#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Guess I needed a break…

I’m back, and ready to roll!  I hope none of you have been worried; I am just up to my eyeballs in my new book, NORTH OF EDEN, the first in my Civil War series.  All of my energy and then some has been going into that.

On this day in 1963, I was in high school (I know, I know–some of you weren’t even born in 1963, let alone in high school!), in my hometown of Northport, Washington, when one of the teachers opened the classroom door and quietly told us that the President had been shot in Dallas.  If you were around back then, you probably remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when the word came.

We were all subdued, but at that point, we didn’t know how serious President Kennedy’s injuries were, but the tragic announcement wasn’t long in coming.  We were all in shock, as were our parents and teachers, of course.  School was dismissed early, though there were no cries of joy as there would have been on any other day.  There was a scruffy skiff of snow on the ground, as I recall, and the flag in the schoolyard had been lowered to half-mast.

Everyone was numb with shock; nothing as devastating as this as this had happened to America as a nation since December 7, 1941, when Pearl Harbor was bombed.  It didn’t seem possible.  JFK was so young and handsome, and he had such a beautiful family.  How could he be dead?  And yet he was.  I will never forget the images of Jackie, our gracious First Lady, boarding Air Force One in the aftermath of the shooting, in her blood-stained pink suit, and, later, standing with her children, dignified in her black garb, or JFK, Jr.’s tiny hand raised in salute as the riderless horse and went by.  It was utterly heartbreaking and yet, like the attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans set aside their political differences and stood together.

I promise tomorrow’s blog will be much more cheerful, and the contests will resume next Monday, so please be sure to enter.  All you need to do is comment, and you’re in.

God bless you, and God bless America.

In the words of Winston Churchill, “Let us go forward together.”


69 comments to “Guess I needed a break…”

  1. Dotty Weis
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:25 pm · Link

    Linda please write another book in your vampire series
    the Black Rose series
    love it

  2. Juanita
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:28 pm · Link

    Knew you were taking a much needed hiatus. Welcome back. :)

  3. Deborah Nelson
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:29 pm · Link

    I remember very well..

  4. pat Dennis
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:34 pm · Link

    I remember it so well. I was 19,and was working for an attorney. When I got back from lunch, and got on the elevator, the elevator operator was sobbing. We obviously got no more work done that.

  5. Debra
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:41 pm · Link

    Today is my sisters 65th birthday. I was 4 when President Kennedy was assinated, still I remember. So glad to have you back Linda! We’ve missed you!

  6. Debra
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:41 pm · Link

    Today is my sisters 65th birthday. I was 4 when President Kennedy was assinated, still I remember. So glad to have you back Linda! We’ve missed you!

  7. Barbara Kennicutt
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:41 pm · Link

    Just wanted to wish you a very “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” have a very blessed day. Love your books. A fan Barbara

  8. Barbara Kennicutt
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:43 pm · Link

    I wondered what had happen to you. So very glad you are back.

  9. Renae Kinsey
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:48 pm · Link

    We all need these reminders. Thank you for blogging –
    I remember when JFK Jr. Plane went down and he was “missing”. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. And you’re correct, Jackie was so elegant. ❤️❤️

  10. Robyn
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:48 pm · Link

    We missed you , welcome back my friend. Remembering, just down the road in Palouse, WA. I’m a bit younger, but remember watching the adults through those days. The best is yet to come!

  11. Mae Logan
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:52 pm · Link

    Welcome back. Thought I had been cancelled. This blog brought back memories of that day and the changes in my life that followed. Looking forward to your Civil War series.

  12. Donamae Kutska
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 4:54 pm · Link

    Good to hear from you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Mary Goodman
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving.I was little when this happened but I still remember my mother was doing something in the kitchen and her best friend open the door screaming ” they killed him,our President is gone”.I didn’t know what it meant at the time but my mother was crying

  14. Beth Muir
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 5:22 pm · Link

    I will never forget that day. I am enjoying your cowboy series.

  15. Diana E.
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Welcome back, Linda, we’ve missed you.
    Yes that was a very sad day, I remember exactly where I was.
    Sounds like the book is going well. Blessings.

  16. Margaret
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 5:42 pm · Link

    I was in that same school as you Linda and remember being so stunned and scared! World crime didn’t affect us much in our little town, I think we were kind of insulated from most of the worlds problems that we didn’t hear about in school or on the tv if you had one. I must admit that I didn’t remember that this was the day until I read your blog.

  17. Barbara Roney
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 5:46 pm · Link

    I too was in HS when the announcement was made on the intercom. I had already seen some teachers crying including my classroom teacher (a male). We were also excused to go home early which I did. The feeling of having the wind knocked out of me was with me in my long walk home. The next week seemed as if a dream, but unfortunately it wasn’t. It was, sadly, very real. I had a crush on this young, handsome President with a cute accent. Nothing like this had ever happened in my life before and I had no idea what was going to happen next. I was so confused, worried and maybe even a bit scared. Maybe a bit how I’m feeling today after our election, only now I’m 69.

  18. Verna
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 5:53 pm · Link

    Thank you for your most poignant words. A very painful time in our history. And yes people pulled together.

  19. Barbara Roney
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 5:58 pm · Link

    I too was in HS when the announcement was made on the intercom. I had already seen some teachers crying including my classroom teacher (a male). We were also excused to go home early which I did. The feeling of having the wind knocked out of me was with me in my long walk home. The next week seemed as if a dream, but unfortunately it wasn’t. It was, sadly, very real. I had a crush on this young, handsome President with a cute accent. Nothing like this had ever happened in my life before and I had no idea what was going to happen next. I was so confused, worried and maybe even a bit scared. Maybe a bit how I’m feeling today after our election, only now I’m 69.

    Happy Thanksgiving Linda Lael Miller.

  20. Jan
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 5:59 pm · Link

    Wow! Altho I was young, I too, remember that day. Thanks for the reminder, and that no matter what happens if we pull together we will be strong and united.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Linda
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 6:13 pm · Link

    All though I was three and my sister was two then, my mom told us about it she said we were in the basement when it happened. We may have asked her when we were older.

    I remember where I was in 2001. I was at work, we heard about the first plane and then one of the girls had a small t.v. and we were watching and that’s when the other plane hit the other tower. Then we heard about the other two.

    I won’t forget that day and then when they put a ground stop to all air traffic it was so quite. We live where were in the take off and landing pattern for O’Hare airport.


  22. Dorothy
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 6:36 pm · Link

    I well remember that day, also. It was devastating to everyone.

  23. Lois Rotella
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 6:39 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Now I can’t wait to read your new Civil War series. I was 12 when President Kennedy died. We were told in school. We prayed for him and his family. All the mother’s and fathers were at the school when we got out. Everyone was in shock. You have a Happy Thanksgiving !!

  24. Melaine
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 6:56 pm · Link

    Like you, I remember hearing the news. I was at work and it was announced over the radio. I felt numb that something so senseless and tragic had happened.

    Welcome back, Linda, you’ve been missed. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Looking forward to more of your blogs.

  25. JoAnn Baker
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 7:11 pm · Link

    I was in class at Ellet high school when it came over in intercoms. So sad. We went as a family at Christmas that year to see family in California and stop to see where he was shot. I will never forget.
    Have a good week! :-P

  26. Diane Sallans
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 7:27 pm · Link

    I was 8 – after school was closed I remember going to church with my Mom – and I remember watching some things on TV (in balck & white of course). :cry:

  27. Linda L Sullivan
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 7:32 pm · Link

    Hello Linda, Good to hear you are back. Looking forward to you new series and “North of Eden”. I graduated in 1963 and married in 63. I remember when JFK got shot, very sad, My husband was stationed in the Air Force at Wichita Falls Texas, when he got shot, very sad day. Hope and your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving. God Bless.

  28. Gloria Herring
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 7:33 pm · Link

    I remember where I was…in a sewing room at JP Stevens’ in Clemson, SC. And, if that wasn’t bad enough for the president to get shot, my hundred year old great-great-uncle was sitting on his couch watching the news and fell over dead.

    I’ve missed you, but wasn’t worried this time, as I figured you’d get caught up and get back with us, sooner or later.

  29. Gloria Herring
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 7:35 pm · Link


  30. Virginia Horton
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 8:12 pm · Link

    I was in the third grade at the time and we were outside and was brought in. There were a lot of things going on at that time. Take care and will look forward to next week. We have missed you.

  31. Pat Parker
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 8:23 pm · Link

    So glad to have you back. And I remember where I was, too.

  32. Matt Alling
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Hi Linda…. Great to see your blog again! I know you are busy!!! Hope your Mom is better. Mom is doing well.. Considering ’91+’! Happy Thanksgiving to all at the Triple L !!!

  33. Judy
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 8:57 pm · Link

    Looking forward to reading your new book about the Civil War

  34. Lara Wager
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 9:11 pm · Link

    Glad you are back Miss Linda☺ Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. LookI guess forward to the new series.

  35. Tammy
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 9:12 pm · Link

    I am Canadian but I remember this day. I was three years old my mom was ironing and watching TV. I was playing on the living room floor, my mom started crying and I didn’t know why. She kept saying “Oh no the President has been shot. I just remember as a three year old not knowing what a President was or what ‘shot’ meant. A sad day in history.

    Glad your back Linda ~ I too thought somehow I had been dropped from the list.

      · November 22nd, 2016 at 9:12 pm · Link


  37. Leanna
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 9:17 pm · Link

    Glad you had a nice break. You deserve it! Looking forward to the next Carsons of Mustang creek.

  38. Mary Marcincin
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 10:08 pm · Link

    Welcome back!!!!

  39. Ann Bartholomew
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 10:09 pm · Link

    It is wonderful to have you ha k online with us again. North of Eden will be great because you are so dedicated to it. I’m ready to start my Christmas reading. Clay and Sawyer McKettrick will be at the top of the list. Have a good Thanksgiving. That’s my birthday too.

  40. Tammy O
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 11:23 pm · Link

    I was 5 yrs old when Kennedy was killed. I remember my Mom was dusting & all of a sudden she sat down & was crying! I asked her why? She said the president had been shot & killed! I remember it very clearly for only being 5 at the time! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  41. Roberta
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 11:28 pm · Link

    Welcome back , you were missed! Have a Happy Thanksgiving

  42. Janet Clark
      · November 22nd, 2016 at 11:45 pm · Link

    Good hearing from you….every one needs a break now and then.
    I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving….it will be a little quiet for us herein Coulee this year.
    I for one am looking forward to snow, altho we need to get thru this rainy period first!
    Enjoy your thanksgiving and
    Have a blessed day!

  43. Pamela Devereux
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 12:25 am · Link

    I was only 4 yrs old when this JFK was killed but I do remember my Mom standing in front room crying. She was just looking at our black & white tv. How could I understand the significance. My father came home from work and they just stood there hugging each other.

  44. Peggy
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 1:20 am · Link

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful tribute! Happy Thanksgiving!

  45. Teresa G
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 1:31 am · Link

    Thank you for sharing. I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

  46. Sally
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 2:10 am · Link

    Glad to see you back Sis…

  47. Rose Marie Moran
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 7:19 am · Link

    Hope you enjoy Thanksgiving.

  48. DONNA
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 9:14 am · Link

    Glad your back!!! I remember too. I was in the 5th grade. Have
    a beautiful Thanksgiving!

  49. Evelyn Dinunzio
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 9:26 am · Link

    Good to hear from you again. I had just began my career in Washington, DC when word came that the President had been shot. Such a numbing experience. I stood in line at the Rotunda and also was at Arlington Cemetery. I couldn’t/wouldn’t have stayed away. He was my PRESIDENT.

    Have a great Thanksgiving.

    • linda
        · November 23rd, 2016 at 8:24 pm · Link

      I am deeply moved by your account. Thank you.

  50. Evelyn Baldwin
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 9:43 am · Link

    I remember JFKs shooting too! I was in elementary school! I was shocked at a young age! My mom was always speaking kindly about him! We were released early too! My mom was crying upon me arriving home! Extremly sad time in America! Thank you for sharing! God Bless! Evelyn

  51. Marcia White
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 9:53 am · Link

    It is nice to have you back! I remember very well JFK’s assasination. I was at work that day.

  52. Lorraine Pitts
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 10:33 am · Link

    Beautiful post!!! I have missed you, happy to have you back!!!

    • Lorraine Pitts
        · November 23rd, 2016 at 10:40 am · Link

      By the way, I was walking home from school and passed a dentist office where a man was listening to his car radio and I heard President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. I ran the rest of the way home and asked my Mom if it was true and sadly she told me that he had passed away. So sad.

  53. Jessie R.
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 10:49 am · Link

    I was not alive that day, as I am only 20 right now, but my mom frequently speaks of what it had been like around the anniversary of his death. Ironically, she was born on the day of his election in 1960. She was only 2 or 3 when it happened, but she remembers a little bit about her own mother’s reaction. Crazy.

    Welcome back. You were definitely due a break and I’m glad you got to take one :) Hopefully it was relaxing. I didn’t know you were working on a civil war series. That is great! I can’t wait to read it! The Civil War was a very fascinating time in history and much more was going on behind the scenes than people realize.

  54. Janet
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 12:24 pm · Link

    I too was in high school that dreadful day in November 1963 (I graduated from Central Valley HS Spokane in 1964). Too much tragedy for our young minds to absorb…yet we endured and moved on with the rest of the world. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  55. Phyllis Layman
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 12:41 pm · Link

    welcome back Linda. missed you!

  56. Rhonda Dickinson
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 1:27 pm · Link

    I remember that day also. I was in 2nd grade when the announcement came across the intercom. Our teacher broke down in tears, something that scared us kids. I was young, but will never forget that.
    God bless you Linda and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  57. midge watkins
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 1:45 pm · Link

    I hope you had a good down time. I remember that time well.
    I just finished my soph. yr at WSU and was recovering from a
    car accident. My best friend was getting married that Sat. at the church at Gonzaga and we weren’t sure till that morning if
    they would let us go ahead with it. Such a sad day. I hope
    our land will heal and be one country again. Happy thanksgiving to you and all.

  58. Alison B.
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Welcome back!!! Can’t wait for your new book!

  59. Marilyn Fish
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 6:41 pm · Link

    I remember the day well. I was a freshman at San Jose State University. On my way to class, people were crying in the hallways. We had televisions in the classrooms so we were able to follow updates. As soon as we knew the President had died, the campus was closed. Sadness and unbelief followed for days….even longer for many of us.

  60. Marge Dominic
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 8:41 pm · Link

    I was around for all three dates. Too young to remember Pearl Harbor, but I remember the end of Camelot well. So so sad. Then Sept 11. Will it every end. I remember the last two dates well and exactly where I was.

    On a happy note: Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  61. Ruby Norwood
      · November 23rd, 2016 at 9:02 pm · Link

    So glad you are back Linda, and yes I was worried about you. I enjoyed the blog so much. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!

  62. Linda Beaudoin
      · November 24th, 2016 at 10:35 am · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  63. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · November 24th, 2016 at 3:34 pm · Link

    God, please bless America, again.

  64. judy
      · November 25th, 2016 at 1:09 pm · Link

    Was around for all of them, but was to young to remember WWll.

  65. Caryn Horn
      · November 29th, 2016 at 2:27 am · Link

    I too was in high school and yes, it was devastating. A time I’ll certainly never forget.

  66. Eugenia Riddick
      · December 1st, 2016 at 10:20 am · Link

    My mom told the story of how she and my grandmother cried that day.

  67. Donamae Kutska
      · December 12th, 2016 at 9:26 pm · Link

    Are you blogging?

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