#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Hello from the Summer Slacker

My only hope is that all of you are slacking off a little bit, too.  Otherwise, I will be consumed by guilt.  :)

I had a good day at Weight Watchers yesterday; down 1.4 pounds.  YES!  At long last, I seem to be headed in the right direction again.  As I’ve probably mentioned, I’ve been okay with the numbers on the scale for a while now–I’ve taken off 50 pounds, after all, and even better, I’ve kept them off.  I think I needed that period in between, if only to adjust to a new normal.  Now, however, I feel ready to move on, take off those last few pounds, and concentrate on keeping them off.  :)  I know I can do that IF I stay accountable and inspired and, for me, that means faithfully attending those meetings.  Stepping on that darn scale every Wednesday.

I wear one of those Activelink bracelets, and it measures how many hours I sleep at night (very important) and, of course, my activity levels for the day.  I’ve been hitting 100% for weeks now, and that makes me very happy.  I usually ride 30 to 40 minutes on my faithful exercise bike, sometimes all at once, sometimes in increments, and of course I walk the D.O.G. twice a day.  I get a surprising number of activity points just by walking from one part of the house to another–this place is big, yes, but it’s not THAT big.  :)  Last night, I discovered that moving around the backyard, watering plants (we’re in the midst of a bad drought, not just in Spokane, but all over the Western United States and Canada), racks up a point or two as well.  (For those of you who don’t speak Weight Watcherize, we count points instead of calories, and activity points are awarded for just about any kind of exercise.  In my case, hitting 100% means I’ve earned 9 points, over and above the ones I get anyway.)

I’m finishing up revisions on ONCE A RANCHER at the moment, and will begin work on the next book in the trilogy, ALWAYS A COWBOY, immediately after I send this manuscript off to my editor.  And that first Civil War book is percolating in the back of my brain, too, about to burst onto the screen!

 I’m often asked about the Hallmark movie/TV series project, so I asked my agent, and she asked Hallmark, and here’s the answer, such as it is: the project is still on.  They’re rewriting the script.

Since I truly believe that, as Phyllis A Whitney said years ago, good things aren’t written, they’re rewritten, I can deal with the delay.  (Mostly.)  As my 96 year old aunt keeps reminding me, they need to get this show on the road, so she can watch it.  :)

In closing, a very happy birthday to my nephew, Jesse Lang.


48 comments to “Hello from the Summer Slacker”

  1. Nancy Mawhinney
      · July 9th, 2015 at 1:45 pm · Link

    I must be a little behind. What is your Hallmark project? II would love to see a series about Angus McKettrick.

  2. Janie
      · July 9th, 2015 at 1:46 pm · Link

    Excited for the new trilogy. I used to read Phyllis A Whitney books years ago. Congratulations on the weight loss, it’s hard!

  3. Gloria
      · July 9th, 2015 at 1:51 pm · Link

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jesse!!!!!

    Linda, you’ve been busy as a bee in a tar bucket, but right now, it is so hot that I don’t think the tar could hold the bee.

    My son and I went to see about getting a death date on my mama’s grave marker…after 7 years, it’s about time…and I just got back home and it is 90 degrees inside my shack. Talk about HOT, it is hot!

    Have a good rest of the day and congratulations on your weigh in yesterday.

  4. Hilda
      · July 9th, 2015 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m excited about the Hallmark movie. But when they tell you they are “rewriting” do you have final approval? I sure hope so! I’d hate to watch a LLM movie of there’s nothing of LLM left in it. Just sayin’ ….

  5. Virginia H
      · July 9th, 2015 at 1:56 pm · Link

    I would be happy to send you some of our rain, its coming down in buckets outside right now and we have a truck load of mulch setting out there to put around our pond that we have been cleaning up all week. We had part of a dry day yesterday to go get the mulch but can’t get it put out because of the rain. I am having a new refridgerator delivered tomorrow so that will take up part of the day and husband is only off until this coming Tuesday so we need to get this mulch put down by then. Everyone’s lawn is swamp land right now and you can’t get your grass mowed either. So right now I will be glad to give you our rain. :(

  6. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · July 9th, 2015 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Jesse. Happy 80th to my mama. Sending up rain prayers for you and the whole Spokane area. We’ve been hit hard by drought in Oklahoma for several years. This year we’re setting record rain fall numbers. Today is cool and cloudy and rainy so far. Not a normal July in Oklahoma at all. Blessings to you and yours–and rain, too.

    CONGRATS on the weight loss.

  7. Dawn Roberts
      · July 9th, 2015 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Downward on the scale is always good, congrats on that achievement. What hallmark project, I seemed to have missed something.

  8. Melaine
      · July 9th, 2015 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Great achievement, Linda, 50lbs…WOW!! Hope you will announce when your newest book, Once a Rancher, is due for release. I have read most of your books, and several re-readings of some.

    Have a great week!

  9. Sharon Rackham
      · July 9th, 2015 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    As a fellow gal losing weight ( sounds so easy – ha? ha?) keep up the great work. Always better to be losing a pound than gaining one!!!!!

    Finished reading “the marriage trilogy “and just loved all of them!

    Hope you have a great weekend and keep moving!!


    Sharon ( Clearwater,B.C.)

  10. Ruby Norwood
      · July 9th, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Jess!! I think July is full of birthday’s My grandson had a birthday July 5th. which we celebrated big time. I am so looking forward to the new book” Once A Rancher”. Oh crap I look forward to all of your books, no matter what the name is. Can’t wait for the Hallmark movies come out also. Congrats on all that weight you lost, that is wonderful.

  11. Nadine spradlin
      · July 9th, 2015 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weigh loss , Happy Birthday to Jesse ,Will look forward to Hallmark movie/ TV series . as well as Once a Rancher & Always A Cowboy I really like series books & try to get them all . Have a good day Linda .

  12. Marilyn Everhart
      · July 9th, 2015 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Looking forward to seeing your book live on the screen!!

  13. Jennifer Damone
      · July 9th, 2015 at 2:50 pm · Link

    I can’t wait for the Hallmark movie! Congrats on your weight loss!

  14. April Mc Vey
      · July 9th, 2015 at 2:51 pm · Link

    Love your updates . I use the apps My fitness pal and witherings to track my weight losses. I am down to the last 8 pounds.

    I hope those rewrite are not extensive. I enjoy your books and sometime rewrites take a lot of the story away from the original..

  15. Terri
      · July 9th, 2015 at 3:00 pm · Link

    Good work with WW, weight loss, and points. I need to get motivated but feel overwhelmed with so many other things currently on my schedule. I guess I just need to pull up my boots and do it. Lol. Happy birthday Jesse. I really wish I could share our rain w you. Expecting another 4″ tonight. Storms have gotten so vicious here lightening wiped out my phone and internet service for over a week. They said the lightening struck the phone line further down, traveled up the line, and ended at my phone box. Lucky me. :evil: :roll:

  16. DONNA
      · July 9th, 2015 at 3:06 pm · Link

    Keep up the good work on WW. Love to see books I have read on the big screen.

  17. Pamela Devereux
      · July 9th, 2015 at 3:27 pm · Link

    I love that your aunt said, Let’s get this show on the road”. Glad you are making progress on your weight goal. Sometimes you feel like you are just treading water.

  18. Cheryl Morgan
      · July 9th, 2015 at 4:00 pm · Link

    Wow, you are an inspiration to all of us. I don’t get the part about you slacking off!

  19. Marjorie Hawkins
      · July 9th, 2015 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Hi Linda!! I agree with your Aunt. I’m 71 and need them to hurry up with the movie so I can see it too!! I go to the gym three times a week. I hate it but it’s keeping me going more than anything else has. I also drink lots of water, but don’t sleep well at night and wish I could figure out a way!! I bought a new mattress and a sound machine, but they just don’t help all that much!! I hope the drought ends soon and you can get some welcome rain. I’m reading Susan Mallery’s second book “Kiss me” and waiting for your next book to come out.

  20. Pat Parker
      · July 9th, 2015 at 4:21 pm · Link

    I lost my Active link in the garden, but tried to cancel it today, and that was a challenge! Hope I managed to get it all ironed out, even if it did take three tries!
    Weighed in under my goal this week! Hooray—the first time that has happened in YEARS.

    Keep on keepin’ on. Looking forward to the new trilogy.

  21. Dixie Hadley
      · July 9th, 2015 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Linda, enjoyed the post. Congrats on the 50+ weight loss. That is a wonderful achievement. Looking forward to the new books. have a good week end.

  22. Rita Crofoot
      · July 9th, 2015 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Linda, I seem to be on a similar path, and as a fellow Spokanite, it is just too darn hot around here to get worried about a little slack. sit somewhere cool, and shelve the guilt. It is all good, Also I am down 6 lbs on my Weight watcher journey, this is a back to it for me and this time only allows me to do it on line, I think it is just the accountability that is working for me, it just makes me more aware, Finished Marriage Season, yesterday, and loved that series. Very likable characters. Looking forward to what ever is next, I am listening on CD whenever in the car, or while I quilt.

  23. Marilyn Neuhoff
      · July 9th, 2015 at 5:12 pm · Link

    After reading your newsletter I remembered how much I loved Phyllis Whitney’s books. I should read them again.

  24. Elizabeth Shuler
      · July 9th, 2015 at 5:33 pm · Link

    First, let me say, I enjoy your books. I have always read westerns and they are my favorite. I have read and enjoyed so many of Phyllis Whitney’s books but haven’t read any for several years. I must check on line for any I haven’t read and order some. I hope your Hallmark deal progresses. I liked Debbie’s series and am looking forward to this year.
    Congratulations on your success with Weight Watchers. It is a great way to lose those pounds painlessly. it also helps if you have a good leader.

  25. midge watkins
      · July 9th, 2015 at 6:07 pm · Link

    I’m with your aunt. Let’s get this movie on the screen. But,
    Heaven help them if they don’t leave the essence of LLM in it!!
    Come over and swim in the pool with me and we’ll both work
    off some pounds. Sure feels good in this scorching weather we
    are having. Next week’s 80’s sound wonderful.

  26. Leanna
      · July 9th, 2015 at 6:09 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to Christmas in Mustang Creek. I am looking forward to the parable movies but I can wait because right now I do not get Hallmark channel, AT&T does not offer it, but when google fiber comes to my neighborhood soon, we will get the hallmark channel.

  27. Sandy
      · July 9th, 2015 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Yeah for you! Losing 50 pounds is a huge deal. I know because a year ago I lost 50 pounds. It took a little more than a year to do it. I went from 148 lbs. to 96 lbs. I am only 5’2″ tall so I was very overweight. My doctor insisted that I gain back at least 5 lbs. which I have done. I lost the weight by eliminating all added fat from my vegan plant-based whole-foods diet, keeping my calorie count to 1100 calories a day, and briskly walking 6 miles a day, 5 days a week.

  28. Theresa
      · July 9th, 2015 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Thanks for sharing!

  29. Donna white
      · July 9th, 2015 at 7:16 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the next book I enjoy reading all your books and keep up the good work on weight watchers

  30. carole
      · July 9th, 2015 at 7:44 pm · Link

    Hi! I; so happy for you keeping your weight-loss 50lbs is so wonderful! I’ve been a W.W. since 1972 and have always fallen back on program but this new one is so much easier and yu can live a real life and its wonderful! I stopped calling it a diet but a lifestyle. I wear my activelink bracelet anly cuted I walk a lot at work and at my house-I love bicycle riding too! I can’t wait to read your new book that your working on-the marriage charm was a really cute book, loved it! passed it on to a girl that I tutor and she wants another one of your books that I have on my shelf! Have a wonderful weekend!

  31. Lois Rotella
      · July 9th, 2015 at 7:49 pm · Link

    Hi happy about your wright loss. I pray for some relief in the weathet for the western US. I am looking for to the new books and possible movie. Have a glorious weekend.

  32. Diane Sallans
      · July 9th, 2015 at 7:58 pm · Link

    I slack off on the hot, humid days of summer too. That’s not god for my physical movement, but in the heat I do eat lighter meals and there are all those local fresh veggies too.

  33. Roberta Giordano
      · July 9th, 2015 at 8:19 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss! I use Fitbit for tracking my steps and since I started using it I notice I am moving a lot more than I use to. Really motivates me to hit my goal everyday. I remember months ago you mentioned the Hallmark deal just can’t remember shiv book. Can you please share that info again. I have a great weekend !

  34. Linda Wilson
      · July 9th, 2015 at 8:25 pm · Link

    I am so proud of you. That is great. Happy Birthday to Jesse.

  35. Evelyn Baldwin
      · July 9th, 2015 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Everything sounds great with you! So glad! Cannot wait to read those cowboy books! I go with your Aunt, bring on “The Show!” God Bless as always!

      · July 9th, 2015 at 9:22 pm · Link

    keep up the great work on your weight loss it’s so awsome 50 pounds is a lot…. i have one thing to say about re writes they always take away the good stuff… lol why would anyone wont to do that to one of your books,,,,, have a great day

  37. pat Dennis
      · July 9th, 2015 at 9:57 pm · Link

    Is Once a Rancher and Always a Cowboy a new trilogy?

  38. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · July 10th, 2015 at 5:53 am · Link

    You’re doing great with WW and your weight loss. More power to you.

    Looking forward to your new books.

  39. Jo-Ann Baker
      · July 10th, 2015 at 7:30 am · Link

    Linda, Good for you with weight watchers. My sister and niece are on it an both have lost an kept it off. My niece has lost over 100 lbs which is wonderful.
    I would love to send mother nature’s rain we are getting in Ohio your way as your states need it more. Don’t get me wrong I love a good rain but we have more than we need and I like to share. lol
    Have a wonderful day :) 8)

  40. Michele J
      · July 10th, 2015 at 9:00 am · Link

    Hi Linda!!! Congrats on the weight loss. You’re my inspiration. I’ve lost 12 pounds and feeling better ever day! I would LOVE to see Tommy Lee Jones as Angus McKettrick. He so tough! Can’t wait for the next book of yours. I had to start the McKettrick series all over again last week and I’m just about ready to read Jeb’s story, again. LOL! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  41. Sharon S.
      · July 10th, 2015 at 11:11 am · Link

    Congratulations on the 50 lbs. You can get the rest you want to lose easily. You’ve come this far. You inspire me. I can’t wait for the Civil War book. And I can’t wait for the Hallmark movie. Which one are they making? I’m sure I read it once…

  42. Joan Marchand
      · July 10th, 2015 at 11:38 am · Link

    just watching the Calgary Stampede and not a McKettrick or Creed in the mix. – LOL LOL – just a little humor on the Friday Morning.
    Love your books so please keep them coming
    \Thanks- Joan

  43. Charlotte Litton
      · July 10th, 2015 at 12:20 pm · Link

    Linda, congratulations on losing weight this week.
    A civil war story will be interesting, was going to Gettysburg research? Waiting not so patiently for your next book. Have a great weekend. Charlotte

  44. Eriko
      · July 10th, 2015 at 12:47 pm · Link

    I admire your attitude of always being so positive!

  45. Diane Blaser
      · July 10th, 2015 at 1:25 pm · Link

    Hi Linda! I am also trying to eat healthier and lose some weight this summer. Self discipline is my biggest challenge every day as I’m sure it is for many
    Of us. Keep up the good work and enjoy all the wonderful produce that is available at this time of the year. Progress reports next week! Have a great weekend!

  46. Colleen
      · July 10th, 2015 at 1:37 pm · Link

    Wow, good fo you. In this heat, slow and easy. In Sask.,We are having many smoky days and evenings from the fires up north. Looking forward to the new books.

  47. Linda A. Beaudoin
      · July 10th, 2015 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for you new books to come out. Sometime, I wish I could jump forward in time to purchase new books and then come back to my own time and read them.

  48. Valdi M
      · July 12th, 2015 at 2:16 pm · Link

    I love Phyllis A. Whitney, she may be a little old school and I may yell, DNA from time to time but her books are always enjoyable.

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