERIES BY R. CARR and my favorite LL Miller book is the one about Rowdy and Lark. and Ann Morrow Lindbergh memoirs.

  28. Anita
      · January 10th, 2013 at 4:54 pm · Link

    You are one of my top favorite authors, I buy your books without browsing it first. Only two other authors in that category. However, my favorite book of all time is “Gift of the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. This book got me through a difficult loss of a child and it is a treasure I share often as a gift to others.

  29. marie
      · January 10th, 2013 at 5:11 pm · Link


  30. Janice Hougland
      · January 10th, 2013 at 5:27 pm · Link

    I don’t have just one book that is an all-time favorite (sorry). There are too many that have been faves…once I try an author and love his/her writing, I read all I can get ahold of by that author. Oftentimes it is the first book by that author that is the best, but I don’t know why that is. I got introduced to Janet Evanovich with her Stephanie Plum series awhile back and I couldn’t read her books fast enough. But I recall her first one as being the one I liked best. Years ago I got involved reading Bertrice Small (recommended by a friend) and ever since have loved romances. In the romance genre I like historical regencies and westerns best…and then my daughter got me involved with Laurell K. Hamilton and I’ve been “off to the races” on vampire paranormal romances. Only sometimes do I like the contemporaries. To get me going on the western romances, Diana Palmer and Joan Johnston got me started…and then there was YOU! :-) I, too, fondly recall the old TV westerns. We watched them as a family growing up–especially Maverick, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train and Rawhide. I guess this comment’s getting too long…so I’ll stop. :wink:

  31. Janice Hougland
      · January 10th, 2013 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Oh, I forgot to mention that what got me started being a reading fanatic was that I grew up in a small rural farming/ranching community in Southern California…and the only recreation was participating in the local public library reading program & contest every year. At that time, I loved mysteries the best and was very involved with the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew and the like. But I actually read just about everything our tiny library had each year… I read so much that they ran out of books for me one year!

  32. Cathy
      · January 10th, 2013 at 6:35 pm · Link

    How do you pick ONE?????

    My Favorite book growing up was Little Women and i still cry when I read it.Of course the Nancy Drew Hardy Boys Bobbsey twins.

    Growing up I found the romance books and love all types One of my favorites is Julie Garwood-Prince Charming I read it at least 1x a year.

    Of your books I love the McKettricks Heart the best I have read it over and over.

    NonFiction is the Bible and what a comfort it words are too me at any time.

    Again how do you choose 1 book AUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Linda Pegher
      · January 10th, 2013 at 7:26 pm · Link

    This is really hard. Out of the classics, my favorite is “Jane Eyre”. Such a tragedy through most of the book, but in the end shows that ‘love conquers all’. I still love it even after reading it at least 10 times and seeing all the different movie versions. Out of recent books, I loved the entire Twilight Series especially “Breaking Dawn” which once again shows that ‘love conquers all’ even Vampires. Of your books, my favorite is probably “Banner O’Brien”. I believe that Banner was the first of your books which I read. I have read it at least 3 times and cried every time the father dies saving Banner. As you know, ‘love conquers all’. I gave the book to my niece who was an athlete and never read a book not required for school. She loved it. In a college English course the class was asked what their favorite book was and she responded “Banner O’Brien”. The teacher ridiculed her since she did not respond with a classic. She never discusses books any more which I think is a real shame. Some teachers should be fired for not encouraging students to read any and everything that they find enjoyable. :lol: I love all of your books but especially your early works.

  34. Lois Rotella
      · January 10th, 2013 at 7:32 pm · Link

    I love books since I was a little girl. It is so hard to pick. If I would pick I would say “Gone with the wind”. It was the first adult book I read. My Dad gave me his hard cover book from 1939 and said he thought I would like it. I really enjoyed all the inter play of all the characters. My favorite book by you was The Man from Stone Creek and The Bridegroom. I love the strong men in these books and well as the family dynamics. :lol:

  35. Juanita Rice
      · January 10th, 2013 at 7:40 pm · Link

    Right now my all-time my favorite book is “Virgin River”. Of course, that could change with the next book I read but, so far, the story of Jack and Mel Sheridan still tops my favorite’s list.

  36. Chrstina Ribbeck
      · January 10th, 2013 at 8:15 pm · Link

    The Notebook … it’s a beautiful love story. Noah & Ally go through so much to end up together, then years later she writes their story when she finds out she has Alzheimers & wants Noah to read it to her when she can’t remember & she promies that when it’s read to her, she’ll remember & come back to him. Who doesn’t want a love like that? Great story.

  37. Charmaine Wardrop
      · January 10th, 2013 at 8:27 pm · Link

    First off, I want to thank you for providing such wonderful entertainment. I have certainly enjoyed your books and have fed the book fetish for all my female relatives in my close circle.

    There are so many books that come to mind when I try to think of what would be my all time best….

    I love historical romance books to the point where I can read 3 a week- but that gets awfully expensive.

    So, if there has to be only 1 book that is my ALL Time Favorite, it would be The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. 1145 pages that actually took me 3 days to read the first time. I have read it no less than 15 times. Even considered calling my daughter Mercedes at one time. The first time I read this book, I literally fell in love with Edmund. I think I loved him until I was in my 30’s and realized he wasn’t the man of my dreams after all. Never the less, I still would choose that book if I want to get “Lost” for awhile. Have bought 2 copies of this book so far.

  38. marie
      · January 10th, 2013 at 8:28 pm · Link


  39. Gloria
      · January 10th, 2013 at 8:32 pm · Link

    Linda, my favorite book(s), other than the Holy Bible, is from my childhood. The name of the book is Told Under The Green Umbrella. I don’t know who the author is, but it is full of Fairy Tales. It was misplaced for 1964 to 2000, when I became the owner of my old house, and found it between a cushion and the end of an old couch. Alas, it was warped and missing some pages.

    My other favorite is Heidi. Again, I don’t remember the author, but to this day, I read it every chance I get.

    I like all of your books, so far. I’ve yet to read a bad one, but…if I have to choose, I choose Heidi.

    • Juanita Rice
        · January 11th, 2013 at 12:04 am · Link

      Gloria, Amazon has several versions of Green Umbrella tales. I saw one from 1930 and another from 1966.

      If I had been asked about my favorite book ten or so years ago I would have said “God Is An Englishman” by R.F. Delderfield. Of course, I loved “The Black Stallion”, “Heidi”, all the Laura Ingalls Wilder stories. But I’ve never re-read them. My re-reads are the first 14 books of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series, Linda’s McKettrick and Creed stories, and Laura Taylor’s “Intimate Strangers”. But Robyn’s story of Jack and Mel still trumps them all!!! :>)

      In her later years my mother, when she couldn’t sleep, would get up in the middle of the night and re-read again and again Laura Wilder’s books. I think those books were some of her prized possessions! My daughter now owns them :)

  40. Gloria
      · January 10th, 2013 at 8:33 pm · Link

    Linda, my favorite book(s), other than the Holy Bible, is from my childhood. The name of the book is Told Under The Green Umbrella. I don’t know who the author is, but it is full of Fairy Tales. It was misplaced from 1964 to 2000, when I became the owner of my old house, and found it between a cushion and the end of an old couch. Alas, it was warped and missing some pages.

    My other favorite is Heidi. Again, I don’t remember the author, but to this day, I read it every chance I get.

    I like all of your books, so far. I’ve yet to read a bad one, but…if I have to choose, I choose Heidi.

  41. Gloria
      · January 10th, 2013 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Well, I didn’t mean to send two…I thought I was correcting a mistake in the first one, but…there must not be a way to make a correction once you submit something.

    If there is a way to make a correction, please tell us how.


  42. Pam monast
      · January 10th, 2013 at 8:37 pm · Link

    I have to say that my all time favorite book as an adult is “A Woman of Substance” by Barbara Taylor Bradford. It is a magnificent story chronicaling the life of Emma Harte as she develops from very young and deprived to a very successful business woman. I loved the depth of the trials and tribulations as well as her entrepreneurial spirit. There were a number of sequels but this remains my favorite. Thanks

  43. Bridget
      · January 10th, 2013 at 9:04 pm · Link

    I have many favorite books, but my all time favorite is “Ashes in the Wind” by Kathleen Woodiwiss. It’s a great love story filled with adventure!

  44. Dava
      · January 10th, 2013 at 9:18 pm · Link

    Like everyone else, I have a lot of favorites. From childhood, it would have to be The Diary of Anne Frank and Flowers in the Attic. I reread both when I get the chance. As an adult my favorite would have to be the Lakeshore Chronicles by Susan Wiggs and any of your books. I get pulled into the stories and can’t put them down.

    • Hilda
        · January 11th, 2013 at 1:44 am · Link

      Wow, I forgot about The Diary of Anne Frank! And I was born in Holland, and visited The Achterhuis (where the Frank family hid) TWICE! Shame on me! Fortunately, this is another one that I still have the copy I read as a girl. Have any of you heard of “The Family Nobody Wanted”? I have that one too, from my junior high years. It’s the true story of a couple who adopted about 8 kids, none of them intentional, but oh what a wonderful, heart-warming story! I’m so glad I’m getting reminders of so many great books. LINDA, YOU SURE STARTED SOMETHING WONDERFUL!!!

  45. Sherry Wallace
      · January 10th, 2013 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Hmmm, a peach colored sunflower? I want some of those, too! My Jonquels around the mailbox have already started to sprout! Seems this happens every year too early, because we have some unseasonably warm days interspursed with cold ones before Spring actually arrives, usually in mid to late February. I’m not ready to give up on a possible snow cover here, though. I’ll just cover them with more pine straw & hope for the best.
    Cut yourself some slack, you can have a slow writing day sometimes :-)

  46. Sherry Wallace
      · January 10th, 2013 at 9:49 pm · Link

    Wow, this favorite book question really brought em out of the woodwork! My first favorite books were (like Teresa said) the Black Stallion series by Walter Farley. Then he wrote about Flame in another series. I never played with dolls, just my horse collection :-). I was so fortunate to have had a horse to ride & grow up with, & then now in my older years! That must be why all of your western stories are favorites of mine. I also liked the Calder series by Janey Dailey.

  47. Sherry Wallace
      · January 10th, 2013 at 9:51 pm · Link

    Make that Janet Dailey that wrote the about the Calders.

  48. Sandra Stanford
      · January 10th, 2013 at 10:24 pm · Link

    I have many books that I love and I make it a priority to read from the Bible each morning. But the books that hooked me on reading early in life were the Little House on the Praire books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. When I got married I bought the entire set and introduced them to my daughter. She just started reading Little House in the Big Woods to my 4 year old Granddaughter last fall. Somewhere along the way I stopped reading fiction, until last year. McKettrick’s Heart caught my eye at Walmart and I was hooked. I love all the McKettricks and I just want to say thanks for reminding me what a pleasure it is to read a good fiction book.

  49. Tahne Timmons
      · January 10th, 2013 at 10:55 pm · Link

    Ain’t She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It is an amazing book that shows some people can learn from their mistakes and change for the better.

  50. Shawn
      · January 10th, 2013 at 10:59 pm · Link

    Little Women would probably be my all time favorite. As a child, I read it over and over again until the cover basically fell off! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone would be another for not only how well written it is (as well as the other HP books) but for how it inspired and motivated a generation of millions to read! It’s impact on young (and not so young ) readers was tremendous! My favorite LAL book…even more difficult to choose, but I’d have to say High Country Bride. This was our introduction to the magnificent, manly McKettricks and I loooooooved Rafe!

    • Shawn
        · January 10th, 2013 at 11:01 pm · Link

      That should have been “LLM” books. Darn touch screen phones!

  51. marie
      · January 10th, 2013 at 11:15 pm · Link

    Here I am again, I loved WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE. WHAT A STORY. I SAW THE PLAY YEARS AGO TOO. thanks for reminding me about it, I should re read it.

  52. Pat Aman
      · January 10th, 2013 at 11:33 pm · Link

    Hi, Linda. I MUST tell you my Matt Dillon/James Arness story. When I was in high school, around 1960, we lived in a house next to a tavern in the city, St Louis. One day as I was walking down the street, I just turned my head and glanced at the open door of the tavern. SHOCK! Matt Dillon was sitting on a bar stool drinking a beer. I say Matt Dillon because it was James Arness in full costume!!! He came out and talked to us, othere “kids” had joined me, and gave us autographs. He must have been in town for a Rodeo. We had those about once a year. The Cisco Kid was the guest one year. But, I will never forget my Matt Dillon day!! :wink:

  53. Anne Little
      · January 11th, 2013 at 12:16 am · Link

    I love the old westerns, movies and television serials. I grew up watching Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Wagon Train etc. etc. John Wayne is my absolute favorite cowboy and I have a DVD set of a few of his movies that I picked up at the drug store (of all places). I watch them repeatedly, great late night television when there is nothing else on worth watching.

    My favorite book is the first book I ever recieved. Heidi. I was about 5 or 6 years old and it was a christmas gift. I begged everyone to read it to me. I think they read to me much of the time just to shut me or or watch me sit more then five minutes at a time. Later when I could read on my own, I would reread it now and again. When I hit my teens it was all of the Nancy Drew series, but to this day I still love Heidi. I have even gone so far as to buy copies for my neices and other children in hopes it would inspire them to read.

    These days (adulthood) I have way to many favorites to choose just one. You know how it is, you think you have read what has to be the greatest novel ever written then you pick up another and it moves you and you think Wow, that was greater. Of course I love a great many of your books too. The McKettricks definitely stand out but so do the earlier ones.

  54. Marti P
      · January 11th, 2013 at 12:31 am · Link

    My favorite book of all time would have to be “Dream Man” by Linda Howard. It was super suspense with a major hot hero. It also made me realize you never know how a person will react if you get a touch rude with them.

  55. Sarah C. - Ohio
      · January 11th, 2013 at 8:37 am · Link

    My fave is probably Gone with the Wind. Love to re-read that one at least once a year.

  56. Emily
      · January 11th, 2013 at 9:50 am · Link

    The Bible, Gone With The Wind, and I love all of your cowboy books!

    Happy you got your watercolors. I loved Gunsmoke and also watched it every Saturday. Now I watch it on Encore Westerns! :wink:

  57. kathryn s walkowicz
      · January 11th, 2013 at 10:04 am · Link

    “title=” a favorite book of all times would be very hard to choose..I would either have to sort it all by genre or author…and then it would be sooo hard..one of my favories all time from you is “granite man”…the “malory family ” books by Johanna Lindsey…the “velvet” books from Jude deveroux. I have the very 1st romance novel I ever read..I bought it on a familyb trip to the southwest when I was 16 years old. I finished it at the campground on the eastish rim of the grand canyon..I think it was called “red skys at night” i can no longer remember the authors name. :( I have bought “a knight in shinning armor” about 10 times because I have given it away so many times, Jude Deveroux again..that is so loved because it is unreqited…they should live happily ever after and they really dont get to.so I imagine you dont want to know about my love of folklore, fairytail, scifi fantasy,tolkien,shakespear, or all my favorite poets…love you though, have for years. best wishes.

  58. Juanita Rice
      · January 11th, 2013 at 3:25 pm · Link

    My goodness! I missed one whole part of this week’s question “…and why is it so memorable to you?”

    Virgin River is the first fiction book I’ve read that delves into the psychology of military post traumatic stress disorders. I’m quite sure that’s why this story stays in my mind as a particularly informative and enjoyable read.

  59. Stormy
      · January 11th, 2013 at 11:29 pm · Link

    Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan. The plot was great, cover art to the book was fantastic and the characters were well written. It was the very first paranormal romance I ever read and I’ve been hooked ever since!

  60. Kris Myers
      · January 13th, 2013 at 1:23 am · Link

    Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson. This book hit home for me on a series of emotional levels and it’s one I’ve never let go of in my heart. My first child was born in Jan 2000 and I read this book after the unspeakable horrors of 9-11. It tied together the strong emotions a mother feels and reminds me always what true priorities should be.
    Thank you for doing the same with your stories. I love that you have me laugh and cry with just about every book!

  61. Lea Williams
      · January 13th, 2013 at 11:02 pm · Link

    A favorite book, impossible. Brighty Of The Grand Canyon was a childhood favorite – maybe thats why I collect donkey’s. I mean live eating braying donkeys. Heidi was another childhood favorite, I read everything I could get my hands on since I learned to read at 5. As an adult anything you have written, I have loved, I have read any Debbie Macomber has written, and a favorite Christmas book is The Christmas Pearls by Dorothea Benton Frank. I like her books too. Oh my, I could go on and on. If its in a book I will read it, if its on a cereal box I have probably read it ect. Found two of your new books at my favorite used book store and grabbed them. Now I can catch up. Thanks so much for the question but simply could not name just one. :-P

  62. Diane M
      · January 14th, 2013 at 9:46 am · Link

    I love to read, don’t always have time. All your books are just super. Also enjoy James Patterson, Nora Roberts, and Fern Michaels. I think my all time favorite was a series of books that started with Independence and followed with state names. They were a series of love stories but were also about how the west was settled. Don’t remember who wrote them though.

  63. Jessie W
      · January 15th, 2013 at 1:29 am · Link

    My favorite book, although there are so many, would have to be The Shotgun Bride by YOU of course. I love the McKettricks and relate with the family so much. My family is very close and we’re always at one another’s homes. I also love how the McKettrick stories not only involve the “couple” who fall in love but the family and what they are going through as well.
    My main reason for loving this book is because it was my first book with you Linda as the author. I had just started dating my now husband and was meeting his family. His sister introduced herself as Linda Miller!!!!! I automatically said, “The author?” I had presumed I was meeting the woman who’s book I was reading and LOVING! Haha silly me. Ever since then it has been a favorite of mine. Definitely a re-readable story!

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