#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Long Time No Blog

Sorry about that.  I won’t bore you with the reasons, as they are all mundane and pretty much the stuff we all have to deal with from time to time.

First order of business: This week’s contest winners are JULIE WATSON and TAMMY RAGLE.  Congratulations, ladies! 

What’s that you say?  You didn’t win?  Well, not to worry.  Simply comment and you’re entered in the current round.  Next Monday morning, two NEW winners’ names will be announced right here on this blog.  Each winner receives a signed copy of my newest available book.

Many of you have been wondering about the Wishing Machine.  I’m still experimenting with this very interesting device, so I don’t have a solid story to tell–yet.  I’ve had one experience with the machine and I definitely got results, but they were subtle and pretty personal, so I hesitate to describe them here.  You can see the machine and read the testimonials of other users at: www.wishingmachineproject.com.  I will say that I’ve become friends with Brad Mulder, creator of the machine, and he has generously offered to answer any questions you might have.  Simply enter them in the comment section (yes, it will count as an entry for next week’s contest :))and Brad will enter a reply.

 Yes, there are ghosts and ghoulies aplenty, and True Crime Tuesdays can be pretty gnarly, but host Dave Schrader is a man of light, not darkness.)  I am LOVING the beautiful prayers in this book and I can tell you this: they work.

Another print book I could not put down, one I also heard about on Darkness Radio, by the way, was Ardy Sixkiller Clarke’s “Enounters With the Star People: Untold Stories of American Indians.”  I’ve never been very interested in UFOs, frankly, though I’ve also never questioned that they exist.  To me, it seems impossible that, in a universe this huge and, moreover, a universe that may be only a bubble on an ocean of universes, Earth could possibly be the only planet populated by (arguably) intelligent life.  Anyway, I AM interested in the culture and legends of American Indians, so I read the book–in one sitting.  FASCINATING!  I’m now well into Ms. Clarke’s other book, “Sky People: Untold Stories of Encounters in Mesoamerica.”

Over the weekend, I listened to Laila Ibrahim’s “Yellow Crocus”, an antebellum-era novel about the bond between a slave woman named Mattie and her charge, Elizabeth.  While there were some minor errors, such as the use of the terms “hello” and “okay”, neither of which were known at the time of the story, the characters were wonderfully drawn and the story was compelling.  Since I’m writing a Civil War era novel myself at the moment, I’m more interested in the subject than ever–and that’s saying something, my friends.


72 comments to “Long Time No Blog”

  1. Lynn Allen
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 3:16 pm · Link

    Always enjoy the blog, read it EVERY time it comes out!

  2. Virginia H
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 3:19 pm · Link

    I am going to have to check out this wishing machine, sounds interesting. Not much going on here except the cold weather which I am sick of and so ready for spring. I can’t wait to read your Civil War book because I love books set in this time period.

  3. Dawn Roberts
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Just finished the Marriage Charm, I very much need the third book. Can’t wait to see is Bex gets with Tate and becomes a step-mom. And what about Spence and Melody having a baby? Seriously! I need to know!

  4. Alison
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 3:27 pm · Link

    I also liked the “Yellow Crocus”.

  5. Melaine
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 3:30 pm · Link

    It was good to see your blog today, Linda. When I don’t see one for a few days I’m wondering if I missed it somehow. I’m looking forward to reading your new Brides series. I like to pick them all up at once, since I usually read your books so quickly….just can’t put them down.

    Have a great and blessed week.

  6. Nanci S.
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 3:37 pm · Link

    Glad to see your blog. Sometimes things get put on the back burner whether we want to do that or not. Can’t wait to read the new book….

  7. Billie Sanders
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 3:41 pm · Link

    This afternoon I am baby-sitting my grandson and his 2 golden retrievers, Dyson and Toby. The outside air is very cold and blustery today so we didn’t tarry long on out walk. However, we were out long enough for 3-year-old Dyson to catch a mole and sneak it past me as we came back into the house. His big brothers found that a hoot!

  8. Sue Hodge
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 3:48 pm · Link

    Just glad you are back. Life has a lot of different turns.

  9. Sue Hodge
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Just glad you are back. Life has a lot of different turns.

  10. Ida C.
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Missed your blog and realized that I hadn’t changed my email address, so here I am again. Back with you. May I say I hate change and also this cold weather. Bring on the spring. Will have to check your past messages and catch up. Have a good week everyone. :roll:

  11. Laurie Sullivan
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    I watched the Wishing Machine’s video and am very skeptical. I am going to be watching your postings to see how it works for you. Not that it’s something I would purchase, but out of pure interest.

    I’m halfway through reading your newest novel and am loving it. I’m crushing on Spence a lot! LOL!! Since moving down here to Texas I find myself looking for these characters in the general population only to be disappointed when they fall way short of the “perfect male specimen!” :wink:

    Here’s hoping you have a great day today and many more!


    • Brad Mulder
        · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:29 pm · Link

      Hello Laurie,
      Thanks for watching the video.. For more videos and audio clips (including Dave Schrader’s comments on his results) please check out the “news” section of http://www.wishingmachineproject.com..
      I can understand your skepticism. In the beginning, I also shared it. Then, while using them, amazing things began to happen that I could not mark down as mere coincidence!!! This is what led me to study further and to build my own instruments..
      The positive feedback from users all around the world have been the driving force to constantly improve and build these fantastic machines.
      If in your research you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.. It will be my pleasure to help in anyway I can. Thanks Brad

  12. Ruby Norwood
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Congrats to Julie and Tammy, I’m sure you will enjoy your reads. I am just about through with Marriage Charm. I absolutely love it. I have fell in love with Spence and Melody of course. I can’t wait to see if Tate and Bex get together.

  13. Joyce Ansell
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:21 pm · Link

    Love reading your blog and your insights! I love historical novels, so looking forward to your next book!

  14. Janie
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:24 pm · Link

    Thoroughly enjoyed The Marriage Charm, anxious for the next one. Am also re-reading the McKettrick series, up to Rance. Would like to read an update on your Mom, hope she’s recovered.

  15. Dennis
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:33 pm · Link

    I can recommend the Doug Peterson books, The Disappearing Man and The Vanishing Women. Based on true stories durning the Civil War.

    I think you would like them Linda. Congrats on the new book!!

  16. Deanna
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Glad you are back.

  17. Leanna
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:40 pm · Link

    My copy of The Marriage Charm arrived today. It is great!

  18. Linda Holmes
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:46 pm · Link

    I was begining to wonder if you were okay, because we haven’t heard from you for a while. I hope everything is okay.

    I too am intested in the American Indian. I have a couple of books on some of the chiefs, but have not read them yet.

    There is one book I read called Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson. This book was about Quanah Parker the last Comanche War Chief and Cynthia Ann Parker’s family.

    I Thought this book was very good. Lucia St. Clair Robson also has some other books.


  19. Lois Rotella
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:53 pm · Link

    Hi, hope all is well with your mom. I just finished the Marriage Charm. I enjoyed Melody and Spence and their journey . Looking for to Bex ‘ s story and Trey ‘ story with his boys. Have a good week.

  20. Mary Ann Fuhs
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Hi very interesting blog many questions unanswered.
    Thanks again for letting me win, I love the new book so far I am torturing myself by only reading the cover. Not sure how long I can wait to read the book.

    Thanks again

  21. Linda Holland
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:57 pm · Link

    We all have those weeks. Would love to read new book.

  22. Carol Luciano
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 4:57 pm · Link

    I’ll look forward to reading your Civil War book. An era I love reading about. The Wishing Machine is indeed interesting. Seems to be along the lines of putting positive energy into your wants and wishes. The box giving you an object to focus on. I’ll keep reading about your success on your blog. Thanks again for your interesting posts Linda. :-D
    Carol L

  23. Peggy Casey
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:06 pm · Link

    I love your diversity! Makes me embarrassed to just exist on one “level”…. being a mom/grandma with few outside interests. I really need to start reading and growing again!

  24. Julia Rossi
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:08 pm · Link

    I seriously Love your books. I particularly love the one’s that are a series & have read them all. Just ordered The Marriage Charm can’t wait to read it. I am sure it will be great as usual & I will not be able to put it down until I have finished reading it.

  25. Judi Schultz
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:14 pm · Link

    A Civil War nov l sounds great. I am so fascinated by that war for some reason.

  26. Jo-Ann Baker
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:25 pm · Link

    HI, hope you have a better week. All we have is snow an cold. Sure am ready for spring. Just read The Marriage Charm. Nice read. Can’t wait for the next one.
    Enjoy your week and stay warm ! lol

  27. DonnaC
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:27 pm · Link

    It’s cold in northern Michigan so I have been reading a lot!

  28. Kay Moorhead
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:32 pm · Link

    Love your books.

  29. roz goodenough
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:35 pm · Link

    Your blogs are always intelligent and interesting and I look forward to each one. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself and your interests.

  30. Rhonda Dickinson
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:41 pm · Link

    It’s always good to hear from you Linda! It is cold and snowy here in southeast Iowa. It is winter though, so that it what we should expect, right? :lol:

  31. Diane Blaser
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:47 pm · Link

    I love reading anything/everything about the period during the Civil War years! I have always been fascinated with historical fiction. I’m looking forward to the book you’re writing Linda!

  32. Robin Myers
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Love reading about the Native American beliefs.
    Is everyone healthy again? Hope so.

  33. linda lucy lunde
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:56 pm · Link

    One of my favorite authors–I’ve read about 1/2 of her book list. My favorites are her early historicals

  34. linda lucy lunde
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:57 pm · Link

    One of my favorite authors, have read almost all her books. never disappoints.

    • linda lucy lunde
        · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:58 pm · Link

      one of my favorite authors, never dissapoints

  35. Lynn Grier
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 5:58 pm · Link

    I enjoy reading your blogs.

  36. linda lucy lunde
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 6:00 pm · Link

    Her early historicals are my favorites–I keep re-reading.

  37. Roberta Giordano
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 6:32 pm · Link

    Hope your mom is feeling better. I am going to have to look into the wishing machine. Sounds interesting. Have a great week everyone !

  38. Bridget
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 6:44 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to you Civil War novel. I love books from that era.

  39. Gloria
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 6:51 pm · Link

    Congratulations to JULIE WATSON and TAMMY RAGLE! Enjoy your win.

    Linda, I’m glad you’re OK, and I pray your mom is better by now, and still with you so you can enjoy a good visit with each other without her being sick.

    Have a good and Godly week.

  40. Pam paterakis
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 7:18 pm · Link

    Hope your Mom and you are both doing well. Have a lovely February!

  41. Diana E.
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 7:24 pm · Link

    Congratulations to this weeks winners. I really enjoyed reading the Marriage Charm. Have a good week, Linda. Blessings.

  42. Teresa G
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 7:41 pm · Link

    Have a good week, Linda. Thank you for sharing with us.

  43. Jayme Maresh
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 7:55 pm · Link

    Love your books.

  44. dixie hadley
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 7:59 pm · Link

    WOW. How on heavens earth do you ever find time to do all the things you accomplish each day. I’m meeting myself coming and going trying to finalize the publishing my 2 little children’s books. Please tell me it gets easier with each book. LOL

  45. Linda P
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 8:01 pm · Link

    I am thrilled that you are again writing an historical romance. I loved your original historical romances and have been waiting for your next one. Thank you!

  46. Eileen Aberman-Wells
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 8:02 pm · Link

    Thanks for your post. Glad to see you are back.

  47. Margaret Costello
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 8:13 pm · Link

    What’s this Wishing Machine, Brad?

  48. Marilyn Fish
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 8:23 pm · Link

    I am looking forward to your historical novel.

  49. Lynn
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 8:34 pm · Link

    Yay. Sounds like a good read!

  50. Rita Harden
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 8:54 pm · Link

    Just got my new book. Now I’m planning on when to read it because I won’t be able to put it down.

    Glad you are back, always look forward to your posts. Love hearing you thoughts.

  51. Margaret Costello
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 9:17 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    I very much enjoy your books. I’ve read about 30 of them. I love how the bad boy cowboys find true love and settle down. Keep them coming.

  52. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 9:30 pm · Link

    Your good words about Yellow Crocus remind me that it is a must read.

    I was missing your posts and then here you are!

    Take care.

  53. Nadine Spradlin
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 9:38 pm · Link

    Just started the Marriage Charm really good so far . I too like the Civil war era . long, long ago we watched The Gray Ghost a series on T V . I even liked History about that time . congratulations to last weeks winners Ladies enjoy your winnings . Linda , blog when you can really enjoy reading them . Stay well

  54. Patricia Hann
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 10:05 pm · Link

    I usually read all the previous notes but I am in the beginning/middle of your newest and I see other people are also reading and I dont want to know any little detail that may come out innocently. I also love the Civil war area. What a terrible time for our nation but Americans being Americans excel.

  55. Lea Williams
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 10:22 pm · Link

    Have missed you. Glad you are back. I have been trying to get my little house in order since we painted. Kept wanting a nap today but didn[t get it. Blessings.

  56. Terri Shortell
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 11:40 pm · Link

    The books on the Star People sound so interesting. I’ve said the same thing about life on other planets. There are too many planets and galaxies for ours to be the only inhabited one. I’m going to request those books for my birthday or Mother’s Day. Thanks for the info.

  57. Kelley Morrow
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 11:55 pm · Link

    i haven’t had a chance to read The Marriage Charm yet but I cannot wait! Wish I had a wishing well. Linda, are you still making the labradorite necklaces? Would love some pics!!!

  58. Judy
      · February 3rd, 2015 at 5:03 am · Link

    Love your books! I’ve read most of them! :-)

  59. Niki Davis
      · February 3rd, 2015 at 7:28 am · Link

    Yes I agree about the universe – it would be a waste of space. Not sure we will ever know whether or not there is life out there. Only God knows and he doesn’t have to tell us.

    Can’t wait for the civil war era book you are writing.

    YDF (Your devoted fan)

  60. Tammy
      · February 3rd, 2015 at 10:49 am · Link

    Just started The Marriage Pact yesterday and loving it!

  61. Dawn Seward
      · February 3rd, 2015 at 10:53 am · Link

    I love reading your blogs…..makes such an awesome author seem so down to earth….Thanks for all you do !!!

  62. Karen Silver
      · February 3rd, 2015 at 11:31 am · Link

    Would love to read about the Star People. Trying to find The Marriage Pact in my local Wal-Mart but havn’t found it let. May have to order that one and the Marriage Charm. Love to read your books.

  63. Joyce M.
      · February 3rd, 2015 at 11:47 am · Link

    Glad you are ok. I was worried. There is always some sort of chaos in my life.

  64. Rita Crofoot
      · February 3rd, 2015 at 12:03 pm · Link

    Happy your back, life happens to all.

  65. Mary C
      · February 3rd, 2015 at 1:03 pm · Link

    Not blog related, but…
    Would you put in a good word with Barnes and Noble to issue the McKettricks of Texas as a boxed set. Please.

  66. Mary C
      · February 3rd, 2015 at 1:04 pm · Link

    For the Nook.

  67. Goldie Hale
      · February 3rd, 2015 at 1:14 pm · Link

    I love Civil War books. I am now reading The Marriage Charm. Love it.

  68. therese lopez
      · February 4th, 2015 at 2:09 am · Link

    I love your blog so much, I get so much from it and learn something about you. I can’t wait to read the Marriage Charm, I was sent money for my birthday and i plan on using it to get your book. I already have the first one tge Marriage Pact, I loved it so much so I know this book is going to be fantastic!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  69. Lorraine Pitts
      · February 4th, 2015 at 10:20 am · Link

    Have a great week!

  70. C. C. Harrison
      · February 4th, 2015 at 10:38 am · Link

    Hi Linda, Just happened to catch your blog about the Star People and American Indians. When I lived on the Navajo Indian Reservation as a VISTA volunteer, I met a Medicine Man who told me that he could actually speak to Star People, communicated with them often. He was a very powerful Medicine Man, and he knew things about me and happenings in my past that he would have no way of knowing as I was new to the Reservation, had only been there a couple of days. Be well. – CCH

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