#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Happy Monday

This week’s winners in our ongoing contest are: Gale Sroelov and Caryn Horn, both of whom will receive a signed copy of my latest book, “The Marriage Season”.  As always, a new round begins today–comment, and you’re in.  :)  Two NEW winners will be chosen at random, notified by Jen, and announced right here this coming Monday.

It was a quiet Fourth–blessedly quiet–here on the Triple L.  I read, walked the dog (repeatedly), pedalled industriously on my exercise bike to earn my 100% on my Activelink bracelet, and, yesterday, bestirred myself to visit the nail salon for a badly needed glamming up and, finally, the grocery store for COLD things to eat.  Watermelon, my beloved kale salad, the rest.  The Yorkie, Bernice, was mildly irritated with me for slipping out of the house without her, but, in the way of dogs, she forgave me quickly.  :)  Our barn walks were so hot that I draped a wet washcloth over Bernice’s little back to keep her from roasting.

Book to recommend: “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry”, by Fredrik Backman.  Mr. Backman is the author of another favorite of mine, “A Man Called Ove”, which was recommended to me by my sister, Sally.  The new story is magical, beautifully written–in short, I’ll be very surprised if it doesn’t become a mega-hit, feature-film phenomenon.  I enjoyed every word!


That’s the news for Monday.   

75 comments to “Happy Monday”

  1. theresa
      · July 6th, 2015 at 1:32 pm · Link

    thanks for the book recommendations. have a great week

  2. Leanna
      · July 6th, 2015 at 1:35 pm · Link

    I’m glad you make sure your Yorker doesn’t get over heated. I have to walk my dogs early in the day in the summer since I live in Texas. I have whippets and they are not as tolerate of the heat.

  3. Gale Sroelov
      · July 6th, 2015 at 1:42 pm · Link

    Yay, me…and Caryn, of course! Thank you and try to stay cool this week.

    • Caryn Horn
        · July 6th, 2015 at 7:26 pm · Link

      Congrats to you too Gale!! 8-O My first ever contest win and I’m so excited it was one of Lynda Lael Miller’s books. We share a state although the state separates us but I am forever thankful for this gift! And to think, all I needed to do was comment. Any of you trying but haven’t won anything yet? Hang in there. It does come eventually. I’m a life-long fan. 8)

      • Caryn Horn
          · July 6th, 2015 at 7:28 pm · Link

        Well darn. I’ll learn to read before submitting! LINDA!

  4. Gloria
      · July 6th, 2015 at 1:44 pm · Link

    Congratulations Gale Sroelov and Caryn Horn! Enjoy your books.

    I’m glad you had a good weekend, Linda.

    I wanted to tell you that on this date, 3 years ago, I “met” two of your Blogging Buddies, Hilda and Sam, and we’ve been friends from a distance ever since.

    If I hadn’t been reading your Blog, I’d never have met them, and had more friends to add to my “list”.

    I have been Blessed by each of them, and by you, so I can’t complain when I never win your Monday contest. I’ve already won through friendships.

    As I told them, the only thing better than old friends are new friends.

    Thank you, Linda for being you and being here for us.

    • Hilda
        · July 6th, 2015 at 2:20 pm · Link

      The same from me! Love you, Gloria! My thanks to Linda, too!

  5. Laurie Sullivan
      · July 6th, 2015 at 1:45 pm · Link


    It sounds hot there! Living in Texas for the past 7 months has been enlightening, weather wise. Since moving here they’ve ended their seven year long drought, and had the wettest winter they have ever remembered! You’re welcome Texas for me moving here and bringing Northern Illinois WET weather along with me! LOL! The summer has been a mild one so far I am told, so I’m just waiting for the 100 degree days! Humid they say?? Really! Fourty-five percent humidity is like a dry AZ desert to me! They consider it humid and muggy. They really don’t know what humidity is, do they?

    Keeping the dogs cool in the heat is tough. I am trying to teach my three to swim in the pool with me. It’s going slow. They hear me say the word “swim” and all three of them run! LOL! I have high hopes.

    Getting a new Foster pup in a week. Can’t wait to meet him. Let me know if you’re in the market for another rescue. He’s a 15 month old Papillon. I’ve been told he’s a real gem, trained quite a bit, so he should be an easy fit anywhere.

    Stay cool,

  6. Pam paterakis
      · July 6th, 2015 at 1:46 pm · Link

    Tried something different this week; a spinach smoothie with grapejuice. Was actually good. Had fresh fruit salad for the 4th and salad with mango.

  7. Ruby Norqood
      · July 6th, 2015 at 1:48 pm · Link

    Congrats to the new winners!! Thanks for recommending the book , i will have to check it out.

  8. Mary
      · July 6th, 2015 at 1:52 pm · Link

    A Man Called Ove was on my favorite books list last year. Will definitely add Backman’s new book to my TBR list.

  9. Melaine
      · July 6th, 2015 at 1:57 pm · Link

    Sounds like life is good for you right now Linda. Just the way it should be. Have a great week!

  10. Pat Parker
      · July 6th, 2015 at 1:58 pm · Link

    I miss my Activelink. I think I lost it working out in the yard. You would think that white plastic would stand out when I when I went out to look for it, but alas!

    I will have to buy another, although when I checked a couple weeks ago I found that they cost about $20 more than when I bought the first one.


  11. Rita Crofoot
      · July 6th, 2015 at 2:02 pm · Link

    Fredik Backman book sounds, interesting, I will check it out.
    I am almost done with Marriage Season, on CD, I am enjoying my quilting time even more with it.
    Thanks, another good read.

  12. Dixie Hadley
      · July 6th, 2015 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Enjoyed the book recommendations. Will have to check them out. The mother if a dear friend of mine wrote and published a book a few years ago,” Gratitude for Shoes”. It is also a very touching story about growing up in the Appalachian mountains . Check it out, I think you’d be blessed . have a good week

  13. Hilda
      · July 6th, 2015 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Linda, have you ever got a kiddie pool for Berniece? She’d love it! My friend in Arizona has one every year on the patio (covered area) for her Shih Tzu, Gidget. Watching that little girl splash and play and then get out and run around the yard and get all muddy is a HOOT!

  14. Ann Bartholomew
      · July 6th, 2015 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Hope you have cooler weather soon!

  15. Shirley Meyle
      · July 6th, 2015 at 3:06 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    We too had a great 4th. Had a nice cookout at my daughter’s new home with friends and family. Weather here was great and no rain for once. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. :-P

  16. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · July 6th, 2015 at 3:28 pm · Link

    Love to put your new book recommendations on my reading wish lists.

    We had a great Fourth. Celebrated at the Santa Fe Plaza.

  17. Linda Solcich
      · July 6th, 2015 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Thanks for the heads up on Fredrik Backman

  18. roz goodenough
      · July 6th, 2015 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Thanks Linda for making my Monday happy. I enjoy your posts as well as your reading recommendations. It’s supposed to hit 90 today in Michigan and I may have to water the plants if the mosquitos don’t carry me off! Take care of yourself & that cute little dog too.

  19. Jo-Ann Baker
      · July 6th, 2015 at 3:53 pm · Link

    Have a great week. Waiting for new book. Re reading some of the Big Sky books. Love them all! :roll:

  20. Susan Levan
      · July 6th, 2015 at 3:56 pm · Link

    Congratulations Gale Sroelov and Caryn Horn! Have a great week! Stay cool with all this heat

  21. Beverly Evanger
      · July 6th, 2015 at 3:58 pm · Link

    we spent the 4th at my son/family . it’s his 34th bday. funny thing he keeps getting older, but i stay the same lol

  22. Sharon S.
      · July 6th, 2015 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Our 4th was wonderful. We live in a 55+ gated community and have an annual parade of decorated golf carts, old cars and old ladies doing a drill team dance to patriotic music…my 81 y/o mother is one of them. I never miss one. the 4th is my favorite holiday and my aunt is visiting from Leavenworth, Kansas so we are having a great time.

  23. Nicole
      · July 6th, 2015 at 4:30 pm · Link

    My family got to spend the day at a little fun day the military put on for us here in the Netherlands were my husband is stationed. They had a great fireworks show that we really enjoyed.

    How do you pick your books to read? Friends suggestions or top sellers list or a different way?

    • Hilda
        · July 7th, 2015 at 2:05 am · Link

      Hi, Nikki.
      I have to ask, since I was born in the Netherlands: Where is your base, or what town do you live in? Do you like it there? I’ve been back for several visits over the years (I was 1.5 years old when we emigrated to the U.S.) and find my hometown and many other places very charming.


      • Hilda
          · July 7th, 2015 at 2:05 am · Link

        Sorry, I meant “Nichole”!

  24. Nikki Ward
      · July 6th, 2015 at 4:34 pm · Link

    Thanks for the book tips. Glad you had a good 4th.

  25. Noelle M.
      · July 6th, 2015 at 4:39 pm · Link

    I enjoy a good Kale salad, too! One of my favorite times to read is during lunch. It’s a great getaway during the workday.

  26. Kate Sparks
      · July 6th, 2015 at 4:40 pm · Link

    Thanks for this!!

  27. Lynn B
      · July 6th, 2015 at 4:41 pm · Link

    Quiet 4th here too … and I loved it!

  28. Lois Rotella
      · July 6th, 2015 at 4:41 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I hope you get cooler weather and some rain. It hard on people but animals can’t tell if they are to hot. I had to buy those cooling towels for myself. They may work for your little Bernice. I got mine at bed bath &beyond. Stay cool.

  29. Lisa Murray
      · July 6th, 2015 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Glad you had a restful 4th !

  30. melissa Mcentyre
      · July 6th, 2015 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Nice–love your giveaways :wink:

  31. Jan
      · July 6th, 2015 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Looking forward to reading your newest book. Your a fave.

  32. therese lopez
      · July 6th, 2015 at 5:07 pm · Link

    I’m reading The Marriage Season right now and I love it!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  33. Sally
      · July 6th, 2015 at 5:09 pm · Link

    Catty corner across the U.S. it’s not hot, but I’m glad to say it’s sunny!

  34. Monique Westwood
      · July 6th, 2015 at 5:16 pm · Link

    I love your books.

  35. Phyllis Schaefer
      · July 6th, 2015 at 5:31 pm · Link

    I enjoy your books very much and would love to win an autographed copy of Marriage Season.

  36. Lori Payer
      · July 6th, 2015 at 5:33 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners! Sounds very hot. We are always hot in our area during the summer, but this year we had to run the AC in March. I was not a happy camper. Thank you for the giveaway :)

  37. Paula Virtue
      · July 6th, 2015 at 5:47 pm · Link

    Happy Monday to you!

  38. lori richardson
      · July 6th, 2015 at 5:52 pm · Link

    Love your books!

    • Dixie Hadley
        · July 6th, 2015 at 6:02 pm · Link

      I had a friend named Lori Richardson that lived in South Bend ,Indiana. Would that happen to be you?
      Dixie Carter Hadley

  39. Nina
      · July 6th, 2015 at 5:58 pm · Link

    I just started reading the first book in the Big Sky series! Enjoying all of your books! Have a great week!

  40. Patti
      · July 6th, 2015 at 6:06 pm · Link

    I loved the book A Man Called Ove & bought the next book based on that. I am glad to hear you loved it. I will have to put it next on the To Read list.

  41. Crystal Carney
      · July 6th, 2015 at 6:10 pm · Link

    Love to read your books, can’t wait to get your latest ! Gld you had a good 4th of July !

  42. Norma Sterbenz
      · July 6th, 2015 at 6:14 pm · Link

    Thanks for the chance to win one of your great books! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  43. Deb
      · July 6th, 2015 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Watermelon and kale salad. Some of my faves, too. I hope the fire I heard sparked northwest of Spokane does not affect you. Take care,


  44. Dawn Jacobs
      · July 6th, 2015 at 6:47 pm · Link


  45. Darlene
      · July 6th, 2015 at 7:22 pm · Link

    Happy Monday to you!!! Thanks for the chance to win one of your wonderful books :)

  46. Sue K
      · July 6th, 2015 at 7:29 pm · Link

    You’re my fave romance author. You tell a great tale, and write so well. I have a whole “Linda Lael Miller” catergory on my Kindle. :wink:

  47. Traci Nelson
      · July 6th, 2015 at 7:40 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a nice relaxing holiday

  48. Heather Cooper
      · July 6th, 2015 at 7:46 pm · Link

    Love your books, have to get caught up being a mom of five, two with autism and a 14 month old baby I really need to get caught up on my reading

  49. Linda May
      · July 6th, 2015 at 7:52 pm · Link

    Love your books, would love a chance to win this. Thanks for all your awesome Giveaways.

  50. Debbie Underwood
      · July 6th, 2015 at 7:55 pm · Link

    Love your books!! Thanks for the chance to win one of your amazing books!!

  51. Meaux Hathaway
      · July 6th, 2015 at 7:58 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. I am losing weight also, Linda. There is a season for everything. Hope you are feeling more mobile and lighter with every bite. Hugs!

  52. DonnaC
      · July 6th, 2015 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners! Our Fourth wehad our son and daughter-in-law for the weekend. So much fun and laughter! Can’t wait for them to travel north again!

  53. Virginia H
      · July 6th, 2015 at 9:17 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners! Our neighborhood was pretty noisy the past few days with fireworks. I have spent the past two day pulling weeds around my husband fish pond so we can mulch it. I am worn out does pulling weeds count as excercise. I wouldn’t have done it but was tired of looking at the mess. He has let it go these past few years and it was in bad shape. I told him this is the last time I am doing this, it he can’t keep it up now I will get someone in here to tair it down.

  54. Roberta Giordano
      · July 6th, 2015 at 9:52 pm · Link

    Congratulations ladies ! Enjoy your books. Hope everyone has a great week !

  55. Cheryl
      · July 6th, 2015 at 11:25 pm · Link

    Happy Monday to all.

  56. Gloria Jenkins
      · July 7th, 2015 at 1:47 am · Link

    Congratulations ladies! Linda, I hope you have a great week.

  57. Dona Kutska
      · July 7th, 2015 at 3:27 am · Link

    My little dog doesn’t like being left behind,neither!

  58. Eriko
      · July 7th, 2015 at 9:21 am · Link

    Glad your 4th was a peaceful one! I look forward to reading your posts!

  59. diane wade
      · July 7th, 2015 at 9:31 am · Link

    I always look forward to your updates and new books.

  60. Jane G
      · July 7th, 2015 at 10:23 am · Link

    Thanks for the book recommendations. Glad your 4th was what you wanted. Mine was too.

  61. Sherry Wallacr
      · July 7th, 2015 at 1:43 pm · Link

    I have a big fan going in the barn for my horse on these awefully hot days here in the Deep South! She will stay in the darkest part of the barn to escape the flies during the day. Night is when she will graze the pasture. Impossible to enjoy a ride during our summers!

  62. Trudy Wilson
      · July 7th, 2015 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Glad you have a quiet Fourth. Love your books and eagerly wait for the new ones to come out!

  63. Joy S.
      · July 7th, 2015 at 7:52 pm · Link

    Recently finished reading The Marriage Season, really enjoyed it!

  64. Evelyn Baldwin
      · July 8th, 2015 at 9:53 am · Link

    Glad you had a nice 4th of July! Peaceful and quiet here! My pain has been aweful! Thank the Good Lord for getting me up everyday! Congratulations to the winners! What an outstanding prize you two have won! Thank you, Linda for your books and post! You are so gifted! God Bless!

  65. Rosemary Indra
      · July 8th, 2015 at 10:21 pm · Link

    I’ve always enjoyed your books.

  66. Christina
      · July 9th, 2015 at 11:55 am · Link

    Excellent trick with the wet cloth on the back. I’ll try that with my pup! Hope you get some rain. We’ve been getting much more than normal in NM and loving every second!

  67. Mary D Wornick
      · July 9th, 2015 at 12:24 pm · Link

    Hi all and its a pretty day out today. Makes you want to work in the yard………………
    I thought i would drop you a line or two just to say hi.
    Bye for now have a great day.

  68. Valdi M
      · July 12th, 2015 at 1:54 pm · Link

    Rereading on of your older books. It’s fun to see how much I remember of the plot from the last time I read it.

  69. Joan Lemme
      · July 15th, 2015 at 7:51 pm · Link

    Am still waiting for #3 of Mojo Sheepshanks. Please!

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