#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The Breakfast Club (and this week’s winners)

Congratulations Pamela Edwards and Mary Ann Fuhs!  As always, there’s a new contest under way this minute, so if you didn’t win, no worries.  Just comment and you’re entered for next week’s round–names will be announced this coming Monday.

The members of the Breakfast Club are an eclectic crowd–some of them are deer, and some are wild turkeys.  :)  I’ve taken to feeding them, since it’s a cold and hungry winter world out there, and food can be darned hard to find.  They show up together or separately, and seem to get along just fine, either way. Bernice, my ancient-of-days Yorkie, raised hell at first, barking her brains out.  (“Mom!  Mom!  Come quick, we’re being invaded!”)  The turkeys tend to buy into the vicious guard-dog act (all 14 years and 13 pounds of her), while the deer lift their heads, decide she’s harmless, and calmly go back to munching their grub.  For a while, this blase attitude really got to Bernice, but now she’s mellowed out a bit and usually just watches the goings on from the back deck, head cocked, ears perked.  It’s a hoot.

Remind me to tell you about my Wishing Machine.  :)

How’s that for a cliffhanger?

67 comments to “The Breakfast Club (and this week’s winners)”

  1. Tia
      · January 20th, 2015 at 4:03 pm · Link

    You sure have my attention. Now I want to know what a Wishing Machine is.

  2. Pam paterakis
      · January 20th, 2015 at 4:06 pm · Link

    I love watching wild life up close like that. It is so peaceful mood set for me.

  3. Leanna
      · January 20th, 2015 at 4:10 pm · Link

    I love hearing about your animal adventures!

  4. Chris Baker
      · January 20th, 2015 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Wishing machine?

  5. Linda Wilson
      · January 20th, 2015 at 4:21 pm · Link

    My Samoyed Snowball would make noise so the deer would get scared and run, he didn`t like me watching them, so one way or another he got rid of them

  6. Lois Rotella
      · January 20th, 2015 at 4:30 pm · Link

    Bernice the Yorkie, she is a trip. She is your guard dog. Today is kinda sad day. My brother has to put down is 15 year old cat. It is hard for him. His wife passed away last month now the cat. He is going to lonely in the house. He said he might get a new kitten but not just yet.

    • Gloria
        · January 20th, 2015 at 6:13 pm · Link

      Lois, I’ll say a prayer for your brother.

      • Lois Rotella
          · January 21st, 2015 at 11:37 am · Link

        Thanks Gloria for your prays.

    • linda
        · January 23rd, 2015 at 1:47 pm · Link

      I so know how he feels. My kitty, ChaCha, died the day after my beloved Aunt Billie. May you know that God holds all of you in the warm center of His Heart.

  7. Jeannette Garand
      · January 20th, 2015 at 4:33 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    You live an adventures life. The country is always so great, as you tend to see wild animals. They are so beautiful in their environment. We have a huge bull moose outback near the tree line. He comes through everyday and my grandchildren get such a kick watching him dig in the snow and eat off the branches. Our yard is fenced so he can’t come near the house. Thank goodness for that as our black lab would certainly be beside herself.
    I have been going through all your stories and to this very moment I keep hoping for a Mojo story again. I always feel there should be more to the story, like it’s not finished. Hope your publisher thinks so too.
    Until next time, take care and we’ll chat soon,

  8. Nadine Spradlin
      · January 20th, 2015 at 4:39 pm · Link

    We don’t have as many Deer coming into our yard now as we used to .the birds come to eat , some of the prettiest red birds , but our next door neighbor has 3 big cats & they are hunters . Congratulations to the winners !! Just what is a Wishing machine ?

  9. Virginia H
      · January 20th, 2015 at 4:43 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I have some cats hanging around in my yard that I have been feeding, hate to see them go hungry in this cold weather and my neighbor feeds them also. I have no deer or turkeys but in the summer I have a lot of ground hogs and coons I would like to get rid of because they eat my tomatoes. :cry:

  10. Linn Carlile
      · January 20th, 2015 at 4:52 pm · Link

    I too have a breakfast club and also an early evening one. I have squirrels, rabbits and lots of birds. I love to hear them and watch their inter actions. The doves are among my favorites. Had a big owl in the trees last night. My dog couldn’t
    figure out what the sound was, he sat on porch cocking his head from side to side and looking up at me. have a lot more critters looking for food this winter. Sure do keep us entertained.
    May you continue to enjoy yours and keep the wonderful stories coming.
    Hugs, Linn

  11. Gina Baker
      · January 20th, 2015 at 4:56 pm · Link

    Love feeding the wildlife during any season. They seem to be a bit more tame in the winter months, more hungry than afraid I guess.

  12. Ruby Norwood
      · January 20th, 2015 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Enjoyed the blog!! I really want to hear about the Wishing machine!! Congrats to Pamela and Mary Ann!!

  13. Diana E
      · January 20th, 2015 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. I can just picture Bernice taking on those critters! I had a couple wild turkeys in my back yard the other day and I live in the city! Blessings.

  14. Paula L Rollins
      · January 20th, 2015 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Oh,…I want to hear about your WISHING MACHINE….mine is a hoot…………..

  15. Darlene Tomel
      · January 20th, 2015 at 5:19 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, one of these days I may win just joking. Turkeys have been coming around now that Thanksgiving is over. I am finishing the Marriage Pact for the third time I love Tripp and Hadleigh. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of your series. I am a fan ambassador for your friend Debbie, I have all her books and yours, along with a few authors I love. I am a Hallmark Channel and Movie Fan. Love Cedar Cove, When Calls the Heart, Signed Sealed Delivered, The Good Witch and yours soon to be added to the list. I love Western Romance and you do it so well. I have to say it Go Seahawks, I am a true 12. I was stationed at Pier 36 Have lived in the area for over 25 years. :)

  16. Cathy green
      · January 20th, 2015 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners / I have a 12 pound Doxie that goes after deer too but they don’t pay any attention to her

  17. Susan Lee
      · January 20th, 2015 at 6:05 pm · Link

    this reminds me of a cherished memory from childhood. Canadian winters are long and harsh. The birds suffer even in the towns. I had a bedroom with a large picture window. It had a ledge wide enough for a box of birdseed. The birds were hungry and came to eat the feast we set out for them. They were separated from us just by that thick pane of glass. At times we could creep into the room slowly and observe them more closely than would ever be possible in summer. For some reason I remember grey birds with gorgeous pink breasts too busy filling their gullets to take any notice of us as we held perfectly still and watched.

  18. Pamela Wooten-Oram
      · January 20th, 2015 at 6:05 pm · Link

    My son found Freddie the Beagle chasing a dear in the woods one day. He brought him home. We posted ads all over and no one ever claimed Fred. Poor Freddie ‘pooped field corn for a week’. Fred was the best dog I ever had and he loved to eat anything. He weighed 65# when he died. Fred loved to hunt & chased all the bunnies in our neighborhood. One day I turned over a bucket & found a mouse hiding under it. My big brave Freddie jumped in front of the mouse barking. The mouse stood up on its hind legs & hissed. Fred let out a cry and took off running. He never chased a mouse after that. I laugh every time I think about Fred & the mouse.

  19. Gloria
      · January 20th, 2015 at 6:10 pm · Link

    Congratulations Pamela Edwards and Mary Ann Fuhs!

    Hi Linda! I was beginning to think you’d gone on a safari and left us. And, you did, but just to the back yard for local animals. I’ll bet they love you.

    I have a friend in NV and a lot of stray cats show up at her place, and of course, she feeds them. Then, she says she doesn’t know why they’ll come to her instead of her neighbors. I tell her it’s because the animals go back out and tell the other animals that she is a softie and will feed them, so…they know where to go. It’s kind of like back in the 30/40’s when the Hobos would mark a place as being good for food so the next Hobo would know.

    I can’t wait to see what your Wishing Machine is, but if I had one and it worked, I’d wish for a million dollars so I could fix my old house and store and live and work there. And, get my son some better medical help. That would be first. He had to repair his commode Sunday and now, he is practically bent double with pain and damage. Will everyone pray for him, please?

    And, I’d help as many people as I could, till it ran out. Then, I’d go back to my Wishing Machine and wish for more to do more. :)

    Was it Spanky that said…if you’re gonna wish, wish BIG?

    I’m glad you’re OK, and pray you have a good week ahead.

  20. Laura Ann Harris
      · January 20th, 2015 at 6:30 pm · Link

    Bernice sounds like a real character, Linda. One heck if a guard dog!

  21. Sal
      · January 20th, 2015 at 6:34 pm · Link

    WISHING MACHINE??? What a fabulous concept! I’ll be waiting, right here, to read about it. 8-O

  22. Melaine
      · January 20th, 2015 at 6:59 pm · Link

    As always, I enjoy your blogs and the little windows you open for your fans to see into your world.

    Love your books, and I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for follow-up books from you for the Montana Creeds and the AZ Creeds.

  23. Roberta Giordano
      · January 20th, 2015 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Ok I reminding you, please tell us about your wishing machine !

  24. rita hutcheson
      · January 20th, 2015 at 7:24 pm · Link

    I love that your feeling the deer and turkeys. I wonder if any Moose are going to show up. You know how Spokane gets Moose once in awhile. How are you prepared for Moose food?

  25. Lorraine Pitts
      · January 20th, 2015 at 8:08 pm · Link

    Have a great week!!!

  26. April Mc Vey
      · January 20th, 2015 at 8:09 pm · Link

    Sounds like my dogs and the squirlls. Even though the squirlls are smart enough to stay in trees or on roof. My shepherd mixes have to race back and forth under the branches looking for them!! Silly boys!!

  27. Ann Bartholomew
      · January 20th, 2015 at 8:10 pm · Link

    It’s wonderful how the animals often learn to tolerate each other. We could probably learn some lessons from that. I notice Bernice stays on the porch. Lots of bark!

  28. carole
      · January 20th, 2015 at 9:02 pm · Link

    congrats to the winners! have a wonderful week! I have wild animals in my yard too so I love watching them eat-I made a greenhouse so the rabbits and deer don’t eat my lettuce, but I have birdfeeders so I love to watch all the birds come and eat from them.

  29. judy
      · January 20th, 2015 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Good cliffhanger. We feed the deer every night. They have not been coming up doing the day. Have a good week.

  30. Rita Crofoot
      · January 20th, 2015 at 10:20 pm · Link


  31. Gloria Jenkins
      · January 20th, 2015 at 10:42 pm · Link

    Our dog is a 5 pound Morkie when we look out at our back yard she barks for us to pick her up so she can see the momma deer and her twins. She had her babies in the yard and she leaves them there. We have been in this home for three years and every year we have a baby born in the back yard. Mom will come up the ramp and stand waiting for food. Now the babies will walk up when mom is not around. Nala the 5 pound dog will chase the heard at night crazy dog. During the day the twins and Nala will just look at one another. Linda I hope you have a great week. Waiting for the cliffhanger.
    I hope everyone has a blessed week

  32. Mary Ann Fuhs
      · January 20th, 2015 at 10:46 pm · Link

    Thank you for the prize can’t wait to see what it is.

  33. Mary Ann Fuhs
      · January 20th, 2015 at 10:49 pm · Link

    We have an all day club, about 25 hummingbirds come to the feeder. They only stop when the weather is freezing. Our turkeys come in to the garage for the cat food.

  34. Teresa G
      · January 20th, 2015 at 11:27 pm · Link

    Love that your dog is so brave. Can’t wait to hear about your wishing machine.

  35. Kelley Morrow
      · January 20th, 2015 at 11:50 pm · Link

    Wishing machine? You little tease!!!!

  36. Carol Luciano
      · January 21st, 2015 at 12:14 am · Link

    Great post. I love that two of my friend hashed Yorkies aand these little dynamos think their the size of Pit Bulls and have no fear. Lol. Fierce little defenders. Wishing machine ? Now I can use one of those. :) Congrats winners..
    Carol L
    Lucky4750(at) aol (dot) com

  37. Valdi M
      · January 21st, 2015 at 12:20 am · Link

    My 88 year old mother makes me head outside in the cold every morning to feed the squirrels and birds. I generally get this done while she watches from the window and gives instructions. We have a abundance of crows who seem to get more of the nuts than the squirrels do. Oh well, I guess they get hungry too. mom loves to watch them so it is all good..

  38. Eldeen Tiller
      · January 21st, 2015 at 2:29 am · Link

    Wildlife is such a joy to observe. We have mostly racoons, squirrels and Quail that entertain us all year.

  39. Terri Shortell
      · January 21st, 2015 at 2:36 am · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. Sounds like you have beautiful scenery and wildlife at your home Linda. Hope everyone has a great week.

  40. Jane G
      · January 21st, 2015 at 7:52 am · Link

    I enjoy watching the wildlife outside as well. We feed the birds and our cats have hours of fun watching them.

  41. Jo-Ann Baker
      · January 21st, 2015 at 7:54 am · Link

    Morning all, Have a wonderful day :)

  42. Rose Marie Moran
      · January 21st, 2015 at 8:29 am · Link

    Too bad we can’t see a picture of that. Would be cute.

  43. DONNA
      · January 21st, 2015 at 8:45 am · Link

    I am an animal lover myself. I remember as a child my mother feeding the birds in the winter & giving nuts to the squirrels. A wishing machine? I want one!!

  44. Andrea Lammly
      · January 21st, 2015 at 8:45 am · Link

    We live almost in the center of our town but we still have bunny rabbits, squirrels and blue jays, cardinals and many other little birds feeding at our three bird feeders every day. We keep them well supplied here in Vermont in the winter as well. Our two cats sit in the windows and chatter at them every morning.

    Darn those cliffhangers! Just itching to hear all about it. Congratulations to the winners and here’s hoping everyone has a great week.

  45. Alison
      · January 21st, 2015 at 9:31 am · Link

    Have a great week!

  46. Rhonda Dickinson
      · January 21st, 2015 at 9:57 am · Link

    I can’t wait to hear about your wishing machine! We have deer that come to feed in our yard every evening. They don’t mind sharing their corn with the rabbits. Love watching them! We also have goldfinches that are fun to watch. They sure are feisty! Have a great week!

  47. Linda A. Beaudoin
      · January 21st, 2015 at 10:58 am · Link

    What about your Wishing Machine? Is it going to be in one of your books?

  48. Margy Manear
      · January 21st, 2015 at 11:05 am · Link

    My breakfast club consists of squirrels and blue jays. Much tamer then yours!! However I do love to watch them.

  49. Joyce M.
      · January 21st, 2015 at 11:05 am · Link

    The only wildlife near me are the squirrels and birds, and my dh feeds them stale bread.

  50. mary D. Wornick
      · January 21st, 2015 at 12:05 pm · Link

    I love what you said about the breakfast club, nice i love to see the wild turkeys and pigs. One year it rain here off and on all summer so a bunch of wild piggy’s come up from the woods and there must been 10 or 15 so cute!. My husband made a pen for them then the mommy came looking for them so he let them out and they went into woods and never did we see them again.It’s the same with the deer we have a lot of them here too just life all around us here in the country love living here.
    Bye now have a nice one god bless keep safe. :wink: :-|

  51. Nancy Hunsaker
      · January 21st, 2015 at 7:10 pm · Link

    Great way to get your morning exercise and help out the hungry visitors and the same time. Every bit helps. :)
    Wednesday, 1/21/15

  52. Pat Theno
      · January 21st, 2015 at 8:20 pm · Link

    I love feeding the wild turkeys, too.

    I’d love to se a new Mojo Sheepshanks adventure.

  53. Barbara Kennicutt
      · January 21st, 2015 at 10:15 pm · Link

    Love reading your books. I have a little Yorkiepoo that is only 3.5 # and she thinks she is a real big dog so cute. :) :) :)

  54. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · January 22nd, 2015 at 5:05 pm · Link

    Would love to be a winner.

  55. Sharon S.
      · January 22nd, 2015 at 5:27 pm · Link

    How I would love to be sitting on the porch with you and little Bernice. My BFF has a Yorkie who weighs about 4 lbs. Adorable little thing, named Jazzie. She is the smallest of their dogs: Black Lab, Golden Retriever and a red Chihuahua, Daisy. I love Daisy to bits. She was living with the BFFs mom in Illinois, until they had to brought back out to CA for care. Little Jazzie picks on all the dogs, you’d think she was a Mastif or something. She is a hoot too. BFF is trying to find a home for Daisy because Jazz picks on her so much, but she’s not trying very hard. :wink: Have a wonderful day. I’m just finishing The Marriage Pact, so ready for the next one!

  56. Brandy
      · January 22nd, 2015 at 10:25 pm · Link

    I have a dockson that loves to sit in the window barking at cats. Most of them are twice her size but she thinks she is big and bad. She wouldnt even know what to do with one if she got it. It would growl at her and she would probably piddle all over herself! Lol!

  57. Sandy Simonson
      · January 23rd, 2015 at 11:12 pm · Link

    sounds like a great party for the animals

  58. Pauline Frost
      · January 24th, 2015 at 3:02 am · Link

    What about the wishing machine. Please tell :roll:

  59. Cheryl Hillman
      · January 24th, 2015 at 8:17 am · Link

    I love reading your post and books you live an exciting life love reading about it.

  60. mary D. Wornick
      · January 24th, 2015 at 1:21 pm · Link

    Hi all and hope all are doing good today. It is nice and cold here. I love the winter time listening to the wind blow and walking with my pups they are so full of life, running around just having a good time.
    Bye bye for now take care, god bless, keep safe

  61. jj dubois
      · January 25th, 2015 at 6:20 pm · Link

    Can hardly wait to hear what your wishing machine is? !!!! Speaking of wishing!! I am Wishing and Hoping you will one day write more for the Mojo series!!!? Will you be considering this??!!! Love your books!! :)

  62. Marilyn Fish
      · January 26th, 2015 at 9:54 am · Link

    Your cliff hanger worked. You have all of our attention wanting to hear about your wishing machine. I enjoy your blog and all your contributors.

  63. Paula Sadler
      · January 26th, 2015 at 12:39 pm · Link

    im not a reader but this one has my attention .. Can so relate .. Wish it was a movie for I am a more visual person

  64. Pamela Edwards
      · January 26th, 2015 at 5:47 pm · Link

    Thank You Ladies for the congratulations, very kind of you all . I want to say Thank You to Linda for the book . Recieved it today in the mail & was so happy not only to have a book but an autographed copy of ” The Marriage Pact ” ! Can’t wait to start it . Thxs again Linda .

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