Friday, May 31, 2013

Author: Linda Lael Miller Interview and Giveaway!


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It's my pleasure to welcome one of the most widely recognized names in the Western romance, Linda Lael Miller, to the blog today to celebrate the release of the fourth installment of her Swoon-Worthy Cowboys series! Welcome to Books à la Mode, Linda! Let's get this interview started.

Will you please share a brief bio with us?

As the daughter of a town marshal, Linda has come home to the western lifestyle that gave birth to one of today’s most successful authors. She left Washington years ago and pursued her wanderlust, living in Arizona and London and traveling the world. Now the author of more than 100 novels, the “First Lady of the West” is glad to be back home, writing contemporary and historical stories that have earned her awards and placements on all the national bestsellers lists.

Linda traces the birth of her writing career to the day when a Northport teacher told her that the stories she was writing were good, that she just might have a future in writing. Later, when she decided to write novels, she endured her share of rejection before she sold Fletcher's Woman in 1983 to Pocket Books. Since then, Linda has successfully published historicals, contemporaries, paranormals, and thrillers before coming home, in a literal sense, and concentrating on novels with a Western flavor. For her devotion to her craft, the Romance Writers of America awarded her their prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

It's really incredible to feature you—and to hear about your journey as a writer—today! 
Could you tell us a bit about your newest release, Big Sky Summer, which hits shelves today?

Series: Parable, Montana #4
Page Count: 320
Release Date: 1 June 2013
Publisher: HQN (Harlequin)

The "First Lady of the West," #1 New York Times-bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, welcomes you home to Parable, Montana—where love awaits.

With his father's rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, Montana. And Walker can't ignore that his "act now, think later" passion for Casey has had consequences. Two teenage consequences!

Keeping her children's paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey's plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it—as her husband of convenience. Or will some secrets—like Casey's desire to be the rancher's wife in every way—unravel, with unforeseen results?

You come from a Western family—you grew up on a ranch and love the outdoors. How have your real-life experiences helped make your Parable, Montana series come to life? Are there any parts of your personal life in this newest book?

My books are always very organic, growing out of the characters and the initial situation they find themselves in, so it would be difficult to pinpoint any single incident that might inspire a story.

I think my feelings and values come through in all the Parable, Montana books—things like taking care of your own, lending a helping hand when it’s needed, keeping your word, going out of your way to stick up for children and animals and folks who find themselves sick or in trouble, and never turning your back on what’s there to be done because, in the words of my old daddy, "it ain’t gonna go nowhere, so you might as well deal with it."


Does the title "#1 Bestselling Author" put extra pressure on you when you're writing new novels? Or do you have a writing groove you get into where you can just shut the rest of the world out and immerse yourself in the book you’re working on?


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I’m very proud of this moniker, of course, since I spent years earning it. However, it does increase the pressure to produce a really fine story, and it can throw a person off. Still, if that pressure causes me to work a little harder, well, I think that’s a good thing.

Absolutely! Motivation, if anything. Do you write every day? Do you have a writing routine?


Yes, mostly. I write five days a week, from about 9 am, stopping at 1 or 2 pm because by then my brain starts turning to jelly. I am definitely a morning person. Sometimes, when a deadline is pressing hard, I’ll put in longer hours and work weekends, but mostly I avoid that. I need time to refill the well by reading, doing art, puttering in the yard and playing with the pets.


Glad to see you know to find balance between work and play. Can you give us a little sneak peek of the next book in the series, Big Sky Wedding, which is due to hit stores in August?

Brylee Parrish, Walker’s younger sister and the jilted bride from Big Sky Mountain, has a few trust issues, as you might imagine. She’s especially not inclined to trust Zane Sutton, the famous movie star settling on the ranch nearest her company headquarters—but what she’s supposed to do about the attraction?

Zane didn't come to Parable for love—but count on a spirited woman to change a jaded cowboy's mind. Problem is, Brylee's not convinced he's here to stay. Good thing he's determined to prove to her, kiss by kiss, that she's meant to be his bride.

Lovely! I love how we get to see Brylee's story fall into place. Where can you be found on the web?


It was absolutely delightful getting to know you and your marvelous series, Linda! Thank you so much for joining us, and a BIG congrats on the books x


Giveaway!


We've a terrific giveaway just for you readers! Thanks to the publicist, there's one print copy of Big Sky Summer up for grabs—I know y'all are just dying to try this one! To enter the giveaway, fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
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