Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller

Excerpt :
“I just came from Maggie Landers’s office. It seems John Carmody remembered me in his will.” 
Callie’s eyes widened at that, then narrowed in swift suspicion. “What?” she asked and had to clear her throat afterward. 
He hooked his thumbs through the belt loops of his jeans and tilted his head to one side, watching her. If Callie had known about the bequest ahead of time, she was doing a damn good job of hiding the fact. 
“Half,” he said. “He left me half of everything he had.” 
Callie sank into one of the dryer chairs, nearly bumping her head on the plastic dome. She blinked a couple of times, and one of her false lashes popped loose at the outside corner of her eye. She pressed it back down with a fingertip. 
“I don’t believe it,” she murmured. 
Slade raised the dome above the chair next to his mother’s and sat down beside her. Took her hand just long enough to give it a slight squeeze.

The product: Linda Lael Miller is an author well known for her cowboy romances. Her newest book, Big Country Sky, is the same genre. This time a hometown boy is making his way through some big life changes when a blast from the past comes back into town. He realizes immediately that there is just "something" there between them. Learning about life and love is what they must do.



June 2012

“With engaging characters and lovable animals, this second story in the Creed Cowboys trilogy is a sure hit for the legions of cowboy fans out there.”
RT Book Reviews on Creed’s Honor

Two hostile half brothers—one legitimate and one not—are each left half of their deceased father’s prosperous ranch, but even this sprawling estate isn’t big enough for these two feuding cowboys.  They’re headed for one big final showdown—winner takes all.  BIG SKY COUNTRY (Harlequin HQN, June 2012, $7.99 U.S./$9.99 CAN.), is the first book in the new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, set in Parable, Montana—where rugged cowboys and feisty cowgirls abound.

It’s the secret that’s not much of a secret in the small rural town of Parable, Montana—that County Sheriff Slade Barlow is the illegitimate son of wealthy rancher John Carmody. But Slade’s existence has never once been acknowledged by his father, who lavished all his resources and attention on his legitimate son, Hutch Carmody, while Slade grew up barely scraping by with his mother in a small trailer attached to her hair salon, the Curly Burly. With the town’s whispers fueling their hatred, Slade and Hutch have spent their whole lives brawling with each other.

So when the half brothers are notified upon their father’s passing that according to his wishes the very profitable Whisper Creek Ranch and the fortune that goes with it is to be divided equally between them, both are left stunned.
But Hutch has no plans of sharing anything with his half brother. After all, he’s the golden boy who’s been groomed since birth to become master of Whisper Creek and he’s determined to get his way. He makes Slade a whopper of an offer for his share of the ranch, but Slade is in no hurry to give in to Hutch, who’s always had everything handed to him on a silver platter, including the attention of the beautiful Joslyn Kirk, former town prom queen and spoiled brat who slunk out of Parable years ago in disgrace but now is back….

Parable is the one place Joslyn Kirk swore she’d never set foot in again. She was a self-centered little rich girl back then until her stepfather cheated everyone in town out of their savings and she and her mom were forced to slink out of Parable in the middle of the night like criminals. But Joslyn spent years working to secretly pay back—out of her own hard-earned money—everyone her stepfather had bamboozled. Now Joslyn is home to face the people she ran away from years ago. But people in Parable haven’t forgotten the past and aren’t so accepting.

Slade wants to convince Joslyn that she’s not responsible for her stepfather’s mistakes. She has nothing in her past to apologize for. But Slade isn’t so comfortable with his own family issues.
Why doesn’t he sell the ranch to Hutch? Is it because he wants to claim his birthright, or is he just making things difficult for his half brother? Either way, Hutch is going to force Slade’s hand. These cowboy brothers are heading for a final Wild West showdown in front of the whole town with everything riding on the outcome.


Linda Lael Miller

HQN Books; May 29, 2012
384 pages; $7.99 U.S./$9.99 CAN.
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-77643-6

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.  To learn more about Linda, visit www.LindaLaelMiller.com.

What I thought: I just finished reading this book. I loved it. I have read some of Linda Lael Miller's other cowboy books. They are all fantastic. I like how she completely immerses you in the lives of the characters and the area of the country where the book is set. This one is in Montana, and you really get the feel for the small town life that the characters live in.

This book is a great one to pick up and read quickly. For me it was a fantastic summer read. I can't wait for the next installment, which is coming soon. If you've never read Linda Lael Miller, you should definitely pick one up. And if you're already a LL Miller fan, you will be very pleased as this new series begins.

Where to buy: You can find Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller in stores (I just saw it in Target) and online now.

How to connect: You can see more about author Linda Lael Miller, this book, and her other books at www.LindaLaelMiller.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

*Disclaimer: I received this product to review. All opinions are my own.*