#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Here I Go Again

Well, my friends, I’m back to the blog.  I haven’t been ill, just very busy with the book and my attempts to keep a bad cold at bay.  There were days when I seemed to be winning, and days when the cold was topping the scoreboard.  Today, I’d have to say it’s a draw.  :)

Winners who should have been announced but weren’t are: Carol Luciano and Marilou Frary.  Congratulations, and I apologize for the late post.  A new contest is underway now, and the rules are the same: two winners will be chosen at random, notified, and then posted–at some point–on this blog.  All you have to do to enter is comment.  I read your comments and I appreciate them very much–so, if you have questions, ask away, and I will answer as many as I can either directly or here on the site.  One of you asked if there would be more Mojo books; I get this question a lot, (also about my vampire books and two medieval romances) and the answer is going to seem pretty convoluted because, basically, I don’t know.  I would love to write more about Mojo, but the fact is, the sales of those books were considerably lower than those of my westerns and, from the publisher’s standpoint, that’s a problem, one I well understand.  Publishing is, after all, a business and, well, it makes sense to bet on the horse with the best chance of winning.  Lots of these decisions are not made by the author, but by the people who oversee the company’s bottomline, and I don’t say that as a criticism, because my team at Harlequin/Mira/Harper Collins has been wonderful to me.  They have a much better grasp on the market place than I do, and that’s fine with me–my job is to write the books, although it must be said that succeeding in today’s version of publishing requires a lot of participation on the part of the authors.  I love that part, because it allows me to interact with my readers, as I do on this blog, on Facebook, etc.  

On this winter day, we are enjoying the most glorious sunshine.  This is the Spokane of my youth–snow on the ground, and the sun on the ‘high’ setting.  Mowgli and Tule, my beloved little former street-dogs, are at the groomer today, getting handsome.  Even such a short parting is difficult for me–I miss my bad boys!  I will try to get photos posted here, but there will be some on Facebook for sure.

I had a nice time yesterday, FaceTiming with Wendy and Jeremy and, of course, my grand-dogs, Margie and Lily.  I also have a grand-cat, Cooper, but she was not receiving.  :)  It was so much fun being able to show the dogs to each other–my boys were so curious.  Here was Sissy’s face, and Sissy’s voice, but where, Tule and Mowg wanted to know, was Sissy herself?  Naturally, I miss them all, but FaceTime is a marvelous invention, in my opinion, because it’s so nice to be able to see faces.  I can show off my bullet journals, etc., but the best part is feeling closer to my loved ones.  It’s almost as good as having them right here at the house.

I have very nearly completed “North of Eden”, and I am so amazed and happy.  The word count is over 130,000 words, so it ought to make for a nice long visit with the characters.  I have always loved thick, meaty novels–in the old days, I devoured stacks of Taylor Caldwell, Dorothy Dunnett, and Mary Stewart books, to name just a few.  These days, everything seems to move at such a fast clip that one never has enough time to settle in for a lengthy read, and I miss that.  If it weren’t for audiobooks, I would miss so much, simply because my eyes are tired by the end of a writing day.  Now, I can listen to fat biographies, a favorite genre.  I’ve covered Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant in recent months, and they are only the latest in a long line.  I loved all of David McCullough’s books, especially “Truman” and “1776”, and I just finished one about Wallis Simpson, aptly titled “That Woman”, by Anne Sebba.  Some of you will remember the story, though even I wasn’t born when it happened.  :)  The Duke of Windsor had an American mistress, you see, and he was next in line for the English throne when his father, the current king, passed away.  He insisted upon marrying her, which was all very romantic, except that Mrs. Simpson had already had two husbands, and in the 1930s, the idea of a king marrying a twice divorced commoner was not going to fly.  The Duke fought fiercely–pardon me, but the man seemed badly in need of medications other than alcohol–but the British would not give in.  Therefore, the Duke abdicated his throne before he could be crowned, and his brother, Bertie, father of the present Queen, Elisabeth II, became king.  It was a sad, fascinating story.  Ah, the Royals.  They are an intriguing bunch, especially to Americans, I think, because we have no royalty of our own.  (Thank God.)  

Which reminds me.  While I’m rambling all over the place, I must tell you of the time I saw Princess Diana, live and in the flesh, when I was living in London.  I had a flat directly behind Harrod’s, at 19 Hans Place, and one fine day I was walking to the post office.  I was passing Harrod’s and I spotted a line of official looking people in front of a swanky custom-made lingerie shop, very British, darling, and one of them was holding a huge bouquet of flowers.  There was a uniformed guard at the door, no less.  I had no idea what was going on, but it was clear that something was, so I stopped on the other side of the street and watched.  I was soon rewarded; a little navy blue BMW whipped up to the curb, the greeters were all smiles, and the Princess herself popped out from behind the wheel.  No escorts, no guards, no chauffeurs.  She was on her own, wearing a London Fog raincoat the same color as her car.  She was presented with the flowers and warmly welcomed–I remember the shop’s name now, it was Rigby & Peller.  She went into the store, evidently to be fitted for new skivvies, and let me tell you, she was every inch a princess!  Forget all that wild-eyed neurotic stuff you might have read–she was tall and impossibly beautiful and I swear the woman glowed, even when she was standing at the very back of the small shop.  I forgot all about the post office, hurried to the nearest Boots, the ubiquitous English drug store, and bought a disposable camera.  (This was long before iPhone cameras).  She was still inside when I returned–phew!–and I got a nice photo of Diana as she was getting back into her Beamer.  :)  Later, I learned that she lived at Kensington Palace, which was quite close to Knightsbridge, where I was staying.  Several taxi drivers told me they were always extra careful in the area of Kensington, because the Princess was liable to come zipping out of one of the gates at any given moment, at top speed.  To this day, I miss her.

So that’s today’s Linda-ramble.  :)  Now that the book is nearly finished, I will be blogging more often.  Thanks for hanging in there.

61 comments to “Here I Go Again”

  1. judy (jep)
      · February 28th, 2017 at 3:40 pm · Link

    It is always fun to read what you are doing. I agree Skype/Facetime is wonderful. We have a military son who we only see once a year or so and to be able to see his dear face is super special. And, like you I miss Princess Diana still. Happy for you that the writing is going well. Looking forward to reading your North of Eden.

  2. pat Dennis
      · February 28th, 2017 at 3:41 pm · Link

    You are so lucky to have seen Princess Di!. My goal in life is to see Jeff Gordon (Nascar driver, commentator, good-looking devil) before I die!!!
    Isn’t FaceTime wonderful?

  3. Doris M. Ellis
      · February 28th, 2017 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Do enjoy reading your blog; Princess Diana was beautiful and really did a great job raising her sons.. For local news; it pour rain all day yesterday and into the night…it was cold enough to snow on our mountains; beautiful and lots on our Palm Springs Tram…Glad that you are feeling better…

  4. Hillary Harshbarger
      · February 28th, 2017 at 3:43 pm · Link

    So cool you lived in London and saw Princess Di!!!

  5. Susan Craig
      · February 28th, 2017 at 3:47 pm · Link

    I like the westerns very much. I never read the others – I will have to look for them.

  6. DONNA
      · February 28th, 2017 at 3:47 pm · Link

    Your blogs are so interesting to read. I hope you are feeling better

  7. Virginia Horton
      · February 28th, 2017 at 3:51 pm · Link

    I love the western books myself, so stick to them. I am reading a Civil War book right now set in Kentucky and really enjoying it. It is called The Return of the Freedon Theif by Mikki Sadil. I guess I really enjoy it because it is set in Kentucky and that is where I live.

  8. Ruby Norwood
      · February 28th, 2017 at 3:53 pm · Link

    Wow, That was a great blog Linda!! I’m like you on that face timing, my granddaughter is off at college so we do that quite often. You are so right about princess Diana, I cried like a baby when she got killed, and your western books are the best that I have ever read. Congrats to Carol and Marilou on your win!!

  9. Linda
      · February 28th, 2017 at 3:54 pm · Link

    Welcome your always interesting blog today.

    I see you and I have read some of the same authors over the years even though I am quite older than you are.

    Can’t wait for East of Eden. Am looking for a couple of your much older ones that I am ready to read again. My bookstore carries a great variety of your books. Also Robyn Carrs, have missed a couple of hers altogether it seems.

    Hope you are feeling better now.

  10. Beverly Wiley
      · February 28th, 2017 at 3:58 pm · Link

    I also love the Royal family! I will check out the book “That Woman”. Wallis Simpson intrigues me! And so jealous you saw Princess Di! I was so sad when she died. She was a beautiful woman.

  11. Lois Rotella
      · February 28th, 2017 at 3:58 pm · Link

    Boy that is some story. I can see you running to get a camera and taking the picture. I have some exciting news myself. Yesterday Feb 27th my great niece became a mom for the first time. She had a little boy by the name of Dominic James. I am so happy for her and her husband.

  12. Renae Kinsey
      · February 28th, 2017 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Im sorry your battling a cold. I can’t wait to read North of Eden. I felt the same way about Princess Diana. She was in my opinion, beautiful and she glowed!!! I was with the world in shock when she passed. I know you’ve been working hard and I hope you can have a visit with Wendy and Jeremy soon. Much love!!!!

  13. Edna Dutra
      · February 28th, 2017 at 4:04 pm · Link

    I liked Mojo, too. Didn’t read her until she came out the second time, but was glad I found her.
    I was alive during that mess with Edward and Wallace Simpson, even though I was pretty young. George made a much better king!!!!
    Looking forward to Always a Hero!

  14. Pamela Devereux
      · February 28th, 2017 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Skype is nice but Facetime is so much better. I get to see my kids when I talk to them. It is like they are here with me. Same with my brothers in Florida.

    I haven’t read a good long book in a while. I am looking forward to reading yours when it comes out.

    Stay warm and healthy!

  15. Teresa Fordice
      · February 28th, 2017 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Such an awesome memory to have of Diana!! How I wonder the difference in our world if she was still alive!!

  16. Melaine
      · February 28th, 2017 at 4:46 pm · Link

    It’s always good to read your blogs, Linda, even if they are a bit late. As for your books, my favorite are your western, both present day and those set in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. As a true native of Seattle, and now a transport of southern Arizona, I especially like your books set in those areas.

    Have a great week!

  17. Patricia Drennen
      · February 28th, 2017 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Memories are so wonderful.Something to reflect on.Can’t wait for your next book.I really get caught up in them and hate to put it down.Get better soon. Pat Drennen from Texas

  18. Leanna
      · February 28th, 2017 at 5:05 pm · Link

    Writing your book has a higher priority. Looking forward to reading it.

  19. Lynn Hogan
      · February 28th, 2017 at 5:22 pm · Link

    How exciting!! I’ve always had a fondness for that princess…such a sad state…

  20. Joyce Thomas
      · February 28th, 2017 at 5:30 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the new book! Love your characters. They are always so real I can picture them while I’m reading.

  21. Donamae
      · February 28th, 2017 at 6:16 pm · Link

    I’m waiting for your book it’s worth the wait. Glad it’s long!

  22. Sue K
      · February 28th, 2017 at 6:17 pm · Link

    So nice to read a “personal” note from one of my very favorite authors. I so enjoy your writing style. I’ve reread a number of your books… That’s a sign of a good read, trust me.

  23. Fran Sills
      · February 28th, 2017 at 6:18 pm · Link

    I’m new to reading your blog. I love all the western books. I can’t read them fast enough.

  24. Janie K
      · February 28th, 2017 at 6:26 pm · Link

    Great story about Princess Diana, a wonderful memory. Looking forward to the new book. I so enjoy your western books, just really admire cowboys and their families. I’ve recently read some books that involved ex-vets suffering with PTSD and ranchers in Wyoming and Montana who were involved in their recovery. I hope there’s really such stuff going on. Hope your cold stays away. We enjoyed having Skype when our youngest son was in Japan and China for 5 years.

  25. Carol Luciano
      · February 28th, 2017 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Thank you Linda for sharing with us. Your posts are always so interesting. How wonderful to have that memory of Diana. She has 2 wonderful sons. Hope you kick that cold. The weather here in NJ is crazy. From the 30’s to the 60’s They say 70’s tomorrow. We’ll see.
    Carol L

    • Carol Luciano
        · February 28th, 2017 at 6:35 pm · Link

      So sorry, Thank you for the win and congrats to Marylou. :-D

      • Marilou Frary
          · March 4th, 2017 at 10:37 am · Link

        Thanks Carol, & congrats to you.

  26. Harriet Vick
      · February 28th, 2017 at 6:38 pm · Link

    Hello, Linda! So good to hear about what you’ve been up to! Can’t wait for your new books to come out!
    I have been trying to reach you but no longer have your email. Would you email me when you have the chance? I have something for you and would like to get it mailed ! You will love it!

  27. Connie
      · February 28th, 2017 at 6:51 pm · Link

    Linda, I love catching up with one of my favorites. Looking forward to the next Carson book this month! Connie

  28. Gloria Herring
      · February 28th, 2017 at 7:01 pm · Link

    CONGRATULATIONS to Carol Luciano and Marilou Frary. Enjoy!

    Princess Di was one of my favorite people, although I sure didn’t know her. I’m glad you got to see her.

    Have a great rest of the week, Linda!

    • Gloria Herring
        · February 28th, 2017 at 7:04 pm · Link

      I forgot to say…I have a large picture of when Queen Elizabeth was going into some building to be crowned. But, alas, alas, it is rat gnawed and wrinkled. I knew the photographer who took the picture.

  29. Zina
      · February 28th, 2017 at 7:06 pm · Link

    I feel your pain. I have been battling an ear infection, now severe ear pain and jaw ache. Today I’m losing the war and ready to pull my molars out. Love your books. Hope your cold gets the hint and leaves town

  30. Pamela Mitschke
      · February 28th, 2017 at 7:11 pm · Link

    I would’ve love to see Princess Do, she was so beautiful inside & put. The first book I read of yours was “Pirates” & would love more like this one. Even my husband liked that book!:) :)

  31. Tammy O
      · February 28th, 2017 at 7:19 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, how nice you got to “see” your family. What a wonderful experience & memory of Lady Di! Love your books & I am a big fan of long books! The characters have more time to develop. Can’t wait! Hope your feeling better soon.

  32. Betty Bradford
      · February 28th, 2017 at 7:49 pm · Link

    Love your books and can’t wait for the lengthy one you teased us with! Thanks for the glimpse of the royals too.

  33. Sandra HARRISON
      · February 28th, 2017 at 7:53 pm · Link

    Love your books – especially your Westerns. I look forward to your blogs, and I hope you feel better soon.

  34. Evelyn Day
      · February 28th, 2017 at 8:02 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I love reading your blog, hope you get to feeling better soon, I have been reading you for a while and I think you are the best western romance writer ever! Looking forward to your new books!!!

  35. Susan Lee
      · February 28th, 2017 at 8:07 pm · Link

    thank you for sharing the Diana sighting. Your description made it come alive. I am an inveterate royal watcher though I have had no up close and personal experiences. I avidly devour anything to do with Will, Kate and their two darlings. I love the photo of Prince George meeting President Obama on their trip to England near the end of the presidency.

  36. Eriko
      · February 28th, 2017 at 8:52 pm · Link

    Thank you for your post! You always find a positive light on everything!

  37. Roberta Giordano
      · February 28th, 2017 at 8:55 pm · Link

    So glad to have you back. I too love your westerns so please keep them coming. I too love Princess Di so thank you for sharing your story.

  38. Jo Ann Holcomb
      · February 28th, 2017 at 9:55 pm · Link

    Loved today’s blog with the interesting stories. How great it had to be at that time in your life & a wonderful memory. By the end of this week it’s suppose to be in the early 70’s which should be nice. Hoping your cold will shift to the “be gone” side. Have a great week. best, Jo Ann

  39. julie Watson
      · February 28th, 2017 at 10:00 pm · Link

    Loved your story about seeing Princess Di. She was indeed an enchanting figure. One of the highlights of my life was covering a visit of the then newly wed royal couple to my home province, Prince Edward Island in Canada. I was Lifestyles Editor at our provincial newspaper and my son, then just 16, was the weekend photographer. We got to cover a 3 day royal visit together. It was a magical experience for a Mom and son! We went on to cover other royal visits before we both moved on to other jobs. I was also invited to a reception for William and Kate a couple of years back (it was a reward for volunteers) and I must say I felt similar magic with them. Three caring individuals who bring something special to those they meet.

  40. Jan
      · February 28th, 2017 at 10:32 pm · Link

    Enjoyed reading your blog today! Have a wonderful week.

  41. Louise McCourt
      · February 28th, 2017 at 10:44 pm · Link

    Looking forward to a new book. But all of your books are great rereads so I am never out of something to read…thanks

  42. Donna Harris
      · February 28th, 2017 at 11:18 pm · Link

    What they tell me is plenty of rest and fluids to get rid of the cold. I’ve been battling my off and on for a month now.
    I haven’t met anyone famous like Princess Diana how cool is that. I did go to a concert once and listened to The Beach Boys and the first time John Stamos played with them.

  43. Charlotte Litton
      · March 1st, 2017 at 12:24 am · Link

    I’ve been really lucky, I haven’t got a cold this year. Hope you feel better soon.

  44. Caryn Horn
      · March 1st, 2017 at 12:43 am · Link

    Hi Linda! I’m glad you’re having some sunshine over there, and hoping all your snow is gone (and the passes too) by the time I come over in May. I’m also glad your book is almost complete. While I’m sure you’ll be happy to move on, you’ll be missing those characters like crazy, kind of like losing family! Have a great weekend and stay warm!!

  45. Teresa W
      · March 1st, 2017 at 2:46 am · Link

    Feel better soon, Linda!

    There are a number of “gifted individuals” gone way too soon for my liking. Folks like The Duke, “Marshall Dillon”,
    JFK jr, Dale Earnhardt, Joey Feek, Ty Possebon(srry for spelling there), Karen Carpenter, just to name a few that so mightily affected my journey in this life in one way or another.

  46. Gloria Jenkins
      · March 1st, 2017 at 3:46 am · Link

    Hi Linda, I hope you are feeling well. As always I love reading your Blogs. Here in Northern Virginia we are having unusually warm weather.
    Flowers are coming up, tree’s are budding. I would’ve liked having a good snow fall. Who knows…we might get one before March is over.
    I remember one Easter when I was a child my mother made my sister and I beautiful dress, we had new shoes, white gloves. We were so excited to ware out new outfits to church only we wore them alright but not to church you see we woke up to snow. My brothers were happy because they really did not want to go to church like every other Sunday.
    Linda I was wondering when one of your books comes out a reissue does your publisher pick the Authors for 2 in 1 book or do you have a say in which author you would like? Good bye for now.

  47. Donna Morrow
      · March 1st, 2017 at 7:06 am · Link

    Amazing books. I’ve read all of them and patiently waiting for the next. I was so drawn in reading about the Creeds and the family of McKettricks. The tough hard working generations. That put family over all else. Standing together, side by side.
    Thank you for many hours or knowledge & entertainment.
    Be well and enjoy all those family moments.

  48. Donna Morrow
      · March 1st, 2017 at 7:08 am · Link

    Amazing books. I’ve read all of them and patiently waiting for the next. I was so drawn in reading about the Creeds and the family of McKettricks. The tough hard working generations. That put family over all else. Standing together, side by side.
    Thank you for many hours or knowledge & entertainment.

  49. Ann Bartholomew
      · March 1st, 2017 at 8:45 am · Link

    Love your rambles!!

  50. Elaine Key
      · March 1st, 2017 at 11:38 am · Link

    I don’t understand why the sales on the Mojo books are low. They are just as wonderful as your other books.

    You are truly fortunate to have seen Princess Diana. She was indeed a true Lady. It was so sad the way Prince Charles treated her. She was so in love with her Prince and he was just using her. She led a sad life and when she finally found some happiness, her life was taken from her. She did love her boys and I know she would be so proud of them. Can’t you just imagine how she would have spoiled those two grandchildren?

    I have always been so fascinated by the life of the Royals. I love reading about them and watching movies about them.

    We haven’t had a winter. Because of the warm weather, the bugs are going to be awful this summer.

    Glad you are about to finish your book. I will be glad when it’s in the stores.

  51. Diana E.
      · March 1st, 2017 at 4:12 pm · Link

    Really enjoyed you’re blog again today, Linda. You always have much to entertain us with. Sorry to hear you’ve been fighting that cold, seems like they take so long to get over.
    I too enjoyed those big thick books of my younger years. I think I miss putting them down and coming back to them. Now I’ll read a paperback in one setting and stay up half the night to do so! Hope you feel better soon. Blessings.

  52. Judith Cooper
      · March 1st, 2017 at 4:36 pm · Link

    I always enjoy your post, it is always interesting. As you are an excellent author anything you write is great, but, I do enjoy your books on cowboys. I do love the cowboys. LOL. Take care of yourself and your babies and keep writing, please.

  53. Ida C.
      · March 1st, 2017 at 9:53 pm · Link

    So nice to find your blog in my mail but it took me a bit to get to reading it. Wasn’t London a lovely place to either visit or live in for a while? I was there for 3 mos in the early 60’s and loved seeing all the sites. Wonderful for you to actually see Princess Diana. Feel better soon. :-|

  54. Janet Hurt
      · March 2nd, 2017 at 1:13 am · Link

    It is always good to read your ramblings. I tend to do that a bit myself :) I ask again….have any of your books been made into a movie? Have a great day my friend! Jan

  55. Linda Beaudoin
      · March 3rd, 2017 at 9:52 am · Link

    Can’t wait for your next book to come out. I hope that sometime in the future your publishers rethink their decision about your Mojo books. I love all your books, but your two Mojo books are among my favorite.

  56. Marilou Frary
      · March 4th, 2017 at 10:39 am · Link

    Thanks for the book Linda. Can’t wait to read it!

  57. Sharon Sovereign
      · March 6th, 2017 at 2:49 am · Link

    Interesting story about Princess Diana. Good luck on your new book.

  58. Claudia Lundean
      · March 24th, 2017 at 11:50 pm · Link

    Hi Linda ~ I just picked up your new book last night & am looking so forward to starting it tonight! I live in Spokane too & love living here but am really ready for sunshine & warm weather! Hope your feeling better. :0)
    Claudia :-P

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