#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Tuesday, Tuesday

I love Tuesdays.  They’re so ordinary.  :)  Or, at least, this one is.  No appointments, no conference calls, no errands to run–I can simply WRITE.

Tuesdays are also the day iTunes posts new recorded books to download–I usually get so many that I have to call my bank and reassure them that, YES, I DID buy ten books at once, thank you very much, and please unfreeze my debit card.  :)  I’ve been listening to Debbie Macomber’s new book, “Starting Now”, and it’s wonderful.  Debbie and I have been friends for so long, and I’ve always had the highest respect for her talent–she’s a plotting genius, for one thing–but whenever I read or listen to a new story, I’m struck, once again, by how beautifully she writes.  Once I’ve finished “Starting Now”, I’ll be listening to Susan Wiggs’ new book, “The Apple Orchard.”

New contest for this week: 2 winners will receive a signed copy of one of my books and a surprise gift–something fun, I promise.  We’ll choose winners at random, as always, and all you have to do is make a comment to be in the running.

The Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women program will be announced very soon, so keep an eye on my website for information.

The weather here in Spokane is positively lovely; I hear the roar of the riding lawn mower outside as Larry, the Canadian Wrangler, cuts grass.  Definitely a summer-sound, and welcome indeed.  The daffodils are starting to fade away and, taking Niece Kelly’s advice, I’m just letting the flower part dissolve naturally.  The earlier tulips are on their way out, too, but there are new ones about to bloom–next year, I plan to have heaps and heaps of them!  The white lilacs are opening beautifully, and the purple ones are right behind them.  The roses and peonies (my favorites) are flourishing, and it won’t be long until they’re blooming as well–especially the peonies.

I think I want to be a peony farmer in my next life, and grow acres and acres of them!

Of course, that might be because the heroine of the new book, “Big Sky Secrets”, runs a flower farm.  Not only that, but she’s butting heads with one sexy cowboy.

Lucky girl.

69 comments to “Tuesday, Tuesday”

  1. Robin Hamlin
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:09 pm · Link

    can’t wait for Big Sky Secrets.



  2. Jane D
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Spring has finally also arrived in Iowa. Hurrah! The daffs are in bloom and the tulips as well. It’s such a beautiful time of the year.



  3. Goldie Hale
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:22 pm · Link

    I pre-ordered Big Sky Summer today. I love all your books.



  4. Janice Hougland
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:23 pm · Link

    You are quite correct, Linda, about the beauty of Debbie Macomber’s writing. But I also like my cowboy fix through your stories. :-) All of our bulbs here in the Central Valley of Calif (Sacramento) are long gone, but the peonies are amazing this year! Love ’em as much as my roses. Enjoy the rest of your “ordinary” Tuesday. jdh2690@gmail.com



  5. Betty Hamilton
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:25 pm · Link

    I am very much looking forward to reading Big Sky Secrets!! I am also looking forward to my vacation that starts this Friday. I will fly from South Florida to Seattle, Washington (with a layover in Chicago). We’ve been looking at the weather reports and were a bit surprised at the number of places in the North West that have reported spring snows! I get chilly just thinking about the snow. I haven’t been in snow since visiting my hometown (Philly) in 1967!! I’ve been told to plan on layering my clothes while out there. I am soooooo looking forward to it. I’m also looking forward to reading your next Big Sky book….LOVE them!!



    • Hilda
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        · May 7th, 2013 at 4:04 pm · Link

      hi, Betty. I sure hope and pray you have great weather while in Seattle. Why? Because I live there! LOL. But seriously it’s been absolutely gorgeous and the weather forecasts change from day-to-day, so there’s not a single weatherman that can promise what you’ll have when you get here. Enjoy your time up here!
      Hilda



      • Betty Hamilton
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          · May 7th, 2013 at 5:45 pm · Link

        Hilda, Thank you so much. We are really excited about seeing the North Western part of our beautiful country. AND… if there is snow anywhere… Great!! My 39 year old son has never seen real snow! ;o)



        • Hilda
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          At this time of year you have to go into the mountains — but they aren’t very far away, fortunately! Take a day trip to Snoqualmie Pass or Mt. Rainier, or Mt. Baker if you are quite far north in the state, lots of options. Personally, I prefer the beach! But have a wonderful time and safe travels, whatever you decide to do!



  6. Leanna
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:28 pm · Link

    I read Starting Now a couple of weeks ago, I love Blossom Street. I can’t wsit for Big Sky Summer snd Big Sky Wedding!



  7. DIANA EAGEN
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:30 pm · Link

    Sounds like your having a wonderful day. I also like Debbie and Susan. Looking forward to the new book. Beautiful sunny day here in Maui my friends are arriving from CA this afternoon so I’m looking forward to seeing them. Sending sunny smiles and blessings your way.



  8. Tracy
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:37 pm · Link

    can’t wait for my daisys!!!!



  9. judy burr
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Love them cowboys and of course flowers too !



  10. Teresa Fordice
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:43 pm · Link

    You must look up Martha Stewart’s blog. On her farm she has a peony bed!!! It is huge!! Can’t wait till the new book is out!!



  11. Norma Stanforth
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Well Linda, Here is my comment, I sure hope i win the contest so i can get your book and the surprise, more your book than anything else. Thank you and God bless you.
    As always your friend,
    Norma S.



  12. Gloria
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I can’t wait to get my 2 tomato plants planted and I want to get 2 cucumber plants. I plant them in 5 gallon buckets and one year…I got 2 whole, beautifully delicious cucumbers. :-D

    Happy Tuesday, Linda, and everyone.

    Linda, why are we now having to type in those two words to submit a comment? I dislike those things.



    • Hilda
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      Hey, Gloria. I’ve never tried cucumbers, maybe I’ll try a couple this year.

      Linda had to put in the spam guard because she was starting to get some bizarre, creepy Comments to her blogs.

      Cheers! Hilda



  13. Kristie Wilson
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 4:00 pm · Link

    So glad spring is finally making an appearance! Ours has been much cooler than usual, but in a few months, we’ll be looking back and wishing we could have some of these cooler temps!

    I am so ready for your next book to come out! I’m waiting on a couple of new releases from some other authors I like to become available for me at the library, but can you (or any of your followers) suggest another author that I can read in the meantime? I love the western/cowboy theme, but can’t seem to come up with any good authors/books that aren’t over-the-top racy, if you know what I mean! I couldn’t let my girls scroll through my Nook just because of the book covers :)

    Thanks in advance – enjoy your Tuesday!



    • Hilda
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        · May 7th, 2013 at 4:13 pm · Link

      Hey, Kristie. I really like Marin Thomas’ books, too. She has a new series starting I think next month, 6 brothers (cowboys, of course) with the last name “Cash.” It looks to be a very entertaining series. Her writing is like Linda’s. Even though the books tend to be short (Harlequins) there’s a lot of “meat” in the stories. I hope you can find a couple of hers, and enjoy!
      I think the one that is on store shelves right now is called “No Ordinary Cowboy.” Cheers! Hilda



      • Kristie Wilson
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          · May 7th, 2013 at 4:26 pm · Link

        Thanks, Hilda! I’ll look her up!



  14. Hilda
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 4:08 pm · Link

    Linda, I’ve always liked Debbie’s books too. Many are keepers, just like yours. I plan to revisit all those old friends when I’m retired, if not sooner. I’m going to have to wait for the latest books in paperback, but that’s okay. The few hardcovers I’ve bought stick out like a sore thumb in my bookcase so I try to wait. I’ve got A Wanted Man in hard cover. Wow, if you didn’t know that was the title of a book, that would be a pretty funny sentence! But I digress. My pansies aren’t doing well so far, I have to water them twice a day. Maybe they aren’t used to the gorgeous warm weather we’ve been having in Seattle, same as me! Are your horses enjoying the warm weather? I can just imagine them prancing around, if they actually do that. But may not Buck…? Have a wonderful day, Linda!



    • Hilda
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        · May 7th, 2013 at 4:08 pm · Link

      oops….I meant “maybe not Buck…” sorry



  15. Patti
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 4:11 pm · Link

    I love you books anyway and if Big Sky Secrets has a flower farm, I will absolutely buy it!



  16. Wendy M
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for your next books to come out. I have loved all your books and devour them until the next comes out.
    Thanks
    I planted flowers today. Mostly Pansies (love them) Next will be portulacka (?sp) Have a great day.



  17. Tammy R. Dodson
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 4:22 pm · Link

    Spring has been a little crazy here in Kansas City. The poor flowers and trees are having a tough go of it. We had a crazy freak snow on May 2nd this year. The lilac bushes are sparsely blooming. But warmer weather is on its way and the flowers and trees are trying to bloom and add color to the world.



  18. Jaimie
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 4:32 pm · Link

    I just read the McKettricks of Texas series – Tate, Garrett and Austin. Three of my favorite characters so far. Loved those guys! :) I pre-ordered Big Sky Summer this morning. Can’t wait to read it. Is it the 28th yet? Thank you for writing your books, they are so easy to get lost in, that’s mainly why I got nothing accomplished this weekend! ;)



  19. marilyn
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 4:51 pm · Link

    try azaleas next year too, they bloom in shade or sun and despite the unseasonable cold here in Arkansas they are blooming everywhere, they’ll last until it gets to hot later in the summer but make a great garden bush with the greenery after the flowers wilt. Enjoy your flowers!



  20. Jaime L Brooks
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 4:51 pm · Link

    I have read both books. They were great,especially The Apple Orchard.



  21. Lesley Miller
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 4:57 pm · Link

    Anxiously counting down the days until Big Sky Summer comes out! Glad you had a peaceful Tuesday!



  22. Dotty Weis
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Hi Linda
    I have read a lot of your books and loved everyone of them. I hope you continue to write books in the McKettricks series have read almost all of them and will be so sad when I read the last one.
    Here in Florida our weather has been nice but it is starting to get warm, and will stay that way for a few months until winter comes again. I also love peonies but they don’t grown here because it is to hot



  23. Roberta Giordano
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for your new book. I have never bought an audio book. Seems like many people use them.



  24. Emma
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 5:14 pm · Link

    I am looking forward to reading Big Sky Summer and Big Sky Wedding, and Big Sky Secrets! I enjoy reading all your books and
    Debbie Macomber’s books .



  25. Tia
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 5:16 pm · Link

    I received Big Sky Summer in my Harlequin shipment and will be reading it later this week. So tempted to jump right in and read it now, but holding out a couple of days will be a long enough wait :)



  26. Patrice
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 5:24 pm · Link

    Tuesday was quiet here too, but a lot of paperwork accomplished. A flower farm? Heaven! I love lilacs and peonies but they don’t grow in FL. But the jasmine and gardenias are blooming and there are more magnolias this year than I remember for awhile. It’s all good! :) Have a wonderful day!



  27. Sybel D. Scott de Pech
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 5:46 pm · Link

    Dearest Linda!

    You’re in Eastern Washington!!!! I grew up in Enumclaw, Puyallup, Sumner and worked one summer in Tacoma before I went off to college (to Biola~aka Bible Institute of Los Angeles~ before it was a University). So I’m a Western Washingtonian by nature.

    This is the second comment I’ve posted and each time I’ve read your blog I’ve been blessed and encouraged to keep listening for the Creator’s voice, to keep my eyes(my heart) open for His direction as I observe all He shares with me and the rest of the world each new day!!!

    Thanks for all you write and share from your heart <3 ♪

    Sybel Diane ~ Romans 15:13



    • Hilda
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      Sybil:

      AMEN!



  28. Debbie
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 5:57 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for Big Sky Secrets!!!



  29. Anne-Marie Olka
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 6:00 pm · Link

    Looks like everyone loves the Pacific Northwest. My daughter-in-law who is the pianist for the Seattle Symphony posted this morning she had packed away the sweaters yesterday because they have been having warm weather and BINGO! This morning it was 54. That is Seattle for you. They have gorgeous flowers up there. Their colors are so vivid and the blooms so gigantic. I love visiting the area. Here in Florida-no tulips or daffodils in Central Florida. The ants eat the bulbs. I miss all those beautiful spring flowers so You gals keep telling me how beautiful yours are so I can remember how much I enjoyed them when I were I was born and raised in Tennessee-Knoxville.
    Have a great day Linda and all the ladies who are your friends and avid readers.

    God Bless-
    Anne-Marie



  30. Kathleen O
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 6:17 pm · Link

    It has already stared on a good note for me. Big Sky Summer came my way in my books from Harlequin Reader Service and I have already finished it… What can I say, but another winner from LLM… What more could one ask for than beautiful spring weather in Ontario…finally, and good books to read..



  31. Cathy
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Linda
    I love spring also, my tulips were gorgeous, my rhododendrums are blooming now and my clematis is budded.I love anything that blooms and if it will just warm up a little here in TN I will get my zennnias out.I love the big sky series almost as much as the creeds..Have Fun on your writing day



  32. Lois Rotella
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Yes tuesday are great days. They are usually when new books comes out. I have it marked on my calendar when you next book comes out. I will be on vacation then and will enjoy reading it. I wish I could grow some flowers outside but I live in an apartment. :-D I really enjoy reading everyone’s thoughts :-D on your blog. I miss it when you don’t write.



  33. Jeannie
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 6:34 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    Here in this part of Canada spring is just arriving & the daffodils are just starting to bloom. Eagerly awaiting your next book.



  34. Connie Johnson
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 7:29 pm · Link

    I can’t wait for my roses to Bloom.



  35. Jamie
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 7:43 pm · Link

    I too enjoy reading everyone’s comments. :wink: They have a definite calming effect in my whirlwind of a schedule today. Happy Tuesday All!



  36. Juanita Rice
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 7:45 pm · Link

    Linda, thought of you when one of our neighbors gave me a beautiful, huge, pink peony last week! :)



  37. Mai
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 8:05 pm · Link

    We got rain rain and rain all week here in Md. It’s great for the grass seeds I’ve put down and the blackberry and blueberries I just planted this weekend, not so good for the zoo trip tomorrow with the kiddies. Oh well, can’t wait for The Big Sky books to come out.



  38. Mai
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 8:12 pm · Link

    Oh I love Ms. Thomas’ books, esp. since she has women bullriders in her Rodeo Rebels series. I love the fact that she mentioned my favourite bull Chicken on a Chain in No Ordinary Cowboy.



    • Hilda
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      Mai, I loved that series too. I meant to ask her about Chicken on a Chain because I used to love to watch that bull buck. If I remember, I’ll ask her next time I email her. And speaking of authors who love the wild west, Marin’s blogs are totally awesome and interesting – different than most authors, who chat with their readers, like Linda. But chatting with readers is just as awesome and interesting – don’t misunderstand! :) I love being fans of Linda and Marin. Their books and communications add so much to my day. God bless them both!



  39. Tonya
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 8:40 pm · Link

    I am so glad I found your books a few years ago…I cant wait to catch up on everything you have wrote. I was never a cowboy kind of girl but I think you have made them go up on the hotness scale :) Thanks for such great writing!



  40. Meggi
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 8:51 pm · Link

    I love all your books! So engaging!! :)



  41. Bridget
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 8:54 pm · Link

    Beautiful spring weather here in Michigan as well! Everything is in bloom!



  42. Emily
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the new books. I just now finished Lily and the Major. Wow, I become so involved that it is like family! :lol:

    Thank you for all of your wonderful books. I so enjoy them and even read them over and over. :-D



  43. judy
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 9:41 pm · Link

    Love all your books. Once I start one I can not put it down.



  44. Jayne
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 10:00 pm · Link

    I love your books. Enjoy reading them for many years. Also thank you for your daily posts. I find them interesting. I like to hear what you’re doing. I appreciate the way you bring God into the post. We all need more God in our lives.sc



  45. Loretta Brittain
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 11:16 pm · Link

    Great about the scholarships. I was a mature student when I hot my degree. I did not dream of attending a four year program until a scholarship was offered. Keep up the good work!



  46. Lea Williams
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 11:49 pm · Link

    I can’t wait for your new books. I look foreward to getting to know the other people. When I read one, then I wonder about whoever else was in the story. Make sense? Hope so. I also can’t wait to read Susan Wiggs new book and Debbie Macomber either. Lets face it, I love to read. I was given a couple of hard cover books and its harder to lay in bed and read them. They were kind of different but enjoyed them…Cold Mountain and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I would rather read a story line that is not difficult to follow. Anyway isn’t our weather wonderful. Up here on the West Plains the wind blows so much but has been quiet. My peony quit blooming a couple of years agol The plant is thriving and I don’t know why it quit. Blessings to you –



  47. Laurie C
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      · May 7th, 2013 at 11:51 pm · Link

    I’ve read and loved many of your books! Looking forward to your new one later this month. I’m also a fan of Debbie Macomber and hope to read her newest book soon. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing!



  48. Ashley Montgomery
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      · May 8th, 2013 at 1:11 am · Link

    I really need to catch up on this series. I feel out of sorts not knowing what my sexy cowboys have been up to.



  49. Jean Merriott
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      · May 8th, 2013 at 1:11 am · Link

    Always looking forward to a new Linda Lael Miller book! Can

    hardly wait! I love the spring flowers too. They can make a

    day break out in “sunshine”… Glad to hear you are feeling

    better. :)



  50. Cindi Laughlin
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      · May 8th, 2013 at 7:34 am · Link

    Thanks for the chance to win a book! I have always enjoyed each of your books!



  51. Andrea Lammly
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      · May 8th, 2013 at 9:07 am · Link

    Spring has finally shown up in Vermont too! Tulips, daffodils and lilacs are all in bloom. So refreshing! I too just finished reading Debbie Macomber’s “Starting Now” and it indeed is a great story.
    But I am also looking forward to “Big Sky Secrets” and can’t wait for the preorder to be filled.

    Enjoy your spring Linda and God’s blessings to all.



  52. Mary Kelly
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      · May 8th, 2013 at 9:31 am · Link

    Hello from Montana

    Love your cowboy books and also love Debbie McComber. Our Northwest has some great writers.

    I may be in your city this weekend. Love Spring

    Mary Kelly



  53. Amy
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      · May 8th, 2013 at 9:57 am · Link

    I love hearing about your flowers and such…it all sounds beautiful. I miss being able to cater to my flowers. I used to have a beautiful home with a big long front porch that I adored, but due to divorce in 2009 I had to move into an apartment, which I strongly dislike, but I don’t have the space for flowers anymore. I always found catering to them somewhat therapeutic. I always found it good for my soul.

    I don’t receive your blog thru email until the day after you have written it for some reason so I hope my comments are being read! :)

    LOVE the Big Sky series so much, as all your books, and can’t wait for the next one at end of the month!!



  54. Billiesue Sanders
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      · May 8th, 2013 at 12:20 pm · Link

    Hello Linda,

    We finally have sunshine here in the Smokies. I went hiking and exploring yesterday.
    Hope you are having a good day.

    Billiesue



  55. Patricia Hann
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      · May 8th, 2013 at 1:03 pm · Link

    We are having a rainy Tuesday here on the east coast. Can’t complain we need the rain.



  56. Shirley Meyle
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      · May 8th, 2013 at 3:44 pm · Link

    Love reading your blogs. Sounds like your flowers are ahead of us here in Michigan.



  57. Tinna Doub
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      · May 9th, 2013 at 12:58 pm · Link

    The first 3 to 5 years of peony’s they don’t bloom! ya want more than them on that farm your planning…..:) But they sure are beautiful!



  58. Gloria
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      · May 9th, 2013 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Thanks Hilda!!



  59. Jo-Ell Jacobson
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      · May 10th, 2013 at 8:18 am · Link

    I have all your books with the cowboy series and I can’t wait until this 3rd book comes out. I also read Debbie’s books. Thanks for the great books and stories that you tell.



  60. Judy Manning
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      · May 10th, 2013 at 5:36 pm · Link

    Love reading Debbie Macomber and Susan Wiggs. And I am so glad that someone turned me on to you!!



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