#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

I’m rollin’!

The new book is off to a great start, if I do say so myself.  :)  My goal is two chapters per week, taking Wednesdays off for acupuncture, errands, etc., and so far, I’m on target.  There have been some changes  already–the series is now called THE BRIDES OF BLISS COUNTY, and the town will be called Mustang Creek. 

Our contest winners are : Andrea Lammly and Terry Rollins–they’ve been notified and sent their info.  Congratulations, cowgirls–your prizes go out today.

So, let’s see if I can get this right this time.  :)  Two winners will be selected at random, within the next two weeks, from those who have posted comments today (7-23) or later.  Prizes: signed books and a special surprise gift.  The reason for the longer contest is that Jenni is away on vacation and I really need her help with stuff like this.  (And a lot of other things, too.)

So, I wrote yesterday, and Mary Ann and I went to the casino to play slot machines.  I was wearing my lucky red socks, purchased at Cargo in Portland, OR, and guess what? I was lucky.  By that, I mean I broke even.  :)

I’m getting really excited about this quilting thing–I have a number of pieces (all hexigons) cut already and hope to do another pile of them over the weekend.  So far, the color scheme is black and white, with touches of red–I’m using a lovely “Great Gatsby” era print for some of the patches, and therein lay my first lesson learned.  If a piece has a picture on it, I need to make sure to cut each one at the same angle on the die, so they’re not going in all directions like a cow herd spooked by lightning.  :)  I’m saving the scraps, of course–someday I’ll make a crazy quilt to use them up.

Mom, this is another thing I can thank you for–quilting.  What a joy it is.  Like my love of books, it is the gift that keeps on giving–and it’s only one of many.

I continue to feel well, thank heaven.  One of you mentioned lemon grass tea–I intend to get some of that, ASAP.

And that’s the news from Spokaloo.



49 comments to “I’m rollin’!”

  1. Jaime L Brooks
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 12:55 pm · Link

    Good luck with your quilting :)

  2. Teresa
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 1:06 pm · Link

    You need to get some local raw honey to go with your tea!! It will help with any allergies, etc. very medicinal to everyone over a year old!!

    • Sal
        · July 23rd, 2013 at 2:18 pm · Link

      I have heard this as well! The honey must be local.

  3. Diana Eagen
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 1:06 pm · Link

    So glad the writing is coming along so well, you inspire me, not to be a writer but to be so involved in all you do. How about sending me a little of your “get up and go”? Blessings to you on this day.

  4. Liz M
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 1:13 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Thank you so much for all your posts. I so enjoy them. I am disabled and I also quilt. I have been working on a keepsake quilt. I took my daughters best friends daughter baby clothes and am making them into a quilt. Each block tells a story of her life and shows her time when she was little. It is not your typical type of quilt but it is so much fun to work on. Thank you also for the posts that you give us for the new books I can not wait to read them. I love your books they send me to another world and away from my pain. :roll:

  5. Darcy Biever
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 1:15 pm · Link

    I just wanted to say thank you! I love all your books and being a born and raised Montana girl (but no longer living there) I really love all your books about Montana. It’s like having a little peice of home. You have also inspired me to take a quilting class this fall. Can’t wait to see what comes of it.

    • Roberts Giordano
        · July 23rd, 2013 at 11:06 pm · Link

      Congratulations to the winners ! Linda can’t wait for new book. Your quilt sounds pretty. Can’t wait to see pictures. I always wanted to learning quilting. Glad your well. And definitely get the local honey. I use extremely raw honey and since I have been using it my sinus don’t act up at all. Just bought a lemon grass in a pot. Going to use in my smoothie , didn’t know you can make tea from it. Can’t wait to try. Have a nice week

  6. Sarah Stanley
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 1:19 pm · Link

    I have never made a quilt, but find them to be lovely! There is a story behind each one, usually. I’m thinking that those scraps would would make some neat pot-holders!
    I too am one who LOVES fabric (could open a small remnants shop with all that I have collected). Right now I’m into coordinating pot holders, aprons, and various touches around the kitchen. I’m feeling a fabric project coming on! :idea:

  7. Ruby Norwood
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Linda, i am getting excited about the new book. I cannot wait for it to come out, and also i want to see that quilt when you finish it.I guess you will have to take a picture of it and post on Facebook. Have a great day!!
    Ruby Norwood

  8. Maureen
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 1:38 pm · Link

    I am looking forward to the new series. You never disappoint.

  9. Juanita Rice
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 1:52 pm · Link

    Happy to hear you are on track and feeling good! Can’t wait to meet the people of Mustang Creek! :)

    Hugs for you!

  10. Tammy Meese
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 2:24 pm · Link

    I am so excited about this new series!! Love the name of the town. I made quilts for my kitties once. They had little brass beds, it was pretty cute, not that I would ever call myself a quilter, definitely not. Used to kniw all the time, and that I am missing. It was so relaxing, and kept my hands out of the M & M jar, I need to get back to it, but I have forgotten how to cast on. Think I will take a lesson in the fall for a memory jog. Enjoy your week.

  11. Janet
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 2:27 pm · Link

    You sure are a girl after my own heart. Books, I love to read, and you are a great writer and sounds like to enjoy reading a few yourself and slot machines. Wish I could break even once in a while. I’ve learned to use slot apps on my ipad to help curb the desire to run to the casinos so often. You get “free” points everyday and don’t have to pay for them if you don’t want to. Would love to get to Las Vegas in December to see the Rodeo, you make it sound like so much fun. Take care and keep writing, you have so many of us biten’ at the bit for another book.

  12. jane
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 2:40 pm · Link

    Linda…looking forward to the new series, and I like the name change to Bliss County. The Petticoat one reminded me of that silly TV show back in the dark ages…Petticoat Junction, I think it was called.

    I hope your health continues to improve. When my body isn’t feeling good, everything I try to do is so much harder.

  13. Sherry Wallace
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 2:52 pm · Link

    When you are happy & feeling well you scatter the sunshine that lands on us all – thank you :). But feel you can unload here, too, when necessary – that’s what we friends are here for as well :) I’m loving your quilt already! Black, white & some red for punch is very eye catching. Is this a quilt for a bed or smaller like a throw?Maybe you can post some pictures of it as you’re working on it. I used some of my left over scraps, but never all & ended up with so much albeit pretty & good material, I donated all I didn’t use.
    Looking forward to the new characters & stories in WY ;)
    Blessings from the Deep South,

  14. Norma Stanforth
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Linda, i am so glad that your writing is right on schedule that is great.
    Congratulation to the two winners.
    So your book is taking place on Mustang Creek, sounds great. I am glad that you are feeling better, because when you are not on here we worry. God bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend,

  15. Leanna
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 3:49 pm · Link

    I love your books. I can’t wait for Big Sky Wedding snd Big Sky Secrets! I am sad that this series is coming to an end but so happy thst you are starting another series.

  16. Diane M
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 4:05 pm · Link

    Linda, thank you for all your wonderful posts. Glad to hear you had a little luck at the casino (ie: breaking even). We have a few casinos not far from home (lower Massachusetts). And we have hopefully three coming to the state soon. It will mean more jobs to boost the economy a little. I absolutely love to read and your books are among some of my favorite, especially the old west flavored ones. Thank you for all the great stories, characters and locales. Please keep writing your amazing stories and your blogs,I love them. Best wishes for a safe and healthy summer to you and your family.

  17. Ida C
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 4:48 pm · Link

    You will find that quilting is very addictive Linda, so be prepared. Glad you broke even at the casino. To me that’s a bonus, but I’ve only been a couple of times. It’s fun tho. Stay healthy and keep the posts coming. :wink:

  18. Crystal
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 5:21 pm · Link

    Linda, Love the new changes but liked the old ones as well. Anyhting from you is always awesome! In between book releases i re-read a series and I am now on Mckettricks Of Texas.Austin and boy is he a HOTT COWBOY!!! At our church Vacation Bible School is this week and I have to help with music so my reading time will definetely be on the back burner. :( Linda I do have to share this with you. I recently started working with my aunt on a quilt. My dad passed away 3 years ago and she quilts so what we are doing is a patteren called the circle of life and what we are doing is all his shirts we are using as the fabric cutting the squares and the quilt will be a pattern of all his clothes. Isn’t that a wonderful thing?? I cannot wait till its completed. Just thought i would share that with you. And quiliting takes more talent and patience than i thought!! :wink: I hope you continue to get better!!

  19. Jo-Ann Baker
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 5:57 pm · Link

    Hi, Waiting for the new books to come out. Just finished rereading the Creed and Mckettrick. Love to laugh with them.
    All your books have laughter in them Love that. I cry an laugh. Makes a good book. Have a good day. Thanks for writing such wonderful books.

  20. carole
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 6:41 pm · Link

    love the title of the new series, and so glad your having fun quilting, were having a Great Gatsby fund raiser for a new homeless shelter..its going to be so much fun dressing up in 1920’s clothes. glad to hear your taking it easy! Have a nice weekend!

  21. Jeanette
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 7:01 pm · Link

    HI Linda – This is my 1st post to you. Just wanna say – I love your stories. They make me feel so good and when you take me to another time and place, it really helps to relax me. My mood changes and I find myself looking for that perfect “cowboy” lol! I have all 5 sisters and 11 cousins reading your books now. We can’t get enough and I look forward to the new series. :mrgreen:

  22. Jeanette
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 7:05 pm · Link

    Hello There – My dad passed away just this past January 2013 and we are almost doing the same thing. We are making quilted pillows with memory swatches. Using his t-shirts and some pics we applied on material to integrate onto the pillows for all 32 grandkids. It has been very healing.

  23. Lori
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for your new series!! Have fun quilting! My Grandma made me quilts while I was growing up? They are now my treasures!

  24. Nadine Spradlin
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 7:13 pm · Link

    I started a Cathedral Window quilt about 20 yrs. ago it is a beautiful quilt done by hand . my mother-in-law told me to bring it to her ( after 4yrs. had gone by) and she would finish it for me. I did & she did.That quilt is my pride & joy .But I’d much rather read a good book . mind you I’m not rushing you , & I’m waiting patiently for the BIG SKY books to come .. Stay Healthy , and Enjoy Life .you sound like a lovely person INSIDE & OUT . Always A Friend Nadine

  25. Lois Rotella
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 8:09 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, Glad you are feeling better. I love quilts. i go at least 2 a year to a quilt show. I love the fabrics and wish I could buy them all. I find it relaxing. I am so looking forward to the book in the Big Sky Series and now I will be looking forward to the new series. You take care of yourself and rest when you can.

  26. Lea Williams
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 8:57 pm · Link

    Isn’t quilting great fun. I do mine all by hand. Love it. I have been on a cruise and gone a couple of weeks so am not up to date on your posts. Hope all is just fine with you. Isn’t this weather wonderful?

  27. Emily
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 8:58 pm · Link

    So excited for the new series!! Good luck with your quilt, I har always wanted to make one!

  28. Stacey Kukes
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 9:00 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, just a simple “Thank you” for all the wonderful stories over the years. Anticipating more :) Many Blessing to you & yours. 8-O

  29. Stacey Kukes
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 9:03 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, just a simple “Thank you for all the wonderful stories over the years :) Many blessings to you & yours :)

  30. kathryn s. walkowicz
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 9:39 pm · Link

    love you , the blog, the books..keep on going!!!!

  31. gloria bare
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 10:02 pm · Link

    I really love all of your books. Loved the Big Sky Series can’t wait for the last 2 books.

  32. Becky Strobaugh
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 10:40 pm · Link

    I’m so glad you’re doing well And I’m looking forward to the new series!

    My mother taught me to quilt, as well. (Crochet and knitting, too, although I’m not good at the knitting LOL). I’ve had the joy of quilting with her. Our last projects were quilting a 70 + year old topper given to my nephew’s grand mother-in-law when she was 18 and my 14 yo nieces’ picture quilt. We worked with friends and had a blast doing them. More quilts to do but isn’t that the way of it? :-D

  33. Gloria
      · July 23rd, 2013 at 10:50 pm · Link

    Linda, you may have said and I missed it, but are you hand stitching or using the sewing machine for your quilt? I made a lap quilt for my son that died completely by hand, and made 2 grandchildren a quilt, each, on the machine. I have the 3rd one started for my son’s youngest daughter and she turned 11 Saturday, and…..I still don’t have it finished. :-|

    Happy quilting and writing.

  34. Emily
      · July 24th, 2013 at 9:45 am · Link

    Hi Linda, I love the new changes you have made in your new series, but of course, I love all of your books, so changes or not, I know it will be a great series! :lol:

    I pray that you continue to feel better and not get to “worn down”! That is always when someone gets sick.

    Enjoy your quilting. I paint and do paper folding, but I don’t quilt. Not enough time in the day. Anyway, I prefer reading.


  35. Rhonda Terstegge
      · July 24th, 2013 at 11:30 am · Link

    Love to read your books. Good luck with the writing and staying on schedule. I am a cowgirl at heart, have always lived in the country but not on a ranch. Love cowboys and horses so your books are a great fit. Keep up the good work.

  36. Shirley Meyle
      · July 24th, 2013 at 1:33 pm · Link

    Hey Linda,
    Glad to hear you like the slots too! I love them but not always a break even kind of gal. :)

  37. Tracy
      · July 24th, 2013 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the new books!!! Good luck with the quilting.

  38. Pat Ramsey
      · July 24th, 2013 at 4:35 pm · Link

    I love your books!! Can’t wait to read your new series.

  39. Carol Bradbury
      · July 24th, 2013 at 6:20 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    I really like all your books and have read all but one of the newer ones. I have so many on my shelves, but have started reading more on my Kindle and Kindle Fire that I bought last year. I look forward to the new series!!
    Thanks for the blog.

  40. Alison Carlisle
      · July 24th, 2013 at 10:26 pm · Link

    Hi! Love your books! You can count on them to ALWAYS be a great read! Can’t wait for more new ones!

  41. Becky Barnes
      · July 25th, 2013 at 12:51 am · Link

    After 9/11 my daughter and I made a quilt for a Mom from her daughters United Flight Attendant uniforms. We hope that helped her get thru her loss of her daughter… It helped my daughter and I also get thru that horrible tragedy…..

  42. Theresa Willis
      · July 25th, 2013 at 9:22 am · Link

    I can’t wait for the new series. Maybe you could a series about the cowgirl. Hey how about a series about a cowgirl from all 50 states. They could be sisters, cousins, friends, nieces, & of course moms.
    Have fun with your quilting. I have quilts from my grandmothers & I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

  43. Barbara Kyllonen
      · July 25th, 2013 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Glad your quilting is hoing well. Love to quilt. So relaxing. Keep up with the books love them all. Read continually. Stay well.

  44. Joyce S
      · July 25th, 2013 at 7:04 pm · Link

    I have been reading your books since your very first one. I love all of them, and they just keep getting better and better. Can’t wait for your next one!

  45. Bonnie Pruett
      · July 26th, 2013 at 9:56 pm · Link

    Dear Linda, Your new book has me itching to read it. Your descriptions of the characters names and where they live has awakened my curiosity AGAIN. It appears that we share a love of quilts too. I’ve made 2 of them and have a crib sized quilt top that my Daddy started about 40 some yrs ago. He passed away 48 yrs ago and when I was old enough, Mom gave it to me. I intend to finish it one day. But back to your book , my prayers are that your creative juices flow smoothly as well as your book. I know we won’t be disappointed. Bonnie Pruett

  46. Pam B
      · July 29th, 2013 at 8:35 pm · Link

    Hi Linda! We trade over at Art42- never knew this side of you. Great blog, I will be following!

    • linda
        · July 31st, 2013 at 9:18 am · Link

      Hi, Pam! Love your ATCs!

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