#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

What a week–and winners

First, our customary Monday morning announcement of this week’s winners: Belinda Sawyers and Kathryn Riley.  Thank you, ladies.  Your books will be on their way soon.  For the benefit of new arrivals, there is a new contest underway as of now.  All you have to do to enter is comment; two winners will be chosen at random, notified, and announced right here in this same space next Monday.  The prizes, as always, are autographed copies of my latest novel.

Now, for the ‘what a week’ part.  :)  I was just recovering from a nasty cough/cold combo when my mother came down with the same thing.  We brought her straight to the Triple L, set her up in the best guestroom, all the stuff one does when their mama is ailing.  She saw her doctor, and we learned the diagnosis: early pnuemonia.  With antibiotics, cough syrup and a lot of rest, she recovered sufficently to go back to her condo on Saturday–with strict orders not to worry about “bothering” us when she gets to feeling peaky.  It was nice to be able to take care of Mom for a while–especially considering that she took care of me, as well as my sibs, when it counted.  Mom is funny, quick-witted, and generally good company.

Since I sleep on another floor, I invested in a set of baby monitors, so I’d know if she needed help in the night or something.  We had to play with the devices a little, of course–I would key my mic and say, “Earth to the Mothership–What’s going on down there?” or some other nonsense.  And who could miss such an opportunity to use phrases like, “Roger that, Houston” or “Over and out.”

Over and out.  :)

59 comments to “What a week–and winners”

  1. Andrea Lammly
      · August 17th, 2015 at 2:56 pm · Link

    By your description of your Mom, it sounds like you are a chip off the old block as they say. Sending get well wishes and prayers to both you and your Mom. Mom’s hold a special place in our hearts.

  2. Teresa
      · August 17th, 2015 at 2:58 pm · Link

    HAHA 10-4 good buddy!!

  3. Gloria
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:01 pm · Link

    How funny!!!! I’m glad your mom is better, and pray that you are, too.

    Congratulations to Belinda Sawyers and Kathryn Riley! Enjoy your books ladies.

    • Gloria
        · August 18th, 2015 at 10:49 pm · Link

      Linda, I went to a local restaurant last evening to pick up some food for my son, and as I was standing in line to pay for it, I saw a lady going out the door, using a walker. Another lady with her was coming back in for some reason and she told the first one that she’d see her on the flip-flop. Then she laughed. I immediately thought about your Blog.

      I’d like to request prayer for my son. He has been having dizzy spells, and passing out for a couple of seconds and needs prayers and God.

  4. DONNA
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:10 pm · Link

    happy Mom is better – hope you are too. The baby monitors – what a wonderful idea.

  5. Pam paterakis
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:10 pm · Link

    Seems like you and your poor Mom just got over nasty colds recently. Better soon!

  6. Dotty Weis
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:14 pm · Link

    Baby monitor what a great idea for Momma hope she is doing better

  7. Lorraine Pitts
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Hope you and your Mom are all better! Have a great week!!! Over and out!!!

  8. Terri Shortell
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Y’all might have been sick but it sounds like you made the best of it and had some fun together. Glad everyone is on the mend. :-)

  9. Leanna
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:20 pm · Link

    I love the baby monitor. That is a great idea!

  10. Marge Dominic
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Linda; I hope both you and Mom are feeling much, much better. Having the baby monitor was a real good idea as long as listening to Mom breathing all night didn’t keep you up.

  11. Peggy Casey
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:23 pm · Link

    You are so blessed to have your mother here to care for and share wonderful memories of the little things! I miss my own mother so much! Next month will be 9 years that she has been celebrating her life in glory! I still miss her so much. She was the person who initially introduced me to your books. She explained the home town connection to you through growing up and living in Northport. I’m sure you will agree, my mom,
    Valine Campbell, is one who is missed by many in Northport. Working at the school as a cook, first as Billy’s assistant and then as Head Cook when Billy retired, all those who were blessed by their home cooking at the school, as well as the personal connection that each made to my loving momma, we were all blessed! Enjoy the blessing of those special moments with your mom while you can still make them! Over and Out!

  12. pat Dennis
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:37 pm · Link

    Isn’t it great to turn the other cheek and take care of your mom.

  13. Virginia H
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Baby monitors are an awesome thing I had a set many years ago when my son was a baby and I am sure they are a lot better now. Spend time with your mother whenever you can its a wonderful thing to have. My mother passed away 26 years ago right before my son was born and I still miss her today. I didn’t get to spend enough time with my mother so enjoy yours. Take care and I hope your cold is better soon.

  14. Evelyn Baldwin
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Glad you and your mom recovered nicely! Nice hearing your comments. Brightened my day. I had to go stay with my three granddoggies for the weekend. My son and his wife went to Myrtle Beach for a few days. Of chourse they were spoiled, while i was there. The milkbones were flying! I have a nervous system problem and some how with this painful jerking cannot give out bones to them well. Yet my Grand Roxy always wants to come home with me, where it is a big dog house that people talk for her. Like grandma doggie! The Good Lord allows me on my feet and has healed her of cancerous tumors. Poor baby looks like she has been in a battle zone with her scars. God Bless you and your family.

  15. therese lopez
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Hope your mom is feeling better. My mom lives with me full time and I love having her with me. It’s great having her with me and my children all the time. Hope you have a great week and I hope your mom gets better real soon.

  16. Lois Rotella
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:53 pm · Link

    Glad to hear that mom is feeling better. Love the idea of the baby montior. It is a good idea. Hope you are feeling better also. The weather makes me not want to go out because of the heat and humidity. Have a good week.

  17. Caryn Horn
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:54 pm · Link

    :wink: When my mom was in hospice last year, under 24 hour care which I had the night 16 hours of, we had to hide a baby monitor in her room so she wouldn’t see it, with the other piece in my room. Then, thanks to care and getting all her meds correctly, she got better and now only needs 8 hr a day care. But she found the monitor in her room. Luckily, due to dementia, she didn’t know what it was and we put it away for the next time.

  18. Crystal
      · August 17th, 2015 at 3:54 pm · Link

    Isn’t it nice to be able to take care of Mom when she needs the help? I’m so lucky to have my Mom live with us. When she needs help I know right away. When she’s sick I’m not far away so I can do what needs to be done quickly. I always feel so lucky she is right here and I can take care of her.

    I lost my Dad almost 6 years ago so I think I became a little over protective of Mom but she puts up with me :)

  19. Mary Ann Clayton
      · August 17th, 2015 at 4:05 pm · Link

    Thankful your mom is o.k. have a blessed day.

  20. Ruby Norwood
      · August 17th, 2015 at 4:06 pm · Link

    Congrats to Belinda and Kathryn on your win!!Linda this is the sweetest blog I’ve ever read. I am so glad you and your mom are feeling better. Those monitors really come in good with 2 story houses!!

  21. Barbara
      · August 17th, 2015 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Oh my….Earth to “Mothership” test was just too funny. That should go in your journal.

  22. Linda Solcich
      · August 17th, 2015 at 4:56 pm · Link

    Sounds like some fun time with Mom as well as healing. Do it while you can. Time goes by so fast. My mom was the greatest and I miss her terribly.

  23. Kathryn parsons
      · August 17th, 2015 at 5:14 pm · Link

    Hey Linda I am so glad that your mom is better, it is funny how quick witty they get on some things, my gram came to live with me after grandpa died she didn’t want to live with my mother, she was legally Blind but could read with a big mag glass with a light, we had so much fun going to the park and having picnic, she use to make all her own clothes and I got her to wear her first pair of jeans and got here to buy a few dresses too…lol she was so happy I got her a kitten and she loved it to pieces and the kitten only liked her too, took her to the casino and she was geeked when she won a cup of quarters, we had so much fun I miss her so much now, she passed away 2 days before my Birthday and never got the chance to meet her other 4 grand children, but I know she is watching over all of us, enjoy the wonderful time you have with your mom, my gram was my mother my grandmother and my best friend all in one, I hated to let her go but I knew she needed to so I told her I would be ok, and she went, so happy that you still have yours but u have know loss too, I know u just lost your best friend your for so long, that is a major loss too, God Bless you all take care, sending love hugs and prayers always

      · August 17th, 2015 at 5:16 pm · Link

    Happy to hear you and your mom are doing better. And I can tell you know to cherish every minute with her! Have a bless week!! And congrats ladies!

  25. Clarke-Belgrave Cassandra
      · August 17th, 2015 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Ms. Miller, God bless you in care of your Mom…One Mom can take care of 20 children but 20 children cannot care for one Mom…hahaha…you did it! Baby monitors and all…you stay well too…

  26. Cindy Zint
      · August 17th, 2015 at 5:36 pm · Link

    Dear Miss Linda,

    I hope both you and your mom are feeling 100% better soon! I always love your books and can reread them over and over again. Take care, God Bless, and much love to you! And by the way ten four! :)

  27. jep
      · August 17th, 2015 at 5:50 pm · Link

    I so hope and pray that you and your mom both stay well and get to use the baby monitors just for fun in the future. ;-)

  28. Kathryn Smith
      · August 17th, 2015 at 6:39 pm · Link

    What a great relationship. Glad to hear everyone is feeling better. I lost my mom in 1999, but I have great memories of things we did together.

  29. Pat Yates
      · August 17th, 2015 at 6:54 pm · Link

    Back on my computer!!! Been down for a while and can’t reply from my smart phone. So sorry about your Momma but am really happy she is better!
    Just finished one of your books published in 1988. I have a hard time remembering if I have the re-releases! You have two shelves doubled and stacked and I reread them all the time!!!It isn’t often I find one I don’t have. Love them all.
    God Bless and take care of yourself.

  30. DIANA E
      · August 17th, 2015 at 6:54 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the new winners. Hope you are feeling better, Linda as it soun

  31. Mary Cresto
      · August 17th, 2015 at 7:40 pm · Link

    Glad your Mom is doing better. Take care of yourself. Get a New Puppy. Good for you to do. Love ya and God Bless you always. Mary

  32. Diane Sallans
      · August 17th, 2015 at 8:04 pm · Link

    isn’t it nice to have fun with your Mom! I miss mine. :(

  33. Patti
      · August 17th, 2015 at 8:26 pm · Link

    I’m glad that you are both feeling better. I bet you are glad that you live near your mom. It is wonderful that the two of you could keep your sense of humor even when not feeling well.

  34. Diane Blaser
      · August 17th, 2015 at 9:35 pm · Link

    I’m glad to hear everyone’s on the mend! Great idea with the baby monitor! I hope you have a great week Linda!

  35. Marilyn Fish
      · August 17th, 2015 at 10:11 pm · Link

    It sounds as if you enjoy your mom. I lost mine in 2012. I still occasionally want to pick up the phone to call and tell her something.

  36. Eriko
      · August 17th, 2015 at 10:27 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear you and your Mom got sick, and sorry to hear your Mom got early pneumonia! Gosh! Glad she is recovering and so are you! I loved reading about how you took care of your Mom too!

  37. Kathy Fann
      · August 17th, 2015 at 10:30 pm · Link

    I love your books. I’m working on a guest ranch in Durango, Colorado for the summer and have so far read about 9 of your books. I started reading your books while working here in 2013. I love how so many of your characters intertwine. I always look forward to new releases and hope to get to read many more when I get back home to Georgia.

  38. midge watkins
      · August 17th, 2015 at 10:33 pm · Link

    What a great feeling it is to see such a wonderful mother/daughter relationship! May it last a long, long time.

  39. Roberta Giordano
      · August 17th, 2015 at 11:04 pm · Link

    Glad your mom is feeling better. Sounds like you two are two peas in a pod. Lol

  40. TL Wilson
      · August 18th, 2015 at 12:06 am · Link

    Blessings to you & Mom, Linda! Feel better!!!

  41. Sal
      · August 18th, 2015 at 1:02 am · Link

    Wowzers you two are wacky. Good thing none of that rubbed off on the middle sister.

  42. Linda Foote
      · August 18th, 2015 at 1:16 am · Link

    I use a monitor for my Mom at night. She will be 100 years old on Aug 23rd and lives with me. A monitor helps me get a good nights rest.

  43. Donamae Kutska
      · August 18th, 2015 at 2:06 am · Link

    So glad your mom is better! Your a very good daughter to take care of her.

  44. Jo-Ann Baker
      · August 18th, 2015 at 8:21 am · Link

    Hi All,
    Glad all is well and getting better. I know the baby monitors are great. When my Dad got sick we all had them for out kids so we just brought one over. It worked wonderful for us as we could be in the family room at the other end of the house an hear him. Now they ave them that you can watch the kids. But I am glad your both feeling better. Have a good week and take care. :wink:

  45. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · August 18th, 2015 at 9:39 am · Link

    Blessings and healthy lungs to you and yours.

  46. Jan
      · August 18th, 2015 at 9:47 am · Link

    How sweet that you are able to help your mom when she needs it. Hope you are both feeling better!

  47. Jeannine Klimt
      · August 18th, 2015 at 12:33 pm · Link

    Linda, so glad your mom is doing well. I loved your post.:) It made me think of when my mom was still with us. She was wheelchair bound due to MS. We would have wheelchair “races” just to make things exciting some days. She would laugh so hard.

  48. Charlotte Litton
      · August 18th, 2015 at 2:19 pm · Link

    I love that you can joke with your mom. Glad both of you are feeling better.

  49. Tammy
      · August 18th, 2015 at 3:54 pm · Link

    Linda, you are a good daughter! :wink: I’m sure your Mom loved all the care & attention you so lovingly gave her! I hope she is feeling better soon! When our youngest son was 6 he had surgery & was in a body cast for 7 weeks. His room was on the main floor & we were upstairs. So we dug out his old baby monitor & set it up so we could hear him in the middle of the night or if I was down in the basement doing laundry!

  50. Melaine
      · August 18th, 2015 at 5:36 pm · Link

    Glad you and your mom are doing well again. Congrats to this week’s winners. Have a great week, Linda!

  51. Rita McCommon
      · August 19th, 2015 at 8:42 am · Link

    That’s awesome Linda! You are so blessed to still have your Mom! Take good care of her. I just got started reading The Marriage season from my library and am loving it as usual cause I love all of your books. When I first started reading your books I put all your books (at library) in date order and took a shelf at a time home with me. I made sure I had all books in each series. They laughed at me, but I didnt want anybody messing up my series reading!!!!! Loved the McKettricks & Creeds and all after! Your Loyal Fan, RITA

  52. Gloria Jenkins
      · August 20th, 2015 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Good to hear everyone is feeling better. You have been on my mind a lot this week. While we are having rain here in Virginia, I hear the west is still in a drought and wild fire’s. I pray that everyone is safe. My daughter lives in Lincoln California I see how close the fire is to her and my grandchildren. She tells me they’re fine that the fire is further away, while the air is not so great everyone is ok. Have a great weekend to everyone at the Triple L.

  53. Trudy Wilson
      · August 20th, 2015 at 2:22 pm · Link

    Glad you and your Mom are feeling better. It is great to be able to take care of our parents and elderly family members. You can sure learn alot from them!

  54. Lois Rotella
      · August 22nd, 2015 at 8:01 am · Link

    Hi Linda I was wondering if any fires are in your atea. I hope all is well.

  55. Valdi M
      · August 23rd, 2015 at 1:00 am · Link

    I sleep in the same room as my 89 year old mother who has altzheimers. I get very little sleep since she talks all night. It amazes me that in her dreams she can remember us. On very special mornings she will even say “good morning Valdi”. Glad your mom is doing better.

  56. diane wade
      · August 24th, 2015 at 12:04 pm · Link

    so glad you still have your mother. and isn’t it nice to be able to help them as they helped us.

  57. clynsg
      · August 24th, 2015 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Having recently been on the other side of the mother/daughter care situation recently after some surgery, I can truthfully say that it is great to have a daughter to care for me, but also rather difficult to accept that reversal! She kept chasing me back into first the bed, then a chair–kept telling her that I did need to walk around a bit, but she was somewhat like a mother hen!

  58. Sandy D
      · August 25th, 2015 at 12:34 pm · Link

    I moved in with my mom in June 37 years after moving out. Been thinking about getting those monitors. Better than a bell she laughingly suggested!

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