#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


I’ve had a great writing day–yeehaw!

The contest begins–finally.  :)

I’ll be giving away two copies of “The Lily and the Lotus” this coming Monday, along with signed copies of a Linda Lael Miller book.  All you have to do to enter is comment–I’d love to know why you want to read “The Lily”.  Be prepared for mind-blowing insights, but REMEMBER, this book, though not an attempt to convert anyone to one faith or the other, combines the wisdom of both Christianity and Buddhism.  I think it’s remarkable and, if anything, it only reenforced my (Christian) beliefs, but it’s full of wisdom, good ideas, and fun.  I’ll be blogging more about my experience with it later on.

I’ll also be blogging about the New York trip, but we’re all a little frazzled around here, due to a death in the family.  Also, the Canadian Wrangler took a spill from an ATV, and he’s okay, but pretty banged up.

Back tomorrow.


42 comments to “Interlude”

  1. Sherry Wallace
      · June 19th, 2013 at 6:10 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear your Canadian wrangler is hurt. Wishing him speedy recovery – but who’s gonna take care of the horses? Many religions share the inner peace, love of humanity & nature, etc, however, as Jesus said, ” I am the Way, the Truth & the Life, no one comes to the Father except through Me!” Not sure I would get much out of that book

  2. Dawn Roberts
      · June 19th, 2013 at 6:15 pm · Link

    How do I get in on this contest

  3. rosemary
      · June 19th, 2013 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Regardless if u win or not I plan to read the book because I value your opinion and I am always interested in wisdom and revelations of life.

  4. Tana Floyd
      · June 19th, 2013 at 6:28 pm · Link

    I have many reasons for needing this book. I have a good friend that was just diagnosed with cancer. She believes in Buda and I am a Christian. She and I talk about the ins and outs of our faith all the time and this would be amazing to share with her.

    My life is crazy and insane at the moment too. My mother is fighting cancer and my step father was just diagnosed with cancer in the past few days. So I need any faith based books I can get. Thanks for your blogs. I love them.

  5. Emily
      · June 19th, 2013 at 6:39 pm · Link

    I would like to read “The Lily and the Lotus” as it sounds facinating. I also like to read the same kind of books you suggest and read. I love learning new things.

    Hope the Canadian Wrangler gets better!

    Enjoy your day and your writing!

    Sorry about the death in your family.

  6. Judy Stone
      · June 19th, 2013 at 6:46 pm · Link

    I’m always searching for insightful books, and “The Lily and the Lotus” combining both Christianity and Buddhism sounds inspiring and wonderful.

  7. Socorro Smith
      · June 19th, 2013 at 6:49 pm · Link

    It is always an enjoyable reading everytime I get a hold of one of your books. And look forward for more :wink:

  8. Norma Stanforth
      · June 19th, 2013 at 6:54 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    I am so sorry about the loss of your family member, you all have my deepest sympathy.
    Also glad that the Canadian Wrangler, was just bang up an not seriously hurt. God bless you all.

    I’d love to read ” The Lily ” so i can learn all about the different of the Christianity and Buddhism so i can tell them and show them that God is the one i worship. It is good to know the fact on Buddhism, because i know that i will always worship God my Saviour. God bless everyone and have a great day.

  9. Darlene Tomel Sigala
      · June 19th, 2013 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I have read every one of your books I can find. I love your stories and always wanting more especially Tate, Garrett, and Austin and the Creed Boys. I was once Catholic and now I am a Christian. I have been to the Orient and explored the many religions and temples and was fascinated by the different beliefs. Growing up I did the same thing around my hometown and when ever I travel. I visit reservations as well. I feel we have to believe in what makes us feel closer to who we worship. I read and watched Eat, Pray, Love. I would love to read your book.

  10. Lois Rotella
      · June 19th, 2013 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Linda sorry to hear about the death in your family. My condolences to the family. :cry: I think it would be very interesting to read Lily and the Lotus. I am always open to interesting ideas and others thoughts. Tell The Canadian Wrangler to take it easy.

  11. carole
      · June 19th, 2013 at 7:20 pm · Link

    Hi! Sorry to hear about the death in your family, praying for you Lily for I’m a Christian and it always nice to read something uplifting. Have a nice evening!

  12. Bev Evanger
      · June 19th, 2013 at 7:50 pm · Link

    I’ve read just about all your books and have enjoyed every single one. I’m waiting to get the last Big sky book, then I can read them all in a row. I can’t wait to read this Lily one. I know I won’t be disapointed. I love reading and your the reason…. :-P
    Beverly Evanger in Port Angeles WA

  13. Bev Evanger
      · June 19th, 2013 at 7:56 pm · Link

    whats the name of the last big sky book in the series? i want to make sure i have them all

  14. Nancy
      · June 19th, 2013 at 9:50 pm · Link

    It would be and interesting comparison of religous beliefs…I think we all should do a little comparing and understanding of the other guys views..

  15. Nanee McGee
      · June 19th, 2013 at 10:13 pm · Link

    Thanks for the giveaway! The lily sounds right up my alley for books to read….cross my fingers,,,

  16. Janice Stevenson
      · June 19th, 2013 at 10:17 pm · Link

    I would love to read any book that you write!!!

  17. Sherry Wallace
      · June 19th, 2013 at 10:26 pm · Link

    Also, sorry about the death in the family

  18. Jeanette M C
      · June 19th, 2013 at 10:26 pm · Link

    I read everything you write.

  19. Roberta Giordano
      · June 19th, 2013 at 10:31 pm · Link

    You got my interest when you said it combines beliefs of Christianity and Buddism. Always wanted to read learn more about Buddism.

  20. Colleen D.
      · June 19th, 2013 at 10:39 pm · Link

    I’m hoping that “The Lily” can bring some peace into my life. I could really use it at this time.

  21. Joanie gonsalves
      · June 19th, 2013 at 10:54 pm · Link

    I’d like to read the Lilly cause I’m working on my spiritual

  22. Billiesue Sanders
      · June 19th, 2013 at 11:11 pm · Link

    I would like to read a book about religions because I currently am studying a course called “Education for Ministry”.

  23. Joyce Roddy
      · June 19th, 2013 at 11:30 pm · Link

    Linda I have read just about every book you have written and I have enjoyed them so much. I love the strength you give to each of your characters. I always look forward to your new books so keep them coming. Hope you enjoy your summer and have lots of good writing days.

  24. Juanita Rice
      · June 19th, 2013 at 11:50 pm · Link

    the Canadian Wrangler took a spill from an ATV,

    Ouch!! Hope he mends soon. Those horses need him. :)

  25. sam
      · June 20th, 2013 at 2:24 am · Link

    Linda, My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family at this time. Just take your time and get back to us when you can. I do hope the Canadian wrangler is not to badly hurt, and gets well soon.

  26. Patti
      · June 20th, 2013 at 6:17 am · Link

    I would like to read The Lily because I have been curious about it ever since you first mentioned it. I have it on my ‘books that I might want to read’ list. I am curious and am trying to figure out what makes sense to me and I am pretty eclectic about what I listen to or read about spiritual matters.

  27. Kathie
      · June 20th, 2013 at 7:04 am · Link

    Thoughts and prayers are with you Linda. Take Care, Kathie

  28. Karen Silver
      · June 20th, 2013 at 8:33 am · Link

    Since I first started reading your books, I cannot put them down until I have finished one. I really love the ones set in the old west but all of them are really a great read. I am sure this one will be as well. Would love to have one.

  29. Andrea Lammly
      · June 20th, 2013 at 9:03 am · Link

    Sorry to hear of the death in your family. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Two years ago my niece married a young man from India. It was a Catholic/Hindu wedding; beautiful and quite interesting. It was quite the learning experience seeing the two cultures mix and to find out we aren’t all that different as we thought. If more people looked inward and tried to see life in a different light, the world might be a much nicer place. I know I learned a lot about forgiveness just reading “The Shack”.

    Enjoy the day! The sun is shining here in Vermont; high in the upper 70’s and strawberries are ripe for picking!

  30. Tinna Doub
      · June 20th, 2013 at 9:34 am · Link

    Why I want to read THE Lily: We can expand our knowledge from reading! & I’m impressed with you said it strengthened your Christian views. Will it strengthen mine as well? Best way to know is to read the book! Glad the wrangler is okay. I’m sure you will weave the New York experience into some future book for us to read. Then we will get a first hand experience. I continue to pray for you, A great role model is gone, But he’s always in your heart & memories & in the stories you write! May God wrap his arms around you & fill you with comfort. & give you understanding!

  31. nichole
      · June 20th, 2013 at 10:52 am · Link

    I love all your books and probably own most of them. I just can’t pass them up. You are an amazing author. Thank you for all the wonderful stories you give us. I can’t wait to read Big Sky Summer. Checking the shelves everyday.

      · June 20th, 2013 at 1:01 pm · Link



  33. Lea Williams
      · June 20th, 2013 at 1:03 pm · Link

    Sorry about your family member. Its always tough – I will add that to my prayer list. Also your Canadian Wrangler. I love all your books and would be interested in reading Lily. Always looking for another way to calm myself in these days of strange things going on around us. Blessings, Lea

  34. Crystal
      · June 20th, 2013 at 1:38 pm · Link

    Linda, so sorry to hear about the death in your family. I will keep ya’ll in my prayers. I also pray for a speedy recovery for the wrangler!! I’m not sure I would enjoy reading that particular book, however I think so highly of you that I’m sure its good and not what I’m thinking. Its always a little different to to imagine reading something like that when we have the insight of our own Christian beliefs. But maybe as humans we would be a little less Judgemental and more understanding if we opened our hearts and a book to research before we chose to voice our opinion especially considering christianity. I do pray everyone has a wonderful day and God Bless!!

    PS… And Linda i just came across one of your old books State Secrets at Books A Million and i bought it!! So this will help get me through until Big Sky Wedding!!!! I’ve read everything and started re-reading so I will pull out a favorite or two in the meantime!!! :lol:

  35. Becky Johnson Strobaugh
      · June 20th, 2013 at 1:57 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Prayers for all of you.

    Thank you for your blog. I find it just as interesting as your books. I have yet to read one of your books and not learn something new or something that sparks the researcher in me to learn new stuff.

    Always look forward to your new works.

  36. Diana Eagen
      · June 20th, 2013 at 7:10 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear about the death in your family and your wranglers accident. Sending prayers and caring thoughts your way.
    Just finished Big Sky Summer and looking forward to “Wedding” as I’m sure all your fans are.
    Would enjoy reading “Lily” just to learn and grow.
    Thank you.

  37. Pam Brewer
      · June 20th, 2013 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss.

  38. Renee Ashmeade
      · June 20th, 2013 at 10:47 pm · Link

    I am sorry to hear about the death in your family. I have recently lost a member of my family so I empathize. I would like to read the Lily and the Lotus because I have never read any of your books before and this book in particular has sparked my interest. I am a spiritual person and I try to explore many different religions. Although I can honestly say that the religion I gravitate towards is Christianity. I love to see how the idea of Christianity and Buddhism are put together in the storyline of this book. I also have not read for pleasure in a year because I have been working on my Masters and working a few jobs. It would be great to finally read something that’s not a dry, dense textbook :) .

  39. Bonnie Pruett
      · June 21st, 2013 at 11:10 am · Link

    I’d love to know why you want to read, “The Lily.”

    • Bonnie Pruett
        · June 21st, 2013 at 11:16 am · Link

      The Lily sounds interesting, especially to see how Buddhism is compared with Christianity. I enjoy you’re writing and your look on and about life. It’s like mine in some ways. Have a wonderful day writing. Your Sincere Fan, Bonnie

  40. Effie Rome
      · June 23rd, 2013 at 10:09 pm · Link

    I would like to read the book you are giving away. I don’t usually win things (last time was in the mid 1970s!) but this is one that greatly interests me because I would like to see the connections between Christianity and Buddhism. At this point in my life I am going through some difficult times with my husbands family and trying to understand why they do what they do. I usually chalk up the reason for not understanding their actions to my being an only child and never having to argue with anyone…it did me no good…I’d never win!!! :) I’m trying my best to take the so-called “upper” road and not be so judgmental, but I think I’m failing horribly. I pray for guidance and have been doing pretty good until I get a call from a member of the family that sets me up again! To them I don’t show emotion, but once the call is over I have a bucket full of emotions that I have to deal with. If I don’t win this book, then I’m sure I’ll purchase and see if it will help me get through some of the difficult times I seem to be going through lately. Thank you for the opportunity.

  41. Bonnie Pruett
      · June 24th, 2013 at 12:28 pm · Link

    Dear Linda, I understand your plight. My problem was with in laws such as now ex daughter-in-laws. While one of them was married to one of my sons she hated me. I wanted a relationship with her like I had with my Mother-in-law. No dice. No matter what Idid it was wrong. She tried to cause friction between my son and I and any other trouble possible. She’s my ex daughter in law now. Sometimes, dear, there’s nothing you can do but try.

    I already entered the contest for the book but I want to know if I can benefit from it too.

    I’ll keep you in my ptayers

    A devoted fan,

    Bonnie Pruett

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