First, I want to thank everyone for participating in the Goodreads Giveaway! We're getting closer to the release on June 20, and I can't wait for you to read A Bird on a Windowsill! Second, congrats to Caleigh of Utah; Felicia of Utah; Cheryl of New York; Diana of Maine; and Melissa of Colorado! They each won an advance, signed copy of Salem and Savannah's story and will receive it very soon!
Also, don't forget to add A Bird on a Windowsill to your To Be Read lists on Goodreads! AND you can pre-order your e-book of Savannah and Salem's story today on Amazon, B&N, iTunes and Kobo!
Only 18 more days until the release!
"Miller...has delivered her best work so far." ~Cinco Garotas Exemplares
"I was up into the morning reading this one and couldn't put it down. ...This is a book you want to read." ~Kathy Reads Fiction
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"Miller...has delivered her best work so far." ~Cinco Garotas Exemplares
"I was up into the morning reading this one and couldn't put it down." ~Kathy Reads Fiction
A Bird on a Windowsill
A Clip from Chapter 18
She keeps her stare on the black image a few seconds longer, and then she sets the camera down—but keeps the photo—and lays her head on my chest. I want to kiss her, but in the back of my mind, that boyfriend word lifts its ugly head. So, I just lie there, with our hearts touching. And after a few moments, I can’t tell if I feel my own heart beating...or I feel hers. But I just keep lying there, breathing in, breathing out, until the moon is high above us.
I lift my head so that I can see her. Her eyes are closed. Strands of her hair are falling over her face and onto my chest. She looks peaceful. It’s a sharp contrast to the dark-clouded storm brewing above us.
“Are you sleeping?” I ask.
“But you just answered me.”
I smile and let my head rest back on the wooden boards of the dock again.
“My heart’s awake,” she mumbles, just loud enough that I can hear it.
I lift my head, rest my eyes on her face and just watch her.
“My heart’s awake, daydreaming of you,” she adds.
I pause, my head suspended in the air, my thoughts suspended in time. And then, I smile. I smile and lay my head back down. I don’t know if she really is sleeping or if she knows what she just said, but it doesn’t matter.
“I love you, Vannah,” I whisper.
I can hear leaves in the catalpas around us swooshing, their branches bending back and forth in the wind. I can hear the weather shifting. But mostly, I just hear my heart beating.
“I love you, too.”
It’s just a soft whisper, but I hear it, loud and clear. I close my eyes and let her words get swept up in the hot and cool air swirling around us. They tickle my skin and then fly up and brush past the willows’ arms, swaying to and fro. They’ll soon be lost, but I’ll remember them. And I’ll remember this moment. And mostly, I’ll remember her...always.
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"Amazing chemistry, palpable tension and skillful writing make this a winner and recommendation. Review to come." ~Kathy Reads Fiction
This is only a glimpse into Kathy Reads Fiction's review on A Bird on a Windowsill, and I'm so touched! Pre-order Salem and Savannah's story today on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Kobo! And don't forget to add A Bird on a Windowsill to your Goodreads TBR list! And while you're on Goodreads, enter to win one of five signed, paperback copies!
I'm so humbled by this pre-review of A Bird on a Windowsill:
"I had the privilege to read an ARC of this book - full review to come - and I can say already that Laura Miller has surpassed herself with this one and delivered her best work so far.
I was up all night reading it because I just couldn't put it down. I couldn't put those beautiful characters down. Laura's writing is so beautiful, simple but deep at the same time. Her narrative is fluid. She builds up the story in such an amazing way. This one is so unique, full of beautiful details that will warm your heart.
For those of you who have read Laura´s novels, especially Butterfly Weeds, believe me when I say Laura exceeded herself. I'm in awe for this book. And for those who haven't had the pleasure of reading one of Laura's book, but love Colleen Hoover or Amy Harmon, for example, or loved Lovie, Rosie or The Last Letter from Your Lover, you'll definetely love this book!"
~Fernanda Aragão, Cinco Garotas Exemplares
I've had some of you ask me what my inspiration was for A Bird on a Windowsill, and it made me stop for a second to think about it. I've been writing and then editing and then working to get it into your hands so much so that I don't think I could have come up with a coherent answer to that, until now.
As with all my books, there's not really a one-word answer. Within 400,000-ish words, there's quite a few people, places and events in my life that have inspired the pages.
"But what were the people, places and events that specifically inspired Salem and Savannah's story?" you ask. Well, here are a few:
Small weekly newspapers. sweet text messages. the ocean. Sullivan's Island. my hometown. Missouri. creek slabs. old, wooden docks. first loves. little, country churches (the one-room type that seat 90, at best). that one, old guy who knows all the town's gossip. my own fascination with the sky. small towns. Hale-Bopp. old trucks. being young. the river bottoms. trains. summer. Polaroids. young love. open letters.
And there are many more! And I just wanted to say that I do really love this story. As I write, the characters really do become real to me. And that's especially true for Salem and Savannah. Often times, as I'm writing the first draft, I use placeholders for certain characters' names, so I can go back and change them later. BUT...that rarely happens. I rarely go back and change the names, simply because that's his or her name! They are who they are; I just can't bring myself to call them by another name! So, Salem and Savannah were always Salem and Savannah. It's as if they've always existed! And maybe they have!
It's a love story. It's a story about young love and first loves and second chances. It's about choosing the past or the present. It's about holding on and letting go. And I'm so excited for YOU to read it! And I can't wait for you to meet the two people who I've fallen in love with over the past few months! Until then, happy reading!
I'm giving away 5 copies of Salem and Savannah's story! Enter for your chance to win one of five advance, signed paperback copies of A Bird on a Windowsill on Goodreads.
From the national bestselling author of Butterfly Weeds comes this second-chance romance about 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.
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. For All You Have Left, By Way of Accident, When Cicadas Cry and A Bird on a Windowsill followed. Look for The Life We Almost Had, Laura's latest small-town romance, at book retailers now. And check out her children's book, Pay It Forward!