#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
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Winners + My Weekend

This week’s winners are Nancy Rieks and Hoppity (now, there’s a name!)–congratulations, both of you. 

As always, a whole new round begins today.  2 winners will be chosen at random later in the week, notified by Jenni, and announced on this blog next Monday.  All you need to do to enter is comment.

Now, about my weekend.  Daughter Wendy and I attended a Saturday afternoon matinee of the musical, “Guys and Dolls”, in downtown Spokane.  We know all the songs–Wendy appeared in her high school theatre production way back when–and we enjoyed the show immensely, especially because it brought back so many great memories for both of us. 

After the play, we visited Macy’s, one of our favorite stores, and I stopped by Chico’s, where I bought a couple of items for the summer.  I’ll be going to Gettysburg for a week next month, doing research for my Civil War novel, and then in July Wendy and I will take a trip to Asheville, N.C. to attend a Wishing Machine workshop, taking a ghost tour with Joshua P. Warren, and then taking a few days to explore the area.  We’ll be meeting my good friend, Brad Mulder, who builds the wishing machines, and touring the Biltmore Estate.  I’ve always wanted to do that! 

But back to the weekend.  After we shopped, we headed to our favorite Spokane restaurant, Anthony’s, for a lovely dinner.  I had the fried oysters–YUM.  :)  We enjoyed the dazzling view of Spokane Falls as well as the delicious food.  Let me tell you, by the time I got home that evening, I was, as my mother says, too pooped to pop.  On Sunday, I puttered, listened to audiobooks, and fed birds in the back yard.  The tulips are really gorgeous, and my beloved peonies are coming right along.  Bernice and I went to get the mail both Saturday and Sunday (we’re always a day behind on the pickup) and took a couple of walks.  I’ve been riding my exercise bike again, since, 1) it’s still cold, even though the sun shines and, 2) Bernice can’t make the trek around the pasture, and she is positively heartbroken if I go without her.  :)  So I ride the bike and take my walks when I can sneak past her.

That’s the news for today, my friends.  Back to my new Bliss County book, “Once a Rancher”.  :)




60 comments to “Winners + My Weekend”

  1. Sherry Wallace
      · April 27th, 2015 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Asheville – one of my favorite places! You will not be disappointed in the Biltmore Estate – truly magnificent!! What is a Wishing Machine?

  2. yanli
      · April 27th, 2015 at 2:37 pm · Link

    Thank you very much, and good luck with your new book. :mrgreen:

  3. DONNA
      · April 27th, 2015 at 2:37 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a fun Saturday & a relaxing Sunday!!

  4. Laura Ann
      · April 27th, 2015 at 2:38 pm · Link

    You’ll love Asheville Linda! My family has lived there since before the Revolutionary War. Bring extra luggage because you will love all the boutiques.

  5. Teresa
      · April 27th, 2015 at 2:43 pm · Link

    Yes, love to hear about more books in the works and a lovely relaxing weekend to help them develop!!

  6. Virginia H
      · April 27th, 2015 at 2:49 pm · Link

    Sounds like you have some busy plans for the summer. I just got back from a two mile walk we do have sunshine today for a change and its around 60 degrees, about perfect for walking. I went home to my sister’s house over the weekend for my birthday dinner, deep fried turkey breast, and it was very good. I love spending time with my family. :-P

    • Gloria
        · April 27th, 2015 at 3:11 pm · Link

      I hope you had a great week, celebrating you B/D. Happy Belated Birthday!

  7. Gloria
      · April 27th, 2015 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Nancy Rieks and Hoppity on your win! Enjoy!

    Linda, may I ask you a very personal question? Do you ever HAVE to do house work, and cook? Or, are you Blessed enough to have someone to do it for you so you can concentrate on your work and all your hobbies?

    I know you do cook, but I’m talking about HAVING to.

    Have you taken the time and started back to riding?

    Thanks, and keep on keeping on.

    • linda
        · April 28th, 2015 at 1:03 pm · Link

      I don’t do housework except for running the dishwasher or throwing in some laundry on the weekends. I do, however, do all my own cooking. :)

      • Gloria
          · April 28th, 2015 at 2:11 pm · Link

        Oooh, I love it…that you don’t HAVE to. Doing dishes is the job I dis-like the most, and I’ve been doing them since I could stand in a chair and “hang my chin over the edge of the dishpan”.

        When I was a kid and doing dishes, while all my brothers got to be out playing, I would sing to pass the time…till someone down at the creek heard me, so I stopped singing.:(

        I am glad for you that you don’t have to do any housework. I don’t like doing housework, either. I like to be outside doing yard work, though. I can see more of God’s creations out there.

        Thanks, Linda!

  8. Lois Rotella
      · April 27th, 2015 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Congrats on to the winners. Sounds like a fun weekend. It has been chilly in NYC. Looking forward to warmer weather. When will any new books coming out.

  9. Diana E.
      · April 27th, 2015 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Congratulations to this weeks winners. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend, Linda. Lots of fun! I preordered that Brenda Novak set with your book in it but don’t remember when its coming out. Something to look forward too. Have a wonderful week and my peonie has buds, I’m so excited, I only planted it last year. Have a wonderful week. Blessings.

    • linda
        · April 28th, 2015 at 1:04 pm · Link

      May 1st :)

  10. Jamie Wilson
      · April 27th, 2015 at 3:26 pm · Link

    Hello! My name is Jamie and I have never commented before! I live about an hour from Asheville, NC! You will LOVE it!! One recommendation…Eat at Tupelo Honey Cafe!! Its amazing! Hope you love the Biltmore…make sure to visit the winery also! I hope you have an amazing time!

    • linda
        · April 28th, 2015 at 1:05 pm · Link

      I’ll be sure to check this out! Thanks mucho.

  11. Ruby Norwood
      · April 27th, 2015 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!! Linda I think you will really enjoy Biltmore Estate, also go by the winery and do a little wine tasting.

  12. Fran F
      · April 27th, 2015 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    If you have never been to the Asheville area, I’m sure you will love it. I was lucky enough to live there for 6-1/2 years and loved every minute of it. I used to have a Season’s Pass to Biltmore House and enjoyed just going in and looking at all the flower arrangements when they were changed for a season. I hope you also get a chance to drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop at some of the lookouts. The scenery is breathtaking. Enjoy your trip. Will look forward to reading your comments when you return.

  13. Kay Moorhead
      · April 27th, 2015 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Glad you had such a good time!

  14. Julie Abrams
      · April 27th, 2015 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Had a wonderful time Saturday at the Phoenix Home Show, and especially watching the Property Brothers presentation. They really are just like they are on TV.

    Your trips sound quite exciting! So look forward to reading the results of your travels!

  15. Moira Galarneau
      · April 27th, 2015 at 4:28 pm · Link

    Sounds like a busy but fun Spring for you!

  16. theresa
      · April 27th, 2015 at 4:40 pm · Link

    Got exhausted just reading!!

  17. Jo-Ann Baker
      · April 27th, 2015 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Sounds like a great dinner. I watched my 2 year oldGrandson Bex’s and he was not feeling good. That darn RSV is acting up again an he’s back on breathing treatments . He’s such a good boy. I hate when he’s sick. We stayed home again today
    while Mommy went to work. We did the landry.
    I wish the weather in Ohio would make ups in mind. Cold today with clouds an rain.
    Have a good day

  18. DonnaC
      · April 27th, 2015 at 5:49 pm · Link

    My weekend was waiting for hubby & oldest son coming back from fishing! It was a great open to the fishing season!

  19. Brandy
      · April 27th, 2015 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!

    Sounds like you had a fun weekend. My family and I finaly got moved out of the big city and into the country(my life long dream) about 2 years ago and I love the peace and tranquility of siting in the outdoors. I keep hoping that i will get to see my tulips bloom, but it never fails, my husband has acidentily mowed over them every time. Lol! I do have a pretty pink peony bush that has some promising buds on it though, and I am hopeful that I get some flowers to plant outside as my mothers day gift. There’s nothing quite like being in the outdoors and digging in the dirt.

    Hope you have a good time on your upcoming trip and I look forward to hearing about them.

  20. Leanna
      · April 27th, 2015 at 6:14 pm · Link

    I love Gettysburg, when I was a kid my family would drive from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Norfolk, Virginia every two years to visit family and friends and we went to Gettysburg several times.

  21. Dorothy
      · April 27th, 2015 at 6:15 pm · Link

    When you go to the Biltmore estate, you will be awed and amazed. You can spend all day there and will be really tired when you are through. When I was there, there was a great restaurant in what used to be the calfing barn. If it is still there, be sure to eat there. It is fabulous. I will be interested to hear how you like it.

  22. Margy Manear
      · April 27th, 2015 at 6:50 pm · Link

    When you come to Gettysburg you’ll be real close to me!!! We visited Ashville and the estate and really enjoyed both! Have a great time

  23. Roberta Giordano
      · April 27th, 2015 at 8:21 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a nice weekend. I really need to find time and remember to look inti the wishing machine you talk about.

  24. Evelyn Baldwin
      · April 27th, 2015 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Linda, thank you for your post. I really enjoy reading them. Sounds like a great weekend. I live in the triad of N.C.. I was born in Asheville. I cannot wait for your new books. In a lot of pain, my daughter Wendi was in all musicals in high school. In college she decided she would travel and sing with The University Singers. She works for a local radio station now. Her dream job! Do you still ride horses? Actually my daffodils and Azaleas are blooming. Gods beauty for us. Congratulations to the winners. God Bless.

  25. Ann Diener
      · April 27th, 2015 at 8:57 pm · Link

    Your weekend was a whole lot better than mine. My sinuses filled on Friday and got worse the rest of the weekend. Had a fever. Had to call off work Saturday. Had to miss church Sunday. My coworker asks me if I am getting like Bruce Jenner since my voice is an octave lower. I made it all winter without a cold until now.
    Hope you have a great time in Gettysburg. My friend’s sis in law is a park ranger there and would be a good resource.
    Keep on writing!

  26. Marjorie Hawkins
      · April 27th, 2015 at 9:46 pm · Link

    I love fried oysters so much and no one in my family understands that about me. I also love them in “Po Boy” sandwiches.

    I go to the gym 3 times a week and do pretty good for my age (71) I need to lose some weight, but just love to eat. The gym helps me keep from blowing up!! I love all of your books and I’m waiting for the next two in the Bliss County series.

    • linda
        · April 28th, 2015 at 1:07 pm · Link

      You are an inspiration, girl!

  27. Therese lopez
      · April 27th, 2015 at 9:51 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!! Your new book sounds great and I can’t wait to read it. I love everything you write so I’m excited about it. Thanks for sharing your weekend with us.

  28. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · April 27th, 2015 at 10:02 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners.

    What a lovely weekend, productive and fun.

    Looking forward to your new books.

  29. Patti
      · April 27th, 2015 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Spent the weekend with 2 girlfriends that were my BEST friends back in the 70’s. 1 of the girls found Me on facebook and that night ran into the other in Walmart. Haven’t seen each other in 30 something years….
    it was like no time has passed. No awkward moments. Just good ole girl talk. It is now Monday nite I have one more night then i will be getting on the train and heading home. But We have already made plans for next month.
    can’t wait
    No better way to spend the weekend!

  30. Teresa W
      · April 27th, 2015 at 10:16 pm · Link

    Blessings to you & yours Linda! Enjoy your trip, sounds heavenly! Will Bernice accompany you or does she stay & hold down the fort, ah hum, I mean ranch? :->

    Happy Writing!! Can’t wait!

  31. Crystal Carney
      · April 27th, 2015 at 10:39 pm · Link

    You are a busy girl, I had a busy weekend, I celebrated my 80th birthday with friends & relatives at a surprised party that was

  32. Crystal Carney
      · April 27th, 2015 at 10:41 pm · Link

    You are a busy girl, I celebrated my 80th birthday with a surprised party that was awesome. Can’t wait for your next book !

    • Gloria
        · April 28th, 2015 at 8:43 am · Link

      HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to you, Crystal.

    • linda
        · April 28th, 2015 at 1:08 pm · Link

      I second the motion. Happy birthday!

  33. Diane Blaser
      · April 27th, 2015 at 11:33 pm · Link

    You will love Gettysburg Linda! My family and I spent half a day there and lam to go back for a longer stay! Walking around the grounds and the monuments was a solemn thing for us, having seen and read all about the horrific events that took place on that sacred ground. It actually made me cry to think about the wives who waited at home and would never know where their husbands were buried. I’m looking forward to your book! Enjoy your trip!

  34. Deana Dick
      · April 27th, 2015 at 11:34 pm · Link

    I’m sure you had a great time in Spokane this weekend. That is where my dad was from . We went there one summer on vacation to visit relatives. The city was beautiful. Best wishes on upcoming books.

  35. Dona Kutska
      · April 28th, 2015 at 12:32 am · Link

    Poor Bernice it’s heck to get old! I have to sneak out without my little dog when she can’t come with me.

  36. Dona Kutska
      · April 28th, 2015 at 12:34 am · Link

    Poor Bernice. Please keep writing your books!

  37. Alice Johnson
      · April 28th, 2015 at 12:59 am · Link

    Have not commented in quite a while, the move from FL to AR just took all my energy & the cold bothered this old lady! Like you, have to ride my Schwinn Airdyne, too cold for me… still & here it is the end of April!! Bernice sounds about like Alice ;)

    Enjoy reading your blog so much, have been a fan for so so many years & looking forward to the next Bliss County Bride!

    As always, God Bless

  38. Melaine
      · April 28th, 2015 at 1:16 am · Link

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your daughter. A great way to spend a day.

    I’m so looking forward to your next Bliss County book.

  39. sheri lord
      · April 28th, 2015 at 6:37 am · Link

    congrats to the winners :-D

  40. kathy parsons
      · April 28th, 2015 at 7:46 am · Link

    So glad u had a great weekend with your daughter, is this the same daughter you said was gonna be a zombie in Z-NATION ? I told my kids that watch the walking dead and they were so geeked that your daughter was gonna be a zombie, it is the in thing I guess…lol life is too short we need to spend as much time together and to let the ones we love know how much we love them and how Blessed we r for them, my gram did that with me and when she past it made it a little easier to know how much I did mean to her and how much she loved me… have a great day, sending love hugs and prayers always xoxoxoxoxox :wink:

  41. Mary Sekula
      · April 28th, 2015 at 8:20 am · Link

    Can’t wait to ready the series you are going to Gettysburg to research. Love your writing and thank you for my escapes when I get absorbed in your stories. :-P

  42. judy
      · April 28th, 2015 at 9:00 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Glad you had a great weekend.

  43. Jo-Ann Baker
      · April 28th, 2015 at 9:02 am · Link

    Good day the sun is out . Maybe it will warm up here in Ohio. I haven’t planted anything until we have warmer weather.
    Going to order your new book on Firday. Can’t wait for it to come our on May 26th. Have a great day all :) 8)

  44. Ann Bartholomew
      · April 28th, 2015 at 9:41 am · Link

    The Biltmore should be beautiful bloom next week. It is amazing on its own, but the drive from the gate house is always spectacular in spring. I’m just counting down the days to get the next marriage pact book. And – looking forward to whatever historical work comes from your trip to Gettysburg.

  45. LynneW
      · April 28th, 2015 at 10:24 am · Link

    Poor Bernice. Would she put up with being carried in a pouch on your chest or back? Some small dogs will and others won’t, but it would let her enjoy the outdoors and you could still walk the pastures without worrying about her. And occasionally you could put her down to sniff ~ a dog’s bliss!

  46. Sue Nordhausen
      · April 28th, 2015 at 11:28 am · Link

    I was wondering if you belong to a church and do you attend it on a regular basis?

    • linda
        · April 28th, 2015 at 1:09 pm · Link

      I don’t attend church, though I did for many, many years. I’m in the market for one, though.

  47. Shelly Finn
      · April 28th, 2015 at 1:13 pm · Link

    Thank you for your generous contest giveaway & also your scholarship program looks like a huge success, once again you are kind & generous.
    If I were to win the 500.00 at age 60 & single, I would apply it to my re-training of my skills to land a job, and possibly learning to be a better writer, as I love to be creative & write. It is difficult to at my age to be hired in practically any job.
    I’d also like to thank you for your published books, interesting, daring, very creative, and wonderful reading.

    I’d be open to any suggestion on starting a writing career, I don’t have the money to go to school as my ex worked out a way to get practically everything we worked for, for 25 years.

    Shelly Finn 8)

  48. Sue McCormick
      · April 28th, 2015 at 2:15 pm · Link

    My husband and I visited Biltmore back when we were “exiled”* to New York City; the visit was before 1989, and we still remember it and recall it upon many occasions. Hope you have a happy visit there.

    *I was a copy-editor of the elementary-high school textbook division of McGraw-Hill; an attrition of staff situation in St. Louis transferred us to NYC. We actually had a good time there, but the Mid-West remained “home” and we moved back home as soon after my retirement as it was reasonable to do so.


  49. Cindy Mathers Brown
      · April 28th, 2015 at 11:41 pm · Link

    Linda, your stories are wonderful. They offer your readers an escape from the challenges of life. I spent the weekend with some of your sexy couples on a ranch. Okay, in reality my body was on the couch, the rest of me was far away. I needed a break from my own worries. 4 of my 6 young grandchildren are moving to another state (Oregon). I’m going to miss them something fierce. Luckily we spent a lot of time together this weekend, playing, laughing, baking, reading and learning new rain dances (I live in California).

  50. Gloria Jenkins
      · April 29th, 2015 at 12:35 am · Link

    It sounds like you and your daughter had a great weekend. Can’t wait to read Bex’s story. Have a great week.

  51. Trudy Wilson
      · April 29th, 2015 at 2:05 pm · Link

    Love your books. Always on the lookout for the latest one! You can’t write fast enough for me! Keep up the great writing.

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Cattle drives rarely went more than ten or twelve miles a day, as the cattle had to be given time to rest and graze. A drive from Texas to Montana could take up to five months.