#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Busy Monday

First, I’ll announce last week’s contest winners: Jana Vincent and Patti Belew.  Congratulations, ladies–your autographed books will be on their way tomorrow.  As always, a new contest begins today, so be sure to comment.  Maybe next Monday, I will be announcing your name.  :)

I stayed at home over the 4th of July weekend, and it was very peaceful.  I wrote, made artist trading cards, experimented with recently discovered products–mainly the Dylusions spray-on inks I mentioned last week.  The colors are absolutely delicious–I love seeing them saturate watercolor paper, love combining them, love the richness of the pigments.  I also listened to audiobooks, of course, part of a suspense novel called YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN, and all of Mary Ann Williamson’s workshop, RETURN TO LOVE. 

I’m really into the new book I’m writing myself–THE MARRIAGE CHARM–and you can expect a few surprises with this story.  (Good ones, I hope.)  It took me a while to get a handle on this one- but I’ve figured things out and I’m really rolling now.  

I expect to do well at Weight Watchers this Wednesday–I’m down a little, per my own scale.  I suspect the ounces gained last week were water retention or something, because I was eating the way I always do.  I find the Simply Filling plan so easy to follow, and I never feel deprived, as I’ve said before. 

On the 18th of July, I’ll be flying back East to visit Nora Roberts’ book store, TURN OF THE PAGE, in Boonesboro, on the 19th, between 12 and 2 pm.  If you live in the area, I hope you’ll stop in and say howdy. 

That’s the news for today, my friends. 

48 comments to “Busy Monday”

  1. Judy Eagle
      · July 7th, 2014 at 10:52 pm · Link

    I don’t remember you and Nora collaborating on a book, but I bet if you did it would be a real zinger. Too far away for me to come but I hope you have a great time. Good luck at WW. Glad you are getting the book going.


  2. judy
      · July 7th, 2014 at 10:54 pm · Link

    What state is Boonesboro in. Have a good time while you are there. We were home over the fourth. Are dog does not like fireworks.

  3. Dawn Roberts
      · July 7th, 2014 at 10:58 pm · Link

    Was wondering if you will be in the Dallas area? Would love to get a chance to meet you. Was fortunate enough to meet Julie Garwood not too long ago and get Hot Shot autographed. Met Vicki Lewis Thomson years ago in Phoenix, when her first Nerd book came out. So two of my favorite authors down a few more to go.
    Good luck Wednesday, keep a happy thought in your heart :)

  4. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · July 7th, 2014 at 11:07 pm · Link

    Glad you had a quiet and safe Fourth.

    As always, looking forward to the next volume in your new series. I finished the Marriage Pact in ebook and Audible versions. I love the way Amazon Whispersyncs two great ways to enjoy your stories.

    Jack Garrett is the best narrator for the western/romance genre.


  5. Glenda M
      · July 7th, 2014 at 11:09 pm · Link

    I subscribe to Nora Roberts news blog and she also mentioned you would be in Boonsboro for a book signing. I believe the name of the book store is “Turn the Page” :)

  6. Brenda I.
      · July 7th, 2014 at 11:21 pm · Link

    Glad you had a quiet and peaceful 4th of July weekend. I look forward to reading “The Marriage Charm”

  7. Janie
      · July 7th, 2014 at 11:26 pm · Link

    Would love to be in Boonsboro to see you and Nora Roberts. I’m reading the 3rd book in the Inn Boonsboro series right now. Also picked up several of yours recently–The Montana Creeds. Looking forward to The Marriage Charm. Our 4th was not quiet–celebrated with 2 of our sons and their families. Lots of grandkid noise and fireworks.

  8. Terri Shortell
      · July 7th, 2014 at 11:44 pm · Link

    Glad u had a relaxing weekend. Good luck at WW. Can’t wait for the new book. Congrats to the winners. Have a great week everyone.

  9. Cindy Zint
      · July 7th, 2014 at 11:49 pm · Link

    Hope you have a week filled with JOY! :-)

  10. karen machamer
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:11 am · Link

    I love your books. I have read all that I can get my hands on or all I can download onto my kindle.

  11. Lea Williams
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:22 am · Link

    We put up hay on the 4th. Too tired by evening to do anything special. Not much reading this time of the year. In a couple of weeks it will be in then a little break before harvest. I am not too crazy about this heat but its summer. I an thankful for air conditioning. Tomorrow would have been my mothers 102nd. birthday, I still miss her every day. Blessings.

  12. Gloria Jenkins
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:30 am · Link

    I glad you had a relaxing holiday weekend. You’ll have good results with WW. Looking forward to reading the Marriage Charm. Have a great week.

  13. Gloria
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:32 am · Link

    Congratulations to Jana Vincent and Patti Belew. Enjoy your gift.

    I, too, would like to know where Boonesboro is. It seems it should be in NC, but it could be KY. :-?

    Linda, I’m glad you’re OK and had a good 4th.

    • Gloria
        · July 8th, 2014 at 2:38 am · Link

      Boonsboro, Md???????

  14. Leanna
      · July 8th, 2014 at 1:10 am · Link

    Glad you had a lowkey 4th that’s what I did. Looking forward to the Marriage Charm.

  15. Kelley Morrow
      · July 8th, 2014 at 1:26 am · Link

    Linda, I cannot wait to read The Marriage Charm!!! Stay happy and healthy :D

  16. Juanita Rice
      · July 8th, 2014 at 1:44 am · Link

    Have a happy trip, Linda! Such fun! :)

  17. Peggy Casey
      · July 8th, 2014 at 2:18 am · Link

    I can’t wait for a new book! I have been going through and finding some of your older books at thrift stores and have been enjoying them, but I can’t wait for the story line of the current series to develop into new stories!!! Good luck at WW!

  18. Lois Rotella
      · July 8th, 2014 at 6:20 am · Link

    Have good day. I am happy your writing is going well. I had a quiet 4th also.

  19. Roberta Giordano
      · July 8th, 2014 at 7:14 am · Link

    Hope you have a great week !

  20. clare helsley
      · July 8th, 2014 at 7:28 am · Link

    Sometimes quiet Holidays are the best kind. You sound better–Glad about that for you.

  21. Dennis
      · July 8th, 2014 at 7:31 am · Link

    wonderful, can’t wait to read it!!

  22. Patricia
      · July 8th, 2014 at 8:01 am · Link

    So nice to hear you kept busy over the holiday weekend and are going over to sign books with another of my favourite authors, Norah Roberts. Only wish I could be there but live in the wrong country! :cry:
    I’m so glad you are beginning to sound a little better after your horrendous year and don’t forget your guardian angel is watching over you so look for the little signs they leave for you.
    When I was losing weight the sensible way I would occasionally hit a plateau when it wouldn’t move and I was told to eat one item from my favourites like a couple squares of chocolate and then go back to being good and it always kick-started it again.
    Do you ever think of writing more books like the Primrose Collection based on pioneer days – I have always loved them.
    Love from U.K fans x

  23. Betty Hamilton
      · July 8th, 2014 at 8:05 am · Link

    I’m so glad that your diet is going well. I have been dieting too, but I decided not to weigh myself. I’ll let the Dr. do that at my next appointment and hopefully I’ll have a nice surprise! Wishing you safe travels and an enjoyable book signing.

  24. gloria bare
      · July 8th, 2014 at 8:06 am · Link

    I live about an hour away from Boonsboro, been there a few times for book signings. I can’t wait to meet you. between you and Nora I have a bookcase full of your books, I can’t wait for the next Mustang Creek book to be published. See you at TTP on the 19th

  25. Andrea Lammly
      · July 8th, 2014 at 8:43 am · Link

    Congratulations Jana and Patti!
    I just finished “The Marriage Pact” and loved the story. Wyoming is one of those places to visit on my bucket list. Can’t wait for the next books to see what is in store for Melody and Bex.
    Wished we were closer to Maryland for the 19th. Would love to meet you and Nora. Maybe next time you are in New York and doing an appearance we will drive down from Vermont.
    Have a great week everyone!

  26. marilyn hurst
      · July 8th, 2014 at 9:05 am · Link

    Have fun writing and with your trip to Boonesboro, I’ve seen pics and the inn there is really nice. Have a great week.

  27. Gwenda Underwood
      · July 8th, 2014 at 9:18 am · Link

    So good to read your blog. We had a very quiet 4th. Went to see hometown fire works. My sisters & I are helping my niece to move.
    She is a pack rat & has a lot of “stuff”. Have another niece moving also, lots of family changes occuring.

  28. Virginia Horton
      · July 8th, 2014 at 9:19 am · Link

    So glad you are doing so well. It is really nice to have a peaceful weekend just to do what you want. That doesn’t happen here.

  29. Lorraine Pitts
      · July 8th, 2014 at 9:24 am · Link

    You make me happy, have a great day!!!

  30. Linda Wilson
      · July 8th, 2014 at 9:52 am · Link

    Wish I lived closer to the book store, I would love to meet you.
    I just ordered the book from the library you were listening to, I have done that before and enjoyed the book.
    I am looking forward to your book coming out, I love your books, have read them for years

  31. Billiesue Sanders
      · July 8th, 2014 at 9:57 am · Link

    We spent the Fourth of July in the Chimney Picnic area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cooked hamburgers near a mountain stream and enjoyed the scenery. A beautiful day.


  32. Lori
      · July 8th, 2014 at 10:09 am · Link

    If I lived closer I would LOVE to see you on the 19th!!! Especially at TTP!!

  33. Patricia Hann
      · July 8th, 2014 at 10:33 am · Link

    I wish I could make it to Maryland to see you and the other fabulous authors. I hope you have a great time. My 4th was quiet as well.

  34. Dotty Weis
      · July 8th, 2014 at 10:53 am · Link

    Linda is Turn of the Page in Boonesboro NC?

  35. Sue nordhausen
      · July 8th, 2014 at 10:59 am · Link

    I took my 2 granddaughters and two friends to a big park and watched fireworks. They were outstanding, but the traffic getting out of the park was horrendous !!! I was so wishing I was home on the couch! Oh well, what we’ll do for grandchildren!

    I love all of your books and have read everyone I can get my hands on. I would still recommend a book by Kristine Rivers called Redeeming Love! Excellent Christian book!

    Sue Nordhausen

  36. Kim Hopper
      · July 8th, 2014 at 11:05 am · Link

    I am glad you have a restful holiday. I have often wondered if there will ever be another Mojo book? I really like that character and the adventures she finds herself in. Have a great week.

      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,
    It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written. I started a new job, working from home doing my HR work which I love so much. So far I’m “living the dream” so to speak! It’s just what I needed to feel like I’m back in the drivers seat of my own life! I’m so thankful and feeling Gods blessings in my life right now.

    I too stayed home over the 4th. We didn’t even attend the fireworks this year. We watched the Macy’s Fireworks on TV and loved it. We didn’t even have to deal with the traffic, mosquito’s, and maneuvering the many “mosh pits” trying to find a place to sit! :wink:

    I can’t wait for your new book. You’ll have to make sure you let us know when you will be releasing it. I’m reading some of Sylvia Day right now. I’m always looking for some good author’s and good reads, so keep recommending some. Since I’ve been working it’s really put a cramp on my reading which, if not careful, I could start resenting my new J-O-B! LOL!

    Take care and have a blessed week!


  38. Nadine Spradlin
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:40 pm · Link

    Pray that you have a safe trip to & from MD. Nadine PS have a great time …………..

  39. Shirley Meyle
      · July 8th, 2014 at 1:21 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Wish I was in North Carolina next week. I’d love to meet you. Have a great trip. :-P

  40. Diana E.
      · July 8th, 2014 at 1:41 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your weekend was so nice. Looking forward to the Marriage Charm. I just finished Nicolas Spark’s The Best of Me, I cried a lot, his books seem to do that to me.

  41. Ruby Norwood
      · July 8th, 2014 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!! Glad you had a peaceful 4th of July Linda. I did as well stayed home with family and grilled out.

  42. Pamela Devereux
      · July 8th, 2014 at 4:03 pm · Link

    Fourth was spent with family. We haven’t seen them since my husband fell while out walking. He broke his pinky finger, broke his glasses & gash on forehead. The jokes kept coming all day. He was good-hearted about it. Daughter called to say she is coming to visit. I can hardly wait. 2 weeks from Thursday.

    Glad to hear that you are making progress on your next book. We can hardly wait. You’ll be fine with weight in. You seem determined to lose the weight & keep it off.

  43. Paula L Rollins
      · July 8th, 2014 at 6:08 pm · Link

    Glad you had a peaceful 4th…we did also at our house..this summer we are busy sewing and helping our grand daughters with their 4-h projects and horse shows….they know I carry a book in my bag always and my kindle….when we travel we talk about your books and stories…..their mother is now reading with me and the girls say “just tell us the stori :-P es”. Have a great week and please find time to write….

  44. ,carole
      · July 8th, 2014 at 10:47 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners! I had to work on the 4th so when I got home I watched the fireworks from my house! I can’t wait to read your next book! I’m reading Carolyn Brown’s book How to Marry a Cowboy and loving it! I love reading about cowboy’s!
    You’ve got to stop weighing yourself, my doctor told me to get rid of the scale, so I go by my clothes and the way I feel! You’ll do great this week! Anyways, have a wonderful week!

  45. Tammy
      · July 9th, 2014 at 12:09 pm · Link

    Just got “The Marriage Pact”! So looking forward to starting it!

  46. Kathryn Albright
      · July 9th, 2014 at 11:27 pm · Link

    Wish I were in MD to visit you in Boonesboro. Would love to have you atuograph a book for me. I’ve read many (MANY) of your books, but the one I have on my “keeper” shelf is The Bridegroom. Besides the cover being very easy on my eyes ( :oops: ) I just love the relationships between the elderly aunts, the maid, and the two main characters. I also love the heroic way the hero “saves” the heroine. That’s a story that made me laugh out loud a few times. Hang in there with your Weight Watchers. I need to get back on it too…

  47. Jessica W
      · July 9th, 2014 at 11:52 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!! Enjoy your prizes!!! Can’t wait for your new book!!!

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