You know those big, shiny buckles cowboys covet so–the ones the winners receive every December at the National Finals Rodeo–and at many other rodeos as well? Well, they’re made by my friends at Montana Silversmiths.
Through my friend (and cousin-in-law?), Steve Miller, I’ve got to know the fine folks who make up this company quite well. I’ve been to the factory over near Billings, Montana, and watched artisans work in the finest silver, turning out not only buckles, but all kinds of beautiful jewelry as well–the kind of jewelry that makes a cowgirl’s heart go pitty-pat!
Now, I suppose this is starting to sound like a commercial, but it really isn’t.
I’ve teamed up with Montana Silversmiths to design and create a piece we call “Casey’s necklace”, because, in “Big Sky Summer”, to be released May 28, Walker Parrish, the hero, gives Casey, the heroine, of course, this very romantic token of his forever-kind-of-love for her. You can get a good look at this creation at: www.montanasilversmiths.com/two-hats-one-heart. We’ll be awarding several necklaces on my website and also on Writerspace, so be sure to enter. The necklace will be available for purchase through Montana Silversmiths, with one hundred percent of my personal proceeds going to fund my Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women. Not one penny will go into my own pocket, my friends, but always, ALWAYS to a worthy cause, beginning with the scholarships and maybe even beyond that, into causes supporting children and animals.
Montana Silversmiths does a good job of keeping romance alive in the West, with their lovely products and, even more so, their fantastic spirit. True cowboys and cowgirls, one and all, these folks are the real deal.
I’m so proud to work with them, producing something beautiful and, in however small a way, helping to make this old world just a mite better for passing through.