#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Greetings from Sunny Spokane

Well, I’m still a bit under the weather, but so much better that I’ll be spending the day in Parable for sure.  :)  One of my favorite places to be.  Tomorrow, “Big Sky Mountain”, Hutch and Kendra’s story, will be released!  I can hardly wait for you to meet the new characters and enjoy catching up with Slade and Joslyn, among others. 

Day 3 of the New York travelogue:

I had breakfast with my good friend, Leslee Borger, at Oscar’s, a restaurant on the ground floor of our hotel, the Waldorf.  We talked and talked, a couple of cowgirls delighted to see each other again. 

It was a shopping day–the whole bunch of us went to H&M and bought fun stuff.  After lunch, we had an amazing salad–one of those things where you pick your own ingredients and someone scoops them into a bowl for you.  Delicious. 

We really bonded with our hotel maids, Edith and Mona, who went to great lengths to look after us.

The adventure continued when, brace yourself, I lost my iPhone down the elevator shaft from the 13th floor.  No kidding.  I was getting out my room key as the door opened, my phone fell from my purse, glanced off my foot, and went straight through a crack at the far corner of the opening!  If I’d TRIED to make a shot like that, I couldn’t have done it, but there you go.  I tend to be tough on phones anyhow, but this was a new level of incompetence.  The device was never recovered, although the hotel people promised to search, and it would have been in pieces in any case, but I did want to pictures.  Alas.

Afternoon brought the most spectacular, amazing thunder and lightning storm–we watched in awe as the whole city lit up.  Looking down at the street below, the sea of unfurled umbrellas and yellow taxi roofs, set off by the gray pavement, made me want to paint the scene or describe it in a book. 

I think I was beginning to run down by then, and the family had been out seeing and doing, so we had room service dinners in my room–that was quite an event in itself, with six of us there, sitting on the edges of the beds.  The waiters had to bring in two tables to accommodate us all, after Wendy acted as our order-taker and called in the info–I kept the list in my art journal, and Jeremy took a picture, which will be added later.  (I had a turkey club sandwich.  :) )

I can’t speak for the rest of our outfit, but I slept like a rock that night, with the sounds of the storm for a lullaby.

So that was the day that was.

The day that IS, is shaping up to be lovely–perhaps a little cooler than the weekend.  I might even welcome a few clouds.

I’ll be writing about Boone and Tara and the rest of the Parable crew today–just what I love to do.

Be well, be safe, be kind.

You matter to me.


11 comments to “Greetings from Sunny Spokane”

  1. Sharon S.
      · July 30th, 2012 at 1:51 pm · Link

    Looking forward to the new book, as always. I’ve asked this question before, so if I missed the answer, please forgive me…how do you come up with the names for your characters? I’d really like to know. :-P

  2. Sal
      · July 30th, 2012 at 1:56 pm · Link

    The day of the thunder and lightening storm is the very day that Angela, Sam and I chose to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. It was beautiful and a little scary. We got some great photos and have wonderful memories to match…
    If only there were an Olympic event for iPhone launching, my sister would win the gold!

  3. Crystal
      · July 30th, 2012 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Wow Linda!!! I hope someday i get to visit New York!! Im so looking to forward to the book coming out tomorrow!!! Also ATTENTION GLORIA……. i dont know if u have read them but The Quaid Series is AWESOME!!!!! We just came back from Galveston Tx and it was such a nice getaway!!! The weather was beautiful!!! now that we are back its time to catch up on my reading!!! Linda cannot express how AMAZING your writing is!!! Thank u so much for sharing your talent with us all!!!

  4. Debbie Morgan
      · July 30th, 2012 at 5:10 pm · Link

    I love hearing about your trip. :-P. New York is a fun place to visit. I just could never live there.

  5. Donna Montgomery
      · July 30th, 2012 at 6:37 pm · Link

    I hope you are feeling much better by now. I missed your e-mails while you were on vacation but I hope you had a fantastic time in the Big Apple. Can’t wait to get my hands on the new book tomorrow…so excited to read Hutch & Kendra’s story!! Happy writing :!:

  6. Lois Rotella
      · July 30th, 2012 at 7:40 pm · Link

    I hope you feel 100% real soon. I also get sick when I go on vacation. I think it the different weather and we are not on our schedule. I am glad you had a good time in NYC as I live there so I go else where. I can’t wait to read the next book about Hutch and Kendra. Keep those cell phones safe. Ha Ha !!!

  7. Gloria
      · July 31st, 2012 at 1:03 am · Link

    Crystal, I don’t know if I’ve read The Quaid Series, or some of them and just don’t remember.

    I don’t mean to whine, but when a person has been through what I’ve been through this whole century, and still going through, it is hard to remember some things.

    But, I’ve finished the Mckettricks of Texas that Hilda was kind enough to send and I’ve finished My Outlaw, and have started the Orphan Train Series Samantha sent to me. I am in LLM Heaven!

    Speaking of Heaven, with all my whining, I am truely Blessed to have what I have and “KNOW” such beautiful people as Hilda and Samantha, and Linda’s other Bloggers.

    Thank you, Linda, for your writing talent that makes this posible.

    • Crystal
        · July 31st, 2012 at 11:16 am · Link

      GLORIA….. I was not aware of what im assuming is a sickness.Regardless you are on my prayer list ( i hope u dont mind ) God can see us through things we never thought possible and he also blesses us with people in our life to make it a little sweeter. My prayers are with u and i really enjoy talking with all ya”ll as well!!! :wink:

      • Gloria
          · July 31st, 2012 at 3:08 pm · Link

        Crystal, I am not sick…in body, at least. I’ve been blessed with very good health.

        It’s just that starting in the year 2000, when I lost my best friend, that was only the beginning. Since then, I’ve lost one family memeber after another, but losing my oldest son was the hardest of all of the rest together. When my mama and favorite aunt, who was like a sister to me, died within 2 months, only 8 months from losing my son, it was just way too much.

        Then, my youngest son lost his job due to a seriously bad back that they say they can’t operate on, (or they’re afraid to operate on). He may lose his house before it is over with because he can’t afford to keep it. His wife is also sick, and I try to help him as much as I can.

        So, no, I’m not sick, except at heart, and I’m glad I found Linda’s Blog when I did, because the people of her Blog does make life sweeter.

        I’ve always enjoyed her books, I just wasn’t aware they were all LLM books. They take me away into the wild blue yonder for a while and I can forget all the responsibilities that over-whelm me the rest of the time.

        I don’t mind you praying for me and mine, in fact, I need all the prayers I can get. If it wasn’t for my Lord and Saviour, I wouldn’t even be able to get through the days.

        And, Linda’s books help a lot, and Hilda and Samantha have helped by sending books to me. As Linda said the other day about listening to Bible Study and going to the casino, my life is a contradiction.

        Take care and thank you for praying.

        • linda
            · August 1st, 2012 at 11:52 am · Link

          I’m definitely praying for you, Gloria. Hold on. When I’m particularly stressed, I like to repeat the following simple prayer, “Father, I am trusting.”

  8. Gloria
      · August 2nd, 2012 at 2:49 am · Link

    Thank you, Linda! We need lots of prayers. Sometimes, when I’m in a situation, I repeat the Lord’s prayer and the 23rd Psalms, over and over, and over. It helps.

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