Hey, guys! You can now get a selection of my books at Lizzy Lu Custom Wreaths in New Haven, Mo. AND they’re all signed! New Haven, Detmold, Berger, Hermann and Washington are all inspirations for most of the settings in my novels. So, if you’re in the area, make your way downtown to the place my very first story began! And while you’re there, check out the store and snag some other really cool local finds you can only get in New Haven, Mo.!
Hi, my name is Laura (Brandt) Miller, and I’ll be selling and signing my books at the Tiger Tailgate in Independence, Mo. on Aug. 4. For those who are unfamiliar with the event, it’s a family-friendly evening of barbecue, vendors and a live and silent auction. AND this year, former MU football coach Gary Pinkel will be making an appearance! The Tiger Tailgate is one of two big events the Kansas City Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association hosts every year to raise money for future Tiger scholarships. So, whether you’re a Tiger fan or even a fan of that team across the state line, I hope you get a chance to come out, have fun and help further the education of a future Tiger!
And for those who don’t know me, I’m a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, and I have a degree in newsprint journalism from the J-School. While at Mizzou, I was co-captain of the track team. And it was on that team that I met my husband, Channel 9 meteorologist Neville Miller. And together, we’ve eaten our fair share of Shakespeare’s Pizza and The Heidelberg’s happy hour wings.
Today, I write novels about small towns and small-town people. But my stories go back a little further than my college days.
I spent the first years of my life in the Berger, Mo. river bottoms, 70 miles west of St. Louis, on a hog farm. And then, the Flood of ’93 happened. And after several boat rides over flooded farmland to get to our house, we called it quits and moved to a big hill outside of New Haven, Mo. It was there that I went to high school.
I finished my first novel while living in Charleston, S.C. It was published four years later in Columbia, Mo. At the time, I was working as a government newspaper reporter and was more accustomed to planning and zoning ordinances and trying to figure out the difference between a container and a cargo ship than make-believe. But that same year, my debut novel hit the Amazon Best-seller’s list, and from there, I decided to wash off my ink-stained hands and give this make-believe thing a try.
I now live in the Northland, here in Kansas City, and write my stories looking back. I’m inspired by the little towns and small-town people that make up my childhood. I have seven novels published, and in them you can find towns that closely resemble places like Detmold, Mo., New Haven, Berger, Hermann and Columbia. And characters include a girl who grows up in a little river town of 200 people, a quiet World War II veteran that bales hay with his grandson, a newspaper editor who patiently endures the townspeople’s conspiracy theories and a firefighter who dreams of becoming a country music star. Additionally, all my stories have one other thing in common—love.
I really hope you get a chance to check them out. As I mentioned, I’ll be at the Tiger Tailgate Aug. 4. But in the meantime, you can find digital and paper copies of all my books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes. I can’t wait to see you soon! M-I-Z!
For tickets to the Tiger Tailgate, visit Mizzou.com!
The Tiger Tailgate is only a couple weeks away on August 4 in Independence (Kansas City), Mo.! I’ll be signing my books. AND former MU football Coach Gary Pinkel will also be there. This fun, family-friendly event helps to raise scholarships for future Tigers. Visit here to get your tickets! Hope to see you there! 🐯 M-I-Z! P.S. You don’t have to be a Tiger to come play. Even KU fans are welcome!😄
I had so much fun at Franklin County R-2 Reading Night this week! It was so good to come home to my alma mater and see so many familiar faces! Thank you, Huskies, for letting me be a part of your special night.
P.S. You can get the hardcover copy of Pay It Forward here!
I'm SO excited to be signing at these wonderful events in 2018 and 2019! And I'd love to see you! So, if you're in the area, come out and visit with me!
March 24, 2018
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
North Iowa Book Bash
Clear Lake, Iowa
April 7, 2018
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Miller's Landing Day
New Haven, Mo.
May 5, 2018
Mizzou Tiger Tailgate
August 4, 2018
More info to come!
Sioux Falls FALL INTO BOOKS
Sioux Falls, SD
October 13, 2018
Holidays with the Belles
Feb. 9, 2019
More info to come!
I'm soooo excited for this event! If you're in the Phoenix area this weekend, I'd love to see you! For tickets and more information, visit Valley of the Sun!
I enjoyed meeting all the fellow Tigers and MU supporters at the Mizzou Tailgate Saturday! I hope to see you all again next year! Until then, happy reading and M-I-Z!
I'm back in Missouri now. It's 69 degrees here! That's a 32-degree difference from Texas yesterday, so I'm still adjusting! Lol! But I absolutely LOVED meeting you all in Dallas Saturday! Thank you to everyone who stopped by and visited with me! I had such a great time, and I hope you did too! Also, thank you to Whitney McGregor, Patricia Lee, Erin Spencer, Yamara Martinez and all the volunteers for putting on such a wonderful event! I've included some photos from the day below!
The Hard Rock Author Event for 2016 is in the books! I had such a great time meeting all of you in Tulsa this weekend! Thank you to everyone who visited with me! And thank you to Hilary Storm (for putting on the event) and all the volunteers who helped make it run so smoothly! I've included a slideshow of some photos from the day below. Hope you enjoy and Happy Reading! ♥Laura
I had such a wonderful time meeting all of you at the Scripted Social Author Event in Des Moines Saturday! Thank you to everyone who came to visit with me!
Inspired by my little, Midwestern hometown, I write about rain on tin roofs, gravel roads, old trucks with holes in the floorboards, small-town summer nights, and most importantly, love.
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!