#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


After you’ve watched Anne Lamott’s wonderful talk–and I  hope you will–be sure to comment.  That’s all it takes to put your name in for next week’s prizes–two blog-buddies will be chosen at random, notified, and announced right here.  Each will receive an autographed copy of my latest.

What have I been doing?  Mostly, catching up on things that fell by the wayside while I was under the weather.  I visited my mom yesterday, and we went out to lunch (Caesar salads and fish-and-chips all around, though neither of us managed to finish the food), made a quick trip to Target, and called it a day.  Although I am essentially recovered, I still have to conserve my energy.  That might have more to do with turning 68 Saturday than my recent round of flu-followed-by-c-diff!

Big plans for the summer.  I’m headed to Portland, Oregon on the 21st, to attend a conference put on by the Historical Novelists’ Society, then, on the 29th, I’m heading for Gettysburg for the big re-enactment of the famous battle of July 1, 2 and 3, 1863, which takes place annually and attracts  huge crowds.  Thousands of re-enactors show up, Confederates and Yankees alike, as well as a number of other Civil War types, so you can imagine what a spectacle this will be.  I hope to be posting some photos and videos on Facebook and here on the blog as well.  I’ve wanted to see this event for years, but never managed to snag a hotel room before now–I reserved it months and months ago.  

I’ll be speaking at the South Hill branch of the Spokane Public Library in September, and if you live in the area, I’d love to see you there.  Exact date and other info to follow very soon.

And that’s the news that’s fit to print, for today, anyway.  :)

48 comments to “P.S.”

  1. Theresa
      · June 12th, 2017 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Can wait for your novel !

  2. Marcia White
      · June 12th, 2017 at 5:50 pm · Link

    My husband and I with my 80 yr old mother in tow attended the July re-enactment at Gettysburg. It was fabulous. My mother has passed now but we would like to attend again and take grandchildren with us. We have 2 who especially love history.

  3. Joyce Thomas
      · June 12th, 2017 at 6:07 pm · Link

    You’re going to LOVE Gettysburg! The re-enactments are fantastic but quite loud. Have a great time.

  4. Melaine
      · June 12th, 2017 at 6:13 pm · Link

    Linda, do you have any future speaking engagements in Tucson or Phoenix this year? I live in Marana, it sits on the NW corner of Tucson, but would certainly drive up to Phoenix if you were going to be in town. Since I spent time in Seattle every summer to visit my sons and grandkids, plus it’s my home town, I’ll make it a point to drive to Spokane if it’s while I’m still in town.

    Take care, and I’m glad you are really on the mend.

  5. Mary Jane
      · June 12th, 2017 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Happy early birthday, Linda! I hope you have a great day. I live in a town close to Gettysburg, and yes, the reinactment is a very big deal. I hope you enjoy your time with us in this area.

  6. Ruby Norwood
      · June 12th, 2017 at 6:19 pm · Link

    So glad you are feeling better, and it sounds like you are about to get busy traveling.. Safe travels!!

    • Ruby Norwood
        · June 12th, 2017 at 6:21 pm · Link

      I didn’t tell you Happy Birthday Linda, I did already on FB!!!

  7. Terri S.
      · June 12th, 2017 at 6:32 pm · Link

    Sounds like a fun trio. I’m hoping to make it to Gettysburg one day. Have fun and Happy Birthday.

  8. Debbie Petrouske
      · June 12th, 2017 at 6:45 pm · Link

    Thank You for always sharing and letting us know how you’re feeling. I’m one of those weird people that love to follow people on Facebook emails and all that. Thank you again, love you….Debbie

  9. Debbie Petrouske
      · June 12th, 2017 at 6:47 pm · Link

    Well I tried to send this and it went away so I’m hope I’m not repeating myself. :wink: Thank you for sharing and letting us all know how you are. I so enjoy that. I’m one of those weird people that love to follow people on Facebook emails and so forth love Debbie

  10. Linda Beaudoin
      · June 12th, 2017 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Have fun at your conference. Glad you are well on the way to recovering from your flu and c-dif.

  11. Virginia Horton
      · June 12th, 2017 at 7:43 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Linda I hope you enjoy it. I really enjoyed your author, she is pretty funny. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Linda
      · June 12th, 2017 at 7:54 pm · Link

    Have a great time on your trip. Also, glad to hear you are doing much better. Happy Birthday,

  13. Leanna
      · June 12th, 2017 at 8:17 pm · Link

    I thought it was impossible to make a quick trip to Target. Good job! Sounds like you will have a nice summer.

  14. Diane Sallans
      · June 12th, 2017 at 8:22 pm · Link

    I think (& hope) I’m over a cough I’ve had since late March – never had something hang on that long! We’re having a 2 day heat wave, so I’ll be staying quiet & doing some reading. Have a wonderful time at Gettysburg – be prepared for the humidity if it’s hot then (which odds are it will be)!

  15. Lois Rotella
      · June 12th, 2017 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are taking things slower. Getting well is good but we forget we need to get our strength back. I always wanted to go to Gettysburg. I have been to the battlefield in Saratoga because my mom’s family is from that area. She grew up in a town named after General Philip Schuyler. It is where the turning point of the revolutionary war happened.

  16. Doris Richard Ellis
      · June 12th, 2017 at 8:44 pm · Link

    I thoroughly enjoyed her… loved her list, especially wanting to unplug… her sense of humor was wonderful…and then her explanation of death was right on…

  17. Debbie Bleege
      · June 12th, 2017 at 9:23 pm · Link

    I’m glad your feeling better and that you and your mom got to see each other. Have fun on your trip also Happy Healthy Birthday to you. Take care of yourself.

  18. Juanita Rice
      · June 12th, 2017 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Hugs for you, Linda. And happy to hear you’re on the mend. :)

  19. Jeannine Klimt
      · June 12th, 2017 at 9:38 pm · Link

    So glad you are on the mend Linda!’

  20. Diana Eagen
      · June 12th, 2017 at 10:13 pm · Link

    Sending Birthday wishes Linda. Glad to hear you’re feeling better and do overdue it on these planned trips! Blessings.

  21. Janet Hurt
      · June 12th, 2017 at 10:43 pm · Link

    OH I so look forward to seeing you on the So. Hill in Spokane in September. I do live in the area and anxious to meet you.

  22. Janet Hurt
      · June 12th, 2017 at 10:44 pm · Link

    …and a very Happy Birthday to you!

  23. Doris P. Brooks
      · June 12th, 2017 at 10:49 pm · Link

    Hope you enjoy your Gettysburg trip. I’ve been a couple of times and it is very moving to look out across the field and remember what happened there. Thar’ is nary a tree on the field, so those poor guys just marched to their death across an open field. There are several ghost stories connected to Gettysburg. The phantom Army can be seen many times marching and then disappear before your eyes. The second one was told to me by a guy who was in the movie Gettysburg. To be and extra in the movie all that was required was to have a horse. He said they were taking a break from shooting and a man in a gray uniform rode up looking very tired. He spoke to him and the man just vanished in thin air. So be prepared. Smile! Happy Birthday.

  24. Elma Lamoureux
      · June 12th, 2017 at 10:51 pm · Link

    Wish I lived closer so I could hear you talk in Spokane. If you ever have a reason to come to Victoria, I would love to see you here. I am 82 now, and enjoy your books (over and over) and don’t know how you come up with all your characters and plots, but will keep reading. Thanks again for all your books. Elma

  25. Sharon Sovereign
      · June 13th, 2017 at 1:40 am · Link

    Glad you’re feeling better. Hope you get lots of writing done. Have a good trip.

  26. Linda
      · June 13th, 2017 at 7:40 am · Link

    Hope to see you in Spokane

  27. Elaine Key
      · June 13th, 2017 at 7:59 am · Link

    Happy Birthday, Linda! My, but those years are ticking off too fast. At least that’s the way it seems to me. Have fun in Gettysburg. I know you will.

  28. Louise McCourt
      · June 13th, 2017 at 8:13 am · Link

    Happy belated birthday. Hope you had a good one. Glad you are feeling better. Thanks again for years of great reading.

  29. Susan Craig
      · June 13th, 2017 at 8:19 am · Link

    I look forward to your Gettysburg posts. I have always wanted to see that.

  30. Teresa Fordice
      · June 13th, 2017 at 8:21 am · Link

    So glad to hear that you are feeling better and writing again!

  31. Joy
      · June 13th, 2017 at 8:25 am · Link

    We went to the Gettysburg reenactment years ago when they were going for a new record of 100 canons firing at the same time !!! It was amazing. I think I can still hear them. :wink: Be sure to wear a large hat and bring your sunscreen !!

  32. Andrea Lammly
      · June 13th, 2017 at 8:42 am · Link

    Glad you are feeling better and the c-diff is behind you now. That’s a tough one. Enjoy the re-enactment at Gettysburg. I just love historical events like that. And again, happy birthday and enjoy your trip.

  33. Eriko
      · June 13th, 2017 at 9:55 am · Link

    Glad to read you are feeling better and still taking it easy. Glad you were able to visit your Mom!

  34. Pat Parker
      · June 13th, 2017 at 10:12 am · Link

    It is good to have you back and sounding well.

  35. Darlene Holley
      · June 13th, 2017 at 10:13 am · Link

    Hi Linda, Happy birthday to you. That circus cake looked delicous. I am glad that you are starting to feel better. I hope you have a wonderful time at the reenactment, I would love to be able to watch that.

  36. Roberta G
      · June 13th, 2017 at 10:34 am · Link

    Glad your feeling better. Have a nice day !

  37. Lynn Hill
      · June 13th, 2017 at 11:30 am · Link

    Oh Linda you will love the reenactment! Enjoy! HUGS!

  38. Carol Luciano
      · June 13th, 2017 at 1:10 pm · Link

    The reenactment is amazing. Enjoy! And Happy Birthday Linda. Enjoy your special day. Thanks for sharing .
    Carol L

  39. Denise Davison
      · June 13th, 2017 at 4:35 pm · Link

    Looking forward to your next series.

  40. denise
      · June 14th, 2017 at 2:04 am · Link

    she’s a great speaker

  41. Peggy E Casey
      · June 14th, 2017 at 2:44 am · Link

    So happy to hear you are feeling better and are back to your busy routine! Take care and have a blast in your travels!

  42. Kathleen O
      · June 14th, 2017 at 10:30 am · Link

    Great to hear you are feeling better. There is nothing worse than not feeling well.

  43. Ann Bartholomew
      · June 14th, 2017 at 2:25 pm · Link

    Glad you out and about now. Happy birthday Saturday. I happen to think 68 is an excellent vintage! Enjoy your day.

  44. Jan
      · June 14th, 2017 at 6:57 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday!
    Enjoy the re-enactment! I’ve heard it’s amazing.

  45. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · June 15th, 2017 at 11:41 am · Link

    I do hope you had a happy birthday–or will have this coming Saturday. I wasn’t quite sure by reading your blog which Saturday you meant.

    Congratulations on turning 68. Not everyone makes it that far–or done as well with the time as you have.


  46. Marilyn Fish
      · June 17th, 2017 at 12:58 pm · Link

    My brother lives in Post Falls, ID. Maybe I will schedule a visit in September so I can hear you speak at the library in Spokane. I will plan it when you give us a date.

  47. Rose Marie Moran
      · June 27th, 2017 at 10:03 am · Link

    Belated Happy Birthday……am a little behind in reading my emails. Hope you enjoyed the day.

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