#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Back in action

Well, there were more blog problems over the weekend, but here I am again.  LAST week’s winners were Cecelia Kelsey and Donna Harris.  Congratulations, ladies.  Now, a NEW round begins, so get those comments in.

As it sometimes presents a problem when old books are re-released with new covers–per the comment about this year’s holiday hardcover–here’s how to tell if a book has been in print before.  Check the copyright page.  There, you will see a line that reads “Copyright (year) by Linda Lael Miller”.  Since books are often released multiple times, for those who haven’t seen them before, there might be several years listed  in this manner.  The earliest one is the original date of publication.

Next year, there will be a brand new Christmas book, I’m happy to say, set in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, the setting for my new “Bliss County” series.

I spent the weekend resting, listening to books, and painting a little, mostly on artist trading cards.  I finally finished reading “W is for Wasted”, by Sue Grafton–it was very good.  Now, to await “X is for–?”  :)

I was in a ghost story mood, so I listened to Jack Cady’s “Ghosts of Yesterday”, and genuinely enjoyed the short stories–a few of which weren’t all that short.  :)  Very different stuff, and powerful writing.  Now I’m into “The Power of Right Believing”, by Joseph Prince, and that one is good, too.  If Christian inspiration is your thing, you’d probably like this book a lot.  Have also downloaded Donna Tartt’s new novel, “The Goldfinch.”  My tastes are definitely eclectic.  :)

On a personal note, my mom was trapped for two and a half hours in an elevator last Friday.  She’s being a sport about it, as usual, even cracking jokes, but her three daughters, including moi, are seriously annoyed.  What is the point of an emergency button if pressing it repeatedly produces no response?  Things happen, and I won’t drone on about this, but–really.  This is a retirement center, after all, full of elderly folks, some of whom are very frail. 

Physically, I’m feeling better than ever–Weight Watchers always has that effect on me.  Don’t know why I resist things I know will help–except that I’m famously contrary–which is apparently a Lael family trait.  :)  I’m trying out some new recipes and staying on track.

Today, I’m working on the new story and, later on, getting acupuncture.  That always helps me a lot.  Bernice is resting up after a Sunday visit from Wendy, Jeremy and their lively golden retriever, Margie.  :)  Margie is a sweetheart, but still a puppy, so Bernice, being elderly, is nervous of all that energy.  The cats completely disappear when she’s around.  Nonetheless, Margie is part of the family, too, so we put up gates and do the best we can to keep all the four-footers happy.  It works out pretty well.

Jeremy had placed some dried cornstalks by the front door for atmosphere, this being October and everything, but we had to move them.  Bernice, being 13, doesn’t see or hear as well as she used to, glimpsing them through a side window and doubtless seeing a nebulous shape, got alarmed and yapped incessantly.  As I write this, my brave guard dog is snoozing in her little bed beside my desk.

Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I’ll be back to blog tomorrow, and every day this week.

Knock on wood.

 

 

42 comments to “Back in action”

  1. hEIDI
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:21 pm · Link

    It could be worse! I have a border collie who becomes an 80 pound lap dog when he gets scared! :mrgreen:



  2. Judy Eagle
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:22 pm · Link

    I am excited to read the new series. I have begun to suspect that publishers move a book to a different section of the publisher because I have bought books that by the publication date looked new but I had actually read before. Most of the time I can enjoy them or donate to a retirement center.



  3. Renae Kinsey
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Glad you’re feeling better with weight
    Watchers!!! Keep inspiring me! Went to the doctor
    Today for routine blood work and I closed my
    Eyes when they weighed me!! I asked them
    Not to tell me! Love you!!



  4. Gloria
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:23 pm · Link

    My Mama was in a nursing home, and I can tell you for the truth…they don’t worry about emergency buttons, flashing lights over the doors, or much of anything else. They have to talk on their cells phones and they KNOW what THAT person wants, so they can just wait. Not a good attitude.

    I’m sorry your mom was trapped in the elevator. Was she alone?



  5. gloria bare
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:32 pm · Link

    Love to hear all of your stories about your interests. I know what you mean about your mother’s adventure in the elevator. I also live in a retirement village and the elevator in our building was out of order for a full day. We have folks that use scooters and walkers who cannot do stairs. Everyone was okay even though they were stuck in their rooms for awhile. Can’t wait for the last book in the big sky series. I have purchased Casey’s necklace and Brylee’s bracelet. Love them



  6. Andrea Lammly
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Oh my. Sorry to hear that news about your Mom. That must have been a horrible experience for her. I totally would have freaked out. My Mom was in an Alzheimer’s facility and one night a resident started wandering around and pushed her out of her bed onto the floor. Luckily she wasn’t injured just some bruises but that was frightening enough for me.
    Glad Weight Watchers is working! My girlfriend swears by it too.
    Happy Fall everyone.



  7. Jaime Brooks
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:35 pm · Link

    I hope your mom is okay after the elevator being stuck. I worked in a hospital and that was always on my mind. I was afraid that the elevator would stop with myself and a sick patient. Luckily it never happend



  8. barbara wallin
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Beautiful fall day , the sun is shining and I should start straightening the house. Having 8 ladies in for lunch on Tues. But “Big Sky Wedding” is calling me so I will spend an hour reading.
    Hope your Mom is doing OK. I think it would be terrible to be stuck in a elevator.



  9. Deborah Rae Nelson
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Cecelia Kelsey and Donna Harris.

    I can understand your worry about your mom’s elevator experience. She sounds like a good sport.

    Thanks for the heads-up on the reissued books. It’s a great way for those left behind to catch up on a series or an edition, though.

    I’m so looking forward to your next series and your next Big Sky issue. Fun reading.

    Be well~ Deborah



  10. Sue Ellis
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:42 pm · Link

    Another good blog today. Always enjoy hearing about your week-ends. I don’t get out much because of health problems so it’s nice to read what other people are doing. :)



  11. Nyoka Smith
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:45 pm · Link

    Seems the new books are coming slower and slower!! LOL… I am rereading the Big Sky ones that I have…. trying to refresh my memory on them.. Can hardly wait for a new one!!
    Take care! and God bless!



  12. Ruby Norwood
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 2:56 pm · Link

    A good blog today, So glad you are feeling better. I am so glad your mom joked about being stuck on the elevator, a lot better than panic, I must say.
    take care everyone! and God bless..
    Ruby



  13. sam
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 3:07 pm · Link

    I am sorry to read about your mums ordeal, it must have felt like forever before she was rescued. I am glad to hear she is ok. As always, I look forward to all your books you write :)



  14. Sherry Wallace
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Gee, you are one active lady!! With all that you are into don’t see how you finish anything. Haven’t heard you mention the quilt you started on, so guess it’s waiting it’s turn for you to alight on that project again. I enjoy having several projects going @ once myself :). Did Wendy & Jeremy get married & I missed the announcement? You mentioned about a year ago they were planning it for this year. So sorry your mom had that experience :(. Things could have been worse, tho, & I hope the problem has since been fixed! I enjoy your daily blogs :)
    Blessings,
    SherryNan
    PS congrats to the winners!



  15. Lois Rotella
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Congraulations ladies enjoy !!!. Sorry to hear about your Mom. I have a friend who is afraid of small spaces and panic if she gets stuck. I feel for Bernice !! I wish everyone a Happy Halloween !!!! :)



  16. Leisa Sellers
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Wow! you are one busy lady! I soooooo enjoyed the Big Sky Wedding book that you sent me and thanks so much for signing it! It is a treasure I will keep a long time!!!!! Understand all about the four legged animals! My dog is a great big WIMP when it comes to anything different or noisy!! Good thing he doesnt bark much but he sure can find the smallest hole to get into when he is scared!!!LOL! This be a Great Pyrenees who is such a baby! Love him to death though! A rescue that has turned into the most lovable dog imaginable! Have a wonderful week writing and can’t wait for the next book and the new series!!!!!!! :-D



  17. Jennifer Damone
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Always excited to hear of a new book! I have been thinking about starting weight watchers again. It has always worked well for me, but I didn’t know how it would go because of the holidays. Hope you have a great week!



  18. Patti
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 4:23 pm · Link

    It is amazing that your mom can joke about being stuck in the elevator. I would have been very scared. Also since the emergency button did not work, I would wonder if anyone knew I was stuck.

    Bless Bernice for protecting you from that critter hiding by the front door.

    You brought me smile. Many blessings.



  19. Juanita Rice
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 5:03 pm · Link

    The apparent complacency of some retirement and nursing home workers continues to boggle my mind! Some residents of these establishments do use emergency buttons to excess, but their thoughtless action is no reason for caregivers to lapse into carelessness; hence your mother’s dilemma. I hope your ire was felt by all!!



  20. Wendy Mathews
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 5:21 pm · Link

    Mustang Creek….can’t wait!! Have a great week :)



  21. Joyce M.
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 5:26 pm · Link

    I learned the hard way about the copyright page.



    • linda
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        · October 28th, 2013 at 9:31 pm · Link

      Me, too. It’s discouraging to buy a book by a favorite author and find out you’ve already read it.



  22. Denise King
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Good evening Linda, I see you had a busy weekend as usual, glad your mother is doing well. Saturday I did absolutely nothing, Sunday I walked in the Lupus Walk with one of my oldest and dearest friends,, we have been buddies since we were 7 yrs old ( we are now 57) her sister died of Lupus in 2004. We had a wonderful dinner afterwards, so until next week , have a good week.



  23. Carolyn Jacobs
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Sorry about your mom but sounds like she has a great sense of humor which gets us through life. Enjoy her as I lost my mom 9 yrs. ago and still miss her. :(



  24. Diana E
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 6:55 pm · Link

    Good to see your blog up and running again, Linda. Also glad Weight Watchers is going well for you.
    So funny about Bernice. We do what we can for them at that age. I can just picture it though. Maybe the ghost stories you’ve been reading is transfering through to her!!! Blesssings.



  25. Sal
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 7:02 pm · Link

    I don’t know who on earth told you that Laels are contrary. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you that we are definitely not. I know this because Laels are ALWAYS right and I am a Lael. ;)
    :-D



    • linda
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        · October 28th, 2013 at 9:29 pm · Link

      I rest my case.



  26. Lorraine Pitts
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 7:17 pm · Link

    You have a great gift. The way you write makes me want to read forever!



  27. Leanna
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 8:44 pm · Link

    I can’t wait to read the new series next year!



  28. Emily
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 9:16 pm · Link

    So fun reading your blog.

    My computer has been down, and I just not got your blog. Glad we are still connected!

    As always, looking forward to the new series. Can’t wait.

    Have a great week and stay healthy!



  29. Lea Williams
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 9:38 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to read any of your books that I haven’t. I did find one in Walmart but was in a hurry so will get it next time. Bob is gone elk hunting and his little Jack Russell has become my lap dog. She usually is just Bob’s dog. My little poodle is very jealous. He thinks Pistol is invading his private property. Take care – Blessings.



  30. Jennifer L.
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 9:57 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s experience. Two and a half hours in an elevator have got to be scary! I can definitely understand your frustration. Your mother sounds like quite a lady. She certainly has more pluck than I would. :)

    The books all sound interesting, and I’m making a note so I can borrow them from the library. I’ll have to wait a bit for W, though. I’m still at E. :) Hmm. I wonder what the X title will be?

    I’m loving the vampire books!

    Hope you’re having a great evening!



  31. Cheryl Lemon
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      · October 28th, 2013 at 10:58 pm · Link

    Glad your Mom is okay. I joined weight watchers a year ago. Best thing I ever did. Didn’t realize I was eating every thing on site. Tracking is the key.



  32. Amy
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      · October 29th, 2013 at 10:17 am · Link

    I got a chuckle out of picturing the dogs at your house. On holidays my son brings his dog, who is on the larger side, he’s part Golden and part Lab, Dude, and his tail alone will destroy things! I live in an apartment so space is tight and I have a dog who is part Golden and English Setter. She’s smaller than Dude, but still big enough and she loves to aggravate Dude like a sister! This year we will get to experience all this with a new grand baby (he was born in June) so I can only imagine the chaos we will have, but laughs none the less!



  33. Teri Iezek
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      · October 29th, 2013 at 11:15 am · Link

    Glad to hear your Mom is fine:) and you are feeling better. We are getting ready for some cold rain, not really sure about the getting ready part:( Anyway it’s another day Take Care! and write on!:)
    :arrow:



  34. sue Leech
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      · October 29th, 2013 at 1:46 pm · Link

    I was so sorry to hear what your mother had to experience that sure had to be scarey for her. I hope things look brighter and much better from here on.

    I love your books and loved the BIG SKY series. I do book reviews and also have a small library in my home where friends and neighbors stop in and borrow books from me. I always wanted to do a public library on a small scale but between insurance and lack of funds I decided to open my home up instead and it is not a public library in the way it’s not funded by anyone or any government and not made public for everyone to know of it. I do it for friends and their friends so it is word of mouth sort of thing. I also have a table of author’s promo items for people who stops in can check out new authors and their books. If you are interested in sharing any promo items for my table, I will gladly place them. I will gladly give reviews on your books if you have a special place you want them sent, just let me know. Thanks for your time. Sue Leech, 1273 Strahan rd., New Columbia, PA 17856



  35. Maryjane Hoffman
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      · October 29th, 2013 at 1:52 pm · Link

    Know how your Mom felt about being trapped in an elevator! I had it happen to me 2 times when I worked. First time I was by myself and when the fellow answered the phone I told him where I was and all that good stuff and I heard him laugh and say she sounds like a crazy one and it was then that I realized I still had the phone in my hand! When the doors opened I was so happy to get out I didn’t realize there was a high space between the floor and them, I stepped out and fell flat on my face! Next time I was stuck there with a fellow associate and a hugh bin filled with papers that we were taking to the shredding room. As I leaned over to call and let them know we were stuck I fell into the bin and had to stay there til we were freed. That one I never heard the end of!! I’m just glad that your Mom is a-ok! Take care and feel better!!



  36. carole
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      · October 29th, 2013 at 2:26 pm · Link

    Happy Halloween! Glad to hear your mom is such a good sport, I would of been freaking out, but your suppose to stay calm. Congrats to the 2 winners, love your books! Have a great week!



  37. Becky Johnson
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      · October 29th, 2013 at 6:32 pm · Link

    I must have missed it – can you explain what the artist trading cards are that you mention painting on from time to time?
    Love all your books, but get especially moved by the holiday themed releases!



  38. Merry M
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      · October 29th, 2013 at 9:15 pm · Link

    My dog barks at everything while looking at the window. Even when I don’t see anything out there!



  39. judy
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      · October 30th, 2013 at 7:53 pm · Link

    I enjoy your Blog. Are dog does not bark at everything and is good while we eat.



  40. mary klemp
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      · November 3rd, 2013 at 9:34 am · Link

    IT IS VERY NICE TO HEAR YOU ARE COMING OUT WITH A NEW SERIES, I WILL BE BUYING IT. I LOVE YOUR BOOKS AND CANT GET ENOUGH OF THEM. I STARTED BUYING HARD COVERED SINCE YOURS ARE THE ONLY BOOKS I KEEP. IN REGARDS WITH THE ELEVATOR- HY DO THEY HAVE THE ELDERLY ON 3 FLOORS WITH AN ELEVATOR. THEY SHOULD BE ON A RANCH STYLE SO THEY COULD WALK AND NEVER BE STUCK, ME I WOULD HAVE BEEN GOING CRAZY IN THAT BOX. YOUR VERY LUCKY TO STILL HAVE A PARENT, ENJOY EVERYDAY WITH HER, EVEN JUST A TALK ON THE PHONE. KEEP UP THE REAT WORK.



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