#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Since last we met….

A great deal has happened, some of it good, some of it not so much.

On the morning of my birthday (June 10), a good friend passed away.  Of course we were and are saddened by the loss, but there are is comfort in knowing he is at peace now, no longer suffering and surely reunited with the lost loved ones he missed so much.

We’ve had a lot to contend with recently, but life goes on, of course.  (Without soliciting anyone’s opinion on the matter, naturally.)

Once again, the computer ate a few words of the blog.  (ERRRRG!)  On Friday, Mary Ann and I drove up to Northport, our home town, and on Saturday I attended the high school graduation ceremonies, where I was a speaker.  It was fun to remember my own graduation, many (many) moons ago, when I stood on the same stage, at the same podium, and gave the valedictorian’s address.  Don’t be too impressed–there were only 13 people in my class.  :)  Afterward, Mary Ann and I made a quick trip to Canada–Northport is only nine miles from the border–and Mary Ann, who lived up there for a number of years, stocked up on Cheez-whiz and unsliced bread.  (Apparently, Canadian Cheez-whiz is different from the American variety.)  I bought a few things at Wal-mart and blew 7 of my 49 optional WW points for the week on a Tim Horton’s doughnut, a confection called a Canadian Maple. 

Yesterday, Sunday, we returned home.  It’s a wonderful place to be, isn’t it?

I have been making good use of the fancy massage chair I bought on eBay.  :)  Amazing. 

Regarding the weekly contest, our winners are Clare Helsley and Lynn Hogan.  Ladies, your autographed books are winging their way toward you at this very moment.  As always, a new round begins today.  All you need to do to enter is comment, and I’ll be announcing the new winners (and the next contest) on Monday.

Thank you all, once again, for your prayers, loyalty, patience, and support.  And please don’t worry about me–I’m not sick, just having a little trouble getting back up to speed.  I’ll do my very best to blog tomorrow.


58 comments to “Since last we met….”

  1. Gloria
      · June 16th, 2014 at 11:54 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Clare Helsley and Lynn Hogan. Enjoy your books.

    Linda, I’m sorry for your loss. It is the gentleman you mentioned the other day, or week? I’ve lost track of time, AGAIN.

    I’m glad you’re not sick, so…take care of yourself so you don’t get sick.

  2. Diane Vought
      · June 17th, 2014 at 12:22 am · Link

    So glad you’ve been busy
    & having some fun! Keep
    talking to the Big Guy :)

  3. Marilyn Neuhoff
      · June 17th, 2014 at 12:32 am · Link

    I love to read your blogs. I just finished The Marriage pact, and am looking forward to the next two in the series.

  4. Norma Stanforth
      · June 17th, 2014 at 12:34 am · Link

    Linda, I am so glad to hear from you. So sorry about your friend passing, but as you said it is good to know that he is at peace.
    Glad you and Mary Ann attended you high school graduation ceremonies, where you were a speaker. I am glad that you had a lot of fun.
    Congratulation Clarence Hensley and Lynn Hogan on your win.
    Linda so glad you are okay have been worried about you. Blessings to you.
    As always your friend

    • Gloria
        · June 17th, 2014 at 12:37 am · Link

      Hi Norma! I pray you’re also having a good night.

      • Norma Stanforth
          · June 17th, 2014 at 8:49 pm · Link

        Hi Gloria, i hope you are also having a good night! I am not feeling to good, my legs are hurting quiet a bit..
        Love in Jesus Christ,

  5. Brenda I.
      · June 17th, 2014 at 12:46 am · Link

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s passing on your birthday. You must have been pleased to attend your alma mater’s graduation as a speaker.

    Take things one day at a time.

    Take care.

  6. Terri Shortell
      · June 17th, 2014 at 12:52 am · Link

    Sorry for your loss Linda. Hope you had fun on your trip. I’ve always wanted to visit Canada. Totally jealous. ;) Don’t worry about being spotty on the blogging. We all have those times when we need a break. Sending my prayers to you and your friend’s family. Blessing.

  7. Angela
      · June 17th, 2014 at 1:27 am · Link

    We all have the occasional low periods when we need time to reflect and regroup. I hope you can draw on the strength of those who wish you well to reach peaceful shores. Thank you for the pleasure you bring us.

  8. Pamela Devereux
      · June 17th, 2014 at 1:53 am · Link

    Linda, take your time. When they say death comes in 3, you always pray that that isn’t so. It’s the circle of life. You have a new family member who is fighting for his life. He has so much love & prayers coming his way that he’ll grow up to be a wonderful man.

    When you are ready to write, you’ll know. We your loyal fans will be ready to the next book that comes out.

  9. Paula L Rollins
      · June 17th, 2014 at 1:54 am · Link

    Glad you are back in America….Canada is a nice place to visit…keep up the good work on WW…glad you have another contest again and sure enjoyed the new book “THE MARRIAGE PACK”…have a great week

  10. Deborah Nelson
      · June 17th, 2014 at 5:41 am · Link

    Deep breaths …. And be well☺

  11. clare helsley
      · June 17th, 2014 at 6:51 am · Link

    I’m so excited to be a winner—Doesn’t happen very often!!!Thank you for brightening our days with your Blog and contests. Reading about your personal trials and triumphs is encouraging to me and makes me feel closer to you. It’s a real Blessing, Linda. Thank You .


    • Shirley Meyle
        · June 17th, 2014 at 8:15 pm · Link

      You sound just like me. I won last week and got my book on Friday. It only took 2 days to get to Michigan and I started reading it right away. I’m almost done with it and love The Marriage Pact. Hope you get the same one and Congrats again.

  12. Lois Rotella
      · June 17th, 2014 at 6:58 am · Link

    You have had a very eventful week. I wish for you a peaceful time for all of you. Rest up and enjoy the rest of the week.

  13. linda gwiazdowski
      · June 17th, 2014 at 7:03 am · Link

    rest and recoup by gods grace.love your books

  14. Billiesue Sanders
      · June 17th, 2014 at 7:29 am · Link

    It is so good to hear from you, Linda. We have missed you.
    I have brought “The Marriage Pact” with me to the beach, and I am looking forward to it.
    Peace to you.


  15. Roberta Giordano
      · June 17th, 2014 at 7:39 am · Link

    Sorry for your loss. Glad your not sick and hope your back to your cheery self soon

  16. Dawn Roberts
      · June 17th, 2014 at 8:00 am · Link

    I finished Marriage Pact and need the next one soon, I forecast that Melody will hook up with the sheriff. But can’t wait to see if I’m right and how things play out.

  17. Debbie Allen
      · June 17th, 2014 at 8:29 am · Link

    So sorry for the losses you have had.
    I’m from Canada and love the Timmies Canadian Maple donut.

  18. Jean Browning
      · June 17th, 2014 at 8:32 am · Link

    Having had the pleasure of Tim Horton’s in Rochester, New York,
    I share in your delight Linda. Their donuts are exceptional and for some reason unlike ours. Congratulations on your speech. It is an honor to be sure even if there were only 12 in your class!

  19. Linda Wilson
      · June 17th, 2014 at 8:41 am · Link

    I have been worried over you, glad you are ok. Sorry for all the problems and loss you have had. My grandmom used to say better days are coming.

  20. Marilyn Hurst
      · June 17th, 2014 at 8:41 am · Link

    I’m sure that we all wish you well, and that you’re spirits rise above the sadness and find the sun soon. Take care and have a good week.

  21. MickieB
      · June 17th, 2014 at 8:59 am · Link

    For a Canadian Maple, those were points well spent.

    My sympathies on the loss of your friend.

  22. Laura Ann Harris
      · June 17th, 2014 at 9:02 am · Link

    Gosh Linda. The donut sounds heavenly! Good for for treating yourself a little!

  23. Teri S
      · June 17th, 2014 at 9:25 am · Link

    Sorry for you loss. May a rainbow come your way after the storm.

  24. Ms Joyce
      · June 17th, 2014 at 9:29 am · Link

    Here’s to a better week. I enjoy your books so much.

  25. Gwenda Underwood
      · June 17th, 2014 at 9:34 am · Link

    My only granddaughter, have 5 grandsons, graduated from HS, 50 yrs after I graduated from HS. I had 52 in my graduating class, she had 500. Same school, same community. Will continue to pray for you.

  26. Leanna
      · June 17th, 2014 at 9:34 am · Link

    So sorry that you have had so many losses lately.

  27. Emily
      · June 17th, 2014 at 9:46 am · Link

    Linda, so sorry for all of your losses. It seems to come in patterns.
    Anyway, you are always in our prayers and hearts.

    Glad you are not sick. I know about trying to get back into the swing of things. It will happen.

    Have a great week.

  28. Sue Hodge
      · June 17th, 2014 at 9:47 am · Link

    Hope you have a very good week. Have starting The Marriage Pack very good can’t go to sleep at night for reading.
    Sorry for your loss of your friend.

  29. LynneW
      · June 17th, 2014 at 9:59 am · Link

    Take the time you need. We’ll be here when you are ready to return.

  30. Joyce M.
      · June 17th, 2014 at 10:11 am · Link

    Sorry for all your recent losses. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  31. Ruby Norwood
      · June 17th, 2014 at 10:24 am · Link

    I finished “The Marriage Pact” and it was a wonderful book. I couldn’t put it down once I started it. Congrats for #1 on the weekly list and #3 on New York Times best seller list.

  32. Goldie Hale
      · June 17th, 2014 at 10:32 am · Link

    I only had 13 in my graduation class also. As many of us as can still get together once or twice a year. I graduated many, many, many years ago.

  33. Lizzy Gaasenbeek
      · June 17th, 2014 at 10:38 am · Link

    So sorry about the loss of your friend, Linda, especially on your birthday and am encouraged by your outlook on death. Being a Canadian I am somewhat biased about Tim Hortons and feel it’s the best coffee and donuts around! ha ha I never knew that Cheez Whiz was different here than the U.S. I confess I love it on warm toast! Linda, I’ve read a few more of your books this week and I love the way you write and feel as though I am transported through the pages into the actual story. Reading has always been my favourite leisure activity. So grateful for your writing style, wonderful imagination and characters, and accuracy and details for the times that each story is set. I have to admit sometimes I wish the towns and people were real and we could move and be a part of their lives but that’s the joy of a good book. You can live, move, love and experience so much right in the comfort of your home, deck chair at the cottage or wherever you happened to be when you open the book and escape into it. Love your blogs and no worries, just be yourself…the good days and not so good ones. Praying for you and wishing you a safe, enjoyable and blessed summer!

    Just Me (Lizzy)

  34. Rita Crofoot
      · June 17th, 2014 at 11:05 am · Link

    Nice to hear from you, please don’t feel guilty for not blogging as often as you feel you should, life happens and we are grateful for the time you spend on this an all your sharing.

  35. Dotty Weis
      · June 17th, 2014 at 11:11 am · Link

    Did you try the cheese whiz is it really different?

  36. Lynn Hogan
      · June 17th, 2014 at 12:30 pm · Link

    Thank you so much! Here’s to hoping the next few months are a calm and happy time to help with your losses. Take care!

  37. Nadine Spradlin
      · June 17th, 2014 at 1:05 pm · Link

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. Everyone needs some time just for themselves to do whatever they please, I’m glad that you found your time. Congratulations to Clare & Lynn, on their win. We had a family reunion this past weekend, my sister, her son & daughter-in-law came out from Rising Star,Texas .I have three sisters and it’s not often that we are able to be together. We make pictures when we’re together . It’s a blast to look at the pictures over the years and see the changes . I’m the youngest , and now the bigger (weight wise)of the four .oh;my book(Big sky Secrets) wasn’t signed .I loved it any way . And,” The Marriage Pact” is so GOOD the other three are bound to be too….. Love your books, your blogs , always a fan -Nadine

  38. Tracy Garratt
      · June 17th, 2014 at 1:14 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss. Timmies is a great place to blow 7 points!!!

  39. judy
      · June 17th, 2014 at 1:36 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Have a good week.

  40. Diana E.
      · June 17th, 2014 at 1:54 pm · Link

    We can’t help but worry when we don’t hear from you because we care!
    Sounds like a fun time at the graduation ceremony, I went to both my 8th grade twin granddaughters and my grandson’s high school gradulation last week. Gives you lots to think about and ponder.
    Have a good week, Linda. Blessings.

  41. ,carole
      · June 17th, 2014 at 2:06 pm · Link

    Glad your doing ok! Sorry for the loss of a friend its always a bitter sweet when we lose someone that we care about a lot! I didn’t have aeme in my family to graducate, but its an exciting time for them and my dughter had a girlfriend that did and she has MS. and she walked the field and the stage, it was a very touching story for they was told she’s always be in a wheel chair but her mother and Brittany were determined to see they were wrong! She got a standing ovation! Have a wonderful week!

  42. Pat
      · June 17th, 2014 at 2:39 pm · Link

    So sorry that you have had another loss. You have had so many things going on in your life lately that it is entirely forgivable that there has not been time for your blog. AND it is summer! Everybody deserves a break and/or vacation in the summer. So cut yourself a little slack and we will do the same. Blog when you can or twice a week for summer. Your fans are not going anywhere. We will be right here!

  43. Virginia Horton
      · June 17th, 2014 at 4:04 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss! We totally understand about you not having the time to blog, you have a lot on your plate. I haven’t had as much time lately for the computer because of having other things to do. So I know where you are coming from. I have been to Walmart myself today and that alone takes up a lot of time.

  44. Ida C
      · June 17th, 2014 at 4:08 pm · Link

    Take all the time you need to completely recover Linda. We’ll be right here patiently waiting until you’re ready to join us again! Blessings. :-|

  45. Margaret JAKUBOWSKI
      · June 17th, 2014 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Sorry for your loss. God made cloudy days and God made sunny days. It truly is a cloudy day when you lose a friend. Just wanted to say thank you for the countless hours of enjoyment you have provided me with your books. I have loved everyone. Please don’t ever stop writing.

  46. Val Smith
      · June 17th, 2014 at 5:12 pm · Link

    My first comment after to post after enjoying all of your books I can find.
    Each series I read, I declared my favorite;however, I do believe
    the Big Sky series is probably it.
    I am on the library waiting list for The Marriage Pact and know that
    it will also be terrific.
    God haso the perfect plan, doesn’t He?

  47. Evelyn Dinunzio
      · June 17th, 2014 at 5:35 pm · Link

    So sorry for your loss so soon after losing your aunt. God’s blessings be with you.


  48. Margaret
      · June 17th, 2014 at 6:13 pm · Link

    In Canada you can buy Cheeze Whiz in great big jars for around $8.00, also HP sauce is the same. I always buy it when I go there. Does Rossland have a Walmart, boy times have changed. Have a good day Linda.

  49. Dixie Hadley
      · June 17th, 2014 at 6:17 pm · Link

    Sounds like you enjoyed the time with your friend :-) Have a great week.
    Dixie Hadley

  50. Shirley Meyle
      · June 17th, 2014 at 8:08 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,
    You poor thing, you have lost another dear one. So sorry to hear that.
    Congratulations to Clare and Lynn on your win. As a recent blog winner myself, if you receive the book I did, The Marriage Pact, you’ll love it. It’s great.

  51. Peggy Casey
      · June 17th, 2014 at 11:50 pm · Link

    There is nothing as wonderful as a small school graduation ceremony. As an alumist from Northport I send my congratulations to all the grads!
    They were fortunate to have you give the commencement speech, I am sure it was very inspiring!!!

  52. Jim
      · June 18th, 2014 at 10:28 am · Link

    Thanks for taking the time to speak to the graduates. They need all the encouragement and advice they can get. Let”s hope they were listening.
    Travel safely and enjoy home.

  53. Carol Miller White
      · June 18th, 2014 at 11:03 am · Link

    Take care, Linda.

  54. midge watkins
      · June 18th, 2014 at 11:45 am · Link

    Glad you didn’t defect to Canada. We like you here. It was
    a fun pleasure to hear someone use the phrase “many moons”
    again. I’ve used it since my senior year in high school, also
    many, many moons ago. Seems to get the point across with-
    out too many details. I got it from a dear friend of mine that
    I used to ride horses with . She passed away 5 years ago from
    breast cancer and I miss her a lot. Take care and have a good
    week. Another long ago friend is visiting me from Orlando
    today and will be here for 10 days. Great fun!

  55. Valdi M
      · June 20th, 2014 at 9:25 pm · Link

    When my daughter graduated from the Nuernberg American High School in Germany, I worried about her never getting to go to a reunion. That is one of the sacrifices that the Army Brats have to make. They make more than we can imagine. Anyway, thanks to the internet, she is able to keep in touch with not only some of her graduating classmates but also some of the friends she made at every post where we were stationed. She gave her prom dress to her best friend in 1988 and her friend returned it in time for my granddaughter to wear it to her prom in 2007. Blogs are a great way to keep up and share joy and heartache. Keep blogging. It makes my day.

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