#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


It’s a miracle, and I know Who to thank for it–“Big Sky Summer” is complete, and I’m giving myself a long weekend as a reward.  I want to do art, to think and pray and read.  Oh, yes, and cook a little, too–corned beef and cabbage for supper.  :)

The fancy jack-o-lanterns we carved a while back have done their duty and are now headed for the composter.  I love the concept of composting–so much less waste and, of course, the stuff is golden when it comes time to plant.  As you know, I dream about that a lot–planting seeds and bulbs and seeing things grow–the older I get, the more I enjoy the whole process.  But I also enjoy imagining those tulip and daffodil bulbs, underground, quietly working the magic of color and fragrance and beauty God put inside them, so long ago.  Like so many things on this precious blue-green planet, flowers renew themselves–even the annuals, like zinnias, can be re-seeded.  Creation.   It boggles the human mind.

I’m so thankful to be here, now, living in this time and this place–America.  Yes, I know there are problems–that’s nothing new–but think of the blessings we have, at least in the Western Hemisphere–for most of us, there’s a ready supply of food, of clean water, and many other necessities.  In so many places, life is brief and hungry and hard, and I want to keep that in the forefront of my mind, and do what I can to help.

The Red Cross and other relief agencies are working to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and while most of us can’t be there to bundle cold and frightened people in warm blankets or serve food in the tent-kitchens or rescue stranded pets as well as their owners, we CAN help–by giving.  It doesn’t have to be a lot–if one million people gave a dollar, the results would be remarkable–so, if you can give, please do.  If you can’t, please pray.  Ideally, do both!

Hurting people need a hand up, folks, everywhere we look.

And giving a hand is the cowboy(girl) way, because when you get right down to it, we’re all in this together.

14 comments to “Finished!”

  1. Andrea Lammly
      · November 1st, 2012 at 1:47 pm · Link

    Congrats on finishing the book! Can’t wait to read it!

    Amen on helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Here in Vermont we were lucky this time and dodged the rath of the storm. We had minor power outages and downed power lines and trees. But the devastation in New York City and the Jersey Shore is unbelieveable. One of my co-workers parents live in Long Island and they are still without power and are in their 80’s.
    So as Linda says; give if you can no matter the amount to the American Red Cross, it all helps and please keep them all in your daily prayers.

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · November 1st, 2012 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Yes, we must always think & do for others! Christ was all about that, because of His love for us :-). Have a wonderful relaxing & renewing weekend – you deserve it !!
    Bless you,

  3. Shawn
      · November 1st, 2012 at 2:20 pm · Link

    The prayers are appreciated! I’m in New Jersey and it’s very tough right now. No power, no heat, low water, gas and food lines go on for hours. Your books are helping me cope beyond measure. :) I’m reading Corbin’s Fancy now (as I’ve finished all of your book series except the Australian Series and Mojo Books) and will move on to Memory’s Embrace this evening! So happy to hear Big Sky Summer is finished! Looking foward to going back to Parable. :). Continue to keep us all in prayer. Thanks

    • Shari Grant
        · November 2nd, 2012 at 9:46 am · Link

      Best of luck to you. I am so sorry that our East coast neighbors are having all of this trouble. My heart goes out to people who have lost loved ones and homes. Your community will bounce back though. New Jersey people are tough and resiliant. You will love the Australian series. The characters are honorable, relatable, and likeable and the men are hot, a little dangerous, and loyal to their women. A characteristic of all of Linda’s “cowboys”. The Australian variety is equally as appealing.

      • Shawn
          · November 3rd, 2012 at 12:40 am · Link

        Thank you so much for your kind words Shari! They truly mean a lot. :) Jerseyans are known for a lot of things and well I guess “tough” is one of them. :) Stealing away and reading is one of my favorite pass times anyway and now it really helps! Take care

  4. Anne Little
      · November 1st, 2012 at 2:44 pm · Link

    So glad to hear about the finish of your book and looking forward to reading it when it comes out. Your right on the giving part. Our little group is getting together items and non-perishable foods to ship to the east coast. Today three of us added 5 cans of canned meat (we were told that canned meat is always in rare supply in foodbanks). Later this weekend I plan to go through the closets and pantry and see what else I can add.
    I had to turn off the television yesterday because the stories and pictures were to overwhelming, it had me in tears. If just watching it on television can do that to me I can not even begin to think of what those who are living it are feeling. My heart and prayers are with them.
    I have also heard that I can make an online donation to the Red Cross for hurricane Sandy victims and have plans to visit that sight later this afternoon.

    • Anne Little
        · November 1st, 2012 at 6:20 pm · Link

      To make an online donation go to redcross.org (I think I have that right, should have written it down) online donations start at $10.00 or you can make a larger donation and pay monthly. I could only afford to make a $10.00 donation right now but I won’t miss it.

  5. Emily A. Miller
      · November 1st, 2012 at 6:51 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the new books. I am so excited about reading them.

    We lived in Florida for several hurricanes, and I feel so sorry and sad that the East coast has to deal with this. They have my prayers and help.

    Love your books, keep them coming.

  6. Gloria
      · November 2nd, 2012 at 10:34 am · Link

    Congratulations, Linda. I hope you’ll take off longer than a weekend before starting again. I haven’t been reading your Blog a very long time, but it seems as if you’ve written 2 or 3 books in that time, and since I lose track of time, it could have been more books.

    Have you announced the winner of the favorite cowboy yet, and I missed it? Or, are you still trying to choose among all the great ones? :-D

  7. Delilah Sirois
      · November 2nd, 2012 at 1:00 pm · Link

    :-P Oh my gosh
    I am so hooked on The Mettrick’s all of them,I can’t seem to put the books down. I just wish I would have gone on to your website at first so I could have read them in order. It was a little confusing to jump back and forth from past to present. I get all the books from our local Library and I am hoping to read all the rest on your list.
    I just want to tell you that I am a 61 yr old grandmother and you make me feel like I am watching from the sidelines on everything that is happening. I would love to see the Hallmark Channel do movies on the Mettrick series. ??? Maybe something to think about I know Larry Leviston (Producer of multiple Hallmark Romance Movies) would be thrilled if he knew what was in these books. Again thank-you so much for your great talent. Also, are these books availabe to read on a Kindle yet?
    I like the books that have larger print, and I am thinking of getting a kindle.

    Delilah Sirois

  8. Juanita Rice
      · November 2nd, 2012 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Seeing all these answers to the favorite cowboy question brought another of my faves to mind…stubborn; hard, but loyal; cowboy-to-the-bone, Angus McKetrick. And I’m just catching up with his grandson, Sawyer. I might have to favorite all of the McKetrick men. ;>)

    That horrible disaster on the east coast…….I know of one couple who, even though they have family at home and are hundreds of miles away, is going to NY for Thanksgiving. They said that will be their way of contributing to the economy there. Bless their hearts!

  9. Lois Rotella
      · November 3rd, 2012 at 12:56 pm · Link

    I pray for all those who have been effected by “Sandy”. Especially the ones who lost loved ones, homes and belongings. I was lucky only lost power, and water for 5 days. I just got it back. It hard we all learned that living in a high rise apartment is isolating and wish we lived closer to others on the lower floors. God bless everyone. Congrautlations Linda on finishing your book. You derserve to celebrate and enjoy your crafts. :lol:

  10. Emily A. Miller
      · November 4th, 2012 at 10:06 am · Link

    I am lucky enough to have all of the McKettrick series in sequence, so am able to keep up without jumping back & forth. I am now on Garrett, so soon will be at the end of this series. I think I will have empty nest syndrome when I get to the end. I am also involved with the Creed men!

  11. Sheri Gifford
      · November 5th, 2012 at 1:21 pm · Link

    We were lucky here in the Adirondacks of NY. We only had wind damage. but our locals had much damage from last years storms. Some are still recovering and yet without homes. However locally a woman has spearheaded a coat and hoodie drive, plus we are enclosing warm clothing, to be shipped to NYC. It has been very cold here in upstate and downstate too. We have a local limo company filling limo’s to take down there. My husband is a Vet, and a Red Cross Government liason. He volunteered last week for the storm and again on Saturday all day in Albany. We do take care of each other. We are blessed in the US for a sense of community and taking care of others in a bad situation. May NYC and LI feel our prayers.

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