#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Let It Snow

After all, it will anyway!

This week’s winners are Barbara Callahan and Sandy.  Congratulations to both of you.  

Each week, two winners are chosen at random from the comments,  Each will be notified by Super Jen, announced on the blog, and presented with autographed copies of my most recent book.  I truly enjoy your comments, and I really hope you will enter.

I’m closing in on the ending of NORTH OF EDEN, and I’m sure glad these characters will appear in SOUTH OF GLORY, the next installment, because I would hate to let them go.  It’s strange how story people become so real to me; I almost feel as though I could call them up on the phone, send them an email, or meet them for lunch.  :)  When I’m really in the zone, I get absolutely LOST in the story, and I’m often surprised to find I’ve written right on through lunch and on toward supper.

Yesterday, I looked out one of the kitchen windows and there was a bull moose on the other side of the fence.  This is my first sighting of a Bullwinkle type in some time, and I was pleased.  The dogs, who usually bark their heads off at anything they see, were strangely silent.  :)  As I write this, they are playing their favorite game, chase and growl and pretend to be wolves in the wilderness.  Both of them are bite-size, but they don’t seem to know it.

With Button gone, I’m down to one kitty, Wiki, aka Wikipedia, Wikman, etc.  I have a curious habit of giving any person or pet a whole string of extra names.  My daughter answered to at least 50 of them, from Walnetto to Weniki to her least favorite, Stink-bomb.  She objected to that last one.  Go figure.

Haven’t done any fancy cooking in a while; no time.  I did make yogurt a couple of times, and it was really good.  (Trust me, not all my experiments are edible.)  

I’m listening to Bill Bryson’s book, THE LOST  CONTINENT.  He’s funny and a very good writer, but slightly too snarky to make my keeper list.

What are you reading/listening to?  If you’ve never tried audiobooks, why not give Audible.com a try?  Your first book is free.  And, no, I don’t get anything for saying that.  :)  Tomorrow is New Book Day, and I can’t wait.

53 comments to “Let It Snow”

  1. Gloria Herring
      · February 6th, 2017 at 9:45 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Barbara Callahan and Sandy!

    Enjoy the snow, Linda!

    • Gloria Herring
        · February 6th, 2017 at 9:46 pm · Link

      And, the moose!

    • Barbara Callihan
        · February 6th, 2017 at 9:53 pm · Link

      Thank you! I was thrilled to be a winner in the weekly contest. I’m going to try audible.com!

  2. Leanna
      · February 6th, 2017 at 9:49 pm · Link

    I am reading Christmas comes on Main Street by Olivia Miles. I have really enjoyed this series. Enjoy the snow, tomorrow we will have an expected record high of 89 in Austin, TX. I used to live in Minnesota, snow is pretty, but I hate living with the hassles it creates and I don’t deal well with the cold.

  3. Terri Shortell
      · February 6th, 2017 at 9:58 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. I bet seeing Bullwinkle was amazing. We recently lost one of our furbabies. It was made worse because my daughter, Koba, had him since his birth (she had his mother) and he passed on Koba’s birthday. I think her other dog knew she was mourning and it made sure to stay close. Definitely a great comfort for Koba. Hope everyone has a great week.

  4. Virginia Horton
      · February 6th, 2017 at 10:12 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I just got Be Mine in Good Hope loaded on my kindle fire to listen to, which I do when I ride my exercise bike.I can’t wait for you Civil War book to come out, so looking forward to read it. Take care and keep up with the pets.

  5. Melaine
      · February 6th, 2017 at 10:14 pm · Link

    Seeing wild life is the best! You look out and see a bull moose, and I’m sure you see deer on a fairly regular basis. I look out my window and see a mama bobcat with 2 babies, or a javelin, and on occasion a coyote.

    Never have been able to get into audio books. I like the feel of a book in my hand while I’m reading the story.

    Have a great week, Linda.

  6. Marcia White
      · February 6th, 2017 at 10:19 pm · Link

    I have read several of Bill Bryson’s books and enjoyed them. They make a good change of pace.

  7. Pamela Mitschke
      · February 6th, 2017 at 10:49 pm · Link

    I’m listening to “The Barefoot Executive” by by Carrie Wilkenson right now, I want to start an at home business making & selling jewelry. :) I don’t blame your dogs for not barking, anything as big as a bull moose comes along & I wouldn’t bark at it either if I were a dog! Lol But I know my crazy 4 lb Chihuahua would have barked at him! :)

  8. Cassandra Clarke-Belgrave
      · February 6th, 2017 at 11:29 pm · Link

    Now Ms. Miller when you see a bull moose near your house what do you do? Do you out and bring your little doggies inside? I live in Brooklyn, NY so you know all my knowledge of a bull moose is from the pages of a book…I read a CJ Box novel that explained that they should not be fed food that humans eat…thanks for sharing that sighting! I will probably dream about a moose in the near future, hahaha, something to look forward to…I just finished reading the 8th Prey book…thought I missed reading it until I reached a part that I vividly remembered reading in the past…but I swear I don’t remember reading the story…all good because I am suffering through a Mother of a cold and I usually only re-read books when I am sick…I think the E-reader makes a lot books seem new! I have to dig around for that book that included the Leopard’s Woman, I have not re-read that in quite a while…

  9. Kathryn Smith
      · February 6th, 2017 at 11:56 pm · Link

    I am like you when it comes to pets, I call our cat the first thing that happens to pop out of my mouth… Puss, Munchkin, Puss-a-muss…etc… lol. my husband calls him a little brown turd. LOL… Our granddaughter calls him Puss-Puss. I have never listened to an audio book, but have been wanting to try one. I just noticed last week the Half Priced Books store I was in has a section of them. I was in a hurry to get to work, so I didn’t get to take a look, but next time I will see what they have.
    have a great weekl

  10. Caryn Horn
      · February 7th, 2017 at 12:05 am · Link

    Lael, as you know W WA finally got just a taste of your weather. Here at the farm we got about 10 inches and if it warms up enough that could be gone in a few days. My DIL’s significant other messaged me that it was snowing again in Spokane so I asked him what he did to piss off Mother Nature! I told my oldest GRAND in Pullman that we got snow and he said I could have all I want. They’ve really been inundated. Luckily he lives on campus and can “walk” everywhere. He’s a sophomore taking a senior level research class this semester but he’s also taking a piano class. He says the latter is fun and very relaxing. I’m so glad he enjoys it!
    Stay warm and dry, and work like crazy! :roll:

  11. Pat Parker
      · February 7th, 2017 at 1:25 am · Link

    Just as I have reread many of your books and series, I am now rereading Robin Carr’s Virgin River series. I love the town and the characters who carry through from one book to the next.
    I read Killer Angels and am looking forward to your Gettysburg story. We visited there and had the most wonderful guide, a postal worker retiree, so full of information!

  12. Marilyn
      · February 7th, 2017 at 2:43 am · Link

    I may have to give audible a try. I ride a bus to work and I have forgotten to get off at my stop more than once while reading.

  13. Peggy E Casey
      · February 7th, 2017 at 4:57 am · Link

    I have a bit of advise… if you are going to buy audio books the most important step is to not get so busy that you forget to download them onto one or more of your favorite devices so you can sync up and listen from multiple devises. Before I did this I was constantly finding myself with the wrong device when I want to listen to my books.

  14. Deborah Nelson
      · February 7th, 2017 at 5:50 am · Link

    Great books to listen to by Fredrik Bacjman:

    A Man Called Ove (2012)
    My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry (2013)
    Britt-Marie Was Here (2014)

    • linda
        · February 7th, 2017 at 1:56 pm · Link

      I loved these books, too!!

  15. Jane
      · February 7th, 2017 at 6:06 am · Link

    I haven’t tried Audible.com. I find that I can find enough books to listen to through our public library service. But they do make housework go easier. I am currently listening to the Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton.

  16. pat Dennis
      · February 7th, 2017 at 6:34 am · Link

    I noticed a comment above about re-reading g a series of bookbo June of 2016 I had a,rather difficult hip replacement. The old hip was loose and the stem broke through my femer. Needless to say, I was inactive for quite a while. I started reading your books . I revisited all the families – was wonderful!

  17. JoAnn Baker
      · February 7th, 2017 at 6:54 am · Link

    I get loss in reading them too. Funny how I was reading a new book by Jill Shavis and laughing. My grandson asked what you laughing at Grandma? Such fun books are I told him. They just take you away to another p!ace. He’s 4 a d just loomed at me and laughing. Thanks for Ann the joy!

  18. Mary Jane
      · February 7th, 2017 at 7:10 am · Link

    Hi Linda, I love your comment about your characters. My favorite books are ones where I can get lost in the story as if I was there. I think this why I enjoy series so much. I come to love many of the characters and want to see what they are doing after the end of their book, visit with them again.

  19. Ruby Norwood
      · February 7th, 2017 at 7:25 am · Link

    Congrats to Barbara Callahan and Sandy on your win! Enjoyed the blog Linda as always.

  20. Theresa
      · February 7th, 2017 at 7:50 am · Link

    Looking forward to your new book! Stay warm and cozy!

  21. DONNA
      · February 7th, 2017 at 8:00 am · Link

    Looking forward to your new book. I had a toy fox terrier who thought he was a much bigger dog. I guess it is a small dog thing. Keep you books coming!!!!

  22. Teresa Fordice
      · February 7th, 2017 at 8:02 am · Link

    time for more kitties!! One always seems to be lonely to me!!

  23. Susan Craig
      · February 7th, 2017 at 8:07 am · Link

    Ha ha! As soon as I read that Bill Bryson was snarky I put him on my TBR pile. I love snarky. :)

    • linda
        · February 7th, 2017 at 1:58 pm · Link

      He’s excellent. My favorite so far is “The Road to Little Dribbling”.

  24. Evelyn Baldwin
      · February 7th, 2017 at 9:18 am · Link

    I want to try audio books! When i read without music in the background, echoing gets so loud, feels as my head is going to blow up! If i have musis, ” old classic rock” i do fine! Read faster yet my head doesn’t hurt and i cannot hear the echoing! Miss my books though. Like looking at the covers! Can’t wait to read your book! God Bless, Evelyn

    • Jan Mauldin
        · February 7th, 2017 at 9:31 am · Link

      Hurry Hurry. Can’t wait 4 the new book
      Have a BLESSED Day

  25. Ann Bartholomew
      · February 7th, 2017 at 9:30 am · Link

    So looking forward to the new book. We won’t have too much longer for “Hero”! I’m always up for the next book. I, too, like keeping in touch with characters in a series. The McKettrick family is wonderful through the generations.

  26. Shelley Anderson
      · February 7th, 2017 at 9:34 am · Link

    I have read hundreds of books but, my go to for anyone who asks us … The Mitford series by Jan Karon there are 13 in the series the first 6 are fantastic and the newest one Come rain or come shine is possibly the best book I have ever read. Please give them a try if you haven’t yet. Good reading!!!

  27. Donna Brant
      · February 7th, 2017 at 9:56 am · Link

    Really looking forward to your new book. I can just imagine how you begin to feel as though you live with your characters. I feel the same way as I read your books. The scenery around your home just sounds so lovely and exciting. And all those animals!

  28. Elaine Key
      · February 7th, 2017 at 10:19 am · Link

    Currently I am reading or I may be re-reading Creed’s Honor. I’m not sure if I have read it before. Some of the scenes are familiar but yet they aren’t familiar. That’s what happens when you get old. I use to remember every book I had read and everything in them but now it seems I forget as soon as I am finished. I use to make fun of my Mother when she would re-read her books. Now I understand. Anyway I am enjoying reading it or reading it again, whatever.

    I can’t get in to audio books. My mind tends to wander while I’m listening. Of course I love reading the words. I’ve always loved reading ever since I learned how when I was six years old. Back then Alabama didn’t have kindergarten. I was born and reared in Alabama. I only moved to Tennessee 14 years ago.

    Our weather has been warm and rainy. Here it is February and I am still wearing summer clothes. We really didn’t have a Fall this year and now it seems we’re not going to have much of a Winter.

    My daughter-in-law would be jealous of you getting to see a moose. She has a moose fetish. Her house is decorated with moose pictures and moose figurines. One year for Christmas I bought her moose silverware. She already has moose dishes.

    Well, enjoy the snow. I’m glad we don’t have any. We have had a few flurries. It’s pretty but it’s hard to walk in, especially with my two bad knees.

  29. Lynn Hill
      · February 7th, 2017 at 10:37 am · Link

    Good morning Linda, don’t you just love nature? I would love to have my house to be sitting in a place where I could just look out a window are so very blessed! or sit on my porch and just watch it. Yo

  30. MicheleJ
      · February 7th, 2017 at 11:09 am · Link

    A bull moose? Cool! Did you get a picture? My little ankle-biters would have tried to take him on. They aren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree but they do blink a lot! :-P

  31. Clarita Goodspeed
      · February 7th, 2017 at 11:22 am · Link

    You mentioned you get lost in your story well that’s how I am when I read your books. Especially all the series. By the last book I feel as if each and everyone of your characters no matter how large or small of a part they play, I feel as if they are all part of my family. Love your writing. Don’t ever stop!

  32. Lois Rotella
      · February 7th, 2017 at 11:54 am · Link

    Hi Linda, I can’t imagine seeing a bull moose aka Bullwinkle. Being a city girl all animals like that seem so large to me. Looking forward to you newest book and reading the civil war books when they come out. I am currently reading a cozy mystery by Jenn Mckinlay. Tomorrow going to the bookstore to get some new books that were released today. Have a great week and congrats to the winners enjoy your books.

  33. Linda Beaudoin
      · February 7th, 2017 at 12:52 pm · Link

    I tried audio books years ago and found that I always fell asleep and had to go back and reread the chapters over again. I gave it up as a lost cause. I’ll take my hard covers and paperbacks anytime. Also occasionally read a nook book.

  34. Nancy Rieks
      · February 7th, 2017 at 1:43 pm · Link

    I used to listen to audio books all the time on my way to and from work, now that I am retired I will get back into it but this time at home..

  35. Donamae Kutska
      · February 7th, 2017 at 2:03 pm · Link

    I never listened to a book yet, but, want to give it a try.

  36. julie Watson
      · February 7th, 2017 at 2:30 pm · Link

    You asked what we are reading. I love winter reading. When its cold and stormy I’m a happy camper. Buy my books by author and have half a dozen favourites. Yourself of course, as well as Robyn Carr, Debbie MacComber, Jill Marie Landis, Lindsay McKenna, and a recently discovered Jodi Thomas. I love series, recurring characters so purchase books year round and save them for reading season. Right now, I’m deep into your Stone Creek series. Took forever to find The Rustler, so now I’m happily enjoying all four books. Lovely to snuggle up with.

  37. Gayle Young
      · February 7th, 2017 at 2:33 pm · Link

    I have read all of your books that are available on open library.org. All with the exception of the books on Daisy. I can only read the ebooks. Thank you for your great stories.

  38. Cathy Barton
      · February 7th, 2017 at 3:15 pm · Link

    Every few years I reread your McKettrick series so that’s what I’m reading now. I love all your books

  39. Tracy Huskey
      · February 7th, 2017 at 4:44 pm · Link

    I have always loves to read your books I have read them for years.

  40. Diana E.
      · February 7th, 2017 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your book is coming along so well, Linda. Really looking forward to reading it. Blessings.

  41. Joann Quijada
      · February 7th, 2017 at 9:41 pm · Link

    Hello Linda….ongratulations to the winners! I just finished reading Two By Two written by Nicholas Sparks. Awesome book & before that I had read your newest release. Our winter here in Ohio has been hit & miss, warm & cold. It would be great to look out my window & see a moose there because I get excited just to see a deer or red fox. Thank u for blessing many lives with your amazing books!!

  42. Katie Speer
      · February 8th, 2017 at 12:22 am · Link

    I am reading Arizona Heat, 24 Days of Christmas, and Have A Little Faith by Mitch Albom. I’m envious of your snow! I’m in Phoenix.

  43. Kathy Bennett
      · February 8th, 2017 at 3:51 am · Link

    Currently reading “Skipper Stories: True Tales from Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise” – love that ride!

  44. Linda
      · February 8th, 2017 at 8:13 am · Link

    I am going back and re-reading a bunch of your books. They are just as good the second or third time around

  45. Joanne B
      · February 8th, 2017 at 11:40 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I tried audio books years ago and didn’t have good luck with them. I’m a little afraid to try them now.
    I really enjoy reading and re-reading your books. They always make me smile. I’m currently reading Sydney Landon’s Danvers series and Kristen Ashley’s The Colorado Mountain series.

  46. Judy
      · February 8th, 2017 at 6:40 pm · Link

    I too love audiobooks, but I have a differeent taste from you. I like J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts, and the romance writers both historical and comtempory. I’m not happy with audibles decision to stop offering the 3 format. I’ve had to buy a new Mp3 player.

  47. Laura Eldridge
      · February 8th, 2017 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Love your books. I reread them over and over again. Just finishing editing my first novel. I hope I created characters and scenes that you would love.

  48. Eugenia Riddick
      · February 10th, 2017 at 9:00 am · Link

    I tried an audiobook many years ago and learned it was abridged. That turned me off, because I want the entire story. The imagery keeps the imagination stirred. I saw a PBS documentary, and the scientists are studying the decline of the moose population. No answers yet.

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