I can't wait to see you all in Clear Lake! Only a few more weeks until the North Iowa Book Bash!!
Just a few, quick reminders:
I'm so excited to meet you, and I'll see you soon!
A while ago, I wrote a little piece on my return trip to Berger, Missouri, where I spent the first ten years of my life. It had been twenty years since I really stopped to take a look at how the town had changed.
I set out on a walk down Market (Hwy. B), with my camera in hand. And I was quickly reminded of how much time had passed when a man standing near the old Woodshed stopped and shouted across the street: Where are you from?
It was in that moment that I realized: Either he or I that had changed. Because in a town of 200 people, that's just not a question that gets asked much.
My response, of course, was: Here.
The visit was bittersweet. A lot had changed. But then again, a lot had stayed the same, too.
And many of you shared some wonderful stories in the comments to that piece. The stories spanned decades and generations, but in the end, each person shared one common interest: home.
That being said, those same comments reminded me that I still have a few photos of Berger that I've been meaning to share. These photos are from a book my dad purchased when it was published, back in the 1970s. The book was a project done by a group of journalists from my alma mater, the University of Missouri-Columbia. As the book states inside its front cover, exactly twenty-six photojournalism students descended onto Berger during the 1976 Labor Day weekend. Their task was to document a way of life in the river town. What they created was a beautiful, and now historic, depiction of life in Berger during that time.
And I love these photos because it's easy to forget the life this small town still quietly holds. When taking a stroll down its sidewalks today, it's easy to forget that there are whispers and secrets and laughter from generations constantly bouncing off its walls and streets and river bottom dirt. But I think, most of all, these photos remind me of just how much the little town where I grew up and that old saying have in common: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Regardless of your generation, when you close your eyes, is this how you see home?
Read my previous piece on Berger here.
I had the pleasure of speaking with EJ and Ellen on 98.1 FM KMBZ this morning about love and Valentine's Day! You can listen to the audio below. ♥♥
For this Valentine's Day, I've included below a letter written to Julia from Will. This one did not appear in either Butterfly Weeds or My Butterfly. So, please enjoy this addition. You can find both books and all the rest of my books on Amazon for only $1.99 today.
Happy Valentine's Day!
I can't say enough how much I loved seeing you all Saturday at Holidays with the Belles! Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me! You guys are amazing! I loved talking with you and sharing my stories with you, too. And congrats to Rachel for winning the giveaway! I've included some photos from the day below! Hope to see you all again soon! Until then, Happy Reading!
Did you know Savannah and Salem have a soundtrack?! Yep, you can listen to the playlist to A Bird on a Windowsill now on YouTube!
Dan + Shay - 19 You + Me
Billy Currington - We Are Tonight
Echosmith - Bright
Little Big Town - Girl Crush
Labrinth - Beneath Your Beautiful ft. Emeli Sandé
Blake Shelton - Lonely Tonight ft. Ashley Monroe
Gabrielle Aplin - Panic Cord
Jana Kramer - I Got the Boy
Ron Pope - Reason to Hope
Frankie Ballard - Helluva Life
Christina Perri - Penguin
I can't wait to see you all in Dallas! Only a couple more weeks until Holidays with the Belles!
Just some quick reminders:
I'm so excited to meet you, and I'll see you soon!
Baby, it's cold outside! So, hopefully these small-town romances will help to warm your heart! For a limited time, all my e-books are now only $1.99 each on Amazon. So, if you haven't had a chance to pick them all up yet, this is the time!
Find them all here!
Also, I've included a short summary for each book below. Happy reading!
"One of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read."
~Jelena's Book Blog on Butterfly Weeds
"This is a beautiful, breathtaking love story that captures the true essence of friendship and falling in love. It's an absolutely stunning book that will definitely be gracing my list of favorite books of 2016!" ~Shelley at 2 Book Lovers Reviews on A Bird on a Windowsill
"UNPUTDOWNABLE!" ~Southern Belle Book Blog on For All You Have Left
"MILLER HAS DELIVERED A FLAWLESS NOVEL." ~Kathy Reads Fiction on When Cicadas Cry
Butterfly Weeds (Butterfly Weeds 1 - Julia's point of view) - Can be read as Stand-alone
Julia Lang expected a nice night away from the office--free of thoughts about the case, her failed engagement, her past. But she should have known better. Her past haunted her every chance it got these days, and tonight it came in the form of lyrics she never expected to hear again--not after a decade, not in the arms of another man and definitely not in the form of a confession.
My Butterfly (Butterfly Weeds 2 - Will's point of view) - Can be read as Stand-alone
Will Stephens doesn't chase dreams outside of his small, Missouri town. He's perfectly happy with his high school sweetheart in his arms, his guitar and his quiet, summer nights. But life for Will is about to change. He's about to find out what it's like to chase a dream--one that he has loved since he first laid eyes on her.
For All You Have Left (Stand-alone)
Logan Cross married her high school sweetheart when she was eighteen. But life had different plans for Logan, and now, at twenty-two, she is in the midst of starting over when Jorgen Ryker moves in next door.
By Way of Accident (Stand-alone)
They say in every guy’s life there’s a girl he’ll never forget and a summer where it all began. Well, for me, 1999 is that summer, and Brooke Sommerfield is that girl. But that was nearly nine years ago. And what they don’t tell ya is that you’ll blink, and both the summer and the girl will be gone.
When Cicadas Cry (Stand-alone)
When Omaha native Ashley Westcott suddenly shows up in Remington Jude’s small, Missouri town, she’s the talk of the town. When she leaves abruptly one day, the rumors fly. But only Rem knows why she left, and he’s not talking.
A Bird on a Windowsill (Stand-alone)
Based in small-town Missouri, A Bird on a Windowsill tells the story of a boy and a girl who share one past. And now, at twenty-three, having spent the last six years apart, they both must navigate the delicate line of loving and letting go, until they're each faced with a choice that could change their future--and their story.
The St. Louis Public Library recently asked me what my favorite books were in 1990. So, here's a few!
I just got back in Missouri, and I miss Little Rock already! I had such a great time meeting you all on Saturday! Thank you to everyone who spent part of your day with me. I hope you enjoy your signed copies. Congrats to Sarah for winning the Butterfly Weeds giveaway! And thank you to Jenny and everyone else who helped to put on the event!
I've included some of the photos from the day below! I hope to see you all again soon!
I write about rain on tin roofs, gravel roads, old trucks with holes in the floorboards and small-town summer nights. I grew up on a farm in a little Midwestern town. Now, I live in Kansas City, Mo., with my weatherman husband.
Laura Miller's first contemporary romance novel, Butterfly Weeds, hit the Amazon Best-Seller's List and Top 100 in October 2012. The sequel to Butterfly Weeds, My Butterfly, released in June 2013.