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Miller to read from latest cowboy tales

Linda Lael Miller is one of Spokane’s top-selling national authors – although not everyone will recognize the name right away.

That’s because she’s a genre writer, that genre being (most recently) cowboy romance.

She specializes in what her publisher calls “historical and contemporary Americana.”

Miller is a household name to those who love those genres – and there are millions.

Recently, she is best known for her “McKettricks of Texas” trilogy, which is about three modern cowboy brothers and their romantic travails with three formidable sisters.

Miller will sign her third book in the trilogy, “McKettricks of Texas: Austin” (HQN Books, $7.99 paperback), at Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana Ave., at 2 p.m. Saturday.

This entry in the series is about Austin, a recuperating rodeo star who “meets his match in a stubborn nurse.”

By the way, if you’re interested in a short video about the cowboy-beefcake cover photo shoot for the trilogy, go to

The world of Peaceful Valley

Here’s how to get a feel for the distinctive culture of Peaceful Valley, circa 1989-1991.

A group of readers will get together this evening to read poems from a volume by Tom Davis, titled “Peaceful Valley As Told to Gregory King,” which is based on the Peaceful Valley of that era.

It was a time, in Davis’ words, “when Vietnam vets, ex-cons, inebriate citizens and draft dodgers congregated peacefully on Water Avenue.”

The reading will be at the Peaceful Valley Community Center, 214 N. Cedar St., at 6:30 p.m. It’s free, and the book will be available for sale.

Advance notice

Here’s advance notice of two big names:

James Bradley – The author of “Flags of Our Fathers” (which became a Clint Eastwood movie), “The Imperial Cruise” and “Flyboys: A True Story of Courage” will sign his books at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave., July 24 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

This will be part of a bigger “Weekend with James Bradley” to raise funds for the Armed Forces and Aerospace Museum, which will include a July 24 luncheon and dinner at the Davenport Hotel and an appearance and book signing on July 25 at Fairchild Air Force Base’s Skyfest.

For details, call (509) 244-0244 or go to

J.A. Jance – The star thriller writer will read from her latest book, “Queen of the Night,” July 28 at 7 p.m. at Auntie’s Bookstore.