#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Surprise! Blogging early for once :)

After scanning your comments, here are my replies:

1)  Mea culpa!  The name of Nora’s store IS “Turn the Page”, and Boonsboro (misspelled?) is in the great state of Maryland.  I will be flying into Baltimore.

2) In my humble and not particularly original opinion, there are already too many I-see-dead-people books out there, ditto vampires and other beasties, so at the moment I have no plans to write in that genre.  However, if inspiration strikes, and I get a really good paranormal idea, look out.  Therein lies the rub, to paraphrase the Bard.  You, my readers, deserve the very best stories I can write at any given time and, at the moment anyway, I don’t have any good ideas along these particular lines.

3) I deeply appreciate your encouragement in regard to my Weight Watchers journey and the recent white-water time in my life.  You DO make a difference with your kind words and your prayers.  Thank you, on my own behalf and on my family’s as well–our little Gibson is growing like the proverbial weed, and he is our delight, as are all babies everywhere.

And now, about my new journey.  I have become a student of the Course in Miracles.  Don’t panic, anyone–the Course is not the new-age fluff it is sometimes preceived to be.  It doesn’t counter my Christian faith in any way, shape or form, but it does amplify that faith.  I’ve known about the Course in Miracles for many, many years–I first heard about it in a self-help group–and I bought a copy almost immediately, sat down to read it, and soon gave up.  The concepts made absolutely no sense to me–obviously, I wasn’t ready.  Recently, when another book referenced the Course in a very positive way, and then still another, I went in search of my musty, dusty copy.  It had vanished, so I one-clicked (gotta love Amazon) and acquired another one.  Voila!  This time, it makes sense.  And is therefore on the LLM recommended reading list.  :)  (But only if you’re ready–if you’re not, just be patient.)  Also recommended, Mike Dooley’s “Notes from the Universe.”  This is a series, and it’s wonderful.  And that, my beloved reader-friends, is today’s update.  Be kind to yourself, as well as to others.




53 comments to “Surprise! Blogging early for once :)”

  1. Gwyn Beams
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:08 pm · Link


  2. Dennis
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:12 pm · Link

    Thanks, always good hearing from Linda!

  3. Gloria
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Thanks for the info, Linda!

    I’m glad the baby is doing so well. But…I’m still wondering how Larry is doing with his ribs?????

    Have a Blessed day!

    • linda
        · July 10th, 2014 at 10:32 am · Link

      Larry is recovering, but he still can’t do any heavy lifting.

  4. Nadine Spradlin
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:28 pm · Link

    Have a Good Day , Linda, and may the Good Lord continue to Bless you , & yours .

  5. Patti
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:33 pm · Link

    Mojo Sheepshanks saw dead people. I wonder how she is doing.

  6. Judy Eagle
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:40 pm · Link

    I did enjoy Mojo and have often looked for a sequel. Safe travels. May you have everything good. :wink:

  7. Joy N
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:42 pm · Link

    Until I read one of your recent posts, I had forgotten about Mary Ann Williamson’s books. When I read one in the late 80’s or 90’s, I was totally blown away…she seemed to be speaking to ME!! I am going to look her up to see what her new works are like. Thanks for mentioning her name.

  8. Linda Lattin
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:48 pm · Link

    Linda, I read your blog and it is wonderful that you are beginning your journey with A Course in Miracles. You are right it does not compete with your Christian Faith, it enhances it by teaching how to live our lives with love and respect. I am Christian and I am also a follower of A Course in Miracles. One of best books (besides yours) that I have read is a book by Marianne Williamson entitled A Return to Love. It is about the Principles of A Course in Miracles. Bless you on your journey, enjoy the ride. Oh, and thank you for your book, it meant a lot.

    All my best

  9. Violette Ruffley
      · July 8th, 2014 at 12:56 pm · Link

    I have been a student of A Course In Miracles since 1984 and have also been a facilitator of the course.

    We always suggested to our students NOT to begin with the text. Go first to The Manuel for Teachers. When you are ready begin the 365 Lessons. Do not think the lesson is simplistic, but rather fully be willing to accept it. Further do not do more than one lesson a day. If necessary take as long as needed to be able to resonate with a lesson.

    My stumbling block was lesson 31 ~ You are not a victim of the world you see.” I spent some 10 days on that lesson!

    The course is a form of spiritual psychotherapy and is in essence an undoing of former beliefs. This course was channeled to Helen Schucman from Jesus, and the story of how is all began is truly interesting.

    What followed for me were the 12 Principles of Attitudinal Healing formed by Dr. Jerry Jampolsky, based on the course.

    12 Principles of Attitudinal Healing
    From Teach only Love
    By L. Jampolsky

    The 12 Principles of Attitudinal Healing

    1. The essence of our being is love.

    2. Health is inner peace. Healing is letting go of fear.

    3. Giving and receiving are the same.

    4. We can let go of the past and of the future.

    5. Now is the only time there is and each instant is for giving.

    6. We can learn to love ourselves and others by forgiving rather than judging.

    7. We can become love finders rather than fault finders.

    8. We can choose and direct ourselves to be peaceful inside regardless of what is happening outside.

    9. We are students and teachers to each other.

    10. We can focus on the whole of life rather than the fragments.

    11. Since love is eternal, change need not be viewed as fearful.

    12. We can always perceive ourselves and others as extending love or giving a call for help.

    Attitudinal Healing affirms that we are responsible for our thoughts and whatever feelings we experience. Attitudinal Healing encourages us to reexamine our relationships, bringing them into the present by releasing past judgments and grievances. Attitudinal Healing is based on the belief that all communication is for joining and not separation.

    PS.. Did you buy the single book, which contains all three books, of A Course In Miracles?

    • linda
        · July 10th, 2014 at 10:37 am · Link

      Thank you! I’m already reading the text and doing the workbook, and now I can’t give it up. :) Mary Ann Williamson also stresses that we shouldn’t do more than one lesson per day. I’m printing out your lists–things well worth remembering!

      • Violette Ruffley
          · July 10th, 2014 at 10:49 am · Link

        Something very interesting about A Course In Miracles. Almost everyone who is considered a biggie on the Spiritual Horizon has been a student of the course.

        I have always enjoyed your books and very much the time travelers in There and Now and Here and Then. I’ve not yet read Pirates nor Knights.

        You are a delightful lady and wish you wondrous blessings always.

  10. Violette Ruffley
      · July 8th, 2014 at 1:00 pm · Link

    I am repeating this since there were some errors in what I copied and pasted. Sorry! Number 11 especially ~ the word is death not change.

    The Twelve Principles of Attitudinal Healing are:

    The Essence Of Our Being Is Love
    Health Is Inner Peace, Healing Is Letting Go Of Fear
    Giving And Receiving Are The Same
    We Can Let Go Of The Past And Of The Future
    Now Is The Only Time There Is And Each Instant Is For Giving
    We Can Learn To Love Ourselves And Others By Forgiving Rather Than Judging
    We Can Become Love Finders Rather Than Fault-Finders
    We Can Choose And Direct Ourselves To Be Peaceful Inside Regardless Of What Is Happening Outside
    We Are Students And Teachers To Each Other
    We Can Focus On The Whole Of Life Rather Than The Fragments
    Since Love Is Eternal, Death Need Not Be Viewed As Fearful
    We Can Always Perceive Others As Either Loving Or Fearful And Giving A Call Of Help For Love

  11. lisa hicks
      · July 8th, 2014 at 1:23 pm · Link

    so you wont be 3rd booking deadil gamble and deception 2 very wonderful stories.lisa

  12. Brenda Miller
      · July 8th, 2014 at 2:01 pm · Link

    I totally agree about too many books on vampires, bloody crime stories, etc. I see enough crime stories on the news and when I read for pleasure, I want it to “take me away” and give me a good feeling and improve my mood.

    Wish you well on the Weight Watchers program.

    Keep up the good work on your books — have always loved yours!

    • Jane D
        · July 8th, 2014 at 3:06 pm · Link

      Yes! I’m in complete agreement, too.

  13. Leanna
      · July 8th, 2014 at 2:11 pm · Link

    Stick we what you are great at, you don’t need to try writing paranormal stories.

  14. Lynn Hogan
      · July 8th, 2014 at 2:33 pm · Link

    I agree on the “i see dead people” stuff… with reality tv nowadays everything is getting to be overkill, except the good, wholesome stuff with a little excitement thrown in!

    Love your books!!

  15. Ruby Norwood
      · July 8th, 2014 at 3:53 pm · Link

    You are one of the best at your writing now so please don’t change. I will not read a book Vampires, blood or killings etc.
    It just isn’t my cup of tea as my mom use to say. I am so glad the little one is doing great.. Love your books Linda!!!

  16. Virginia Horton
      · July 8th, 2014 at 4:29 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I love your books just the way they are. You don’t need to write paranormal because it seems about everyone has got on that band wagon and to tell the truth I don’t care for the paranormal book but then again I am big into westerns. I am so glad you are doing so well with the weight watchers. I need to do that but just can’t afford to right now.

  17. marilyn hurst
      · July 8th, 2014 at 4:32 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful trip, enjoy course in Miracles, I’m not a christian per say but it actually was a wonderful set of books and I enjoyed them.

    Good luck at WW tomorrow.


  18. Dixie J.Hadley
      · July 8th, 2014 at 4:36 pm · Link

    I really look forward to you messages and the replys from others. So happy about the baby growing and doing so much better.
    Lots to digest in the last post. The book, A Course In Miracles sounds like it will help us to become more “Christ Like”. Which is a wonderful goal for our lives.
    I may have mentioned before that your “WW journey” inspired me to join WW. I joined June 2nd and I’m moving in the right direction each week :-) Thank you for sharing with us as you continue week after week.
    Have a wonderful week
    Dixie j. Hadley

    • linda
        · July 10th, 2014 at 10:39 am · Link

      Congratulations! Weight Watchers is the best place to be.

  19. Linda Weber
      · July 8th, 2014 at 4:48 pm · Link

    Would love more Mojo books!

  20. Cathy Ba
      · July 8th, 2014 at 4:49 pm · Link

    Love all you books-I reread the McKetterick series every few years.

  21. judy
      · July 8th, 2014 at 4:50 pm · Link

    I sure enjoy your Blog. Glad to hear the little one is doing good.

  22. Roberta Giordano
      · July 8th, 2014 at 6:24 pm · Link

    Thanks for the
    Info Linda. I hope you have a great week !

  23. Cathy Green
      · July 8th, 2014 at 6:56 pm · Link

    I agree with the others there are too many paranormal books and not enough take me away and make me feel good books which yours are.

    Thanks for the cowboys :oops:

  24. Norma Stanforth
      · July 8th, 2014 at 9:37 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, so glad that little Gibson is growing and doing so well.
    Keep up the good work on your weight.
    My daughter-in-law is having a triple bypass, i anyone would like to pray for her i would appreciate it very much.
    I pray that everyone has a great week. God’s blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

    • linda
        · July 10th, 2014 at 10:40 am · Link

      Glad to pray for your daughter, Norma. What’s her first name?

      • Norma Stanforth
          · July 10th, 2014 at 8:09 pm · Link

        Linda, my daughter name is Gloria is needs a biopsy of her cervix and also a biopsy of her kidney and my daughter-in-law, Dianna is she is having triple bypass they also did a scope of her lungs today and they said they would do a biopsy of her lung when they did the bypass they have been giving her blood and B12 shots. Thank you so much for the prayers, with me being in the nursing home there is nothing i can do for either of them but pray for them and love them. It is sure hard on me not being able to do anything. Again thank you so much. God’s blessings to all

        • Gloria
            · July 11th, 2014 at 3:07 am · Link

          Norma, I’ll continue to pray for your daughter, Gloria. And, your D-I-L, Dianna. And, you.

          Your daughter has a good name. :-D

  25. Rita Crofoot
      · July 8th, 2014 at 9:45 pm · Link

    Nice to hear from you, busy time for me right now, but will check this out later(your recommendations). Off to Canada.Rita

  26. Ann Bartholomew
      · July 8th, 2014 at 9:50 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are sticking to the books you write best! I love them all. If it ain’t broke . . .

  27. Patricia Hann
      · July 8th, 2014 at 9:50 pm · Link

    I am glad to read your responses. Have a good time tomorrow at WW. And if you are able to manage it lunch with your daughter and assistance.

  28. Lea Williams
      · July 8th, 2014 at 10:06 pm · Link

    Oh thank you for not writing paranormal books. I would have to not read them. Just not for me. Love your books, Love Mojo, I will look up that set of books. Sounds interesting. Our greaatgrandaughters mothers home burned the 4th. of July. Please pray for them. Take care, blessings.

  29. ,carole
      · July 8th, 2014 at 10:41 pm · Link

    I love reading your blog, I don’t read vampire books not my thing, love romance and love your cowboy books! Glad that yur doing well, hope you have a good weigh in at W.W. its a doy day at a time! Have a great week!

  30. Ida C
      · July 8th, 2014 at 10:55 pm · Link

    Good to find you in my in-box again. I miss your posts!! Another adventure to follow you on, good luck with this new learning curve. Be well, healthy and happy, everyone!

  31. April Mc Vey
      · July 9th, 2014 at 1:17 am · Link

    Love Nora Roberts as well as your writing. She even wrote a trilogy placed on Boonesboro! I think the bookstore was also Turning the Page! Too bad I live in Tx , I would love to be able to see both of you! Oh well maybe some other time.

    Please stay with your writing as you are. Love the western romances. Maybe sometime a revisit with Mojo. Looking forward to next book. Love all your series!

    I have been dieting to regulate blood pressure , so far I have lost and kept off 32lbs. Need 12 more to stay off meds! Slow but sure coming off. Realizing it took a few years to put on , just makes sense a few years to take off. I always am glad to note how your journey is progressing. Keep up the great journey.

    Not sure what course of miracles is but will look it up on trusty internet to find out! Have a safe trip. Enjoy and please be safe.

    • Gloria
        · July 9th, 2014 at 3:31 am · Link

      Congratulations on your weight loss, april.

      • Gloria
          · July 9th, 2014 at 3:33 am · Link

        Sorry…April, but it is 3:30+ in the morning, and I can’t capitalize, it seems.

    • linda
        · July 10th, 2014 at 10:42 am · Link

      One day at a time, my friend. Sounds to me like you’re doing great!

  32. Lois Rotella
      · July 9th, 2014 at 6:41 am · Link

    I read a lot of cozy mysteries but when I am a little down I reach for one of your books to lift my spirit. I enjoy reading many books but some are so down. I also enjoy reading books that make me laugh. My friend and I both enjoyed the story of Meg and Sierra McKettrick. Meg has Angus’s ghost and Sierra had her ghost also. The stories were uplifting.

  33. Diane A. Downing
      · July 9th, 2014 at 9:59 am · Link

    Glad to see your early blog. I hope you have a new book out in the near future. Have all of yours. :roll:

  34. Terri Shortell
      · July 9th, 2014 at 12:49 pm · Link

    I will have to look into your recommendations for reading. Glad to hear the good news about the little one. If you come up with an idea for a paranormal story I’m sure it will be a great one. All your books are great so how could it fail. ;) Hope everyone has a great day. 8)

  35. Michele B
      · July 9th, 2014 at 3:47 pm · Link

    I am a big fan of Mike Dooley’s “Notes from the Universe”. The messages I get are often very timely, addressing worrisome thoughts and/or troubling situations. The “thoughts become things” reminder (I think Ghandi said it first?) helps keep a positive outlook too.

    • linda
        · July 10th, 2014 at 10:43 am · Link

      Amen, sister!

  36. Brenda I.
      · July 9th, 2014 at 7:36 pm · Link

    Glad to hear that Gibson is continuing to blossom. Good luck on the weight watchers today. Enjoy Boonsboro and have a good time!

  37. Linda Beaudoin
      · July 9th, 2014 at 7:40 pm · Link

    I love all your books. I have 78 of your books, including ones with other authors. Would love more Mojo Sheepshanks. :)

  38. Jessica W
      · July 9th, 2014 at 11:54 pm · Link

    I agree there are too many vampire and other supernatural books out at the moment. I would love a historical romance series from you. I love my historical McKettricks!!! :)

  39. Vicky
      · July 10th, 2014 at 9:13 am · Link

    Ah, Man! I am so disappointed that we aren’t getting a new Mojo book. I love her! Keep it in mind, will you, please?

    • linda
        · July 10th, 2014 at 10:44 am · Link

      See today’s blog. :) (July 10, 2014)

  40. Alice N
      · July 10th, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. We’re doing biggest loser at work. Kind if hard at 61. So sorry to hear about MOJO. When you mentioned her I brought the books out of storage and reread because I was hoping. Loved them just as much the second go round. Please keep her in your heart and mind. She’s important to us readers. You made us love her and want more. Can’t wait for the next book. It’s always a thrill to see what’s next.

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