#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

‘Bout time I showed up!

Sorry for being M.I.A. on Friday–too many things to do, and not enough time to do them.  :)

LAST week’s winners are: Judy Eagle and Barbara Murcray–and a new go ’round starts today.  Just comment, that’s all you have to do.  Two winners–to be announced when possible because I’ll be traveling this Wednesday thru Sunday–will be selected to receive a signed book (not necessarily the latest one) AND a necklace made by my own sister, Pam.  You may remember when I offered some of her beautiful bracelets a while ago–like our other sister, Sally, Pam is a talented artist.

So where am I going this time?  :)

I’m off to a party at Uptick Vineyards, in California.  It’s a Great Gatsy affair, so I’ll be doing my darnedest to look like a flapper.  :)  Pictures WILL be posted to Facebook, courtesy of Jenni.

Next week, I have my first consultation for REMT–Rapid Eye Movement Therapy–and I’m really looking forward to that.  I will definitely fill you in on the experience.  As you know, I’m a great believer in alternative medicine–which is not to say regular medicine doesn’t have it’s place, because it does.   I greatly benefit from my acupuncture treatments; mostly, in terms of relaxation. 

I’m investigating sound therapy, too–have purchased a beginner’s set (translation: cheap) of tuning forks, and I’ve been pickin’ up good vibrations since they arrived!   (Is it any wonder that I seem to be on the She’ll-Buy-Anything mailing list?)  :)

The weekend was quiet–I listened to more recorded books, starting with Ann Hite’s fascinating, “The Storycatcher”–another ghost story, set in the late 30s–and genuinely original, intelligent and well-written.  I enjoyed the story so much that I ordered another of Hite’s books in print.  That finished, I started on Nicci French’s suspense novel, “The Wrong Girl”, which is about dastardly doings in an adoption agency.  There’s also some great romantic tension between a hunky cop and a spunky female reporter.  This one kept me awake until all hours–I love when that happens.  :)  I still have half the book left, so I probably won’t get a whole lot of sleep tonight, either.  :)  I’m STILL being really stingy with “W is for Wasted”–I read a few pages at a time.  I just don’t want to say good-bye to Kinsey for another whole year!

Art is always a part of any free moment, so I made a few artist trading cards and tried a few experiments, too.  I bought some one-inch metal circles at our local bead store and made tiny picture frames from them–spray painted them gold and glued them to little circular pictures of angels–made with a paper punch–and applied a varnish so the ink wouldn’t run.  THEN, I poured resin in (Mod Podge’s Dimensional Magic), let it dry overnight, and, voila!  Beautiful little images that seem to be behind glass.  What fun.  

My craft room is REALLY coming together–thanks to our newest ranch hand, Kat.  I can actually FIND things–it’s amazing.  Now, to keep it that way.  :) 

But it’s still the writing I love best, of course.  Telling my stories.

Until tomorrow.  Be kind.



69 comments to “‘Bout time I showed up!”

  1. Tammy R. Dodson
      · October 14th, 2013 at 12:22 pm · Link

    Have a fabulous time at the party! Sounds like lots of fun — pictures, please.

  2. Judy Eagle
      · October 14th, 2013 at 12:27 pm · Link

    Thank you very much. I am looking forward to the flapper picture. Have a good trip.

  3. Patricia M Hann
      · October 14th, 2013 at 12:30 pm · Link

    Have a great time at the party at a vineyard no less.

  4. Leanna
      · October 14th, 2013 at 12:31 pm · Link

    I’m so jealous of all the traveling that you do.

  5. Wendy Mathews
      · October 14th, 2013 at 12:35 pm · Link

    That sounds so awesome, I’m sure you will have a great time!!

  6. Gloria
      · October 14th, 2013 at 12:36 pm · Link

    Linda, have a good and Godly trip.

  7. Pat
      · October 14th, 2013 at 12:37 pm · Link

    Sounds like a blast! I love the flapper era.
    Was I in the Garden Ridge store a couple of weeks ago and they had some paintings of flappers. They were great.
    Have fun and hurry back. We miss you when you don’t blog.:-)

  8. Pam (Nedlnut)
      · October 14th, 2013 at 12:39 pm · Link

    Safe travels. Have a great time at the party. Can’t wait for the pics & more info about REM therapy.

  9. Sharon Jesse
      · October 14th, 2013 at 12:41 pm · Link

    Hope you have fun at your party, and your therapy programs
    sound very intriguing. Best wishes for a fun night.

    Sharon Jesse :wink:

  10. Tammy Meese
      · October 14th, 2013 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Have a fabulous time at the Vineyard, what a fun party idea!!

  11. Becky Strobaugh
      · October 14th, 2013 at 12:58 pm · Link

    Enjoy your Flapper moment! A long time ago, in a land far away, I was a flapper in the play “The Boyfriend”. I sucked at the Charleston but had a blast with the costumes. :lol:

  12. Patricia Drennen
      · October 14th, 2013 at 1:01 pm · Link

    I love all your books especially about Texas since I am 5th generation Texan.Enjoy your blog .Interesting to see what you are up to.Keep up the good work and am looking forward to your next book

  13. Diana E
      · October 14th, 2013 at 1:05 pm · Link

    Sounds like you have some fun things coming up this week. Will be interested to see pictures on facebook of the party. Have a great time and a safe trip, Linda. Blessings.

  14. Mary Goodman
      · October 14th, 2013 at 1:11 pm · Link

    Have a safe and fun trip.I would love to know where to by your sister’s jewelery?

  15. Ida C
      · October 14th, 2013 at 1:12 pm · Link

    Enjoy your holiday Linda and good luck with the vibrations! :wink:

  16. Debra
      · October 14th, 2013 at 1:19 pm · Link

    A Great Gatsby party sounds like fun. Looking forward to seeing the pictures.!!! Have a great time and enjoy your company!!

  17. marilyn hurst
      · October 14th, 2013 at 1:28 pm · Link

    Have fun at the vineyard, and let us know of any new wines that are fantastic…. I’m on the same mailing list!!! I get catalogs via U.S. Postal Mail and over the internet everyday. Enjoy your trip.

  18. Denise King
      · October 14th, 2013 at 1:42 pm · Link

    Good afternoon Linda, I hope you have a wonderful time @ your party in California.I love that era of prohibition and the clothes. It seems all of your family is quite talented, that’s nice, well @hope I’ll be one of the winners :-) looking forward to the book and jewelry lol. Enjoy your day

  19. Ruby Norwood
      · October 14th, 2013 at 2:01 pm · Link

    Wow Linda, A party at Uptick vineyards. You have a wonderful and safe trip. I would love to see some of your sister jewelry.
    Looking forward to the pictures Jenni will be posting.

  20. Bev Evanger
      · October 14th, 2013 at 2:07 pm · Link

    oh wow, that party sounds like alot of fun. wish i could go with you. :0) have fun girl. can’t wait to see pix

      · October 14th, 2013 at 2:12 pm · Link

    Safe travel and have a good time at your party. You do so many different things, do not know how you keep up with everything. Can’t wait for next book. Be safe

  22. Sharon Skasick
      · October 14th, 2013 at 2:12 pm · Link

    Weight Watchers is the best weightloss program out there, as far as I’m concerned. My personal physician has a weekly class called Lunch and Loose. (I work at a great hosital), so we take out lunches with her and her classes. This time around they provide (for $6.25) a nice lunch, usually a salad with protein (chicken) on it. Good luck with the program. We’re rootin’ for ya.

  23. Katrina
      · October 14th, 2013 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Hope you enjoy your trip. Can’t wait to see the pictures. Save travels.

  24. Sherry Wallace
      · October 14th, 2013 at 2:26 pm · Link

    Haha, yes I bet venders love you!! I’m curious about this latest venture with the REMT & what it’s supposed to accomplish :). When are you gonna get back to writing about our cowboys?
    Have a great fun trip

  25. Wendy McKinnis
      · October 14th, 2013 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Am loving “Big Sky Wedding”. Can’t wait for the next one. Of course, I LOVE all your books, and await them with ‘baded breath’. Thanks.

  26. Lois Rotella
      · October 14th, 2013 at 2:38 pm · Link

    Wow !! You are non stop. Party, writing and crafts. I am looking forward to the pictures. Have a great week

  27. Juanita Rice
      · October 14th, 2013 at 3:05 pm · Link

    You may remember when I offered some of her beautiful bracelets a while ago-

    …And beautiful they are. I love mine! :)

    Have fun in CA, Linda.

  28. Maryjane Hoffman
      · October 14th, 2013 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Enjoy your travels and look forward to photo’s! And Good Luck too with your treatments!

  29. Shawn Oxendine-
      · October 14th, 2013 at 3:54 pm · Link

    What a great theme for a party! Safe travels and have a great time Linda.i really enjoyed Big Sky Wedding and so looking forward to the next. Reading one of your older books now (Knights) as I often do in between waiting for the next release. I think I enjoy the older ones as much as the new ones. :)

  30. Norma Stanforth
      · October 14th, 2013 at 3:57 pm · Link

    Linda, it sounds like you are going to be mighty busy lady. With your trips and your eye therapy and your tuning fork.
    You and your sister Sally and Pam are really talent. You have a safe trip and enjoy yourself, we will miss you. God bless everyone and have a great week.
    As always your friend,

  31. Sue Ellis
      · October 14th, 2013 at 4:03 pm · Link

    I always enjoy your blogs and all of the things you are doing. Have fun at the party. I’ll be looking for pictures.

  32. Donna Lohrer
      · October 14th, 2013 at 4:06 pm · Link

    Linda, I always like following your blog. Love your books

  33. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · October 14th, 2013 at 5:18 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Judy Eagle and Barbara Murcray!

    And, Linda, the Great Gatsby event sounds awesome!

  34. Terrie Fulk
      · October 14th, 2013 at 5:50 pm · Link

    I would love to be able to visit one of those vineyard parties. They always seem to be so romantic. I am looking for the pics you will be posting. :)

  35. Nanci
      · October 14th, 2013 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Have a Great time….I’m jealous. Sounds like
    Lots of FUN and beautiful weather!!!!

  36. Tracy
      · October 14th, 2013 at 6:26 pm · Link

    Have a great time in California Linda

  37. Cassandra Clarke-Belgrave
      · October 14th, 2013 at 6:30 pm · Link

    see you tube for R.E.M.T.

    Thanks for mentioning this…try not to spend too much money on this (smile).

  38. Alisa Boisclair
      · October 14th, 2013 at 6:51 pm · Link

    Enjoy the party. Can’t wait to see the pics.

  39. Teri Iezek
      · October 14th, 2013 at 8:15 pm · Link

    Have a GREAT time :lol:

  40. Pam Brewer
      · October 14th, 2013 at 9:02 pm · Link

    I am saving my “W is for Wasted” for a time when I can read it in one sitting. I too hate finishing a book and not having a Kinsey fix for a year.

  41. Kellie Poole
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:06 pm · Link

    Safe travels to you!! I absolutely love your books. I recommend them to all of my friends. When I was younger, I use to talk about my grandmother reading all the time. Needless to say, I did not understand the true gift of reading until my late teens and early twenties. I now have the honor and privilege of exchanging books with her. I cherish books! Getting to escape every day life and become the characters within the book is truly amazing. I tell my students daily—-you can go anywhere in the world present, past, or future just by reading….open your heart and mind and the outcome will be amazing!!
    Thank you for sharing your stories through your many pages!

  42. Renae
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:12 pm · Link

    I need to come spend the summer with you!!!
    How do u find time to write with all your reading , crafts,
    Traveling and hobbies?? Lucky busy you!!!
    Love your zest for life!!! See you at the vineyard!!!

  43. Connie Johnson
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:15 pm · Link

    Weight Watchers is a wonderful program. Hope you have a wonderful trip.

  44. Judy Shrum
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:15 pm · Link

    Do u every make it to Texas? Dallas/Ft. Worth area?

  45. Tonya Cherry
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:17 pm · Link

    Just got done reading Big Sky Wedding…… Loved loved it…… hope there is another one…….. coming…. :)

  46. Heather Charity
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:20 pm · Link

    Currently reading 1st Big Sky novel. Love the cowboys!

  47. Marie Jones
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:23 pm · Link

    Your craft room sounds like my yarn room. But you know what they say, a girl can never be too thin or too crafty :mrgreen:

  48. Roberta Giordano
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:23 pm · Link

    Hope you have a great time ! Looking forward to the pics.

  49. carole
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:23 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners! I went to a charity event and its theme was the Great Gatsby, it was a lot of fun dressing up 1920’s was an awesome era. They made a lot of money for a new homeless shelter! Have fun! love to win anything that’s homemade! Have fun in California!

  50. Denise S
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Have a safe trip! Can’t wait to see the pictures!

  51. Shelley DiTommaso
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:34 pm · Link

    I have used alternative medicine for years. I have a bad back and have used chiropractic and massage therapy. Well that has finally stopped working and i had back surgery in March and looks like I will be having another one in December or January. I have a disc that just wants to bulge no matter what I do. Have a fun time at the party.

  52. Bernadette Long
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:40 pm · Link

    It sounds like you’re having a great time with your crafts!

  53. Cheryl Lon
      · October 14th, 2013 at 10:59 pm · Link

    Have a great trip. Can’t wait to see the pictures.

  54. Lori o
      · October 14th, 2013 at 11:02 pm · Link

    You always tell such beautiful stories in you books. Have fun and enjoy the party

  55. Lea Williams
      · October 14th, 2013 at 11:22 pm · Link

    I am just positive you are going to have a terrific time in CA. I have been riding every day with this wonderful weather.

  56. Diane Anderson
      · October 15th, 2013 at 12:58 am · Link

    That party sounds like fun. I hope you have a great time doing the Charleston in your flapper outfit. Have a safe trip.

  57. donna harris
      · October 15th, 2013 at 1:31 am · Link

    Have fun at the Vineyards!
    I love your books! But I haven’t bought any in a long time. I’m on a small fixed income from being disabled and seems the money doesn’t go far. I love Cowboy stories! Keep up the good writing and I can read bits and pieces here and there.
    Have a safe trip and waiting for pictures on facebook!

  58. Laura Bowers
      · October 15th, 2013 at 5:23 am · Link

    Love all your books. Really enjoyed the Mojo Sheepshanks stories…hope more are in the works. :)

  59. Kathy J in Ellicott City
      · October 15th, 2013 at 7:26 am · Link

    Have Fun!

  60. Bb
      · October 15th, 2013 at 8:13 am · Link

    Love big sky wedding
    Enjoy party. Sounds great

  61. Becky Johnson
      · October 15th, 2013 at 9:33 am · Link

    Sounds like the artistic flair runs in your family! Have a great time at the party, sounds like such fun! Blessings to You! :)

  62. Jennifer Damone
      · October 15th, 2013 at 9:38 am · Link

    Have a wonderful trip! Sounds like it is another busy week for you! I don’t know how you find time for sleep. :-D Another busy week here too. Looking forward to the pictures!

  63. Emily
      · October 15th, 2013 at 9:55 am · Link

    Have a great and fun trip Linda. Enjoy, enjoy!

    I can’t keep up with all of your projects, you are amazing. :lol:

    Looking forward to your next book. Can’t wait in fact!

  64. Andrea Lammly
      · October 15th, 2013 at 10:55 am · Link

    Enjoy your time off! Can’t wait to see the pictures!

  65. Jaime L Brooks
      · October 15th, 2013 at 11:17 am · Link

    Have a great trip!

  66. Sandra Kowalchuk
      · October 15th, 2013 at 12:04 pm · Link

    The party arrives just in time for costumes — perfect for the end of October. Have fun. Looking forward to those pictures!

  67. zola udell
      · October 15th, 2013 at 2:38 pm · Link

    “You go girl”, with your busy self. Live your life, enjoy your life. I enjoy hearing about it. And what a lovely thing to do, giving away jewelry to some of your loyal fans. Be blessed and safe always.

  68. Cecelia Kelsey
      · October 15th, 2013 at 2:49 pm · Link

    You are one busy lady! I love your books and I too feel the same way about Kinsey. I hate to wait a year but I do!

  69. Tracy Gilpin
      · October 15th, 2013 at 4:10 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful time at the party! I enjoy your books and look forward to more to come!

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