#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

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That flu everyone’s talking about?  It’s REAL.  I have been sick for over three weeks–as in, stay-in-my-pajamas, sleep-in-the-daytime, cough-and-snuffle sick.  I’ve been out of the house exactly twice, for very short forays, which always ended with Advil, more pajamas, and the vaporizer.  After two full cycles of antibiotics, I’m better, but still far from well.  I couldn’t visit my mom on Easter Sunday, for fear of giving her the plague, and I didn’t even notice that my daffodils were in bloom until someone kindly pointed them out!

I listened to numerous books–lots of them by Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, and discovered the Vimala Alphabet.  :)  My life may never be the same!  Vimala Rodgers is an expert in handwriting analysis, and her book, Change Your Handwriting, Change Your Life, absolutely blew me away!  The premise is that changing our handwriting actually changes the wiring in our brains, and Ms. Rodgers has invented her own alphabet, based on this theory.  I needed another passionate interest like I needed the proverbial hole in my head, but I am definitely hooked on this fascinating process–every morning, after tending to the dogs and the cat, I brew a cup of coffee and sit down to practice this new way of writing.  I do love an experiment.  :)  As I’ve said on previous blogs, I find the failures as gratifying as the successes–go figure.  I’ve always been a little different.  :)

The weekly contest is back up and running, as of today.  The rules are the same as always–if you comment, you are entered in that week’s round.  Two winners will be chosen at random and announced next Monday or Tuesday, right here on the blog.  Each will receive an autographed copy of my latest book, Forever a Hero.

I will be at the Romantic Times conference in Atlanta in early May.  If you’re headed there, too, please be sure to say ‘howdy’.  

I’ve missed you these many days.



82 comments to “Back to the Blog”

  1. Gloria Herring
      · April 18th, 2017 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Please tell more about this new way of writing.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, and pray you stay that way.

    While in Atlanta, you could come north a ways and visit my old house. That would be so much fun…for me, anyway.

    Take care of yourself!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Theresa
      · April 18th, 2017 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Everyone I know has been sick with this bug that has been going around. My sons have had coughs for a month now. There’s been variations of this bug and antibiotics are having little effect. Get well Linda!! We need you up and about. Happy tax day!

  3. Alisa Boisclair
      · April 18th, 2017 at 8:37 pm · Link

    So glad you’re feeling better.

  4. Tia
      · April 18th, 2017 at 8:37 pm · Link

    Glad to hear that you are on the way to beating the flu. The good news is you will be well rested for the conference in May.
    Take care

  5. Diane McCarthy
      · April 18th, 2017 at 8:39 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are in the mend. It’s the start of a very bad allergy season here on the east coast. I have been sneezing with itchy water eyes for two weeks. They are just now gettingback to where I can actually read a good book. Thank you as always for your wonderful newsletter.

  6. Diane Sallans
      · April 18th, 2017 at 8:44 pm · Link

    I started my plaque with what I thought was a 24 hr virus two weeks ago – a full day of aching muscles & bones – then lots of congestion & now just getting over a phlemmy chest cough. Had a quiet Easter, but did get more reading done. Hopefully we will have these nasty things shaken for Spring.

  7. Diana E
      · April 18th, 2017 at 8:47 pm · Link

    So sorry you’ve been so sick Linda, hopefully you’re on the way to recovery. Enjoyed reading Forever a hero. Sending prayers and best wishes that you’ll be feeling good soon. Blessings.

  8. Mary clayton
      · April 18th, 2017 at 9:00 pm · Link

    Hope u feel better soon. Enjoy Atlanta. Blessings

  9. Teresa G
      · April 18th, 2017 at 9:15 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear you’very been so sick. Hope you’re better soon.

  10. Prairie
      · April 18th, 2017 at 9:22 pm · Link

    Oh, I can sympathize. I had it for about a month. Really took the wind out of my sails. It took awhile to recoup afterward so don’t rush it. Take care.

  11. Virginia Horton
      · April 18th, 2017 at 9:33 pm · Link

    So sorry to here you are sick. I knew we hadn’t heard from you. It seems like it is aways something for us older people. I have been going through some medical stuff myself. I have had two gallstones stuck in the duct and have been sent to a hospital that is two hours away to try and get them out with an ERCP. It took three trips but they finally got them out this past Friday. Now I have to see the surgeon on Thursday to get my gallbladder taken out. Like I said it is always something with me. The good news is my husband has been laid off since the first of the year and he got a Job offer, so he will be starting a new job soon. :-D

  12. Sharon Rackham
      · April 18th, 2017 at 9:40 pm · Link

    Howdy back,

    So glad you are back! I missed your blog and yes I have had that FLU and it is NASTY!!!!!

    Cheers from the great white north,


  13. Sandy Simonson
      · April 18th, 2017 at 9:50 pm · Link

    Hope you are better soon. Thanks for the contest.

  14. Fran F.
      · April 18th, 2017 at 9:52 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear that you have been so sick. Hope you can kick this one and get back into the swing of things soon.

  15. Terri S.
      · April 18th, 2017 at 9:53 pm · Link

    Sorry you were sick Linda. I had that wicked flu last month for several weeks. I can understand the 2 cycles of meds too. UGH Friends asked me why I hadn’t gotten a flu shot. I did get one to no avail. Now I’m done with bronchitis. This is what happens when it doesn’t get cold enough to kill the bad stuff. Boo to overly warm winters. I’m not looking forward to the bugs this year. The handwriting thing sounds interesting. Wonder if my handwriting was neater, if my thinking process and life would not be so messy. We shall have to find out. :wink: :-P Glad you’re better and looking forward to your blogs. Stay healthy everyone.

  16. marie
      · April 18th, 2017 at 10:00 pm · Link

    Oh Linda, do hope you are finally on to he mend and back to yourself. I have missed your blogs. I read like crazy and two of my favorites are the stories of Sam O’Ballivan and Rowdy and Lark. I hope you will get to visit with your mom very soon. I miss my mom a bunch, more each day actually.
    take care of yourself as you have and know God is standing by you always. sometimes I forget that!!!!

  17. Janet Hurt
      · April 18th, 2017 at 10:04 pm · Link

    OH MY…the FLU crud! Yuck! Surely you got your flu shot?????
    If not, get one next fall. Saved ME!
    Hope you are feeling better soon!

  18. Leanna
      · April 18th, 2017 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better!

  19. Sherry Wallace
      · April 18th, 2017 at 10:10 pm · Link

    The flu wasn’t something I was expecting, especially since I’ve already had a flu shot, but got it anyway. Just like shingles few years ago – got shot & shingles within a year of each other
    I missed Easter w/my family because of it

  20. Caryn Horn
      · April 18th, 2017 at 10:17 pm · Link

    I do hope you’re feeling better soon. I returned from a trip to Texas just in time for fine weather on my side of the mountains. Next month finds me making two trips to your side, one to Pullman and one to Spokane. Spring is HERE! Get well and stay well!

  21. Joanne B
      · April 18th, 2017 at 10:34 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear that you’ve been so sick and glad to know you’re on the mend.

    Have a great time in Atlanta.

  22. Teresa Fordice
      · April 18th, 2017 at 10:36 pm · Link

    I blame all of us being sick on the crazy weather

  23. Pamela Devereux
      · April 18th, 2017 at 10:38 pm · Link

    I hear you Linda. No one was allowed in our home. I’ve been sick since Thursday. Maybe when I feel better, we can do a traditional Easter dinner. I am glad you are feeling better. I’m sure the daffodils are bringing you joy.

    Good luck on your new endeavor.

  24. Joanne Bitts
      · April 18th, 2017 at 10:44 pm · Link

    Ms Miller. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been ill. I remember the feeling as I had the same problem during Christmas of 2015 and had to pass on seeing our grandchildren in Washington.

    I can tell you that once you gain your strength take your time in getting back to your full routine. You’ll wear yourself out trying to do everything you did before the crud hit you like a bulldozer.

    My husband and I have been on a three week trip to Winchester Bay, OR to visit our daughter and her husband. Traveling with us was my sister and brother-in-law. His sister and her husband met us at a great RV park right on the ocean. We had a great mini-family reunion. Our daughters almost 16 year old dog had a stroke and passed away while we were there. She had the luxury of family around to console her and help her through the difficulty of losing a beloved pet. The dog, Wally, loved my husband dearly and she is convinced Wally hung on until we arrived so that he could say goodbye to grandpa. She has found a new puppy a Red Fox Labrador they named Fireball. The puppy is 8 weeks old and fully house broken and knows “No Bite” as puppy teeth can be painful. Amazing!!

    I was afraid I had somehow deleted your blog , nope not even close. Your illness has kept your cheerful words from us.

    Get well soon but get all the rest you can. I went through three series of Z-packs and then three months before I was 100%. My doctor told me don’t rush it. You might have a relapse if you do. So I took his advice and by June first I was feeling perfect.

    Good luck and thank you for your words of wisdom and thoughtfulness. I’m sure your mom understands your not visiting. She’ll be there when your stronger.

    Joanne Bitts

  25. Eriko
      · April 18th, 2017 at 10:52 pm · Link

    I am so sorry you are sick and caught the flu bug! Bummer! Rest and rest and more rest… which I know is difficult for a busy person as you. HUGS!

  26. Deborah Nelson
      · April 18th, 2017 at 10:55 pm · Link

    Oh goodness! Do take care! My thoughts are with you for your full and speedy recovery.

    I listened to the audiobook “Forever a Hero.” As always, love the story and Jack Garrett’s narration.

  27. Tammy Carter
      · April 18th, 2017 at 11:02 pm · Link

    I have worried about you. So sorry the plague found your home, but glad you are on the mend.
    I am looking forward to researching your new handwriting concept. Quite exciting!
    Wishing you and your mom a belated Easter. Feel well soon.

  28. Karen cotton
      · April 18th, 2017 at 11:08 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,
    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve not been feeling well for so long. I wondered why I haven’t heard from you.
    My mother was in the hospital for two weeks and now is home and recovering, but has been diagnosed with possible heart failure. Just typing those words make me cringe.
    My daughter and husband both had the flu last week. I had to avoid them and stay at my mom’s house.
    I’m glad you’re on the mend.
    I’ve been so busy taking care of my family I haven’t had a chance to read your new book. It’s in my purse just waiting for the right opportunity to read it.
    I miss you !
    Karen Cotton

  29. Rita Crofoot
      · April 18th, 2017 at 11:22 pm · Link

    Sorry you have been sick, Linda. these last two years have been something, at least here in our house, We have never in our long days, had so many health issues. I hope yours are behind you and you will continue to feel better. don’t push it, as relapses are hell.

  30. Teresa W
      · April 18th, 2017 at 11:48 pm · Link

    Welcome back to the “land of the living” and feel better soon, Ms Linda!

  31. Linda Holmes
      · April 19th, 2017 at 12:07 am · Link

    Happy to hear you are feeling better. It will take time to get fully back on your feet. After beening sick for so long.

    My brother-in-law had a heart attack back on april 1st. He is doing okay now, had three stents put in and they did the balloon as well.

    Then today I find out my nicie was hit by a car she was walking In a cross walk. She too is going to be okay, she has a sore thigh from where the car hit her.

    Hope your mom is doing well.


  32. Des
      · April 19th, 2017 at 12:26 am · Link

    I love email, it is quick when you are presssed for time (and has made us all a bit lazy – me included) but nothing beats getting a hand written letter or card in the mail. Handwriting “speaks” to you!

  33. Susan Craig
      · April 19th, 2017 at 4:32 am · Link

    Sorry to hear you were sick. Feel better soon.

  34. Ruby Norwood
      · April 19th, 2017 at 6:28 am · Link

    Sorry to hear that you have been sick!! Hope you feel better soon.
    “Forever A Hero” was a great read!!That is going to be one of my go to read again books, when I run out of something to read. Hope your mom is doing well !!

  35. Lois Rotella
      · April 19th, 2017 at 6:47 am · Link

    Hope you are feeling better and soon. On vacation visiting family. Take care.

  36. JoAnn Baker
      · April 19th, 2017 at 7:36 am · Link

    Sorry you’ve been so sick. Hope your on The mend . If your like me I hate being sick. Love the new book forever a hero. Have a great weekend.

  37. debbie
      · April 19th, 2017 at 7:53 am · Link

    glad you are feeling better; three weeks for me also only i am not a “go to the doctor” person. still sneezing (no allergies) and only use kleenex every couple of hrs (vs. every 5 min). worse is the night coughing-have to sleep with cough drop under tongue or i am up all night. don’t you hate being over 25 and have these “simple” colds and coughs take advantage of us “older” people (for me-i am considered a senior, by age only.) keep the chicken soup going (the jewish penicillin).

  38. Sharon Sovereign
      · April 19th, 2017 at 8:13 am · Link

    Sorry you had the flu. I have just recovered from the same thing. It took a goood five weeks. So I can sympathize. Hope you’re back to normal soon.

  39. Ann Bartholomew
      · April 19th, 2017 at 8:23 am · Link

    I HAVE MISSED YOU! I’m sorry you’ve been so terribly sick. During that time I read your “My Lady” books and searched for Elizabeth’s story but learned she doesn’t have one. Is there ever going to be a complete trilogy? I love period books and hope that even after 15 years you will give us the final “My Lady”. Please respond.

  40. Donna Brant
      · April 19th, 2017 at 8:42 am · Link

    Glad to hear you are on the mend and feeling better! Sometimes those bugs just won’t let go. Good luck on your new venture. It boggles my mind.

  41. judy (jep)
      · April 19th, 2017 at 9:04 am · Link

    Dear Linda, Hope this finds you feeling much better. Get well soon and take care of yourself like you have been doing. Slow and steady recovery is best, even if it is hard for us to do! God Bless You!

  42. DONNA
      · April 19th, 2017 at 9:05 am · Link

    Glad your feeling better.

  43. Evelyn Baldwin
      · April 19th, 2017 at 9:10 am · Link

    Sorry you have been sick! Just caught up with me! Glad yu are better now! God Bless and keep writing! Evelyn

  44. Sue Gahagan
      · April 19th, 2017 at 9:19 am · Link

    Hope your on the mend. Spring is to nice to be under the weather.

  45. Alison B.
      · April 19th, 2017 at 9:47 am · Link

    How awful for you to be sick for so long. Glad you are on the mend!!

  46. Lisa Murray
      · April 19th, 2017 at 10:20 am · Link

    Feel better soon!

  47. Marjorie Hawkins
      · April 19th, 2017 at 10:32 am · Link

    I just won your book, so please don’t choose me. I just had to tell you how sorry I am that you’ve been sick. My best friend of over 30 years had it and it was like you wrote about. She was so sick and so weak. She’s in her 60’s and I’m just thankful she came through it okay. She was so weak and you probably will be too, so take care so you don’t relapse. I’ll look forward to your future blogs!!

  48. julie Watson
      · April 19th, 2017 at 10:35 am · Link

    Sorry to hear you have been sick Linda. Hate the flu. It really knocks a person down and won’t seem to let them up. Get lots of vitamin C, pamper yourself and this too shall pass. Here in Eastern Canada we are longing for spring and sort of grateful to have sunshine even if its cold.

  49. Lynn Hogan
      · April 19th, 2017 at 11:13 am · Link

    We missed you too! I was right there with you.. ugh…
    fever, chills, headaches.. then when i thought that was over, i got a sever sinus infection.
    I seriously thought my teeth had somehow gotten infected or something by the flu because they hurt so bad. I went to the dentist and they took x-rays because I was about to cry from the pain…they came back and said, nope, teeth fine. You have a sinus infection. SO, a week of 1,000 mg amoxicillin twice a day, and I’m out of pain.. I’m just not sure if infection is gone…. yuck!

    Welcome back!! Enjoy the sunshine and Praise the Lord!! :)

  50. Andrea Lammly
      · April 19th, 2017 at 11:35 am · Link

    Yikes Linda. Sorry to hear that you have been so under the weather. Offering up healing prayers that you are feeling better soon. Snuggle with your fur-babies and have some hot tea and honey.

  51. Patricia Stout
      · April 19th, 2017 at 11:41 am · Link

    I had that flu and it actually put me in the hospital for a weeks stay, which I didn’t enjoy, but was necessary at the time, so take it easy, hydrate and rest when you feel like it and I hope you get to feeling better soon. I know even spending a week in the hospital it took some time to recover. So take it easy. Keep us update on your recovery.

  52. Linda J Wilson
      · April 19th, 2017 at 11:51 am · Link

    Hope you feel better soon. I miss your news letters

  53. Marilou Frary
      · April 19th, 2017 at 11:54 am · Link

    So glad you are starting to feel better.

  54. Denise Ayotte
      · April 19th, 2017 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Hi I’m glad you’re feeling better. That flu bug is very nasty. My 84 year old mother had it and then I just didn’t want to go away. I’m really looking forward to your Civil War book coming out. Hopefully it will be a series. I love your books Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Take care and many blessings. Denise

  55. Lynn Hill
      · April 19th, 2017 at 12:29 pm · Link

    Oh my dear Linda, please don’t over do until you are 100% so you don’t get sick again!! <3 <3

  56. Clarita Goodspeed
      · April 19th, 2017 at 1:04 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear you were so sick I can sympathize with you I haven’t gotten back on my feet completely since Christmas. Glad to hear you are doing better. Enjoyed every book of yours that I’ve read so far and still have more to go. Keep up the good work!

  57. Valia Smith
      · April 19th, 2017 at 1:11 pm · Link

    Reading Mace and Kelly right now. Terrific…….as “always”.
    Prayer for improving good health.

  58. Valia Smith
      · April 19th, 2017 at 1:13 pm · Link

    Reading Mace and Kelly right now. Terrific……as “always”.
    Prayer for improving good health.

  59. Linda blenkiron
      · April 19th, 2017 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Hi Linda Sorry to hear you’ve been ‘under the weather’ Said a little prayer for your healing. Be well.

  60. Shirley Meyle
      · April 19th, 2017 at 4:45 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    You’re not the only one with that sickness! My hubby and I had it too for 3 weeks but we stayed in and didn’t go to the Doctors. Feel better soon. :lol:

  61. mary hutton
      · April 19th, 2017 at 4:54 pm · Link

    So sorry the bug caught up with you.It’s nasty for sure. Mine lasted a good 8 weeks..Lots of reading time when my eyes would stay open chicken soup and honey lemon tea with a shot of whiskey( my grandma’s famous remedy) Hope you are feeling better soon Can’t wait to read forever a Hero. mlh

  62. Elma Lamoureux
      · April 19th, 2017 at 5:27 pm · Link

    Just finished Forever A Hero, and loved every page of it. I have read the 2 previous books, and enjoyed each one but this one was special. Thank you for all the writing you do, I read as many as I can, and look for them every time i’m shopping to see if a new book or an old one I haven’t read yet has shown up. I live in Victoria, now far from you, and enjoy your blogs as well as we aren’t too far apart and I can vizualize your ranch. Thank you again. Elma

  63. Jan
      · April 19th, 2017 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Oh, Linda, I’m so very sorry to hear tha you have been ill! Please take care of yourself with lots of rest and don’t overdo to fast! This stuff is nasty and takes time to re-energize after being so ill.

  64. Tammy Lio
      · April 19th, 2017 at 6:47 pm · Link

    You have been missed!

  65. Arlene Sherman
      · April 19th, 2017 at 7:29 pm · Link

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. Is this where I enter the contest? Thanks , Arlene

  66. Roberta Giordano
      · April 19th, 2017 at 7:46 pm · Link

    Glad your feeling better. Will keep you in my prayers.

  67. Tina M Laws
      · April 19th, 2017 at 8:49 pm · Link

    I hope you are feeling better. This flu is nothing tof mess around with.

  68. Jo Ann Holcomb
      · April 19th, 2017 at 9:56 pm · Link

    so sorry you have been sick had an virureal (not sure of spelling) infection for the last month. gradually getting there & know you will also. wanted you to know that that shortly after “Forever a Hero” came out i got & read within a short time & it was the BEST. what a great ending for the series. there was places you cheered, laughed & cried. hoping down the road for another set from Mustang Creek. get well & as usual the best Jo Ann

  69. Debbie Bleege
      · April 19th, 2017 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Oh jeez so sorry you were sick I am so glad to hear from you. Please continue to take care of yourself and don’t over do anything. Take care of yourself on your trip and congrats on the new book. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Take care your friend Debbie

  70. Louise McCourt
      · April 19th, 2017 at 11:04 pm · Link

    Missed you too. Hope you are on the road to recovery with no set backs. Leaving Sat morning for Hawaii. Taking you with me in book form. Thanks again for years of great reading.

  71. Gloria Jenkins
      · April 20th, 2017 at 12:15 am · Link

    I’m so sorry you have been ill with that nasty flu.
    I had it and gave it to my husband. I hope you are feeling better. I’m reading Forever a Hero right now. I did find the difference on the cover of the two books you showed on Facebook. It took me about 10 minutes. Have a great weekend.

  72. Pat Parker
      · April 20th, 2017 at 1:26 am · Link

    While you have been fluing, I have been allergying, the kind where you want to take your head off your shoulders and set it aside. We had that big windstorm a couple weeks ago and I think it blew in all the pollen. Hoping you are feeling better.

  73. Carol Luciano
      · April 20th, 2017 at 5:34 am · Link

    I’m happy to hear you are mending. After the flu last year I couldn’t believe that it took me almost
    5 weeks to feel like myself again. Just take it easy. Changing our handwriting and how it can change our personality sounds fascinating.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  74. Linda
      · April 20th, 2017 at 8:21 am · Link

    Hope you are feeling better. I’m still in the coughing, blowing stage myself. My daughter tells me that could take as long as two weeks to it’s conclusion. Misery.

  75. Linda Beaudoin
      · April 20th, 2017 at 9:43 am · Link

    So sorry to hear that you have been so sick. I’m glad you are feeling better.

  76. Charlotte Litton
      · April 20th, 2017 at 4:15 pm · Link

    Thank goodness you’re feeling somewhat better. I got my shot and I’ve been lucky so far.

    I wish I could attend the conference but it’s too far. Maybe someday.

  77. Doris Brooks
      · April 20th, 2017 at 11:22 pm · Link

    If “the good Lord is willing and the creeks don’t rise,” we’ll see you in Atlanta. Look forward.

  78. Judith Cooper
      · April 21st, 2017 at 7:06 pm · Link

    So sorry that you have been ill. I am also dealing with an issue, going on seven weeks now. We need to get well
    and enjoy the spring flowers. I have not seen any daffodils here, but I live in a nursing center. I am in charge of all pot plants and hanging baskets and the colors are beautiful. I do pray that you are soon out of your pjs and on to more fun things. God Bless!!!

  79. Melaine
      · April 23rd, 2017 at 9:57 am · Link

    So sorry to hear you’ve been sick. Hope you continue on the mend and can be back to your “full” self soon. I’m currently reading Forever a Hero…very good! I had pre-ordered it and was very excited when it arrived.

  80. Sandy
      · April 23rd, 2017 at 11:44 am · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. The dreaded flu also hit our house, taking us one at a time. Think we are about done with it. Fingers crossed.

  81. Elaine Key
      · April 24th, 2017 at 1:04 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear you have been sick. For some reason I didn’t receive this e-mail. I found it on your website. I was looking to see if there was a reason I haven’t heard from you for a while. Get well soon and I hope to receive your next e-mail.

    Are you going to be anywhere near Nashville, TN? I would love to meet you!

  82. Eugenia Riddick
      · April 26th, 2017 at 10:31 am · Link

    This bug laid me low twice. I had bronchitis and caught a cold on the way to recovering. Where are these germs coming from? We’re trying to keep my little granddaughter from catching this. She’s beginning to stand on her own. What a difference 365 days makes. Happy 1st birthday Evie!

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