#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Moving in slow motion

I do seem to be in Slow-Mo mode today–in fact, I’ve been that way all week.  Not sick, not especially tired, but just not very energetic, either.  I’m thinking it might be the weather–we get some lovely sunshine now and then, but the sky has been overcast, too, and the barometric pressure is surely low.  Being ultra-sensitive to energy, I feel these things.  :)  My get-up-and-go got up and meandered off someplace, evidently.

Oh, well.  It’s pretty much all good around here anyhow.

I AM enjoying the Molly MacRea mystery–and THREE SOULS.  That’s one to curl up with, on an overcast afternoon, and get lost in.

Does anyone else have a book they’d like to recommend?

When I spoke of the one-comes-in-one-goes-out rule, I wasn’t including favorite books.  I keep those, too–in fact, I have several different editions of each of Dorothy Dunnett’s wonderful historical novels, as well as the Harry Potter books and Mary Stewart’s Camelot series.  Some books are definitely meant to be re-read, and I’m honored that some of you include mine in your collection of keepers.  :) 

There are other Total Keepers, too, upon my shelves.  All the books on gemstones and crystals, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, Civil War histories and certain biographies, especially those by David McCullough, such as 1776 and TRUMAN.  I do believe we form life-long bonds with certain books, especially novels.  Who could forget (or give up) Seton’s KATHERINE?  Or LITTLE WOMEN?  Or JANE EYRE?  These books are actual places, it seems to me, landscapes of the imagination where one can take refuge over and over again, and come away with some new insight or shining image every time.

Dorothy Dunnett’s books are so multi-layered that I can read them repeatedly and invariably find something I missed before.  Her scenes are so vivid, her characters so REAL.

What a colorless world this would be, without books.

Without flowers.

Without pets.

And certainly without all of you.

Truly, I am blessed.


59 comments to “Moving in slow motion”

  1. Denise King
      · May 8th, 2014 at 5:04 pm · Link

    Good evening Linda, try Beverly Jenkins, Bring on the Blessings series,we’re on book 5 now Heart of Gold.you won’t be disappointed, enjoy the rest of your day.

  2. Dianna
      · May 8th, 2014 at 5:18 pm · Link

    I cannot even think of life without books. How boring life would be.

  3. Patrice
      · May 8th, 2014 at 5:30 pm · Link

    Hmm I just finished up Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts. It’s the second in her latest trilogy so will have to wait til October for the next one. I also recently read her In the Garden trilogy; Blue Dahlia, Black Rose and Red Lily, which being older had all 3 books out and ready to read like pretty maids all in a row! :) I had not read her trilogy stories in quite a few years, but am very much enjoying them again now. :-D

  4. Marie Anne
      · May 8th, 2014 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Life would be very incomplete with out books…..
    One of the first books my grandmother recommended to me was “Except for me and Thee” by Jessamyn West. A lovely story about settling out west. The other were the series of books beginning with “All Creatures Great and Small” by James Herriot. I still have my copies she gave me and pull them out from time to time!
    I’m having the same issues over the last 2 weeks with just not having energy and I’m usually a get up and go kinda gal. Must be something in the air! Hang in there and wish you the best! :wink:

  5. Virginia Horton
      · May 8th, 2014 at 5:34 pm · Link

    I can’t imagine life without books. I love Civil War romance and yes I have my Gone With the Wind on my keeper shelf. It is the book that got me started reading romance. I have been mowing the lawn today so very busy. I am tired now so just going to do a little computer stuff and spend the rest of the day reading and relaxing.

  6. Ruby Norwood
      · May 8th, 2014 at 5:37 pm · Link

    I would just love to have a new Linda Lael Miller book to read and the thing about it, I don’t have long to wait. Well said Linda about the flowers, pets, books and all the people.

  7. Cathy g in Tn
      · May 8th, 2014 at 5:49 pm · Link

    I think one of my favorite re reads are Julie Garwoods for the roses as it has the west and England in it with a mystery thrown in. I also have re read your spring water series over and over too

  8. Karen Cotton
      · May 8th, 2014 at 6:14 pm · Link

    You would like anything by CJ Box with his Joe Pickett series, Craig Johnson and his Walt Longmire series, Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch series.
    Margaret Coel and her Wind River Indian series, or her two Katherine McLeod books that I was a reference for.

    Also Amanda Cabot who is from Cheyenne and write Christian historical romances or Mary Gilgannon, who is also from Cheyenne and does romances of all types. Her books are eBooks, but she has a new paperback coming out soon :)
    God bless and best wishes for a less dreary day. Try wearing yellow it really brightens up your day. :roll:

    • Karen Cotton
        · May 8th, 2014 at 6:16 pm · Link

      I forgot to mention Tina Ann Forkner and Joanne Kennedy both romance writers in Cheyenne, as well as Michael Shay who writes short stories.
      hummingbird minds.com is his website. He works at the Wyoming Arts Council.
      phew..good reading ahead for ya..that should keep ya busy for a while.

  9. Rosemary
      · May 8th, 2014 at 6:17 pm · Link

    Linda, I recommend Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Series. Her talent is magnificent and without giving anything away, gemstones play a huge part of her stories. Oh and, don’t fight it, get cozy and enjoy the cosy weather!

  10. Cecelia Kelsey
      · May 8th, 2014 at 6:22 pm · Link

    I highly recommend The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and The Collectors by Nora Roberts!

  11. Virginia Dodds
      · May 8th, 2014 at 6:39 pm · Link

    1,000 Whie Women by James Ferguson, the Journals of Mary Dodd. She was sent with other women from the East by the federal government to assist the Indians in assimilating into the white man ‘s ways.

    • Ann Bartholomew
        · May 9th, 2014 at 4:25 pm · Link

      What a wonderful book. It’s hard to believe it’s fiction.

  12. Wendy Mathews
      · May 8th, 2014 at 6:44 pm · Link

    I love to re-read my favorite books! I can’t even count how many times I’ve re-read “A Wanted Man”, “The Rustler”, etc…(LOVE those Yarbro men!), and of course, the McKettricks…the Creeds…the list goes on!! I consider my favorite books to be old friends; and who doesn’t love to visit old friends??!

  13. Marilyn O'Brien
      · May 8th, 2014 at 6:59 pm · Link

    If you like historical fiction, I recommend Roseanna M. White’s Culper Ring Series about the use of spies during the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War. Includes 3 novels and 2 novellas (as eBooks). (2013-2014)
    Or, a littler fair is M. C. Beaton’s Six Sister Series – Minerva through to Fredrica (about six sister growing up in the Edwardian era, their misadventures, and pursuits for romance. M.C. Beaton is one of Marion Chesney Gibbon’s pen names. (1982-1985) :wink:

  14. Patricia Taylor
      · May 8th, 2014 at 7:04 pm · Link

    I have the same problems when the barometric pressure is low. I feel a bit depress plus lethargic when it gets too low. One of my favorite books is Outlander by Diana Galbaldon.

  15. Terri Shortell
      · May 8th, 2014 at 7:05 pm · Link

    I can understand the slo-mo syndrome. I’ve been experiencing it myself lately. I agree about keeping certain books. There are some books that are meant to be reread. I keep all of yours. A few others I keep are Jodi Thomas, Nora Roberts, Karen Robard, Sandra Hill, and Heather Graham. There are others but these are the top ones. I’ve reread so many books and enjoy the voyage as much as I did the first time. Have a great night. It’s raining here again. :cry:

  16. Dawn Roberts
      · May 8th, 2014 at 7:06 pm · Link

    Books to keep always are anything Jane Austin, I also like Vicki Lewis Thompson, she write some fun stuff and some great western romance. I recently found Valerie Bowman, and so far she has proven to be a great writer. The disappointment comes when you find someone and they totally change their style.
    I live in the great state of Texas, where our weather is actually bipolar, yesterday sunshine in the mid 80’s today low 70’s and thunderstorms, possible tornado in the area. So moving my daughter home for the summer from UNT was great fun in the rain today.
    Enjoy the cool weather, read a book and have a nice cup or tea (or :) 2)

  17. Joanie gonsalves
      · May 8th, 2014 at 7:22 pm · Link

    Lol funny we think your books are a blessing LLM
    A memoir I loved was “the glass castle” by
    But your books I can read a second time
    And get lost in beautiful western family world

  18. Judi Schultz
      · May 8th, 2014 at 7:26 pm · Link

    Mary Stewart is one of my all time fave authors. And anything by Barbara Michaels. Those are among my “keepers”. And just FYI: YOUR books are included in my “keeper” place. I love love LOVE your “McKettrick’s of Texas” trilogy. “Austin” is my favorite. <3

  19. Pamela Devereux
      · May 8th, 2014 at 7:27 pm · Link

    I agree with you on authors that you go to time & time again to read. I once read that you can see 40 shades of green in Ireland. That is a place that I love to read about. Someday I hope to get there. My son went last year with his girlfriend & he said Mom, I am going to find a way to send you there. It was amazing.

    I love flowers & I know my kids will send me some for Mother’s Day.
    I look forward to see what kind they are going to send this year.

    Thanks for writing books that I love to read & read again!!

  20. Gloria
      · May 8th, 2014 at 7:28 pm · Link

    Today is my youngest son’s birthday, and I’m almost as tired today as I was back then. I’m about too tired to comment, so…I won’t. :-D

  21. Helen Benson
      · May 8th, 2014 at 8:00 pm · Link

    We are so blessed with you Linda. I so look forward to your daily blogs and all your joy for life that you share with all of us.
    Thank you!!

  22. Judy Eagle
      · May 8th, 2014 at 8:14 pm · Link

    I too would be lost without books. I read mostly on my Kindle now for two reasons I am losing my sight and Kindle print can be enlarged and I can get a LOT of books on it (I use it for reading only so don’t lose much room to other things. :) Have a GREAT week and I hope your energy comes back soon.

  23. Patti
      · May 8th, 2014 at 8:15 pm · Link

    I am almost 1/2 way through Don’t Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde. The characters are dealing with very difficult things in their own life an yet are helping each other. It is breaking my heart and inspiring me at the same time.

    I also recommend The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O’Neal. It is about 4 women that become very close friends through their blogs.

  24. Rita
      · May 8th, 2014 at 8:15 pm · Link

    Since you asked I will repost,my recommendation of” All the Faraway Horses” by Buck Brannaman he is the horse whisperer,of Robert Redford fame. He is from our Spokane,CdA area. He has an interesting story to tell.

  25. Rita
      · May 8th, 2014 at 8:19 pm · Link

    I forgot to mention, I have been down 12 days with respiratory flu and its aftermath, low energy a major symptom,along with cold type effects. Hope that is not what you are getting.

  26. Leanna
      · May 8th, 2014 at 8:41 pm · Link

    My book closet would be very colorless without my books. I love all the beautiful Colorado.

  27. Nadine Spradlin
      · May 8th, 2014 at 8:56 pm · Link

    Linda Lael miller would be my first choice, Joan Johnston , Diana Palmer , Laverle Spencer ,Kathleen E. Woodiwess , Leigh Greenwood , Joanna Lindsey ,to name a few. some I might lend or trade but none of these. we’ve worked in the yard yesterday & today , plowing, raking planting grass seed , & covering it with wheat hay I too am POOPED. If it rains the whole week-end shouldn’t there be grass next week ? Can only hope . So sorry you had the blahs this week, but there is always tomorrow .Oh I noticed that you put books before flowers most people I know would do the same . Have a good week end

  28. Christina Keach
      · May 8th, 2014 at 8:58 pm · Link

    I’m feeling a little energetically heavy this week too. Kinda feel like I’m slugging through mud.

  29. Lorraine Pitts
      · May 8th, 2014 at 9:04 pm · Link

    I probably need to get rid of some of my books, they are so old the pages are falling out and the covers are tearing but, I just can’t do it!!!!! They are like old friends and I love them!!!

  30. Cindy Zint
      · May 8th, 2014 at 9:09 pm · Link

    Hi Miss Linda!
    I know all about slow mo days…they happen more than I would like and I have been trying so hard to straighten our messy house out. I hope you feel better soon! Have a Happy Mother’s Day! God Bless! :-)

  31. Norma Stanforth
      · May 8th, 2014 at 9:13 pm · Link

    The book that i have of your i would never let go i don’t have a lot of them, i get a lot of books from the library. My granddaughter gets them for me. I love a lot of you older book also. I am glad that you are not sick. You are a special lady. Blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

  32. midge watkins
      · May 8th, 2014 at 9:42 pm · Link

    I have those “slug days” off and on, too. The last two weeks,
    however, have been energizing ( as much as my normal low
    energy level can get) for me. I think getting out and doing
    yard work, gardening, horse grooming in the nice weather has
    a huge impact on how I feel. Monday the vet came and did
    the shots, exam, etc for the horses, and yesterday, the cat
    visited the vet for the same stuff. As wind and rain is planned
    for Spokane tomorrow, I plan to do inside things. Maybe a
    little drawing or crafting. I really enjoyed the Peabody series
    by Elizabeth Peters, starting with “Crocodile on the Sandbank”.
    Very intriguing with mystery and great humor. I picked up
    your novel “The Bridegroom” a couple days ago at Yokes and
    can’t wait to start it. I’m close to having read most of your
    books, so keep writing! I really love your blogs.

  33. Roberta Giordano
      · May 8th, 2014 at 10:00 pm · Link

    Today was a dark and dreary day. A good day to read. Have a nice weekend Linda.

  34. Pam monast
      · May 8th, 2014 at 10:45 pm · Link

    Just finished reading the Man from Stone Creek for the umpteenth time. I still want to know what happened to Ben, Mongo’s son. Lol. One of my favorites!!

  35. Juanita Rice
      · May 8th, 2014 at 10:49 pm · Link

    Other than the usuals by you, Robyn Carr, Laura Taylor, Toni Blake I recently ran across Yellowstone Heart Song by Peggy L. Henderson; some time travel and a lot of information about life in Yellowstone before it became a national park. There is, of course, a romance. ;)

    We wait until the end of this month for the Marriage Pact…right? :)

    Hugs for you!

  36. Sal
      · May 8th, 2014 at 10:49 pm · Link

    I am listening to A Girl Named Zippy. I am only a couple if chapters in but so far, it is hilarious !

  37. Harriet Vick
      · May 8th, 2014 at 10:51 pm · Link

    Oh, Linda! Funny story about books that I just have to share with you. Years ago a friend of mine was trying to get me into altering books into art journals. I told her I couldn’t rip out pages or fold them or paint them so she decided to bring me the pages she had torn out of a book so I could play with them. She tore pages out of Jane Eyre! I think I screamed! I was mortified that anyone could destroy Jane Eyre! She hated the book so didn’t mind doing awful things to it. I could not descecrate the pages even though they were torn out by someone else!

  38. Patricia Hann
      · May 8th, 2014 at 11:11 pm · Link

    I so agree. You are one of only a select few who stay in my library. Your books are so well written. I can re read them and found something new. Thank you.

  39. Jennifer L.
      · May 9th, 2014 at 12:40 am · Link

    Linda, you and your stories are truly a blessing to us. :)

    So many of your books are on my keeper shelves. Tne McKettricks are some of my favorite comfort reads.

  40. Diane Vought
      · May 9th, 2014 at 12:43 am · Link

    And the world is so blessed
    by people like you to give us
    these wonderful books!
    Thank you so much!!

  41. Linda (Lindy) Park
      · May 9th, 2014 at 2:10 am · Link

    “What a colorless world this would be, without books.

    Without flowers.

    Without pets.”

    I totally agree with you! I wouldn’t want to live in a world without them.

  42. Lois Rotella
      · May 9th, 2014 at 6:37 am · Link

    Hi Linda, I love the Victoria Thompson Mysteries. They take place in early 1900’s. The main characters are a policeman and midwife. If you have the time check them out. Have great weekend.

  43. Debbie Allen
      · May 9th, 2014 at 10:02 am · Link


    There is a great Canadian Mystery Writer who has won quite a number of awards for her Mystery books. Her name is Louise Penny.
    These books are great. They take place Quebec Canada.

    I think you might like them.

  44. Cheryl Hoffmann
      · May 9th, 2014 at 10:07 am · Link

    I too am moving slowly this morning, however my reason is because I am enjoying my grandkids. After undergoing breast cancer & chemo last year I am enjoying life at a slower pace currently. A special Thanks to you Linda for your books were my salvation during those times and continue today. I love all your books!! Some of the older ones were a little harder to get, but I found them! Blessing to you dear lady.

  45. Joyce M.
      · May 9th, 2014 at 12:03 pm · Link

    I can not imagine a world without books.

  46. Patricia Drennen
      · May 9th, 2014 at 12:24 pm · Link

    I love reading your blog everyday.I really enjoy info about authors.Have a wonderful Mothers Day

  47. Brenda I.
      · May 9th, 2014 at 12:40 pm · Link

    The weather is like that at times. Hang in there! Have a wonderful weekend!

  48. Ann Bartholomew
      · May 9th, 2014 at 4:22 pm · Link

    I love to reread books and always find something I missed the first time through. That’s what happened as I was rereading Yankee Wife yesterday. You were writing about me in this passage: “For all Lydia’s good intentions, she has a fascination with books akin to a drunk’s addiction to liquor. She loved just to look at books, touching their bindings, sampling just a paragraph or two from the ones that proved purely irresistible.”

    I think that’s why I don’t use my e-reader much. There is just something about holding a book!

  49. Matt Alling
      · May 9th, 2014 at 7:52 pm · Link

    Hi Linda….you know I don’t post….but HAD to recommend a book to you….. “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. About the UW crew team going to the Olympics. Riveting!!!!

      · May 9th, 2014 at 8:01 pm · Link

    We are all blessed to have you in our lives, Linda.

  51. Connie Johnson
      · May 9th, 2014 at 8:53 pm · Link

    Happy Mother’s Day, hope you have a wonderful weekend. Your books are definitely keeper. Along with Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Laverle Spencer. Thank you for all your work.

  52. ,carol
      · May 9th, 2014 at 11:28 pm · Link

    Happy Mother’s Day to you! I’ve been in a mood, have to work all weekend and I sure miss my mom a lot! sure wish she was still around, I’m trying to get into a better mood so I bought a few books to read one was yours and I went to the library and found a few of the ones I haven’t read and Debbie MaComber’s so I’m in a happier mood! Have a wonderful weekend!

  53. Pam Brewer
      · May 11th, 2014 at 4:22 pm · Link

    I have great difficulty in replacing books. On occasion someone will suggest a book that I don’t read, or, quite a few years ago I belonged to a book of the month club and received books I probably wouldn’t have purchased from the shelf. Those types of books have been the only ones to leave my house, and honestly they are very few and far between. Once I read a book I feel a connection and cannot bear to part with it. It becomes a part of me. Which is also why I have difficulty reading books on my Kindle Fire. I usually download free books and hope that I can get to them, eventually. But I have downloaded books that I also have the paper edition, because who knows when the e-reader will quit?
    Congrats on the weight loss. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration :lol:

  54. Norma Stanforth
      · May 11th, 2014 at 6:03 pm · Link


    • Gloria
        · May 12th, 2014 at 12:29 am · Link

      Norma, I hope you had a good Mother’s Day, also, and that you feel better.

      I’m still praying for you.

  55. Dotty Weis
      · May 13th, 2014 at 4:45 pm · Link

    Linda, if you like civil war stories have you read David Sahara’s The Killer Angels about the battle of Gettysburg real great novel

  56. Hildie McQueen
      · June 4th, 2014 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I had the same problem and it turned out to be Vitamin D deficiency. Who woulda thunk? ;-) Take about 1000 Mg for a few days and you’ll be good as new. I take one every day now.

    I too love Outlander, if you haven’t read it, do. You’ll love it.

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