#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Adaptations (and this week’s winners)

First, the winners.  They are: Kathey Prichard and Jannell Hanood.  Congratulations, ladies.  Your signed books will be on the way soon.

Now, if you didn’t win, do not despair.  New contest, as of today–as usual, all you have to do is make a comment and you’re entered for this week’s round.  Two winners will be notified by Jenni and then announced on the blog, so do stay tuned.

Adaptations.  Ah, yes.  To me, it’s another word for Plan B–and it seems I’m always making one of those these days.  :)  (If not Plan C, D or Z)  For instance, I will decide, “today I am going to do such and such, in such and such a way.”  This idea seems to amuse God.  I can just about hear Him saying, “Seriously, Linda?” 

One example: Meditation.  Except for prayer, this is the single most important thing I do for myself.  HOWEVER, I have ADD, so sitting and repeating a sacred word, such as “Amen” or “Abba”, for a full 20 minutes, is so difficult that I usually wind up skipping the whole exercise.  It occurred to me that I could start small; now, soon after I awaken, I plunk down in my favorite chair, with my coffee and the timer set on my phone, and I just try to be quiet.  There are no extreme rules; I don’t have to close my eyes, even.  And guess what?  It works.

So now I’m looking around at other areas of my life and figuring out how I can apply the Start Small principle.

As you might have noticed, I’ve been absent from this blog WAY more often than I like to be–I wasn’t sick or hurt, but just overwhelmed.  Our Weight Watchers leader, Elizabeth, has a term for those times when we don’t eat at a reasonable time: Stupid Hungry.  (I’m often guilty of this; I wait too long and then I get Stupid Hungry, and I’ll eat things I would normally avoid.)  I’ve got a term of my own for certain days: Crazy Tired.  I do really well when the sun is shining–or at least visible–but heavily overcast days really seem to grind me down.

Audiobook-wise, I’ve been on an Anne Tyler binge.  I just love her quirky characters and tongue-in-cheek descriptions.  So far, I’ve listened to LADDER OF YEARS, SAINT MAYBE, and BACK WHEN WE WERE GROWNUPS.  Now, I’m listening to–and loving–her SEARCHING FOR CALEB.  Other audiobooks I’ve enjoyed include: THE MOURNING HOURS and THE FRAGILE WORLD, both by Paula Treick DeBoard, and THE STRANGER, by Harlan Coben.  I’m pretty sure I’m one of Audible.com’s very best customers.  :)  More tomorrow.  :)

 

91 comments to “Adaptations (and this week’s winners)”

  1. Lisa Murray
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Have missed going to the chocolate affaire in az the last few years. Do you still go? It was sure nice meeting you thx



    • Dawn Roberts
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        · March 30th, 2015 at 5:09 pm · Link

      OMG..that’s where I met Linda also…The one in Glendale. Loved going to that. Also met Vicki Lewis Thompson, love her books also.



    • Barbee Wray
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        · March 31st, 2015 at 11:50 pm · Link

      Can’t wait to read it. Love your stories!



  2. Linda Lattin
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Life is a juggling act, as you have just described, however, I have to say you do a tremendous job. Between my yard and house there are days I am lucky that I get my teeth brushed and my hair done. Linda, I admire you character and stamina!! Thank you for being an inspiration…God Bless



  3. Pam paterakis
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 2:19 pm · Link

    Good luck with plan A or Z whichever works for you!



  4. Jennifer Molzeb
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 2:25 pm · Link

    Hmmm, wondering if I will ever get anything done ever again! Between the McKentricks and now Parrabelle I’m screwed!!! Lol



  5. theresa
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Its gonna be sunny & warm soon! trust me! :wink:



  6. Leanna
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Glad you are back blogging. In my house we have hungry, so hungry you become a bitch.



  7. pat Dennis
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 2:42 pm · Link

    We like to hear from you every day;if not we worry!



  8. Ruby Norwood
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 2:48 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners !! Linda we know you are a busy lady, yes I love your blogs, but you have got to do what is best for you!! Take care !!



  9. Billie Sanders
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 3:14 pm · Link

    Mercy! I have a lot of trouble with Crazy Hungry too.
    I need a cook.
    Happy Easter, everyone!

    Billiesue



  10. Lorraine Pitts
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 3:26 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful week, hope you get some sunshine!!!! Love your books!!!



  11. Virginia H
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Great post Linda, we have some sunshine today and I have been on a two mile hike and really enjoyed it. Need to do this every day and I am trying to get back into the every day thing but sometimes life gets in the way. Like yesterday I spent the day going to visit my brother in law, he fell at work and broke his hip or shell we say he broke his hip replacement. The femor on both side of the hip replacement and he is just setting around waiting for it to heal. I did manage a short walk around the block when I got home. The sunshine make me want to get outside. :lol:



  12. Louise Burch McCourt
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Thanks, Linda, for all your wonderful books..I have enjoyed them all…great way to relax any time of the day…



  13. Colleen
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Enjoy your quiet times, looking forward to the next book.



  14. Kelley Morrow
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Focus on the positive!



  15. DonnaC
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 3:47 pm · Link

    Waiting for warm weather, green grass & vacations!



  16. jan spooner
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I imagine the ADD comes from all those great stories and characters running around inside your head. Keep writing. I love them all.



  17. Virginia Lloyd
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 3:59 pm · Link

    Understanding…I need to take start small getting back in my flower garden.



  18. Meaux Hathaway
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:02 pm · Link

    I love your stories and characterizations….how can anyone resist a cowboy? I also love that you portray women as strong yet vulnerable. You write everything I love. We need at least one more in the “Brides of Bliss County” soon. I really hope all the series can keep going why not?



  19. Kay Moorhead
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:11 pm · Link

    Enjoy your posts.



  20. Kathie Patterson
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:14 pm · Link

    Happy Easter to you and yours Miss Linda!! I am truly in awe of the things you accomplish in a day, with ADD no less. I seem to be suffering from a lack of ambition of late. I can’t seem to get anything done and as for reading — forget about it. The last book I finished recently, took me 6 months to read. I am hoping with the onset of spring and the new life popping up all around that my energy and zest will reappear once again. Let us all hope so anyway. Have a wonderful week and weekend!!



  21. Gerladine Cook
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Love your books, and sometimes reading them cause me to go to a plan G. I also try to take on small projects when some seem to large for one day. so I have a lot of small things done and sooner or later the big project will be done.



  22. Anna Anderson
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:16 pm · Link

    I get the crazy hungrys too!



  23. Donna Brant
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Your ideas are great and I think I might try one or two. I also do some stupid hungry eating. Shopping or running errands way past lunch, hurry home but too late to eat a good meal. Just grabbing something is always dangerous for me. Good luck. :roll:



  24. Debbie R.
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Love reading your books!!



  25. Nancy W.
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:29 pm · Link

    It’s beautiful here today in Southeast Lower Michigan, just south of Detroit. Temps in the 60s. The wind is keeping a chill in the air though. I’m so looking forward to Spring and then Summer.
    Between your books and those of other authors I like, I’m almost constantly reading something!
    :wink: :-P :lol:



  26. Melaine
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:30 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Kathey and Jannell.

    I can relate to the Stupid Hungry comment. I do the same thing when I’m tired or stressed, and after sewing late into the evening I was both tired and stressed. Needless to say, what I ate was not on my diet!



  27. Diane Blaser
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:39 pm · Link

    I often use your Start Small principle in my daily life. I suffer from both Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome so it is very difficult to get motivated to start even the smallest chore. So I do things in sessions of three tasks. Knowing I don’t have to clean an entire area, I tackle 3 things and reward myself with 30 minutes of something enjoyable like reading or a nap. Then I do three more and continue as long as I can. At the end of the day I’m feeling proud of myself rather than sorry for myself!



  28. Lisa Downs
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:50 pm · Link

    Just want to say hi and tell you that I just finished The Marriage Charm #2 today!! I’ve read so many of your books and have loved them all but this series just melts my heart. Great characters and storylines. Thank you for what you do!!



  29. Sandra James
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Love your books. Can’t wait for the next one to come out.



  30. Lynn
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Hey Linda! Glad you are doing well! Hang in there and just focus on one thing at a time. All that gets me by. I overload and it all goes down the tubes! Lots of luck and prayers your way.



  31. Jenny Kress
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 5:01 pm · Link

    I wrote you last week telling you how much I enjoyed reading
    ‘Here and Then” I just found out I have the sequel to that, so I will be reading it as soon as I find some time. Thanks for keeping me entertained.



  32. Mary Cresto
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 5:03 pm · Link

    Good Afternoon. See that you are a very busy Lady. I just got my new shipment of Harlequin books in. Looking for one of your books. I get too antsy for them. When one is there life stops cause I want to read it. Right now I am reading Maisey Yates, Part Time Cowboy. Its pretty good. Enjoying it. also rereading Tate. Thought it was a new one you wrote. But When I got into it, I realized I had read it. I think I have already told you this before, Must be having a Senior moment. I hope you have a fantastic week. God Bless You Always. I know He does. Mary 8)



  33. Maryruth
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 5:05 pm · Link

    love your books. Understand about crazy tired.



  34. Dawn Roberts
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 5:08 pm · Link

    So, hope the weight loss is still going great, along my journey I was told by a friend….never deny anything- in moderation. I thought about that for a while and realized just how wise those words were. I caught myself going without ice cream, and then when I did have some I totally over indulged. So, now I have Fro-yo and only a bit, sometimes. Once is a while I will go to Cold Stone Creamery, but it’s seldom and I order the small. I’ve been able to loose and keep off 50 lbs for about 5 years but living by that motto.
    Seriously can’t wait for the next marriage book…..



  35. Mellissa B
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 5:27 pm · Link

    I just read a comment about a book called Here and Then, I don’t think I have read that book I thought I had read all of yours well I’m off to search. Have a great week.



  36. Rita McCommon
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 5:38 pm · Link

    Linda it is great hearing from you and hearing about your life. I have learned to never plan my day or a vacation itenerary! It never works out for me so I just go with the flow! lol I love reading your books and hope you have a Happy Easter! <3 <3 <3



  37. Lois Rotella
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I know what you mean about sunshine. I do more things and have more energy when the sun shines. It has been a long winter. Congrats ladies!!! Everyone have a Happy Easter.



  38. Gram
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 5:41 pm · Link

    i really like your start small advice and may try it here and there.



  39. Roberta Giordano
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 6:17 pm · Link

    Love your books. And reading this blog. Have a nice week !



  40. Donna McDonnell
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 6:22 pm · Link

    When I am having a hard day and I need a break I come inside and I pick up one of your books and start reading , I hear nothing else not even my children. I love reading all of your books. I really enjoy the McKetterick’s and the Cardwell Ranch Series.



  41. Wanda beach
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 6:23 pm · Link

    I understand about stupid hungry I do that a lot lol



    • Nadine Spradlin
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      When I am busy doing things , eating is the last thing on my mind. Until a slight headache begins then my stomach tells me it is time to eat . so yep , over eat . congratulations to Kathey & Jannell . Linda I’ve always heard that charity begins at home so always do for yourself what you need to, SO you can continue to write your BELOVED novels…..Nadine



  42. Patricia Taylor
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 6:40 pm · Link

    I am the same way. I am a “sun” person. Gray, dark days do me in. My motivation is nil. Winter is the worst time for me. I like the idea of starting small. I, too, get overwhelmed. For me it is my genealogy and the correct way of doing research. I need to find a plan that works best for me.



  43. Paulette Wolf Reed
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 6:42 pm · Link

    keep fighting…its a hard win.



  44. Glenda Carter
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 6:43 pm · Link

    I like your Start Small principle. I need to do something for my stress eating and lack of exercise. I always taking care of everyone but myself. Perhaps setting small goals is the answer.
    Thanks Linda.



  45. Lavoie M. Lundquist
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 6:48 pm · Link

    You are so awesome. I enjoy your books so much.



  46. Jo-Ann Baker
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 6:59 pm · Link

    Plans are good but since I retired I just go with the flow. Kids need me I am there. I only do what I can. I read alot and when summer or spring get here (lol) I can be outside more plant my garden and flowers. I am so ready for warm an something above 40 degrees.
    Have a wonderful week. Thanks for the good reads. :-?



  47. Gloria
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 7:27 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Kathey Prichard and Jannell Hanood!

    Linda, I know all about the Stupid Hungry thing, and the Crazy Tired. I have a friend, Mary, who keeps telling me to just do something for 5, 10, or 15 minutes at a time, instead of letting it over-whelm me. I see it and I want to do it ALL, RIGHT NOW, and I get so over-whelmed that I don’t do anything.

    Speaking of STUPID, one of my cousins told me, just today, the difference between stupid and intelligence. And, I’ve already forgotten what it was, so…I wonder which category I fit in??????

    I’ve driven around 300 miles between 10 AM and 6:30 PM , so I could be in the STUPID TIRED category. :)

    Have a great week, Linda.



  48. Pauline Frost
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 7:59 pm · Link

    Love your books which is my time to relax. Hate having to start reading and have to put in aside to clean or go to work. Would love to just read all day. :wink: :roll:



  49. Renae kinsey
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 8:44 pm · Link

    Oh my gosh yes!!! I’ve been crazy hungry many times!!! I’d rather have a cheeseburger than a fruit salad!! That’s pretty dumb- and I love your term for tired beyond tired – crazy tired!!! That’s about it isn’t it!!!! I don’t say this lightly and pretend to know what u mean by ADD but I swear….I can’t concentrate as my min roams and wanders. I did read and love the Marriage Charm!!! Xox I usually start praying and fall asleep or start praying and I’m thinking about something else before long/ it’s terrible – love u



  50. Jayme Maresh
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 8:53 pm · Link

    Read all your books.



  51. Terri Shortell
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 9:14 pm · Link

    Sometimes you have to swerve and go a little different route to cross the finish line. I’ve had to do this several times. Congrats to the winners.



  52. Janet Clark
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 9:18 pm · Link

    I too am a victim of the stupid hungry……does nothing to help with my weight when I am trying to loose pounds!
    I have been trying to regain some focus in my life……since my mom past in February, I do not have the desire to take pictures or scrapbook like I used to…..am hoping to get that urge back one of these days! I have good intensions and the I to got to plan B,C or what ever……
    have a good day!



  53. Patricia
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Prayer is so important…I also need to make time in the morning, or it doesn’t seem to happen. Thanks so much for sharing with us…Start Small – one step at a time!

    A friend of mine introduced me to your books many years ago, and I’m so grateful. As a mid-school teacher, its such needed escape time as well as I am reminded of her – she passed from Cancer several years ago.

    Thanks for your great stories!



  54. Debbie Gamble
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 10:16 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,
    So glad that you are finding the strength (and courage) to continue in your weight loss journey. It’s NOT easy! I should know — I’ve lost the same 100 pounds, four times already — and starting on my 5th time, now. SO discouraging …. :cry:

    (I don’t know WHY they call it “losing” weight, because you NEVER *lose* it — it’s always lurking around some corner, waiting to LEAP on you, again! ) :roll:

    Anyway, my check at the diabetic centre today told me I’ve lost 12 pounds since last month, and my blood sugar levels are slowly lowering, which was my goal. Small, positive changes in my life are slowly having an effect. :-P

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, for continued success.

    Debbie Gamble



    • Gloria
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      Congratulations!!!!!!!



  55. Debbie
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 10:50 pm · Link

    I can relate to being overwhelmed, however you don’t have to repeat a word to meditate- just listen to soothing music and relax to the point where you just feel.



  56. Dixie hadley
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 11:08 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Kathy and Jannell. As always another enjoyable blog. Have a great week and good luck at WW this week



  57. Dona kutska
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 11:14 pm · Link

    I have the same problem of sitting saying one word, I will try to just quietly sit, the priest at church said to try this very same thing, to see what you “hear”. Good luck with everything!



  58. Charlotte Litton
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 11:15 pm · Link

    I enjoy your blog so much. You always have such good info. I have such a difficult time turning off my mind and relax. I need to work harder on being quiet and doing meditation. Love your books and always look forward to the next one. Thanks, Charlotte



  59. Suzanne
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      · March 30th, 2015 at 11:56 pm · Link

    Really enjoy your books



  60. janet novak
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 4:26 am · Link

    love your books



  61. janet novak
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 4:27 am · Link

    your blog is cool



  62. Linda Blackshaw
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 6:09 am · Link

    Maybe you need to set a timer for meals so you can continue your weight loss journey. I find I end up eating all the wrong things particularly sweet stuff and then don’t lose anything.
    I enjoy your books.



  63. Denise Scheett
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 6:09 am · Link

    It looks like spring is finally here – time for some vitamin D and more reading. :lol:



  64. Carol Luciano
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 7:20 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I always enjoy your posts and asm amazed how much you do in a day’s time. Lately I have no motivation or energy it seems to do much. It’s the weather I think. Hopefully this frigid weather is going to leave and the sun will shine again. Thanks Linda for sharing.
    Carol L



  65. Linda May
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 8:13 am · Link

    Linda, your books are amazing, thanks for the wonderful Giveaways.



  66. Michele J
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 8:39 am · Link

    My daughter in law has ADD and she can’t sit still for very long at all. But this weekend I found that, get this, pulling weeds is comforting. We finally had a lovely day Sunday and both of us were in the garden pulling weeds, quietly. She is normally talking up a storm, not really expecting and answer, just talking. I love her as if she were my own daughter but sometimes she just cries because she’s so jittery. She doesn’t really like to take any meds so we’ve been working with natural things, like camomile tea and gluten free foods, but she told me working in the garden was so soothing for her. Well, she feels better and I have a helper to get the garden ready for Spring!
    I miss the Q&A you did for awhile. I’m in Parable right now but I sure would like to know how the McKettricks and Creeds are doing. Do you think you might write about them anymore?



  67. wanda scott
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 8:53 am · Link

    I just love your books keep them coming!!!!!!



  68. Eriko
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 9:14 am · Link

    Thank you Linda for today’s post! “starting small” helped me this morning, as I sat down with my cup of coffee, I just listened.. and calmed down and heard the birds chirping! Thank you for this small gift!



  69. Leanna Morris
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 12:03 pm · Link

    Alternate plans…how true. In this life, we have to be adaptable, yet always putting God’s plans for us first. Change isn’t something that comes easy, but often is the best for us. I’ve not ever been someone who is so rigid in schedules or plans that I can’t adapt or that I get upset when I cannot follow the schedule I have in my mind. Maybe not always willingly or happily, but I do. Things always work out for the best!



  70. sandy hallburg
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 12:53 pm · Link

    Love all your books and cannot wait for the next one. Your characters are wonderful and I love when you write about each person in the family. Keep up the great work. 8)



  71. Diana E.
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 1:36 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners, as always. We had a beautiful day here in the Willamette Valley yesterday but I think showers are in the forcast on and off all week. It will soon be brighter with all the beautiful flowers blooming, my favorite season. Thinking about you and sending much love and blessings.



  72. terri shoemaker
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 2:55 pm · Link

    You have met my sister and niece at one of your readings.We are from Spokane. They went there to getI me a signed copy of one of your books as I live in NV You talked to them about their desire to write and gave them some pointers . I would love to give back to my sister and give a book signed by you.Thank you.Love reading your books



  73. Maggi Wong
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 7:17 pm · Link

    Hey Linda Hi! I know tired, my 3 year old thinks that I’m as fit as he is lol. It’s nice to relax in a quiet area and just read for a while.



  74. RitaFriar
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 10:08 pm · Link

    Love your books. Love all the Cowboys. Please keep writing!! Live is crazy, isn’t it!!



  75. Roxane Malland
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 11:13 pm · Link

    I love your books. I just finished the Parable Montana series.



  76. Terrie Fulk
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 11:17 pm · Link

    I discovered awhile back to tackle any taunting task is to break it down into smaller, more manageable undertakings. I believe you will find you will get things done more efficiently and have an enjoyable experience doing so.



  77. Peggy Casey
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      · March 31st, 2015 at 11:35 pm · Link

    Thank you for your discussion of Small Starts, Stupid Hungry and Crazy Tired. I can identify with each of these areas big time right now!!! It’s nice to get a different perspective to clear my chaotic thoughts and self-doubt.
    On a different note… I have a new author recommendation for you… Mary J. Williams, daughter of John and Nona Williams, Northport, WA, has published her first book, “If I Loved You”. I am so excited for Mary. She has dreamt of writing books since we were attending school in Northport. Our mothers would read their Harlequins and then we would get our chance at them; passing them back and forth, discussing our favorites, and dreaming of the day we would write our own stories. Mary has beat me to the punch, but her success, as well as my admiration of your own books, is prompting me to put my pen to paper and see what the result is. I really enjoyed Mary’s first book of 3, set in a small town on the banks of the Columbia River, Harper Falls. As I am once I read one of your books, I am now anxious for the next book to drop so I can become a part of the ongoing trilogy! I need to dig into my archives and pull out another book to re-read to keep me satisfied until one of your new books arrives! I think I might revisit the McKettricks.
    Have a blessed Easter!
    Peg :wink:



  78. Beverly Evanger
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      · April 1st, 2015 at 8:51 am · Link

    its so good to see you back. what book are you working on now? Are you still working on the Brides of Bliss County series? i so love them. Honestly tho, i love all your books :-P



  79. bn100
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      · April 1st, 2015 at 11:42 am · Link

    sounds tough



  80. Des
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      · April 1st, 2015 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Happy Easter to you and your family Linda.
    I am about to head off on my Easter vacation, I will be visiting the McKettricks while away, I am not sure yet which member of the family I will visit – probably a couple of them – but I loved my previous visits with them, I decided that is the best way to spend Easter. Of course, it goes without saying that I will be armed with my favourite chocolate while on my “visit”, thank you for introducing me to the McKettrick family, I love every one of them.



    • Cheryl Hoffmann
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        · April 1st, 2015 at 8:00 pm · Link

      I haven’t tried audio books yet. Guess I am scared I might like it and I really have to many paperback & ebooks to read first. But I won one so I guess I better give it a try.



  81. Kristen Damerow
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      · April 2nd, 2015 at 8:43 am · Link

    I love your books!



  82. Joyce M.
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      · April 2nd, 2015 at 10:35 am · Link

    Take care Linda.



  83. c.l.bradbury
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      · April 2nd, 2015 at 5:24 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I love all your books, been reading them for years! I would really like to win something from you. I own almost every book you have written for the last 20 ? years or before.
    Good luck with your weight loss and the challenges of trying to do a couple things a day. My daughter, my sister and I tried a Zentangle this last weekend when I was visiting out of town. The 3 of us spent about an hour or more trying a combo of Zentangle patterns from a book and adding some small spaces with our own doodles, etc. in them. We all made a very pretty
    small piece of Art! I am going to try doing a Zentangle a couple times a week for a challenge! It is supposed to be like concentrating or “getting in the Zone”. Wish me luck. I am retired and so tired I have trouble now too.
    Carol B.



  84. Rodney Newton
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      · April 2nd, 2015 at 9:45 pm · Link

    Winners in giveaways are exciting in 2015. I always need to schedule a huge amount of time to get my books read in recent years.



  85. mary D. Wornick
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      · April 3rd, 2015 at 12:55 pm · Link

    HI all,
    Haven’t been able to get on the computer for awhile cause of bad weather. So just wanted to say a fast hi to all and have a nice day.
    bye for now god bless, keep safe.



  86. Evelyn Baldwin
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      · April 3rd, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Linda i think your books are absolutely Fantastic! You keep me laughing and that is a Big deal for me! I read quite a few authors books! No, no not one can hold a candle to your writing. I love the ranching books. All are great! Thank you for cheering me up and keeping me interested! God Bless! Evelyn



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