#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Thank heavens Jen will be back to work soon!  As Gloria pointed out, I did forget to announce last week’s winners.  I’ll have to check and post the names tomorrow.

I fully intended to begin my new book today, but the fates were evidently against me.  I switched on my computer, ready to begin, and fresh from a nice meditation under my pyramid, and was immediately met by a virtual  (no pun intended) tsunami of pop-up advertising.  After some detective work, and a great deal of frustration, I might add, I finally discovered that my security program had been shut down.  I probably did that myself, but that doesn’t mean I have the vaguest idea how.  (Have you guessed?  I have a love/hate relationship with computers.)  In any case, the experience certainly makes me appreciate firewalls, etc.

In other news, as they say on TV, the new contest begins today.  There will be two winners, announced on Friday.  All you have to do is make a comment–preferable a nice one, of course.  :)  Winners are chosen at random.

I’m listening to Christopher Buckley’s book, BUT ENOUGH ABOUT YOU.  This is a collection of essays, and I am genuinely enjoying it.  Over the weekend, I took in a novel called THE WISHING THREAD–the author’s name escapes me–a very fanciful story that kept me thoroughly entertained.  I also made some artist trading cards–I can’t seem to help doing that–using dimensional paints (Ranger’s Liquid Pearls and Decoart Glass paint), going for a stained-glass look.  So far, so good.

I’m happy to say that my new book, the start of the BRIDES OF BLISS COUNTY trilogy, THE MARRIAGE PACT, will be out soon–specifically on May 27.

That about covers it for today, my friends.  More tomorrow.


62 comments to “Oops–”

  1. Dawn Roberts
      · May 19th, 2014 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for new book, already have it pre ordered for IPad reader. Spent all day Sunday reading, what a treat for me.

  2. Lorraine Pitts
      · May 19th, 2014 at 10:34 pm · Link

    Have a great week!!!! Happy to have a new book soon!!!!

  3. Leanna
      · May 19th, 2014 at 10:36 pm · Link

    I hats computer problems. Looking forward to the new book.

  4. Billiesue Sanders
      · May 19th, 2014 at 10:37 pm · Link

    I am eagerly awaiting The Marriage Pact. A new LLM book is always exciting for me.


  5. Emily
      · May 19th, 2014 at 10:38 pm · Link

    I am back after a long time. Taking care of sick family/no computer!

    I too have a love/hate relationship with computers.

    Can’t wait to get the new book. Have a great week writing.

  6. Pat
      · May 19th, 2014 at 10:44 pm · Link

    I enjoy hearing about what is going on in your life. I am continually amazed at how many books you are reading. I read four to six a week but am not as busy as you. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  7. Gloria
      · May 19th, 2014 at 10:45 pm · Link

    I don’t have a love/hate relationship with computers, but I will say this…I really like being able to keep up with my friends on the computer and I realy dis-like not knowing what I’m doing half the time. Come to think of it, I have that problem with a lot more things than computers. :( :-? :-D

    Linda, I pray you and all the Blogging Buddies have a great rest of the week.

    • Gloria
        · May 19th, 2014 at 10:46 pm · Link

      Like…how to spell REALLY the same way twice.

  8. Gwyn Beams
      · May 19th, 2014 at 10:49 pm · Link

    really enjoy reading your post.i am like you and things just seem to happen on my computer and i have no idea why.hope you keep up the good books and enjoyable letters. :wink: :-P :)

  9. Ruby Norwood
      · May 19th, 2014 at 10:52 pm · Link

    I pre-ordered Marriage Pact today, can’t wait for it to come to my door knocking. Lol

  10. Patricia Taylor
      · May 19th, 2014 at 10:53 pm · Link

    I definitely have a love/hate relationship with computers. I’m a genealogist and I had just finished writing about my great great grandfather to send to another researcher. I was using Word. Somehow I lost it. Have had all kinds of suggestions from techies on how to get it back but nothing has worked. Apparently I hit a key by mistake. When you have to rewrite it’s just never quite the same. :cry:

    • linda
        · May 21st, 2014 at 11:30 pm · Link

      Ouch! That’s awful.

  11. Shawn Oxendine-Walter
      · May 19th, 2014 at 10:54 pm · Link

    Soooo looking forward to The Marriage Pact! Let the summer reads begin! A little early, yes, but that’s ok. :)

  12. Laura Davidson
      · May 19th, 2014 at 11:08 pm · Link

    Yeah!! I pre-ordered “The Marriage Pact” weeks ago ….. I can’t wait for it to come out! :D

  13. Mary Goodman
      · May 19th, 2014 at 11:08 pm · Link

    My 13 year old daughter helps me with my computer and helps me post on Facebook.I feel so old :lol:

  14. Pamela Devereux
      · May 19th, 2014 at 11:10 pm · Link

    Linda, you sound like my husband around the computer. Anytime something happens, he calls me to say, “I think I screwed up.” I just laugh because it is something so simple.

    So in support of my husband’s liquid diet he has to be on for the next 2 days, I am following with him. I would feel so guilty eating when he can’t. Wednesday morning can’t get here quick enough.

    Looking forward to your new book.

  15. Pat Yates
      · May 19th, 2014 at 11:16 pm · Link

    Something else we have in common. If it wasn’t for my daughter-in-law and granddaughter I wouldn’t even be able to check my e-mail! BUT—-today was a good day for me. FOUND MY CRYSTALS! Have been looking for them since you talked of yours. Then I found my bag of small rocks I had misplaced. ( My children make fun because I believe they talk to me.) Don’t hear actual words but they let me know if I don’t place them in the right spot. Isn’t life a kick!!!
    Keep well and God Bless.

  16. Debbie Koziel
      · May 19th, 2014 at 11:28 pm · Link

    Can’t wait until next week for The Marriage Pact!!

  17. Gwenda Underwood
      · May 19th, 2014 at 11:33 pm · Link

    I have the same love/hate relation
    ship w/ my computer, good luck!!!

  18. Mindy
      · May 19th, 2014 at 11:34 pm · Link

    Computers do make our lives easier? :roll:

  19. Pat Ramsey
      · May 20th, 2014 at 12:15 am · Link

    Cant wait for your new book to come out! I just finished ‘Wild about Harry’. Loved it.

  20. Rita Crofoot
      · May 20th, 2014 at 12:15 am · Link

    Boy , do I feel a lot of sympathy, or should I say empathy for your computer experiences, I have had and worked with them since 1984, and think I know what I am doing until something like that comes along, then you can spend so much time trying to get back to square one.We spend a lot of our life, “saving” time using computers. Looking forward to the new book.

  21. Terri Shortell
      · May 20th, 2014 at 12:54 am · Link

    I can understand the love/hate thing with computers. I’m with you there. :-? Glad the book is coming out and I’m sure it will be a hit. Have a great day tomorrow. :-D

  22. Linda (Lindy) Park
      · May 20th, 2014 at 12:58 am · Link

    It’s often too easy to make mistakes online that lead you to problems. Clicking on links is the biggest risk there is. It’s so important to have your anti-virus programs and firewalls up and running. Hopefully you won’t have any lingering issues.

    Have a wonderful week!

  23. Darilyn Larsen
      · May 20th, 2014 at 3:01 am · Link

    I feel your pain about pop up ads and computer problems! I absolutely hate it when that happens. It is so annoying and aggravating, especially when my personal IT guy, my son, Niall, is not available to come help me fix it. I can’t wait for your new book, it has been preordered for my Nook for a while now. Hope tomorrow is better for you, Linda! God bless!

  24. Dennis
      · May 20th, 2014 at 6:18 am · Link


  25. Marcy Collins
      · May 20th, 2014 at 6:19 am · Link

    Frustration with computers…even if you don’t have one at home is abound! Glad to hear one week before your new book is released! Hope your week gets better!

  26. Mary Stahlecker
      · May 20th, 2014 at 6:42 am · Link

    I really love your books, especially the ones about the McKettrick family

  27. Lois Rotella
      · May 20th, 2014 at 6:52 am · Link

    Looking forward to the new book. Over the weekend I bought some stones at a street fair. It is a beginning. I also have a problem with pop up ads on my computer. I do not know how to fix it. I have to check it out at the store.

  28. Laska Bull
      · May 20th, 2014 at 7:09 am · Link

    I will be at the store Tuesday to get my new LLM book. Looking forward to it!!.
    You have encouraged me to go back to WW – so now am almost thru my first week. Doing good so far. The first week is always the hardest for me to get started. Thank you – Linda for the encouragement. Your doing amazing with WW..


  29. Patrice
      · May 20th, 2014 at 8:03 am · Link

    Ugh those pop ups can be so frustrating! Sorry that happened to you. I have heard of a few authors and even small businesses that have laptops or their office admin computer be designated no internet machines, just so that does not happen. I don’t know that it’s the best solution but I guess it works for some folks. I use a couple free anti spy and anti malware programs to scan my system and combined with the regular anti virus I have *knock wood* been okay. :)

  30. Laura Ann Harris
      · May 20th, 2014 at 8:10 am · Link

    Can’t wait for the new book series Linda! I’ll have to download on my kindle as soon as I can!

  31. DONNA
      · May 20th, 2014 at 8:34 am · Link

    I feel the same way about computers. Looking forward to your new books.

  32. Virginia Horton
      · May 20th, 2014 at 8:43 am · Link

    So sorry to here about your computer. You probably didn’t shut your security program down. The virus or malware that got on your computer took over your security program and shut it down.That is the first thing they attack. I have had it happen to me. I wish hackers would just leave things alone.

  33. Jo-Ann
      · May 20th, 2014 at 9:06 am · Link

    Hi all, Waiting for Summer to get here. lol Been a slow Spring.
    The new book will be out soon! Can’t wait.
    Rereading some of the old McKettrick’s an Creeds to keep myself busy. Have a wonderful weekend!

  34. Marilyn Hurst
      · May 20th, 2014 at 9:23 am · Link

    It sounds like you’ve had a busy week and it’s only Tuesday! Hope you have better luck with the computer and enjoy the sunshine.
    Arkansas is headed back up into the 90’s this week, so hot weather here we come!

    Looking forward to the new book on the 27th.

    Happy Day!

  35. Linda Wilson
      · May 20th, 2014 at 10:05 am · Link

    Can`t wait to read the marriage pact

  36. Brenda I.
      · May 20th, 2014 at 10:13 am · Link

    I can certainly understand the love/hate relationship with computers. When they’re working well it is a joy. I’m sure I shall enjoy “The Marriage Pact.”

    Take care.

      · May 20th, 2014 at 10:25 am · Link

    I have already preordered The Marriage Pact! I can’t wait to read it. I’ve been reading some of your older books in the meantime as well as some of the other authors who are introduced at the end of your novels. Not a fan of some of them, but others are pretty good. Although, not as good as you! I’m still partial to your writing.

    I’d love to have a mentor who could get some of my past life experiences out of my head and onto paper. People always have told me I should write books because of the crazy life I’ve led! I know everyone lives “crazy” lives, some more than others, but, I have a knack of turning many of my “dramas” into funny stories. They are easier to remember that way! :wink:

    Color me anxiously waiting! (for your next book!)

    Be well,
    Laurie Sullivan

  38. Dotty Weis
      · May 20th, 2014 at 10:32 am · Link

    Good to know that I am not the only one who needs help LOL

  39. judy
      · May 20th, 2014 at 10:32 am · Link

    Will be glad when the new book comes out. Have not been able to go any were in over a month so waiting on the new book so I can have some one pick it up for me. Have a great day. :-P

  40. Paula L Rollins
      · May 20th, 2014 at 10:43 am · Link

    Today my youngest grand daughter has her 8th grade promotion. All graduations will be behind me and all the quilts and gifts were handmade….now for a good book and me time….darn your newest book is not on the shelves yet….gives me something to look forward to….have a great Memorial week

  41. Rhonda Terstegge
      · May 20th, 2014 at 10:47 am · Link

    Can’t wait to read the new book. You are one of my fave authors.

  42. Joyce M.
      · May 20th, 2014 at 10:48 am · Link

    Computers are a great asset but they can also be a hindrance.

  43. Lynn Hogan
      · May 20th, 2014 at 11:09 am · Link

    Hang in there girl! WE will beat the computers yet!! lolol
    Have a great day!

    • Mary Stahlecker
        · May 20th, 2014 at 12:06 pm · Link

      I do like the books about the McKettricks. I so understand about the computers-I swear mine has a mind of its own
      Mary Stahlecker

  44. Patty C
      · May 20th, 2014 at 11:45 am · Link

    Linda, sorry about your computer problems. I too have a love/hate relationship with my computer. Soooo excited about the new book, The Marriage Pact. I have pre ordered it for my Kindle. Now if only the book could be release on Monday, Memorial Day (my day off work) it would be ideal!!! I could start and maybe finish the book.:) Have a great week everyone!! :)

  45. Deborah Nelson
      · May 20th, 2014 at 1:30 pm · Link

    The technology gremlins strike again :evil: Good luck :-?

  46. Terrie Fulk
      · May 20th, 2014 at 2:14 pm · Link

    I have the same relationship with my computer. Thank heavens my daughter is a wiz a computers. All I have to do is say her name and she knows I have done something I don’t know how to fix on the computer. Sounds like your trading cards are going to be beautiful. I would love to see your end result. Maybe you could post some picks. Have a great week.

  47. DIANA E
      · May 20th, 2014 at 3:18 pm · Link

    I understand exactly what you’re saying about electronics, Linda. My daughter has to update my Facebook picture for me! Oh to be younger and raised that way.
    Hooray, May 27th is coming soon! Looking forward to the new book. Blessings.

  48. ,carol
      · May 20th, 2014 at 3:59 pm · Link

    hi! I’m not so hot with any kind of electronics either, so I can relate. Sure hope you have a better afternoon- day! Have a good one anyways!

  49. Diane Vought
      · May 20th, 2014 at 7:17 pm · Link

    Not only do u affect us with
    your gift of writing but all
    your other interests as well
    inspire & encourage us.
    Good luck tomorrow at WW!

  50. Christina Keach
      · May 20th, 2014 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Looking forward to May 27th!

  51. Norma Stanforth
      · May 20th, 2014 at 9:35 pm · Link

    I know i really miss my computer when i have to be in the hospital, like this weekend the nursing home had to send me to the hospital with a blocked bowls. You don’t know how much you miss them until you don’t have them with you. Blessing to all.
    As always your friend,

    • Gloria
        · May 21st, 2014 at 1:56 pm · Link

      Norma, are you still in the hospital, or back in the nursing home? I pray you are better now.

      I guess you must be back, or you wouldn’t have been able to comment on Linda’s Blog. :-?

      I am still praying for you and your situation.

      Take care and God Bless you!!!!!

      • Norma Stanforth
          · May 21st, 2014 at 7:47 pm · Link

        Thank you Gloria, yes i am back at the nursing home. I really appreciate all of your prayers.Prayers helps a lot. I had a blocked bowel. The doctor told me that this can happen again at any time, and over and over again. Blessings to you and i hope you have a great weekend. Love Norma

  52. Ann Bartholomew
      · May 20th, 2014 at 10:35 pm · Link

    Computers are great – when they work!

    Can’t wait for the new book to come out, just one more week.

  53. Patricia Hann
      · May 21st, 2014 at 1:17 pm · Link

    I also have a love/hate relationship with my computer. But so far so good today.

  54. Dee
      · May 21st, 2014 at 6:52 pm · Link

    Computers have bought the world to my door, have learnt a lot of things – not always computer related and how to find/fix them! Found Linda and lots of other great authors. Thanks for the joy your books have bought, I have learnt more about the wild west and looked forward to each book, much more fun than a history book.

  55. Valdi M
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 5:54 pm · Link

    I love my computer when works correctly. Of course I have a built in tech. My granddaughter. It is frustrating when you need someone 40 years younger to help you with what seems so simple to her. Oh well, it is one way to boost her self esteem. I have your new book pre-ordered from Amazon. I am looking forward to reading it. I know it will be as good as all the rest.:)

  56. Valdi M
      · May 22nd, 2014 at 5:55 pm · Link

    I love my computer when works correctly. Of course I have a built in tech. My granddaughter. It is frustrating when you need someone 40 years younger to help you with what seems so simple to her. Oh well, it is one way to boost her self esteem. I have your new book pre-ordered from Amazon. I am looking forward to reading it. I know it will be as good as all the rest.:)

  57. Jessica W
      · May 23rd, 2014 at 1:58 pm · Link

    I cannot wait for the next book!! I’m so in love with your writing, I just can’t seem to get enough :) Good luck to everyone in the contest!! :) *cheers*

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