Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Publish Date: May 28, 2013
Synopsis: Welcome back to Parable, Montana—the rural western town of multiple #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller’s new series that has won over readers’ hearts and bookshelves. In BIG SKY SUMMER, Miller introduces another swoon-worthy cowboy and proves that love is possible, even in the Wild West.
With his father’s rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, good-looking cowboy Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. That is, until country-western singer sweetheart Casey Elder, finds her way back to Parable, Montana for a break from the spotlight. Taking some much needed time off from touring, she seems to be everywhere that Walker is—from the church bake sale to a friend’s wedding—and that’s making it hard for Walker to concentrate on work and his new rescue dog, Doolittle. But he already knows where things with Casey will lead if he lets his guard down. He’s been there before and his “act now, think later” passion for her has had consequences in the past. 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. But will her kids forgive her deception if she comes clean? And are Walker and Casey actually strong enough to keep their hands off each other? Casey’s managed a successful career and raising two kids on her own, but for some reason she can’t stomp out her design to be Walker’s wife in every way. At least that’s her little secret. For now. But if it comes out, will her life and heart completely unravel?
Author Bio: The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than one hundred historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, the self-confessed barn goddess now lives in Spokane, Washington. Linda hit a career high in 2011 when all three of her Creed Cowboys books—A Creed in Stone Creek, Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy—debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Linda has come a long way since leaving Washington to experience the world. “But growing up in that time and place has served me well,” she allows. “And I’m happy to be back home.” Dedicated to helping others, Linda personally finances her “Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women,” which she awards to those seeking to improve their lot in life through education.
Interview: Q: What would you tell someone who is coming to Parable, Montana for the first time? What do you want them to know about the town as they jump into BIG SKY SUMMER?
A: I would say you’re about to meet some mighty good folks and see some of the most breathtakingly beautiful country on the planet. You’re in a place where the “Old” West lives on and, best of all, as long as you behave yourself, you’ll be welcome here.
Q: Animal lovers will love the horseback riding and Walker’s rescue dog in BIG SKY SUMMER. Are you an animal lover? Are there any furry or feathered friends that inspired you?
A: Oh, indeed I am an animal lover—I am owned by six horses, one dog, and two cats. All of them continually inspire me, as do the ones I’ve never had the honor of getting acquainted with. Animals have very unique personalities and their energy is vital to me. Most of what I know about unconditional love, I’ve learned from my devoted critters, especially the late Sadie-beagle, and Bernice, the Yorkie, who is still with me at 13. Whenever I’ve been away, whether to Europe or just down the road to the mail box, I always get a welcome home party.
Q: Which comes first for you ... characters or the plot? When you’re started writing the Parable, Montana series, did you imagine multiple plot lines that would ultimately become other books or did you just dive in and start writing?
A: Usually, I will think of certain characters in a given situation and flesh the idea out from there. I don’t do extensive outlines, because I like to leave room for the inevitable surprises and, as previously stated, my stories are very organic. They develop and unfold as I write them, and that makes the writing an adventure for me as well as, hopefully, for the reader.
Ms. Miller is offering one (1) print copy of 'Big Sky Summer' for giveaway!
To enter: please leave a comment with your email address. The winner will be chosen at random once the giveaway ends June 28, 2013. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
Thanks and good luck!