#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


The Big Reveal :)

First, however, I’ll announce last week’s winners, each of whom will receive an autographed copy of THE MARRIAGE PACT.  They are: Alice Johnson and Violette Ruffley.  Congratuations, ladies!  As for the rest of you, hang in there.  The new round begins today, and all you have to do to enter is make a comment.  Winners will receive emails from Super Jen asking for snail mail info.

As for my mystery guests–they were my dear friends, Buck and Goldie Taylor, to whom THE MARRIAGE PACT was dedicated.  Buck, as many of you know already, is a character actor (he played Newly on GUNSMOKE and has appeared in many, many other movies and TV programs) and a celebrated Western artist to boot.  He brought my GORGEOUS original watercolor painting of Michael Landon in the role of Little Joe Cartwright (be still my beating heart!), which is about to be hung in the place of honor over the fireplace.  You’ll be able to see a photo of Buck standing in my living room with the painting on the Official Linda Lael Miller Facebook page.  Goldie is a delight, a classically beautiful cowgirl (and accomplished barrel racer), adored by all who make her acquaintance. 

Goldie took some pictures of Buck trying to teach lunkheaded me a little about watercolor, down in my overstocked art room, and I’ll share them online once I get copies.  Talk about intimidating!  Buck had gotten up early, wandered out to the barn/pasture area, and sketched a couple of my horses.  He insisted that I add color to one of them, under his guidance, and I’m telling you, I just about broke out in a sweat!  I mean, really?  The man expected me to splash paint on a sketch that would bring who knows how much money at an auction????  Buck wouldn’t have it any other way, though, and the piece actually turned out pretty well–after all, it was still a Buck Taylor drawing.

We’d planned on driving up and surprising my mom (sorry, Mom), but in the end, I talked them out of it.  They’d driven all the way from Seattle on Saturday (several hundred miles) and had to head back to Seattle mid-morning Sunday to give back their rental car and catch a plane home to Texas.  I’ve invited them back for a longer stay, and since we all had such a great time, I’m pretty sure they’ll come.  They both love the country setting and Buck loves the studio–:).  Claims he’s been in art stores with less stuff. 

Gibson Grady Drew continues to thrive, thank God.  Gus, his mommy and daddy’s beagle, is taking his duties as resident guard-dog very seriously.  (I’ve been getting a lot of requests for photos of the little guy and, to be honest, no can do.  I have a strict policy against posting pictures of any of the little ones in our circle of family and friends.)

Our weather continues to be beautiful, and so far the fires are keeping their distance, at least from the Triple L.  I’d like to second those of you who asked for prayers for the firefighters–it takes a LOT of courage to battle those incomprehensibly hot blazes– and, of course, for families who’ve lost their homes or are in danger in any way.

 

78 comments to “The Big Reveal :)”

  1. Karen Machamer
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:15 pm · Link

    Love your books. :)



  2. Terri Shortell
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Sounds like you had a great time w your friends. My thoughts go out to all the people effected by the fires. Hope everyone stays safe. Don’t blame you for the no pic policy. Have to keep some boundaries when it comes to private and public life. Love your books and can’t wait for new ones. Have a great day everyone.



  3. sue gulley
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:23 pm · Link

    Your life is so interesting!!!LOVE your books!!!



  4. Peggy Casey
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:24 pm · Link

    What a fun weekend! I grew up watching Newly! I am excited to see the pictures! I did make it to Northport over the weekend. My dad’s car broke down so we went up and got him back on the road again. We walked the property a little bit, discussing a fall project that he needs done… really made me miss my mom! You know how awesome her smile was… it just isn’t home without her there.



  5. Gloria
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Alice Johnson and Violette Ruffley! Enjoy your books, ladies.

    I’m glad you had a good weekend with your friends.

    And, I’m glad your great nephew is doing so well.

    Have a good and Godly week ahead, Linda. You, your family, friends, and bloggers, be well.



  6. Deborah Rae Nelson
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:29 pm · Link

    Buck sounds very gracious. Visited his website and he keeps himself busy and committed.

    I’m looking forward to any pics that you post.

    Take care–fun and productive week–Later :wink: Deborah



  7. Pam paterakis
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Wow two great westerns represented in one blog! Go linda!!! :-D



  8. Pamela Black
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Linda it was and always is a joy to read your post. Many prayers to all and have a blessed week.



  9. Laura Ann Harris
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Little Joe Cartwright!!! That is awesome!



  10. Ann Bartholomew
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:55 pm · Link

    How awesome to have such special guests. Gunsmoke brings back lots of memories of simpler times long ago. The weather is beautiful here in southern KY with some clouds and a gentle breeze. Perfect for reading and Linda Lael Miller book on the porch swing. Even more perfect for getting a good check-up from my oncologist!



  11. Ruby Norwood
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Congrats to Alice and Violette!! I’m glad you had a enjoyable weekend, with Buck around it had to be good one and that handsome Michael Landon hanging over your Fireplace Wow….



  12. Betty Sparks
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Love your stories. I try to read all of them but I know I haven’t. I love the western series :-P



  13. Gwenda Underwood
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 4:11 pm · Link

    Prayers & much respect go out to all the fire fighters & their courage!!



  14. marilyn
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend, glad the little one is doing well and that you have a great week.



  15. Leanna
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 4:50 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great weekend!



  16. Paula L Rollins
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Loved reading your story about your visitors…so happy for you and them…spending the week at our local county fair helping my grand daughters and their friends. Enjoy life :-P



  17. Gwyn Beams
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 5:04 pm · Link

    remember Gunsmoke,stepfather loved westerns that and Palladin 2 of his favorites.waiting for more books. :wink: :) :-P



  18. judy
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 5:08 pm · Link

    God bless are firefighters. Glad you had a great time with your vitors



  19. Courtney Buchanan
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 5:11 pm · Link

    I love all of your books!!! I’m ready for a new one :)



  20. Jean browning
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 5:40 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, just wanted you to know how
    Impressed my husband was with your blog
    Today and your relating about Buck. Of course
    With my husband being an “old” Texas
    Boy he knew of Buck, his acting roles and his artistry.
    My husband told me he thought Buck also
    Played an instrument like a mandolin,
    Guitar or banjo? BTW. Loving “The Marriage Pact”.
    Thanks so much again.



    • linda
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      Buck is so talented that I wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear that he plays an instrument. He does a GREAT imitation of Jack Palance, too. :)



  21. Pamela Devereux
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 6:03 pm · Link

    Happy Monday. What an exciting weekend. Yes I remember Newly from Gunsmoke. My husband still watches it on the western channel. You must have been happy when he went out in the early morning to sketch some of your horses. I can hardly wait to see how you filled it in with color.

    I enjoy hearing about Gibson.We have come to love your little bundle of joy. You are correct in not posting pictures of him though.



  22. Lois Rotella
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 6:07 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies !!!! Wow !!! You had an interesting guest. I remember watching Gunsmoke and Bonansa. I remember once going to the area near Lake Tahoe where they filmed the outdoor scenes and inside the house for Bonansa. Glad to hear the baby is doing well and he has a pal watching out for him. :wink: Prays are still with all the firefighters and all the families.



  23. Betty Hamilton
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 6:13 pm · Link

    I just finished reading The Marriage Pact and loved it. I’ll be leaving a review at Good Reads and copy it to Library Thing and Amazon.com. I am hoping that this is part of a series and that there will be more books…. hopefully Melody and Bex stories! :)



  24. Diana E.
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a lovely weekend and lots of fun with your friends. Would love to see the picture of Little Joe. Continued prayers for the firefighters in your state and around the country.
    Congratulations to last weeks winners.
    Blessings.



  25. MARY ADAMS
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 6:57 pm · Link

    Love a good western. Weather it is a book or the oldies but goodies movies.



  26. Jamie Carollo
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 6:58 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great weekend!

    Oh and congrats to the winners!



  27. Carol S
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:04 pm · Link

    You better be careful swooning over Little Joe. Every girl he fell in love with on Bonanza ended up dead on the show.



    • linda
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      I know! I remember that it was fatal to be the girl Little Joe loved. :) Still, I would have risked it!



  28. Evelyn Parks
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:07 pm · Link

    Awesome! I grew up watching Gunsmoke and Bonanza. Both were such great shows. I love your books, haven’t read one yet that wasn’t great.



  29. Cecelia Kelsey
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:07 pm · Link

    I am so glad Gibson is doing so well! Gus, the beagle, would take his job seriously. Dogs are amazing creatures. So glad you do not post pictures. They have a right to privacy. I would love to see your sketches of the horses. I bet they are beautiful. I used to have horses and they were so interesting as well as fun to ride. They all have their own personality too!



  30. Cathy Green
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:07 pm · Link

    Love your books and your post’s are always interesting. I also loved all the westerns and John Wayne is still my favorite. I went out west this summer with my folks and didn’t see a cowboy (sigh) got back to TN and there was one in Cracker Barrell. Can’t wait until the next marriage pact book, as a quilter I loved the first one.
    :wink:



  31. Cricket McCloud
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:08 pm · Link

    Buck Taylor!! I still watch Gunsmoke and a few other oldies. Westerns are my favorite in books and movies.



  32. Rachael B.
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners! Thank you for sharing your adventures with us and for the chance to win your books!



  33. Tammy Ragle
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:16 pm · Link

    Love all your books. When I start one I can’t put it down. I love how it takes me away. I haven’t read the newest books you have yet but I plan on it.



  34. Roberta Giordano
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:17 pm · Link

    Wow,I did not know that Newly ( Buck Taylor is an artist ). I watch Gunsmoke on TV land everyday. As soon as I finish writing this I am going to check out the picture on your FB page.
    Glad that Little Gibson is doing so well. And congratulations Alice and Violette.
    Have a great week everybody !



  35. Rita Crofoot
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:21 pm · Link

    Great blog,Linda .Fun to hear of such a great time.



  36. Carolyn Avera
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:27 pm · Link

    Love your books. Have several that I want part with.



  37. Susan Stansberry
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:32 pm · Link

    Thank you for telling us about your guests. I had forgotten about him playing Newly on Gunsmoke. Thanks for helping me with the memories.

    I love your books. Thanks for all the lives I get to live through your books.



  38. Shelly Mettler
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:41 pm · Link

    I would luv to be a winner ….. as I have read ur books for couple years & sometimes I read them again ….. keep the stories coming….. :)



  39. Melissa Smith
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:42 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to see the painting!! I watch Gunsmoke on METV, and I think it was a time I could live with, especially with Buck Taylor being a deputy!! I love your books!! Hubby is always watching when we shop somewhere of which one he can buy me next.



  40. Valdi McCoy
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:45 pm · Link

    Fires are a big worry for those of us who are lucky enough to live in Idaho as well. I work for a catering company that feeds the firefighters when there is a fire in our area. As hard as it is to cook and feed the really hungry men and women, it is only a small effort compared to what they do. They are all a great bunch of guys. You should write a story about some of them. Definately no shortage of great story lines there.



  41. Pat Yates
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:45 pm · Link

    I am totally jealous!!! Newly was one of my favorite characters on Gunsmoke. I still watch re-runs! I had fun this weekend too. Canning my vegetables, visiting with my niece and helping my baby boy build the fence around my garden to keep the deer out. We haven’t finished but that is wonderful because he will be back every weekend till we finish. No matter how hot and tired we get, there s nothing as wonderful as visiting with your children! Prayers for all and God Bless.



  42. Susie Jones
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 7:46 pm · Link

    I loved The Marriage Pact. I have been reading your books for years and have a ton of them in paperbacks. I keep them all and reread them occasionally.



  43. Nadine Spradlin
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Congratulations to last wks. winners . Linda you did have special guests over the week end .It sounds much better tan expected . We have 3 Firemen in our family ( all local ) and I pray that they are never called to the awful forest fires . but know if they were .they would go . Have a great week every one .



  44. Vicky
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 8:05 pm · Link

    I enjoyed reading your blog post. Would love to see your watercolor work on Buck’s drawing.



  45. Patti Belew
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 8:16 pm · Link

    What a wonderful experience to have had. I look forward to seeing the painting.



  46. Kathryn Tesh
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 8:18 pm · Link

    Always, prayers for the firefighters and their families. Also those at risk frlm fires.



  47. Norma Stanforth
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 8:34 pm · Link

    Congratulation Alice Johnson and Violette Ruffley on your win.
    Linda that is great that your dear friend Buck and Goldie was you weekend guess. You all have been friends for a long time. I remember you saying that. Sorry there wasn’t enough time to go see your mom.So he got your picture of Michael Landon, in watercolor painting.
    So the dog is now guard dog, since Gibson Drew is at home and doing well. Glad you had a good weekend and hope everyone else did. God’s blessing to all.
    As always your friend,
    Norma



  48. Barb
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 8:54 pm · Link

    Love your books, great reads!!!



  49. Pam Monast
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 9:15 pm · Link

    They sound like a very interesting couple!!



  50. Callie Cuddy
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 9:30 pm · Link

    Sounds like so much fun! Congrats to the winners!



  51. Allison Payne
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 9:33 pm · Link

    Thank you for sharing with us yor fans. I love reading your messages. They can be truly inspirational. Thank You!



  52. Paulette Wolf Reed
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 10:05 pm · Link

    I loved Newly! I didn’t know he is also an artist can’t wait for you to post the pictures.



  53. Judi Schultz
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 10:25 pm · Link

    Love your books!



  54. Dianne Patterson
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 10:26 pm · Link

    I have read so many of your books over the years and have kept them all to reread over and over. I enjoy series books with members of past books twined into the new book. I like the fantasy of love and wish it for myself sometime before I die. lol Please keep writing the historicals, my favorites. Thank you and God Bless!!!



  55. Denise Dragonetti
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 10:41 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners.



  56. Gloria
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 10:53 pm · Link

    I didn’t remember Newly from Gunsmoke, so I looked him up and he is talented. If your picture is even half as good as the ones I saw, it is a very good picture.



  57. Kathryn Smith
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 11:18 pm · Link

    I love reading your books! I feel like I know the McKettricks, the Creeds, and the Big Sky characters personally!

    My husband and I visit with Buck Taylor when we visit his exhibition at the Fort Worth Stock Show. For my birthday, my husband bought me his Sam Elliott’s “Virgil Earp” and had it framed. Buck helped us out when our son proposed to his girlfriend outside his booth. There were people standing in the aisles watching as our son got down on one knee. We all got a little teary eyed, even Buck! He is a wonderful person.

    I would love to meet you if you ever have a book signing in Fort Worth, Texas!



  58. Tammy
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 11:19 pm · Link

    Linda, you are hands down my all time favorite author! Thank you for such wonderful stories!!



  59. Alice Johnson
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      · July 28th, 2014 at 11:48 pm · Link

    Wow, thanks for the book, “Marriage Pact”. I never win anything, how many hundreds of times have you heard that ?? Have the Kindle version, & truly loved it! This will be one of my treasured books! Donated over 1000 when my daughter & I moved to another state! Just kept the “Keepers”… & had to trim those!

    Love this blog… keep well & keep writing pls ♥ Have read your books for many years & enjoyed each & every one ;)



  60. hawa lamptey
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 3:22 am · Link

    I have read just a couple of your books. I just cant get enough of your books so i keep reading it continuously. I love your books but it takes ages to get them in Africa….. Can something be done about it cause i know a lot of people would love to read your books. ;)



  61. Sandie White
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 4:16 am · Link

    It’s been so crazy in my work and personal life lately. All I want to do is snuggle into my favorite reading chair with a glass of wine and one of your awesome books!

    :wink:



  62. Chris
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 4:55 am · Link

    Firefighters are special people. They all deserve medals for their (by my standings -courageous) work. They are all heroes!!



  63. Chris
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 4:56 am · Link

    Firefighters are special people. They all deserve medals for their (by my standings -courageous) work. They are all heroes and a special breed of people.



  64. Sally
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 7:03 am · Link

    I have a special reading chair and it’s most comfortable when reading your books. It’s least comfortable waiting for my two volunteer firefighter sons to return from a callout. One baby photo suggestion: you can take them with their face and distinguishing features turned away from the camera (this is how Martha Stewart posts her grandchildren). It’s respectful of their privacy but gives us Fairy Grandmothers an idea of their development.



  65. Joyce M.
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 10:22 am · Link

    Can’t say enough on how much I admire people who will to go towards a fire, whether it be a burning forest or a burning building.



  66. LAURIE SULLIVAN
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 10:24 am · Link

    Linda,

    Wow! How exciting to have Buck and Goldie at your home! I loved Gunsmoke! Bonanza was also one of my favorites as well and Michael Landon was my crush to beat all crushes as a kid! He had the most gorgeous hair! (oh, that’s not all either! :wink: )

    You were given the ultimate compliment when Buck asked you to add color to one of his sketches! That had to be scary! I don’t know what I would have done other than pass out from sheer anxiety! I can’t wait to see pictures of this past weekend.

    We’ve had abnormally chilly weather here in Northern Illinois. We are usually well into our “dog days” of summer, but, instead we are donning our sweatshirts and jeans! It’s crazy weather here. My perennial flower beds are taking on the look of fall way too early. I’m hoping I can put a little food on them and restore them a bit. I’m far from ready to give up on them for the season.

    I’m glad to hear the fires are staying away from your place. It’s always such a shame to hear about all the destruction to the wildlife and vegetation they cause. It’s horrible how they can just wipe out the lives of so many people, pictures, memories they’ve shared in their homes, dreams shattered because of the fires burning down their homes! I can’t imagine how I’d feel. It makes me pause and think about all of the things I take for granted on a daily basis! I think it’s time to make a gratitude list again.

    Thanks for sharing your weekend with the famous! I know you had a blast and you created memories to last a lifetime!

    Laurie



  67. Dotty Weis
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 10:46 am · Link

    God bless the firefights



  68. Brenda I.
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 11:43 am · Link

    That is too cool that you know that you know Buck Taylor and his wife. I watched Gunsmoke as a child and still love to watch it on TV Land. Glad to hear that Gibson is continuing to thrive. Very understandable about posting his picture. I hope that rain comes soon to give the firefighters some much needed help up there.



  69. Sybel Scott de Pech
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Dear Linda!

    Love reading your blog. I’m a Washingtonian transplanted first to Mexico (by marriage) and now living in Indiana (for work/school) so I love to read about what’s going on in my home state and also to read your lovely perspective on life in general!

    I’m always so blessed to read your spiritual adventures and discoveries! Keep on writing and stimulating those of us who either read your books or your blog with such lovely comments and observations about life! God bless you and your loved ones!

    ¡Dios te bendiga, hermana mia en la Fé!

    Sybel Diane ♪ ♥



  70. Debbie G.
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 1:31 pm · Link

    Your new book must be great! I have been on the waiting list at our library since it came out!



  71. Beverly
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 2:08 pm · Link

    I look forward to reading your blogs and all of your books. Your a wonderful person. Keep on keeping on. :)



  72. Cathy F
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      · July 29th, 2014 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Thank you for keeping us up to date! :wink:



  73. Linda Lattin
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      · July 30th, 2014 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Linda you are indeed Special. Mr Taylor”s paintings are beautiful. I am a huge Gunsmoke fan and I have purchased one of his limited prints. It is of Festus. I will be purchasing one of each of the rest of the original cast. His paintings look like they are photographs. They are incredible. They are so life like. He must think you are truly special and as you can tell by the comments the rest of us feel the same. Thank you for sharing.



  74. Joanne Bitts
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      · July 31st, 2014 at 1:21 am · Link

    Miss Linda not only the firefighters & people who have lost their homes but also for those still fighting & those who may still loose their homes. Praying also for no loss of life as that is the worst

    I understand & agree with you. In today’s age of child pornagraphy you never know whose looking at your pictures.

    On Facebook one day Kristen Higgens had a picture of the cultist little guy complaining about mornings. It was my 3 yr old grandson. He is a cutie & his hair was in 9 directions from hell. He does live in WA. :wink:



  75. Lela F
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      · August 8th, 2014 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Have loved ur books for years. Love the genre of ur books and will always cherish them. Am a COPD patient and have to find things to do that r not stressful. So glad I learned the love of reading when I was a small child and fortunate enough to get my hands on ur first book. It made me a great fan. Please enter me in ur contest. Thanks! :-P



  76. Jessica Alccazar
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      · August 18th, 2014 at 6:47 pm · Link

    Your books are fantastic!



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