#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Missing Blogger Found :)

Here I am, alive and well, in Spokane, Washington.  :)

What have I been doing?  Well, writing, mostly.  I’m in the revision stage of “Once a Rancher”, and I’m hard at it, which doesn’t leave me much time–or energy–for anything else.  In case I sound as though I’m complaining, I’m definitely not–I love this book and these characters, and I certainly hope you will, too.

As promised, our current winners are: Cheryl Hoffman and Susan Levan.  Ladies, your signed books will be winging their way to you as soon as Jen has your snail-mail information.  And of course there’s a new contest underway now, so if you didn’t win, no worries.  You’ve got a fresh shot at victory every single week.  :)  All you have to do is comment, and you’re in.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified, and see their names announced right here next Monday.

We’ve had something of a heatwave here in the Northwest for the last week or ten days–the grass is dry and the well is low, and I, for one, am praying for a good rain.  Today is overcast, and I felt a few drops land on me when I was out for a brief walk, but it’s still pretty hot, and the forecast isn’t all that encouraging.  Alas.

I worked yesterday, and the temp was up in the low 100s somewhere.  Bernice, the Yorkie, insisted on our usual walk to the barn and back and I caved.  She was overheated, however, so I should have used better judgment.  Fortunately, I’d just read about using cold washcloths to cool down a panting pet, and the trick worked.  Bernice looked mighty cute, with a red washcloth draped across her little back, like Superman’s cape, and she was back to normal in no time at all.  Lesson learned.  I’m supposed to be in charge around here–not the dog.  :)

I haven’t had much time to read, and I’m feelin’ it.

74 comments to “Missing Blogger Found :)”

  1. Donna white
      · June 29th, 2015 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Looking forward to your next book love all your stories

  2. Linda Holmes
      · June 29th, 2015 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Congrats, Ladies.

    It’s been nice here. In the 70’s or 80’s. Right now it is 68 and raining. I was out this morning before the rain came pulling weeds from my flowers and veggie garden.

    They don’t seem to be growing very fast, but I think that is because it is not real hot. We’ve had lows in the 50’s the last few nights.

    I just finished The Marriage Season it was very good as were the other two.


  3. Nadine spradlin
      · June 29th, 2015 at 4:50 pm · Link

    congratulations to the winners & when will ONCE A RANCHER come out ? Have a good week , Linda , stay cool …

  4. Kay Schock
      · June 29th, 2015 at 4:54 pm · Link

    Love your books. I have been reading them for years and still am saving them. I enjoy going back and rereading them.

  5. Beverly Sivacek
      · June 29th, 2015 at 4:55 pm · Link

    I understand your desire for rain. Southern California, actually all of California, could use a long, nice, soaking rain. Fortunately I live approx. 5 miles inland from ocean, so it’s still comfortable where I live… and am VERY GRATEFUL for this. Hopefully we West Coast states get some good rain soon. Glad to hear Bernice cooled down quickly with her “Super Dog” red cooling cape!

  6. Kay Schock
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:00 pm · Link

    I have enjoyed your books for many years. I still have almost all of them and am saving them to reread.

  7. Lois Rotella
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:00 pm · Link

    I hope your area and the rest of the west gets relief from the extreme heat and also get some rain. Poor Bernice for getting over heated. She must of looked with her red wash cloth.

  8. Kay Schock
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:02 pm · Link

    I have been reading your books for many years. I still have almost all of them and am keeping them because I enjoy rereading them.

  9. pat Dennis
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Another new book – I can’t wait!!!!!

  10. Jean M.
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Boy can I relate to the warm weather! Out here in Southern CA we have had triple digits & it is not good for “man nor beastie”! I always love to read about your experiences with your little & big buddies. Glad to hear that both you & your buddy are doing well & staying cool! :) Yes..and another great book is on the way! Yay!! Congrats to this months winners, too! :)

  11. Jennifer Damone
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Always looking forward to new books!

  12. Patricia Taylor
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:15 pm · Link

    You can definitely have some of our rain from Northern Illinois. We broke a record for the wettest June ever. Water in the basement is definitely proof of that. My garden is the sadess it’s ever been from too much water. I was so looking forward to fresh veggies. Maybe I should have planted rice. Only 78 degrees right now but humid. I’m not complaining either. It’s just is what it is. More rain in the forecast for most of this week. I really would like to share some of this rain. No sense in being greedy.

  13. Virginia H
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:20 pm · Link

    It has been pretty dry here also, we did have a pretty good rain the other day but most of the time the rain is going around us. Tempst are in the mid 8o’s today so not to bad but we have had some really hot days before that rain. When it does rain the ground sucks it right up.

  14. Mary forsee
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:20 pm · Link

    Wish I could send you some of our
    Rain. It’s flooding here. I’m not far from the Mississippi river.

  15. Terri
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:22 pm · Link

    We’ve had some hot and humid days here also. This weekend was cooler but we had an intense thunderstorm on Sunday. Wish I could send some of our rain your way. We’ve had so much that we are experiencing flooding and flash floods. Wish there was an in between. :-P 8)

  16. Dixie Hadley
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:26 pm · Link

    Can hardly wait for the new book to be completed. Stay cool if possible :-). It has been unusually “hot” here in the north Georgia Mountains also. I stay in during the hottest apart of the day venturing out after the sun begins to set. I have a beautiful view from my enclosed sun porch, without having to endure the heat. Glad Bernice recuperated just fine.

  17. Pamela Devereux
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:28 pm · Link

    Keep cool. I know that heatwave that came through was to much for you up in the northwest. I am so glad that you are into writing your book. We are looking forward to when it comes out.

  18. Melaine
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:33 pm · Link

    Linda, you haven’t mentioned your ankle, so I taking that to mean you are completely healed. We’ve had some high temps here in southern AZ, and with the coming monsoons it’s been a bit too humid. Looking for a good rain to lower temps, and water plants and critters.

    Have a wonderful and safe 4th!

  19. Lorraine Pitts
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Have a great week, glad your dog is okay!!!

  20. Evelyn Baldwin
      · June 29th, 2015 at 5:50 pm · Link

    Glad to hear all is well with you. Visiting Cape Hatteress this week with family. Reading as usual. Had to theathen to remove Xbox from the 3 thirteen year olds. Cannot be loud while my reading is in session! From cool to warm humid to occasional storms. Now sunny. Yea! God Bless! Keep those fabulous books coming! Evelyn.

  21. margy hawkins
      · June 29th, 2015 at 6:00 pm · Link

    I hope the horrible heat wave will end soon!! I can’t wait for your next book!!

  22. Laura Ann
      · June 29th, 2015 at 6:02 pm · Link

    You’re not the only one who has a bossy dog Linda. My chihuahua may only be five pounds but he is “large and in charge!”

  23. Sharon S.
      · June 29th, 2015 at 6:22 pm · Link

    Linda, if you think you’re in charge when there is a dog around (or cat, for that matter), you should know better by now. Mine drag me around by the nose. One is diabetic and wouldn’t eat her dog food, so guess who is cooking twice a week for them…and the cat, not to be left out because he thinks he’s a dog, has to have a spoonful as well and NOW I’m baking treats for them and I don’t bake! YIKES!

    Didn’t know the trick about the cold cloth. My diabetic Pom pants all the time, even when her hair is cut. I might try that to see if it helps the sweet thing. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Ruby Norwood
      · June 29th, 2015 at 6:25 pm · Link

    Congrats to Cheryl and Susan on your win!! Sounds like you have been busy with the new book, can’t wait to read it. I hope y’all get rain soon. We have been experiencing the same thing here, we finally got 1/2 inch of rain on Saturday with bad thunderstorms, but temp was way over 100 degrees for several days.

  25. Gloria
      · June 29th, 2015 at 6:27 pm · Link

    CONGRATULATIONS TO Cheryl Hoffman and Susan Levan! Enjoy your books ladies.

    I’m sorry your dog got over heated. Bernice is smart, so maybe she learned a lesson, too, and won’t want to go back out when it’s so hot.

    Keep cool!

    • Gloria
        · June 29th, 2015 at 6:28 pm · Link

      Did you ever tell us how last Wednesday’s WW and picnic went? If you did, I must have missed it, but that would be easy for me to do. :wink:

  26. Teresa Wilson
      · June 29th, 2015 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Praying that you and Bernice stay cool and well!

  27. Gale Sroelov
      · June 29th, 2015 at 6:37 pm · Link

    Poor puppy! Gaw, this heat gets everyone, even us humans. I live outside of Vegas, yes in the desert, and normally the 115 degrees is tolerable if I stay inside. I’ve had to wear “real” business clothes as I have a conference in town this week and by the end of the day? I look like an overcooked noodle! Ah well. Take care and yes, you TRY to be in charge. Let us know how that works out for ya! :-P

  28. Donna
      · June 29th, 2015 at 6:39 pm · Link

    Always anxiously await the new books coming out. Love your style of writing. Have all your books on my shelf. Thanks for writing, PLEASE keep them coming.

  29. Eileen Kolick
      · June 29th, 2015 at 7:19 pm · Link

    Dog owners are never in charge! They are our babies and as they age out children. Just one look into their beautiful eyes and we melt! Give Bernice a hug from me!

  30. Jo-Ann Baker
      · June 29th, 2015 at 7:23 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I’d like to send you some of our rain. We could use some sunshine and heat! The rainest June in Ohio in years.
    Have a good week writing. Can’t wait to read a new book.
    Smile an you will feel better and if you give a smile to someone else they will too. :lol:

  31. Clairette Zaleski
      · June 29th, 2015 at 7:36 pm · Link

    I love all your books. I keep them to re-read them later on.

  32. Charlotte Litton
      · June 29th, 2015 at 7:58 pm · Link

    Hello Linda, glad to hear Bernice is ok, pets sure keep us in line. Do you have a tentative release date for Once a Rancher?
    Congratulations to the winners.

  33. Sharon Rackham
      · June 29th, 2015 at 8:04 pm · Link

    Hello Linda,

    Just finished reading The Marriage Season that you so kindly sent me. It now has a special spot on my bookcase along with the other two books of the Bliss County series. I LOVED IT and I LOVED THESE THREE GALS AND THREE GUYS.

    Keep writing as you were meant to be.


  34. Sunnymay
      · June 29th, 2015 at 8:04 pm · Link

    We’re ahead on the rain here by Lake Erie and would be willing to share a bit of the wet stuff. It sure sounds like you’ve been busy trying to cool off and have your hands full of calves. Mostly, I write poetry and get my ideas from everywhere.

  35. Gayle Larson
      · June 29th, 2015 at 8:10 pm · Link

    Cannot wait to read the rewrite. It is hot in North Carolina also.
    At least we have a breeze here in the mountains.

  36. Caryn Horn
      · June 29th, 2015 at 8:20 pm · Link

    Thank goodness you’re diligently working!! Even though we are closer to the coast, I feel your heat, er, pain! It’s been so hot here I’m forced to sit in the shade with a huge iced tea and read!! Can you imagine?

  37. Roberta Giordano
      · June 29th, 2015 at 8:25 pm · Link

    Congratulations ladies ! Linda can’t wait for the new book !

  38. Laurel Canty
      · June 29th, 2015 at 8:27 pm · Link

    Love, love, love your books!!!!

  39. Valdi M
      · June 29th, 2015 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Good luck with being in charge. Never has worked out well for me.

  40. Linda Solcich
      · June 29th, 2015 at 8:55 pm · Link

    Sure hope you got some rain. We are still getting a little on an off though it is way hot here in Central Texas. Looking so forward to the new book.

  41. Leanna
      · June 29th, 2015 at 8:57 pm · Link

    I live in Texas so it gets HOT in the summer, I have to walk the dogs as soon as I get up or it gets too hot. Glad your dog is ok. Our dogs have a kiddie pool to cool off in they love it!

  42. Peggy Casey
      · June 29th, 2015 at 9:04 pm · Link

    Hope you are staying cool! I saw on facebook where there was a family anniversary party for Steve and Debbie which was hosted by Dusty and Tracey at their new home on Deep Creek… or I should say it was held in the creek… LOL. The entire party was in the creek… tables and chairs as well as the BBQ! Leave it to Dusty!
    Stay cool and keep writing! I’m so excited to read a new book!

  43. gretchen maine
      · June 29th, 2015 at 9:05 pm · Link

    Sure wish I could send you some of our rain! It’s done nothing but rain for weeks. The chief has been hooked on to the haybine for a solid month and it hasn’t moved. He’s threatening to unhook from that and hook back on to the plows, then maybe it will stop raining!!

  44. Dawn Roberts
      · June 29th, 2015 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Around here in North Texas, our weather is Bi-polar. You. Ever know from day to day if it will rain or shine.

  45. Lisa Murray
      · June 29th, 2015 at 9:17 pm · Link

    It sounds like we are alike in some ways. You said you were feeling not having time to read. I get a major case of the crazies when I can’t read. In 1990 I had extensive retinal surgery on both eyes including as clearly buckle being put on one eye. I was forbidden to read for 6 weeks. I caught myself reading cereal boxes. Toilet paper wrappers anything to read! NEVER want to go thru that again!

    • Lisa Murray
        · June 29th, 2015 at 9:18 pm · Link

      Scleral buckle. Spell check got me!

  46. Cheryl Hoffmann
      · June 29th, 2015 at 9:56 pm · Link

    So excited to win, Thank you. Love your books, over & over again. If I loan any out I am a hound dog to get them back, lol.

  47. Marcia White
      · June 29th, 2015 at 9:59 pm · Link

    Just a bit cooler in New England so far, but have finally had some beneficial rains the last several weeks. Everything is green and blooming. Wishing for some cooler weather soon for you. Love you books and looking forward to the next one.

  48. judy
      · June 29th, 2015 at 10:08 pm · Link

    Dogs are always the boss. They think they are. Have a great week.

  49. carole
      · June 29th, 2015 at 10:11 pm · Link

    Its hot here where I live in Crawfordville, fla. but I like it hot! I can’t wait to read Once a Rancher! love your books and congrats to the 2 winners! have a great week!

  50. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · June 29th, 2015 at 10:23 pm · Link

    I get withdrawals when I’m caught up reading all of your books. Looking forward to your new writings.

  51. midge watkins
      · June 29th, 2015 at 11:02 pm · Link

    My neighbor has a 4 yr old Yorkie named Ava and we put her in
    my pool yesterday so she could realize she could swim and be
    cool. She did well, but wasn’t impressed. I then put her about
    4ft from the steps so she could swim to them and learn to get
    out in case she falls in. Looked like a tiny drowned rat! But,
    it was 107 deg at that time and I’m sure it felt good to her. I
    know it did to us! I’m looking forward to “Once a Rancher.” Is
    it like a Parable story? Whatever, it’ll be good. Take care and
    keep everyone (including Bernice) cool.

  52. Audrey Tollefson
      · June 29th, 2015 at 11:34 pm · Link

    I’d love to win. I have read several of your books. Thank you.

  53. Susan Levan
      · June 30th, 2015 at 2:10 am · Link

    So excited to have gotten a chance to win. Thank you. Love reading your books over and over again. Have a great week, i know i plan to, because i just signed my kid’s up for the summer reading club that our library hosts every summer, so things will be a little quiet here. 8) :wink: :lol:

  54. Linda Gwiazdowski
      · June 30th, 2015 at 6:56 am · Link

    love all your books,try to stay cool.

  55. roz goodenough
      · June 30th, 2015 at 8:21 am · Link

    Here in Michigan it’s been low humidity and cool for this time of year. Open bedroom windows at night with perfect sleeping. Mid 70’s during the day. Lake people are crying but to my way of thinking it’s perfect yard working weather. We’ve had more than our share of rain and as a result a bumper crop of mosquitos. We love summer no matter the weather here. A respite from freezing temps and snow banks. Hope you get rain soon Linda!

  56. diane wade
      · June 30th, 2015 at 8:26 am · Link

    I know what you mean about the heat. and how our spoiled pets get their way. lol

  57. Bridget R.
      · June 30th, 2015 at 8:28 am · Link

    Looking forward to reading your new book! The title sounds good!

  58. DONNA
      · June 30th, 2015 at 8:34 am · Link

    It is warm here in NJ too & I love it!! (better than cold & snow) Keep writing I love your books.

  59. Eriko
      · June 30th, 2015 at 9:15 am · Link

    You always find the positive things to write! Thank you!

  60. Rose Marie Moran
      · June 30th, 2015 at 9:37 am · Link

    Hope you are no where near any of the fires in your State.

  61. Brenda
      · June 30th, 2015 at 11:38 am · Link

    Stay cool and hydrated.

  62. Linda A. Beaudoin
      · June 30th, 2015 at 11:38 am · Link

    Here in the northeast, some days it still feels like spring.

  63. Gloria Jenkins
      · June 30th, 2015 at 2:00 pm · Link

    We have been having rain almost every other day here in Northern Virginia. I plan my days off from work to sit outside and read unfortunately it never works out that way due to the rain. We do need the rain so I sit inside and read while doing wash.:)

  64. Cheryl Morgan
      · June 30th, 2015 at 2:06 pm · Link

    Stay cool. Good to hear from you.

  65. therese lopez
      · June 30th, 2015 at 3:53 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies on your win, that’s awesome!! Hope you have a great week. Love your blog so much!!

  66. Linda Wirth
      · June 30th, 2015 at 5:19 pm · Link

    I always look forward to your new books and usually preorder them for my Kindle. Been reading you since the 80’s I think the first story I read of yours was in Good Housekeeping. They used to have long short stories by new writers and yours was one I read. Then I started looking for your books and still love reading your stories. Thanks you so much. Linda2

  67. Diana E.
      · June 30th, 2015 at 9:02 pm · Link

    Congrats as always to this weeks winners. Pretty hot here in Eugene, too. Looking forward to that new book, Linda. I’m celebrating my first Great Granddaughter, born Sunday, she is beautiful!!! Blessings.

  68. Ann Bartholomew
      · June 30th, 2015 at 11:25 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to any new book you pen for us. We are a bit cooler than normal here in SoKY with highs in the low 80s. A pleasant situation for us!

  69. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · July 1st, 2015 at 8:58 am · Link

    I was almost ready to join Bernice under a cool wet towel. Our AC went out late Monday night.

    A friend of a friend had us back up and running by 2:00 afternoon. Not fun.

    Hope Yorkie B has recovered completely.



  70. Mary D Wornick
      · July 1st, 2015 at 11:31 am · Link

    Hi all, hope this finds all doing okay. As for me I am doing just fine the weather finally broke we are back down in the 90s instead
    or the 100s. It rain Tuesday night what a blessing it was so nice that i walk my pups in the rain……………lol it remains you of that song Who is that fool walking in the rain, it was so nice by time i got out it was a soft sprinkle of rain.

    Talk with y’all later have a good one and god bless and keep safe :wink:

  71. April Mc Vey
      · July 1st, 2015 at 2:21 pm · Link

    That would be hard to do with my shepherds .. They would need a big towel . Limit my walks to early or late hours here in Texas. :wink:

  72. Valdi M
      · July 12th, 2015 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Dry here Idaho also. We have has some thunderstorms with a lot of lightening. Our biggest fear is always forest or range fires. Wishing for rain too.

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