#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


I TRIED to blog the whole time I was in California, and every day after that–and Word Press would not let me on the site.  Frustration city!  Evidently, somebody tried to hack this page, but for now, the problems have been dealt with.  YES!  (I have Jen and the IT people at Harlequin to thank for this–so THANK YOU.)  It really bothers me if I can’t blog.

The winery tour and party were both fantastic.  There are photos on Facebook–these shots will be the “Before” shots after I’ve reached goal in Weight Watchers, let me tell you–and except for the blog issue, it was a great trip.  Robin and Steve Black, the owners and founders of Uptick Vineyards, really know how to throw a shindig, and that’s for sure.  The food was wonderful, as, of course, was the wine.  Guests got to name a row of grapes–mine is #28, Cabernet if I’m not mistaken.  :)  I was tempted to make a pest of myself by calling the winemaster every other day to ask how “my” vines are doing–would he mind just going out to check on them?  :)  Kidding, of course. 

In addition to the Blacks, I got to see other cherished friends as well–Debbie and Wayne Macomber (Wayne wore a kilt to dinner and carried it off masterfully, though we teased him a lot about how we were going to drop things so he’d have to bend over.   :)  Hey, there was a lot of wine served at that dinner–something like eight different glasses, one for each ridiculously delicious course), Renae and Bill, two of my favorite people in the world, were there, too, along with Nancy and Mike Berland.  Nancy has been my personal publicist for YEARS, but we’re dear friends as well as business colleagues and it’s always good to see Mike.  Two couples from our band of outlaws were missing, though–Buck and Goldie Taylor and Bob and Lynn Massi–be there next time, please!  Goldie and I spent a good forty minutes on the phone on Friday night, when I had to stay in because I was under the weather, just a pair of country girls yammering on.  Buck, an actor as well as an accomplished artist, has done an original watercolor painting of Michael Landon, dressed as Little Joe Cartwright, at my request–pinto pony included.  I can hardly wait to hang it on my office wall–saving a space for it–and there will definitely be pictures on Facebook once it arrives.  Goldie wants to hand carry it, as it will cost the earth to insure the peace for shipment.  :)

We’re well into fall–next spring’s tulip bulbs are nestled away in their compost-enriched beds, where they will work their magic all winter and burst forth in splendor next year.  The pumpkin patch really produced, so we’re all set for jack-o-lanterns.

We’ll be notifying two contest winners today and announcing their names tomorrow.  On Monday, a new contest will begin.  Sorry about this week–with the blog problems, it just got lost in the shuffle.

My earphones finally arrived, so I can start my Italian language lessons.  Stay tuned.  :)

I’ve chosen my 2013 Scholarship winners and, trust me, it was hard to choose.  The winners will be announced very soon on my main website, and a new round will be awarded in 2014, so keep an eye out for the rules and regulations.

My rapid eye movement treatment had to be moved to next week–in addition to computer snafus, I was sick when I got home from CA. 

As hinted at above, I’m back in Weight Watchers–the only program that has ever really worked for me.  Since I promised not to bore you with the details, I’ll only note significant milestones on this blog.  :)  I will say that I feel skinnier after just one day, and I’m delighted to be moving in the right direction–especially with the holidays looming.

That’s it for today, my friends.  I may do some extra blogs, just to catch up.

30 comments to “Halle-freakin’-lujah!”

  1. Heidi Daum
      · October 24th, 2013 at 1:39 pm · Link

    Hey Linda-if you want a partner in crime on Weight Watchers, I would love to friend you. I just started! :wink:

  2. Gloria
      · October 24th, 2013 at 1:43 pm · Link

    Good luck on your WW plan. I’m glad you’re feeling better.

  3. Renae Kinsey
      · October 24th, 2013 at 1:44 pm · Link

    I just love your blogs!! I didn’t know you were
    Starting weight watchers! I need to too!
    The party was so fun! Love you and Jen!
    I’d love to help Goldie deliver your art….LOL!
    See you soon!!!!! Xoxoxo you’re amazing and incredibly

  4. Leanna
      · October 24th, 2013 at 1:55 pm · Link

    We missed your blogs!

  5. Maryjane Hoffman
      · October 24th, 2013 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Welcome home! Sounds like you really enjoyed and partied to the max!! Have you heard how you grape vines are doing. I enjoy reading Debbie’s books too and how awesome that you were able to get together too! Need pictures of her hubby Wayne in his kilt! That is awesome too about the painting of Michael Landon! I grew up in Audubon NJ and Michael was from the next town over Collingswood NJ. Loved him on Little House On The Prairie! Good Luck with Weight Watchers! That is one program that really does work. Enjoy your new headphones and learning Italian! Take care and hope you are feeling better!! Maryjane

  6. Diana E
      · October 24th, 2013 at 2:06 pm · Link

    Sounds like a wonderful trip, lots of fun. Sorry you got sick, hopefully your all better now. Computer problems can really be a pain, can’t they??? Welcome home and take care. Blessings

      · October 24th, 2013 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Well it sounded like you had a very fun trip. Sorry you got sick but glad you are feeling better. I like Debbie books also and the Cedar Cove show that was on TV this summer was good, glad it is coming back next year. I did missed your blog each day and glad you got the problem fixed. Take care

  8. Andrea Lammly
      · October 24th, 2013 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Welcome back! Sounds like the party was a blast! What did you name your row in the vineyard? Can’t wait to see the picture of “Little Joe” that Buck painted. Love Buck as an actor and I have seen other paintings of his that were beautiful. I was a huge fan of Gunsmoke and Bonanza. Michael Landon and Dan Blocker were my two favorite characters in Bonanza. Good luck to all of you on Weight Watchers. A good friend of mine has had much success this year. Happy fall everyone!

  9. Denise King
      · October 24th, 2013 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Glad you had such a wonderful time in California, tell Debbie M. I have all of hrher Cedar Cove series, love her work also. Sorry you’re not feeling to well, but@ least you waited till you got home :) fell better soon, your friend Denise

  10. Mary Goodman
      · October 24th, 2013 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Glad you had fun visiting the winerys and happy to see that your able to blog again

  11. Juanita Rice
      · October 24th, 2013 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Welcome home, Linda! And glad you got to spend some time with Debbie. Wayne’s kilt must surely been the talk of that evening. :)

    Now back to writing…right? ;)

    • Juanita Rice
        · October 24th, 2013 at 3:32 pm · Link

      …that should be HAVE been the talk…of course.

  12. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · October 24th, 2013 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Glad you are home safe and sound.

    Sounds like great fun to visit with friends.

    Get Well~ Deborah

  13. Betsy Nulton
      · October 24th, 2013 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Just wanted to let you know WW has some wonderful recipes on its website hubby (who does the cooking) and I have many favs.
    Good luck and thanks for the great reads!

  14. Ruby Norwood
      · October 24th, 2013 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Welcome home Linda, Sounds like you had a wonderful time and I love the part about Wayne wearing his Kilt to dinner. I think we all missed you while you were gone..

  15. judy
      · October 24th, 2013 at 5:06 pm · Link

    I enjoy your Bolg. Glad you had a good time in Calif. Will we are into fall, the leaves are turning. I like that.

  16. Sherry Wallace
      · October 24th, 2013 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Wow – what a wonderful trip! Wine, food & friends – what could be better? Well, maybe add some horses & riding, now that would be heaven! So sorry you came up sick, though :(. Too much fun, I guess

  17. Norma Stanforth
      · October 24th, 2013 at 5:58 pm · Link

    Linda, i glad you are back. Also glad you had a great trip and got to name a row of grapes. We miss you a lot. Good luck with your WW. Sorry you have been sick, but glad you are feeling a little better. God bless each and everyone and have a great weekend. :wink:
    As always your friend,

  18. Carol Malone
      · October 24th, 2013 at 7:45 pm · Link

    Glad you’re home again. Sorry you’re not feeling well. I know all about Weight Watchers having lost 104 pounds a few years ago, but then a nasty surgery left me unable to keep up my fitness routine.

    I just read Big Sky Wedding. I absolutely adore Brylee and Zane. Nobody does smooth country-cool better than you. Thank you.

  19. Connie Johnson
      · October 24th, 2013 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Welcome back, we miss you when you are gone.

  20. Jennifer L.
      · October 24th, 2013 at 8:46 pm · Link

    It’s great to see you back, Linda! You’ve definitely been missed.
    It sounds like you had a wonderful trip – good friends, delicious wine and food. Heaven! :)

    Good for you, starting on Weight Watchers. I’m on the D.I.E.T track myself right now.

    Take care of yourself and feel better soon!

  21. Emily
      · October 25th, 2013 at 3:05 pm · Link

    I am so glad to see you back on line. I was worried you had gotten sick again. :(

    Glad you had such a great time. Rest up this week-end and maybe you can go full force next week! :lol:

    Have a great week-end.

  22. Roberta Giordano
      · October 25th, 2013 at 5:04 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good time good luck with weight watchers, I have to say its brave of you to start when holiday season is almost here.

    • linda
        · October 28th, 2013 at 2:18 pm · Link

      The holiday season is a good time for me to start Weight Watchers, believe me. :)

  23. Lea Williams
      · October 25th, 2013 at 8:13 pm · Link

    Missed your blog. Knowing you live near by I think of you often. Glad you had fun and glad you are home. Blessings

  24. Charlene Green
      · October 25th, 2013 at 8:36 pm · Link

    :( I just finished reading your 2013 Christmas Book, “A Proposal for Christmas” and was terribly disappointed it was a reprint of one previously published – State Secrets. I know you are very busy but I just couldn’t believe you would do this to your reading public, who anxiously each of your new books. The other story with yours, Lindsay McKenna, “The Five Days of Christmas” was a real disappointment as well. Both of you are better authors than this. I would never believe I write this type of comment about either one of you. Sorry!

    • linda
        · October 28th, 2013 at 1:47 pm · Link

      I sincerely apologize–the fact is, I don’t have much control over what the publishers re-release. I would love to send you an autographed book as a gesture of my sincereity. Please send your address to llmfb@msn.com.

      • Charlene Green
          · October 28th, 2013 at 5:54 pm · Link

        I appreciate your response and now understand the situation. I have responded in a private e-mail with our local library’s address, where I had borrowed the book from to read. Perhaps your next new book release could be sent to them.

        You are still my favorite author of all authors.


        Charlene Green
        An Avid Reader :roll:

        • linda
            · October 28th, 2013 at 9:31 pm · Link

          Could you please resend the library info? Accidentally deleted. I’ll get the books out right away.

  25. Carolyn Lewis
      · November 25th, 2013 at 11:56 pm · Link

    Linda, I just got onto your blog, I love it, I* keep up with you through Theresa. She and Doug are such nice people, Your lucky to have him for a handyman.
    I read about your trip to Seattle, I would love to go there sometime, Getting too old,
    Love your books, keep up the good work.

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