#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

And so this is Christmas….

Lovely, busy, hectic Christmas!  My favorite–and most exhausting–holiday of them all.  :)  The tree is up and shining brightly, and most of the packages are wrapped.  I can’t take credit beyond choosing and buying the gifts, however–I am a lucky woman, because I have help.  Thank heaven–I couldn’t get any books written if I didn’t.  (Just tending the horses is a full time job.  Never mind running the house, keeping the books, and all the rest of it.)

A few of you asked how the $100 gift card winners were chosen, and here’s the answer: at random.  I chose one winner, and my assistant, Jenni, chose the other.  After Christmas, I’ll be giving away more books and some trinkets I brought back from Cowboy Christmas especially for blog readers.  There will always be another chance to win, my friends.  Hang in there!

This is always the time of year when I start thinking about goals and intentions–resolutions, not so much.  I always seem to break those!  For 2013, I’m concentrating on deepening my relationship with God and pretty much letting the rest take care of itself.  :)  Plans include a week in Italy, with my daughter, Wendy, at a painting workshop, several rodeos, and, of course, more books.  Mainly, it’s a matter of, “Surprise me, God!”

There will definitely be another round of scholarships in 2013, but we’re still in the planning stage.  Watch the website and this blog for updates.

Here’s my biggest wish for you and yours: Numbers 6, 24-26.


15 comments to “And so this is Christmas….”

  1. Sherry Wallace
      · December 20th, 2012 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Love that scripture you mentioned! Looks as if y’all are gonna have a white Christmas this year – I am sooo envious!! What happened to the Canadian Wrangler, who was taking care of your horses? They can be a full time job, I know! You enjoy your family & friends because that’s what it’s all about, well, that & placing the Lord first in our lives!!
    Have a very blessed & safe holiday, dear lady. You are loved & admired by your faithful readers :-D!!
    Blessings to all, SherryNan

  2. Linda
      · December 20th, 2012 at 12:11 pm · Link

    When I was growing up our minister ended every service with that scripture. I haven’t heard anyone say it in a long time. Thank you. You made me cry but it’s a good cry. Blessings.

  3. Betty Hamilton
      · December 20th, 2012 at 12:23 pm · Link

    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

    …and thanking you for the many wonderful hours of reading pleasure.


  4. Juanita Rice
      · December 20th, 2012 at 1:03 pm · Link

    My cousin, Judy Morris, teaches water color classes in Europe almost every summer so thought you might be meeting her! But, alas, she won’t be in Italy next year.

    A visit to Tuscany is on my bucket list! :)

    Like you, I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. Never keep them. Just trying to be a better person suits me. :)

    Now I’m going to look up the Numbers passage.

  5. Lois Rotella
      · December 20th, 2012 at 1:44 pm · Link

    I am wishing you a Very Merry Christmas to you and your family. I love reading the blog and also your relationship with the bible. I read it also and love the scriptures. :lol:

  6. Shirley Campbell
      · December 20th, 2012 at 1:46 pm · Link

    Thank You for all the wonderful reading for the year! Hope you have a good Christmas. I expect to be with my loved ones and to have a lovely day.

  7. sam
      · December 20th, 2012 at 1:54 pm · Link

    I totally agree with what Betty has written, you have given me so many hours of reading pleasure and so much enjoyment from taking the time to write a blog. So, I thank-you to :)

  8. Anne Little
      · December 20th, 2012 at 2:02 pm · Link

    It is definitely looking like Christmas here. Here in Cedar Rapids Iowa we are in the middle of a blizzard. I am safe with plenty of warmth but definitely feeling for those without power or have to be out in this mess. I wish I could share with you the beauty of the world I am seeing outside my living room window. In between the gusts it is truly breathtaking, I should have been an artist. No wildlife but the drifting snow and tree limbs heavy with snow and ice is beyond description. I pray you are all warm and dry in your house. I am thinking this would be a perfect day for a big pot of soup or stew with plenty of hot cocoa on the side, Hmmmm. I am off to make a pot of my beef and barley soup. Thinking of all of you.

  9. Norma Stanforth
      · December 20th, 2012 at 5:37 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Yes just a few more days to Christmas, it is a time to think about Christ birth and what he did for us. He was born to save us.
    Sounds like Cowboy Christmas is a place that is really special and you were able to buy a lot of gifts. Yes we make these resolution, but some times we don’t keep them.
    I like Numbers 6:24-26, peace and blessing to you also. Merry Christmas. Give those horses and pet a treat for their Christmas, which i know you will.
    In His Love
    Norma Stanforth :-P

  10. Anita C
      · December 20th, 2012 at 7:32 pm · Link

    We have a good old fasioned blizzard here in Wisconsin, so our Christmas will definately be white. I love the snow, just not on the roads to drive on. Blessings to you and yours during this magical, mystical and beautiful time of the year!

  11. Shari Grant
      · December 20th, 2012 at 10:30 pm · Link

    I am enjoying my preChristmas gift to myself Big Sky River, and I have a question. I just finished rereading the Corbin series. I noticed when I read Banner O’Brien that a doctor came into town to help Adam Corbin with a small pox breakout in an Indian camp. His name was Griffen Fretcher. Now I am noticing in Tib Sky River, Boone’s sons are named Griffen and Fletcher. It made me wonder how you select the names for your characters. Along those same lines, I wanted to thank you for using my granddaughter’s name in at least two books, one Australian and again in the Big Sky series. Her names is Calli and she absolutely never sees it is print anywhere. Your characters are Callie, but still it is the same name. She was thrilled to see her name in two books now. Her real name is Calandra and I believe you even used that in one of the books. It is usually someone’s mother or an older person, but still fun for her. How do you select the names? I love them all.

    • linda
        · December 21st, 2012 at 2:43 pm · Link

      Good call! The hero of my first book, “Fletcher’s Woman”, was Griffin Fletcher, and he remains a favorite character to me to this day. So, yes, the little boys in “Big Sky River” WERE named for him. Names are super important to me, and I use baby books. Also, my cousin Mary Ann helps out–she’s an absolute wiz with names.

  12. Shari Grant
      · December 20th, 2012 at 10:31 pm · Link

    Oops. Wish I could edit my posts. Should have proofed. I meant Big Sky River not Tib Sky River. My fingers don’t always do what my brain tells them to do. Sorry.

  13. Hilda
      · December 21st, 2012 at 11:16 am · Link

    Merry Christmas to you, Linda, and to all your avid readers/fans/ bloggers! Do you realize your impact on people? You bring us hours of joy of reading wonderful stories; and weeks of daydreaming about your hunky cowboys! You bring your fans together to make new friends amongst ourselves. Your thoughts and musings bring thoughful inspiration. And your stories about your critters bring us smiles! Your adventures bring us goals for the future (NFR, Europe, Vegas!). We appreciate you and hope you have a fabulous 2013! I have no doubt that as much as you keep the faith and lean on God for strength, He will bring you your heart’s desire for the year. Merry, blessed Christmas to you! Hilda

  14. Linda Cholewa
      · December 21st, 2012 at 11:47 am · Link

    Just stopped at the bookstore and picked up Big Sky River….saving it for Christmas night, reading when the house is quiet, after all my kds have gone to their homes and it’s just me and the hubby relaxing

    Wishing you andyour family and very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Leave a Reply

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

:wink: :-| :-x :twisted: :) 8-O :( :roll: :-P :oops: :-o :mrgreen: :lol: :idea: :-D :evil: :cry: 8) :arrow: :-? :?: :!: