#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

A Few Saturday Notes

Recently, I mentioned a book I read, called “Little Girls”.  I’ve finished it now, and I’ve got to tell you two things: first, there is some very disturbing stuff in the story and, second, the ending is pretty ambiguous.  You are, of course, perfectly capable of deciding what you want to read.  :)  So, this is merely a heads up.  If you’re into horror, you will probably like this book.  While I happen to love ghost stories and various kinds of suspense, I’m not so big on horror.  Up to you.  Please take note: I am not panning this author’s book–I know how hard it is to write anything.  The story is well-plotted, the characters are well drawn.

Now, I’ll shut up about it.  :)

We awakened to a miracle here in Spokane this morning–RAIN.  Right in the middle of a forecast predicting nothing but unrelenting sunshine.  Trust me, I’ve got nothing against sunshine–I thrive on it and even tend to get blue when it’s absent for too long.  That said, we’ve been dealing with a drought, drying out the grass and raising the ever-present risk of wildfires.  Therefore, you can probably guess what my first entry in this morning’s gratitude journaling was–RAIN. 

Even more than the rain, I appreciate the reminder that, beyond fear and appearances, there is God.

There is a book I can recommend without any hesitation at all: “The Untethered Soul”, by Michael A. Singer.  WOW.  I loved his new one, “The Surrender Experiment” a lot, so I went back to read the previous offering.  And it’s excellent.

I probably won’t blog tomorrow–but you never know.  :)  I will be here on Monday, however, to announce our new winners.

Be happy.

34 comments to “A Few Saturday Notes”

  1. Beverly Evanger
      · July 11th, 2015 at 3:25 pm · Link

    i sure wish it would rain here. everythings so dry. thanks for the heads up on the book. have a great weekend. go run and play in the rain….. lol

  2. Terri
      · July 11th, 2015 at 3:36 pm · Link

    Linda I’m glad u finally got your rain. Our rain has stopped for now. We r still flooded but we are currently in a heat advisory. Temps un high 90’s but humidity makes it feel like low 100’s. If it’s not one thing it’s another. lol. Hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend.

  3. Evelyn Baldwin
      · July 11th, 2015 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Thank you for your post! Hope Bernice is happier today. After that scary bath. I have 3 doggies. 18 year old Staffordshire Terrier, if gets partial baths daily. Due too his incontinence. Poor baby, gets around good, little confused at times. Loves to walk around my kitchen table a least 30 times a day. Longctable too. I have a 14 year old plot hound and a 3 year old resuced pit bull. She wants to play with the plot hound, but he growls at her. She is so gratful to have a loving home. Scared of birds though. Humid and hot here in N.C.. Went to Cape Hatterus for a week. Went by to fast. Did not know The Lighthouse at Hatterus was the largest and oldest in the U.S. . Beautiful Island! Have a good weekend. God Bless!

  4. Gloria
      · July 11th, 2015 at 3:52 pm · Link

    My neighbor said it was so hot yesterday, that he put a water soaked wash cloth on his cat. The car was “crying” pitifully, till he “soaked” him down, and then, he stopped…the cat, not the neighbor. Now, that is hot when a cat likes water.

    I pray you have a great weekend, get more rain, and send some our way…not a lot, but some.

    • Gloria
        · July 11th, 2015 at 11:08 pm · Link

      That should have been his cat, not his car. It is my car that “cries” pitifully, and a wet wash cloth won’t help it. :)

      And, Linda…right after I said that you could send us some rain, but not a lot, it suddenly started pouring, out of the blue…no pun intended…and after just a few minutes, it stopped. Did you do that???? :-D

  5. Nadine spradlin
      · July 11th, 2015 at 3:59 pm · Link

    If I read a book or watched a Horror movie , it would give me night mares , always has . we carried our car to the car wash yesterday , then went to W M .a thunder storm came up .& now our car need a another wash job , that is the second time recently . we surely need the rain but next time we’ll go strait home ! Kind of like the Sat. Blogs . Have a GOOD WEEK END all ….

  6. Dixie Hadley
      · July 11th, 2015 at 4:02 pm · Link

    so pleased to hear that at last you’ve gotten some much needed rain. Our God is an on time God, never too late ,never too early, always right on time. Of course His time is not our timing many times but even when we don’t “agree” with His timing He knows what’s best. I love the old song,” Further along We’ll Know All About” To me it helps when we don’t understand. All that said I’m grateful that you finally got some rain. Also thanks for the heads up on the one book, I can’t not read “horror” stories. I like to “feel” good when I finish a book so I’m picky about what I read. Have a great week end and look forward to your next posting.

  7. Dixie Hadley
      · July 11th, 2015 at 4:06 pm · Link

    I forgot I wanted to add something about being “picky” Since I am picky about what I read and wanting to feel good when I finish a book– That’s why I love your books. I always feel good and am ready to always start the next one. Thank you for your wonderful stories.

  8. Jo-Ann Baker
      · July 11th, 2015 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Glad the rain came your way. We’ve had more than enough in Ohio .. lol Some has had floods in basements were they are still cleaning up the mess. I know my son did and had it twice to clean up. What a mess. He had to dig arround house put in new stystem to drain water. His back yard is still a mess.
    Have a great day an wonderuful weekend. :)

  9. Jeannette Garand
      · July 11th, 2015 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Linda, I believe the magic word this year is “rain”. In western Canada we are in desparate need of water. Our forest are burning faster than the military, firefighters, water helicopters and water planes can get them out. One of our national parks, Jasper in in flames and today we are just so clouded with the smoke. North America badly needs our prayers.
    Enjoy the rain and please send us some.

  10. pat Dennis
      · July 11th, 2015 at 5:19 pm · Link

    The rain has finally stopped here in Southwestern Indiana – at least for a few days. Glad you are having rain.

  11. Ruby Norwood
      · July 11th, 2015 at 5:43 pm · Link

    I know I will not be reading the book called Little Girls. I don’t read any horror books and bad things that happen to kids. I am so glad y’all got some rain. Thanks for the thumbs up on the books good or bad.

  12. Pamela Devereux
      · July 11th, 2015 at 6:47 pm · Link

    I wish we could send some of that rain out west. That’s all it did for the whole week before the 4th. My daughter even asked if the sun was coming out. She flew in for 4 days.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  13. Virginia H
      · July 11th, 2015 at 7:27 pm · Link

    Well I will be happy to send you all the rain you want. We had a pretty day today and we finish getting the mulch around the pond but we have more rain coming tomorrow. Our lawn is very wet and its like walking on water. I really need to mow the lawn but if it rains again tomorrow and Monday, I want get a chance to mow it. We have to mow puddles. Everyone in the neighborhood was mowing today but we were working on that fish pond and I have to say it looks a lot better.

  14. Cheryl Morgan
      · July 11th, 2015 at 7:47 pm · Link

    Thanks for the heads up on the disturbing stuff..We get enough of that in the news. Have a good weekend.

  15. Dawn Roberts
      · July 11th, 2015 at 7:53 pm · Link

    IN….it can be a good thing as here in North Texas we were in desperate need also. We’ve had our fair share for awhile, as I still have standing water in my yard and driveway. The only downside is the mosquitoes! Really don’t like them! And the frogs, huge ones that make a lot of noise.

    But my grass is green and lush,, so there is a positive, as I like green grass.

  16. Leanna
      · July 11th, 2015 at 8:08 pm · Link

    Thanks for the book reviews!

  17. Diane Blaser
      · July 11th, 2015 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Here in NE Ohio we’ve had enough rain to warrant contemplation of a lumber order for an ark! Having said that, I know I am blessed not to have flood damage because we live high on a hill and are not in any danger of flood damage.

    May your sprinkles continue without any floods Linda. Have a terrific weekend!

  18. Lois Rotella
      · July 11th, 2015 at 8:47 pm · Link

    Rain yea !!! It feels good to rain.

  19. Peggy Casey
      · July 11th, 2015 at 9:01 pm · Link

    I joined you in celebrating our rain today… I even went so far as to splash in a couple of puddles on my outings today! Thank you Jesus for the rain and the sun… we need each equally and the scales have been tipped away from the rain long enough! I pray that it helped in getting control of the fire by Deep Lake! I did hear of several more around Northport that were started yesterday by the lightning. I’ve been too busy today to check on the status of the fires but I have been keeping the firefighters and land owners as well as the wild critters who call those woods home; all in my prayers. Have a BEAUTIFUL AND COOLER weekend!

  20. Roberta Giordano
      · July 11th, 2015 at 10:15 pm · Link

    Sorry but do not like horror, books or movies,have nightmares for days. Thanks for the heads up. Hope you have a nice Sunday! Enjoy the rain.

  21. Teresa G
      · July 12th, 2015 at 12:04 am · Link

    Thanks for the heads up on both books. Be happy.

  22. Linda P
      · July 12th, 2015 at 12:05 am · Link

    Thank for your thoughts on books. You recommended the Blur trilogy. I looked it up and bought the first two in the series and loved them both. Now I’m waiting until spring for the third in the series. I can’t wait. I just got your book, “One Last Look” on Audible.com. Somehow I missed it when originally published. I know that I read at least one other book with these characters. I am enjoying this book very much. It is like visiting and old friend to find a book about characters discovered many years ago. I will be searching for other books from this series. Thanks so much for all of your books and recommendations.

  23. Nicole
      · July 12th, 2015 at 2:27 am · Link

    Rain can be a great thing especially when needed.

  24. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · July 12th, 2015 at 5:41 am · Link

    Wonderful rain.

  25. kathy parsons
      · July 12th, 2015 at 10:07 am · Link

    Hey Linda well I don’t like horror books or paranormal, but I love some mystery love story, yeah glad u got some rain , we have been having enough thunderstorms here but as u said we need it to help things grow and beautiful flowers and food and animals so even tho we don’t like it we will thank God for it and move on and deal with it but when it rains I just love to sit and read the story’s make me happy, hope u have a great day, love hugs and prayers always…

  26. Eriko
      · July 12th, 2015 at 10:26 am · Link

    Thank you for your honesty. I am not into horror either. Thank goodness for rain!

  27. midge watkins
      · July 12th, 2015 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Yes, I’m so thankful for our rain!! It was really humid , but at
    this point, I’ll take anything wet. Horses loved it, too. I don’t
    like scary anything in the entertainment department, so I don’t
    read those books or see those movies. But, I appreciate your]
    info for those that do. I’m with Dixie; I like feel good stuff.
    I worked in an ER and with law enforcement and although I
    like medicine and police work, the blood, guts and horror is not
    entertainment for me. Don’t think I’ll read the new Harper Lee
    novel either. I loved the book and movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” and want that memory to stay right where it is.

  28. Valdi M
      · July 12th, 2015 at 2:11 pm · Link

    We got some rain too. I was very welcome.

  29. Linda Solcich
      · July 12th, 2015 at 11:03 pm · Link

    Just want to say I am so happy for your rain. Here in central Texas we have had just way too much, but you needed it so badly.

  30. Mary D Wornick
      · July 13th, 2015 at 9:08 am · Link

    We are suppose to get rain today so cross your fingers for us here in SC.
    Here ‘s hoping all have a wonderful day and god bless keep safe.
    Bye for now .

  31. Dotty Weis
      · July 13th, 2015 at 11:50 am · Link

    Just read a fantastic book Kyland by Mia Sheridan

  32. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · July 13th, 2015 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Isn’t God good!

    Enjoy the rain.

  33. Nancy Hunsaker
      · July 15th, 2015 at 2:01 am · Link

    Thanks so much for telling of your moose and calf sighting and your humming bird buzz. Maybe if you hold a flower in your hand it might even try to sip the nectar. How great that would be.

    I am almost finished with ‘The Marriage Season’ and looking forward to ‘Christmas in Mustang Creek’. Always enjoy your stories. The plots and characters always come to life.

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