#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

If at first you don’t win a signed book….

Try, try again.  :)  There will be a new giveaway every week, beginning on Monday, ending on Friday.

This week’s winners are Sandra S. and Mary Adams.  Sandra and Mary, there have been some glitches with Jenni’s computer.  If you have sent your snail mail info, please send it again to llmfb@msn.com.  Soon as we have your addresses, your books will go out.

I’m loving this crisp fall weather, even when the sky is overcast.  The garden is fading away slowly, though there are still tomatoes, squash (always squash), and plenty of zinnias and daisies.  The corn stalks are preparing to serve as decorations outside the front door, and the sunflowers are nearly gone.  The whole process fascinates me–we live in a magical world, don’t we?  So many perfect cycles, so many mysteries!

And I do love me a good mystery, so I’m still holding off on finishing up “W is for Wasted”–I’m reading Rob Bell’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About God”, and loving it.  I first spotted the title in the latest issue of “O” magazine, where Oprah raved.  When Oprah raves, I read–most of the time, anyway.  (Some of her stuff is just too depressing for me, and she seems to have a real aversion to happy endings.)  She’s right about this one, though, folks–it’s a winner–lots of scientific stuff in the beginning, but clearly explained, and Bell has a great sense of humor.  (Having described how many skin cells the average body sheds in a single day, the author added dryly, “Feel free to vacuum more.”  I have passed this tidbit on to Mary Ann, who does most of that sort of stuff.  :)  She just rolled her eyes.)

The art experiments continue–happily, we have a new part-time ranch hand, Kat–and she’s an organizational wiz.  I’ve actually got surfaces downstairs, in the the craft room, and I’m officially out of the running for an LLM segment on “Hoarders: Buried Alive”.  :)  Hoo-ha!!! (Picture me pumping a fist in the air.)

I can’t stand to watch that particular show, actually.  The lady with the stagnate water and a whole lot of dead fish in her acquarium did me in.  :)  I can only stand so much reality at once–and there’s no shortage of the stuff as far as I can tell.

As for the “real” housewives of wherever, don’t get me started.   Some people have no dignity at all. 

The programs I do like include: “Celebrity Ghost Stories”, “Long Island Medium” and “My Ghost Story, Caught on Tape”.  I don’t watch a lot of television–I get bored sitting still, per my rampant ADD–but on weekends I like to have QVC or the ID Channel playing while I do about ten other things.  :)  Since they sell a lot of gadgets on QVC, and I LOVE gadgets, the UPS person stops by often.  As for the ID Channel, well, some of the crime shows on that network are grisly enough to make me rethink the whole stinky acquarium thing.  “Deadly This” and “Deadly That”–good heavens.  I’m rapidly approaching crime-show overload. 

I plan to cook this weekend, do some art, read a bit and, perhaps, shop for groceries.

This, my friends, is the exciting life of a writer.  :)

Be blessed, be strong, be brave and always, always…

Be kind.

26 comments to “If at first you don’t win a signed book….”

  1. Shirley Meyle
      · September 27th, 2013 at 12:54 pm · Link

    Sounds like your yard is pretty this time of year. Hope you’re watching your friends’ show Cedar Cove too. It’s pretty good but not much like the books.

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · September 27th, 2013 at 1:04 pm · Link

    Love this time of year, too, my favorite!! A respite from the South’s long, hot summers!! I’m going on a log cabin hunt with my brother next week in the Smoky Mts :). Foliage should be awesome! He’s looking for a retirement cabin although he’s not ready to retire yet. How’s your quilt coming along? Have your horses begun growing a winter coat? My Maria Rosa has just started to fluff out a little, but then only nights are cooler here.
    Have a wonderful relaxing weekend!

  3. Cindy Zint
      · September 27th, 2013 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Thanks for all your beautiful stories, Linda! The first one I ever read was “Lily and the Major” oh how I loved that book! I t of course is a reread again and again book. Enjoy your weekend! Being kind is such an easy thing to do and it makes you feel good! God Bless! Love, Cindy Zint :-)

  4. Shirley
      · September 27th, 2013 at 1:18 pm · Link

    I’m with you on the “Housewives” shows. Also I love watching ID station and QVC. The UPS man stops at my house often also, but part of my deliveries are books I have ordered.

    Have a great week-end.

  5. Diana E
      · September 27th, 2013 at 1:38 pm · Link

    Sounds like a enjoyable weekend! I’m throwing in a Pop Warner football game and the 8th grade girls soccer game. Hope it doesn’t rain tooooooo much! Blessings.

  6. Barbara Linkous
      · September 27th, 2013 at 1:44 pm · Link

    I’m sure you know– Amazon is solely featuring your books today in one of its e-mails. I hope there are lots of sales.

  7. zola udell
      · September 27th, 2013 at 2:02 pm · Link

    You are right. It seems that these days more and more people lack dignity. Anyway, I too am enjoying this weather. And I will take your advice to be kind, as well as blessed and brave. Those are powerful words to meditate on.

  8. judy
      · September 27th, 2013 at 2:05 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I am with you on the reality shows. I do know who comes up with this stuff, but I don’t like watching them.

  9. Debra
      · September 27th, 2013 at 2:16 pm · Link

    I’m not a fan of reality tv shows either. I will watch cooking ones only for the food. I love getting new ideas on what to do with my standard dishes, but I could do without the drama, nastiness and all the yelling. Have a very blessed weekend!

  10. Norma Stanforth
      · September 27th, 2013 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Congratulation Sandra S and Mary Adams, i know you will enjoy your book.
    Hi Linda, so you like some of Oprah, magazine? You are in to Ghost Stories on TV, QVC, ID Channel. I like some ghost stories, not all of the I know that GOD is in control. GOD bless you all and have a great week end.
    As always you friend,

      · September 27th, 2013 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Linda have a good week end. Be sure you cook some good food & tell us about it. Take a few minutes & set outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. I like this time of the year with all the beautiful colors. Sure do like all your books and its time to start over on reading them again.

    everyone have a good weekend

  12. Lois Rotella
      · September 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm · Link

    Congraulations to Sandra and Mary enjoy your books. Linda have a great weekend. I had to tell you that I enjoyed the picture of your horse in the pumpkin patch. It reminded me of Cinderella. I enjoy ID channel and QVC also. I also like to watch HGTV. :-D

  13. April Mc Vey
      · September 27th, 2013 at 3:51 pm · Link

    I like Undercover Boss as well as all the NCIS series. The weight loss series are good too. People getting their goals and making theis lives healthier! Gotta love it. They also inspire living life not coasting on it!

  14. Gloria
      · September 27th, 2013 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Sandra S. and Mary Adams.

    Linda, have a good and Godly weekend.

  15. Julia David
      · September 27th, 2013 at 4:06 pm · Link

    I am a gadget person too! I don’t just sit and watch TV. I am usually on the computer with an open book in front of me (reading when something is loading) and watching TV. I have always been a multi-tasker.

  16. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · September 27th, 2013 at 5:00 pm · Link

    I love gadgets, especially organizing gadgets.

    Your thoughts about the changing season open my eyes to seeing what is around me as well.


  17. Joanie gonsalves
      · September 27th, 2013 at 6:16 pm · Link

    Ha well now I understand why I’m addicted to you writing Linda.
    You so can’t watch tv violence and. Oprahs celebrity interviews are good ( would love to see you on there) but her book suggestions
    Are too sad. Won’t read them anymore
    Just don’t want to leave your western books. I stay up late to finish
    Then bummed cause its over. Love the happy endings especially
    Love your sense of humor. My daughter hollers as I lol ” let me guess you e flu d another LLM book”
    In the Creed Legacy loved the horse ride with Carolyn and Brody
    Felt like I was neck snd neck and plunging into the river with
    Them lol. Anyway too old for that now. Settle for a walk
    Keep writing. Can’t wait for Secrets

  18. Ruby Norwood
      · September 27th, 2013 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Congrats. to Sandra and Mary hope you enjoy your books. Linda you are such a good Writer, you can go from talking about gardens, flowers, ghost and books and make it all sound good. I so enjoy your blogs. Hope you have a great weekend.

  19. Barbara Brown
      · September 27th, 2013 at 8:13 pm · Link

    Still love reading the books again. Love Holt

  20. Laska Bull
      · September 27th, 2013 at 9:23 pm · Link

    Look forward everyday for your Blog to appear in my email…Always enjoy reading it….I wish you would write a book with about 1,000 pages to it … then I would not be able to finish that in a couple days….would tide me over till the next new book of yours came out….

    Blue Skies!!

  21. Rosanne Bolton
      · September 27th, 2013 at 9:23 pm · Link

    I just started reading an old book, which is 2 books in 1. The Lawman and The Outlaw. Love it as I do all your books. Enjoy your week-end and try some new receipes this week-end with the squash.

    I do not like the housewives shows either but I do like Long Island Medium and NCIS and a few others.

    Happy week end

  22. Juanita Rice
      · September 27th, 2013 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Linda, you mean you aren’t going to watch Blacklist?! ;)

  23. Jeanne Wagner Shaw
      · September 27th, 2013 at 11:07 pm · Link

    I can’t watch Hoarders either. Couldn’t watch those Animal Cops stories either- just don’t have the stomach for either one.

  24. Cheryl Messer
      · September 28th, 2013 at 11:09 pm · Link

    It is truly a blessing that you get time to stop and see God’s magic and beauty all around you. I love to read how you always notice the gifts around you, very inspiring….thank you! Have a great week!

  25. Jane Squires
      · September 30th, 2013 at 12:04 pm · Link

    Enter me please. I have baked fresh bread in my bread machine. :wink: and canned 5 quarts of dill pickles this morning.

  26. Debbie Lilly
      · October 1st, 2013 at 9:56 am · Link

    Oops! I lost the train of thought for the day. :oops: I agree the we should support our local efforts. Our shelters are so full that some animals have been turned away. The school that my granddaughter goes to collect supplies and food for the shelter near the school. They asked for alfalfa hay. This is the type of hay that my husband sells to the people raising horses. Made me wonder if they had a horse at the shelter.

    I will not support PETA or the National Humane Society. :-x Since we make our living from raising beef animals, I don’t agree with their stand on animal rights. Yes, I agree that there are a few farmers who use practices that are not legal and are harmful. Seems to me that the national organization lumps all farmers into the same category. We have been raising animals for over twenty years. We found out that a new housing development is being built along our north and west property lines. This is where the cattle pasture and barn are located. We are afraid we will have nosy neighbors interfering with how we raise our animals. So, my husband has made the decision to cull the herd. He is hoping that we will have sold all the cattle by the time the first houses are built. :( It is sad that a small family run farm who raise cattle have to resort to selling their animals to keep the busy bodies out of their busy. Just saying!!!!!

    Sorry for the tangent! It is a really sore subject in our household.
    Enjoy your day. :-P

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