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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; Book Club edition (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739454412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739454411
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,787,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In January of 2006, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Linda Lael Miller left the Arizona horse property she's called home for the past five years and listened to the call of her heart. Packing up her work-in-progress for HQN Books; her dogs, Sadie and Bernice, and her four horses, the author of more than 70 novels bid farewell to her home in the desert and returned to the place of her birth, Spokane, Washington.
The daughter of a town marshal, Linda grew up in Northport, WA, a community of 500 on the Columbia River, 120 miles north of Spokane. Her childhood remembrances include riding horses and playing cowgirl on her grandparents' nearby farm. Her grandparents' spread was so rustic that in the early days it lacked electricity and running water.

As delightful as this childhood was, Linda longed to see the world. After graduating as valedictorian of her high school class, she left to pursue her dream. Because of the success of her author career, Linda was able to live part-time in London for several years, spend time in Italy and travel to such far-off destinations as Russia, Hong Kong and Israel. Now, Linda says, the wanderlust is (mostly) out of her blood, and she's come full circle, back to the people and the places she knows and loves.

Before Linda begins her writing day, she takes her first cup of coffee while enjoying the scenic view of the wooded draw behind her new home. The first morning there, a snowfall blanketed the pine trees, something she had missed in the desert outside Scottsdale. Still enamored with the people she came to love in Arizona, she says she will still set books in that starkly beautiful area, and, of course, in other stories the action will take place in Washington.

Devoted to helping others pursue their dreams, the author will launch her sixth round of Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women in May of this year. A talented speaker, she donates all her speaking honoraria to her scholarship fund. The stipends are awarded to women who seek to better their lot in life through education.

It's no wonder the protagonists in Miller's novels are women her readers admire for their honor, courage, trustworthiness, valor and determination to succeed, despite overwhelming odds. 'These qualities make them excellent role models for young women,' Miller explains. 'The male leads possess equally noble traits that today's woman would be delighted to find in her life's mate.'

The author 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 made her first sale.

Although Linda has written successfully in other genres, she is best known for stories set in the West'stories like McKETTRICK'S CHOICE (HQN Books March 2006 paperback); THE MAN FROM STONE CREEK (HQN, June 2006 hardcover) and that very first novel, FLETCHER'S WOMAN, which is being reissued in 2006. Her stories, set in yesterday's world, and today's, are historical romances, romantic thrillers, and other contemporary tales. They consistently score on prestigious national bestseller lists.

Linda has come a long way since leaving her sheltered life in Northport at age 18 to experience the world. 'Growing up in that time and place, in a family grounded in Western values, served me well,' she allows. 'And I'm happy to be back home.'

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I read this book at the lake which was perfect to read in between vacation fun.
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Morgan Leigh story In Spencer For...ever, Kip Spencer comes face to face with the one that got away, Arden Prescott.
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He will do whatever it takes to convince Tabby that she's the only one for him.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Laurie VINE VOICE on July 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Batteries Not Included by Linda Lael Miller

Gayle Hayes left Parable, Montana long ago after her heart was broken by Tristan McCullough. Now she's back to help her mother and Tristan wants to continue where they left off; Gayle thinks that maybe she should leave to avoid heartache again.

Sara Smiles by Alison Kent

Jax Stacey's marriage proposal was turned down by Sara Wade. Sara fears that marriage will change their perfect relationship. When she changes her mind later, and has a surprise for Jax, she fears that he won't believe that she was wrong before and that she truly wants to spend the rest of her life by his side, for all of the right reasons.

Seducing Tabby by Lucy Monroe

Calder Maxwell is the most gorgeous man that Tabby Payton has ever set eyes on. Calder must convince Tabby that his interest in her is true and not just an attempt to get closer to her beautiful sister. He will do whatever it takes to convince Tabby that she's the only one for him.

Captivated by Jill Shalvis

Ella Scott has investigated herself into yet another bind, this time handcuffed naked to the bathroom towel rod where her estranged husband James finds her. The dangerous situations that Ella gets herself into were more than James could handle, causing their separation. James loves Ella more than life itself and decides to help get her out of this jam in order to prove it.

Sister Switch by Susanna Carr

Tracy Parks and her identical twin switch places at Tracy's wedding rehearsal and dinner; she has every intention of being back in time for the wedding. Nicholas Taggart unexpectedly shows up in the honeymoon suite and finds her hiding. When he starts kissing Tracy, she wonders if he knows which sister she really is?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on June 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
Linda Lael Miller headlines with "Batteries Not Required" What happens when the past is brought back to the present with one trip home? Gayle is going to find out exactly what she has been missing regarding her lost love Tristan. Will this rough and tumble cowboy finally get his lady?

Alison Kent's "Sara Smiles" is another story which features a couple that has already shared a past. Sara has gone to great trouble to create a romantic getaway for herself and Jax her boyfriend. Jax is everything that she has ever wanted but will she be able to talk the tough guy into what she wants...marriage?

Lucy Monroe's "Seducing Tabby" brings together one spy named Calder and one sassy lady named Tabby. Tabby can't believe that the sexy newcomer to town finds her attractive. Will she finally realize that Calder wants her for a lifetime and not for just the moment?

Jill Shalvis' "Captivated" pairs a couple that has spilt up because James can't stand the fact that his sexy wife Ella puts her life in danger daily. He goes to their beach home and finds Ella in another "situation." Will he be able to walk away after sharing one kiss that sparks the flames between them again?

Susanna Carr's "Sister Switch" is the story about twin sisters switching places. Tracy thinks she has it all put together on how to get what she wants. Well, after her plans fail she finds herself with the one man that has made her heart melt. Nick. Nick can tell the sister apart from the beginning but he can't help but have a little fun. Will this sister switch lead to a happy ending?

Morgan Leigh's "Spencer For...Ever" pits two very different people together. Arden is wealthy and pampered. Kip is a fisherman.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judy on June 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Beach Blanket Bad Boys is a delicious, perfect for the lazy days of summer. All six stories are solid and very entertaining.

Linda Lael Miller, In Batteries Not Required, has Gayle Hayes going home as a favor to her mom. She was hoping to avoid her former flame Tristen McCullough. But Tristen is the lawyer that she must deal with to settle the sale. The fireworks between them are explosive.

Sara Smiles by Alison Kent has Sara Wade planning a lover's getaway for her man Jax Stacy. Sara had turned down Jax's previous marriage proposal but she is now ready to go the extra mile. Jax loves Sara but he needs to know she is really committed to marriage.

Seducing Tabby by Lucy Monroe, tells the tale of Tabby Paxton living in the shadow of her beautiful sister. She can't believe dashing Calder Maxwell is interested in her. Calder pulls out all the stops to prove he is and HOW.

Jill Shalvis writes Captivated. Ella Scott insurance investigator is in a pickle. Handcuffed to a shower rod with just a towel for cover. Just her luck her soon to be ex saves the day. Can they patch things up and have their happy ever after?

Sister Switch by Susanna Carr has Tracy Park taking her twin sisters place at her wedding rehearsal to Devlin Hunter. But when she doesn't get back till after the real wedding she is caught by the man she really loves Nick Taggert.

Morgan Leigh story In Spencer For...ever, Kip Spencer comes face to face with the one that got away, Arden Prescott. Arden isn't the same girl that left all those years ago. She just has to prove it.

Beach Blanket Bad Boys has six stories that are delightful. A perfect anthology to enjoy.
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