#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Saturday blog plus prattle

I’m up early today, to get a jumpstart on my writing.  Neecie (one of Bernice’s many nicknames) is beside me in her office  bed, getting a jumpstart on sleeping.  :)

I was supposed to announce last week’s winners yesterday, but alas, it didn’t happen–so here they are:

Wendy Mathews and Diane Sallans, you’ll be receiving your prizes soon.  Congratulations!

Well, we’ve run out of Sister Pam’s beautiful jewelry, but hang in there.  We have surprises in mind–and don’t forget the Amazon and Barnes and Noble gift cards I’ll be offering between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

How would you feel about artist trading cards, moi originals, as prizes, along with the signed books, of course?  Let me know.  :)

Thanks too for the reminders of other authors I loved, especially Victoria Holt.  I remember a book–couldn’t tell you the title–in which the hero and heroine hid on the beach overnight, under an overturned boat.  Nothing happened, and yet it was one of the most sensual scenes ever–right up there with Rhett Butler carrying Scarlett up the stairs.  (Sizzle.) 

Does anybody remember Faith Baldwin?

My favorite Taylor Caldwell book was DEFINITELY “Testimony of Two Men.”  I also loved the TV mini-series, starring David Birney–wow, it was great, and he was one sexy doctor, let me tell you.  I was madly in love with that character for YEARS.  (I have realized it’s the character I fall in love with–Brad Pitt as Tristan in “Legends of the Fall”, Michael Landon–of course, as Little Joe, Jimmy Stewart in every part he ever played, ditto Cary Grant.

My favorite time-travel book: “The Mirror”, by Marlyss Milheiser.  (Well worth looking for on ebay or Amazon, though it’s been out of print for a long time.  This one kept me up all one night, and I was afraid to look in any mirrors.)   :)

When I was very (very) young, I enjoyed the Bobbsey Twins and LOVED Trixie Belden.  Like Nancy Drew, Trixie was a gutsy chick–just younger, that’s all, and she had herself some real adventures.  I never got into the Hardy Boys or Cherry Ames, Student Nurse (may be misspelled), but I knew plenty of people who did.

Our favorite books and movies say a lot about us as people, I think, and what we value.

In “It’s a Wonderful Life”, for instance, we’re reminded that, even with problems, life is something to be grateful for, and, furthermore, we’re supposed to be exactly who we are.  There is definitely a Larger Plan, and every last one of us plays a valuable part, whether we know it or not. 

In “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”–I seem to be on a Jimmy Stewart kick here–we see integrity and courage in action.  (Oh, that real senators and representatives were more like Mr. Smith  Just imagine if they actually did their jobs.  Bet their paychecks didn’t stop with the recent shutdown.)

OK, I’m ranting now, but I have to paraphrase Will Rodgers as I step down off my soap box: When you and I make a joke, it’s a joke.  When Congress makes a joke, it’s a law.

Enjoy your weekend, and come back on Monday, when a new contest begins! 


35 comments to “Saturday blog plus prattle”

  1. Fran
      · November 16th, 2013 at 11:09 am · Link

    You mentioned movies this week and one of my all time favorite Christmas movies is “Come to the Stable” which stars Loretta Young and Celeste Holm, along with Elsa Lanchester. I have both VHS and DVD copies of it just to make sure I have all bases covered. It’s moving as well as comedic. See if you can find it, I think you’ll like it also.

    Happy Thanksgiving,

    • linda
        · November 18th, 2013 at 1:03 pm · Link

      It’s one of my favorites, too. Along with “The Bishop’s Wife”.

  2. Denise King
      · November 16th, 2013 at 11:46 am · Link

    Hello Linda, I wonder if you or any of my fellow fans of yours know the name of this author, she wrote 2 books of time travel. One was Journey into yesterday and Return to Yesterday, I read those 2 books years ago and would love to have them, but I can’t remember the author’s name. You mentioned old movies also, I’m trying to find a movie called The Five Pennies, staring Danny Kaye and Barbra Bel Geddes, that was a great movie. Have a great weekend also.

    • Gloria
        · November 16th, 2013 at 12:14 pm · Link

      To: Denise King

      Journey to Yesterday (Yesterday #1) by June Lund Shiplett
      Published March 1st 1983 by Signet

      I hope this helps. I think Amazon may have some for sale.

      • linda
          · November 18th, 2013 at 1:04 pm · Link

        Another fabulous storyteller! I was privileged to know June, and I adored her books.

  3. Diane M
      · November 16th, 2013 at 11:58 am · Link

    I too live all the movies with Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant. Favorites would have to be Its a Wonderful Life and Father Goose. They don’t make them like that any more. It has been a tradition in our house since I was a child to watch It’s a Wonderful Life every year.

    I haven’t been able toread much lately as I now have a full time job (same company different location) and the musical I am stage managing has taken up so much of my time. We are doing Seussical the Musical this weekend. I am reading the first of you Big Sky books and love it. Can’t wait to finish and start on the second one. I truly hope everyone that reads your blog has a wonderful weekend and a glorious holiday season. :-P

  4. Gloria
      · November 16th, 2013 at 12:08 pm · Link

    Linda, I’d like to tell you that I’m glad you have the courage to say what most of us are thinking about Washington and most of the ones who are supposed to be working for us, instead of taking everything we’ve worked for. And, holding out their hands for more. And, I agree that their paychecks didn’t stop.

    When people on SS get a raise in January, if we even get one, it’ll be less than $20.00 a month, while they take part of that to pay for our medicare, and…everything else goes up, their pay will increase several thousand a week. Only united prayer will help us.

    I received a Bobbsey Twins book for Christmas one time. I was maybe 12. I loved that book, but don’t know what ever happened to it. And, I’ve read a lot of the Cherry Ames, Student Nurse books, but I was grown and checked them out of the Library. I used to read everything I could find about the Australian Outback, by any author who wrote about it. That was back when romance was love, not sex.

    My favorite time travel books were 2 that was written by you. I’d like to see you write one on a reunion with the 2 cousins.

    Have a good weekend. I’m off to clean out the shack I live in and see if I can find a wider path through it before Monday. :-D Say some prayers for me, please.

  5. judy
      · November 16th, 2013 at 12:10 pm · Link

    I read some good books in the 80’s, but can not remember the author. They were a mystery and written in Louisiana. I think it was a serise, not sure. I like the older books. You had to us you mind and now it is all written out for you.
    I like your ranting. Alot of it make sence. Have a good weekend.

  6. Karen McClung
      · November 16th, 2013 at 12:25 pm · Link

    Loved Faith Baldwin, My fave Cary Grant movie is “To catch a
    thief”, or anything with Audrey Hepburn……..and any western
    with Jimmy Stewart……..but best was Bell Book and Candle.
    Or Rear Window………….

    Have a great week….

    Karen McClung

  7. Ruby Norwood
      · November 16th, 2013 at 12:32 pm · Link

    Congrats to Wendy and Diane. Linda I think the artist trading cards would be nice, but I would just love to have a signed book from you even though I have all of your books. Please don’t get me started about politics I could talk crap about that all day. Everyone have a good weekend.


  8. Sherry Wallace
      · November 16th, 2013 at 12:33 pm · Link

    Love all that you said about Congress & couldn’t agree more!! Hey, trading cards would be great, but sure hate I missed out on the jewelry :(. In my childhood what hooked me on books, already being an avid horse lover, were all those stories about The Black – wow, and the movie was spectacular when it came out some years ago. If I had seen the movie as a kid I would have probable run away to camp out @ a race track! Then there was another super horse just like the Black called Flame, with several books of his adventures – WOW, I was in heaven reading & being transported in time through those books

  9. Renae Kinsey
      · November 16th, 2013 at 12:39 pm · Link

    Artist trading cards are a great idea!!!
    Stay well and stay warm!

  10. rosemary
      · November 16th, 2013 at 1:02 pm · Link

    Artist Trading Cards is a grand plan!

  11. Wendy Mathews
      · November 16th, 2013 at 1:43 pm · Link

    Victoria Holt wrote the best stories, I love Mistress of Mellyn, The Night of the Hunter’s Moon….all were good. And Trixie Belden…read them all! :) Many happy hours spent lost in those books.

    • Gloria
        · November 16th, 2013 at 8:16 pm · Link


  12. Diane Sallans
      · November 16th, 2013 at 2:17 pm · Link

    I read my aunt’s Bobbsey Twins and Cherry Aames books (made me think I wanted to be a nurse) too.

    to I like the trading cards, what I really like is the magnetized cards (the size of a business card) – I’m building a collage on my fridge and is often noticed by visitors.

    • Gloria
        · November 16th, 2013 at 8:16 pm · Link


  13. Linda Pegher
      · November 16th, 2013 at 3:01 pm · Link

    I too loved the Bobsey Twins as well as Trixie Beldon and her friend, Honey Wheeler. Cherry Ames and Sue Belton were my favorite nurses. Emilie Loring was the first series that I collected every book (about 30) writen. She could write love scenes (without sex) that made my young heart go pitter-patter. I stil have the entire set, but they are so old that
    they are just packed away so they don’t fall apart. My first romances were written by Gladys Malvern based on historical characters like Ruth, Esther, Dolly Madison, Lafayette’s daughter, & others. They are starting yo put some of her books on Kindle. Thank you for introducing the topic of well loved books and authors. It brought back many fond memories!

  14. Gloria
      · November 16th, 2013 at 3:14 pm · Link

    Linda, would the lady in the comic be named Katie Keene, by any chance?

    I just went back and reread your last Blog, and thanks for the comment.

    But, I thought I’d answer about the comic book lady in this one, in case you don’t go back.

    I hope you’re having a good and Godly weekend. So far, my path through the shack isn’t any wider. :(

    • linda
        · November 18th, 2013 at 11:27 am · Link

      YES!!! The character was Katie Keene! Thank you!

  15. Terrie Fulk
      · November 16th, 2013 at 3:15 pm · Link

    Artist trading cards would be awesome. I have gotten a few and it kinda takes me back to when I would get bubble gum and collect those cards. I love being nostalgia that way. :lol:

  16. Betsy Nulton
      · November 16th, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Loved Trixie Belden! Named my springers Trixie and Honey for my favorite childhood books.

    Have a good weekend!

  17. Diana E
      · November 16th, 2013 at 3:45 pm · Link

    I’ve been watching a lot of Hallmark movies, I’m a diehard Romance fan, what can I say. Have a wonderful weekend Linda and I’d like your fans to pray for another author, Catherine Anderson’s sister, whos cancer has just returned. Thanks. Blessings.

  18. Lois Rotella
      · November 16th, 2013 at 5:26 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies. I would a trading card. It would be very special. I also remember reading Victoria Holts’s books.Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart were some of my favorite authors. Have a good weekend. Get some rest.

  19. Pat Parker
      · November 16th, 2013 at 6:04 pm · Link

    Funny you should mention Cherry Ames, Student nurse. When I was young I saved for all that series, and could never figure out how or when my mom got rid of all my books!
    As an adult I would go to antique and second hand stores and couldn’t resist buying the Cherry Ames books I found. Just this weekend I donated those books to the church sale. I wasn’t going to be reading them anymore, and my granddaughters weren’t interested. But boy, I sure love those books when I was young. Maybe that is why I became a nurse. Never made that connection before.

  20. Juanita Rice
      · November 16th, 2013 at 6:08 pm · Link

    Oh, my gosh! I have “The Mirror” and have read it several times! A number of years ago I had to clear away books to make room for more and gave away so many. “The Mirror” stayed. For some reason I couldn’t let it go. Time to read it again, I think.

  21. Joy
      · November 16th, 2013 at 6:11 pm · Link

    I remember reading the “Boxcar Children” stories…one or more/can’t remember. I thought it would be fascinating to live in a boxcar. I have always loved trains and riding by train…hmmm…maybe that’s why I was so fascinated, plus my dad hitched a ride in a boxcar back in the day…taking him from his home in Montana to the Oregon coast for work in the lumber mills.

  22. frances
      · November 16th, 2013 at 7:36 pm · Link

    You got me thinking of all the books I have read over the years.I love to read and what I read Usually depends on my mood. One book I read over and over again was a loooong book written by Mary Dahiem(may not of spelled her name right.) It was called A pirates love. I instantly fell inlove with the characters. I have fallen in love many times since. I still have a copy of MY OUT LAW!!!I am wondering when you will come out with a third book on mojo sheepshanks? Love Tucker lol!!!!! :roll: :oops:

    • linda
        · November 18th, 2013 at 1:08 pm · Link

      Mary is a friend of mine–what a sense of humor she has.

  23. Pam Brewer
      · November 16th, 2013 at 8:58 pm · Link

    All I can say is ditto to what everyone else is saying, about the artist trading cards, books and the government. Have a happy weekend all!

  24. Carole Sklenar
      · November 17th, 2013 at 7:13 pm · Link

    Will Rogers never missed a beat did he? And most of the writers you mentioned were some of my favorites too. And I don’t remember the title of the book either by Virginia Hold, but I sure remember that scene. Another author I loved was Frank G Slaughter. Loved his books on the Civil War.

  25. Connie Johnson
      · November 17th, 2013 at 10:56 pm · Link

    Trading cards, a great idea.

  26. marilyn
      · November 18th, 2013 at 9:55 am · Link

    Isn’t that the truth about congress! My favorite books are the Odyssey in poem form by Homer, the bride of Killerkian published in 1964 but still a favorite, the Scarlet Pimpernell and Agnes Sligh Turnbulls The Wedding Bargain. I loved reading Victoria Holt and many others when I was younger and I still have copies of many favorites.

  27. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · November 19th, 2013 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Trixie Belden! I still have my entire collection. You’re right about our book choices staying with us.

  28. susan Leech
      · December 3rd, 2013 at 12:52 pm · Link

    My goodness I haven’t hear the name Faith Baldwin in years and yes I do remember her books. I loved her books and I was very much a teen when I read them. What fond memories you have surfaced for me with her name. sue Leech

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