#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

One day more!

Believe it or not, I am on the homestretch with “Big Sky Summer”, and it feels great!  (Even though I suffer from a form of empty-nest syndrome when my characters leave home. :) )  I’ll be drafting the final chapter today, fleshing it out and giving it a polish tomorrow.  Then I plan to slow down a little, do some art, read or listen to books, shop a little, probably–but my mind is already way ahead of me, weaving the next story, “Big Sky Secrets”, so I’ll be brainstorming the outline through the week and starting the book next Monday.  Those of you who have read the previous books will recognize the heroine–Brylee Parrish, the jilted bride from “Big Sky Mountain”–but the hero is an entirely new character and I don’t want to introduce him yet.  Call me mysterious!

Congrats to the winners–everybody else, hang in there!  Keep the comments coming.  I’ll be giving away three autographed books next Wednesday, as usual, and the question is, “Who’s your favorite cowboy?”  They can come from TV, the movies, books, or real life.

Our weather is sort of gloomy, but in a good way.  :)  (As in, it’s not a hurricane.)  I just turned on my happy-lamp, and all is well.  (Except I could really use some breakfast–unfortunately, nothing sounds good.)   My prayers are with those of you who find yourselves in Sandy’s path–may God bless and keep every one of you. 

Are you ready for Halloween?  Don’t get trick-or-treaters out here in the country, but I always buy candy just in case.  :)  Your comments and stories brought back so many memories, especially the way those store-bought masks made your face sweat.  Yuck.  Occasionally, Northport was blanketed with snow over Halloween, and we really hated putting coats on over our costumes.  Mom made many of our outfits–a really cool witch get-up comes to mind–but I remember those masks, remember being a hobo one year.  I was a renegade from the first.

Better get to Parable before a riot starts up or something.  :)

Be well, be safe, and be kind.  Choose the gentle word. 



54 comments to “One day more!”

  1. Teresa
      · October 30th, 2012 at 1:05 pm · Link

    Well Sam Elliott is my favorite, followed by Tom Selleck and a few movies had both – WOW!! Patrick Swayze is a close third – that would be enough for any cowgirl to saddle up and ride off into the sunset!! Be happy!! Love your books!!

    • Sal
        · October 30th, 2012 at 7:13 pm · Link

      Oh la la….Sam Elliot is my secret love followed closely by Johnny Castle…aka Patrick Swayze…

      • Shari Grant
          · October 30th, 2012 at 11:08 pm · Link

        I am right there with both of you. Patrick Swayze made me swoon on screen, but in real life I love the way he loved his wife. I love that he was the gentle cowboy who could portray sexy, tough, and also vulnerable so beautifully. Sam Elliott. Oh my. His voice still makes me sigh. As I recall they were together in Road House. Dalton. There I go again, swooning. I want to spend a little time thinking about my favorite Linda Lael Miller cowboy before responding to this question. There are so many. Right now I am loving Chance Quatrough in Last Chance Cafe. Still putting my thoughts together as to why he is one of my favorites. Although, wow, the Creed men and the McKettrick men. So many to choose from, so little time. So hard to pick just one. Couldn’t we just have a whole posse :wink: ?

  2. Stacey
      · October 30th, 2012 at 1:19 pm · Link

    my fave cowboys are the linda lael miller one’s, they get my imagination going, and my girlie parts just a dreaming and sighing :D

    I do not have any real life cowboys, again, just the one’s from your books, and covers, so I guess the models come in that answer also.

    cannot wait for your next book to come out.

    • Crystal
        · October 31st, 2012 at 12:39 pm · Link


  3. Jennifer
      · October 30th, 2012 at 1:27 pm · Link

    My favorite Cowboys are the McKettricks! Love them all
    And can’t pick just one :lol:

    • Jessie W
        · October 31st, 2012 at 12:05 am · Link

      My favorite cowboy from one of your books Linda would have to be Angus McKettrick of course! He’s a wonderful combination of every rough and tough cowboy I’ve ever heard of or seen. He cares for his family but others as well. He also reminds me of another favorite cowboy Gus McCrae!!! Especially with that humor of his :)

  4. Margaret Witt
      · October 30th, 2012 at 1:32 pm · Link

    My favorite cowboy when I was young was “Sky King” and his neice Penny. I was glued to our black & white tv set when he came on. He would get in his plane and scout for cattle rustlers etc. and I would just be enthralled. Life in a small town is fairly boring so this cowboy was an escape to high adventure!

  5. Sherry Wallace
      · October 30th, 2012 at 1:34 pm · Link

    YeeHaaaw, another Big Sky book in the making :-). Hmmm, favorite cowboy…so many to choose from. I’ll have to give that some serious thought.
    Blessings to all,

  6. Ruth Ann Kiger
      · October 30th, 2012 at 1:35 pm · Link

    My favorite cowboy: my first husband was a Major in the Marine Corps, so I lived a kind of ‘fancy’ life for 20 years with him. When he and my daughter were killed, I had no joy in my life. Along came this ‘blind date’ to my door in a cowboy hat, jeans, and a belt buckle (I thought as big as my head). Our first date was dinner at a steak house and then an evening at ‘the sale barn’. Needless to say, I didn’t even know what a sale barn was. He had horses, cattle, and a kennel (all foreign to the life I had lived). He became my favorite cowboy and we were married 34 years when he passed away almost two years ago now. He brought joy back to my life when I had none. My life sounds like one of your books, guess that’s why I love them so much.

  7. Gloria
      · October 30th, 2012 at 1:51 pm · Link

    I can’t think of a favorite cowboy right this minute. When you’re as old as dirt, a person has seen many, many movie cowboys. And, when you’re as ugly as mud, there aren’t very many real life ones, but…I’d have to say that John Wayne would be at the top of my list. He was “real”, in life and in the movies. He was what he was and didn’t try to hide it, but he respected our country, flag, and service men.

    I hope you do take a break, Linda, and enjoy some “off-time” before your next book. Congratulaions, in advance, on finishing your latest one. God Bless You!!!!

  8. sheri Wohlhueter
      · October 30th, 2012 at 2:25 pm · Link

    Clint Eastwood!!! Can we say the Lone Ranger & Roy Rogers, Loved the “Do the right thing strong type” cowboys :-)

  9. Mai
      · October 30th, 2012 at 2:29 pm · Link

    I love Matt Dillon and whatever latest LLM cowboy I’m reading about. So Yummy!

  10. ashley Lawrence
      · October 30th, 2012 at 2:43 pm · Link

    My favorite cowboy is kade from shotgun bride. Kade loves reading as much as I do and stubborn too. Although jeb from second chance bride is a close second. :) !!! In the movies it would definitly be kurt russel in overboard ;)!!!!

    • Jessie W
        · October 31st, 2012 at 12:08 am · Link

      Definitely agree with you there! Kade’s one of the best outta that bunch of McKettricks!

  11. Angela
      · October 30th, 2012 at 2:48 pm · Link

    I am waiting for this book to come out before I read the other two. I like to be able to read them all at once. My favorite cowboy is Ty Murray or a current bullrider Austin Myer.

  12. Debora LesaneUrie
      · October 30th, 2012 at 2:51 pm · Link

    My favorite cowboy is Dylan from Montana Creeds. I love his stubbornness and how he likes to do things his own way. I do love the other brothers. But, Dylan was my favorite. :-D

  13. Linda Cholewa
      · October 30th, 2012 at 2:57 pm · Link

    I have to say that I love all the cowboy in your books. I don’t need to look at the models on the book covers to picture them in my mind, I use your descriptions to imagine them. Since I can’t choose just one from them I would have to go back to my teen years and say…Adam Cartwright….I always did prefer the older Cartwright brother.

    I am still dealing with the power outage here in N.E. Pennsylvania, due to “Sandy”. But like you, we live out in the countryside and have a generator, so it’s not too bad.

    We don’t get any Trick-Or_ Treaters here either, so I just get some things for my grandchildren.

    Have a great day…I am looking forward to the new Big Sky books.

  14. Carmen M. Prado
      · October 30th, 2012 at 3:13 pm · Link

    Favorite Cowboys; Tom Selleck and of course the McKettricks

      · October 30th, 2012 at 3:26 pm · Link

    My favorite cowboys are John Wayne, Sam Elliott, Clint Eastwood. I can sat there & watch any movie that John Wayne is in every day if I could. They just don’t make westerns like they used too. But I also like all of your cowboys. I can picture them on how good looking they are as I read about them.

    Take care of yourselve and enjoy your break after you finish the book. Can’t wait till it comes out

  16. sam
      · October 30th, 2012 at 3:52 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    My favourite cowboy is from “My Outlaw” Darby Elder :)

  17. Jenn
      · October 30th, 2012 at 3:56 pm · Link

    All time best cowboy was Keegan McKettrick!!!

  18. Susie
      · October 30th, 2012 at 4:32 pm · Link

    Favorite cowBOY? It’s hard to pick just one since I like John Wayne, Hugh Jackman, Chuck Connors (that handsome, tall drink of water), Sam Elliot, Little Joe Cartright, Guilherme Marchi (PBR), Andrew McCarthy (Straight from the Heart movie)…oh, there’s a long list, but if I could only pick one, Guilherme Marchi.

    Can’t WAIT for the new book to see what’s in store for Brylee and the “new guy”.

    No damage from hurricane Sandy, but the wind gusts were a bit scary at times…why is it things are always worse after dark (wind, sick kids!).

    Happy Halloween!

  19. connie schopp
      · October 30th, 2012 at 4:54 pm · Link

    happy tp hear from you and all is going well for you, yes, halloween is here and no mask to remember by our times in the fortires aand etc. just good old fashion fun by the bonsfires with marshmellows a baked potato on clothes hangers for our good old fashion Halloween, burning of leaves got a good turn out,and home made taffy &chocolate cocoa, as them old days was cold , crisp and some snow.( Saskatchewan). Have a great Halloeen evening vy your fireplace & some hot chocolate with marshmellow floating on t. Gos Bless, keep up the good work ,love your novels when i can find them. connie

  20. Anita
      · October 30th, 2012 at 5:05 pm · Link

    Favorite cowboy – Hoss Cartwright. Bet a lot of you are old enough to remember who he is.

  21. Emily A. Miller
      · October 30th, 2012 at 5:26 pm · Link

    My favorite cowboy is John Wayne as he looked like my father. Then the rest of the cowboys I like are the McKettrick men and the Creed men. Holt McKettrick takes my breath away!
    Emily A. Miller

  22. Mary Carlson
      · October 30th, 2012 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Audy Murphy.

    • Gloria
        · October 31st, 2012 at 1:23 am · Link

      I forgot about Audy Murphy, which is a great shame as he was one of Ameroca’s HEROS during WW2.

  23. marian
      · October 30th, 2012 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Are we talking real life or fiction,its hard to choose just one.
    John Wayne, but I also like the real life cowboy,Gene Autry

  24. Sandi Hill
      · October 30th, 2012 at 6:21 pm · Link

    Linda: Congrats on having the book almost done!! Way to go girl!. Halloween in Northpost was always a hoot. I remember going to the Mengas house where they passed out full size candy bars. SCORE!! That was always our first stop. Also remember when I was in high school a group of us girls putting a bag full of shi_ on the principals porch, rang the door bell and ran!! We thought we were soooo bad!! Take care and happy writing. Love, Sandi

  25. Rhonda
      · October 30th, 2012 at 6:23 pm · Link

    my favorite movie cowboy would be kevin costner’s . charlie waite . i think will send a letter this year: dear santa please bring me charlie postlewaite for christmas . you think he will fit under my tree?? if not im getting a bigger tree. and my favorite book cowboys would be mckettricks . thats how you hooked me years ago and made you my favorite author.. and then there is always sam elliot . always judge a cowboy on how sam elliot pretty he is. i grew up around cowboys as my dad is a team roper and at 72 is still out there every day roping… my heros have always been cowboys…… thanks for bringing them into my life however vicariously that has to be.

  26. Anne Little
      · October 30th, 2012 at 6:31 pm · Link

    My favorite cowboy was my Grandfather. He and my Grandmother worked harder then any two people I have ever known. They are both gone now but they were the real thing way back then it just took me about 50 years to figure it out. Every morning, weather be damned as he always said, he fed the livestock. 1 bull, 2 Cows, a couple of dozen chichens, 2 horses, a really obnoxious and mean goat, and two dogs before we were even out of bed. He could fix any thing. He was brave too. He chased monsters out of the closet, racoons out of the barn and deer out of the corn. He braved the elements and when the weather won the battle he never got mad or gave up. Next year he just came back all the harder and wiser.

    He was a generous man, he allowed his daughter and husband and four grandchildren to move back home when Dad was between jobs or had to travel out of state to find work. He was smart and helped me with my homework. He was really good at explaining math. He was funny, strong and the most gentle man I have ever known.

    If I had one wish sometimes I think it would be to turn back time and go “pester” him again in the barn or his shop asking questions just to hear his voice. He said he hated it but he didn’t. If I didn’t show up he would go looking for me. Those moments were ours. Just Grandpa and me and I would save all my curiousity and questions for those days when we would spend hours trying to figure stuff out. He was a real cowboy/rancher/farmer/husband/Dad. He’s in heaven now. He said if he ever got there he would sit for hours with his feet up, do some hunting or look down and spit on politicians.

  27. Harriet Vick
      · October 30th, 2012 at 7:07 pm · Link

    I’m showing my age but Roy Rogers has always held a special place in my heart, along with Dale Evans, Tonto and Trigger. I watched the show religiously when I was a child!

  28. Sal
      · October 30th, 2012 at 7:16 pm · Link

    This is too easy. My favorite cowboy and undoubtedly yours as well, Skip Lael. Followed closely by Jack Lael. ;) For some reason, I think Robert Duval makes a pretty good one too…

  29. cathy
      · October 30th, 2012 at 7:36 pm · Link

    My favorite’s have to be for actor John Wayne with Maureen O’Hara (no better couple), story would be Tate McKettrick,singer would be George Strait (still yummy).

  30. Carmen
      · October 30th, 2012 at 7:37 pm · Link

    My favorite cowboy is my Daddy. He grew up cowboying for others and now he’s a successful rancher and veterinarian. He’s strong, wise, generous, caring, and faithful. Most importantly, it doesn’t matter to him that he has one son and one daughter – he’s included us both equally in the family operation.

    • Susie
        · October 30th, 2012 at 7:48 pm · Link

      Awww..how sweet are you, Carmen, and I’m sure you make your Daddy very proud.

  31. Sherry Wallace
      · October 30th, 2012 at 8:12 pm · Link

    After giving it much thought, I’ll have to say that my favorite movie cowboy was Clint Eastwood – so tall in the saddle!! Holt & Kade McKettrick are my dream men in your books. Love all cowboys in your books, Linda, because of their love of horses, the ranch, family & one special woman :-). I don’t have a cowboy in real life, but that is my dream & prayer!
    Love reading of other’s cowboy favorites, too.

  32. Leslie
      · October 30th, 2012 at 8:46 pm · Link

    Been watching re-runs of The Virginian, one of my western favorites you don’t see often. Really well written series and 1 1/2 hours each episode!
    We have a real national rodeo location here with championships coming this weekend! I think I was a western cowgirl in a past life, would like to be one today!
    Thanks for your stories! :-D

  33. Becky Hullett
      · October 30th, 2012 at 10:24 pm · Link

    My favorite cowboy has always been Sam Elliot. He acts so cool and has such a sexy voice. My favorite of tthese movies is Conagher. His wife actually played his love interest in it. That made the scenes even more real.

  34. Jeanne Corrigan
      · October 31st, 2012 at 9:06 am · Link

    My favorite cowboy would have to be a character that is played by Sam Elliott. Many of the characters he plays show me the epitome of the perfect cowboy. I loved his character in The Shadow Riders, although he was a soldier at the end of the Civil war, he was heading home to his family’s ranch. He is a gentleman, he knows how to handle a horse and his family is the most important thing in his life.

  35. Kathie
      · October 31st, 2012 at 11:12 am · Link

    All of the ladies are on a great track with their picks for cowboys and I would have to agree. Sam Elliot can leave boots under my bed anyday and his voice is one of a kind. :oops: I would have to say my pick though would be Angus McKettrick, he was hard, strong and fair. Linda, you role models to base this character on must have been awesome but then all your cowboys have a strong inner core. So – Walker and now Brylee, hummm….wondering about the new man…Can’t wait!!

  36. Crystal
      · October 31st, 2012 at 12:45 pm · Link

    Wow My FAVORITE COWBOY is the ALL TIME TYLER CREED!!! I have so many that i have to say Rafe Mckettrick, oh and then there is stphen in Emma and the Outlaw!!! Love them all Linda!!! Keep them coming!!!!

  37. Brenda Mitchell.
      · October 31st, 2012 at 4:23 pm · Link

    My Favorite cowboy has to be John Wayne. I grew up watching his movies. I grew up on a farm/ranch so John Wayne was everyone’s Hero. :)

    Brenda Mitchell

  38. Elizabeth Weeks
      · October 31st, 2012 at 4:50 pm · Link

    I must agree that Patrick Swazye and Sam Elliot are at the top of my list of favorite cowboy’s, but I have to go with Angus McKittirck as my all time favorite and his sons and grandsons after him. I recall the way he raised his three boys to be strong but gentle men just like him. Angus put on a big tough outer shell, but was a softy at heart.

    Thank you Linda for your prayers for the people involved with hurricane Sandy of which I am one. I live on Long Island, NY and the coast line is just destroyed. I thankfully have power, but 3/4 of Long Island still is in the dark and some are still under water.

    Keep up the good writing in Parable, can’t wait for the next book to come out.

  39. Bridget
      · October 31st, 2012 at 8:35 pm · Link

    Sam Elliot, he is one of my favorites and John Wayne… gotta love a cowboy!

  40. Carole Sklenar
      · November 1st, 2012 at 12:33 am · Link

    Modern day, I would have to agree about Sam Elliott but have to also add, John Wayne, James Garner, Clint Walker and Rex Allen Sr. I never had to pleasure of meeting any of them, but when I think of Roy & Dale – they were the best. I had the pleasure of meeting them several times when I lived in Calif. and they were always, and I mean always, the greatest to the kids and adults who adored them when they ran into them somewhere. I was lucky enough to live not that far from where they lived in Apple Valley, CA and would run into them in the mall from time to time. Always friendly and very eager to visit with you.
    Then there are the McKettricks and the Creeds – I keep thinking I’d be in hog heaven if they were just real and I could move where they are and get to know them. How cool would that be. I just can’t decide who my fave is. :lol:

  41. Juanita Rice
      · November 1st, 2012 at 2:13 am · Link

    Book to be done by the weekend then!! Good going! Can’t wait for it.

    I have so many “favorite” cowboys, but I suppose of the more recent ones it would have to be Holt McKetrick. :)

  42. Andrea Lammly
      · November 1st, 2012 at 1:29 pm · Link

    As a child my favorite Cowboy was Roy Rogers; as an adult I’d have to say Tom Selleck!

  43. Jen Johnson
      · November 1st, 2012 at 7:38 pm · Link

    When I was younger my favorite cowboy had to be Michael Landon – who didn’t want to be Half Pint?? My favorite cowboy now is Tony Romo :-)

    My favorite from Linda’s books is probably Garrett or Rance.

  44. Brandy Burghart-Carey
      · November 2nd, 2012 at 7:12 am · Link

    When I think about cowboys, I think about all the oldmovies I watched with my dad and grandpa as a kid. The John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and one of my favorites, Snowy river and return to snowey river.

    But I would have to say my all time favorite cowboy is Luke Perry when he played as Lane Frost in 8 seconds. I cry everytime I see that movie. I think I like it so much because its not just a movie, but its based on a true story.

  45. Shawn
      · November 3rd, 2012 at 1:01 am · Link

    Loving all if the McKettricks…this is tough, but of all your cowboys I’d have to pick (if I have to pick…) Rafe McKettrick and Chance Qualtrough. :)

  46. Lois Rotella
      · November 3rd, 2012 at 1:02 pm · Link

    Wow that is hard to pick. I love the movie and TV men: John Wayne, Same Elliott, Tom Selleck,Roy Rogers and the Cartright men from Bonanza. From fiction I love the Mckettrick men and the Creed men. Living in the City not near cowboys I have only my books, TV and movies to go by. Keep the cowboys coming Linda I really enjoy reading about them. :wink:

  47. Lorena
      · November 4th, 2012 at 11:46 am · Link

    Who is my favorite cowboy? In the case of “real life” I would have to say men like Charles Goodnight and John Chisum. The rugged men who drove the cattle trails and worked with the horses and cattle.

    In the case of movie cowboys, I have two. First and foremost, John Wayne. If for no other reason than the movies McKlintock and The Cowboys. Second choice is Tom Selleck. He continues the tradition of making western movies.

    These 4 men are also honored by The National Western Heritage Hall of Fame in Okalahoma City. They are amongst many of my other favorites.

    In regards to fictional/books, I would chose any of the Creeds or McKettricks.

    I also love the western movies of Sam Elliott and Robert Duval.

    So many good choices makes it difficult.

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