#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


I missed you!

First, I must mention the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Connecticut.  My heart is broken for all concerned, and my prayers are with the victims and their families and friends.  May God’s infinite Love and Grace sustain all of us as we grieve together. 

It seems almost irreverant to talk about my trip to Las Vegas, but I promised you a run-down and I plan to deliver.

Jenni (assistant/niece) and I arrived in Vegas on Monday, December 10, in the afternoon.  The folks at Caesar’s Entertainment had sent a car to pick us up, so we rode to the Paris Hotel in style.  We had all sorts of ambitious plans for the evening, but, in the end, we were too exhausted to do much of anything.  Even though the journey was so trouble-free it makes me want to knock on wood just to mention it, travel is arduous, what with all the hurrying and the carrying and the schedules to be met.  So we had a lovely dinner at the hotel–Boeuf B, as a matter of fact, good but not as good as mine and Julia’s :)–and vegged in the lovely suite provided.  Harlequin sent a beautiful bouquet of flowers to brighten our already glamorous surroundings, and, wow, you should have seen the view!  The Eiffel Tower, the big Paris globe and the swimming pool filled our windows with color and light.

By Tuesday morning, we were full of energy again.  We hiked over to the Miracle Mile, a mall next door to the hotel, and did some shopping.  Now, there’s shopping, and there’s shopping in Vegas–not the same thing at all.  :)  In Vegas, everything glitters, fit to dazzle a cowgirl from Spokane.  Bring on the bling!  We wandered into the Planet Hollywood casino, which adjoins the mall, to rest our feet, drink some diet cola and, in my case, play some slots.  I won $300, but that was the highpoint of the whole trip, where gambling is concerned.  I fed the various slot machines a bit more money, got bored, and turned my attention to other things.

For instance, my cousin Alisa Lael Fillion joined us in the afternoon.  Alisa is the daughter of Jim Lael and his late wife, my beloved Gladys.  We did a whole lot of laughing while we were together, and that’s for sure.

Tuesday night, Jenni and I attended a positively magical dinner at Ferarro’s, a wonderful Italian restaurant, as the guests of Bob Massi and his lovely wife, Lynn, a cowgirl in the best sense of the word.  Bob is a legal analyst for Fox News, and he told some great stories.  Also in attendance were Buck Taylor, artist and actor (he played Newly on “Gunsmoke”) and his wife, Goldie.  Let me go on record here as saying, in my next life, I want to look like Goldie.  She’s one stylin’ cowgirl, folks.  Buck is as salt-of-the-earth as they get, and his stories were wonderful, of course.  What struck me most about Buck, though, was the kindness in his eyes–he exudes it.   He blew us all away by sketching a cowboy on horseback–on his dinner napkin!  He presented it to Bob, our host, and the joy Bob took in that gift delighted us all.  Pretty impressive company, right?  Well, I’m not even through telling you about the other guests.  :) Robin and Steven Black, who own and operate Uptick Vineyards, a winery in Sonoma, CA, are wonderful people, and they invited me to visit and taste the wares.  Bill Frances and Renae Kinsey, husband and wife, were an absolute pleasure.  Renae is sweet and funny and smart, and Bill is hands-down the best networker I’ve ever met–what I wouldn’t give for a fraction of his energy!  The man positively crackles with ideas.  I’m so proud to count all these people as new friends.  My dear friend and personal publicist, Nancy Berland, along with her husband, Mike, rounded out the gathering–Nancy and I have worked together for over 16 years, and Mike is the consummate gentleman.  Nancy, I can’t thank you enough for introducing me to eight new friends!

And that only brings us through Tuesday.  :)

I’ll continue the tale tomorrow.

In the meantime, perform a random act of kindness–and keep it a secret.  There’s still good in the world, and we need to keep it going, now more than ever.

May God bless and keep you, today and always, my friends.

OOPS-there’s a pretty important P.S. !!!  “Big Sky River” will be in stores TOMORROW.  Yeehaw!

21 comments to “I missed you!”

  1. Juanita Rice
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Welcome home, Linda! We missed you!! One of my friends was also at the Finals in Vegas this past week. She would have died of joy had she run into you! :)

    Thank heavens ….River is finally available! There will be some good reading!

    In case I forget I want to wish you and everyone on the list a Very Merry Christmas!!! :)



    • Norma Stanforth
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        · December 17th, 2012 at 3:30 pm · Link

      Hi Juanita,
      I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
      Norma Stanforth :-P



  2. Sherry Wallace
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Sure did miss you, too!! Wow, what a time you had, & we haven’t even heard about the rodeo yet .
    Blessings,
    SherryNan
    PS received the signed book – Thnks :-)



  3. Hilda
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 3:07 pm · Link

    Linda, AMEN! to the feelings of sympathy for those poor families. Whether there is one victim or 1000, it’s a horrible trend we have going on in this country.

    I’m looking forward to hearing more about the rodeo. Life does go on. It sounds like you had so much fun! How as the weather?



    • sam
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        · December 17th, 2012 at 3:44 pm · Link

      I am also looking forward to hearing all about the Rodeo!



  4. Norma Stanforth
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Hi Linda
    Glad they had a big car come and picked you and Jenni up. Nice that you won $300.00. Glad you are having some fun. After being in the hospital i still am able to do anything.That was wonderful that Buck drew a picture of a cowboy on a napkin and and gave it to Bob. Take care and God bless you.
    Norma Stanforth :roll:



  5. sam
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Linda, My heart goes out to all the families who have been affected at this terrible time.
    I love gunsmoke, and I am up to series 7 on the channel I watch across the pond :)
    My “Big Sky River” should be on it’s way, I can not wait! :)

    ” LINDA, A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU, AND ALL MY FELLOW LLM BLOGGERS” Hope you all have a good day!



    • Juanita Rice
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        · December 17th, 2012 at 6:19 pm · Link

      Sam,
      Oh, my goodness! You get our re-runs and we get yours! I think we re-ran Gunsmoke to death here. At least, I haven’t seen any for a long time. Did love the series, though.
      Of course, my fave from over there is As Time Goes By. Love Dame Judi!! :)
      Can’t wait to get ….River tomorrow! Isn’t Linda the best?!
      Juanita



      • sam
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          · December 18th, 2012 at 12:09 pm · Link

        Juanita, I totally agree with you about Linda :) If ever you get a chance to see anything from across the pond, I recommend “Call the Midwife” it is set in London in the 1950s and is great :)



        • Juanita Rice
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            · December 18th, 2012 at 2:32 pm · Link

          Sam,
          Thanks! I have a friend in Seaford. I’ll have to pick her brain about this. :)
          Juanita



  6. Renae Kinsey
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 3:53 pm · Link

    I took such pleasure in reading this blog!! You have made me smile….I enjoyed the dinner as well and I can’t wait to see you and Jenni again!!!! I can’t wait to gift my sister in law with your signed book and let her read this blog!!! I hope to see at the Vineyard soon but looking forward to kicking off my shoes and sitting in a rocking chair with you and Nancy!!! I’m not talking Cracker Barrel restaurant chairs, maybe Goldie’s farm!!! I will be sure to reach out to her!!! Kisses and Hugs!!!



  7. Gloria
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Glad to have you back, Linda!!!!

    And a very HAPPY and MERRY CHRISTMAS to one and all!
    And especially to you, Linda, and Hilda up in Washington State and Sam across the pond in Merry Ole` England!!!.

    My prayers also go out to all the families who lost loved-ones in that horrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Way too many Sandy’s connected with disasters.



    • sam
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        · December 18th, 2012 at 12:12 pm · Link

      Gloria, a very Merry christmas to you! :)



  8. Jeanette Bryant
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 5:42 pm · Link

    I posted your remark about performing random acts of kindness on my facebook page, and a bunch of people liked it, and one person shared it.



    • Juanita Rice
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        · December 17th, 2012 at 6:26 pm · Link

      I’ll do that , too. We need more a lot more of those!!
      I can’t even talk about those children or their families!! :cry: So terrible.

      Juanita



  9. Jeanette Bryant
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 5:44 pm · Link

    I posted your remark about performing random acts of kindness on my facebook page, and a bunch of people liked it and one person shared it.



  10. marie mcdonald
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 7:07 pm · Link

    every time I hear of child desasterer i relive 30year ago in B.C. canada when 11 childern where killed and the fear we all lived with. mydaugter is how 45years old ,1of the girls was her friend,every time she has some thing great in happen she stillthinks of Terry it nevergoes away.I pray and hope someday our world will learn love is better neen hate.



  11. Lois Rotella
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 7:39 pm · Link

    My heart felt broken also by the new of the horror in Connecticut. I am happy that you a had a great time in Las Vegas. I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.
    :lol:



  12. Crystal
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      · December 17th, 2012 at 10:32 pm · Link

    Great to have u back! I can’t even begin to express the sadness I feel for these families! It really makes u wake up to a different tune with our children. For instance mine started arguing early saturday morning but I didn’t let it bother me as I normally would I just let them do it. I take every second for granted as it can be gone quickly. May they rest in Gods arms! On a happier note SO excited about Big Sky tomorrow. Looks like I will be making a trip to the bookstore! Merry Christmas to me!!



  13. Ruth
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      · December 18th, 2012 at 12:36 am · Link

    Hearts are broken everywhere, I think, for these innocents. My friend said if we can’t cry; we will rent a crying movie. Just seeing the Childrens Christmas Program at church was enough.

    Going back to normal; just started River today. Cold outside makes this a perfect break.

    Happy Christmas to Linda and staff and her followers. Sounds like a great group we have. Blessings everyone.



  14. peggy maney
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      · December 18th, 2012 at 8:16 am · Link

    DEAR LINDA I REALY ENJOY HEARING FROM YOU I CHECK MY EMAIL EVERY DAY TO SEE IF YOU SEND A EMAIL YOU ARE MY FAVORITY AUTHOR PEGGYMANEY 136 STRAWBERRY LANE TIGER GA 30576



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