#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


You know I love Mondays, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while.  Weatherwise, this one definitely qualifies as gloomy, overcast and dark, with more rain on the way.  We had a dandy thunder and lightning storm last night–what a show!

The weekend went pretty much according to plan–I made some artist trading cards, did some reading, listened to several podcasts and a memoir by Joyce Maynard (author of “After Her”, a novel I mentioned on the blog a while back) called “At Home in the World.”  It was quite fascinating–memoirs usually are, which is why they are among my favorite reading material–detailing her development as a writer (I thought I started young! ), struggles with marriage and motherhood, and her youthful romance with author J.D. Salinger, of “Catcher in the Rye” fame.

I remember reading that book in high school–it was scandalously frank, for the time–and my friends and I passed around the same dog-earred copy until it literally fell apart.  I don’t recall much about the book, to be honest, but I do recall why we all wanted to read it–because our moms didn’t want us to.  :)  

There’s a new contest starting this week, so make your comments.  One difference, though–I’m traveling Wednesday through Sunday, on a research trip, so winners may not be notified and announced until next Monday.  If I can blog on the road, I will, but it’s always a crap-shoot, since I am not the most technologically savvy person in the world. 

In the meantime, I’m going to be mysterious about my destination.  :)


62 comments to “Monday”

  1. Andrea Lammly
      · September 16th, 2013 at 1:48 pm · Link

    This mysterious research trip; hmm, possibly for a new book?
    We sure hope so! Have a safe and enjoyable trip.

    Happy week to all!

  2. Laura Pinciotto
      · September 16th, 2013 at 1:50 pm · Link

    I remember reading catcher in the rye. When I had brought it home from school my older sister was surprised that we were reading it because it was banded when she was in school.

    Have a good trip

  3. Wendy Mathews
      · September 16th, 2013 at 1:51 pm · Link

    We had the thunder & lightening on the western side of the state, too! Love a good storm :) Safe travels!!

  4. Judy Howell
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:02 pm · Link

    Research? Hmmm, maybe some place in Montana. Enjoy your trip.

  5. Jaime brooks
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:05 pm · Link

    Just finished Big Sky Wedding, loved it!!

    • barbara wallin
        · September 16th, 2013 at 6:26 pm · Link

      Wasn’t that just a great book.

  6. Patricia M Hann
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:05 pm · Link

    Have a productive trip. hope to hear about it soon.

  7. Maryjane Hoffman
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Enjoy your daily postings and look forward to seeing what all you have been up to! Also love your books!! Thanks!! MJ

  8. Leanna
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:09 pm · Link

    Just finished Big Sky Wedding! Loved it! Cannot wait for Laundy’s story. January is a long wsit. Have a nice trip!

  9. Betty Hamilton
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:09 pm · Link

    I Loved Big Sky Wedding and am looking forward to Big Sky Secrets! TY for the great reads!!

      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:12 pm · Link

    I hope you have a safe & fun trip. I hope this research is on a new series of good looking cowboys.

    Wish some of that rain from your area would come to Texas since we need it so bad.

    Stay safe.

  11. carole
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:12 pm · Link

    Sounds like fun a research trip…have fun!
    I can remember reading a book that my parents didn’t want me to read(I was the only one that read books for all my brothers would read about football, fishing and hunting) it was about the Dallas Cowboy football team, can’t remember the exact title, but my dad was pissed that my mom would let me read it, I laugh about now for the sex isn’t so bad compare to what they write now. I love to read all kinds of books mostly romance and about cowboys!
    Have a wonderful week!

  12. Tammy R. Dodson
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:13 pm · Link

    Safe travels and have fun!!

  13. Regina M.
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:15 pm · Link

    Love to be curled up on the couch during a rainstorm with a good Linda Lael Miller book!! Nothing like being taken back to the “Old West” with some strong and sexy cowboys. Hopefully your research destination includes another cowboy!! Happy research.

  14. Clairette Zaleski
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Have a safe trip!! Just finished reading Big Sky Wedding–just loved it!! But all your books are enjoyable to read***

  15. Rene Y
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:22 pm · Link

    Happy Trails!

  16. Ida C
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:30 pm · Link

    Enjoy your travels Linda and we’ll wait, impatiently, to hear about them. Stay safe!!

  17. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:32 pm · Link

    We’re not used to overcast, gloomy and rain here in Santa Fe, NM. And that is exactly what we have been getting.

    Safe Travels :-)

  18. Liz M
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:34 pm · Link

    I so look forward to your postings. They make me laugh and smile. I just went to a second hand store and found more of you books. I am keeping them for a good reading day. I also just ordered Big Sky Wedding and can not wait to start that one. Thank you for posting and safe trip. Just enjoy :)

  19. Lorraine Pitts
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Just love reading your blogs and books, still hoping and praying for a 3rd Mojo book. Fixing to reread the first two again. Love ALL your books. Many thanks for all of the enjoyable hours spent reading your wonderful stories!!!! xoxo

  20. Sherry Wallace
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:44 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good weekend! Reasearch trip, huh, & being mysterious about it…hmmm, this must be a good one to come

  21. Lois Rotella
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:47 pm · Link

    MMMM….. Secret research trip !!! Sound interesting !!! Have a safe and good trip. :-D

  22. Alisa Boisclair
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:51 pm · Link

    So mysterious. Can’t wait for another book. Love the historical westerns the best.

  23. marilyn hurst
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:53 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful research trip.

  24. Joanne Ozment
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:56 pm · Link

    Happy travels. I am technologically impaired as well.

  25. Ruby Norwood
      · September 16th, 2013 at 2:58 pm · Link

    I know what you mean about your mom not wanting you to read a certain book. I’ve been there and done that. Linda have a safe and good trip.
    Ruby Norwood

  26. becky Barnes
      · September 16th, 2013 at 3:16 pm · Link

    RAIN??????? We have had 19 inches in 4 days.. Now that’s rain!!!!! I hope you are researching Mojo`s comeback….PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE!!!!! And wear your cowboy boots if you are anywhere near Colorado

  27. Heather Charity
      · September 16th, 2013 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I was in Jr High when I read Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel. In 9th grade I started Valley of Horses. Holy Moly!!! I knew about sex, etc…but THIS was an education! Gracious. And Lord have mercy, can you imagine what the boys on the bus would have said or done had they gotten their hands on THAT book! I blush, now, even contemplating it! 8-O

  28. Diana E
      · September 16th, 2013 at 4:08 pm · Link

    Wish you well on your research trip, Linda. Hope its very productive for you. Sounds like a fun thing to do. Sending you blessings.

  29. Roberta Giordano
      · September 16th, 2013 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Hope you have a nice trip !

  30. Norma Stanforth
      · September 16th, 2013 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Linda, it sound like that book that you girls were passing around a suspense, romance book that probable did fall apart. I pray that you have a safe trip starting Wednesday through Sunday. God bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend.
    Norma :wink:

  31. Michelle Huang
      · September 16th, 2013 at 4:58 pm · Link

    Have a safe but fun trip!!

  32. zola udell
      · September 16th, 2013 at 5:27 pm · Link

    I hope you have a very productive research trip. Please get your proper rest and meditation, and eat well. Stay healthy and safe, and I look forward to hearing from you whenever you are able.

  33. Marianne W
      · September 16th, 2013 at 5:27 pm · Link

    Enjoy your trip! Look forward to hearing all about it — especially where you are going!!! 8-)

  34. Gloria
      · September 16th, 2013 at 5:30 pm · Link

    Linda, I hope you have a safe trip and get back home safe and sound.

    Will you ever give any of your artist trading cards as a winning gift? That would be neat.

  35. Linda P
      · September 16th, 2013 at 5:36 pm · Link

    There is a device that you can purchase which plugs into your laptop and gives you a web hook-up similar to cell phone service. You pay a monthly fee just like a cell phone and I think it uses satellite service. I think that this would be very useful to you during your travels. I also believe that it could be tax deductible as a business expense. Have a great trip. :wink:

  36. Becky Johnson
      · September 16th, 2013 at 6:17 pm · Link

    Hope you have fun in your travels and run into some handsome cowboys to spark ideas for upcoming books. I’m ready for another tantalizing Historical Romance!! Love You and your books! :-D

    • Linda P
        · September 16th, 2013 at 6:28 pm · Link

      I would also love to read a new Historical Romance from you. Please consider the idea!

      • Jessica W
          · September 17th, 2013 at 12:47 pm · Link

        I would also LOVE some historical romance novels. Maybe some McKettrick historical novels?? Anyone have any news about the McKettrick tv series/movie? I thought it was in the works, and cant wait to hear news about it :)


  37. Bridget
      · September 16th, 2013 at 6:49 pm · Link

    Enjoy your trip, maybe you will see some fall colors!


  38. Lisa Johnson
      · September 16th, 2013 at 6:50 pm · Link

    I like Joyce Maynard too. Very talented son too. Love Hart of Dixie! Took me 1 day to read Big Sky Wedding. Can’t wait for the next one. Also re-read My Darling Melissa this weekend and Corbins Fancy!

  39. pat Yates
      · September 16th, 2013 at 7:07 pm · Link

    Sunshine and heat for us here! Wish we had your rain, under drought conditions again. Either feast or famine, but all is good when we are allowed to wake up for another day! Love a good thunder and lightening storm! Sit out on the front porch and watch them.
    Have a good trip, and be safe.
    God bless

  40. April Mc Vey
      · September 16th, 2013 at 7:27 pm · Link

    Have a safe trip! :wink:

  41. Jeri H
      · September 16th, 2013 at 7:41 pm · Link

    I remember in high school passing books our mothers would not approve of to friends. We thought we were fooling them but they probably knew anyway.

    Have a safe trip! I can’t wait for your next book.

  42. Debbie B.
      · September 16th, 2013 at 8:08 pm · Link

    Just finished Big Sky Wedding and loved it! Dying to read Big Sky Secrets now! Have a safe trip

  43. Sandra S
      · September 16th, 2013 at 8:40 pm · Link

    A research trip! Sounds fun. If it’s for a future book, hope it’s still in the West somewhere. You do such a great job making us feel like we’ve lived in you “book” towns.

  44. Emily
      · September 16th, 2013 at 9:31 pm · Link

    Sounds like fun…a research trip. Hope it is to someplace wonderful, full of promise and hope and love!

    I have been “out of pocket” again and will be for awhile longer. Sick relatives. God has a plan! (I have learned this the hard way!)

    Have a great trip, stay well.

  45. Georgie Edgar
      · September 16th, 2013 at 10:55 pm · Link

    I love your books & read them & can’t put them down. I love the stories with sexy cowboys & strong woman. I love the arousing sexual encounters. I loved the series of books & I have read all your books. I borrow them from the library as I can’t afford to buy them being a single mom. I how your trip is exciting & full of prospects of another new book or series. God bless your trip!

  46. Lea Williams
      · September 17th, 2013 at 1:02 am · Link

    A research trip huh. Hope it is successful. That storm was something wasn’t it. The wind and dust before the rain was awful. My car looked like a mud pie this morning. I do pray your trip is useful and besides that, have fun. Blessings

  47. Bonnie Pruett
      · September 17th, 2013 at 8:40 am · Link

    Oh, Linda , I do love your blogs. For one, you take the time to write everyday, well, almost. The way you write about your day makes it feel like you are a dear friend that I have here in Carrollton GA. We talk or text each other from once to several times a day. That’s just one of the things that makes me feel like I know you well enough to call you my friend. I’ve never met any other famous person who is as much a real, down to earth person like you, who doesn’t let their fame go to their head and enjoys the fame they recieve due to their talent and forget that their readers helped get them there. Thank you for being you.


    Bonnie Pruett

    PS: Have a wionderful week. 8)

  48. Stephanie Cronin
      · September 17th, 2013 at 10:52 am · Link

    Dear Linda,

    Thoroughly enjoy reading your books.This is the first time Ihuave responded, Unfortunately I have been in rehab for the last three months and am now wheelchair bound temporarily .-so I have to rely on others for my books.Have a safe trip and keep on writing. Sincerly,Stephanie Cronin :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

  49. donna harris
      · September 17th, 2013 at 12:14 pm · Link

    We finally got much needed rain here after over 30 days of no rain. Everything around here so dry and dried up. I feel for the farmers and peoples gardens.
    I never read “Catcher in the Rye” but I just might have to now.
    Good Luck and have a safe trip!

  50. Jessica W
      · September 17th, 2013 at 12:50 pm · Link

    Hope you have safe travels and get to experience something “new”. I finally got all your books and arranged them on bookshelves. Now the fun part…deciding which book to read first. Trust me, this is NO easy task. I’m sooo glad I stumbled upon your books at the library. I think the first one I read was “Pirates”. I was hooked from the very first book, with no looking back!! :)

    -Jessica 8)

  51. Crystal
      · September 17th, 2013 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Linda……Destination Forest Hill Louisiana to see your Dearest Fan Crystal!!!!!!!!!!! However my cards on gonna be that you are going to visit Sister Sally or Las Vegas or maybe you planned a little trip to have more time with your friends in California. If you need my physical address I will be happy to give it to you or let me know of an arrival time at AEX and I will pick you up!! LOL ….and PS I would have rather came to Spokane!!!! HAHAHAHA With Much Love, Crystal

  52. Judy Eagle
      · September 17th, 2013 at 5:04 pm · Link

    I too would like to see a new MOJO book. I was very disappointed there were only two as I was not finished reading her yet. :) However, the Wyoming books have been keeping me happy.

    • frances u.
        · September 23rd, 2013 at 12:13 am · Link

      I hope your research is for a new book including mojo and tucker. You left a cliff hanger! Lol I have been waiting for the third book for so loooooong. :roll: :lol:

  53. Jennifer Zorko-Legan
      · September 18th, 2013 at 8:20 pm · Link

    Research trips are always fun. Have a GREAT time.

  54. Tia
      · September 18th, 2013 at 10:44 pm · Link

    Have a fun, productive, safe research trip and look forward to reading the book it leads to.

  55. Jennifer Damone
      · September 19th, 2013 at 12:14 pm · Link

    Have a good trip! Finished reading Big Sky Wedding. Another outstanding book! I already pre-ordered the new book coming out in January! :)

  56. Joyce M.
      · September 19th, 2013 at 5:08 pm · Link

    Have a good trip and no I don’t love Mondays.

  57. Cheryl Messer
      · September 19th, 2013 at 9:55 pm · Link

    Come to New England! The weather is just beautiful right now!

  58. Betsy
      · September 23rd, 2013 at 1:10 pm · Link

    Love biographical books as well. Try The Dressmaker of Khair Khana-very inspirational story about the true grit of women!

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