#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Thanksgiving/winners/travel plans and more

First, the new winners are: Niki Davis and Therese.  Congratulations, both of you!  Your signed books will be headed your way soon.  (What’s that you say?  YOU didn’t win?  Well, the old adage certainly applies here: try, try again.  :)  There is a brand new round beginning right now; just comment, and you’re entered.

Thanksgiving was lovely and quiet.  I roasted a turkey and made all the trimmings.  (Well, okay, the Schwan’s people made the pumpkin pies, Ocean Spray did the cranberries, etc.)  HOWEVER, I personally peeled the potatoes (I usually stick Jeremy with the job), threw together the stuffing and all that.  Jeremy DID do the potato mashing and make the gravy.  The dinner was delicious, and the company was even better–along with Wendy and Jeremy, my grand-Golden Retriever, Margie, Jenni and Larry the Canadian Wrangler also put in appearances.  Jen and I, Weight Watchers veterans by now, were content with small servings of our favorites and a sliver of pumpkin pie.  :)  And guess what?  I was perfectly satisfied.  Yet another thing to add to my very long gratitude list!  (Mom was invited, of course, but she likes to enjoy the holiday meal in the dining room at her retirement center.)

Now, for my travel plans.  I’m headed over to Seattle to spend some time with Debbie Macomber, my dear, funny and very famous friend.  It’s become a tradition for us to get together a day or two before Jayne Krentz’s Christmas party, where we’ll see a lot of our writer friends.   We always have a great time, naturally, talking shop, munching delicacies, catching up.  This year, Debbie is having a little gathering in Port Orchard, and I’m excited about that, too, since I haven’t seen many of the people who will be there in years and years.  Deb and I will do some shopping, some laughing, and maybe shed a few nostalgic tears as well.  Debbie’s husband, Wayne, is a Civil War buff, like me, and it will be nice to chat with him, though I imagine he’ll be dodging the Estrogen Overload Factor as much as possible.  :)

The long and short of all this is that I probably won’t have a chance to blog until Friday or Saturday.  I’ll have stories to tell then, though, and maybe a few photos to post on Facebook.  :)

In closing, I want to recommend a podcast I’ve mentioned before, for those of you who are trying to improve your girlish figure: HalfSizeMe.  Today’s episode, #147, was a gift.  Terrific insights and some really good online resources that I definitely intend to check out.

Be well, be kind, and stay warm.

81 comments to “Thanksgiving/winners/travel plans and more”

  1. Teresa G
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:05 pm · Link

    So very glad to hear you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. May you have a blessed holiday season.

  2. Diana E.
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:06 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Linda. Have a wonderful trip to see Debbie and you’re friends. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Blessings.

  3. DONNA
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:09 pm · Link

    Happy to hear you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My 2 favorite authors together in Seattle!!!

  4. Peggy Casey
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:10 pm · Link

    Safe travels and many wonderful memories… those you share of days gone by and the new ones you make as you celebrate with your friends… I am so envious of the company you keep! Wonderful authors, each and everyone of you!

  5. Marcy Collins
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:10 pm · Link

    Linda I am happy to hear your Thanksgiving was well spent and it sounds like this upcoming week will be busy! I am glad you’re spending time with your friends and authors and I look forward to reading about it!

  6. Denise King
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:12 pm · Link

    Happy to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving, enjoy your time with your fellow authors Linda,it would be sooo nice if i can win at least once. :-) IJS. Enjoy your day.

  7. tammy carter
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:13 pm · Link

    Safe travels. We are cold here in the Pacific Northwest with iced roads and clear skies so take it easy. We look forward to hearing from you.

  8. Laura Ann Harrid
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Glad you had a great Thsnksgiving Linda. Be well and stay safe during your travels!

  9. Margaret
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful time Linda!

  10. Patricia M Hann
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Have a great trip. Enjoy your downtime. You and Debbie both deserve it.

  11. Judy Eagle
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:25 pm · Link

    Safe fun travels. See you when you get back!!!!

  12. Gwenda Underwood
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Thanks for the updates, be safe!!

  13. Fran F
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:28 pm · Link

    Happy to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving. Hope you have a wonderful trip to visit with your writer friends. Debbie is another favorite of mine and I have been enjoying seeing her Christmas movies on Hallmark (some for the second or third time). Keep up the good work with your Weight Watchers. You are getting me inspired to try it myself after the holidays. Best wishes,
    Fran F.

  14. Lynn
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:39 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful time! Tell those wonderful authors we all said “hello” and “Merry Christmas”!
    Hubby is a Civil War guy too…course ours is Confederate side..

    Have a blessed holiday season!!
    Lynn Hogan

  15. Andrea Lammly
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Have a fun and safe trip to Seattle. Can’t wait to hear your stories when you get back.

  16. Tia
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:43 pm · Link

    Have a great time.

  17. Chris Baker
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Link

    Glad you had a great thanksgiving.

  18. Dixie Hadley
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Link

    Enjoyed your note today. Glad your Thanksgiving was good. We We were blessed that family and friends were able to come for a few days and share Thanksgiving with us this year. Wonderful company,good food and best of all precious memories to last until our next get together.
    Have a wonderful time with your friends and I look forward to hearing all about it when you return.

  19. Brenda I.
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:46 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. DO have a grand time with your friends. We had a good time as well at Thanksgiving.

  20. Ruby Norwood
      · December 1st, 2014 at 2:53 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Niki and Therese on your win!!! So Linda you’re off on another road trip. Hope you and Debbie and all the other authors have lots of fun. Have a safe trip!!

  21. Gina
      · December 1st, 2014 at 3:07 pm · Link

    I’m new to your blog and very much enjoying it. Thanks for including me!

  22. Lois Rotella
      · December 1st, 2014 at 3:15 pm · Link

    Nice to hear your Thanksgiving was as nice as mine. Have a good trip and visit. Hoping your weather is good for the visit and shopping.

  23. Sue McCormick
      · December 1st, 2014 at 3:19 pm · Link

    I would love to be a fly on the wall when three of my favorite authors get together (you, Debbie, and Jayne) get together! Now if your fellow Spokane C. J. Cherryh (I know WRONG genre!) were also there it would be perfect! (And I would still be in the mid-West!)

  24. Pam paterakis
      · December 1st, 2014 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Wow you and Debbie together. That would be my ultimate get together! Enjoy friend time and happy shopping!

  25. Roberts Giordano
      · December 1st, 2014 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Hope you have a great time with Debbie. Can’t wait to see what stories you have to tell. Enjoy !

  26. Teresa
      · December 1st, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Praying 4 safe trouble free travel, Linda, as well as many happy smiles with dear ones. Be sure to save some energy for the big rodeo too!! Smiles to all who enter here!
    “Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas….”

  27. judy
      · December 1st, 2014 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. Have a good time wit the other writers

  28. Leanna
      · December 1st, 2014 at 4:05 pm · Link

    Glad you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving. I’m jealous that you get to hang out with Debbie Maccomber, love her books!

  29. Terri Shortell
      · December 1st, 2014 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I’m glad you had a great Thanksgiving Linda. Have fun this week. We totally understand if you can’t blog. Just enjoy yourself. Blessed be.

  30. Sherry Wallace
      · December 1st, 2014 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Happy for you & family enjoying TG – that’s what it’s all about! Looking forward to blog & pictures after your visit to Seattle :). Seems there are quite a few famous writers in WA area

  31. Wanda beach
      · December 1st, 2014 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Would love to go with you Debbie is my other favorite Happy Traveling B safe :wink: :wink:

  32. Jo-Ann Baker
      · December 1st, 2014 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Hi . Have fun with Debbie and friends. Should be a great time to laugh an talk. Always great to keep up with friends. Way to go on the weight loss. Keep it up with the cross training. It helps your system to lose when changeing it up.
    Have a great weekend and time with friends.
    Thanks for all the great books.
    Merry Christmas as it is the first of December today. Just 24 days to Christmas:)

  33. Linda Wilson
      · December 1st, 2014 at 4:44 pm · Link

    Have a great time, sounds fun

  34. Nanci S.
      · December 1st, 2014 at 5:12 pm · Link

    Time with friends is always great!!!

  35. Pamela Devereux
      · December 1st, 2014 at 6:44 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am a little envious that you are getting together with Debbie Macomber. Another of my favorite authors. Party at Jayne Krentz. I think we will want pictures.

    Have a great time.

  36. Rita Crofoot
      · December 1st, 2014 at 6:44 pm · Link

    Have fun and be safe, my best to Debbie M, another of my favorites..

  37. Norma Stanforth
      · December 1st, 2014 at 6:58 pm · Link

    Congratulation to Niki Davis and Terese, i am sure you will enjoy your win.
    Linda i am glad you had a nice Thanksgiving.Hope you have a nice trip.w.hen you go to Debbie Macomber.
    God’s blessings.
    As always your friend,

  38. Shirley Meyle
      · December 1st, 2014 at 7:02 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,
    We too had a nice holiday. I can picture you and Debbie together in beautiful Port Orchard. My hubby & I were there 2 years ago and had lunch at her tea room. What a great place to live. She and you are my favorite authors. Have a great visit together as friends are the best desert! :-P

  39. Sandy Simonson
      · December 1st, 2014 at 7:45 pm · Link

    I love your blog – would love to win something sometime – You and Debbie M are two of my favorite authors -too many books, too little time – enjoy your trip west! Happy Holidays.

  40. Virginia H
      · December 1st, 2014 at 7:55 pm · Link

    So glad you had a great Thanksgiving. I had my families dinner on Saturday and needless to say I ate why to much. I can feel the pounds packing on.

  41. Rita Harden
      · December 1st, 2014 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Enjoy your friends during this festive season! I enjoy your posts and thoughts about various topics. Congratulations too on your recent weight goal. Happy Holidays!!!

  42. Debbie Koziel
      · December 1st, 2014 at 8:42 pm · Link

    Have lots of fun with Debbie!!

  43. Juanita Rice
      · December 1st, 2014 at 9:00 pm · Link

    Know you will have so much fun!! :)

  44. Gloria
      · December 1st, 2014 at 9:12 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Niki Davis and Therese! Enjoy your book.

    Linda, I pray you have a great trip and stay well.

    I just finished reading Dakota Born by Debbie and it sure was good. Now, if I can find the other two books in the series at the Library. Tell Debbie I sure did like it, please.

  45. Cindy
      · December 1st, 2014 at 9:15 pm · Link

    It is so frustrating, I didn’t eat that much, but gained 3 pounds over Thanksgiving. I wish there was some way not to do that.

  46. Joyce S
      · December 1st, 2014 at 9:25 pm · Link

    I’m glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and was able to take time to visit with your friends. Happy Holidays!

  47. Harriet Vick
      · December 1st, 2014 at 9:47 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful time with Debbie! You’ll be so close to Whidbey Island!

  48. Millie Swank
      · December 1st, 2014 at 9:48 pm · Link

    I am so glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was bittersweet, my Daddy has Alzheimer’s disease and other health issues. So to be able to spend another Thanksgiving with him was a blessing. But, he was very far back in the past that day.

  49. Donna Colton
      · December 1st, 2014 at 9:52 pm · Link

    You have fun! Our Thanksgiving was a great weekend. Family on Thursday, Mike was sick on Friday! Saturday we went to the most amazing gift shop 50 miles away, but so worth the trip!

  50. Darlene
      · December 1st, 2014 at 10:02 pm · Link

    Happy Monday!!! Hope you have a safe trip and stay warm in that cold weather :)

  51. carole
      · December 1st, 2014 at 10:07 pm · Link

    congrats to the winners! sounds like fun with Debbie love all her books and yours too! love to meet you both! glad you had a nice Thanksgiving, had a niceI too one too at my son’s new house that he shares with his girlfriend! they had both our families and friends that didn’t have any family! I had a small piece of pumpkin pie and that was enough for me! Have fun with Debbie!

  52. Jennifer Damone
      · December 1st, 2014 at 10:28 pm · Link

    Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy spending time with your friends!

  53. Lea Williams
      · December 1st, 2014 at 10:49 pm · Link

    Glad you had a wonderful thanksgiving. We did too. Ate and enjoyed Seahawks footbacll. Not a good weekend though. Out best riding horse got his head caught in the feeder borke his neck and died. Devestated us of course. It will take us a while to get over that one. Enjoy your time with Debbie. I wish I could hide in your pocket. Blessings.

  54. Janet Clark
      · December 1st, 2014 at 11:54 pm · Link

    Sounds like you did have fun at cooking with all the trimmings! Have fun in Seattle…..looking forward to seeing the pictures! have fun!

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  56. Kelley Morrow
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 12:41 am · Link

    Wow, it sounds like you are going to have more fun than should be allowed! Just kidding, you can’t have too much fun! Be safe and enjoy Linda.

  57. Lorraine Pitts
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 2:11 am · Link

    Have a great trip, loads of fun and be safe!!!

  58. Gram
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 6:44 am · Link

    It sounds like a very good holiday season for you and your family and friends. :-)

  59. linda gwiazdowski
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 6:50 am · Link

    glad to hear you are doing well,and had a great thanksgiving,love to read your books always looking foward to the next one

  60. Kay
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 7:21 am · Link

    Have a wonderful trip to Seattle!

  61. Alisa Wells
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 8:01 am · Link

    So glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your visit to Seattle and give Debbie my best.

  62. Nadine Spradlin
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 9:15 am · Link

    So glad that your Thanksgiving turned out so well . I do not care for Pumpkin pie , I ate a piece of potato pie instead ” YUM “. Enjoy your time with friends & family after all TIS THE SEASON . I’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas Season . By the way ; how many days till your next book ?????

  63. mary D. Wornick
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 11:38 am · Link

    Hi and good bye to you Linda,
    Have a wonderful time with all of your friends and enjoy the parties and get together and have lots of fun.
    Have a safe trip and will be waiting till you return, to listen to all of the things you will tell us on your trip. So hurry back and be waiting on your new book……………
    Bye for now take care keep safe, god bless

  64. Lucy Brewer
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 11:45 am · Link

    Congrats to the winner. Safe travel. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  65. Joyce M.
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 11:49 am · Link

    Glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving and your Christmas plans sound great.

  66. Teresa W
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 11:59 am · Link

    Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. The Christmas party sounds like it’ll be fun. All you authors together, should do a giveaway I see on face book. JK had a book out not.long ago, same as DM & you have The Marraige Pact w ith nextt in series out sometime next year. Ya’ll have been busy. Have a great time. If you post pics should be interesting.

  67. Niki Davis
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 12:56 pm · Link

    Thanks for picking me as one of the weekly winners.

    Happy to know you had a nice Thanksgiving.

    Have fun with Debbie and at Jayne’s Christmas party. What I would give to be at a party where all my favorite authors were there. That would be hog heaven for me. Sounds like I would enjoy being around Debbie’s husband as well. Have recently spent time in some of the greatest Civil War battlefields – Gettysburg being the top of the list. I would love to take about 2 weeks and a motor home just traveling to all of the battlefields/sites in Virginia. I actually live in a small town in the panhandle of Florida where a battle took place. They just recently had a reenactment of that day. Not a very gruesome battle and the Yankees high tailed when they heard reinforcements were coming in from Tallahassee.

    How about some more historical stories revolving around that time period???

    Thanks again for choosing me as a winner. Have a great trip and be safe.

    Niki Davis :lol:

  68. Patti
      · December 2nd, 2014 at 4:02 pm · Link

    Several of my favorite authors gathered in Seattle – I hope you have a wonderful time!

  69. Pam
      · December 3rd, 2014 at 12:20 am · Link

    Sounds like a wonderful few days. Jayne Krantz is a hoot so you will certainly enjoy yourself.

  70. Valdi M
      · December 3rd, 2014 at 1:46 am · Link

    Thanksgiving is always my favorite holiday. I get to tell everyone in my life how grateful I am that God has deemed me worthy of such wonderful family and friends. Including you!

  71. peggy clayton
      · December 3rd, 2014 at 11:41 am · Link

    You are such a wonderful person and such a giving person that you so deserve a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great relaxing cowboy holiday with thoughts of more great books twinkling thru your mind

    • Dixie Hadley
        · December 3rd, 2014 at 12:52 pm · Link

      Hope you enjoy every moment of your time away with your friends. Some times getting away “recharges” one for the next great adventure.
      :-D :?:

  72. Jan W
      · December 3rd, 2014 at 12:03 pm · Link

    Just finished your Big Sky Series…..loved them!
    Hoping you have a wonderful Holiday Season.

  73. mary D. Wornick
      · December 3rd, 2014 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Hi all just a little note to say and have a nice day.
    God bless and keep safe.
    Bye for now, talk with later
    Mary D. Wornick

  74. Dixie Hadley
      · December 3rd, 2014 at 12:55 pm · Link

    Hope you enjoy every moment away with your friends. Some times that is just what the Doctor orders– Time to “recharge” yourself in preparation for the next great adventure. Have tons of fun. :-P :-P

  75. patricia theno
      · December 4th, 2014 at 4:04 pm · Link

    Merry Christmas.

    What happened to the Mojo series?

    • Dixie Hadley
        · December 4th, 2014 at 4:22 pm · Link

      Hope your visit with Debbie is going well and that you have lots to share with us when you return. I was curious about how to view that pictures that you post from time to time. Are you on Face book? Thanks for the info, I’d love to see all the great pictures I feel sure you have posted.

  76. Donna Colton
      · December 5th, 2014 at 2:56 pm · Link

    Hubby was sick on the couch day after, went to a great little store on Saturday that has crafts. Oh WOW, so many things to pick from. Have a great weekend!

  77. Carol L
      · December 6th, 2014 at 4:02 am · Link

    Happy to heear you had a wwonderful Thanksgiving Linda. We’ll be waiting to hear all about you trip to see Debbie. Have a great time. And Happy weekend.
    Caarol L :-D

    • Dixie Hadley
        · December 6th, 2014 at 10:35 am · Link

      Hope you are still having fun. We can hardly wait to hear all about your “adventure”

  78. sue Leech
      · December 9th, 2014 at 11:45 am · Link

    Your book reviews went out and I hope they help get you many more sales..I loved The Marriage Pact. Sue

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