#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

My favorite outlaw

That would be Sawyer McKettrick.  :)  He’s the hero of “An Outlaw’s Christmas”, which went on sale yesterday.  It’s an old-time story, complete with a country schoolmarm, pretty Piper St. James, who dreams of falling in love with a good man who isn’t an outlaw, some precocious kids, and a few animals to take up long-term residence in your heart.   Those of you who read “A Lawman’s Christmas”, last year’s story, will enjoy seeing Clay McKettrick and his bride, Dara Rose, again.  Those of you who didn’t might want to pick up the paperback version, available right now or very soon.  :)

We’re having crisp fall weather here–it’s about time to prune the roses back and put down mulch to protect them from the winter snows.  I had beautiful red Veteran’s Honor roses this year, a tribute to my dad, who was the original rose man.  He always grew glorious peonies, vegetables, you name it–which only goes to show that even bull-riding town marshals can have a sensitive side.  :)

Bernicie the Yorkie is better, but still a little skittery on slick wooden floors.  She’s getting older, and that’s hard, but I’m doing my best to stay in the moment instead of ranging out there into a future without her.  She and her late sister, Beagle-Sadie, have brought me untold joy and unstinting devotion, and I am so grateful.  I was lonely when they came into my life and didn’t even know it, so God sent two four-footed ambassadors love and be loved.

On the writing front, I’m into the new book and loving it.   I’ve got a special secret I’ll be revealing soon, so watch this space.

With love,



19 comments to “My favorite outlaw”

  1. Sherry Wallace
      · September 26th, 2012 at 12:18 pm · Link

    I checked first thing yesterday for your new book, but guess stores hadn’t put them out yet. I’ll be back looking today! Love all animals like you do, especially my pets. I have an older yellow lab mix, Champagne, that has shared many a difficult time with me. It will be so hard to let her go, but you have the right approach to just enjoy each moment, cherish the past & be grateful – always :-)

  2. Hilda
      · September 26th, 2012 at 12:25 pm · Link

    Linda, I can’t wait to pick up An Outlaw’s Christmas! :O)
    Your love for your pets shines through your updates. I read your blog at work, and I get tears in my eyes. Have to hide those if someone stops by. You are so right – God knows what we need before we do! Blessings to you and *yours* today! Hilda

  3. anita linneman
      · September 26th, 2012 at 1:27 pm · Link

    mine was the 3 brothers tate, and the other two which i cant remember right now..but all lindas books are awesome and the cowboys are just to die for….wish we could see what some of her models would look like……

    keep up the good work and God Bless ya Linda :lol:

    • Norma Stanforth
        · September 30th, 2012 at 6:24 pm · Link

      Yes, i would like to see her, books made into a move or video. I think they would be great.Like all of Linda’s books.
      Norma :-P

  4. Joy
      · September 26th, 2012 at 1:37 pm · Link

    I got “An Outlaw’s Christmas” yesterday at Target while looking for The Avengers deluxe DVD. Glad to be back in Blue River. Garrett is my favorite McKettrick, but I like them all.

  5. Nana
      · September 26th, 2012 at 2:45 pm · Link

    Not easy watching our animals age. But what would we do without them?

    Waiting for that special secret!!! :) Love them!

  6. sam
      · September 26th, 2012 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Linda, you are so good with words. I love “god sent two four – footed ambassadors love and be loved”. It is definitely a gift, Just Brilliant :)
    I was watching an interview with J.K.Rowling( who has written a new book, this time aimed at adults) and she was asked a question about feeling pressurised to keep on writing. Do you ever feel that way ?

  7. Kathie
      · September 26th, 2012 at 3:12 pm · Link

    Oh Boy!!! I love secrets – can’t wait. Picked up ‘An Outlaw’s Christmas’ today after leaving the doctor’s office, would have gotten it before but had to be there so darned early for blood work. :oops: Will dive in as soon as I finish my snack. Thinking good thoughts for Sadie & you..

  8. Lois Rotella
      · September 26th, 2012 at 3:23 pm · Link

    I picked up the book yesterday. Can’t wait to start reading it. I am finishing another book right now. I know what you mean about your animals. I had tow cats not at the same time. They are both passed on now but I still miss them. I travel to much right now so getting another is just not right for them. :wink:

  9. connie schopp
      · September 26th, 2012 at 5:01 pm · Link

    thanks for your letter and telling me of what to look for in the book section , looking forward to new reading material. Sincerely connie

  10. Kathleen O
      · September 26th, 2012 at 5:53 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for this book to get into my hands… Hopefully tomorrow…

  11. Kathryn Porter
      · September 27th, 2012 at 2:00 am · Link

    I am still hanging and not getting any responses from anyone on your stories. Like in Linda’s series of SPRINGWATER. After reading or listening to tapes from the Library of the Blind and Low Vision is there a sequel that I need to read after SpringWater Christmas which was written back in 1999 and then in 2005 Linda comes out with SpringWater Wedding? That one tells me everyone in the earlier series have died and in the Wedding story I am totally baffled who is who and it has jump from the Western early days and the Wedding one is about the INTERNET and the modern age life. I AM JUST HANGING HERE AND SO FRUSTRATED I have stopped reading which I don’t want too. While I still have my two eyes and ears I need to keep going BUT I need some feedback as well. HELP me!

    • linda
        · September 27th, 2012 at 11:38 am · Link

      I’ll do some checking and get back to you.

  12. Mai
      · September 27th, 2012 at 7:28 am · Link

    Love Love Love you stories. The cowboys, their ladies and the animals (esp. the dogs), oh my. I love the fact that you have a stray dog in most of your stories. I love my two rescued beagle/mix from the shelter (even if they’re driving me crazy right now trying to get the bunny in the yard. There’s a fence separating them). Anyway, I have 2 questions concerning An Outlaw Christmas, 1. Even though they only have a week together, couldn’t Sawyer & Piper get a dog and 2. Who is Lydia? She was with the other aunts when they present Piper with the quilt but for the life of me I cannot remember who she is. Could she have been Lorelie? Anyway, can’t wait for your next book.

    • linda
        · September 27th, 2012 at 11:36 am · Link

      Yikes! You’re right! She was Lorelie!

      • mai
          · September 27th, 2012 at 1:34 pm · Link

        Thank goodness! Thought I would have to reread all the McKettrick stories(not that that would have been a hardship).

  13. Patricia
      · September 27th, 2012 at 8:58 am · Link

    I just wanted you to know that I loved An Outlaw Christmas.. I am very thankful that you brought back the McKettrick clan. I fell in love with them all one by one as I read each one’s story..thank you…have a blessed day :)

  14. Hilda
      · September 27th, 2012 at 12:38 pm · Link

    Oh my goodness! I just thought of what I want my next job to be. I’ll read your books before they go to print! Of course, I would HAVE to move to your property – a 5th wheel ought to be sufficient, near the pond or better yet, near the horse corrals. Yeah, that would be just about as near to heaven on earth as I dare hope to get…unless a McKettrick man were to materialize all of a sudden at my door. Actually, can I have all of the above, please? What? Hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask. :wink:

  15. linda h
      · February 1st, 2013 at 2:15 pm · Link

    i just read McKenttrick’s Choice i thought it was the best book I’ve ever read, I can’t wait till linda writes another just like it

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