#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Bet You Thought I Wouldn’t Show Up…

But here I am.  :)

Our winners for this week: Sandy Fincel and Shelley DiTommaso.  Congratulations, ladies.  Your books will be on their way to you soon.  The new contest is underway as of now–two winners will be selected at random, notified, and announced right here on the blog next Monday.

Your words of encouragement and consolation keep on coming, and you will never know how grateful I am for each and every one of you.  “Thank you” just does seem to cover the subject.

I’m up to my eyeballs in my new project, and I’m so excited!  I’ll tell you more about it as the situation develops.

I’ve been reading–and listening–up a storm.  I’m just barely into an audiobook called “Wake Me Up!  A True Story”, by Lyn Ragan.  It’s an afterlife tale, and I don’t know what I think about it yet, because I’m only in the first chapter, but it certainly grabs the heart right away.  I guess the afterlife is very much on my mind these days, for obvious reasons.

I’ve also downloaded some historical novels, along with Jayne Ann Krentz’s new one, “Trust No One”.  Jayne is an old friend, and one of the best writers I know.

The weekend was quiet, reflective and prayerful.  There is SO much to be grateful for.

60 comments to “Bet You Thought I Wouldn’t Show Up…”

  1. Teresa Wilson
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Shared a story of your beloved little one with my disabled nephew this weekend as we were looking out over TN River this weekend and we shared a prayer for you and yours as you find your new “normal”. In love always, Linda!

    • linda
        · August 4th, 2015 at 12:32 pm · Link

      Thank you!

  2. therese lopez
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 3:17 pm · Link

    I hope you have a beautiful week. Congrats to the winners, enjoy your books!! I am so grateful for so many things everyday. Thank you for a beautiful blog!!!

  3. Gloria
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 3:23 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Sandy Fincel and Shelley DiTommaso!! Enjoy!

    It sounds as if you used your weekend wisely. I pray you have a good and Godly week ahead.

  4. Jennifer Damone
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 3:24 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to hear about the new project! Have a great week!

  5. Lorraine Pitts
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 3:25 pm · Link

    I love quiet weekends! I pray your week is wonderful!!!

  6. Nadine spradlin
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Glad that you are in the process of getting on with your daily routine ( sans ) Beatrice . Why not put her in a book, if you haven’t already . Others that aren’t on the internet will like to know about your beloved pet . Have a good week

  7. Ruby Norwood
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Congrats to the new winners Sandy and Shelley. Enjoy your book!
    Linda, I can’t wait to hear about the new project. I know it will be a good one, it always is!!
    Have a good week!!

  8. Sherry Wallace
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Amen, Linda, so very much to be grateful for. I’m grateful for all my animals as well as the many years I have had with them! I’ve read many of Krentz’s books, but haven’t read this new one – will have to add to my Kindle :)

  9. Mary Rohner
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Enjoy your day and keep out of the smoky air in Spokane.

  10. Lois Rotella
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies. I hope the weather is getting better for all of you.

  11. Sharon VanDale
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. I hope everyone has a great week and Greetings from Canada.

  12. Jeanne Hines
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:34 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for your next book.

  13. Roberta Giordano
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Congratulations ladies ! Have a great week Linda !

  14. Deana Dick
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. It is always nice to spend some quiet time getting refreshed , relaxed and re energized . Take a little extra time for yourself. I appreciate the books you give readers to help us relax, re energize and refresh ourselves with your words as they peacefully flow across the pages.

  15. Jeannette Garand
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:42 pm · Link

    Linda, you said a mouthful when you stated we have so much to be thankful for. First of all my 5 year old granddaughter was in a major children’s hospital for a little known disease called PANS. It took a couple of weeks to diagnose her and she was close to death. She came home last week with a feeding tube as we have to retrain her brain to eat food again. So one bullet bitten. Then on Wednesday of last week my 26 year old grandson and his wife were driving down a country road enjoying looking at the farmers fields and chatting, when out of a side road some drunk driver blew through a stop sign at approximately 70 miles an hour and t-boned my grandson’s truck. They rolled three times and were almost killed. ( if you believe in visions, his wife had one from my late husband at that moment telling her they would be okay ). Their poor little Lab puppy didn’t make it though. That was bullet number 2. The Good Lord has been watching over my family and I give Him Thanks daily.
    So everyone please be careful out there, there are so many drinkers and speeders out there.

    • linda
        · August 4th, 2015 at 12:34 pm · Link

      Oh, my goodness. My heart and prayers are with you all.

  16. Linda May
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:43 pm · Link

    Don’t over do it Linda, I know life get overwhelming sometimes, But things do have a way of getting done. Thanks for this Fantastic Giveaway.

  17. Ida C.
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:47 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss. Blessings for the coming week.

  18. Linda Solcich
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Good to see you are healing and reading. Don’t see how you have time to read and write. You are amazing. Think I am caught up on your books for now and reading a Robyn Carr.
    Have a good week.

  19. Joy S.
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:57 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners! Can’t hardly wait for the new book Linda. Just know it will be awesome!!!

  20. Virginia H
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners.Things are still pretty busy here, we have had so much rain that I can’t seem to get anything done but mow the lawn. I had to mow again today. The grass is growing faster then I can cut it down. Husband has to go on night shift for a week starting tonight and that is just throwing a kink in my daily routine. I am not to sure I like it. A stray wild cat has had four more kitten out beside my house, she had two back in April and now its four more. We need to get her fixed but can’t catch her between litters to get that done. If we don’t do something soon we will have a neighborhood full of wild cats. I think we need to catch the mommy cat and pen her up with the kitten until they are about four weeks old and then have mommy fixed. The kittens are very cute but they are only two days old right now. Any one have any ideas?

  21. april
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 5:01 pm · Link


  22. Diane Blaser
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 5:08 pm · Link

    Congratulations wnners! I had a good weekend too Linda and I’m counting my blessings too!

  23. Leanna
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 5:24 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to your next book!

  24. Arlene Downey
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 5:40 pm · Link

    Love your books!

  25. Mary C
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 5:45 pm · Link

    New project? Book or another art form?

  26. Shelley DiTommaso
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 5:49 pm · Link

    Thank you so much!! I can’t wait! Have a great week.

  27. Ann Bartholomew
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 6:03 pm · Link

    I agree about being grateful. I’ve given gratitude journals to 4 people – I know 3 of them haven’t taken it up yet. I write in mine once a day and find it very thought provoking. At first I tried to think of something different to write daily but came to the realization there are some things I need to write daily: my family, health, comfortable home. Everything else seems to fall into place after that. Thank you for sharing the idea with us.

  28. Rebecca Dudley
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 6:32 pm · Link

    My 86 year old neighbor introduced your books to me. I’m so glad she did. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, but I’m enjoying them. Thank you so much for sharing these stories with us.

  29. Debbie McLean
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 6:41 pm · Link

    Keep ’em coming! Love them all

  30. Mary Cresto
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 6:44 pm · Link

    HI. I have not been keeping up on my email. I am so sorry you lost your little Princess Yorkie. We had a Yorkie named Princess, but lost her as she had a liver shunt. Had two beautiful years with her. She was in my lap on way to vet when we lost her. That was a traumatic experience. then the vet wanted to shave her leg I guess. I went ballistic and said you don’t have to do that as she is already gone. It was a bad evening for my husband and I. She was his love. Mine too. Then the next evening the people we got her from brought over another puppy. It was a male. I said No. But they took it to my husband and put in his hand. He was so little. Well you can guess what happened. He fell in love with that pup. Named him Xin Loi which in Vietnemese means Sorry About That. Plus we have a little female Yorkie name Bailey. That’s a whole different story from same people we got other two from. They are a joy to have. Lots of company. Linda, get another one. Don’t wait. You need it. Talking from experience. Hope you have a good week. Let the Lord Bless You Always. God Bless You. Mary

  31. Pam (nedlnut)
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 7:07 pm · Link

    Let us know how you like the book when you’re finished.

  32. Joy N
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 7:18 pm · Link

    Thank you for reminding me to be thankful for and in all things. I forget and right now I need daily reminders!! Blessings to you.

  33. Betty Larson
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 7:29 pm · Link

    Linda, thank you so very much for all the reading pleasure through the years. I look forward to each new story. Thank you.

  34. Crystal Carney
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Bless you Linda !

  35. Eriko
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 8:11 pm · Link

    You are well loved! You always see the BEST in everything! HUGS!

  36. Terri
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 8:44 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Hope everyone’s week is peaceful and beautiful.

  37. Hazel Lewis
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 9:03 pm · Link

    Congrads to Sandy AND Shelly. Gently used re-gifting to friends and family or signed loan agreement contracts are ways we can let others know about our friend Linda …a quote from Irene Dunn.

  38. Julie-ann Ford
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 9:21 pm · Link

    Linda, I had a doctor once tell me that you need at least 15 minutes quiet every day to take a breath and de-stress. Enjoy all the quiet time that you can take.

  39. Diane Sallans
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 9:41 pm · Link

    I adore JAK’s stories too and am trying to read all of her books (she’s been quite prolific).

  40. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 9:46 pm · Link

    I am going to check out the audio book….I have used these alot in the past 6 months due to eye surgery…. I cannot believe I was clueless about these books until 6 years ago…And all due to eye surgeries…..I can still read and my eyes are really pretty good after 3 vitrectomies… Amazing what they can do now…20 years ago I would have been blind…Thank God and the wonderful doctors….

  41. Ola Norman
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 9:47 pm · Link

    Love your books!

  42. Debbie Underwood
      · August 3rd, 2015 at 10:55 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!! Love your books! Have a great week. :-P

  43. Linda P
      · August 4th, 2015 at 12:07 am · Link

    Jayne’s newest book is under her Jayne Castle nom d’ plume and is called Siren’s Song. It is a very quick read with lots of humor. Just the book to lighten your mood. I loved both Trust No More and Siren’s Song. Both books are available on audible.com.

  44. Teri G
      · August 4th, 2015 at 12:48 am · Link

    You are always and forever a great read!

  45. mai faulwell
      · August 4th, 2015 at 2:13 am · Link

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure Bernicie is bossing my two boys around.
    I love your books and can’t wait for the next one.

  46. Melanie Whitmore
      · August 4th, 2015 at 4:54 am · Link

    I love your books, and the way you write them. I can’t wait to find the next one on book shelves!

  47. jep
      · August 4th, 2015 at 6:45 am · Link

    You are so right, there is so much to be grateful for in our lives.

  48. Niki Davis
      · August 4th, 2015 at 9:05 am · Link

    I most definitely can understand your grief. I would ask that you pray for my mother-in-law who is in the hospital with pneumonia. She is 89 years old and very precious to all of her family. She is our matriarch. My husband, her oldest son, is very close to her and having a very hard time with this. I can understand his pain as I went thru this very same situation 14 years ago. It is something I will never forget. My plans for the future is to download all of your books I don’t have and spend an entire weekend reading them. Just have to wait till I have some extra money as paying hospital bills myself. I have a plan and will get there soon. Hey, there is always Christmas and I usually get Amazon gift cards.

    Keep up the good work and the faith. You will always miss her but she is now watching over you.


  49. diane wade
      · August 4th, 2015 at 9:56 am · Link

    keep up the good work. love all your books

  50. Diane Dillon
      · August 4th, 2015 at 10:32 am · Link

    Loved the first two books in this series and can’t wait to read “The Marriage Season”. :-P

  51. Rita McCommon
      · August 4th, 2015 at 10:50 am · Link

    I am ao sorry for your loss! It’s so hard to lose a loved one whether it human or animal. I pray your days will get easier remembering the happy memories. I just came home from my vacation to TN on Sunday and before I could go home I had to stop at the library to pick up a book I had ordered and when I walked in the door the first thing I saw was your book The Marriage Season. I was so excited I almost forgot the other book!!! Your books put me in a happy place and I thank you! God Bless!

  52. Diana E.
      · August 4th, 2015 at 1:05 pm · Link

    Congratultions to this weeks winners, as always. I really enjoy Jayne’s books too, Linda. Have a wonderful week. Blessings.

  53. Julie Watson
      · August 4th, 2015 at 8:47 pm · Link

    Wanted to say how sorry I was to hear about the loss of your canine companion. We lost our mini-schnauzer, Tipsy, named for my mother-in-law who was a bit of a lush, but lovable all the same. Took us 5 years to commit to another pup – we were in transition from a house in the country, to an apartment, then to an RV where we finally felt a pup fit. Sparky is a 12 pound Yorkie/Poodle – or Pookie – and the light of our lives. He keeps us moving and laughing. We never replace the pets we love. We just add to the family. I wonder if you have ever read books by Jill Marie Landis. Love her stories and the way she tells the back story behind historical events. Keep writing girl. You, Lindsay McKenna, Robyn Carr and a couple of others are my lifeline!

  54. Donamae Kutska
      · August 5th, 2015 at 12:07 am · Link

    Yes, a new project! I’m wondering if it’s a book? Hope so.

  55. Joanne Bitts
      · August 6th, 2015 at 7:35 pm · Link

    Linda, I feel your pain in the loss of your beloved puppy, Bernice. It was just 10 years ago that I lost my little Beaujolis. He was my new beginning after becoming very ill with Lupus. I swore “no more puppies.” Well, 13 months later we bought Merlot, a beautiful, little party poodle. Today I thought we were losing him. Off to the vet as he had trouble moving…..walking, standing & jumping. He sleeps between us, and cried all night. I know he dreams endlessly, in every nap & all night long. We were sure she was going to give us bad news. Nope, he has some muscle & skelatel problems but nothing serious. Thank God, we will have him longer. My nerves are now settling down.

    God bless you and Bernice, you will see her again.


  56. Meredith Hillenbrand
      · August 7th, 2015 at 11:29 pm · Link

    I know you are going to grieve for Bernice for quite a while. I still think about cats that I have lost over the years. You never forget. Just because they aren’t human doesn’t mean they aren’t family. I hope spending time with friends and writing help you not to miss her so much. It will come in time. How is your diet coming? I finally started mine on July 15th and lost 15.5lbs. so far. I have enjoyed your books in the past and hope to be able to read more soon. :)

  57. Carol Bradbury
      · August 8th, 2015 at 12:54 pm · Link

    Hi Linda. I WON. THANK YOU so much for the Western Purse and your Paperback that I won on the Writerspace website. Maybe some of your readers don’t know about that website too?

  58. Diane Kimbell
      · August 13th, 2015 at 7:56 pm · Link

    We all heard if the tale, THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE…? Meet the tortoise, aka, me. :wink: I never realized that this blog existed, until just now. 8-O Your books, however, keep me young…and were the very first books I read that were Westerns! Love everyone I have read so far. :-P I thank you for sharing your talent. :-D

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