It’s terrible of us, forcing authors to pick the five favorite titles off their backlists, but what can we say? We’re mean! Linda Lael Miller — whose The Marriage Season is out this week — was gracious enough to play along. Here were her picks.
Fletcher’s Woman (1983) This was my first published novel, so it has a special place in my heart. The story of Dr. Griffin Fletcher and the lovely Rachel McKinnon is set in the Seattle area, circa 1889. It’s a longer work, with lots of subplots and secondary characters; my editors, Kate Duffy and Linda Marrow, gave me a lot of freedom in that regard. (Subsequently, the paper shortage hit and all my books had to be much shorter, but that’s another story!)
The Man From Stone Creek (2007) I’m still a little in love with Sam O’Ballivan, the Arizona-Ranger hero turned schoolmaster and the hero of this book. I was able to touch on some of my favorite themes in this one: kindness to children — Sam did not tolerate bullying and neither do I— and to animals. This novel, too, was a little longer (thank you, Harlequin!), with some secondary characters who really seemed to demand their own books — Rowdy Yarbro, (A Wanted Man), Wyatt Yarbro, (The Rustler), and Gideon Yarbro, (The Bridegroom) — all from Harlequin.
Forever and the Night (1993) The first of four vampire romances I wrote and am still very proud of. The stories were originally published by Berkley and are now available as e-books.
The Creed Series (Including Logan, Dylan, Tyler and more …) I simply loved working with these strong, funny, and somewhat beleaguered cowboys! Raised in a home that could only be defined as dysfunctional, these men still managed to become their best selves, but sure grit and good intentions. If there was a message, it was this: we create ourselves as we go along, choice by choice.
Finally, I must mention The Marriage Pact, the first of my Brides of Bliss County series. I patterned the hero, Tripp Galloway, after actor Leonardo deCaprio (spelled?), at least physically, and I named the heroine, Hadleigh, for Ernest Hemmingway’s first wife, Hadley, after reading and loving The Paris Wife. I had a lot of fun with this one, especially the prologue, when Tripp interrupts Hadleigh’s marriage to the ultimate Mr. Wrong and carries her out of the church over one shoulder, like the proverbial sack of potatoes. I love a decisive man!
There you have it! Linda’s favorites! Remember that The Marriage Season is available in stores and online now. And for more romance, be sure to visit our Everything Romance page.