#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Winners and the weekend report

Congratulations to Linda Kroesche and Dennis–you’re our winners for last week.  :)  There’s a brand new contest running now, so if you’d like to enter, simply comment on this blog and you’re in.

Sadly, my brother-in-law’s mom, Betty Lang, passed away.  She was a wonderful woman, and she will be missed.

As for me, I had a lovely, restful weekend, some art-making, some reading, some shopping, some listening to podcasts and audiobooks and, yes, even some music.  Favorite podcasts, as many of you already know, are: Real Ghost Stories Online, Jim Harold’s Campfire, the Paranormal Podcast, Anything Ghost, This American Life, A Prairie Home Companion, the Moth, Darkness Radio, and Bob Bain’s The Far Side.  I sometimes listen to Coast to Coast AM on iHeartRadio–when it’s not too violent or too political.  (I get more politics than I need from the news.)  I listened to several books, including Diane Chamberlain’s “The Silent Sister” and V.C. Andrews’ “Christopher’s Diary.”  (The latter was good, and very well written–a cute trick since V.C. Andrews has been dead for years–but obviously one of those To Be Continued kind of stories.  Mind you, I don’t mind series–I write them myself, after all :)…BUT this book left a lot of questions unanswered, and that annoyed me.

While we’re on the subject, I mentioned a book called “The Miniaturist” on this blog a while back, and I was pretty into the story–until somebody killed a dog.  That’s a dealbreaker for me; I never finished the story. 

Halloween was quiet, as I knew it would be.  We never get trick-or-treaters out here, but I decorate and have candy on hand anyway, just in case.  (And because it’s fun.)  The ranch crew is more than happy to help me out with the Butterfingers bars.

We’re having rainy weather here in Spokane today–yesterday was absolutely beautiful.  Bernice and I took TWO afternoon walks instead of the usual one, and it was lovely.

I’m exercising faithfully–love that bike of mine.  This morning, I listened to spiritual music while I was pedaling–Taize.  I’d never heard of Taize until I listened to Cynthia Bourgealt’s (mss?) WONDERFUL book, “The Wisdom Way of Knowing.”  I recommend it highly–the book AND the music.  Both are very inspiring.  I’ve read most of the text part of “A Course in Miracles”–it safe to say that studying this book has literally changed my life.  Powerful stuff, my friends.

That’s a wrap for today, everybody.  Be kind.

77 comments to “Winners and the weekend report”

  1. LaurA Pinciotto
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Sorry for yor loss.

    • linda
        · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:22 pm · Link

      Thank you, Laura.

  2. Gloria
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:24 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Linda Kroesche and Dennis! Enjoy your win.

    I’m so sorry about the loss of Betty Lang. I don’t know her, but I know she will be missed.

    It sounds like you had a great weekend.

    I pray you have a great week.

  3. Debra Wright
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:28 pm · Link

    I have never entered, but ĹOVE reading your books!

      · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:29 pm · Link


  5. Laura Ann Harris
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:30 pm · Link

    Keep up the exercise Linda! Good for the body and soul. :-D

  6. Jessica Laas
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:31 pm · Link

    I’m with you Linda, I cannot tolerate cruelty to any animal. Glad you did not finish the story.

  7. Renae Kinsey
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:31 pm · Link

    I’m so very sorry about Betty. My deep and sincere condolences to you and the family. God Bless you

    • linda
        · November 4th, 2014 at 4:08 pm · Link

      Thanks, sweetie. Sure looking forward to your visit.

  8. Debra Wright
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:36 pm · Link

    By the way Ive been inspired by you’re exercising Im going to start!

  9. Joan Marchand
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Its raining here in the Fraser Valley as well and supposed to rain for a couple more days. Do you have any idea when your next book will be coming out ? I Am sorry to hear about the sorrow in your family it is never easy !!
    Take care !

  10. Jennifer L
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:48 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. It’s always hard to lose a special person.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you a million times for the warning about The Miniaturist! I had it on my to-read list and was planning to pick it up from the library soon. You saved me a lot of heartache and frustration. That’s a deal breaker for me, too.

    I’ve been meaning to read Christopher’s Diary. There was a time when I was addicted to V.C. Andrews and the Flowers in the Attic series. I recently found them amongst several stored books, so I’m planning to read them again. I wonder how they’ll hold up now that I’m older?

    Halloween was quiet here too. There were a couple groups of Trick-or-Treaters, but the kids around here mostly stick to some local attractions and community parties. It’s a suburban area with lots of families, but the holiday seems to have changed a bit, at least around here. Maybe it’s a sign of the times, but I can’t help thinking that more’s the pity. Trick or treating was one of the highlights of childhood!

    I hope that you’re enjoying a great day.

  11. Chris Baker
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Sorry about Betty. Keep up the exercising.

  12. Carol S
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 6:19 pm · Link

    No one can replace V. C. Andrews.I don’t know who is writing the books now but they are not as good.

  13. Cathy Green
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners, I am enjoying the book I won, my MOm is waiting for it next. I am like you I only had 6 trick or treaters but work is always glad to have candy. :-P

  14. Denise King
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss Linda, we didn’t have that many kids this year either. The students@ the university were very creative this year with their costumes, I always look forward to what they come up with every year.:-) :-) .

  15. Tammy
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 6:32 pm · Link

    My condolences to you and your family.

  16. mary mayer
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 6:35 pm · Link

    sorry for your lose.

  17. Brenda Ireland
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 6:35 pm · Link

    Sympathy to you and the family in the loss of Mrs.Lang.A loss is never easy.

  18. Lois Rotella
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 6:40 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about your brother in law’s mother. My condolences to the family. Sounds like you had a busy weekend. Have a great week.

  19. Terri Shortell
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 6:43 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about your brother-in-law’s mother. My sympathies to everyone. Glad you had such a relaxing weekend. It’s always good to recharge your batteries. Congrats to the winners. Hope everybody has a great night. Blessed be everyone.

  20. Patricia McLeman
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 6:52 pm · Link

    I know how you feel about the dog in the book you read. I had a similar experience with a Minette Walters book where someone was torturing and then killing cats in detail and needless to say I didn’t finish it, binned it and often warn people about it. Trouble is I can’t forget it, it was so sick.
    Keep up the good work on your exercise bike. :

  21. Dennis
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Sorry for your Loss Linda!!

    I won?? Whoopi!!!! :)) What did I win? Can I donate it to your charity?

  22. Dixie Hadley
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 7:14 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Sorry for the loss of Betty. I will pray for God’s peace & comfort for the family .

  23. Diana E.
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 7:45 pm · Link

    Congratlations to the winners. Sorry to hear of Betty’s passing.
    Sounds like your weekend went well, I don’t get any trick or treaters at my condo either. I’m having cataract surgery tomorrow, the first went well but I’d appreciate a prayer that all goes well with this one. Thanks and blessings.

    • Ida C.
        · November 3rd, 2014 at 8:11 pm · Link

      Sending healing prayers your way.

    • Jennifer L
        · November 3rd, 2014 at 9:50 pm · Link

      Sending prayers and good thoughts for your procedure and fast recovery, Diana.

    • Gloria
        · November 4th, 2014 at 9:59 pm · Link

      Diana, I hope and pray your surgery went well today. God’s Blessings to you.

    • Gloria
        · November 4th, 2014 at 10:01 pm · Link

      Diana, I do hope and pray your surgery went well today. God’s Blessings to you.

      • Gloria
          · November 4th, 2014 at 10:02 pm · Link

        Sorry about the repeat. Don’t worry, you’re not seeing double.

  24. Ida Cunningham
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 8:10 pm · Link

    Sounds like you’ve had an enjoyable weekend. You’re having rain and on Saturday, we had an appreciable amount of snow on the ground. Glad to say most of it has gone now, except where the sun can’t reach it. Your reading is quite varied. I should try switching genres like you do. Have a wonderful week and congrats to the winners. Be well everyone! :-P

  25. Pam paterakis
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 8:33 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss; prayers still coming your way. We had snow and very cold temps today here in Western NE.keep up the goodworks physically and spiritually!

  26. Lorraine Pitts
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 8:48 pm · Link

    So sorry for your family’s loss. I love reading about your days. I don’t blame you for not finishing the book with the dog’s death. I do not enjoy any kind of animal cruelty. I love your books though!!!!

  27. Ruby Norwood
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Congrats!! To the winners!! I’m sorry to hear about Betty. We actually had snow here in South Carolina on Saturday, first time they said in 125 years this early in the year.
    Have a good week everyone !!

  28. Evelyn Villanueva
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 9:38 pm · Link

    Taize music is lovely. Someday you should visit the Taize music in France. We have a Taize prayer service every Wednesday here at my church. I love the gentle repetition of the music. Thank you for mentioning this.

  29. Jeannine Klimt
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 9:51 pm · Link

    Linda your family has my prayers. We had a very busy Halloween which was fun. There was a time i didn’t like or celebrate All Hallows eve but I am more comfortable with it now.
    It sounds as though you are having fun and finding outlets for your innate creativity! :)

  30. Leanna
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 9:56 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss. Keep up the good work with the walks and the bike.

  31. Roberta Giordano
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 9:57 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. And I am sorry for your lost.
    Wish I can get back to exercising but just can’t seem to get back into it.

  32. Tammy
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 10:02 pm · Link

    I used to read V.C.Andrews when I was younger! Another book to put on my “to read” list…. Thanks for letting us know what you’re reading! Always looking for suggestions!

  33. carole
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 10:48 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss, my prayers to you and your family! Congrats to the 2 winners!

  34. Hilda
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 10:55 pm · Link

    Hi, Linda. I hope your family finds great comfort in some good memories of Mrs. Lang.

    I have to ask because since you have been blogging less lately, it seems I’m checking in less and maybe missing some information. Are you currently working on a book or taking a break? Also, there are several books of yours on the shelves right now, I think mostly reprints. I recognize some of your GREATS, like the Orphan Train girls and the McKettricks. (Everybody, if you haven’t read either of those series, do so soon! Wonderful series-es (is that plural?)) Anyway, there was one, with “Snowflake” in the title, I wonder is that a reprint or a new one that you just put out?

    Take care,

    • Dennis
        · November 4th, 2014 at 6:58 pm · Link

      You are soooo right Hilda!! Everyone has to read the McKettricks series!! I’m hoping for TV movie or film or something! Bring them to life!!

  35. Eriko
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 11:02 pm · Link

    I am so sorry to hear of your brother’s in law’s mother. Sending healing vibes to your family.

  36. Linda kroesche
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 11:29 pm · Link

    Thank you, so excited for the WIN! Sorry to hear about Betty. enjoy the rain we are dry here in Texas. Most chops are harvested and hays in the barn, so ready for winter. Thanks again for the win! Love all your books!

  37. Audrey Tollefson
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 11:30 pm · Link

    I enjoy reading your books. I would love to win.

  38. Audrey Tollefson
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 11:32 pm · Link

    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  39. Kelley Morrow
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 11:35 pm · Link

    Sorry for your family’s loss and praying for some comfort to come your way. Hope you have the best week and can’t wait to read the next charm book!

  40. Gloria Jenkins
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 11:55 pm · Link

    I’m sorry for your family’s loss. Know that you and family are in my prayers. I love that you mention what books your reading. I have many books by V.C Andrews, have not bought a new book in some years. I will not read a book out of series, including your books. I love to hear about your weekends. There’s so much you get accomplished. My weekends are Wednesday and Thursday, for I work weekends. I hope you have a great week. Congrats to the winner’s.

  41. Margaret
      · November 4th, 2014 at 1:29 am · Link

    We don’t get trick or treaters either as we are also in the country, but it is fun to go to town and see a witch walking down the street. My husband and I joked that maybe she lot the keys to her broom. lol Sorry about Betty.

  42. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · November 4th, 2014 at 5:52 am · Link

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Take care.

  43. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · November 4th, 2014 at 8:08 am · Link

    Sorry for the loss of Betty Lang …Losing someone is always tough to deal with .

  44. Margy Manear
      · November 4th, 2014 at 9:28 am · Link

    Spent all day Sat. at a book signing. Great fun!

  45. LaVerne Ray
      · November 4th, 2014 at 9:39 am · Link

    Love your books.My baby sister Shirley( now passed)got me into reading
    your books.Have been a fan about 16 years.Have a great day.

  46. Jo-Ann Baker
      · November 4th, 2014 at 10:33 am · Link

    Sounds like a great weekend. We had cold an rain. Today is nice a sunny. Makes up for it. But in Ohio it can change in a second. lol Have a wonderful weekend. Rereading some old favorites! McKettricks and Creeks :) Thanks for such wonderful books!

  47. Alison
      · November 4th, 2014 at 10:52 am · Link

    You are an inspiration for weight watchers. I recently got back to it as well. I enjoy following your journey.

  48. Joyce M.
      · November 4th, 2014 at 11:12 am · Link

    Sorry for your loss.

  49. Gram
      · November 4th, 2014 at 1:43 pm · Link

    Sounds like a perfect weekend :-)

  50. Traci Nelson
      · November 4th, 2014 at 1:48 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss
    The rest of your weekend sounds wonderful

  51. Darlene
      · November 4th, 2014 at 1:53 pm · Link

    I never get trick or treaters out here in the middle of the walnut orchard but still had candy ready. I don’t have ranch hands to help me eat it so I have to eat it myself. I will need to do many miles on an exercise bike once I finish all of it :-D

  52. Rita Crofoot
      · November 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm · Link

    I truly . Do not understand how you fit in all the reading listening and doing into the hours you have, what the heck am I doing wrong. I know you probably speed read, but speed listen?
    I would love to figure it out, probably the answer is that I waste time. Would love some insight.

  53. Dennis
      · November 4th, 2014 at 2:29 pm · Link

    Thank You Thank You Thank You!! Looking forward to my gift! :))))

  54. Donna Colton
      · November 4th, 2014 at 2:40 pm · Link

    We had 6 Trick or Treaters! Our usual, but it was so cold, windy, rainy & some snow mixed in. We still have lots of leftovers!

  55. Millie
      · November 4th, 2014 at 2:47 pm · Link

    I am with you Linda, I can’t and won’t finish a book when animals are killed for sport or just because. It is different if within the storyline aan animal has to be put down, but even that make me cry. Sorry to hear of your family lost. Take care and have a blessed day!

  56. Kelly McKnight
      · November 4th, 2014 at 3:03 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss!
    Thank you for your years of writing! I’ve been reading all of your works for a long time! Great stuff!

  57. Beth Almeida
      · November 4th, 2014 at 3:10 pm · Link

    I am sorry for your brother-in-law! It is tough to lose anyone, especially a parent. It sounds as if you had a wonderful weekend, though.

  58. Crystal Carney
      · November 4th, 2014 at 4:20 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Sorry for your loss, prayers to you & family, keep up with your exercises as its so easy to get out of your routine . The best to you & family !

  59. robin griner
      · November 4th, 2014 at 5:07 pm · Link

    Keep pedaling it keeps the spirits up. :-P

  60. mary D. Wornick
      · November 4th, 2014 at 7:29 pm · Link

    I just want to say hi to all and have a nice one.
    It looks like we just might have some good winter weather which i will love cause we have had some hot summer days here.

    Bye for now, Mary D Wornick

  61. mary D. Wornick
      · November 4th, 2014 at 7:33 pm · Link

    So you like ghost movies and books. Well i like them too but get scare as all get out after seeing one. Laughing ,but still watch them. Okay y’all have a good one bye for now
    God bless keep safe
    Mary D.Wornick

  62. Patti
      · November 4th, 2014 at 7:49 pm · Link

    I think of you as one of my spiritual teachers – suggesting books to read – giving me ideas to ponder

  63. Brenda I.
      · November 4th, 2014 at 9:52 pm · Link

    It’s good to hear you had a quiet and restful Halloween and weekend.

  64. Ola Norman
      · November 4th, 2014 at 9:59 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to give them up.

  65. Merry M.
      · November 5th, 2014 at 7:00 am · Link

    I bought Halloween candy even though I had to work that night. The hubby enjoyed it when I got home that night.

  66. Jean Barrington
      · November 5th, 2014 at 11:33 am · Link

    Taize – a way to pray!

  67. Donna
      · November 5th, 2014 at 9:01 pm · Link

    Love your books–can’t wait until the next one comes out.

    It sounds like your ranch is just beautiful. There is no prettier place to visit than the western United States.

    My prayers are with you and your family in the loss of Betty

  68. Rose Marie Moran
      · November 6th, 2014 at 9:24 am · Link

    Sorry to hear about Betty Lang passing. Will still keep her in my prayers.

  69. Nadine Spradlin
      · November 7th, 2014 at 6:49 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners , it is always fun to win something …. Sorry to hear of your family’s loss . I’ve always loved old ghost stories, my friends used to come to our house hoping that my Mama would tell us some, wish that I could remember some of the tales .at the time the stories sounded so realistic . stay Happy, healthy & hope you like writing as much as we- all enjoy reading your books !!!!

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