#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Monday Stuff

Winners: Maxine Luckie and Socorro Smith–congratulations! 

Normally, I would announce a new contest today, but because both Jenni and I will be traveling a lot over the next few weeks, we’re taking a temporary hiatus.  Have no fear, though–the drawings will be back soon.

I had a fairly quiet weekend, mostly reading and listening to audiobooks and podcasts.  Here are some new ones I’ve tried and like very much (podcasts, that is): Inner Effort, Progress Not Perfection, Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert, the Calm Living Blueprint, and Fearless Rebelle Radio.  Recent audiobooks were: The Night Sister, by Jennifer McMahon, which is spooky, well-written and, okay, a little far-fetched.  I enjoyed it a lot, far-fetched or not.  After all, it’s fiction!  Ivan Doig’s The Bartender’s Tale is another great read–like all his books.  The man is a master wordsmith, no doubt about it.  I’ve read all the late Kent Haruf’s books, so it’s great to find novels in a similar vein.

My to be read/listened to pile: How I Rescued My Brain, by David Roland, Church of Marvels, by Leslie Parry, The Other Child by Lucy Atkins, Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay (I love his books!), We Never Asked For Wings, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Don’t Breathe A Word, by Jennifer MMahon, and Don’t Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

What are you reading? :)

34 comments to “Monday Stuff”

  1. theresa
      · September 14th, 2015 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Be safe on the road!!

  2. Teresa Woodby
      · September 14th, 2015 at 3:34 pm · Link

    Just finished Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich. Started Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz. Before them Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs. Enjoy your trip.

  3. Paulette pallante
      · September 14th, 2015 at 3:52 pm · Link

    Quarter of the way through Linda Castillo’s After The Storm and so far is has not disappointed. Will be reading and reviewing The Taming of Malcolm Grant by Paula Quinn next. I do enjoy all your notifications. Have a good hiatus.

  4. Niki Davis
      · September 14th, 2015 at 4:28 pm · Link

    Recently finished the 3 Marriage Pact books awaiting the fourth. I am reading a Jamie Beck book at the moment. Try to find audio books that I can get thru my kindle unlimited as I don’t have the money to pay the prices on Audible. Most of my books are light reads and that makes them easy to listen to while at work and home. Since they are one my phone, can listen on long road trips too.

    Had a nice weekend myself at the river house that belongs to my best friend. We actually spent most of the weekend watching movies on a free preview weekend for some channel on Dish. It was rainy and overcast anyway.

    Here is wishing you safe travels and have a great time.


  5. Karen Grybko
      · September 14th, 2015 at 5:10 pm · Link

    Funny you should ask! I am rereading the Marriage Pact books. I just finished rereading the Springwater books. Time to visit with old friends.

  6. Virginia H
      · September 14th, 2015 at 5:29 pm · Link

    I am reading Kathleene Woodiwiss book Petals on The River. I found it on my book shelve and realize I had never read it. Sometimes books just get lost, so little time to read everything you want to read. I done my housework over the weekend and today washed down my front porch, fall cleaning I guess its what I am doing. Still trying to find homes for these kittens, we have two left now to find homes for. An orange and white one and a tortestshell one, both are very cute.

    • Carol Bradbury
        · September 17th, 2015 at 5:22 pm · Link

      What city, and state are the kittens in?

  7. Patti
      · September 14th, 2015 at 5:47 pm · Link

    I was crying for and inspired by the characters in Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Don’t Let me Go.
    I am currently reading Good Enough to Eat by Stacey Ballis.

  8. Suzanne Mongan
      · September 14th, 2015 at 6:13 pm · Link

    I’m reading Brown Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas. I just started it and so far I love it. But I knew that I would. Safe travels.

  9. Kathryn Smith
      · September 14th, 2015 at 6:52 pm · Link

    I just finished reading Blame It On Texas by Tori Scott. I haven’t decided what to read next.

  10. Ann Bartholomew
      · September 14th, 2015 at 7:20 pm · Link

    I am re-re-reading my Diana Palmer Long Tall Texan books. I like Woodiwiss, but she’s just a bit too wordy for me to have a steady diet of her. Looking forward to the end of Sept. and the new Christmas book!!!

  11. Lorraine Pitts
      · September 14th, 2015 at 7:24 pm · Link

    Praying for safe travels for you!!!

  12. Roberta Giordano
      · September 14th, 2015 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Enjoy your travels. Prayer for safe travels for both of you

  13. pat Dennis
      · September 14th, 2015 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Just finished Robyn Carr ‘ s latest

  14. pat Dennis
      · September 14th, 2015 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Be safe on your travels!

  15. Terri Shortell
      · September 14th, 2015 at 7:41 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. I hope you and Jenni have fun on your trips. Rereading a few favorites and waiting to get Sandra Hill’s new book, as well as Johanna Lindsay’s.

  16. Ruby Norwood
      · September 14th, 2015 at 7:43 pm · Link

    I am reading Jennifer Ryan’s new book “Her Lucky Cowboy!! Hope you and Jenni have lots of fun. and safe travels.

  17. Fran F.
      · September 14th, 2015 at 7:48 pm · Link

    I’m reading Kathryn Wall’s series with Bay Tanner as her main character.

  18. Janie
      · September 14th, 2015 at 8:31 pm · Link

    I’m reading A Simple Prayer by Amy Clipston–it’s in the Hearts of The Lancaster Grand Hotel series. Blessings for safe travel!

  19. Sarah Diamond
      · September 14th, 2015 at 8:46 pm · Link

    If you Only Knew by Kristan Higgins. Very good women’s fiction novel.

  20. Linda Holmes
      · September 14th, 2015 at 9:50 pm · Link

    Congrats to this weeks winners. I am currently reading Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan. Have read all in that series. After this one back to Jaci Burton’s All Wound Up from her Play by Play series.

    Have a safe trip.

  21. Valdi M
      · September 14th, 2015 at 10:16 pm · Link

    I am reading David Baldacci`s The Finisher and The
    Keeper. Have a fun trip.

  22. Gloria
      · September 14th, 2015 at 10:54 pm · Link

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to Maxine Luckie and Socorro Smith

    I pray you have safe travels and get back home safely. and, have fun while traveling.

  23. Linda P
      · September 14th, 2015 at 11:12 pm · Link

    Devoted In Death by JD Robb after midnight.

  24. Jo-Ann Baker
      · September 15th, 2015 at 7:17 am · Link

    Rereading old favorites. The Virgin River books. I just finished your Mckettricks an Creeds. Rereads.
    Love books an read allot an now waiting for new ones to come out again. Thanks for the great stories.

  25. Socorro Smith
      · September 15th, 2015 at 8:32 am · Link

    Oh my gosh! I won! I never anything in my lije

  26. Lynn Whitaker
      · September 15th, 2015 at 8:54 am · Link

    New to this. Just signed up for your blog postings. Real fan from here in the UK. I don’t know how many of your hero’s I’ve secretly had an affair with :roll: A big thanks! I’m reading Anne (with an ‘E’) Green Gables by L M Montgomery. Still have the hardback copy from my childhood. Many, many moons ago. It is just one of those books I never tire of reading. Anne (with an ‘E’) is a little minx.

    Truly, much appreciation for the hours of enjoyment your writing brings me.

    Enjoy your travels X

  27. Melaine
      · September 15th, 2015 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Congratulations to this week’s winners! Happy travels Jenni & Linda.

  28. Linda Blenkiron
      · September 15th, 2015 at 5:32 pm · Link

    What am I reading? Actually re-reading David Eddings’ Belgariad/Mallorean series. I really am enjoying visiting these books after having read them years ago. Cheers

  29. Darlene Holley
      · September 16th, 2015 at 1:02 pm · Link

    Safe travels!! Hope you have fun :)

  30. Tammy
      · September 16th, 2015 at 1:22 pm · Link

    I am reading David Baldacci “Zero Day”

  31. Carol Bradbury
      · September 17th, 2015 at 5:24 pm · Link

    I am reading the 4th book of Mary Balogh about the Survivors Group of 6. They are all trying to find brides. It’s a historical romance.

  32. Evelyn Baldwin
      · September 19th, 2015 at 12:26 pm · Link

    I have been reading Joan Johnston’s Cowboy series! Her writing is fantastic! Have you read any of her books? I have already read all your books! Several times. Waiting on your new one. Thank you!

  33. Shannon
      · September 29th, 2015 at 6:51 pm · Link

    I just went to go and purchase your new book Christmas in Mustang Creek. I am a huge fan and have read your books for decades. However, a paperback copy is 8.99 while an ebook version is OVER 11 dollars.

    I suspect that you do not control the prices of the books but at this rate I will NOT be purchasing the book. I am saddened by this but I refuse to be gouged because ebooks are popular.

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