Spotlight & Giveaway: The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller

Posted January 27th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 61 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller to HJ!

Hi Linda and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, The Marriage Charm!

The women of Bliss County have a pact—to find husbands. The right husbands.

The Marriage CharmOne already has: Hadleigh Stevens, who married rancher Tripp Galloway a few months ago. Now Melody Nolan thinks it’s her turn. Melody has recently found success as a jewelry designer, and her work is the focus of her life. She’s not exactly unhappy, but she wants more. She’s always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police, but she’s convinced that Spence, a notorious charmer, isn’t what you’d call husband material.

Spence is a good cop who isn’t scared of anything—except love. And he’s done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, including Melody, at bay. And yet…there’s something about Melody he can’t forget. Something his heart can’t ignore.

Linda, In THE MARRIAGE CHARM, Melody Nolan falls in love with Chief of Police, Spence Hogan. Spence has a reputation that he’ll never settle down. Is his reputation deserved? And just what is it about Melody that has grabbed the attention of womanizer Spence Hogan?

Spence has actually cultivated his reputation as a player, in order to avoid settling down, and it’s served him well—until now. He and Melody were in love, years before, but the time wasn’t right for marriage; Spence knew that, but Melody didn’t. Now, following their mutual friends’ romantic wedding, the old attraction is back.

Female friendships play an important role in THE MARRIAGE CHARM. Do you have female friends that support you the way Hadleigh and Bex support Melody?

Oh, yes. I have a number of very close female friends, people I can confide in, and most of them go way back. I wouldn’t know what to do without these strong, smart, funny women. Through all the ups and downs, we’ve always been there for each other.

Melody is a talented jewelry designer and her pieces sound absolutely gorgeous in the book! Did you do research on jewelry design and jewelry making before writing the scenes where she’s working on some of her creations?

Some research, yes. I’m an artist myself, and I love beautiful jewelry, so this career made sense for Melody.

There’s some real danger—and mystery—in THE MARRIAGE CHARM. How did you decide to work suspense into this story Was it always a natural part of the plot or did you want there to be some mystery involved?

Sometimes an element of suspense fits the story and characters, and I decide to go with it.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Meet the Author:

Miller_LindaLael_12_col-150x150The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is the author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels. Now living in Spokane, Washington, the “First Lady of the West” hit a career high when all three of her 2011 Creed Cowboy books debuted at #1 on the New York Times list. In 2007, the Romance Writers of America presented her their Lifetime Achievement Award. She personally funds her Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women. Visit her at



61 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller”

  1. Jennifer Schultheis

    I have two really good female friends that support me. They’re always there when I need to get something off my chest or just need advice.

  2. doveknoll

    I have a few female friends but only one I can always count on. She has been there through thick and thin. I’ll always be there for her too. She is not only my best friend but the sister of my heart.

  3. nikkiphilton

    My BFF has been with me for over 30 years! I don’t know what I would do without her.

  4. Joye

    Most of my friends do support me if I need it. However, I am very independent and don ‘t rely on others so much.

  5. Cathy P

    Yes, I have several close friends that support me and I support them. They are like my sisters.

  6. marcyshuler

    My sister is a great support to me and I have a good friend that I rarely get to see, but I know she’d drop everything to be there for me if I needed her. I also have a really supportive group of online friends.

  7. Texas Book Lover

    I grew up moving every six months and eventually stopped making friends because I was afraid of losing them. By the time I finally stopped moving I never really figured out how to go about finding them so I have my husband but that’s about it. Sometimes I really wish I had more because there are somethings men just don’t get.

  8. Joan V.

    Yes, I have two female friends that are always there for me. I can’t imagine my life without them.

  9. darholley1

    yes I do have female friends that support me and get me through the good times and the bad times

  10. Morgan Van Lier

    I have my sister(who is calling me right now, she lives in Cali, but I have to ignore her to enter this. Lol She`ll understand) and my cousin. They are my bestfriends and are always there for me.

  11. carol L

    My sisters and I are very close. I treasure the relationship we have
    Thanks Linda for the stories you create and share with us .
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 ( at) aol (dot) com

  12. Kathleen O

    I have my circle of friends I have had for over 30yrs. We have seen each other through thick and thin. Would not want to be without them.

  13. gleamspark

    I have a great set of gal pals! I have a couple of close groups, one is work based and the other friends and neighbors. All are important to me.

  14. Leanna

    My sister is my best friend, my rock, we may irritate each other sometimes, we live together but we will always be there for each other.

  15. rachael constant

    I have a couple of close female friends and a bunch of work friends. I think they would all offer me support, should I ever need it.

  16. Ashley Snyder

    I don’t really have female friends, my friends are mostly men. But I have my mother and sisters for support, and they are always there for me!

  17. Suzanne

    I had a number of female friends at work who supported me. However, my work friends rarely were a part of my family life. My husband had friends at work but none of us ever mixed.

  18. eawells

    It took a while before I found them but they are the best!! There were 5 of us who taught together and ate lunch together. Unfortunately we were reassigned and separated to teach at 4 different high schools. We started meeting once a month for dinner in order support each pther. Year by year we retired, but they were still there supporting and listening to those still teaching. Now we are all retired and.still meet once a month. I don’t know how I would make it without them. Besides lunch companions, they have become my best friends.

  19. laurieg72

    I’m best friends with my older sister and my daughter. I also am close to two friends from HS and 2 friends from college. I’m blessed with people who I love and treasure their friendship.

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