#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Book Expo America (BEA)

I had a FABULOUS time in L.A.!!!

Imagine the thrill I felt when I walked into the Harlequin booth at this massive, sprawling trade show, and saw LIFESIZE posters of my Creed cowboys, Logan, Dylan and Tyler. Honey, the word WOW just doesn’t cover it! These guys are My Boys, come to life! Even better, if anything could be better, there’s a VIDEO! I got so choked up watching it–the last time I had that feeling was watching Kevin Sorbo play Chance in “Last Chance Cafe”.

I was wined. I was dined. I was treated like the queen of cowgirls. I can’t begin to tell you how good my Harlequin family is to me. THANKS, GUYS.

I got to spend lots of time with daughter Wendy, she of soon-to-be screenwriting fame, and future son-in-law (hurry up!) Jeremy. This guy will be the dream son-in-law. Wendy, Jen and I got in a little shopping time, too, of course. We hit the MOCA museum store, where I got some intriguing dab-on inks for ATCs, among other treasures. Also went to Chico’s–a real favorite–and my friend Nancy Berland and I met for breakfast wearing exactly the same blouse! Too funny. The shopping trio also hit Sephora–I truly believe we set some kind of record. I got to see the fantastic Debbie Macomber; she looks WONDERFUL. Stardom looks good on you, girl!

Alas, I am home for only a short time. I leave on Friday for Virginia, to take the Blue and Gray Tour (Civil War Tours.com, I think), and will spend a few days afterward with the Confederate Laels, Gladys and Jim and their lovely daughters. In fact, Cousin Doris and I are crashing at Alisa’s place outside Washington, D.C. the first night after the tour. I’m lugging my Toughbook along, so I can blog. Watch this space! June 10 is my birthday–what a way to celebrate! I’ll be standing on one of the battlefields, in my glory, snapping pictures and soaking up details for my Eden books. (“North of Eden” is book 1 of 6) June 11 is the first anniversary of Dad’s death–but I think he’d be pleased to see his girl out Doing Something Constructive instead of moping. He was big on that. “Do something,” he’d say. “Even if it’s wrong!”

In the meantime, I’m tying up loose ends around here–a haircut, a routine doctor’s visit, etc. When I get home from Down South, I’ll be plunging right into “Tyler”, the third book of the Creed trilogy.

The weather is beautiful today, and sunny-bright. The horses are loving their summer freedom–they don’t have to sleep in the barn at night. :) The staff house is Almost Done, which means Mary Ann won’t have to live in the basement anymore, and I’ll have a big office and craft area to contain the inevitable mess.

Next month, I’ll be heading out to Santa Fe to hang out with my buddies, Althea, Cindy and Annie. We go Way Back, and always have as much fun as legality allows when we’re together. I definitely plan to hit Simply Santa Fe–HARD. They sell my beloved Double D Ranch jackets. After Santa Fe, San Francisco, where I’ll be hanging out on the fringes of the RWA conference. RWA is always fun, and always hectic, and this year I decided to give myself a break from the hectic parts. :)

Today, I’ve got to clean up my crafting area (yikes) and make a run to Walmart. It seems I LIVE at Walmart sometimes! It’s a one-stop-shop, though, and I need plastic boxes for all these art supplies–dog treats (though Sadie could do with a few less Beggin’ Strips), etc. I will be nice and spare you my shopping list!

It seems to be a day for exclamation points.

!!!!!!

Talk to you tomorrow. :)

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