#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

That was the week that was…

And WHAT a week.  My mom came down with a case of the flu and wound up in the ER on Thursday–they treated her and released her to come home with me.  It’s been good having her here–I can think of better ways to spend time together, though–and she’s on the mend.  I’ve been playing nurse and trying real hard not to get sick myself.  So far, so good.

This week’s winners are: April McVey and Susan Lee.  Congratulations, ladies.  As always, a new round begins today.  All you have to do is comment, and you’re entered.

I’ve started a new book and I’m very pleased with it.  More on that, and the famous Wishing Machine, soon.

In the meantime, stay warm and stay well.


89 comments to “That was the week that was…”

  1. Rita Crofoot
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:12 pm · Link

    serious epidemic this flu, stay well, Looking forward to new book info,

  2. Denise King
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your mother is on the mend.I hope the weather is not too bad where you are. Enjoy the rest of your day Linda.

  3. Pam paterakis
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Asking for prayers this week. My Mom needs all 3 valves in her heart replaced ASAP and Doctors not sure if they can. We will know Friday if it is doable. Daughter found out no heart beat in her pregnancy. Monday has not been good!
    Hope your Mom gets well soon and you can have fun time.

    • Darlene Tomel
        · January 26th, 2015 at 3:20 pm · Link

      Sending prayers your way and hope for a speedy recovery my mom had a quadruple bypass years go she has since passed, miss her everyday.

    • Hilda
        · January 26th, 2015 at 9:35 pm · Link

      Dear Pam,
      I’m so sorry for your family’s woes! I am praying for your Mom that God will guide the surgeon’s hands! He can do it!

      I pray your daughter’s ultrasound was incorrect! If not, I ask God for strength and comfort for you, your daughter, and the rest of the family. I’ve heard so many times over the years, if a pregnancy is unsuccessful, it’s your body’s way of telling you something was wrong. My niece brought a pregnancy to full term, but the baby was no longer alive when she was born. They had two extremely health kids a couple of years later. I pray your family finds comfort and strength, and for calm after the storm. God’s plan is perfect – it can’t be otherwise. We are only human and would love to understand or tell Him that He’s wrong, but I know He doesn’t mind if we grieve, even if it’s for a long time.

      All my best,

    • Gloria
        · January 26th, 2015 at 9:57 pm · Link

      Pam, I will say a prayer fro your mom and your daughter and her baby. And, you.

  4. Darlene Tomel
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:18 pm · Link

    HI Linda, hope you feel better soon. I had the flu shot but there are so many out there now that this flue shot only covers a few of them. :(

  5. Gloria
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:21 pm · Link

    Congratulations April McVey and Susan Lee!

    Linda, I pray your mom gets well soon, and that you stay well.

  6. Ruby Norwood
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Congrats to April and Susan !! Looking forward to the new book info, I have also got a new book of yours coming this week. Can’t wait to read it!! Hope your mom feels better soon,and you stay well Linda. Don’t you let that old Flu bug bite you in the BUTT!!

  7. Debbie G
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:33 pm · Link

    Dear Linda and ALL

    Just remember, it was noted earlier in the News that the flu is not
    The same strain as last year’s flu. So just try and say well by using zincs, vitamins and if needed prescription for antivirals within the 1st 24-48 hrs.

  8. Mary Stahlecker
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:37 pm · Link

    Glad your mom is doing better. Had some health issues with foot surgery, in July, and problems after that. Doing ok now

  9. Linda Lattin
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:41 pm · Link

    I am sorry that your Mother is not feeling well. I will say a Rosary for bot of you.

  10. Valdi M
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:42 pm · Link

    My 88 year old mom lives with me full time. I know how hard it is to care for someone. Hope you stay well and she recovers soon.
    Thoughts and prayers go out your way.

  11. Gale Sroelov
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:44 pm · Link

    Happy your mom is on the mend! This flu season…it is one for the record books. You are living healthy so, fingers crossed, you’ll be okay. Sending get well wishes to your mom!

  12. Lois Rotella
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:46 pm · Link

    Oh my!! I am glad to hear your mom is out of the ER. Wishing her well and I bet she happy to be with her daughter . Rest and family is good for all. This flu season is really bad. Take care prays for a speedy recovery.

  13. Linda Wilson
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Hope your mom is better soon and you don`t get it. Can`t wait for new book, soon as I read your newest book, then I can`t wait for the next one

  14. Roberts Giordano
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Glad mom is feeling better. Hope you stay well. Will keep you and mom in my prayers

  15. Carol Luciano
      · January 26th, 2015 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Happy to hear your mom’s on the mend. Flu knocked me for a loop when I. had it.Try to keep well yoursselff ass much as is possssibble. We got hit here with this blizzard.Thank goodness for books.:)
    Carol L

  16. Virginia H
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:00 pm · Link

    So sorry to hear your mom is sick hope she is better soon and at least you get to spend time with her. Seems everyone has been sick this year including me and it took a trip to the doctor to get over what I had and it was rough. This flu going around is not funny, I had a cousin that didn’t make it through it, although they did find out that he had a bad heart but was sick with the flu when he past. He was only about 57 though so that is young. Take care of your mom.

  17. Leanna
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:00 pm · Link

    Glad your mom is getting better. I was sick all last week.

  18. Ginny Thompson
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:01 pm · Link

    I pray your Mom gets well soon and that you don’t get this terrible flu. It sounds as if it is awful.

  19. Jessica Laas
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:07 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear about your Mom. Hope she feeling better soon. Lot of flu going on in Texas as well. Stay well.

  20. Melaine
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Always enjoy your blogs, but sorry to hear your mom was ill. Hope she has completely recovered, and that you were able to stay well. Have a good week!

  21. Rhonda Dickinson
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:25 pm · Link

    Glad your mom got to come stay with you. That will be good medicine for her. I was able to pick up your new book, The Marriage Charm and can’t wait to start it. The only trouble is, your books are so good, once I start them I can’t put them down so I’m finished with them too soon! Have a great week, take good care of your mom and stay healthy!

  22. Julie Watson
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Absolutely adore your books. I’ve been collecting so that I have all of a line and can enjoy following families and communities. Coming from the Frozen North – Prince Edward Island in Canada – we have become snowbirds wintering in Florida. I take your books with me on my ereader and enjoy seeking out titles missing from my collection everywhere I go.

    We have visited Montana several times and can’t wait to head our motorhome west again. Your writing gives me a new perspective on the places we explore and the people we meet. Thanks!!

  23. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:30 pm · Link

    Hope the flu passes you by…..Glad to hear Mom is getting better…

  24. Sharon S.
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:31 pm · Link

    Hope your mama is better soon. I work in a hospital in the desert of SoCal, and we’ve been really busy. My cousin in Vegas also works in a hospital and they have been very busy as well. I use hand sanitizer ALL the time.

  25. Linn Carlile
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Praying for a speedy recovery for your mom and that you don’t catch the bug. Looking forward to your new book as I have enjoyed all of your books. I share them with friends and neighbors. Take care. Linn

  26. Pamela Devereux
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:48 pm · Link

    :roll: Sorry to hear your mom was sick with the flu. So many people have been sick with it. Stay well.

  27. Risemary
      · January 26th, 2015 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, I will add you and your Mom to my prayer list. I’m always happy to hear when you’re writing a new book! Rosemary

  28. Karen Cotton
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:00 pm · Link

    I’m so sorry your mom has been sick. At least you two live close to each other :)

  29. Jan W
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Nice to know your Mom can be with you and that you are taking care of her! Hope you don’t get sick too!

  30. DIANA E
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:07 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners this week. So sorry to hear your mom has been so sick. Prayers for a quick recovery. You stay well, Linda. Blessings.

  31. Pamela Wooten-Oram
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Glad to hear your Mom is doing better. When we are ill a little TLC from family always makes for a speedy recovery! Keep well my friend.

  32. Kay Moorhead
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:35 pm · Link

    Hope your Mom feels better soon.

  33. nancy lange
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:35 pm · Link

    my prayers to your mother and to you as caregiver. i so enjoy your books

  34. Ann Bartholomew
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:35 pm · Link

    I’m sure your mom appreciates you taking care of her. Tomorrow is a big day with The Marriage Charm coming out! I’m currently re-reading the Montana Creeds having just finished the Yarbro brothers. I love Gideon and Lydia. Glad to hear you’ve started another book – sure it will be great.

  35. Sandra
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:37 pm · Link

    Praying that your Mom gets well soon and that you don’t get it. Seems the flu is on the rampage everywhere. Looking forward to the new book out tomorrow.

  36. Crystal Carney
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Tell your MOM That I hope she gets well soon as the older you are its harder to get rid of this bug, don’t you get sick again Linda !!

  37. Pamela Edwards
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:40 pm · Link

    Well wishes to your Mom & hope that you stay healthy and flu free. Looking forward to reading more of your books in future . Take Care . ☺

  38. judy
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear that your mom has the flu. Hope she is getting better. Glad the next marriages book is coming out tomorrow. Can’t wait.

  39. Suzanne Mongan
      · January 26th, 2015 at 6:05 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear that your mom is sick with the flu. I hope she feels better soon. I’m looking forward to reading your book The Marriage Charm, and will get this Thursday when I go to get my hair cut. Take care and have a great week.

  40. DonnaC
      · January 26th, 2015 at 6:31 pm · Link

    Glad your Mom is on the mend! We’ve been lucky…..knock on wood! Looking forward to the new book!

  41. Christina Keach
      · January 26th, 2015 at 6:31 pm · Link

    Take care of yourself & your Mom. Congrats on the new book!!!

  42. Linda Ferrell
      · January 26th, 2015 at 6:34 pm · Link

    Glad your Mother is getting better as well as having you to watch over her. Looking forward to another book, Have about 4 more to buy before I have caught up with what you have written. Thanks for all the great reads and yes I still have every book.

  43. Cece
      · January 26th, 2015 at 6:42 pm · Link

    I hope your Mom feels better soon! Stay well!

  44. Denise Olson
      · January 26th, 2015 at 6:49 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the new book.

  45. Margy Manear
      · January 26th, 2015 at 6:49 pm · Link

    So glad mom is on the mend. Just don’t you get sick. It seems everybody has something!

  46. Dixie Hadley
      · January 26th, 2015 at 7:07 pm · Link

    Linda, Praying your mother has a full recovery from the nasty old bug and also sending up prayers for you that you stay healthy. Enjoy the time with your mother. Such a sweet time returning the loving care that your mother once gave to you when you were a sick little girl. It’s such a blessing to have that opportunity . Stay well and excited to hear more about your new book.

  47. Terri Shortell
      · January 26th, 2015 at 7:10 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Sorry your mom caught the flu Linda but I’m glad she is getting better. Take care of yourself too. I would hate for you to get sick. Have a great week everyone. To everyone in the way of the winter storm, please be careful and stay warm.

  48. Joyce M.
      · January 26th, 2015 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Glad you are able to take care of your mom. Hope she feels better soon and also hope you don’t catch it.

  49. Garen
      · January 26th, 2015 at 7:12 pm · Link

    I can surely empathize with you. I spent 2 weeks taking care of my 89 year old dad with the flu. I highly recommend lots of hand washing, hand sanitizer, Lysol spray, and I even wore a mask for awhile. May seem extreme, but if I got it, we would have really been in a pickle. Love your books.

  50. barbara herber
      · January 26th, 2015 at 7:41 pm · Link

    Linda I love your books and the Cowboys they are the best and so are you

  51. Judith Cooper
      · January 26th, 2015 at 8:08 pm · Link

    Hoping your mother is making good progress. The flu has hit our area badly. In spite of illness, I know you and your mother have enjoyed being. Blessings to both of you.

  52. Robin Myers
      · January 26th, 2015 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Best of luck staying healthy. Hope your mom continues to get stronger.

  53. April Mc Vey
      · January 26th, 2015 at 8:47 pm · Link

    Thank you . I have been arguing with a cold all week. Hope you mom gets better soon. I still have a dry cough but that is all. Weather in Texas is going up and down . So this cough should be flying away! So looking forward to your next book coming out!

  54. Kathy Bryant
      · January 26th, 2015 at 9:14 pm · Link

    hope you stay well. Glad to hear of a new book!

  55. Tammy Ragle
      · January 26th, 2015 at 9:42 pm · Link

    Hope your Mom is doing better. This flu is something else, my Mother has had it now for 2 weeks. With the weather going from cold to warm and back again I am surprised more people aren’t in the hospital.

  56. Lorraine Pitts
      · January 26th, 2015 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Praying for your Mother. I am sure she is in good hands!!!! Can’t wait until your new book!!!!

  57. carole
      · January 26th, 2015 at 10:02 pm · Link

    hope your mom gets to feeling better! congrats to the 2 winners! have a great week!

  58. Diane Blaser
      · January 26th, 2015 at 10:08 pm · Link

    you’re a devoted daughter Linda and I’m sending well wishes to your mom and everyone the flu virus has visited. It has been such a bad year for so many and my heart goes out to those who have lost family members! Please remember to get vaccinated! Wishing everyone a flu free week ahead and a speedy spring!

  59. Lea Williams
      · January 26th, 2015 at 10:16 pm · Link

    I do pray your mom is better. Nasty stuff, had the flu shot but am watching close and using lots of hand sanitizer when I go out. Love this nice weather but have busy in the house so did not get out in it but good to see when the fog lifts. That I am tired of. Feel like I am in a box. Blessings.

  60. Janet Clark
      · January 26th, 2015 at 10:39 pm · Link

    stay well Linda….that flu is a nasty one! We have had lot of it here in Coulee the past 2 weeks!
    On a more positive note…..enjoy your time with your mom!

  61. Paula L Rollins
      · January 26th, 2015 at 10:43 pm · Link

    So glad you are there for your mom….and wishing her a speedy recovery and for you all to miss the flu…………..enjoy your time with your mom and looking forward to your new book

  62. Kelley Morrow
      · January 27th, 2015 at 12:08 am · Link

    Sending prayers your way Pam.P. Linda, glad your mom is better and hope you both stay ahead of the flu. It is bad this year. I have four kiddos in four schools so we are hand washing and trying to stay home. I cannot wait to read The Marriage Charm!!! Good luck and good health!

  63. Karen Bueling
      · January 27th, 2015 at 12:55 am · Link

    Glad that your Mother is on the mend. My cold has lasted almost a month and not going away.

    Finally getting some much needed rain here in southern California. I am enjoying as long as it stays a slow sinking rain.

  64. Betty Kincaid
      · January 27th, 2015 at 1:07 am · Link

    Hope your Mom gets better soon & you can stay healthy. Looking forward to a new book coming out.

  65. Peggy Casey
      · January 27th, 2015 at 6:14 am · Link

    Prayers for a speedy recovery for your mom!

  66. linda gwiazdowski
      · January 27th, 2015 at 6:46 am · Link

    prayers for a speedy recovery for your mom,stay well,god bless

  67. Jo-Ann Baker
      · January 27th, 2015 at 8:29 am · Link

    HI, Enjoy your Mom and hope she feels better soon. Angles to watch over you both so you don’t get the sick too.
    Have a wonderful week on the mend an may the snow stop and spring is only a short time away. LOL
    Waiting for all my new books from my favorite writers to come out soon.

  68. Rose Marie Moran
      · January 27th, 2015 at 9:33 am · Link

    Hope your mom gets better soon and that you don’t catch it.

  69. Lynn Grier
      · January 27th, 2015 at 9:56 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Glad your Mom is staying with you so con nurse her back to health. Stay healthy yourself and congrats on your new release. Blessings to you!

  70. Andrea Lammly
      · January 27th, 2015 at 11:04 am · Link

    Will keep your Mom in our daily prayers. Just got my notice this weekend that my pre-order of “The Marriage Charm” has shipped!
    Yeah, can’t wait to read it. Stay well and glad to hear you’ve started another book. As always, we can’t wait. Wishing health and happiness to all.

  71. Fran F
      · January 27th, 2015 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Glad to hear that your Mom is on the mend. It’s tough to get sick at this time of year.

  72. Darlene
      · January 27th, 2015 at 3:26 pm · Link

    congrats to this weeks winners! The flu is very bad this year so glad to hear that your mom is doing better hoping you stay well so you can keep writing the books we all love. Hope you have a wonderful week :)

  73. Billie Sanders
      · January 27th, 2015 at 3:51 pm · Link

    I hope everyone in your household is feeling better, Linda.
    Cold and snowy here in East Tennessee. Take care.
    I am looking forward to your new book; will buy it tomorrow when I go out for supplies.
    Blessings to all,

  74. gloria bare
      · January 27th, 2015 at 6:12 pm · Link

    .Another book yeah. Going to get the marriage charm tomorrow. Loved book 1 and I am ready for book 2. Love all your characters, they become like family. Hope you stay in good health and here is hoping your Mother is well soon.

  75. DONNA
      · January 28th, 2015 at 10:21 am · Link

    Keep the books coming!!! Hope Mom is feeling better.

  76. mary D. Wornick
      · January 28th, 2015 at 12:08 pm · Link

    Linda, sorry to hear about your mother being sick and going to the hospital and then home with you . Its great you two being together! Just be careful that you don’t get sick to.
    Hope your mother gets better real soon. much prayers and god bless and keep safe.

    hi all sorry about being late in comments but had a busy week
    Bye for now ……Mary

  77. Christina C
      · January 28th, 2015 at 12:21 pm · Link

    I hope your mother is feeling better. I hate ER visits myself. Always scarey in those circumstances. I downloaded “The Marriage Charm” this morning and can’t wait to get started!

  78. kandice
      · January 28th, 2015 at 1:59 pm · Link

    Sorry to hear the flu struck! I’m still keeping my fingers crossed we can continue avoiding it

  79. Becky Scott
      · January 29th, 2015 at 5:55 am · Link

    Praying your mother recovers quickly and you do not contract the flu. Read The Marriage Pact and just completed The Marriage Charm. Love this series and I’m really looking foreward to the next sequel. May I ask the name of the book and the expected date for the release? Blessings to you and your family in this New Year!!

  80. Merry M
      · January 29th, 2015 at 6:13 am · Link

    Glad your mom is doing better and can spend some time with you. Just picked up the Marriage Charm yesterday. Can’t wait to start reading it!

  81. Barbara Kennicutt
      · January 29th, 2015 at 1:26 pm · Link

    Just love all your books. Hope you don’t get the flu.

  82. mary D. Wornick
      · January 30th, 2015 at 11:58 am · Link

    I love all of your books and its so nice to have them in the winter months and curl up on the sofa and read. Thank you for such good reading.
    Bye for now Mary D.Wornick

  83. mary D. Wornick
      · January 30th, 2015 at 12:02 pm · Link

    How is your mother doing?. Better i hope, it seems like this is good weather to get sick. One day its cold in 30’s and the next its hot in 70’s and we wonder why so many people get sick.
    I just you don’t get sick too.
    Bye for now Mary D.

  84. Colleen
      · January 31st, 2015 at 10:47 pm · Link

    Just finished reading The Marriage Charm and can hardly wait until the next one is out. Take care, Colleen

  85. mary D. Wornick
      · February 1st, 2015 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Hi all,
    Here it is February already boy how the time flies. Just stop to say hi and hope all are doing good.
    The weather here is beautiful and in the high 60’s and we are all doing good.

    Bye for now have good day, god bless keep safe.

  86. Jo-Ann Baker
      · February 2nd, 2015 at 1:24 pm · Link

    Just finished Marrige Charm, enjoyed the read. Can’t wait to read the last one. All we have is snow an cold her so reading is a good thing to past the time. Thanks for the great stories.

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