#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Various and Sundry Things

Judging by the comment section, it seems to be time I updated everybody on the Hallmark project currently in the works.

Some time ago, Hallmark purchased the rights to my Big Sky series, with a plan to make a TV movie revolving around the characters.  If the movie is successful, there will probably be a weekly series to follow.  (Naturally, I’m hoping that happens!)  The deal was made months ago, but there are apparently delays are the nature of the beast–I was supposed to see a script by last Thanksgiving, but nothing arrived.  Since several of my friends have similar projects in the works, I’d heard that the process is generally slow, but rapid after all the loose ends are tied up.  When I didn’t hear anything, I did some checking, and was told the script is being rewritten, as I reported yesterday. 

Trust me, when I know anything solid, and I’m given the go-ahead to mention it, I’ll post all pertinent info right here on this blog.  :)

Still working on ONCE A RANCHER as we close out the week–and I’ll be working through the weekend, too. 

No matter how busy I am, I’m always either reading or listening to a book.  At the moment, it’s a ghost story called “Little Girls”, by Ralph Malfi.  Karen White is another author I enjoy–I recently listened to her “The Sound of Glass”, and I liked it a lot.  Another book I enjoyed is, “The House We Grew Up In”, by Lisa Jewell, an English author, and I’m eager to read more of her work.  (I may have already mentioned this one.)  I loved “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” so much that I’m planning to re-read the author’s first novel, “A Man Called Ove”.  (Fredrik Backman.)

Bernicie had a bath and a haircut this morning–much needed, as this Yorkie can grow hair like nobody’s business, and those barn trips are dusty–she’s much affronted by the indignity of it all and currently curled up on her blanket here in the office, recovering from the trauma.  :) 

Here’s wishing each and every one of you a wonderful weekend.  And don’t forget–you can still enter the contest for this week by commenting.  2 new winners will be announced on Monday, after being chosen at random.  Each winner will receive an autographed copy of “The Marriage Season”, and then the whole thing will start all over again.  Therefore, if you don’t win this time, well, there’s always next week.

Speaking of next week, I’ll see you then!

48 comments to “Various and Sundry Things”

  1. Andrea Lammly
      · July 10th, 2015 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Big Sky Series would be great on the big screen! I’d like to see a movie based on Angus McKettrick and his clan! Robert Duval as Angus. Or even Sam Elliott or Tom Selleck. Can you tell I love old western movies too. Happy weekend all and to all the four legged friends as well.

    • Lorelei Sawtelle
        · July 10th, 2015 at 3:22 pm · Link

      Three EXCELLENT suggestions for Angus!

    • midge watkins
        · July 10th, 2015 at 9:21 pm · Link

      You would be a great casting director. I think Tommy Lee Jones or even Clint Eastwood could be in the running, too.
      Too bad Brian Keith is no longer with us. He would be great.

  2. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · July 10th, 2015 at 3:21 pm · Link

    Oh my gracious, Poor Bernice. A bath and a haircut at the same time. No wonder the poor dear is napping.

    Blessings and rain to you and yours.


  3. Patricia Taylor
      · July 10th, 2015 at 3:36 pm · Link

    Will this be on the Hallmark Channel or the Hallmark Movie Channel?

  4. Jeannette Garand
      · July 10th, 2015 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, good to hear the project is still a go. However, I do wonder if I’ll ever get to see the movie as I do not receive Hallmark in western Canada.
    I now have all three of the Marriage stories and intend to start my Linda Lael Miller marathon. As I mentioned in the past I love to read all the series at once with no interruptions.
    Have a great weekend writing a new story for me.

  5. Niki Davis
      · July 10th, 2015 at 3:42 pm · Link

    I just hope they don’t screw it up – they have been known to do that. Just ask Julie Garwood. I will be watching for it.


  6. Ruby Norwood
      · July 10th, 2015 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Sounds to me like Bernice is tired!! I love watching the Hallmark Channel, that is pretty much what I watch on the weekends. I know I will enjoy yours!! Hope everyone has a great weekend.

  7. Janie
      · July 10th, 2015 at 3:58 pm · Link

    I also love westerns with any of those 3 guys. They would be great as Angus. Would need Scott Eastwood as one of the sons(The Longest Ride). Hope AT&T adds the Hallmark Channel soon. I miss it big time. I’m currently reading Olive Kitteridge–not a happy book but a good read. We’re getting more rain here in Kansas–would share if we could.

  8. Terri
      · July 10th, 2015 at 4:05 pm · Link

    I can’t wait for the Hallmark project to finally be finished.

  9. Dixie Hadley
      · July 10th, 2015 at 4:11 pm · Link

    As always enjoy your delightful and informative blog. I haven’t had much time to read lately and I miss my “books” like long lost friends. My husband I are Dodger baseball fans and they play almost every night which was my reading time. I’d much rather read than watch TV except when it comes to baseball :-) Glad that the Hallmark series is still a very real possibility, I guess I’ll have something worth watching besides baseball. LOL Take care and enjoy your week end too.

  10. Diane Sallans
      · July 10th, 2015 at 4:14 pm · Link

    I’ll look forward to seeing that series from Hallmark! So many nights I don’t find anything worth watching even with all the cable channels! Of course, that means I read instead! :-P

  11. Pam paterakis
      · July 10th, 2015 at 4:21 pm · Link

    Best of luck with Hallmark! Debbie’s Cedar Cove has been awesome!

  12. Lisa murray
      · July 10th, 2015 at 4:21 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend!

  13. Ida C.
      · July 10th, 2015 at 4:35 pm · Link

    Love to see your blog in the inbox Linda and great to hear about all the happenings. Have a wonderful weekend and am so glad that Bernicie survived the dreaded bath and hair cut!!

  14. Sue Hodge
      · July 10th, 2015 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Glad all is well with you. Best wishes on the Hallmark, sure can’t wait.

  15. Linda Gwiazdowski
      · July 10th, 2015 at 4:56 pm · Link

    have a great weekend and try to stay cool

  16. Linda Wilson
      · July 10th, 2015 at 5:14 pm · Link

    I am so happy for you. Congrats and I can`t wait to see it

  17. Virginia H
      · July 10th, 2015 at 5:16 pm · Link

    I just finished one of your older books last night ONLY FOREVER and really enjoyed it. Well they delivered my new refridgerator this morning, they put it in place and left and then we pulled it out to see what kind of water line we need for the ice maker and discovered that the back was dented in really bad, made a trip to Lowes with pichures and they are bring me a new one again tomorrow and they didn’t have an easy time getting this one in. It they had done it right the first time I guess they wouldn’t have to lick their calf over. Hope the one that come tomorrow isn’t damage, crossing fingers. :(

  18. Alliosn P.
      · July 10th, 2015 at 5:28 pm · Link

    Thank you for always keeping us up to date on all that is happening. It is great to be able to connect with you by email and Facebook since I have been reading your books for years.
    Thank You!!!!!

    P.S>..- the movie/series possibility sounds wonderful!

  19. Leanna
      · July 10th, 2015 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Such a great update on the Big Sky books. I love hearing about Bernice, I love dogs! I have three.

  20. Hazel Lewis
      · July 10th, 2015 at 6:07 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend. Thanks for sharing about those four authors. :-D :-D

  21. Caryn Horn
      · July 10th, 2015 at 6:08 pm · Link

    I won a copy of The Marriage Season, received it yesterday, and finished it today. I. LOVED. IT!! You will too so comment and enter. Thank you Linda Lael Miller. Keep doing what you do so well!

  22. Lois Rotella
      · July 10th, 2015 at 6:09 pm · Link

    Hi, poor Bernice. Glad she is resting.lol Glad to hear hallmark is still working on your project. Have a great werkend

  23. Dorothy
      · July 10th, 2015 at 6:28 pm · Link

    I am looking forward to the movie on Hallmark. I don’t understand how you can write and also listen to books at the same time. I can multitask while I am reading but it is by knitting and watching TV. You amaze me.

  24. Nicole
      · July 10th, 2015 at 6:33 pm · Link

    A movie on your Big SKy series would be awesome and TV series even better. I just wish it was easier to see Hallmark shows in Europe where we are stationed

  25. Joyce M.
      · July 10th, 2015 at 6:48 pm · Link

    Great news! You must be so excited.

  26. Barbara
      · July 10th, 2015 at 7:22 pm · Link

    Do you put a bow on Bernice after her bath? My dog used to prance around showing off whenever she got a bow. Unfortunately, I couldn’t convince her to wait to Shake, Shake, Shake until I closed the shower curtain :)

  27. Monika
      · July 10th, 2015 at 7:36 pm · Link

    Thanks for the info on the other authors and their books. Can’t wait for your movie and TV series. Will be awesone. We are hearing about your hot and dry weather here in central Canada. Wishing you a little rain and cooler weather ahead .

  28. Gina Baker
      · July 10th, 2015 at 7:45 pm · Link

    Hope Hallmark gets their ducks in a row very quickly. Looking forward to seeing it on screen.

  29. Linda Mead
      · July 10th, 2015 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Uh, I know just how poor little Bernicie feels. I had a color and cut and fell asleep in the chair. Didn’t even make it home to nap. :-?

  30. Cheryl Morgan
      · July 10th, 2015 at 7:49 pm · Link

    We love the books. I cannot imagine they won’t turn out well on a movie. I hope they don’t change your words too much

  31. kathy parsons
      · July 10th, 2015 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Hey linda so happy to hear about that , I love the big sky books and want u to write more of them, I have read them a few times , they r the story u can keep reading and it never gets old, so happy and excited for u, love hugs and prayers always

  32. Roberta Giordano
      · July 10th, 2015 at 9:01 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to see Big Sky country on a TV screen ! Have a nice weekend !

  33. Evelyn Baldwin
      · July 10th, 2015 at 9:27 pm · Link

    Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule, to give us the ” thumbs up” on your daily events! Cannot wait for the new book and movie and show! Hope they keep the stories as you have written them, as much as possible! God Bless!

  34. Jan
      · July 10th, 2015 at 9:34 pm · Link

    Have been re-reading the Big Sky series. Can’t wait to see it on Hallmark

  35. midge watkins
      · July 10th, 2015 at 9:34 pm · Link

    Bernice must have quite the personality. She sounds like the
    matriarch of “Downton Abby”. I hope you enjoy the cooling
    weekend (80’s are better than 90’s and 100’s). I plan on
    giving lots of attention to and riding my two horses, who have
    been neglected during this hot spell. I just can’t take lots of
    heat anymore. I also have an idea for the Hallmark roadblock.
    I’ll just pull out a page from one of the original novels, copy
    it in longhand (some of us older folks still use that form) and
    that’s it. It’s “rewritten! How’s that? Take care.

  36. Gloria
      · July 10th, 2015 at 10:00 pm · Link

    Thanks for the information, Linda! I pray you and yours have a good and Godly weekend.

  37. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · July 10th, 2015 at 11:28 pm · Link

    Good luck with the series on Hallmark …It is a staple in our home…Thanks.

  38. Pam Monast
      · July 10th, 2015 at 11:58 pm · Link

    Looking forward to the Movie. I sincerely hope we get to see the guy with the blue, electric hair growing helmet!!

  39. Peggy Casey
      · July 11th, 2015 at 1:55 am · Link

    I’m so anxious to see your work coming through that magical box that has dominated our society for so very long…. it’s time that we get to watch a quality show!

  40. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · July 11th, 2015 at 6:09 am · Link

    Thanks for all the updates. And happy weekend to you as well.

  41. Jo-Ann Baker
      · July 11th, 2015 at 7:21 am · Link

    Glad the books of Big Sky are going to be a Hallmark movie I for one can’t wait to watch them. I am rereading them as we speak while waiting for a new book.
    Have a great day on the ranch ,may the sun shine .

  42. Rose Marie Moran
      · July 11th, 2015 at 7:48 am · Link

    With all that you are involved in, that you take the time to let everyone know how things are going. I’m happy to keep up with Facebook and that mostly is Liking something someone has posted.
    And I have no one but myself to take care of.

  43. Ann Bartholomew
      · July 11th, 2015 at 8:05 am · Link

    So glad to hear Hallmark is still on with the Big Sky books. Wish the wheels would turn faster! I’m also glad to hear you’re about finished with another book. I can’t wait to read the upcoming Christmas book.

  44. Wanda beach
      · July 11th, 2015 at 7:15 pm · Link

    WOW a movie ?? Awesome!!! I have all the books I was sorting through them today I was baging some books and clothes to donate to the veterans charity pick up and I’m sorry but I couldn’t give them up I have the complete set unless I missed some. Anyway I have the veterans the books that aren’t in a series they will enjoy them just as much I’m sure or the charity will resale them to help in other ways. I can’t wait for the movie soo excited thanks Linda :wink:

  45. Valdi M
      · July 12th, 2015 at 1:47 pm · Link

    A movie would be great, but a series even better. Way to go!

  46. Mary D Wornick
      · July 13th, 2015 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Just a little note to say hi and to have a nice day all
    Bye for now God bless and keep safe.
    Talk with y’all later

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