#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


On time–sort of :)

I recently discovered a remedy for insomnia–I placed 3 tumbled bloodstones in a little bowl of water and set them on my bedside table.  Well, my friends, this technique works a little too well–I didn’t even stir until 9:30 this morning, which, for me, is the middle of the day.  (I can just hear my dad.  “Roll out!  We’re burnin’ daylight!”) Of course I was awake, listening to a British suspense novel, “Precious Thing”, on my iPod, until quite late, and I’m sure that didn’t help.  Still, I think I’d better cut back to 1 stone, just to be on the safe side.  :)

As an aside, here are a few more reliable gemstone sellers: on Ebay, mininggems, and on Etsy, thesagegoddess, blisscrystals, and ilovelotus.  Check them out–even if you don’t want to buy, the pictures are splendid and several of them include interesting information about the stones.

There has been a change of plans on the writing front: I will be finishing the Christmas book later and diving straight into the second novel in the Bliss County Brides series, THE MARRIAGE CHARM.  I’m working up an outline of the plot today and will start the actual story tomorrow.  I expect this story to flow, since I already know the characters and the setting from writing THE MARRIAGE PACT. 

I hope some of you are entertaining angels.  :)  It was an enjoyable experience for me, if a very subtle one.  I didn’t want them to leave, as I mentioned yesterday, but I know there is at least one angel assigned to me, here for the duration.  I just need to remember that, and say howdy sometimes. 

Since the visit, I’ve developed a fondness for flameless candles–they glow so beautifully and, as I’ve said before, they’re pretty much Linda-proof.  (I am a major klutz and sometimes forgetful in the bargain.) 

Glass jars full of gems and adorn my office window-sill, and I love the way they shine in the sunlight.  Yesterday, I lined up all my favorites on the deck railing to catch the rays–crystals love sunshine (don’t we all), and it allegedly recharges their energy.  I find my beautiful glass pyramid boxes do the same thing–I leave them overnight and when I hold them again, they all but jump around in my hand, they’re so wired.  I used a nice specimen of malachite to soothe my sore ankle before bed last night, and, as you won’t be surprised to learn, it worked.  Moss agate is my other staple, both for stress and for aches and pains.

You might say I’ve got my own stone apothecary going here, with all these lovely glass jars and boxes lining shelves.

I’ve finished my piece for the Cloth, Paper, Scissors reader challenge, too.  I will be uploading the image onto their site soon, and I will include a link when it’s a done deal.  I have to keep reminding myself that my goal was to make and submit a piece of art–the results are, of course, out of my hands.  Once I’ve taken the required photos and sent them in, I will have met the goal–a big one for me, because I tend to be fairly shy about my art work.

Have you commented?  This week’s contest is in full swing.  :)

May you be showered in sunlight.

41 comments to “On time–sort of :)”

  1. Judy Eagle
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 4:29 pm · Link

    I Think that is such a nice way to say good bye may you be showered in sunlight. I wish the same for you too. :)



  2. Betty Hamilton
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Thank you for your posts! They are always so interesting.



  3. DONNA
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 4:42 pm · Link

    It’s been years since i slept until 9:30 – sounds wonderful to me!
    The bloodstones sound better that any over the counter medicine.



    • linda
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        · April 3rd, 2014 at 1:52 pm · Link

      They are. :)



  4. Sherry Wallace
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 4:49 pm · Link

    I can’t quite get my mind around the “power” of these gemstone



    • linda
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        · April 3rd, 2014 at 1:54 pm · Link

      Stones aren’t magic–they magnify the healing power within you.



  5. Virginia Horton
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 4:50 pm · Link

    I love hearing about your gemstones. Its a beautiful day here and I have really enjoyed it. Hope to have more days like this. :-D



  6. Patty C
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 4:52 pm · Link

    Sounds like you’re your old self again; busy, busy, busy. :) Love to read your post. This weekend I finished reading Knights, My Outlaw & Pirates. Will you be making more time travel novels? (I hope so) Can hardly wait for June 1st; The Marraige Pact. HURRAY!!! Sure which I could travel to the future and obtain this book. :) Have a great busy day! :)



  7. Lynn Allen
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 4:52 pm · Link

    Love the posts and reminder about angels!!!



  8. Mary Goodman
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 4:57 pm · Link

    I have to try this .I love your posts some of them makes me think but all remains me to be thankful.Glad your doing better.



  9. Ruby Norwood
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 5:08 pm · Link

    I sure am going to get me some Bloodstones, so I can get some sleep. I get about 4 1/2 hrs. every night. Thanks for that info Linda and a lot more that you have shared with us fans. We want have to wait long now for The Marriage Pact. Like you said Linda may you be showered in sunlight.



  10. judy
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 5:12 pm · Link

    Your gem comments were very good today. So glad you are up and going now. It is hard to wait for the next book to come out. :)



  11. Martha Harward
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 5:42 pm · Link

    I would LOVE to see photos of your beloved gemstones on the deck, the candles; pictures of everything you describe. How ’bout more info about the angle’s visitations; I missed reading the blog you introduced them in, apparently, cause I am wondering if the angel visits were Heavenly – which I do believe in, or, well, just fill me in, please. I am very interested in knowing, for my own usage. Thanks Linda. Oh, and could you PLEASE write more about Olivia Obalivan and her visits/seeing her grampa? I did SO enjoy that McKettrick series, as well as the O’balivan stories. AS WELL AS Mojo’s stories! PLEEESE?! & THANK YOU! I Do SO love the way you write about the paranormal!



  12. Shirley Miller
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 6:02 pm · Link

    I’m enjoying the book you recommended, STEPS ON THE STONE PATH, by Robert Sardello. I’m sure we all have our own “stone stories.” My most significant interaction with a stone began when I took note of a white… quartz?… sharply angled rock in a parking lot. I was in the middle of a day’s drive and I am always on the edge of being hopelessly lost – no sense of direction at all. This particular stone caught my attention and seemed to offer help; somehow that thought just came into my mind. I picked it up. It buzzed in my hand. I keep this stone at hand whenever I drive and when I begin to feel that awful, “Oh, no, where am I?” feeling, I hold it and I am absolutely certain it communicates with me.



    • linda
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        · April 3rd, 2014 at 1:56 pm · Link

      I love stories like this! Stones seem to choose us, rather than the other way around. Thanks for sharing.



  13. Patricia Taylor
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 6:08 pm · Link

    We definitely need sunshine here. It has been one long gloomy winter. Only been getting bits of sunshine now and then. Come on, Spring!



  14. Rosemary
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, please post some pictures of your jars of stones, they sound lovely.



  15. Marcy Collins
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Linda I am really impressed by ailments that can be relieved by stones and minerals! I appreciate learning more of this through your newsletters! Thank you!



  16. Tommie Morris
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 7:01 pm · Link

    Now aside from the Moss agates, I must acquire Bloodstones?( Do I tumble them myself?) I have sooooo much trouble sleeping! Now my problem is locating somewhere near here to get them!I’m not a credit card person, so I can’t buy on ebay! I had a paypal acct., & it cost me quite a bit,because of a mistake,& I can’t afford that mistake again.Thinking on this dilemma….. :roll:



  17. Diana E.
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 7:11 pm · Link

    Your glass pyramid boxes sounds intriguing. I enjoyed the sunshine here today too, don’t think it will last long but when its out………
    you know the Pacific NW! Looking forward to your book. Blessings.



  18. Terri Shortell
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 7:34 pm · Link

    I’ll have to try the bloodstone trick. I always have problems getting and staying asleep. Congrats on getting the art work done. Good luck on the book.



  19. Debbie C
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 7:35 pm · Link

    Linda I’d love to know if there are any books that you like regarding gems and crystals, like a gemstone bible. I’m patiently waiting for my first order of gemstones and crystals.



    • linda
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        · April 3rd, 2014 at 1:58 pm · Link

      I like to recommend THE BOOK OF STONES by Robert Simmons and a partner, as well as any of Judy Hall’s books on the subject.



      • Debbie C
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          · April 4th, 2014 at 5:32 pm · Link

        Thank you. I was looking at some of Judy Hall books. I always appreciate a recommendation. :)



  20. Joy N
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 7:40 pm · Link

    I love your “showered” in sunlight…isn’t that a dichotomy? or some other English language quirk. Well, anyway…more sunshine, the better mental health I have. Your stones stories and experiences are wonderful to hear about. I have collected agates and such since I was little. Then, later in life, a friend introduced me to the rock and gem shows and seeing all those delightfully colorful, shiny rocks just gets into my blood. I’d be the kind to want to buy one of everything. Enjoy.



  21. Lea Williams
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Yesterday and today have been just been awesome. I did not ride today but played with my mare and helped a granddaughter get saddled up to ride.Maybe tomorrow. To be honest I am a little skeptical about the stones. Keep talking about them. Blessings



  22. Patricia Drennen
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 8:17 pm · Link

    I love your daily chats and always look forward to them.Don’t stop



  23. Nadine Spradlin
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 8:49 pm · Link

    Linda, so glad that you got a good night’ sleep. I’m sure as shoot en gonna find some blood stones . can’t remember the last time a good nights sleep was had in my house . am looking forward the new book coming in June !!!!!!!!! Have another Blessed night ..



  24. Lois Rotella
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 8:58 pm · Link

    Love to hear about your stones. It is interesting. I love the sunshine we are having now. It brightens the day. Have a good writing days ahead.



  25. Emily
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 10:16 pm · Link

    Sounds as tho all things are “coming up roses for you”! How cool is that.

    Would love to sleep in sometime, but still haven’t got that under control yet.

    Have a great week, writing, and enjoying all things that make you happy!



  26. Rita
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      · April 1st, 2014 at 10:43 pm · Link

    If you slept that late, you must have needed it. Enjoy!



  27. Jo-Ann
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      · April 2nd, 2014 at 7:46 am · Link

    Hi Linda. Waiting for the weather to get warm here. Been a long winter and tired of it! The sun warm yesterday for the first time in a long time an I hung my sheets out to dry. They dryed as smelled so good to sleep in.
    Can’t wait for a new book to come out. Will there be another Christmas with the Creeds or McKrettricks ? Love all them.
    Thanks again for all the wonderful Books!



  28. Andrea Lammly
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      · April 2nd, 2014 at 8:29 am · Link

    I have pre-ordered “The Marriage Pact”. Can’t wait for the release. I think I’m going to try some of your stones along with my therapy for my plantar fasciitis. I always say if you oversleep like that, your body must have needed the rest. Starting to warm up here in Vermont! Supposed to get to 48 today! First time since last October. :) Enjoy the day!



  29. Rhonda Terstegge
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      · April 2nd, 2014 at 8:41 am · Link

    must have missed yesterdays blog – sounds like I better go back & find it & read it



  30. Sharon S.
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      · April 2nd, 2014 at 5:09 pm · Link

    Linda, thank you for all your wonderful books. I am listening to A Man From Stone Creek, yet again and have the other 3 lined up in the car. I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve listened to that book. I think its my favorite. I received a Nook for Christmas so most of my books are free downloads. I also plan to re-read the first book I ever read by you…the first in the Orphan Train series, Lily and the Major. Thank you, again for keeping me centered.



  31. Gloria
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      · April 2nd, 2014 at 5:33 pm · Link

    I’m glad you got to sleep late, and I pray your day is going great today. It is beautiful today, here in upper SC.



  32. Donna Lohrer
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      · April 2nd, 2014 at 7:42 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I so enjoy reading your blogs everyday! I too collect gemstones and crystals. I just bought from Etsy a staurolite necklace. Staurolite is known as the Fairy Cross. It was believed to be formed from tears the fairies shed when they heard the news of Christ’s death. It is so beautiful. When I where it I actually feel really good.



    • linda
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        · April 3rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm · Link

      I’ve got to check that one out!



  33. Ann Bartholomew
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      · April 2nd, 2014 at 9:11 pm · Link

    I am so excited about the new Christmas book. Clay and Dara Rose McKettrick are two of my favorite characters, as are Sawyer and Piper. You really know how to do Christmas!



  34. Sue Ellis
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      · April 3rd, 2014 at 2:11 pm · Link

    You lead a very interesting life. So many interests. Love reading your blogs and your books.



  35. Ida C
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      · April 3rd, 2014 at 10:36 pm · Link

    I’m totally fascinated by your stones and really must learn more about them. Them and the angels, that would likely keep me busy along with my present activities. Be well Linda, and enjoy all the sunshine you can. We’re expecting freezing rain tonite and tomorrow morning!! Take care all.



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