#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Winners and My New Lease on Life

First, this week’s contest winners.  They are: Mae Logan and Barbara Roney.  Mae and Barbara will each receive an autographed book as their prize.  Next week’s winners will receive the same.  Enter a comment, and you’re in.  Two names will be chosen at random, notified, and announced on this blog.

Now, for my new lease on life.  I might be exaggerating just a little, but after a long and challenging winter, I’m feeling downright restored by the coming of spring–even the rainy days, with their promise of full wells and beautiful flowers.  I’m in love with my dogs, cats and horses, though that’s nothing new, and I’m enjoying my writing big-time!  I just finished the proposal–two chapters and a lengthy outline–for my first Civil War novel, tentatively titled “North of Eden”.  I have some other things to do, then I’ll be going right back to the book.

I spent the weekend listening to audiobooks; still on my Joshlyn Jackson kick.  Last night I started “Passenger”, a time-travel story that promises to be really good.  It’s well written, with lots of characters and an intriguing premise.  Jeremy and Wendy brought over some Chinese food last night, and we had a fun family dinner.

I’m up to Day 106 in my gratitude journal, and going strong.  Now, inspired by an audiobook called “A Complaint Free World”, I’ve undertaken an interesting experiment in complaint-free living.  You wear a bracelet on one wrist, and if you catch yourself whining about something, you have to move the bracelet to the other wrist.  The idea is to go 21 days with the bracelet on the same wrist.  :)  They give away the bracelets at www. acomplaintfreeworld.org, but I’m just using one I already had.  So far, I’m doing well, almost at the 24 hour mark without a hitch.  That would be amazing, if I hadn’t been alone for much of those 24 hours.  :)  This ole cowgirl can kvetch with the best of them, I regret to say.

The critters are all thriving, and I put in a good day at the computer today.  Life is good.

42 comments to “Winners and My New Lease on Life”

  1. Caryn Horn
      · March 7th, 2016 at 5:52 pm · Link

    So glad you’re writing along with all that listening. Anxious for the next outpouring from your mind and fingers!

  2. tammy carter
      · March 7th, 2016 at 5:54 pm · Link

    So excited for the Proposal and am looking forward to hearing more about the Civil War Era book you are working on. I really have loved your novels set in the past. You have a way of bringing the characters to life.

  3. Deborah Nelson
      · March 7th, 2016 at 5:55 pm · Link

    Welcome spring! And your positive life choices :wink:

  4. Denise King
      · March 7th, 2016 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Good evening Linda, I love the idea about the bracelet, I know a person who could use it, lol. she’s always complaining about everything.

  5. Virginia Horton
      · March 7th, 2016 at 6:02 pm · Link

    So glad life is good Linda! It was 64 here today cloudy but will take the warm cloudy days any time. I am so ready for spring. I even got to take a walk yesterday with no rain. :-P

  6. Teresa G
      · March 7th, 2016 at 6:06 pm · Link

    Love your posts. Glad things are going well.

  7. Lois Rotella
      · March 7th, 2016 at 6:12 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies. Glad or the critters are doing well. L ok king forward to your new books. Have a wonderful week.

  8. Gloria
      · March 7th, 2016 at 6:19 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Mae Logan and Barbara Roney! Enjoy your book.

    If I had a complaint bracelet, I’d have it worn out within a week or so. But, I only complain about one thing…not having the where-with-all to live a decent and comfortable life and fixing my old house to live in before I die…….

    I figured it out the other night, and if I averaged my SS for the year with a 40 hour work week, I wouldn’t even be making minimum wage. That is just so sad when a person works hard all their lives, and that is all they have to show for it.

    So, in the last couple of minutes, I’d have had to move the bracelet several times. :lol:

    But, you keep it up Linda, as you inspire me to have a better outlook. Or, I should say…TRY to have a better outlook. There goes that bracelet, again.

    • Gloria
        · March 7th, 2016 at 6:20 pm · Link

      I should have said a 40 hour workweek for 52 weeks.

  9. Teresa F
      · March 7th, 2016 at 6:26 pm · Link

    Love that you are settling in for spring!!

  10. Linda Solcich
      · March 7th, 2016 at 6:26 pm · Link

    Glad you are writing cause I’m almost caught up with you. lol
    Thanks for the tip about the complaint free bracelet too.

  11. theresa
      · March 7th, 2016 at 6:38 pm · Link

    Wishing you good luck with your novel!

  12. Ruby Norwood
      · March 7th, 2016 at 6:42 pm · Link

    Enjoyed the blog Linda, and a big Congrats to Mae & Barbara!!

  13. Lauri Claes
      · March 7th, 2016 at 6:51 pm · Link

    I am glad u r feeling refreshed. I hope spring is right around the corner for us as well. We just had over 12 inches of snow 2 days ago and now we have none. The weather here was just beautiful today.

  14. Tina HOOVER
      · March 7th, 2016 at 6:59 pm · Link

    Your books are such a joy to read. Thank you.

  15. Ann Bartholomew
      · March 7th, 2016 at 7:01 pm · Link

    Looking forward to North of Eden. I love period novels. I’m also counting down the days until the end of the month and the latest Bliss County book! Keep writing!!!

  16. therese lopez
      · March 7th, 2016 at 7:06 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!! Happy reading ladies. I love spring in Texas we have beautiful wildflowers here. I hope you have a great week, thanks for another great blog.

  17. Marie-Elena Gallardo
      · March 7th, 2016 at 7:32 pm · Link

    spring is just around the corner :wink:

  18. Theresa Hagman
      · March 7th, 2016 at 7:39 pm · Link

    I love the concept of no complaining. It’s so easy to complain instead of praising the good in ones life. Can’t wait for the next book!

  19. Evelyn Baldwin
      · March 7th, 2016 at 7:41 pm · Link

    Thank you for your blogs! I do not have much luck winning prizes! Yet an auto graphed book would be mostly welcomed! Thank you for the chance anyway! Things sound wonderful. I think i will try that braclet! In pain constantly with my spine. Yet i am grateful for being able to do some things, others can’t in my disorder. I love the paperbacks, have echoing in my ears, it is hard reading now. I keep going though. Thanks to The Good Lord! God Bless and keep your Wonderful talent coming! Evelyn

  20. Dawn Roberts
      · March 7th, 2016 at 8:09 pm · Link

    I’ve taken you lead, I don’t actually keep a journal, but every morning, I think of something I’m grateful for And it really has changed my outlook on the day.

  21. Diane Lussier
      · March 7th, 2016 at 8:11 pm · Link

    Love your posts. Glad everything is going well! Love your books and I think that’s a great idea of the bracelet.

  22. Colleen
      · March 7th, 2016 at 8:30 pm · Link

    I am sure the the lucky ladies will enjoy their book when it arrives in the mail. Looking forward to the end of the month and a new book to read. Why is it easier sometimes to be crabby instead of appreciating our lives?

  23. Roberta Giordano
      · March 7th, 2016 at 8:55 pm · Link

    So glad everything is going great for you. Can’t wait for the civil war book. Have a great week !

  24. Jan
      · March 7th, 2016 at 9:05 pm · Link

    Feeling like spring here
    Anxious to read a new book.

  25. Leanna
      · March 7th, 2016 at 10:03 pm · Link

    I thought spring was here last week when it was in the 80s but this week it’s supposed to rain most of the week. Looking forward to Once a Rancher.

  26. Kay Schock
      · March 7th, 2016 at 10:20 pm · Link

    Enjoy your books so much. I have a big sack of them in my closet. When I bought my Kindle I gave a lot of my books to Friends of the Library. They are all volunteers who support our local libraries. I couldn’t give up your books. Want them at hand so they are available to reread.

  27. Lisa Hicks
      · March 7th, 2016 at 11:50 pm · Link

    I am still waiting to win still reading .. great author thank you

  28. Kelley Morrow
      · March 7th, 2016 at 11:58 pm · Link

    I am also ready for spring and glad to see the signs everywhere! Have a blessed week Linda.

  29. Sharon Sovereign
      · March 8th, 2016 at 6:20 am · Link

    Keep writing those good books that we love to read.

  30. diane wade
      · March 8th, 2016 at 9:26 am · Link

    I can’t wait for the new civil war books. those are always my favorites

  31. Eriko
      · March 8th, 2016 at 9:58 am · Link

    Bravo! Something shifted and now you have a new lease, new attitude which spreads through your blog here! Hip Hip Hooray!!!

  32. Lynn Hill
      · March 8th, 2016 at 10:10 am · Link

    Oh congrats ladies on your awesome win!! I am so looking to Spring. My Tulips and daffodils have decided it was time to show their pretty heads and some of the daffodils are actually showing their pretty little faces. I do loveSpring! It means Summer isn’t to far behind!!

  33. Dotty Weis
      · March 8th, 2016 at 10:12 am · Link

    How is your WW coming I’m thinking of joining

  34. Denise Holcomb
      · March 8th, 2016 at 10:47 am · Link

    love the idea for a complaint bracelet. show gratitude. appreciate the blessings in life.

  35. Darlene Holley
      · March 8th, 2016 at 11:28 am · Link

    Happy Spring to you!! I really enjoy reading your books, hopefully you have many more stories to tell.

  36. Marjorie Hawkins
      · March 8th, 2016 at 12:54 pm · Link

    You make me want to improve my attitude and replace it with gratitude!! I was at the gym the other day (I’m 72 years old) and I told the guy next to me that I’ve decided that pain is God’s way of letting me know I’m still alive and I should be grateful for that. I am so grateful for all of my many friends and family. I try to enjoy each day and be thankful for it. Is the new Civil War Story a series? I will look forward to reading it. Right now, I’m rereading Susan Mallery’s entire “Fool’s Gold” series. I hope your Mother is doing well.

  37. Juanita Rice
      · March 8th, 2016 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Sounds like a happy you. :)

  38. Linda Beaudoin
      · March 8th, 2016 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your gratitude journal.

  39. Elaine Key
      · March 8th, 2016 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Glad to hear things are going well. I’m still trying to adopt a rescue dog but so far my applications haven’t been approved. I am wanting a Shih Tzu no older than 5 years of age.

    We are having spring weather in TN and I love it!

    Can’t wait to read your new book coming out and also the one you are writing.

  40. Dona Kutska
      · March 11th, 2016 at 12:56 am · Link

    Good to hear all is well, spring is amazing!! I’m anxiously waiting for your next book.

  41. Ida Good
      · March 13th, 2016 at 1:48 am · Link

    Can’t wait until your next book comes out. I love each and every book I have read. And I have many. But still many more to find. You and one other author are all that I read. Happy Easter! Happy Spring!! :)

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