#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

New York, Day 2

This was a free day–I slept in late and then visited one of my favorite shops in the Big City, a little nook called, “The Ink Pad”.  As you might guess, this is a rubber stamp store, but there are other intriguing art supplies available there, too.  Once I’d made my purchases, I taxied back to the hotel–the Westin, on Times Square–dumped the goodies out on my bed, and started playing.  :) 

Lovely, lovely flowers arrived from my agent, Irene Goodman, and from Harlequin, my publishers.  I also bought a big bouquet of peonies at a corner market, along with a simple glass vase to hold them.

By the way, a “few drinks” was two glasses of red wine for me, two cocktails for Wendy, and diet cola for Jenni, though she did sample a mixed drink later on.  :) 

I stayed in on Tuesday evening, enjoying room service, and went to bed early.

Jumping to today, I’m having another good writing day–yeehaw!  There is a gorgeous bouquet of peonies, from my own garden, lighting up my office, and an Aramaic meditation CD is playing on my Bose.  Aramaic, of course, is the language Jesus spoke, and even though I don’t understand a word of it, it certainly resonates.  Did you know that prayer and meditation are good for your brain, physically as well as spiritually?  I’ve been reading a book called “How God Changes Your Brain”, and it’s fascinating.  I expected it to be religiously oriented, but it’s scientific instead.  I highly recommend it.

I’ve also been reconsidering my decision not to offer one of my favorite, favorite books as a prize on this blog–Janet Conner’s “The Lotus and the Lily”.  It’s SO good, so helpful, and so original, and I’m convinced it is changing my life.  Arranged into 30 daily readings, the book draws interesting parallels between Buddhism and Christianity, but it’s really NOT controversial.  The author makes no effort to sway the reader toward one faith or the other, but simply draws very interesting comparisons–there are indeed a number of similarities.  So watch for a contest coming up soon.

For entertainment, I’m reading William Martin’s, “The Lincoln Letter”, and I can barely put it down!  Again, the word ‘parallel’ comes to mind–the chapters alternate between the viewpoints of a young lieutenant in the Union Army, serving in the War Department’s telegraph office and often interacting with Lincoln, and the viewpoints of a modern scholar named Peter Fallon and his lady friend, Evangeline.  Naturally, there are connections between the two story lines, and the writing is crisp, descriptive and very compelling.  I’m going to hate finishing this book–I don’t want it to be over.  Dan Brown’s “Inferno” awaits, along with Louise Penny’s, “A Trick of the Light.”  (My good friend, Jean Barrington, recommended this author, and I’m eager to dive in.)

It’s time to get back to my story–tune in tomorrow, probably in the late afternoon, for another New York installment.  :)

In the meantime, be well.


10 comments to “New York, Day 2”

  1. Gloria
      · June 13th, 2013 at 8:26 pm · Link

    Linda, it sounds as if you’re as busy as a beaver.

    The bill for the food and drinks you all had may be one of those cases where you’re paying for the name and not what you actually got.

    I usually get a cheese burger anywhere I go, and some of the most expensive ones, (which I’d never have bought in the first place if I was payng ), are not as good as a Micky D Happy Meal. And, at least, you get a little toy with the Happy Meal. :-D It is just a name on the front that you’re paying for.

    Take care!

  2. Debbie Allen
      · June 13th, 2013 at 8:32 pm · Link


    You will certainly like Louise Penny’s books. She is a great Canadian writer who now lives near where I grew up. Also incase you did not know, her first book in this series has been made into a movie, that was mostly filmed in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

    Hope you enjoy the book.


  3. Emily
      · June 13th, 2013 at 8:33 pm · Link

    Love reading your blog.

    So glad you are feeling better.

  4. Gloria
      · June 13th, 2013 at 9:46 pm · Link

    I forgot to ask you, Linda, who won the contest you were having before you went to New York?

  5. Kim Cornwell
      · June 14th, 2013 at 5:22 am · Link

    Hope you have a fabulous trip!

  6. Dawn roberts
      · June 14th, 2013 at 7:19 am · Link

    reading the newest Big Sky, and trying to make it last until the next one is available. However, I’ve decided to try some other author, some a bit out of my normal comfort zone. It’s liberating to do and hopefully I will enjoy them. It’s already getting into the high 90’s here in Northern Texas, and for me that mean lots of inside time, so I read, just wish my authors would release books faster.

  7. carole
      · June 14th, 2013 at 9:27 am · Link

    Hi! So glad your having a good day in the writing department and you had fun in New York. I love peonies, they remind me of my grandma’s garden. I don’t have a green thumb so most of my flowers have died just the wild flowers are living and they are so pretty. I had to read Lincoln’s Letter in my history class and other books about Lincoln-then of course we had to do a term paper. Anyways, gotta take my dogs for a walk so have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Diana Eagen
      · June 14th, 2013 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Your NY trip sounds very interesting. The one time I was there years ago when my late husband won a trip through his work. All the sites and the ballet, Swan Lake. Amazing trip.
    I’m reading Big Sky Summer and enjoying it as always. Have a great weekend.

  9. Norma Stanforth
      · June 14th, 2013 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Linda, it sounds like they really kept you hopping in the big apple!
    Sounds like you have been reading some interesting book! I hope you are resting some because trip seem to wear you out, trips are really hard on the body.
    God bless each and everyone and have a wonderful day!
    As always your friend,

  10. William Martin
      · June 17th, 2013 at 4:30 pm · Link

    Dear Linda Lael Miller, Once a week or so, I do the author’s “ego Google” to find out what people are saying about my books. And today I find your very kind comments. I’m glad that you’ve been enjoying THE LINCOLN LETTER and that it’s reading smothly for you. As I’m sure you know, Nathaniel Hawthorne was right when he said. “Easy reading is damned hard writng. And thanks for telling your friends. As I’m sure you also know, word-of-mouth is a writer’s best friend, next to loyal readers. And while you’re in a New York state of mind, you mind consider reading the previous adventures of Peter and Evangeline in CITY OF DREAMS. Yours, Bill Martin

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