Sunday, June 1, 2014

Blog Tour: The Marriage Pact by Linda Lael Miller

I'm really exited today to have a mini Q&A with one of my favorite authors, Linda Lael Miller.  Enjoy it after my thoughts on her newest book, The Marriage Pact.

Author: Linda Lael Miller
Publisher: Harlequin (Mira)
Date of publication: May 2014

The women of Bliss County are ready to meet the men of their dreams! See how it all begins in this enthralling new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller... 

Ten years ago, Hadleigh Stevens was eighteen and this close to saying "I do," when Tripp Galloway interrupted her walk down the aisle. Now that she's recovered from her youthful mistake and Tripp's interference, Hadleigh and her single friends form a marriage pact. She doesn't expect Tripp to meddle with her new plan to find Mr. Right—or to discover that she's more attracted to him than ever! 

Divorced and eager to reconnect with his cowboy roots, Tripp returns to Bliss County to save his ailing father's ranch. He's not looking for another wife—certainly not his best friend's little sister. But he's never been able to forget Hadleigh. And this time, if she ends up in his arms, he won't be walking away!

My thoughts:

As I said before, I am a huge fan of this author.  I love her books because the characters are so likable.  The women are strong and independent and the men are swoon-worthy and lovable.  The Marriage Pact is the beginning of a new series about three best friends who make a pact to help and support each other in their quest to find love and family.  

Hadleigh and Tripp have known each other their whole lives.  I think that made this story that much more satisfying.  They know each other inside and out and their love came through as genuine and forever.  I found myself routing for them to finally admit they belonged together.   But beyond this relationship, we are treated to the wonderful bond between Tripp and his stepfather, Jim.  And in Tripp's finally realizing that blood isn't always the thing that makes a family.

I definitely recommend this one!  It's a great start to the series.  I can't wait to rad Melody's and Bex's stories!

Q: It’s exciting to read your new Bliss County series! What inspired you to write this new series and how long have you had the idea for THE MARRIAGE PACT?

 A:. I was actually inspired by my own penchant for arts and crafts, since I love to make things, and by the beautiful state of Wyoming.  In the books, three women friends, all successful in their own right, decide to help each other find husbands.  One of the women is a jewelry designer, and she makes a special bracelet charm to represent each of their romances.  If I hadn’t already been inspired, my visit to Jackson, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park last September would have done the trick.
 Q: In THE MARRIAGE PACT, Hadleigh is determined to find Mr. Right but it turns out Mr. Right isn’t who she thought he would be. Do you think most relationships are like that?

 A: Maybe not most relationships, but definitely a lot of them.  I think we human beings have a tendency to look for love (and everything else) in strange and faraway places, instead of in our own backyard.

 Q: The pressure to get married can be huge for women. Do you think you can really find love when you are “looking” for it? Or is it easier to fall in love if you aren’t on the hunt?

 A: Complex question!  I do think it’s possible to find true love by actively looking for it—several of my friends have done exactly that.  On the other hand, there is something to be said for letting the chips fall where they may.

About the author:
As the daughter of a town marshal, Linda has come home to the western lifestyle that gave birth to one of today’s most successful authors. She left Washington years ago and pursued her wanderlust, living in Arizona and London and traveling the world. Now the author of more than 100 novels, the “First Lady of the West” is glad to be back home, writing contemporary and historical stories that have earned her awards and placements on all the national bestsellers lists.

Linda 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 sold FLETCHER’S WOMAN in 1983 to Pocket Books. Since then, Linda has successfully published historicals, contemporaries, paranormals, and thrillers before coming home, in a literal sense, and concentrating on novels with a Western flavor. For her devotion to her craft, the Romance Writers of America awarded her their prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

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