Life as she knows it ceases to exist for Samantha Rutgers when her husband of twenty-plus years decides he no longer loves her. The challenges are myriad. Can she build a life without him? Will her daughter always blame her? Can she ever trust a man again? And what is she going to do about sex? Cover design by Dany Russell. “PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM turns the standard "The End” of a marriage into the "Once upon a time" of a genuine grown-up love story. A life- and love-affirming look into the real life events of divorce, children, exes, memories, regrets, beginnings, and the courage to love again.” Laura Castoro author of A New Lu, Icing on The Cake, and Crossing the Line “This is a poignant story of human frailties, emotions, turmoil, confusion and the sometimes, inescapable fear of the unknown. Samantha is encouraged to turn-off the familiar road of ‘what use to be’ and forge a new path of ‘what could be.’ Miller develops her characters well in this enjoyable story, giving them qualities that we would all relate to. A sensitive portrayal of romance, not of the sweet first time love, but a realistic viewpoint of life and love, and the curve ball it can throw.” Review by J.B. Scott--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I have been writing for a long time and got my start in journalism, writing feature stories and columns, but my first love has always been fiction. It is so heartening to see that readers are enjoying my books. Getting a note from a reader who loved my story or really connected to a character is such a thrill. I write in a number of genres from mystery to mainstream, so there is something for every reading taste.
When not working, I love to read, quilt, do jigsaw puzzles and play farmer on our little acreage in East Texas. It's wonderful to go out in the morning and have my horse come a greet me with a nicker. I think it is because he loves me, but really he's telling me to go to the barn and get him some hay.
I share this space with my husband, the horse, a goat, three cats, and a dog. Our kids and grand-kids love to come out to "Grandma's Ranch" and we love to have them. Although the horse would prefer not to work as hard as he has to when they are here.
I also enjoy live theatre and have directed a number of shows at a local Art Center. A few years ago I got brave and took my first role on stage, and I am now bitten by the acting bug. One of my favorite roles was as Aunt Martha in "Arsenic and Old Lace". What a thrill it was to do a role that has been played by so many great actresses.