#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Good Intentions

I have so many good intentions.  Lately, though, it seems I’ve had a lot of trouble with follow-through.  :)  What can I say? 

Our winners for the week are: Charlotte Litton and Meaux Hathaway.  Congratulations to both of you; you have been emailed for mailing info and when you respond with addresses, your autographed books will be on their way.  (Super Jen is handling notifications from a distance; she’s in Disneyland as we speak, enjoying a much deserved vacation with her beloved and his children.)  As always, a new contest begins today.  Simply comment, and you’re in.  Winners will receive an email from Jen and then be announced right here, on next Monday’s blog.

Yesterday, was Easter.

Today, it’s SNOWING!  And I’m talking big, fat, beautiful flakes, coming down in earnest.  What a strange and lovely planet this is.  :)

Our Easter was quiet, and lovely.  I have not been feeling super-great lately, as you may have guessed, so we kept it simple.  I roasted a turkey, Jeremy boiled and mashed the potatoes and made gravy, and, with four dogs in temporary residence, there was lots of turkey-begging.  :)  The dog tally: Marge, my grand-Golden Retriever, Lily, my grand-mutt, Bernice, my Yorkie, who will, by the way, be fifteen on the 14th of this month and is still incredibly spry, and, lastly, Punkin, who is staying with family members during the above-mentioned vacation.  It was chaos!  And it was lovely!

Snow aside, Spring has definitely arrived on the Triple L.  The lilacs are leafing out, the daffodils are up (heaven only knows what bright-yellow thoughts they have about this weather), the tulips are just about the open, the peonies and rose bushes are coming back from their long winter’s slumber.  We are regularly visited by wild turkeys, deer, and quail.  The smaller birds enjoy dining on the bounty, too–I have a statue of St. Francis in the back yard, and he has a bowl in his hands, which I keep filled with birdseed. 

I’ve been reading a lot–actual books, for once.  I just finished Joy Fielding’s new one, “Someone is Watching”.  I LOVE Fieldings’ suspense stories and wait eagerly for each new release.  I am still one of Audible.com’s very best customers, however.  In fact, I just downloaded a whole slug of new books.  I’m also enjoying my Kindle, having just discovered a new (to me) author, Barbara Brown Taylor.  Her memoir, “Leaving Church”, is fascinating, and her writing is downright lyrical.  And that’s as far as I trust my computer not to eat another blog entry.  :)


56 comments to “Good Intentions”

  1. Donna Brant
      · April 6th, 2015 at 12:49 pm · Link

    So glad the snow is in your area and you are enjoying it. The memoir from Barbara Taylor Brown sounds like one I might enjoy also. Thanks. Hope you are feeling better.

  2. Regina Merchant
      · April 6th, 2015 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Oh the joys of “turkey-begging”!! I have a dachshund who is eight years old. She thinks anything that I have to eat she is supposed to get at least one bite —- more if she likes it – ha ha!! Life would be very dull without our four-legged children!!

  3. theresa
      · April 6th, 2015 at 12:57 pm · Link

    Snow snow go away… you know the rest!

    good hearing from you Linda. hope you feel better. I think the up-coming warm sunny weather will help.

  4. Nadine Spradlin
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:06 pm · Link

    Church yesterday was outstanding , the choir outdid themselves . We had 22 of our family here for dinner & It was a pretty day .I cooked Fri. & Sat. finished up yesterday afternoon . so sorry that you’ve been under the weather , hopefully you will feel better when Spring gets here in full force . Take care !!

  5. Beth Smith
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:07 pm · Link

    I enjoy your series and look forward to more – Tomorrow I will be at an election poll as an E-judge (computer check-in) and will take at least one book with me. I get them from the library, large print – I can read them much faster.

  6. Melaine
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:08 pm · Link

    Congratulations to this week’s winners.

    Lilacs….one of my favorite trees. I really miss them…it’s too hot to grow them in southern AZ; but, I do have a profusion of Tombstone roses that are lovely.

    Wish you the best Linda.

  7. Pam paterakis
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:12 pm · Link

    Have been down with kidney stones this past week so have been reading a whole lot! Wish we could have pets here so I could have some warm company. Enjoy your beautiful pets and plants.

  8. Nanci S
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:18 pm · Link

    Like your prospective of things. We are getting more snow this week. In the 70’s one day and 32 the next…
    that’s Colorado!

  9. Linda Wilson
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:22 pm · Link

    Please wish Bernice a very Happy Birthday from me. My rescue kitty was 4 on the 4th, got his picture taken with a cake and party hat, loved the extra attention too.
    Nice here in NJ today 70 out, but bad weather coming again
    Hope you feel better soon

  10. Billie Sanders
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:23 pm · Link

    We made beautiful deviled eggs for dinner yesterday–mustard, mayo, dill relish, green onions, paprika.
    Typical Southern Easter meal!


  11. pat Dennis
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:31 pm · Link

    I am lucky to get a”comment” before something goes wrong. Love computers

  12. pat Dennis
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:32 pm · Link

    PS: We are beginning the trek back North from Florida to Indiana.

  13. Virginia H
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:34 pm · Link

    So sorry about the snow, we have been getting a lot of rain lately and everything is flooding. It was quit arond here over the weekend but I will be spending some time with my family in a couple of weeks for my birthday. My brother in law just broke his hip and it was one of his hip replacement so he has to stay off of it until it heals. He is in a lot of pain but he is getting around better each day. You never know from day to day what life is going to throw at you. Take care Linda.

  14. margy hawkins
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:46 pm · Link

    I just finished rereading the “Big Sky” series. I keep all of your books and will soon start your latest trilogy!! Love your books!!!!

  15. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:54 pm · Link

    Glad you had a quiet and wonderful Easter, menagerie and all.

  16. Teresa
      · April 6th, 2015 at 1:54 pm · Link

    Good luck with the weather – it has been a roller coaster ride here in Indiana as well!!

  17. DONNA
      · April 6th, 2015 at 2:03 pm · Link

    Glad you had a nice Easter. I hope the snow is over here in NJ. Although I hear rain for a few days(better than snow) Feel better & keep your wonderful books coming.

  18. Margy Manear
      · April 6th, 2015 at 2:24 pm · Link

    When it was pouring snow on the first day of spring, I posted on fb that without a doubt, God has a sense of humor!!

  19. Teresa W
      · April 6th, 2015 at 2:29 pm · Link

    May you be feeling as bright yellow sunny as your beautiful (sounding) garden in no time Mz Linda! :-P

  20. Ruby Norwood
      · April 6th, 2015 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Congrats to the new winners!! Sure hope you don’t get to much snow. I know you don’t want it to kill those beautiful flowers you were talking about..Take care of yourself Linda!

  21. Juanita Rice
      · April 6th, 2015 at 2:51 pm · Link

    Oh, my goodness! Still snowing over there. Lovely sunny day on this side. :)

  22. Carol Luciano
      · April 6th, 2015 at 3:14 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Leeaving Church sounds like a good read.
    Well we finally have temps here close to 70. Good to hear you had a lovely Easter. Have a great week.
    Carol L

  23. Denise King
      · April 6th, 2015 at 3:21 pm · Link

    Congratulations ladies. This wasn’t a good weekend for me we buried my mother on Saturday before Easter, so we’re just going to take it one day at a time. Keep my family in your prayers. Have a positive week.

    • linda
        · April 7th, 2015 at 1:56 pm · Link

      God bless you and yours, now and always. So sorry about your loss.

      • Gloria
          · April 7th, 2015 at 5:57 pm · Link

        I’m sorry for your loss, Denise. I’ll say a prayer for you.

      • Dixie Hadley
          · April 7th, 2015 at 7:13 pm · Link

        Denise So sorry for your loss. I am praying for Gods peace and comfort during this painful journey.

    • Charlotte Litton
        · April 7th, 2015 at 6:03 pm · Link

      I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  24. Ann Bartholomew
      · April 6th, 2015 at 3:59 pm · Link

    Such strange weather – snow on Easter with flowers in bloom. I just finished McKettrick’s Heart – for the nth time. It is one of my very favorites along with Lawman’s Christmas. I love the strong father characters of Keegan and Clay. Both loved a special mother and her children. Great reading!!!

  25. Dotty Weis
      · April 6th, 2015 at 4:06 pm · Link

    I’ve seen snow on Easter too

  26. Lynn
      · April 6th, 2015 at 4:25 pm · Link

    Hello! Hope the new spring will eventually help bring you up. Hubby having problems here with health so know whereof you speak. The Triple L sounds wonderful. Would love to visit one day or weekend!! Take care Sweetie and remember that we do care!

    Buttercups and Tulips to you!

  27. Lorraine Pitts
      · April 6th, 2015 at 4:58 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful week!!!! Loving your books!!!!

  28. linda gwiazdowski
      · April 6th, 2015 at 5:06 pm · Link

    get well soon.have a blessed day

  29. Lois Rotella
      · April 6th, 2015 at 5:28 pm · Link

    Sounds like you a nice Easter. The dogs make it lively. Snow wow it is April. Have a good week.

  30. Charlotte Litton
      · April 6th, 2015 at 5:30 pm · Link

    I’m so excited that I won. Thank you Linda. I’m sure the fat snowflakes are pretty, but thinking it’s enough winter weather. I would love to be home in Kentucky, we had tons of daffodils planted. Soon the dogwoods and redbuds will start blooming. Linda, thanks again for the contest and feel better soon . Charlotte Litton

  31. sue robbins
      · April 6th, 2015 at 5:40 pm · Link

    Good ,good author

  32. Leanna
      · April 6th, 2015 at 6:31 pm · Link

    That sounds like a great dinner. My family always made ham which I do not like. I live far from family now and didn’t do much for the holiday.

  33. Terri Shortell
      · April 6th, 2015 at 7:02 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. The snow sounds beautiful but I am so ready for Spring to stay.

  34. Dorothy hilton
      · April 6th, 2015 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better. Love the snow, but I’ve seen enough this winter. Love your books.

  35. Evelyn Baldwin
      · April 6th, 2015 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Hope it warms up for you soon! Maybe it will warm you body and soul. 73 here yesterday. Had enough snow! Love to see blooming flowers! Feel better soon. Congratulations to the winners! How lucky you are!

  36. Roberta Giordano
      · April 6th, 2015 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Please Linda just do me one favor, KEEP THE SNOW THERE.. We have had enough here. I love winter and snow but not when it comes all at once and after Spring has arrived. Have a nice day !

  37. Diana E
      · April 6th, 2015 at 8:46 pm · Link

    Congrats as always to this weeks winners. Sorry your’re not feeling super, Linda, hopefully that will change soon. Easter dinner sounds good, we had ham and scalloped potatoes. Enjoyed our family get together.
    A neighbor brought me over a bouquet of lilacs last week, beautiful! My one tree rose has also leafed out and the peonies are certainly growing quickly, love it. Sending wished for a good week for you. Blessings.

  38. Dianne Rich
      · April 6th, 2015 at 9:44 pm · Link

    The weather sure is fickle, but I missed winter and so envy you the snow. I hope you feel better.

  39. Therese lopez
      · April 6th, 2015 at 10:05 pm · Link

    Congratulations ladies!!! We are enjoying nice spring weather here in south Texas with beautiful wild flowers. I love this time of year here before it starts to get too hot which will start real soon!! Really enjoy your blog and will have to check out that author I have never read any of her books. Have a great week!!

  40. Dixie Hadley
      · April 6th, 2015 at 10:08 pm · Link

    Linda, Hope you feel “better” soon. I absolutely love your messages every time you write. The weather here in the North Georgia Mountains has been “fickled” like most places I’ve been told lately, one day sunny and in the 70’s then wake up the next morning to 12 degrees. We do have some beautiful trees and flowers blooming in spite of the weather.
    I just have to share my good news I now have my first children’s book published – The Adventures Of Charlie Chevy and Franklin Ford, and they are already selling well. I hope it is ok to post my web page http://www.gringiggleandgrowbooks.com
    Congrats to the winners- I know someday I might see my name included as one of the lucky winners.
    Blessings until we hear from you again :)

  41. Linn Carlile
      · April 6th, 2015 at 10:21 pm · Link

    Good to hear you had a calm Easter. We did too. I received your book. Thanks again. I loan your books with letting them know I want them back. I put them away and bring them out
    to read them again. Sure enjoy the stories and glad your are
    blessed withal the great stories.
    Pray you are feeling better soon. Linn

  42. midge watkins
      · April 6th, 2015 at 10:25 pm · Link

    Easter was quiet for me, too. Blessings to Denise regarding
    her Mother. I have several plants that I ordered stacking up
    in my back room staying cool. I hope this week I can get the
    roses and lilacs planted. It was so amazing to see snow in the
    morning and green grass and wet pavement in the afternoon!
    I hope you will be feeling better soon. When the sun comes out, things always look better.

  43. Joyce M.
      · April 7th, 2015 at 11:11 am · Link

    I am so glad to see the end of ice and snow for this year. :-D

  44. Jean B
      · April 7th, 2015 at 11:43 am · Link

    Love Barbara Brown Taylor, especially leaving church! She has several books, many are sermons as she is noted as one of Americas leading best preachers – next to me, of course! LOL!!

  45. Rita Crofoot
      · April 7th, 2015 at 11:47 am · Link

    Snow yesterday ok n Mt Spokane, and golf tomorrow, we may get weather whiplash, here in Spokane

  46. Wanda beach
      · April 7th, 2015 at 12:44 pm · Link

    I would love to have the lilacs and daffodils, since I moved to Florida there are a lot of flowers I can’t grow here so I really miss their beauty and also the smell of spring. Hope you feel better soon God Bless

  47. Terrie Fulk
      · April 7th, 2015 at 5:08 pm · Link

    I spent Easter on a road trip with my daughter Laurie. She lives near KC. She came to Illinois to spend the holiday weekend with us and to bring me back toKC with her. Since my husband passed, will be two years the end of June, Laurie brings me KC to stay with her for a couple months twice a year. It is a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of life in Illinois.

  48. Jo-Ann Baker
      · April 7th, 2015 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Snow will it is spring. lol In Ohio we can get snow in April and May. Got to love the Spring were anything goes. lol
    I made turkey to take over to my son’s in laws. We had Ham an Turkey an extra’s. Good food ,friends and family.
    Happy Easter.
    Wating for new books to come out. Have a wonderful day and
    week. Thanks for all the great reading. :)

  49. Dona Kutska
      · April 8th, 2015 at 11:32 pm · Link

    Joy fielding, I should read her books, too! It’s cold in Wisconsin, no flowers until maybe, May, the end of the month!

  50. mary D. Wornick
      · April 9th, 2015 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Hi all,
    So glad all had a wonderful Easter i did too. Just wanted to stop by to say hi and have a nice one.
    Bye for, god bless, keep safe.

  51. kelley Morrow
      · April 10th, 2015 at 12:02 am · Link

    Itching for the next charm story!!!!

  52. Meaux Hathaway
      · April 13th, 2015 at 4:57 pm · Link

    Thank you so very much for the autographed copy of “The Marriage Charm” . I received it today. I will proudly display it in my bookcase with my Linda Lael Miller collection!!!! I sincerely hope there will be more in this series, the Brides of Bliss County. I enjoy each and every hour I have spent reading your work. God Bless you and thank you again.

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