#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Home again, home again, jiggety jog

Well, my friends, the trip to Boonsboro, Maryland, and the fabled Turn the Page Book Store, was just plain magical.  Jenni and I flew out of Spokane early (very early) on Friday morning, stopping briefly in Salt Lake City before jetting on to a landing at Baltimore-Washington International–and it was remarkably easy, this journey, with not one hitch along the way.  We were exhausted on arrival, but after a meal at the Cracker Barrel, one of my favorites, we both rested comfortably at our modest hotel, setting out for Boonsboro in our rented orange extended cab pickup truck first thing in the morning.  The day was beautiful and so was the countryside–oak trees everywhere.  The temperature was high, but no one was complaining.  :)

Surrounded by all this beauty, sparkling streams and a sugar-bowl sky and every shade of green, I dreamed again of the project of my heart–a big, thick Civil War novel.  Maybe even several of them.  It will be a while before I can tackle this enterprise, but I’ve been doing research for a long time, getting ready.  Stay tuned–you’ll hear more about it right here on this blog.  The working title is NORTH OF EDEN, and if I have anything to say about it, the book will debut in hardcover.

But back to Turn the Page.  What a day!  The staff was amazing–and so was the line-up of authors, headed by the inimitable Nora Roberts, and including Maya Banks, Jennifer Armentrout, Shiloh Walker, Christine Trent, Stephanie Evanovich, and a gentleman whose name illudes me at the moment, but I will find it and give him proper mention.  (He was at the far end of the authors’ table and I never had a chance to hobnob.)  Maya, Shiloh, and Jennifer were close by, and getting to know them was a genuine pleasure.  Christine writes the Lady of Ashes mysteries, and I’m eager to delve into STOLEN REMAINS.  We didn’t get much of a chance to talk, due to the lovely crowds, ditto Stephanie, who was seated next to the sole male in our company and therefore out of shouting distance.  Stephanie, a niece of that other Evanovich we all know and love, is funny, I can tell you that much, and I’m definitely going to read her latest, BIG GIRL PANTIES.  You’ve gotta love a title like that!

See the Official Linda Lael Miller Facebook page for a photo of Nora and me.  (I’m the awe-stricken one.)

The big event (and trust me, it was BIG), originally scheduled to start at 12 noon and end at 2 pm, lasted until 6:30 instead.  Holy line-around-the-block, Batman–there were something like 500 people in attendance!  Nora and staff said the turn-out was unprecedented, and coming from them, that’s saying something.  As we all know, Nora can pack a house to the rafters, and, by the way, she’s the only person I’ve ever seen who can sign her name while fully engaged in a conversation.  :)  All of us signed books and signed books, posed for pictures, and chatted with smiling readers–I was blown away by their good-natured patience, after waiting for so long on such a hot day.

One reader, Sandra Pennese of Gettysburg, PA, who was on crutches and wearing a surgical boot, no less, brought me a gift–a beautiful hand-tooled leather bookmark she’d made herself (I’ll treasure it) and a coaster set with a Western theme.  The latter is proudly displayed in my living room as I write these words–thank you, Sandra.  Wow.  I’m still floating on the recollection of all the smiles and kind words that came my way–I’m revitalized and reinspired! 

I had originally planned to stay a few extra days and visited Washington, D.C., but alas, the writing schedule didn’t allow.  Sigh.  (Which is not to say I’m not thrilled to be back at my computer, because I definitely am.)

Now, for last week’s winners: they are, Paula L. Rollins and Jessica W.  Both will receive an autographed copy of THE MARRIAGE PACT.  What’s that?  You’re not Paula or Jessica, you say?  Well, no worries.  The new round begins today and, as always, you can enter simply by posting something in the comments section.  :)  One of these weeks, I’ll be announcing your name, so hang in there, pardners.

So, that’s the blog for today, my sweets.  Do or say something kind–or both.  You’ll make a big difference, whether you ever know it or not.  So, cast your bread upon the waters….

70 comments to “Home again, home again, jiggety jog”

  1. Jessica W
      · July 21st, 2014 at 1:52 pm · Link

    Oh my gosh!! Are you serious?!? I cannot believe I won!! I have every book of yours except an autographed copy! I’m literally jumping up and down!! Do I need to send someone my mailing address or will someone email me?! EEK!! You have made my whole day!! Thanks sooo much!!!

    • linda
        · July 21st, 2014 at 1:56 pm · Link

      You will hear from Super-Jen shortly, asking for your address. :) So glad you’re happy.

      • Jessica W
          · July 21st, 2014 at 2:06 pm · Link

        Sounds awesome! Thanks again! I’ll post a picture on your fb page when I receive it :)

  2. Juanita Rice
      · July 21st, 2014 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Welcome home! :)

  3. Virginia Horton
      · July 21st, 2014 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Oh Linda so glad you had such a wonderful trip. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I can’t wait to read you Civil War book, love books set in that time period. I know it will be quite sometime before it is out but I will be watching for it. My favorite book has always been GWTW and I still own a copy of it. It was the book that got me started reading. Next week I will be going in for a hip replacement so if I am off line you will know why.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · July 21st, 2014 at 8:25 pm · Link

      Virginia, will pray that your hip replacement goes well next week.
      God’s blessings and that he will be with you all the way, He is the best doctor and that he will be guiding your doctors hands. You will be missed.

    • linda
        · July 24th, 2014 at 7:58 pm · Link

      God be with you, my friend.

  4. Gloria
      · July 21st, 2014 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Paula L. Rollins and Jessica W. I can already see Jessica is excited. :-D

    Glad you’re back home and fit as a fiddle and raring to go, Linda.

    Have a good and Godly week ahead, and Happy writing.

    • Jessica W
        · July 21st, 2014 at 2:05 pm · Link

      Thanks Gloria! You have no idea how excited I am haha. I read the email and have been dancing around ever since :)

      • Gloria
          · July 21st, 2014 at 2:23 pm · Link

        I know how you feel, Jessica. If I knew how to dance, I’d have been dancing all over the place around last Christmas!

    • Gloria
        · July 21st, 2014 at 2:20 pm · Link

      I forgot to say that it is great about Norma’s D-I-L. I pray she is still doing better than expected.

      And, speaking of better-than-expected, I received some great news today. My cousin Jean’s son, David, that I mentioned back in January as being in a horrible wreck and wasn’t expected to live, well…it’s a fact that doctors aren’t God. They said he’d never walk, talk, eat, and a bunch of other stuff and wanted him to give permission to “pull the plug”. He and his family wouldn’t agree.

      Well, he is now sitting in a wheel chair, is off the repirator, although he’s still on Oxygen, can talk using a voice box, and he ate his first real food since January. And, if they can get him the right kind of wheel chair, he may be able to control it with the slight movement he now has in his right hand.

      Who said God wasn’t making anymore MIRACLES? Just look at your great nephew, Norma’s D-I-L, and David.

      How is Larry doing?

      Linda, do you know the difference in God and some doctors??? God doesn’t think He’s a doctor. Sorry, couldn’t resist. :lol:

      • Norma Stanforth
          · July 21st, 2014 at 8:44 pm · Link

        Thank you Gloria, for bring up about my daughter-in-law. I did not know about you cousin Jean’s son David is off of the respirator and in a wheel chair, praise the Lord. Yes God is the best doctor anyone could have.He is also taken care of little Gib, Linda, little nephew. Again that is so wonderful about David, praising God for all His glory.

        • Gloria
            · July 22nd, 2014 at 12:34 am · Link

          Thanks Norma! I pray you’re feeling better by now.

          • Hilda
              · July 23rd, 2014 at 4:21 pm · Link

            Gloria, that’s wonderful news about David! So glad for your friend and the whole family. God’s plan was perfect, as usual.

  5. Leanna
      · July 21st, 2014 at 1:59 pm · Link

    I am so jealous you got to meet Maya Banks and Mora Roberts.

  6. Goldie Hale
      · July 21st, 2014 at 2:00 pm · Link

    I hope you do write the Civil War stories. I love this type of story. I also love all your books.

  7. Carletta
      · July 21st, 2014 at 2:07 pm · Link

    It sounds like very pleasant and rewarding trip, and a down home cooked meal at a favorite place ” Cracker Barrel”! AHHHH

  8. Diana E.
      · July 21st, 2014 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you had such a wonderful time at the book signing. Sounds like it was busy but a lot of fun. Have a wonderful week. Blessings.

  9. Paula L Rollins
      · July 21st, 2014 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Oh my blessed stars….I was reading your letter and I saw my name…evidently the sound I made had my husband and son running to me thinking I was having a heart attack…Oh I love the Marriage Pack and to think I now have a signed copy….THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

    • Gloria
        · July 21st, 2014 at 2:28 pm · Link

      Paula, it sounds as if you’re as excited as Jessica. Enjoy your signed book.

    • Jessica W
        · July 21st, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Link

      Congrats Paula! I hope you enjoy your book!!

  10. Violette Ruffley
      · July 21st, 2014 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Delighted for you, as well as the other mentioned authors, that you enjoyed such a marvelous turn out for your book signing at Turn The Page Book Store. Isn’t it divine when people appreciate you?

    Mention Cracker Barrel and it’s their Hash Brown Potatoes that make my mouth water.

    Have a splendid week. Blessed be always.

  11. Sandra Barfield
      · July 21st, 2014 at 2:21 pm · Link

    I love to read you blog. Oh how I would have LOVED to have had the honor to be in that room with most of my favorite authors together!! Thanks for bringing a little joy and relaxation into life :)

  12. Dotty Weis
      · July 21st, 2014 at 2:22 pm · Link

    Loved the facebook photo of you and Nora Roberts. I love civil war books, especially “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara great book

  13. Laura Ann Harris
      · July 21st, 2014 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Hi Linda

    I am a history major so if you could write a series if books set during the Civil War, I would fall slap out!!!!!

    Glad your trip was great!

  14. Linda Holmes
      · July 21st, 2014 at 2:24 pm · Link

    I wish I could have been there. That really would have been cool meeting all of you. Besides reading your books I have also read some of Nora’s and I probably have read just as many of Maya’s books, as I have of yours.

    Linda H.

  15. Rita Crofoot
      · July 21st, 2014 at 3:37 pm · Link

    wow what a successful and awesome trip. I think it is funny that you are star struck.
    I read Big Girl Panties, and it is laugh out loud funny, but meaty also, Stephanie’s writing is great, I am planning to read everything she writes.
    Welcome home to Spokane.

  16. Donna VanSickle
      · July 21st, 2014 at 3:41 pm · Link

    I love reading your blog. It is so uplifting and positive. It really makes my day better.

  17. carole
      · July 21st, 2014 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Hi! glad you had a wonderful weekend with Nora Roberts and the other authors. I worked all weekend so today and Tuesday are my days off! Its been rainy so been doing a lot of reading! And visiting with my son and his girlfriend for he works out of town so on sunday we had dinner together. We all had fun!
    hope your week is a good one! Congrats to the 2 winners!

    • Jessica W
        · July 21st, 2014 at 4:46 pm · Link

      Thank you :)

  18. Norma Stanforth
      · July 21st, 2014 at 4:30 pm · Link

    Congratulations Paula Let Rollins and Jessica W. on your win.
    Linda, I am so glad you had a great trip, and had a lot of book signing. Sounds like you meet a lot of nice people. That was wonderful of Sandra making you a beautiful hand made leather bookmark and coasters. Those are treasure gifts
    I will look up the picture of you and Nora. Hope everyone has a wonderful week and God blessings.
    As always your friend,

    • Jessica W
        · July 21st, 2014 at 4:45 pm · Link

      Thanks so much!! :)

  19. CJ Vierow
      · July 21st, 2014 at 4:31 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time! It would have been wonderful to have been there. I read your books and Nora’s books, can’t say I have any of the other authors, but I’ll have to check them out. Hope all is well at the Triple L–are the fires close to you? Stay well.

  20. Marcy Collins
      · July 21st, 2014 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Linda I am so happy that the event in Maryland was spectacular & the fans were plentiful! I hope someday to be able to attend one of these events and experience meeting such awesome authors! I also like hearing about your project of the heart & know that it will be fantastic…hope the rest of your week is great!

  21. Lois Rotella
      · July 21st, 2014 at 5:01 pm · Link

    Oh Linda I saw the picture. Both you and Nora Roberts look great. I really wished I could have come but I do not drive.
    I did go to the opening of Michaels craft store close to my home. I was really fun.
    Civil War novel or books sounds great. That era is something I always thought of. Supposely my great grandfather fought as a young teenager.
    Glad you had a good time.

  22. Roberta Giordano
      · July 21st, 2014 at 5:05 pm · Link

    Glad you had such a wonderful trip ! Hope you have a fantastic week !

  23. Ann Bartholomew
      · July 21st, 2014 at 5:07 pm · Link

    So glad you had a good trip. I can hardly wait for a Civil War novel. I love period works – I guess that’s where the McKettricks come in – and the Civil War is one of my favorite time periods. Now I’ve talked myself into rereading all about Angus, his children, and grandchildren!

  24. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · July 21st, 2014 at 5:11 pm · Link

    What a great trip! And thank you for your wonderful descriptions of the goings on.

  25. marilyn hurst
      · July 21st, 2014 at 5:17 pm · Link

    It sounds like a wonderful place to visit and explore, I’ll be adding it to my list! Glad you had a wonderful time and the flight was good. Have a great week!

  26. Jodi Goodrich
      · July 21st, 2014 at 5:23 pm · Link

    Had a blast at the Turn the Page Book Signing – was in one of the last few groups to get my book signed that day – it was wonderful to finally meet you and to get your autograph on my book. I love reading your books and have them all – working on getting the in E-book form as they are released through B&N so I can take them with me when I travel!

  27. Karen S
      · July 21st, 2014 at 5:32 pm · Link

    I’m so glad that you had a great trip. It was a pleasure to get to speak with you and have you sign your books for me. Matthew Mainster was the gentleman author there. He writes older children novels/stories. There is so much history in this area, it would be great to have you write about it.

  28. Wendy Mathews
      · July 21st, 2014 at 5:54 pm · Link

    I’m so interested to hear of your desire to write a civil war novel. My brother, a former high school history teacher, has always had a passion for that battle. He is a very talented musician and often brought his guitar to class to share his music, songs written about various battles, that he had written. Back in the 80’s, it was the whatever year anniversary of the civil war & a song contest was held for a song commemorating that battle. Well, his song won, and if you can listen to it without shedding a tear… You can hear it if you go to YouTube and type “Road to Gettysburg” in the search box, produced by Camelot Productions. (I believe it says Camelotvision” underneath the song title). The song begins with cannon shots, so you’ll know it’s the right one. The video is scenes from the battle reinactment. Very moving, to say the least. I hope you enjoy it if you decide to check it out. His name is Dave Mathews (no, not THAT Dave Matthews!) blessings to you, Linda!

  29. Marilou
      · July 21st, 2014 at 5:57 pm · Link

    Really enjoy your books. My Mom turned 92 the 13th & about a year or so ago I brought her some of your books. She liked them so well, I had to find more :-)

  30. Terri Shortell
      · July 21st, 2014 at 6:06 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I’m so happy for you both. I’m glad you had such a great time at the book signing. I would have loved to have been there. So many of my favorite authors in one place. Your gifts you were given sound beautiful. Hope everyone has a great night. It’s really hot and humid here. Try to stay cool everyone. 8)

  31. Linda Wilson
      · July 21st, 2014 at 6:15 pm · Link

    I wish so much I could have gone, would love to meet all of you.

  32. Betty Hamilton
      · July 21st, 2014 at 6:21 pm · Link

    So glad that you enjoyed your trip. I have heard other authors ‘take’ on her book store and how much they enjoyed themselves. I’m glad you did too.

  33. Linda Lattin
      · July 21st, 2014 at 6:21 pm · Link

    Ms Miller, I am happy you had such a great time. I tried to email your asst. but I don’t know if it is going through. I wanted to thank you for the signed book, it meant a lot. I purchased a thank gift at Amazon and sent it to the return address on the envelope. It has been there since July 7th. I was taught that when a kindness is given it should be reciprocated. It is just a small statue of a horse. If you don’t want it that is ok, I just wanted you to know it is there.

    • linda
        · July 24th, 2014 at 8:05 pm · Link

      Oh, my goodness. I DO want your lovely gift. Sometimes I don’t see the post office box mail for a while–I’ll ask Jen to track it down.

    • linda
        · July 25th, 2014 at 1:05 pm · Link

      Lo and behold, Jen brought your BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING gift in this morning–I LOVE my mustang and he’s on top of my office bookshelf, in all his glory! THANK YOU.

  34. Gwenda Underwood
      · July 21st, 2014 at 6:54 pm · Link

    Glad your trip went well!!

  35. Ruby Norwood
      · July 21st, 2014 at 6:59 pm · Link

    Congrats. to Paula and Jessica hope you enjoy your signed book. Linda I saw your pic on FB with Nora it was a very good pic and sounds like you had a great time. I wish you guys would come to South Carolina and sign books.

  36. Fran Fee
      · July 21st, 2014 at 7:11 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    So glad you had a great time and saw lots of fans while your were in Boonesboro. I grew up with Janet Evanovich in South River, NJ. I even gave pics of one of the tea parties we had in her Aunt’s backyard. Her Mom and my Mom were our Brownie and Girl Scout leaders. I’ll have to look for her niece’s book. The title is sure catchy. Happy writing.

  37. Patti
      · July 21st, 2014 at 7:41 pm · Link

    I received a catalog today for The Great Courses. I think you have mentioned them so I will check it out. It sounds like a wonderful book signing. I am intrigued by your Civil War book. Blessings.

  38. Sara Resta
      · July 21st, 2014 at 8:09 pm · Link

    I love the description “a sugar bowl sky.” Sweet! How lovely that you had such a great trip and got to “hobnob” with your fellow wizards–er, writers. Thank you for sacrificing your planned D.C. trip for our reading pleasure.

  39. Michele B
      · July 21st, 2014 at 8:44 pm · Link

    Wow, an orange extended cab pickup truck? Who knew you could rent such a thing?

    I am very excited to hear about the possibility of a Civil War epic. Historical fiction is my fave type of reading. Have outlines for my own series, one book per generation. But alas, I always end up doing more research and less writing. I especially like the sociological perspectives that emerge in old diaries and journals of the time. I recently enjoyed Eliza Frances Andrews, “The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl”. From 1864-65, she recorded her journey through a battle-ravaged landscape.

    • Gloria
        · July 23rd, 2014 at 8:09 am · Link

      I was wondering about that, too, Michele. I guess, now-a-days, you can rent most anything, but was wondering if it was a special request rental.

  40. judy
      · July 21st, 2014 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Glad you enjoyed your trip East. Sound like you had a lot of fun.

  41. Diane Sallans
      · July 21st, 2014 at 9:38 pm · Link

    I’ve been wanting to get to Boonsboro since I read Nora’s series that is set there and found out the places really exist! Looking forward to more about your Civil War book.

  42. midge watkins
      · July 21st, 2014 at 10:39 pm · Link

    What a fabulous time you had! I’m so glad you went and got
    to meet all those people. I hope Stephanie Evanovich is as
    good as her Aunt. I usually have one of her cds in my car
    player. Looking forward to a Civil War novel from you. One
    of my favorite CW novels is “High Hearts” by Rita Mae Brown.
    Such research! Love to read your twist on the subject.
    I was just watching two 5 point mule deer in velvet in my back
    yard. So beautiful. Hope our part of the state can be untouched by the awful fires the middle of the state is having.
    Take care and glad to have you back.

  43. Alice Johnson
      · July 21st, 2014 at 11:45 pm · Link

    Loved reading about your trip to MD. I love that part of the country, probably since my wonderful husband was from MD ♥
    Loved the Marriage Pact & am anxiously waiting for the next one, but will admit, would love to read a Civil War book by you ;) My first Historical was “Corbins Fancy”… those books are all keepers!! :wink:

  44. Pamela Devereux
      · July 22nd, 2014 at 12:08 am · Link

    Glad you made it home safely. You met up with another of my favorite author, Nora Roberts. You were describing the beauty of the countryside you were riding through. I look forward to the day when we hear you’ve written the book you were describing. I’ve read books by Maya Banks & Shiloh Walker. Will have to check out the other authors. If Stephanie can write as well as the other Evanovich, I will definitely enjoy reading her.

    You are well liked by us, your loyal fans.

  45. Cricket McCloud
      · July 22nd, 2014 at 12:25 am · Link

    Glad to hear you’re writing a novel of the Civil War era. Can’t wait!!

  46. Patty
      · July 22nd, 2014 at 6:31 am · Link

    It was an honor to get to meet you…and I truly appreciate and adore my picture Taken with you….I shall cherish it always…I am glad you had such a good safe trip…

  47. gloria bare
      · July 22nd, 2014 at 9:26 am · Link

    It was one the highlights of my week, meeting you. You were exactly as I pictured you to be, very happy to of had a conversation with you, felt like I was talking with a close friend. Glad you had a safe flight here and back again. Nora’s husband told us that that was the largest turnout for a book signing ever. M daughter-in-law and one of my best friends enjoyed our day there. I personally love the town, just wish I could live there.

  48. Brenda I.
      · July 22nd, 2014 at 9:48 am · Link

    It’s good to hear that the trip to “Turn the Page” went so well. Maryland sounds like a great place to visit. I’m sure the readers were very excited to get the chance to communicate in person with some of their favorite authors. Do you think that you and Debbie Macomber and other authors in the northwest would get together for an autograph signing someday?

  49. Patrice
      · July 22nd, 2014 at 10:45 am · Link

    I have wanted to go to a book signing at Turn the Page for a long time! I have been aware of the bookstore for years but really got the urge to see the town when I heard about Nora renovating an Inn. TY for sharing your experiences. :)

  50. Joyce M.
      · July 22nd, 2014 at 11:02 am · Link

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

  51. Billiesue Sanders
      · July 22nd, 2014 at 2:34 pm · Link

    Someday I hope to meet you, Linda. I love your stories.
    We have had constant rain for the past week here in Knoxville, but today is mild and sunny. My grandchildren–ages 7 and 4 — we’re here last week and we had a fine old time.
    I appreciate you so much.


  52. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · July 23rd, 2014 at 12:28 pm · Link

    Thank you for blogging! It feels like I’m getting to know you for free! Blessings, Lorelei.

  53. Valdi McCoy
      · July 23rd, 2014 at 7:39 pm · Link

    Glad you had a great time. How could you miss.

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