Weekend on a Snow-bound Train

Friday, Sep 14

That’s where I’ll be spending MY weekend–with Lizzie McKettrick and the man she’s going to marry. Lizzie’s in a big hurry to get home to the Triple M for Christmas, but one little thing got in her way. An avalanche. Few things interest me more than a McKettrick up against a big problem. They are innovative folk, those McKettricks.

My lovely editor, Joan Marlow Golan, who will soon be visiting for a couple of days, sent me the most marvelous book as a pre-hostess gift. It’s called “Women and Horses”, and it’s full of lovely illustrations. We DO seem to have a special bond with horses, we women. I know my Buck goes ballistic if he even sees a cowboy hat–he was badly abused–but I used to ride him without a problem. Then my dad saw him act up in the breezeway one day, back in Arizona, and made me promise not to ride Buck again. Now, he’s a pet. He’s earned the right to retire in style.

We just haven’t had enough construction around here. Now, we’re starting a staff house. My cousin, Mary Ann, and her husband work for me, as does their daughter, Jenni. Jenni now lives in a small apartment over the barn. Mary Ann and Larry and their two dogs will live across the road–I’m sure they’ll be glad to get out of my basement. (It’s not really a basement–it has a fireplace and two sets of French doors, as well as a kitchenette, and measures approximately 2900 square feet.) Once the move is made, I plan to convert that area into the mother of all offices. I already have this killer Hooker desk, and my Lifetime Achievement Rita will occupy a place of honor on the mantel. The carpet will be replaced with hardwood, and of course I’ll need oodles of book shelves. The Civil War collection alone would fill a box car.

I’ve mentioned that I’m going to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this December. Before that, I’ll be in New York for some meetings and some power shopping. Now that I have a wireless card, I’ll be able to blog from the road, and share the experience with all of you. I’ll be touring the Southern states this winter, to promote “Deadly Deceptions”, the new Mojo book, and the West in late September, early October, for “The Rustler”, the new Stone Creek western. Both will be mass market paperbacks–easier on the budget.

I’ve ordered a digital recorder, too, as I plan to start an audio blog. Keep an eye on the website.

Now, where did I leave that snow-bound train? Oh, yes. It’s midway between Flagstaff and Indian Rock….

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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