#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

I’m dancing as fast as I can :)

Well, the book is taking up about every spare moment of my day–I have just three more chapters to write to finish the story!  WOW!

I haven’t forgotten about the contest: I’ll choose my Halloween memory winners tonight and post their names tomorrow.  I truly appreciate your patience; I’m truly dancing as fast as I can. 

The new question: What are you most thankful for?

More seeds arrived today, and my small (6X8) greenhouse has arrived.  Not much point in assembling it yet, of course, but I continue to compost faithfully and dream of all those tulip and daffodil bulbs, slumbering under the ground, dreaming in pink and white, red and yellow.  What a glorious spring THIS will be.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the winter will be mild–let’s hope that’s true.  :)  I love a mild winter.  Of course, this is to be followed, reportedly, by a rainy spring.  No worries–I have a greenhouse.

Your lovely comments on “An Outlaw’s Christmas” and “A Lawman’s Christmas” are deeply appreciated.  I aim to please!

More tomorrow.  Be kind to yourself.


28 comments to “I’m dancing as fast as I can :)”

  1. Gloria
      · October 25th, 2012 at 8:53 pm · Link

    Linda, I was beginning to be concerned that you, or some of your family, were sick. I’m glad to know you were just busy.

    I’m thankful for all of my family that I have left, I’m thankful for my old friends and the new ones, two of whom I met on your Blog. I’m thankful to be alive and in good health.

    And, I’m thanful for you, because…without you, I wouldn’t have met Hilda and Samantha, and that would have been a great loss.

    I’m thankful for my grandchildren, because they are all I have left of my oldest son besides memories, and I’m thankful for my youngest son, just because he is mine. I’m thankful my youngest brother came through his surgery safely on Monday.

    And, I’m thankful I have so much to be thankful for.

    Last, but not least, I’m thankful to God for His son, Jesus and the right to worship.

  2. Sherry Wallace
      · October 25th, 2012 at 8:57 pm · Link

    Glad to know this new schedule of yours is agreeing with you. What a load of writing you’ve been turning out! What I’m most grateful for…hummm…so many things that it’s hard to narrow it down. Generally speaking, I’m grateful to be living in a free Christian nation. Personally, I’m grateful for my friends & family, specifically my only child. Well, he would take issue with that child phrase because he’s now 41. We have always been close, he married a Godly woman whom I adore, & they gave me two exceptional grandchildren. Of course I’m grateful for my managerie of pets, too, that give me constant love & adoration. I don’t believe we can ever be too thankful for all our continuous blessings!!
    Love to all,
    SherryNan Wallace

  3. Stacey
      · October 25th, 2012 at 9:14 pm · Link

    I am most thankful for my family, husband and our kiddos, and good health.

  4. Pam Brewer
      · October 25th, 2012 at 9:16 pm · Link

    I am most thankful that I have my parents. Every day they are with me is so precious.

  5. Norah Sempelsz
      · October 25th, 2012 at 9:21 pm · Link

    Linda: I love your writing. I get so invested in your characters that I hate it when I finish one of your books and can’t wait to read another. I especially like the books written around the turn of the century, I find it fascinating how people lived during that era. I love that you have such love and understanding of horses and dogs, etc. My own life is very hectic and so I escape to your stories to relax with a hot cup of tea.

  6. Jini Teynor
      · October 25th, 2012 at 9:46 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    I Just want to say you are truly my favorite author. I’ve read many, many of your books.
    You sure know how to draw us readers into the story and I can’t put the book down once I start reading. I know when I’m reading that I don’t have to think of some of the strife going on around me in the world we live in.
    I own over 400 books but many you have written. I just asked my local librarian today to borrow “Bridegroom” from another library because I can’t find it anywhere near where I live to buy it, and I want to see what happens to Gideon.
    I’ve just started reading some of the trilogies over again. I’m excited for your next book!!
    What I’m most Thankful for is God and My children! I have 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys. I lost my 2nd to the youngest, (my oldest son) 6 1/2 yrs ago in a tractor rollover when he was 13 yrs old. His little brother wittnessed the accident at the tender age of 11 yrs.
    My life was forever changed on that horrific day, and I cherish the minutes I get to spend with my other 4.
    I’m Thankful for my Gorgeous 3 grandsons and my baby ? grandchild on the way, due in May. Even though I have only known them for a short while, they will remain in my heart FOREVER!
    I’m Thankful for my good health that I have right now, this minute, as I’ve had 9 back surgeries and alot of the time I”m in terrible pain.
    I’m Thankful for the home I have because I’ve been homeless before and I know there are Many, Many people out there (children) who don’t have a warm bed to sleep in tonight.
    I’m Thankful for the food I have because I know there’s children out there who will go to bed tonight hungry.
    Thank You for sharing with us daily, Linda.
    God Bless You and Yours,

    • linda
        · October 26th, 2012 at 11:12 am · Link

      Bless your heart, Jini! Send your snail mail address to llmfb@msn.com, and I’ll send “The Bridegroom”–my gift to you.

  7. Lesley Miller
      · October 25th, 2012 at 9:49 pm · Link

    I am most thankful for my children, I feel so very privileged to be their mother, and lucky to have them in my life.

  8. Juanita Rice
      · October 25th, 2012 at 9:56 pm · Link

    At the risk of sounding like I’m gloating (which I’m not because I know how many people are struggling, out of work, homeless, hungry) I am so VERY thankful that all three of my children and seven grandchildren are gainfully employed, their spouses also have full or part-time jobs, all have decent roofs over their heads, none of them are hungry or cold.

    I’m not saying it has always been that way and that we haven’t had to help each other get over rough patches, but for now all is well. :)

    God does take care. :)

  9. Tia
      · October 25th, 2012 at 10:38 pm · Link

    I’m thankful for the ability to always learn something new.
    A mild winter sounds good to me :)

  10. Sherry Wallace
      · October 26th, 2012 at 12:01 am · Link

    Forgot to comment on your mild winter statement. I heard that as well, but here in the Deep South we too often have those. Two years ago north MS had two good snow falls, & what a treat that was!! Y’all can hope for mild winters in the NW, but for much needed relief, let it snow in the pines here :-)!!

  11. Cathy Schroeder
      · October 26th, 2012 at 12:20 am · Link

    It sounds like you have really been working hard.

    I guess I would have to say the thing I am most thankful for is God and my family. God is the one that gets me through each day.

    Bless you.

    Cathy Schroeder :-P

  12. Brenda Mitchell.
      · October 26th, 2012 at 9:09 am · Link

    The thing I am most thankful for…..is my faith in God….without it, I wouldnt be where I am today.

  13. Marie Jones
      · October 26th, 2012 at 9:26 am · Link

    What am I thankful for? Hmm? First my husband, 6 years ago the doctors said he wouldn’t make it out of his coma. He’s alive to tell of the experience and his ‘trip to heaven’ while he was ‘dead’ for a whole minute. My cat, he was a rescue and today he’s happy, healthy and thinks he’s a dog! The 55+ place where live (right in Spokane mind you!) the people are great, there is so much to do and we have 2 LIBRARIES :mrgreen: The fact that my husband forced to me to move to the west coast from my birthplace NY. And last but not least, God, who has walked this path of life with me through the hills & valleys. Oh theres more but I don’t want to brag!

  14. ruth
      · October 26th, 2012 at 11:29 am · Link

    Wow, Linda I am amazed at the amount of writing, great writingtoo, that you are able to accomplish in such a short amount of time! I’ve been following this new book growth and can’t wait to read it! I also want to thank you so much for sharing parts of your life in your blog. I love that I can read about not only your writing, but your wonderful family.
    I am most thankful for my family. I’ve lost a job, and home, but know I can always count on family to be beside me and help. I know how lucky I am in that respect. When I think of my empty bank account and all the things I used to take for granted and have given up now, I just try to focus on the fact that I’m fed, have a warm bed, my books, art, and computer. That’s so much more than many others have.

  15. Sharon S.
      · October 26th, 2012 at 12:02 pm · Link

    I am thankful, that at age 60, I still have my parents and my babies, (Pomeranian-Queenie, Doxie/mix – Buster and 20lb cat, Buddy) to keep me happy in my old age and a best friend who is more like a sister. I’m thankful for my job, my home and friends and family…so many aren’t as lucky as me, and I and thoroughly thankful for all I have and all I am.

  16. april
      · October 26th, 2012 at 12:27 pm · Link

    Well I am most thankful for my family, they are pretty amazing! But I am also very thankful for options. Sounds funny but whether you use an option or not, life is nice knowing you have the choice. It makes it a little easier during the hard times to know that in general you have different options in life!!

  17. Beth Boyce
      · October 26th, 2012 at 12:41 pm · Link

    I am most thankful for life. I work in a hospital and I see
    people suffering eveyday some get to leave here some do not,
    so I am most thankful for waking up everyday no matter what that day holds I am there to partake in it

  18. Anne Little
      · October 26th, 2012 at 1:17 pm · Link

    I am thankful for everything.

    My health has taken a turn for the worse here in the last year (Multiple Sclerosis, depression, a series of mini strokes and high blood presure), it has taught me to take NOTHING for granted. Every breathe, every heart beat and each passing day is a gift for me. Like everyone else there are a few things in my life I have taken for granted at one time or another, now I feel I am at a time in my life where I can not afford NOT to be thankful for anything. Life is so brief, so fragile.

    I spent this last weekend in the hospital because my BP was out of control and it touched off another exacerbation of my MS. The first thing I wanted to do when I got home was to just take in the beauty and peace of my own home, my sons pictures, hold Mizte (she probably thought I abandoned her) and feel the comfort of my own bed. Tomorrow I will reach out to friends and let them know I love and appreciate them.

    Also I want to tell you how much I love your work and how much I have enjoyed it.

  19. Jean Barrington
      · October 26th, 2012 at 1:24 pm · Link

    You have a green house, how wonderful!
    Just a suggestion, you might want to get that green house up now.
    Starting things happens in February in a green house and you won’t want to be building it in the snow. It is also easier to level the ground now, put in the foundation or base and your choice of floor. We speak from experience having built two now. Do it now and be ready for those starts! :-)

  20. Rose
      · October 26th, 2012 at 2:41 pm · Link

    I am thankful for wonderful friends, family. And good health. I am thankful to live in this wonderful nation with many freedoms we take for granted daily. I am thankful for those men and women who fight for my freedom and the freedom of others. I am also thankful to have wonderful stories written by LLMiller to read and be transposed to another time and life.

  21. Andrea Lammly
      · October 26th, 2012 at 3:33 pm · Link

    I’m most thankful for my husband. We both married for the first time when we were 40 and I told him that my Mom (whom was diagnosed with Alheizmers) was part of the package and if he wanted to run, run now. We’ve been married for 14 years now and I’ve thankful I had someone as supportive as him to take on marriage and taking care of a mother-in-law. He’s a keeper!

  22. Martha
      · October 26th, 2012 at 4:22 pm · Link

    I am most thankful for young men like our Alex who serve so faithfully in our military. While we worry and pray for you we know the very important job you have to do. We are so proud of you!

  23. Patricia Hann
      · October 26th, 2012 at 4:22 pm · Link

    I was also concern for you when I did see any blogs. I am most thankful for my twins. (a boy and a girl) They were born on Thanksgiving Day 10 years ago. We have come a long way as a family but seeing them I know it is all worth it.

  24. Shari Grant
      · October 26th, 2012 at 5:53 pm · Link

    Thankfulness. There are so many things I am thankful for. At the top of the list, of course, are my six fiercely independent children, four kind daughter-in-laws, and six extraoridinary grandchildren. Family the foundation of everything important in my life. Other experiences come to mind, too. Sometimes I walk my dog early in the morning. There have been days when the sky is so brilliantly blue and the air smells so fresh that it dazzles my senses, and there is such a feeling of thankfulness that wells up inside me for the gift of nature. There are other times like watching the Septemberfest parade in my hometown, when the veterans proudly march by with our flag that I am so thankful for living in a country where we are free to read, wear, think and believe what ever we want, that tears come to my eyes. Today I babysat for my grandson who is 19 months old and beginning to talk. When his little face lights up like fireworks on the Fourth of July when his daddy drops him off and he reaches for me with a huge smile, there are not enough words to adequately express how grateful I am for the honor of being a grandma. Other moments when thankfulness just wells up are those quiet, reflective, solitary moments when I am grateful in the midst of a busy family and busy life to sit down for a few minutes with a good book and lose myself in a world that someone else has created. What a narrow existence it would be without exploring worlds and meeting people beyond the confines of our physical space. For that I am thankful for authors and their imaginations and creativity.

  25. Vickie Bates
      · October 26th, 2012 at 7:10 pm · Link

    I am most thankful for my family, God, and my church family. Each of these are always there through the good times and helping through the bad.

  26. Lois Rotella
      · October 26th, 2012 at 7:27 pm · Link

    I am thankful for all my family and friends. I am also thankful for the job I have when there are so many unemployed and a place to live. I am most thankful all the wonderful books I get to read and enjoy. It makes my day when I can read a few chapters of a good book. I am thankful to God for love.

  27. Shelley Ray
      · October 28th, 2012 at 10:26 pm · Link

    Thank You so much for living in my community and writing books that I love to read, I look forward to your upcoming books, I work in a pediatric doctors office and the provider I work with and myself have exchanged your books back and forth for the past 8 years, thank you again for your writings that take me to places I wish I could go. Shelley

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