Linda Lael Miller | Do you prefer Slade or Hutch?
May 31, 2012
Well, heck, that's a hard one, because I'm crazy about both of them. Slade
is the strong, silent type, physically patterned after a young Rob Lowe (I had
his shirtless Vanity Fair cover framed and kept it on my desk throughout.) He's
big on honor and integrity, and he's really gun-shy because of a love gone
wrong. Hutch is strong, too, but he's outspoken and reckless. Where Slade will
examine an issue from all angles, Hutch tends to jump right in and worry about
the details later. Because they're both LLM heroes, they have certain qualities
in common: they want a woman who is an equal, and a partner, they love kids,
they love animals, and they will always try to do the right thing. Like "real"
people, they sometimes get it wrong, despite all their good intentions. They
both have a sense of humor, Slade's being dry and understated, while Hutch's is
more wisecrack dependent. They never look for a fight, but they never run away
from one, either. I'm often asked if I wish real men were like my
heroes—truth be told, I think there are a lot of very fine men out there,
doing their jobs, loving their women, raising their children to be good
About BIG SKY COUNTRY
The illegitimate son of a wealthy rancher, Sheriff Slade Barlow grew up in a
trailer hitched to the Curly-Burly hair salon his mother runs. He was never
acknowledged by his father-until now. Suddenly, Slade has inherited half of
Whisper Creek Ranch, one of the most prosperous in Parable, Montana. That
doesn't sit well with his half brother, Hutch, who grew up with all the rights
of a Carmody. Including the affections of Joslyn Kirk, homecoming queen, rodeo
queen, beauty queen-whom Slade has never forgotten
But Joslyn is barely holding her head up these days as she works to pay back
everyone her crooked stepfather cheated. With a town to protect-plus a
rebellious teenage stepdaughter-Slade has his hands full. But someone has to
convince Joslyn that she's responsible only for her own actions.
10 comments posted.
Re: Linda Lael Miller | Do you prefer Slade or Hutch?
I can well understand your difficulty in choosing one of the heroes over the other. They each have their great qulities and weaknesses...so true in real life.
(Gladys Paradowski 1:46am May 31)
Of course I should have checked my spelling and not left the "a" out of qualities.
(Gladys Paradowski 1:47am May 31)
I can't wait to go out and buy this book1 They both sound like good men-love your cowboy stories!
(Carole Fiore 7:32am May 31)
Any book you write, any hero you feature, any heroine you choose--they are all
for me. I have read most of your books, those that I haven't read I just haven't
(Sandra Spilecki 10:44am May 31)
I think both men sound great. Different but great. I wonder how well they get along?
(Stacie Deramo 3:24pm May 31)
I can relate to both brothers, but my personality associates better with Slade, so I would have to tilt the scales a little more in his favor. Perhaps after reading the book, my mind will change, but it's just my decision after reading your synopsis. I would love to read your book, since any reunion book does tend to tug at my heartstrings, regardless of what the outcome is. I've been through a lot during my life, not all of it good, regarding family, so books like this have a special meaning to me. I love the great cover that was chosen as well. Congratulations on your latest book. It sounds like a great read!!
(Peggy Roberson 9:08pm May 31)
Went out yesterday and got your book! I can't start reading it until after my daughter's graducation for I have so much going on.I will start it on saturday sitting outside enjying the niceweather...can't wait!
(Carole Fiore 2:08pm June 1)
I love how just when I think I can say one character is my favorite I'll read another one Linda has written and have to end up saying I love them all :)
Big Sky Country is sitting on my table right now.
(Leni Kaye 3:00pm June 1)
I like the quite soft spoken type but all your books are great!
(Ann Thaxton 10:42am June 2)
Slade is more exciting because he has hidden talents that just gotta come out.
(Alyson Widen 3:02pm June 2)
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