#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Belated Blog

First, here are last week’s contest winners: Judy Cooper and Midge Watkins.  Congratulations, ladies!


I’m doing well on my Simply Filling plan, via Weight Watchers–where has this been all my life?? :)  I LOVE it!  I never, ever feel deprived, and my cravings for sweets and greasy food are gone, as if by magic!

What I’m reading/listening to: a series of lectures from The Great Courses (I get them on iTunes), called “Jesus and the Gospels”.  It’s totally fascinating.  I also listen to several podcasts regularly: The Daily Audio Bible, of course, but also The Moth–in which people from all walks of life tell brief stories about their experiences.  I love A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor’s very funny tales about a small Minnesota town and its people–I get at least one laugh out of this podcast every time.  Finally, I listen to This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass–the program lasts about an hour and usually tells three different stories, all with connecting themes and, moreover, Ira has a very nice speaking voice.

And speaking of voices–here’s a shout-out to Jack Garrett, the actor who narrates most of my audio books–the man knows how to speak ‘cowboy’, and I get a big kick out of listening to him.  (And not just because he’s reading my words!)

BIG SKY SECRETS is enjoying a third big week on the bestseller lists–#2 on the New York Times mass market paperback list–and a phenomenal #1 on Publisher’s Weekly!  I am so thrilled and so grateful–this kind of placement amazes me, since for most of my 30-plus year career, I would have been overjoyed to be holding on to the bottom rung of these lists by my fingertips.  Thank you, one and all, for the large part you’ve played in making the BIG SKY books do so well.

In other news, I’ve been invited to participate in an autographing at Nora Roberts’ Turn the Page Bookstore, this July 19, in Boonesboro, MD!  Again, I’m thrilled—I have admired Nora for a very long time, and it will be great to see her again.  My ranch crew is over-the-moon about the invitation, since they’re also BIG Nora fans!  If time allows, I hope to extend the trip by a few days and head on to Washington, D.C., where niece Kelly works.  I’d like to see the Ford Theatre, in particular, since it was closed for renovations the last time I was there–but will also visit the World War II monument (my dad served proudly in the Pacific, with the United States Marine Corps) and also the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, because so many soldiers in my family and my generation fought there.  In both cases, the erection of these monuments was long overdue–I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Freedom isn’t free, folks.  Real people, like you and me, pay for it in blood, sweat, toil and tears.

And now I’d better wrap this up–lots of writing to do, and the kids, Wendy and Jeremy and my grand-dog, Margie, :) are coming over for a Sunday evening pot roast.

Be well.





34 comments to “Belated Blog”

  1. Lois Rotella
      · January 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am · Link

    Congrats Ladies, Enjoy winnings.. I hope I can attend the July 19 autograph seen in Maryland. It is not far from New York City. I love your books and Nora Roberts books. Have a wonderful sunday with the family.

  2. Rosemary
      · January 26th, 2014 at 11:01 am · Link

    Life’s abundance, I’m thrilled for you – savor the goodness and awe of every moment. I said a pray of thanksgiving for you and yours this morning…all the way from Texas!

  3. Terri Shortell
      · January 26th, 2014 at 11:02 am · Link

    Several of my relatives served in the military also. Many fought in wars. Very proud of them. I am a big fan of Nora Roberts and I’m so happy you get to attend a book signing with her. Wish I was able to attend. :cry: Have fun during your trip. :)

  4. Anita C
      · January 26th, 2014 at 11:12 am · Link

    I’m thrilled for you! I am also a huge Nora Roberts fan – during this cold snap, I’ve been reading several of her books. To see her and TTP Books would be a thrill. Congratulations on Big Sky Secrets. I loved the book and as always, look forward to the next series.

    Enjoy your Sunday and upcoming week.

  5. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · January 26th, 2014 at 11:49 am · Link

    Congratulations on Big Sky Secrets rating successes. Loved it!!

  6. Donna VanSickle
      · January 26th, 2014 at 11:49 am · Link

    Big Sky Secrets deserves to be on the Bestsellers Lists. It is a wonderful book and your writing and faith is an inspiration to me and I know to many others.

  7. Ellen Carpenter
      · January 26th, 2014 at 12:00 pm · Link

    What a wonderful treat to be with Nora Roberts! Wish that I live closer…it would be such a treat to see my favorite writers of my favorite books. Love all that you write both the books and blogs. They both brighten my days.

  8. Darlene Sigala
      · January 26th, 2014 at 12:06 pm · Link

    Hello Linda, Hope all is well. I t is snowing here on the east coast so I kind of feel at home back west with the snow. I loved Big Sky Secrets and I hate to see the Series end. I am a Wyoming girl and can’t wait to get home. 8)

  9. Diane Shea
      · January 26th, 2014 at 12:08 pm · Link

    We have something common our Dads were brave soldiers. My Dad was a commander in the Pacific Treated, Korea, Vietnam and a consultant in Desert Storm before he passed. I miss him every day. Until the next time take care. Diane

  10. Gloria
      · January 26th, 2014 at 12:23 pm · Link

    CONGRATULATIONS to Judy Cooper and Midge Watkins!

    Enjoy your time with your family.

  11. Ruby Norwood
      · January 26th, 2014 at 1:26 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies!! I saw in my newspaper today that Big Sky Secrets was # 1 this week, but not surprise it was a good book.
    When you go to Washington and visit Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, I have a nephew listed on their. So I feel the same as you on this subject. Enjoy your family today and the pot roast.

  12. gloria bare
      · January 26th, 2014 at 1:43 pm · Link

    I am very happy to hear that you are coming to Boonsboro. I get to meet 2 of my favorite authors I one place. Love your book series and can’t wait to meet you.

  13. Leanna
      · January 26th, 2014 at 1:55 pm · Link

    Loved Big Sky Secrets! So jealous you get to go to Boonsboro.

  14. Donna Lohrer
      · January 26th, 2014 at 2:33 pm · Link

    OMG, I am so sad. I would have loved to see you at Turn the Page Bookstore. I have been there a few times. My son is getting married that day! One of these days, I would love to meet you.

  15. juanita rice
      · January 26th, 2014 at 3:30 pm · Link

    Freedom isn’t free….

    Agree 100%!!!

  16. Diana E.
      · January 26th, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the new winners! Linda, when do you have time to read/listen to all these different books, etc???? Pretty cool getting to go back east to the Nora Roberts deal and visit all those wonderful sites. I also shout out to all are past and present service people, God Bless them all.
    Enjoy your family today. Blessings.

  17. ,carole
      · January 26th, 2014 at 4:27 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners! I’m having a birthday dinner for my daughter Marian she turns 20it off Tuesday but her brother is in town so were all together today! I love W.W. for its not a diet but a lifestyle! I’m so happy your doing so well on it-I’ve been on it off and on since 1972 but have kept my weight off since 2000! I’m a lifetime W.W. Have a great sunday!

    • linda
        · January 27th, 2014 at 11:11 pm · Link

      WOW. You’re a WW inspiration!

  18. Norma Stanforth
      · January 26th, 2014 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Congratulation to Judy Cooper and Midge Watkins.
    Linda, i am so glad you are are doing so well in your Simply Filling Plan. That is great that you are not craving the sweets or fatty foods. Blessings and hope everyone had a great weekend.
    As always your friend,

  19. Ruth Wilson
      · January 26th, 2014 at 6:15 pm · Link

    Just finished loved Big Sky Secrets. Are you going to write more in the Claire Westbrook series :?:
    Can’t wait for the next series to come out have been reading your stories for years. Back in the 90’s I had a collection of 11 female authors that I read and saved there books, in 2005 I lost them all in storing.

    • Linda Cohn
        · January 28th, 2014 at 12:43 pm · Link

      I Just Started Reading Big Sky Secret…It’s Hard To Put Down..Big Sky Wedding Was So Good,I Read it in four days..Took it back to the library and she said wow,that was fast..Very good book.I have read all Linds Books :)

  20. Carol Miller White
      · January 26th, 2014 at 6:56 pm · Link

    I am so pleased to hear how well your new book is doing! :)

    I hope you and family enjoy your evening together. We are having pot roast at my house tonight, too :)

  21. Virginia Horton
      · January 26th, 2014 at 8:11 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners! I am so glad you are doing so well with weight watchers. I would go if I could afford it. Also so pleased that your book is doing so well but all of your books are fabulous!

  22. debbie g
      · January 26th, 2014 at 8:18 pm · Link

    Linda, Big Sky Secrets may very well be the best and humorous books of yours that I have read. I loved the parts about aliens taking her away and replacing her…..and the zingers you placed in there before the “aliens. Your 2ndary characters ie. the butler are a hoot!; he reminds me a bit of, but not exactly, Arhur Treacher. Whom may you ask, is he? I believe he was Merv Griffin’s side kick, on his talk show. Arthur Treacher, was actully a true butler, and played in some of the older movies (wayback when movies were in black & white). I watched them on TV with my grandmother, when they showed them. Harvey Korman wouldn’t have made the butler’s stature maybe the zingers tho. I have a feeling the butler is made up of several people. Anyway, I digress, as you know those of us with ADD tend to do that. I just wanted to let let you know how much I love the book so far, I am only on chapter 5.
    Thanks debbie g.

    • linda
        · January 27th, 2014 at 11:13 pm · Link

      Arthur Treacher could play the part well. You are right on!

  23. Judy Cooper
      · January 26th, 2014 at 10:30 pm · Link

    Thank you for the well wishes for winning this week. I am so pleased and excited to be a winner. I enjoy and learn especially from Ms. Miller’s blogs and from each comment as well. God Bless!

  24. Emily
      · January 27th, 2014 at 10:02 am · Link

    Love your Big Sky Series. I have all of the books!

    Funny, at this time I am reading Nora Roberts MacKade series. So thrilled you are invited to go there. :lol:

    Family issues again, so not sure I will be on anymore this week.

    Have a great week one and all.

  25. marilyn
      · January 27th, 2014 at 10:20 am · Link

    Congratulations on week three on NYT best seller list and hope you have a wonderful time at the book signing. Enjoy D.C. if you make it, the monuments are both inspiring and heart breaking at the same time.

    Have a great week.

  26. Lorraine Pitts
      · January 27th, 2014 at 11:33 am · Link

    I loved my visit to the Ford Theater and the museum downstairs. I love all that history. Hope you get to see it this visit. Thanks for many hours of great reading.

  27. Sharon Skasick
      · January 27th, 2014 at 1:01 pm · Link

    All I can say is that I quit reading Nora’s books…she kills animals…and not in a good way.

    • linda
        · January 27th, 2014 at 9:30 pm · Link

      Yikes! I can’t stand that, either. But I have enormous respect for Nora as a person and as a professional. She is VERY generous

    • Pia Calabrettta
        · February 4th, 2014 at 1:59 am · Link

      I am very curious about your comments about Nora Roberts and her handling of animals in her stories. Are you talking about what happens in her novel “Black Hills” ? Please do let me know which story upsets you. Thank you. I have read Nora Roberts for many years and I would hate to have to stop reading them.

  28. Joyce M.
      · January 27th, 2014 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Glad your simply filling plan works. Have a great day!

  29. Sharon S.
      · January 27th, 2014 at 3:45 pm · Link

    I’m going to look into this meal plan. Thanks for mentioning it.

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