#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

My (Modified) Atlanta Adventure

Well, cowgirls, I managed, with a lot of help from my friends, to make it to the Romantic Times Conference after all.  Not bad for a woman virtually climbing out of a sick bed to board a plane!  I had originally intended to attend the entire conference, but that wasn’t in the cards.  Fortunately, with modifications, I managed to attend the Rhinestone Cowgirl party, a little shindig intended to honor my readers, chat a little, and say thank you.  The party, orchestrated by the amazing Nancy Berland, was a real success; everywhere you looked, there was a cowgirl wearing a blinking Western hat.  We did a lot of laughing, shared hugs, and even cried a few tears together.

Saturday evening, I hosted a dinner, with lots of help from Nancy and Mike Berland and Super Jen, and several readers were invited to join us.  We ate at a great restaurant called Cuts, swapped stories, and generally got to know each other.  It was, along with the party earlier in the day, one of the most memorable experiences of my life.  Although the picture above, courtesy of Super Jen, is a little dark, I hope you can make out our happy faces!

Since I’m conserving my strength, I returned to this hotel room right after dinner and I have essentially been here ever since.  Super Jen kindly fetched sandwiches and Smartwater, while I lounged and slept.  Then lounged and slept some more.  I want to be ready to WRITE when I get home!  We fly back to Spokane this evening, and I will be so glad to see my puppies and Mr. Wickle Pickle, my love-guru of a cat.  (His real name is Wiki.)  

This being Monday, there are winners to announce.  Congratulations to Betsy and to Beverly Sivacek.  You will each receive a signed copy of my latest books, with my best regards and sincere gratitude.  A new contest begins, with the usual rules, i.e., if you comment, you’re entered.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified by Super Jen, and announced on the blog next Monday.  (Give or take a day. :)  Each will receive an autographed book.

Be well.  And if you are well, be grateful.  If this illness has taught me anything, it has been appreciation for my normal good health.

51 comments to “My (Modified) Atlanta Adventure”

  1. Teresa Fordice
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:09 pm · Link

    So glad to hear that you are on the mend finally and had a good time while in Atlanta!

  2. Regina Merchant
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:09 pm · Link

    So sorry you are sick and hope you feel better soon!!!! I know you are probably glad to be back home; home always makes me feel better if I’m sick. I love your books and look forward to each new release!!

  3. Sue Gahagan
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:13 pm · Link

    Wishing you a healthy year and take care.

  4. Linda Beaudoin
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Hope you continue to feel better. Glad you were able to attend the dinner.

  5. Susan Craig
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:22 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are on the mend.

  6. Lynn Hill
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:28 pm · Link

    Oh Linda, please, please take care of yourself! We can’t have our favorite author sick! Congrats to the winners!

  7. Clarita Goodspeed
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:29 pm · Link

    So happy to hear you were able to make a modified trip at least. I understand how you felt. I attended my granddaughters wedding in Texas a 6 hour trip barely able to talk , coughing constantly and just being miserable. I dreaded the long trip back but all in all the wedding was beautiful and I got to see my out of town relatives who attended too. Hope by now you are feeling much better.

  8. Peggy Rubach
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:30 pm · Link

    Happy you were able to attend at least part of the convention. Take ot easy, though, and travel safe back home!

  9. DONNA
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:30 pm · Link

    Glad your feeling better & were able to make part of the convention.

  10. pat yates
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:32 pm · Link

    Sorry you have been under the weather. Seems a lot of illness in my neighborhood. GOD is smiling on me as always. Health is good enough that I can help out older friends, mow my 1 1/2 acre, work my garden and can my veggies. 74 next month Still drive like I stole my car too. :) Believe me when I say how much I know how well off I am.
    Just finished viviting with Angus, Holt, Rafe, Kade and Jeb and all their families and adventures. Just love them.
    Keep smiling God loves you!!!

  11. Debra Wright
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Hope you’re feeling better! You’re awesome!

  12. mary hutton
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:44 pm · Link

    Wishing you well. TIme heals. Lots and lots of rest is the best medicine i know of. From 2008 until 2012 i had some serious illnesses but with lots if resting and good books i’ve managed to get healthy again. Believe me patience is a real virtue. Have started a little spring cleaning and ran across the book Used To Be Lovers. Have the original copy and didnt realize that so had gone out and got the 2015 copy Reread the old copy and still love the story. Going through a floor to ceiling book case in our family room Ran across several surprises. Cant wait to get out for a copy of the new civil war book. Sending GOd’s blessings your way

  13. dixie hadley
      · May 8th, 2017 at 1:45 pm · Link

    looks like everyone had a good time. So glad you were able to attend at least part of the wonderful activities. Praying you will be up and about and feeling fit as a fiddle SOON.
    You are such an inspiration to all of us.
    Dixie Hadley

  14. Melaine
      · May 8th, 2017 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Have a good trip back home, and I hope you are well soon. It’s just a bummer to be so sick. I just finished Forever a Hero. I’ll look forward to reading all six books in the Mustang Creek series again in the future.

  15. Gwenda Underwood
      · May 8th, 2017 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Prayers for recovery!!

  16. Juanita Rice
      · May 8th, 2017 at 2:19 pm · Link

    Happy to hear you are better. Welcome home!! :)

  17. Alison B.
      · May 8th, 2017 at 2:30 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear that your still not feeling 100%. I hope you continue on the road to recovery.

  18. Gloria Herring
      · May 8th, 2017 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Betsy, and to Beverly Sivacek!!

    Linda, I hope and pray you get over this and feel better soon. I don’t want scare you, but the last two people I knew of that had what they thought was the flu and it went on and on and on, found out too late they had cancer. I don’t want anything to happen to you, so please have it checked out when you get back home.

    In the meantime, take care of yourself. God BLESS!!!

  19. Diana E.
      · May 8th, 2017 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Glad you were able to make it to your “shindig”, sounds like you had a good time. I’m really concerned about you and sorry to hear you’re not 100% yet. Take it easy and get better! Sending prayers and blessings!

  20. Caryn Horn
      · May 8th, 2017 at 3:07 pm · Link

    Oh Linda, please get well quickly. It’s really tough to attend something like that when you’re sick. I know your furbabies will be glad to see you! Take care and don’t rush back to writing if you don’t feel up to it. You come first!!

  21. Ann Bartholomew
      · May 8th, 2017 at 3:26 pm · Link

    So glad you were able to make the trip and hope it didn’t wear you out too much. Southern KY is having beautiful spring weather so I’m enjoying the sunshine and a good book. I’m going back to start the Mustang Creek books. Then I’ll be ready for the latest book in the fall. Continue to get well!!

  22. Kathy
      · May 8th, 2017 at 3:35 pm · Link

    I’m glad you were able to attend RT this year. It’s been several years since I attended and I remember what a fabulous time it was. Next time I attend, I’ll be able to go as a published author! I hope you feel better soon. As a writer, I understand how much your well being is connected to your creativity. Take care of yourself and get well soon. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Needless to say, I love you books and want you well so you can continue to bring us your wonderful stories.

  23. cheryl Gagne
      · May 8th, 2017 at 4:24 pm · Link

    So glad to hear you are feeling good enough to go, but expect to be worn out again when you get home. I have been home sick (also in Spokane) the last several weeks but felt better the end of last week. So, my sister and I took her grandson to the Keller Jr Rodeo on Saturday. We had a great time but as soon as I got home it was back to bed.

  24. Linda
      · May 8th, 2017 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Get well, and safe travels

  25. Carol Luciano
      · May 8th, 2017 at 5:16 pm · Link

    Happy to hear you made it to part of the convention. Praying for you to heal and be back to good health soon. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Carol L

  26. Fran F.
      · May 8th, 2017 at 5:20 pm · Link

    Glad you were able to get to at least part of the Atlanta trip. Hope you start feeling much better soon. Praying for your speedy recovery.

  27. Virginia Horton
      · May 8th, 2017 at 5:23 pm · Link

    I have been sick a lot myself so I know where you are coming from. I hope you get a lot better and can start writing again soon.

  28. judy (jep)
      · May 8th, 2017 at 5:39 pm · Link

    What good news to find out that you were able to be at the Romantic Times Conference at least for some of it. Praying you will feel much better soon! Cowgirl-friends are special folks for sure, glad you were able to be with them.

  29. Lois Rotella
      · May 8th, 2017 at 5:43 pm · Link

    So sorry you are still under the weather. Glad you got to go to the conference. I hope you feel better and safe travels.

  30. Cathy
      · May 8th, 2017 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Was great meeting you and your team in Atlanta the hats were so much fun and I took an extra one home for my Mom who loves it keep getting better from the nurse

  31. Donna McCord
      · May 8th, 2017 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Just waiting for your next book. Hope you are feeling better!!!!

  32. Kelley Morrow
      · May 8th, 2017 at 7:04 pm · Link

    Hope you have a blessed week Linda!

  33. Ruby Norwood
      · May 8th, 2017 at 7:34 pm · Link

    Hope you get back to your normal 100% real soon! Take care and will talk to you the next time. Congrats to the winners Betsy and Beverly Sivacek. Hope everyone has a great week!!

  34. Diane Sallans
      · May 8th, 2017 at 8:36 pm · Link

    RT looked like a lot of fun – just saw a picture of you with Caroline Lee (who also shared pictures of her cutie Princess Wiggles). I hope you didn’t overdo and get 100% well soon – I’ve been trying to kick a cough for over a month). 8-O

  35. Jo Ann Holcomb
      · May 8th, 2017 at 10:10 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your on the mend. Also glad to hear you were able to some of you wanted to see & enjoy. Somewhere down the road hope more of Mustang Valley. Diffently getting warmer here in Clovis, CA so hope warmer in your area so you can get out some & that will help you to better. the best always, Jo Ann

  36. Jan
      · May 8th, 2017 at 10:12 pm · Link

    Happy to hear you’re enjoying your self in atlanta. Hope you have a great trip home.

  37. Leanna
      · May 8th, 2017 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Glad you were feeling enough better that you were able to attend some of the events. Whenever I get sick I always appreciate the times I feel good.

  38. Elaine Key
      · May 8th, 2017 at 10:46 pm · Link

    Hurry up and get well. Hope you made it home safely. I know your babies will be glad to see you.

  39. Patti
      · May 9th, 2017 at 5:58 am · Link

    It seems like you have not been feeling very well for quite a while. I am sending a prayer that you feel better soon.

  40. Jane
      · May 9th, 2017 at 6:40 am · Link

    It’s commendable that you attended the dinner – couldn’t let your fans down. I am sure it was appreciated!

  41. Rose Marie Moran
      · May 9th, 2017 at 9:16 am · Link

    sure hope you are feeling ‘up to par’ to get all your writing done

  42. Lisa murray
      · May 9th, 2017 at 9:23 am · Link

    Get well Linda. And take all the time you need. We will all be waiting

  43. Tammy Carter
      · May 9th, 2017 at 9:29 am · Link

    Get well, safe travels.

  44. Eriko
      · May 9th, 2017 at 10:16 am · Link

    You are a trouper! Rest and get 100%!

  45. Elma Lamoureux
      · May 9th, 2017 at 8:16 pm · Link

    It is hard being ill when you are away from home. Hope you are better now that you’re home again. Keep getting well.

  46. April Mc Vey
      · May 9th, 2017 at 9:20 pm · Link

    Hope your feeling better soon. It always seems to take more energy in recovery!

  47. Nancy Rieks
      · May 10th, 2017 at 2:41 pm · Link

    So good to hear you are on the mend just don’t rush it to fast..We want you to stay well for a long time.

  48. Janet Hurt
      · May 10th, 2017 at 8:37 pm · Link

    So glad you had a good time albeit you were sick. Hope you had a safe flight home. Look forward to hearing from you.

  49. Sharon Sovereign
      · May 11th, 2017 at 8:37 am · Link

    Sounds like you had fun. Hope you’re feeling much better.

  50. Joanne B
      · May 11th, 2017 at 2:24 pm · Link

    So sorry you’re feeling sick. Hope you start feeling well soon. I’m glad you made it to some of the RT conference and had fun.

  51. Rhonda Dickinson
      · May 11th, 2017 at 3:24 pm · Link

    Hope you are feeling better Linda! It is sure no fun to be sick. Glad you got to go on your trip!

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