#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

My Friend, Althea

My friend Althea will arrive today, with her delightful pomeranian, Ti Amo, in tow. (Or, more properly, peeking out of her purse.) He’s even smaller than my beloved yorkie, Bernice, but he holds his own with the rest of the menagerie whenever they visit. The two of them spent Christmas in New York, with Althea’s lovely and accomplished daughter, Ava. After the snow and the transit strike, Arizona will be quite a change.

It’s a wonderful thing to welcome in a brand new year with a friend like Althea. We’ll light candles, set goals, and talk about our dreams. We’ll do plenty of laughing, too. Althea’s a kick. She can calculate your astrological sign down to the degree, but has trouble with Weight Watchers’ point system!

I hope you’re preparing for a wonderful 2006, with your friends and family.

I also hope you’re reading my new book, “One Last Look”, and enjoying every moment with Tony and Clare and the regular secondary characters–Clare’s best friend, Loretta, her niece, Emma, the dogs, Waldo and Bernice (no coincidence, and my beagle, Sadie, has her nose out of joint because she’s only in one book, and Bernice is in three), the magical Mrs. K, and Eddie, Sonterra’s former Scottsdale PD partner. Of course there are new people, too–some good ones, and some stinkers. I’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which!

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