KLPW, a radio station and local news source very near to my hometown, included A Bird on a Windowsill on its site today! I have been listening to this station since I was very young. Thank you, KLPW and news editor Kyle Quick, for sharing Salem and Savannah's story, which releases MONDAY! Check out the article here!
THANK YOU so much to everyone who participated in the Goodreads Giveaway! We're soooo close now! In less than a week, A Bird on a Windowsill will be here! And I can't tell you how excited I am for you to read Salem and Savannah's story! It's got young love and second chances, and it all plays out in a little, Midwestern town! AND two of you are getting an advance, signed copy! Congrats to Adrian from the United Kingdom and Mary Rose from the Philippines. You will receive your copies very soon!
AND don't forget to add A Bird on a Windowsill to your TBR lists on Goodreads. Also, you can still pre-order Salem and Savannah's story at the special price!
ONLY 11 DAYS, and A Bird on a Windowsill will finally be here!!!! I've said it before, but Salem (Eben) and Savannah's story is so near and dear to my heart in so many ways, and on top of that, it's packed with young love and second chances—all playing out in a little Midwestern town. So, I CAN'T wait for you to read it come June 20!
But for now, please enjoy this sneak peek!
A Bird on a Windowsill
A Clip from Chapter 19
Eben and I are at Hogan’s slab. I love this place. I love the way the water sounds coming out of the concrete—hurried and free. I love the way it always smells like dirt and sycamore trees. And I love that moon—that moon that hangs just in the right place, so that it can light up a path all the way from its spot in outer space to us, sitting here on this little piece of earth.
Eben’s been especially quiet tonight. I know he’s thinking about me leaving.
I look into his sandy-colored eyes, and he smiles.
I tell myself that we are too good of friends to be in love. But I’m not even sure I believe it. There’s a part of me that feels as if I’d leave it all behind for him—if he asked me to. I’d stay here and live with my uncle. I’d finish high school, and I’d go to college somewhere close. And then, I’d work with my uncle. I think we’d make a pretty good team. But then, I know Eben would never ask me to stay. He’d never ask me to leave everything—my family, my new friends, my new life, Aaron.
All of a sudden, I feel his arm around me. He pulls me into his chest, and the familiar scent of his cologne fills my senses. I close my eyes and try to hold onto it.
“The day you stop looking back is the first day of the rest of your life,” I whisper near his ear. The saying is carved into the railing on a weathered boardwalk in Murrells Inlet. I saw it one day, and I never thought about it again, until now. In fact, I never really found it fitting, until now. And in the end, I think I say it more to comfort myself than to comfort him.
Several seconds beat on into the wind.
“Turns out, looking back is all I have,” he says, in a breathy voice.
His words hit me hard—like a heavy downpour to the chest. I breathe in deeply and breathe out a weighted smile that he can’t see.
I love you, too, Salem.
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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. ...This is a book you want to read." ~Kathy Reads Fiction
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.
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'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. The Life We Almost Had debuted as a best-seller in 2018. Laura's latest small-town romance, The Dream, released in 2019 and is an Amazon #1 Best-seller. Also check out her book of poetry, entitled Love Story, and her children's book, Pay It Forward, available now!