#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Got rocks? :)

They just keep arriving, via UPS and the postal service–the picture Jasper, the incredibly lovely “Picasso” Jasper, the opal-like Labradorite, the gentle blue jade, the medicinal flourite….around here, every day is Christmas, it seems like.  :)

I have gemstones on my desk, on my nightstand, in the middle of my kitchen table.  I wear at least one at all times.

And I’m learning a lot as I go along–for instance, black obsidian, wonderful for getting rid of negative energies, is nonetheless so strong that it can be overpowering without rose quartz to mellow it out a bit.  (Lots of drama around here lately.)

I’ve laid out the beads for a couple of gifts–a turquoise necklace for an aunt, a gorgeous bracelet I might be forced to keep for my own but will probably give away–you get the picture.  I also need to re-string my prayer/meditation beads, because the night I got home from Seattle, I wore them to bed, and when I woke up, beads went everywhere.  Not to worry, though–just their way of telling me it’s time to add certain stones.  :)

Some of you asked about EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)–I have another appointment tomorrow afternoon, following Weight Watchers, and I can’t wait, because the first one was mind-blowing.  Since I’ve only had the one experience, it’s difficult to describe the process in detail, but as some of you have been asking, I will try.  In the last session, the therapist had me focus on a predominate feeling–something that’s been bothering me–telling him what that feeling looked like and where it lived in my body.  All the while, I was holding a little device in each hand, and they vibrated in sequence–in other words, left side, right side, back to left, etc.  I was instructed to get inside the feeling and stay with it as best I could–my eyes were closed–and, presently, the feeling began to change, to lessen.  Finally, it faded away entirely.  And here’s the miracle: it didn’t come back!  Obviously, since none of this involved eye movement, there is considerably more to learn, technique-wise.  I’m also studying a process called tapping on my own–if you’re curious, I recommend either the book, “The Tapping Solution” or the DVD by the same name.  You can watch EMDR in action on Youtube, as well.

Speaking of books, I’m way into “The Goldfinch”, by Donna Tartt–I’m listening to it, that is.  WOW.  It’s fascinating.  And I still need to finish reading “The Valley of Amazement”, by Amy Tan.  Since today is new book day on iTunes, I’ve downloaded more audio books, most of which are nonfiction, although there are a couple of novels as well.  Since I loved “Team of Rivals”, by Doris Kearns Goodwin (or Goodwin Kearns), I have her new book, “The Bully Pulpit”, in my que.  It’s about Theodore Roosevelt–you know me and history.  :)

This week’s prize winners (2 of them) will receive a signed book and either an Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card, value $50 each–you’ll know on Monday this time, because, of course, Thursday is Thanksgiving and Friday is a day off for Jenni.  :)  I’ll be giving out 2 gift cards each week for a total of 4 weeks, so stay tuned and be sure to comment.  The winners, as always, will be chosen at random.

That about covers the waterfront for today, my friends.

Be kind.

69 comments to “Got rocks? :)”

  1. Andrea Lammly
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 3:03 pm · Link

    Your “got rocks” reminds me of the “pet rock” faze that was around years ago! :) Yours is much more sensible and quite fascinating too.
    Linda, what is your favorite pie or dessert for Thanksgiving?
    Our family tradition was always pumpkin, apple, chocolate cream and lemon meringue.
    Happy day to all!



    • linda
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        · November 27th, 2013 at 12:00 pm · Link

      Definitely pumpkin pie, though the truth is, I’m not all that big on sweet stuff. What I really love? The gravy. To quote Erma Bombeck, it’s a beverage in my family–we drink it from mugs. :)



  2. Tracy Garratt
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Love your books Linda!! falling behind on your latest series as the days just seem to be too short, but I will get to them. Wish you great luck with WW and EMDR.
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Tracy :-D 8)



  3. Judy Eagle
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 3:29 pm · Link

    It sounds like you are having a wonderful time. I knew someone else who read Amy Tan but I never have. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Judy



  4. Teresa Fordice
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 3:29 pm · Link

    love the rocks as well as the books, can’t wait til end of year for the new one!!



  5. Terri Shortell
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 3:30 pm · Link

    Thanks for the info on EMDR. Also, have fun with your rocks. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. :)



  6. Maryjane Hoffman
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 3:34 pm · Link

    The EMDR first meeting sounded really interesting. Will be looking forward to when you get into the eyes! Glad too that when your beads broke none were lost! Look forward to hearing which new ones you add and what they do! Always remember my Great Aunt telling me not to wear opals. Why I don’t know but I never have. Enjoy your reading and listening to books too!! One more day then Thanksgiving! So much to give thanks for and of course always prayers for those that are less fortunate. Enjoy your busy day!!



    • linda
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        · November 27th, 2013 at 12:02 pm · Link

      I’ve heard that opals are bad luck unless they’re given to you by someone else. I don’t believe that, of course.



  7. Emma
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Love your books. hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.



  8. Pamela Black
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 3:58 pm · Link

    I love beads and jewels as well. My grandmother
    Who raised me passed away in 2002 and my
    Daughter and I found a lot of her pins and
    Brooches and we decided to make a Christmas
    Tree from all of them. And put it in a shadow
    Box. I can’t wait to put it all together. And what
    Memories we will make talking about a where all of them
    Came from. :).



  9. Ruby Norwood
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 3:59 pm · Link

    I enjoyed your blog today Linda. You didn’t mention your trip but I am sure you had a good time. Enjoy your rocks and have a great Thanksgiving.
    Ruby



  10. Shirley Wetmore
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:10 pm · Link

    Linda I don’t know how you find time to write with all you have in the making each day. I could never be able to keep up with it. Sure do like you books. Keep them coming and I hope you have a great Holiday on Thursday. God Bless you as I know he will.



  11. Jessica Laas
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:14 pm · Link

    I love rocks. I have a collection of stones and rocks from Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. I wear a lot of jewelry with the natural stones in it. For me, that’s the prettiest.



  12. rosemary
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:24 pm · Link

    Thank you for the update, always entertaining.



  13. Lorraine Pitts
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:25 pm · Link

    I would love to see the things you make. Still hoping for a new Mojo book but, love anything and everything you write. Have a blessed afternoon.



  14. Barbara Murcray
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:37 pm · Link

    I love the outdoors and in Southwest Wyoming we have a lot of open range. I am lucky enough to have a job that’s main goal is restoring the land. Recently while out in the gas and oil fields here planting native seed, forbs and shrubs we found some really great rocks. They are full of crystals and are going to look great around my pond next year. Mind you they were really heavy and we had to use the bucket to lift them and put them in the back of the truck to take home, but they are worth the effort. They are know as the Wyoming Blizzard Stone.



  15. Roberta Giordano
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Us there a stone to ward off bad luck! Good really use one. Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving !!



  16. Beth Kaake
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:40 pm · Link

    I collect rocks while on trips with my husband. though none are traditionally beautiful – they have great beauty to me.



  17. Nola Arganbright
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:43 pm · Link

    I have been thinking of our cruise lately as it was about this time of year. I continue to find so many people who love your books and Debbies books. I am so glad that I was able to save the special ones through all of the hard times.
    I have had EMDR and it helped me immensely. My therapist had me picture the events as if I was on a train and they were moving past me. I had a few weeks of nightmares after but with two sessions I have very few return thoughts of the trauma. I hope that you have similar results.
    I am now a new Beta reader for some Indie authors and am glad that I am able to keep enjoying my books. The cruise was a turning point in my life and I am so glad that I was able to share that with you and Debbie. Hugs, Nola



  18. Sue Hodge
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:44 pm · Link

    Love the rocks and what they can effect. Have a Happy Thanksgiving



  19. Janet
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:44 pm · Link

    I just love hearing about your new experiences with the stones and EMDR, your are exposing your readers to new and different ideas. I have heard about the “power” of stones before and think I’ll look into that for myself, but have to admit I’ve never heard of EMDR before you mentioned it here, looking forward to hearing more once you experience more of it, lol. Thank you again for your lovely stories, I love the ‘old west’ ones the best, (I think I was born in the wrong era) but they are all great reading and I can’t bring myself to pass them on, I’ll give your name and titles to new readers, but they can’t have my books by Linda Lael Miller. :wink:



  20. jane
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Glad the EMDR went well for you.



  21. Pam (Nedlnut)
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Love hearing about EMDR. Just got back from Acupuncture and it’s a life saver. With Acupuncture and Chinese herbs over the last 2 years, I’ve reduced my cholesterol from 300 to normal, blood sugar from over 100 to 78, B/P to normal. You name it, my blood work was amazing. My family Dr. couldn’t believe it. My heart disease risk went from very high to low. I’ve also been addicted to sugar all of my life. Acupuncturist recommended Kudzu Root Starch. Now I’m off sugar. Never, ever though that would happen! Yeah! :-P



  22. Donna
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 5:01 pm · Link

    I have just started beading and have found so many great patterns on the internet. I know I can’t keep them all but some are so beautiful. Your EMDR sounds so interesting and good luck with it. Enjoy your blog and all your books.
    Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Being from Canada we have already celebrated ours back in October.



  23. Tia
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 5:04 pm · Link

    I’ve tried a tapping exercise when I listened to the author’s radio show. The calm centered feeling was soothing. It reminds me of Qigong and I wondered if it was influenced by that.



  24. Lois Rotella
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 5:09 pm · Link

    It sounds like you have a lot of gems to work with. Whatever you make with look beautiful. Have a Great Thanksgiving :-D to all the family and everyone on the ranch.



  25. Cheryl Messer
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Thank you so very much for describing some of your EMDR experience, sounds FASCINATING!! Peace and happy Thanks giving!



  26. Becky in Hauser, Idaho
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 5:42 pm · Link

    Linda, you are such an inspiration with all that you do! I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!



  27. Dawn Roberts
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 5:51 pm · Link

    Having lived in Arizona for 25 yrs, I learned to appreciate turquoise but never really loved it until I saw a bracelet that was paired with the pink quartz, together they are stunning :



  28. Wendy Mathews
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 5:54 pm · Link

    I am thankful for the stranger who sat by me in the dr.’s office a couple years ago & recommender your books to me. You have given me countless hours of enjoyment. Have a blessed Thanksgiving :) You’re the best!!



  29. Jo-Ann Baker
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 6:03 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for a new book, I’ve read them all several times.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!:)



  30. Carol Miller White
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 6:11 pm · Link

    I am SO looking forward to your next book release as well as to the new series you are writing! Happy Thanksgiving :)



  31. Norma Stanforth
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 6:18 pm · Link

    I love to look at the different colors and shapes of rock they are gorgeous. I also love beads and jewelry.Linda i always love to read what you write on this blog, we are truly blessed. I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and God blessing. God have given me so many blessing 1)Jesus blood saved me the sinner.2)family and friends,3)no one was hunt in the fire 4) Linda books and her blog. and friends on here. I could go on but i will stop here.
    As Always your friend,
    Norma



  32. Patrice
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 6:34 pm · Link

    I love gemstones! amethyst and labrodite are favs- must start reading up on them again.



  33. Cecelia Kelsey
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 6:40 pm · Link

    I am finding your talk about your “rocks” fascinating. I love different gem for their look and feel but never got into the meaning of certain stones. I think I need to start some research!



  34. Joyce M.
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 6:47 pm · Link

    Have a great turkey day!



  35. Mary Goodman
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 6:53 pm · Link

    I love stones. Have not been able to find any lately.



  36. judy
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 6:57 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a good day. I am so glad. I notes that I have to wait untill Dec. 31 for the next book. Is it goning to be the last one in this seris. I sure have enjoyed the seris. Haeve a good Thanksgiving.



  37. Patricia Taylor
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 7:02 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to hear more about your EMDR. Sounds fascinating.



  38. Fran
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 7:05 pm · Link

    I’m fascinated with all your talk about your different gemstones and what they mean. You are started to get me interested in delving deeper. Right now I only play with fused glass.

    Hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving.



  39. patricia hann
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.



  40. Diana E
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Really interesting blog today. I think I might check out EMDR on youtube, has got my curiosity up. Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving, Linda. Blessings.



  41. Brenda
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 7:42 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Just read your “Got Rocks” . I see that you love gemstones. Hope that you have a good EMDR session. Happy reading and listening to books! You and your family have a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!



  42. cindy reifel
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 7:44 pm · Link

    Love your books and your rocks! :-P



  43. Sherry Wallace
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 8:45 pm · Link

    Hope you have a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving with all your family, Linda



  44. Brenda Cates
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 8:46 pm · Link

    I have some lovely amethyst rocks my sister gave me years ago. They are pretty and are displayed on a bookcase. I’m going to start reading up on the healing properties of gems/stones soon, as well.



  45. Angela Maivelett
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 8:55 pm · Link

    great to hear ur craft is going so well.Have great Thanksgiving! :wink:



  46. Bridget
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 9:02 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

    Bridget



  47. Marlene Kubick
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 9:11 pm · Link

    Several years ago I was visiting my cousin in North Carolina and she had a friend take me gem mining. I had no idea what I had in my pan but he would point out all of the stones that I had. It’s been so long ago that I’ll have to have someone look at them again. Of course, the first thing I have to do is find them in mine familyroom……that will be like gem mining all over again. lol



  48. Leanna
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 9:16 pm · Link

    You get beeds like I get books. I get several every week, including four yesterday. I’m sure the mailman calls me book lady. I hope this week goes well staying on Weight Watchers.



  49. Diane Sallans
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 9:44 pm · Link

    I’ve always loved pretty rocks and crystals but haven’t looked into what they may effect – I’ll have to check that out – couldn’t hurt and may help!



  50. Connie Johnson
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 10:09 pm · Link

    Very interesting blog today, love all of your new experiences.



  51. Emily
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 10:57 pm · Link

    Have a great Thanksgiving.

    Love your rocks.

    I have sick family members, so may be out of pocket.



  52. Sue H
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 11:06 pm · Link

    Hi, I’m so happy to be back reading your blog. I’ve never stopped reading your books but I was off-line for a long time. I used to keep up with you when you started tweeting and you were in your “Julia phase”. I’ve never forgotten about all the beef bourguignon you were making!! I’ve become a Pioneer Woman fan, her recipes are more my style. I love all things natural and I’m really interested in hearing about your “rocks” . I think we all find you to be a very interesting person. Wishing you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving!!



  53. Juanita Rice
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 11:36 pm · Link

    Since I will be cooking all day tomorrow and may not have time to be on the computer I just want to tell everyone to have a good Thanksgiving! :)



  54. Pam Brewer
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      · November 26th, 2013 at 11:52 pm · Link

    Now you have me interested in learning about stones! Something to do on my vacation next week!



  55. Denise King
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      · November 27th, 2013 at 3:36 am · Link

    Hello Linda, glad to hearEMDR worked out well for you.Happy Thanksgiving everyone, enjoy your family



  56. Shirley Campbell
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      · November 27th, 2013 at 5:42 am · Link

    Hope you have a wonderful & Happy Thanksgiving!!



  57. Ida C
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      · November 27th, 2013 at 6:53 am · Link

    What an interesting time you do have! Love hearing all about it. Hope everyone in the US has a wonderful Thanksgiving and be safe in the storm!! :-|



  58. Becky Carter
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      · November 27th, 2013 at 7:31 am · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving Linda. Hope your weather is great and it is a wonderful sunny day. Keep writing. I love your books and as always can’t wait for new ones to come out.



  59. kathi cauley
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      · November 27th, 2013 at 7:51 am · Link

    You are a jewel! EMDR really helped me deal with grief issues



  60. Rita Harden
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      · November 27th, 2013 at 7:52 am · Link

    I love to read your blog. You always provide interesting thoughts and hobbies that make me want to try new things. It is a little blip in my day that makes it brighter and I always appreciate it because you always have uplifting words that brighten my day or make me want to brighten someone else’s!



  61. Tammy R. Dodson
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      · November 27th, 2013 at 10:58 am · Link

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.



  62. susan Leech
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      · November 27th, 2013 at 12:46 pm · Link

    hi Linda and happy Thanksgiving to you. I love your books and the idea of gems and stones are awesome. I review books and love to have a chance to review one of yours. I love to read and being retired allows me time. My address Is: susan Leech, 1273 Strahan rd., New Columbia, PA 17856 if you ever care to send a book for me to review and let me know where you want the review to go. Thank you. Susan



  63. Debbie
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      · November 27th, 2013 at 1:14 pm · Link

    Enjoy reading your books and your blog.



  64. Barbara Kesterson
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      · November 27th, 2013 at 10:53 pm · Link

    I am so happy I stumbled upon you here. I think my daughter could greatly benefit from EMDR and can’t wait to hear more of your experience. Love your books and can’t wait for the next new read.



  65. Sue Sturos
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      · November 27th, 2013 at 11:00 pm · Link

    I love reading your books…cannot wait for the next ones. ;0

    Would be fun to see how you get your books to just flow. ;)

    Thank you for sharing your written talents with us!



  66. pat coupe
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      · November 29th, 2013 at 3:29 am · Link

    Dear linda thank you for all your wonderful books and the families we all wished we part of. Please keep writing these beautiful insights into the western ethics which seem the backbone of most of your novels.



  67. Brenda
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      · December 20th, 2013 at 11:30 pm · Link

    This reminds me some of the most beautiful objects are so easy to love and enjoy.I love stones,rocks,gems and books by Linda Lael Miller.Have a wonderful holiday!



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