#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

And so she returns

I arrived at home around noon on Monday, and I’ve been in a stupor ever since!  Which is not to say I didn’t have fun–if anything, I had too MUCH fun.  (Is there such a thing?)

It was just one highpoint after another, that trip to Florida–I’m on the lookout for a chance to go back.

March 1st was my speech and appearance at the fabulous Treasure Island Country Club, and the turnout was just terrific.  Two of my blog readers, Crystal and Angelica, actually drove some 12 hours to be there, coming all the way from Louisiana.  How sweet is that?  I get teary just to think of  how much time and effort these gals put into meeting a cowgirl from Spokane.   We (Nancy, my personal publicist,  Jenni and I) waited for them, and when they arrived, we had a warm if brief chat and took some pictures, too.  Crystal and Angelica, you are delightful.  Thanks so much for making the effort and for being you.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–my readers are the best.

One woman arrived (send me your name when you read this and I’ll mention you properly) wearing the loveliest fused glass jewelry, her own creations, in beautiful blues that really bring the Florida experience to mind.  I was particularly struck by her bracelet, and asked if I could get a business card so I could order one when I returned home.  Well, the negotations were short and sweet: She: Do you want to try it on?  Me: Yes!  She: It looks great on you.  Me: How much?  She: $65.  Me: sold!

What fun–autographing books AND shopping, both at once.  Talk about multitasking.  (Although no one who knows me will be very surprised by this.) :)

On Saturday, Jenni and I headed for Fort Meyer, where we tracked down a Chico’s store–Chico’s and me, a whole other blog–and I bought some very nice stuff, my favorite being a black and white skirt with a rather wild geometric pattern.  We checked in at a small hotel and then headed for another country club–I don’t think I’d ever set foot in one before this trip–again, the name escapes me–where we enjoyed a fantastic dinner with Bill Francis, Renae Kinsey and Renae’s mom Joette.  The view was even better than the food and fine wine, and the company was better yet.  Later, we were guests of Bobby Valli, brother of Frankie, who signs extremely well, by the way.  A man named J.T. was there, too, making a special appearance–his last name also escapes me–but he was with a band called the Crescents, and they recorded the legendary hit, “Sixteen Candles”.  WOW.  I ended up dancing behind Bobby with Renae and another lady, generally making a fool of myself and loving every minute of it!  Throughout the show, Bobby would suddenly stick the microphone in front of me, challenging me to  fill in the words to songs I’ve known by heart for as long as I can remember.  He only tripped me up once.  (I know my Four Seasons songs, and most of the major hits of the 60s, which is NOT to say I can sing, because I can’t.  What I lack in talent, though, I make up in enthusiasm–Bobby joked that he was taking me on the road with him.  :) )

It’s crazy around here this morning–renovations are ratcheted up to the max–there’s a wood floor going into the room that will soon be my office.  My goal is to have the whole place carpet free, and we’re well on our way.  My bathroom is torn up, which is not real convenient, but I know I’ll be glad when the new tub and nice linoleum are in.  What started as improving one guest-room bath has morphed into an overhaul including two other bathrooms, a set of kitchen cupboards, and some jazzing up of closets.  Laying wood flooring is, of course, noisy, and neither Bernice nor I are overly fond of that, but it’s going to be a lovely space to work in.

Speaking of work, I’m about to start story #6 of the Parable/Big Sky series, “Big Sky Secrets”, starring Ria Manning and Landry Sutton–Landry being that most unusual creature, a cowboy with a butler.

On that note, I’ll wrap this entry up, having left you, I hope, with something to ponder.  :)

See you tomorrow.


19 comments to “And so she returns”

  1. Hilda
      · March 6th, 2013 at 11:38 am · Link

    Linda, what a great time you had! Thanks for the rundown. I’m going to see The Jersey Boys at the Fifth Avenue (Seattle) in April and I can’t wait. LOVE those songs! You sure made some wonderful memories on the trip. But, I bet it was nice to see Berniece again.

    And, I’m totally excited to hear you are planning Book #6. All I can say is….THANK YOU!!!!

    • Bonnie G Fahy
        · March 6th, 2013 at 12:02 pm · Link

      Glad you had too much fun in Florida and I am looking forward to your next book. I have been reading all your book new and old for the past few months and loving them!
      I can’t stop reading your books and excited to hear about new Book #6, “Big Sky Secrets.” 8) A cowboy with a butler! I’m in just give me the release date!


  2. Kristie Wilson
      · March 6th, 2013 at 11:51 am · Link

    Thankful you had a great time and made it back safey! My sister and brother-in-law just returned from a trip to Ft. Meyers a week or so ago and they loved it. However, leaving 80+ degrees and coming home to 20+ degrees in Nashville was quite a shock! It’s probably not much warmer where you are!

    So glad the Parable series continues – can’t wait to read the next installment!

    Blessings to you!

  3. sam
      · March 6th, 2013 at 11:52 am · Link

    Welcome Home Linda! I am so pleased you had a great time :)

  4. Sherry Wallace
      · March 6th, 2013 at 12:00 pm · Link

    Wow, what a wonderful, fun filled time you had!! So glad you could get away & enjoy the warm of FL. You didn’t mention walking in the sand on the beach or the incredible sunsets there, but hope you had that experience, too! Glad to have you back, & I know your animals missed you :)

  5. Debbie Koziel
      · March 6th, 2013 at 12:39 pm · Link

    So glad you had a blast on your trip to Florida! I was in Spring Hill Florida (just north of Tampa) last summer to visit my best friend of 54 years and I can’t tell you how much I love vacationing there! In fact my husband and I are really thinking on retiring to that town in 6 or 7 years!! Gotta love those sunsets!

  6. Linda Pegher
      · March 6th, 2013 at 12:47 pm · Link

    Welcome back! We missed you, but glad you had such a wonderful time. You picked the perfect time to go to Florida. Enjoy your home. When the renovations are finished, you will wonder how you managed without them and why you waited so long to do them. We, in Western Pennsylvania are hunkered down waiting for Spring and the release of your next book. God Bless You!

  7. Ange
      · March 6th, 2013 at 1:06 pm · Link

    Welcome Back, Linda!!! So happy you had a great time! Regarding the singer, J.T. I know him (well kind of). He used to play at the casino’s in Central City, CO back in the mid 90’s with his group and my friend worked there and she introduced us. I got to know him quite well as I would go every time his group played there! He would sit with me during breaks and dedicate songs to me :) I think his last name is Thompson. I’ll have to look a box of saved items and find the photo of us and the note he wrote me.

    As always, I can’t wait for the next book to come out. You introduced me to Romance books. I read and re-read every one several times. They are my treasures.


  8. Juanita Rice
      · March 6th, 2013 at 1:40 pm · Link

    J.T. Carter sang with the band called the Crests when they recorded “Sixteen Candles”. Lucky you to meet all these people!!! :) What a wonderful time you had!

    You were so near the Sanibel Island book store. Did you visit there?

      · March 6th, 2013 at 2:24 pm · Link

    Welcome home Linda. Sounds like you had a real good time and met some neat people. I sure am glad you are writing more books on the Parable/Big Sky series. I can’t wait till the next one comes out. Take care

  10. Renae Kinsey
      · March 6th, 2013 at 2:44 pm · Link

    I’m trying to wind down to Linda! JT carter from the Crests! A d you can sing quite well I may add! I’m reading about hutch and his brother right now and can’t put it down! Xox

  11. kathy copeland
      · March 6th, 2013 at 3:28 pm · Link

    Glad your back safe and sound.It’s always great to be back home, even with renovations going on all around you.I always sleep better in my own bed. Sounds like you had great fun and met some really nice people. Glad your on your way to Parable now.

  12. Norma Stanforth
      · March 6th, 2013 at 3:54 pm · Link

    Linda, so glad you are back miss you, but glad you had so much fun, that is the best every, also glad that Crystal and Angelica made it in time to talk with you and got so pictures with you i know they were as thrilled as you were. I know your whole house is going to look great when you get through renovations. I would of love to heard you sing, and dance i bet you were great. Welcome back missed you. God bless and glad He took good care of you.
    As always your friend,
    Norma Stanforth

  13. Darlene Tomel
      · March 6th, 2013 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Glad to hear you had a great time in Florida. I was born and raise in Pennsylvania but make my home in Washington State ever since I was in the military in Seattle it is home to me. I do go to Florida at lest two or three times a year as I was stationed there too. Its a place I get together with family and friends. I did send you an email and hope you get to answer it. I am also an Author of Nin-Fiction Books. I just purchased another one of yours and I love your friend Debbie Macomber who is another of my favorites.

  14. Angela Chandler
      · March 6th, 2013 at 6:21 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a great trip. Very busy, hope you got to relax some to. Looking forward to your next book. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Lois Rotella
      · March 6th, 2013 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Boy Linda sound like you had a great time in Florida. I remember all those Frankie Valle & the four seasons songs. I was in St Pete’s last summer for a wedding on the beach and the sunset was beautiful. I can’t believe you are already starting on the 6th book of the Big Sky series. I can’t wait till the other books come out. :-P

  16. Gloria
      · March 6th, 2013 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m glad you’re back home safe and sound.

  17. Kathleen O
      · March 7th, 2013 at 10:19 am · Link

    You sure have had a whirlwind trip .. But we are happy you are home safe and sound and look forward to more news about this trip…

  18. Crystal
      · March 7th, 2013 at 11:00 am · Link

    Linda, now that we are semi-rested up as well I’m so glad you are home safe and what a lovely trip it was. As you all have read we drove a LONG way to meet Linda. It turned out being 14 hours and 47 minutes not including the many accidents, getting lost 3 times,( thanks Gel) lol,and traffic jams we had to wait in. But if you don’t love Linda already let me tell you how much more special she is to me. The signing was to be from 5 to 6 and we were not gonna make it. To go 20 miles in traffic took us an hour and 40 minutes, but with many calls to the Treasure Island Club they got a not to Linda and she waited for us!!! We didnt arrive until like 6 40 and with her busy schedule she still waited to meet with 2 southern girls!!! I can’t tell you how much i admire this woman! Linda you are truly a gift from God and we are so Blessed that you share such and amazing talent with each one of us. I was beaming after we left after meeting you! I looked at Angelica and said ” Thank You, it was worth it all”! I’m so Happy! She said I can tell! Me too!!!! once again Thank You so Much!!

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