#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

It’s been a rocky week for getting online :)

I’m grabbing my chance to blog while I can–it’s been a wild ride, between switching servers and dicey connections in general.  Oh, well, at least I finally showed up.  :)

This week’s winners are Lyla Pedersen and Anita C.  Congratulations, ladies.  A new round begins on Monday, so if you didn’t win this time, please keep trying.  Next week’s winners: one will receive THE DESIRE MAP and an autographed copy of BIG SKY SECRETS, by moi.  :)  A second winner will receive BIG SKY SECRETS, signed of course, and a special goody I brought back from this year’s big rodeo, the NFR, in Las Vegas.  Again, winners will be chosen at random, and notified by Jenni-the-fabulous before their names are announced on this blog.

BIG NEWS!  BIG SKY SECRETS is #1 this week on both the New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists!  Thank you, thank you, thank you, for going out and buying it.  You are definitely part of the team, right along with those fabulous folks at Harlequin and me—where would I be without you?  I don’t even want to think about it!

What’s been on my mind lately: Well, mainly the new book, THE MARRIAGE PACT, of course.  The deadline is looming and I’m working long and hard to meet it, and already dreading the inevitable letting go of my characters.  I get so attached to them, and even though they’re imaginary, they are oh-so-real to me.  I always suffer a bout of empty nest syndrome when they go on to the next phase–I wonder if that’s why–just between you and me–I sometimes procrastinate?

I’m as passionate as ever about crystals and gemstones, and love learning more about them.  They are, to borrow my niece Kelly’s term, real game-changers.  In my case, in fact, they’ve been life-changing!  

For whatever reason, this darn computer isn’t following my instructions.  Drat!

What I’m reading/listening to: Sue Monk Kidd’s new novel, the name of which eludes me at the moment.  (Where are those darn post-it notes of mine?)  I’ve been a fan of this writer since she penned articles and devotions for Guideposts magazine, years ago–and I just loved THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES.  (THE MERMAID’S CHAIR, not so much, though I’m sure I’m in the minority there.  :) )  Sometimes, for whatever reason, the occasional book just doesn’t ring our chimes–or, as Robyn Carr would say, “blow up our skirt”–happens to everybody, me included.

On the Gratitude Journal front: The joys and benefits of this practice continue to amaze me.  If you haven’t started yours, it’s not too late.  You don’t need a fancy journal, either–a 99-cent composition notebook will do just fine.  If you could use a few miracles in your life, try this.

Morning Pages, per Julia Cameron, author of THE ARTIST’S WAY: I have tons of notebooks around, jam-packed with the famous 3 pages of handwritten, stream of consciousness stuff, because I’ve been using the technique since, well, forever.  However, over the last year, I sort of got out of the habit, to my detriment.  I’ve started up again, as of December 31, and I am benefiting enormously.  While the technique is aimed at writers and artists, it will serve anyone well–it’s a terrific way to get the clutter out of your head and onto paper, where you can see what’s going on.  Seems like every day I get a new insight.

New favorite gadgets: (Hey, this blog is nothing if not eclectic, right?) #1: my electric egg poacher.  I have 2 eggs and 2 slices of toast made with Sara Lee’s light bread for breakfast often–and can still stay well within the guidelines of Simply Slimming, Weight Watchers’ wonderful alternative to the Points plan.  (Which I still think is the most brilliant innovation in weight loss EVER.)  #2: my full-spectrum “happy” light.  It’s very effective against SAD, a condition that plagues me every winter.  #3: (There are more, but I’m running on so I’ll describe them another time.)  The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich-maker.  What a handy little deal this is!  It makes a complete and very tasty sandwich, quickly, and I get to choose the ingredients.

www.DailyAudioBible.com  remains my favorite podcast of all time.  Again, it’s not too late to start.

Well, gang, for this week, it’s a wrap.  Be safe, be kind, be well.  And don’t forget that God loves you–not just when you’re good, but 24/7.


20 comments to “It’s been a rocky week for getting online :)”

  1. Ellen Steinberg
      · January 10th, 2014 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Years ago, Greyhound Bus had a commercial line, “Take the bus and leave the driving to us.” [fast forward] After high school graduation, I was going to training classes in the the nearby large town (about 1 hr away). I was late getting to the bus depot one night; the bus was mostly loaded with recruits on their way to Ft. Knox. I made a smart remark about standing on the bus for an hr when one guy opened his arms and said that his lap was available. I spyed a seat a few behind him & let him know where I was going. Once the bus got underway, he came back and knelt in the aisle to talk to me (remember it was an hr). He asked for my address – I never gave my last name or address to the recuits…except that night. When I jumped in my mom’s car, with a big sigh I said something like, “I met the nicest guy”. Her reply was that I met 100 before & I’d meet 100 more. “I don’t know Mom, there’s different about this guy”. A few weeks later I received a letter so I wrote, then he wrote (you get the picture). When he was done with his 6 months Army Reserves training, we started dating. About 2 years later we got married…that was nearly 47 years ago. Ah yes, take the bus and leave the matchmaking to us!

  2. Marie Jones
      · January 10th, 2014 at 4:45 pm · Link

    I love graditude jouraling! This year I added to it by instead of praying for something, I give thanks and ask for guidence on how to work it out or what to do for a person. So far, so good!

    Stay warm & dry over the w/e Linda. I hear we’re in for some drenching rains. But we need to give thanks for it since snow seems elusive this winter.

    Have a good w/e and thanks for entertaining me with all your wonderful books.

  3. Norma Stanforth
      · January 10th, 2014 at 5:21 pm · Link

    Congratulation to the two winners.
    Linda, the is nothing more frustrating as a computer that is either not working or you can’t get it to do what you want it to do. I have be there several times. I look forward to you blogs.
    Hope everyone has a great weekend and blessings.
    As always your friend,

  4. Virginia Horton
      · January 10th, 2014 at 5:46 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. And congrats that your book is doing so well but all of your books are fabulous. I am not real fond of having computer problems but I have two guys here to help me when I have problems. Both husband and son work on computers.

  5. Terri Shortell
      · January 10th, 2014 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I got my prize package today. I love the book and especially love the necklace. It is BEAUTIFUL! It came at the right time. I needed a spirit lift because I’ve had the flu. Hope you have a great weekend and have better luck with your computer.

  6. Pat
      · January 10th, 2014 at 7:17 pm · Link

    Linda I thought I had done a nono since I wasn’t getting any e-mail from you!!! Raced to Wal-Mart on 31st and got Big Sky Secrets! It was the best if them all, even if it did take me till yesterday to finish it. Kids home from school for Christmas break didn’t allow much time for reading! Can’t wait for the next book. It will probably be the best one too. Happy New Year and all the best for you and yours.

  7. Lea Williams
      · January 10th, 2014 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Maybe someday I will be a winner? I am sure many others think that. Nasty weather, not so cold but the wind is blowing hard and rain is predicted on top of our 2 or 3 inches of snow that fell last night. Look foreward to reading your blog, hope your computer is being obediant. Mine is OK but my printer died and I use it a lot. Such is life. Blessings

  8. Emily
      · January 10th, 2014 at 10:01 pm · Link

    Don’t we all have issues with our computers! YUCK! I hate to say this, but our’s is working now, but ‘sure shootn’, one never knows what is going to happen next!

    The wind is blowing and the weather is having a hard time making up it’s mind what it wants to do. Such is life.

    I understand how you get attached to your characters. So do I and I feel lost when I finish a book. Loved “Big Sky Secrets” and can’t wait for the new series! YEAH.

    Have a great week-end and stay well everyone!

  9. CathyShouse
      · January 11th, 2014 at 12:31 am · Link

    I’m in the Midwest and have not ventured out much into the snow and wind chills we’ve had. Today I went to our small town’s library–a place I feel much gratitude for–and was disappointed that they didn’t have any of your newer books, Linda.
    I’m intrigued by your series and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  10. Katherine I
      · January 11th, 2014 at 10:57 am · Link

    I love telling the story of how my husband and I got together. It was in college. My freshman year I worked as a reader for a blind friend. He had a friend that was in the dorm next to me. I took him over there and met his friend, R. There was another fellow in the room. He didn’t say a word. Kinda cute but really shy. Later that year we had a mixer and R. was there. He said why don’t I dance with T. But T stayed shy and hid behind a big chair. When we returned to school for the next year I had signed up for raquetball class for gym. The first day there was the cute guy staring at me the whole time. He looked familiar but I couldn’t place him. A few classes later I figured he was the same shy guy. We eventually go paired up as a mixed double team. We made a good team and won the tournament. A short time later there was a Stranger Mixer where your roomate set you up with someone and you didn’t know who it was until the dance. R. asked me to go with T. and the rest is history. We will have been together 35 years this year; 32 of them married. We really do make a good team. :wink:

  11. Leisa Sellers
      · January 11th, 2014 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Hello Linda!We can all relate with the computer problems! Wanted to send in my story of how husband and I met! Sadly to say, the very 1st time was at my fathers funeral. Ben( now husband) was with my brother driving over the road and when my father passed away, my brother brought Ben home as they were driving team. I worked in Indianapolis, In and had to make the drive home with my sister, her husband and another brother. When we got to the funeral, Ben was there. I had never even dated before, but everyone will tell you, we couldn’t stop looking at each other. Ben was so kind and thoughtful during and after the funeral. When we all got back home, we had to go separate ways. I know GOD was with me as I have no recollection of how I drove the 200+ miles back home! All I could think of was Ben!! Not many weeks later, Ben showed up on my doorstep late one night and we talked the night away! Ben helped me move back to Ky and we were married in Dec. 1989 on a bitterly cold day but he warmed my heart then and now! Married 24 years and counting!!!!

  12. Stormy Dormire
      · January 11th, 2014 at 3:34 pm · Link

    I love to tell how my late husband and I met. It was 53 years ago and I had a summer job working as a carhop at the Big Wheel Drive-In-Restaurant. He and his buddy came in every night for a week in a 59 ford convertible. He and his buddy would sit on the back of the car and His buddy played his car and they serenaded me till closing time. The customers loved it, I was embarrassed but pleased. At the end of the week my boss introduced me to them. And since he was talking to my boss while I worked, I left them at it and got in my car and left at the end of my shift. My boss said he never laughed so hard when Bernard dropped his drink and ran out of the restaurant, jumped in his car and took after me. I saw his headlights and . that scared me and so I turned out my lights on my 58 Pontiac and lost him on the side streets. Just as I lost him, I realized who he was. My conscious got the better of me and I drove to the other restaurant in Otisville and waited for him to show up. He walked into the restaurant, saw me, came over and picked me up right in front of a group of men who worked for my dad. He carried me out the door to his car and home to meet his parents. They were surprised when He brought me in and said, “This is the girl I’m going to marry” The rest is history. My dad was waiting up for me when I got home. He’d gotten quite a few calls/ Bernard followed me home and met my dad. Told him I was the one. We were married 9 months later. Our marriage lasted 31 years and produced 10 living children.

    • Stormy Dormire
        · January 11th, 2014 at 3:35 pm · Link

      Whoops Bernard’s friend played his guitar while the two of them sang to me

  13. Jan Rogoway
      · January 12th, 2014 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Hi. I met my beloved husband on July 2,1954 in Monterey, CA. It was at a Western States Regional Convention of Jewish Youth Councils. I was President of the Los Angeles Chapter, and Jerry was president of the Seattle, WA Chapter. Jerry was leaving for his Army service directly after the convention, and we spent hour and hours talking that weekend. There was definitely a spark! In November, while on leave, he came to LA and met my family, and I flew to Seattle to spend Thanksgiving with him and his family. On his birthday, March 13, 1955, we got engaged over the telephone and a few days later I got a gorgeous engagement ring in the mail. The post office employees and few remaining customers were the first to see the ring…I had arrived as the doors were being locked and the employees said they would only let me in if I showed the ring to them. Our wedding took place on July 3, 1955…one year and a day since our first meeting. and it was the third time we had seen each other. Naysaying friends said it would never last, but we proved them wrong! We had 3 daughters, 4 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren , and just under 54 years of marriage. He was a special, beautiful man until his last breath when he lost his battle with cancer.

  14. Lois Rotella
      · January 13th, 2014 at 3:50 pm · Link

    I found a note book and started a journal on Jan 1st. It feels good doing it and notice I write happy thing most times. I am so happy for you about the Big Sky Secrets. I just finished it. Love the book. I will miss everyone. Looking forward to your new books. The sunshine is out today and that makes me feel good. I meet a friend and we walked and walked. That is a happy time.

  15. Eileen Tallacg
      · January 13th, 2014 at 10:04 pm · Link

    Hello from Hamilton Ontario Canada! It’s very cold, icy and an indoorsey kind of day. A great day to read at LLM book! I just walk into my bedroom and gaze upon my wonderful collection of yet to be read books of yours!! Hmm maybe I’ll go crazy and start two at once! Thanks for being my buddy at night while the hubby’s on night shifts and the daughters are both away at College. Just me the pug and a good Linda book!!!

  16. Joyce M.
      · January 14th, 2014 at 10:32 am · Link

    It’s a dreary rainy day in NJ.

  17. Hilda
      · January 14th, 2014 at 10:59 am · Link

    Linda, we’ve been worried about you! Suddenly I’m not getting your posts in my email any more. Is that because of your new server or whatever? I just finished Big Sky Secrets – WONDERFUL!! It was too short – but then, a great book always feels too short. I was done too soon. I think I need to read the entire series again in a couple of years – one right after the other! I hope you are doing well. And I hope I can figure out how to re-instate my email so that your blogs are send to me!
    Have a good rest of the week!

    • linda
        · January 14th, 2014 at 1:41 pm · Link

      It might be because of the server change, Hilda. Try signing up again. I’d sure hate to lose you!

  18. Scourby
      · October 10th, 2015 at 8:46 am · Link

    very nice blog interesting things are mentioned, i am very happy to visit this blog…

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