#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Where have I BEEN?

So many places!

First, my apologies for the long silence.  As you know, Mom recently moved into assisted living, and there was a lot involved, even though I must admit my sibs, Jerry, Sally and Pam, have done most of the work.  Mom’s a collector, and she has quite a bit of stuff to be sorted, packed, given away, etc.  I’m happy to report that she’s very happy at the new place, though she has had breathing issues and wound up in the ER a couple of times.

Soon after she moved, and when I had just returned from the charity gig in Tampa, Florida, I came down with the worst case of flu I’ve ever had in my fairly long life.  I mean, I was WIPED out for something like 10 days.  My sister, Pam, was so sick with this stuff that she wound up in the hospital for three days.  I had barely recovered when it was time for a quick trip to New York to meet with my agent, Irene Goodman, and have lunch with the crew from Harlequin Books, some of my favorite people.  And I’m thrilled to report that we’ve made a deal for my Civil War novel, NORTH OF EDEN, along with two connected stories–SOUTH OF GLORY and WEST OF—well, I haven’t quite figured that out yet.  :)  Any suggestions?

I know it’s Tuesday, a day late for the new contest to begin, but here we go.  Just comment, and you’re entered.  Two winners will be chosen at random, and each will receive an autographed copy of ONCE A RANCHER, my current book.  Forgive me for bragging, but it’s been on the New York Times list for 3 weeks–and in the top 10, too.  Thank you, once and all, for the part you played in this achievement.  Next Monday (unless I come down with the plague), I will announce our winners right here and start a brand new round for the following week.

The pets are all thriving.  Mowgli and Tule have turned out to be quite the little mischief-makers, and it’s a good thing they’re so cute.  While I was sick, they swiped one of my bras out of the laundry room and headed for the back yard.  When I finally noticed, they were playing tug-of-war with it.  Tule must have figured they were in trouble, because he took off while I was getting my phone (I know, most people would go for the bra, not their cell) in order to take a short video.  Anyway, by the time I got back, Tules had jetted off to another part of the yard, as if to say, “Mom, I had nothing to do with it!  I was over here by the planter the whole time!”  Mowgli, on the other hand, is an incorrigible little stinker, and he was having a great time playing with Mom’s underwear.  I retrieved it, and took it back to the laundry room, only to have Mr. Mowgli steal it all over again.  (I told you he was incorrigible.)

Between being sick for so long and traveling to and from NYC, I’ve listened to a LOT of audiobooks.  I greatly enjoyed the DOROTHY MUST DIE series, by Danielle Paige.  The stories are a clever twist on the Wizard of Oz, and I couldn’t stop listening.  Gobbled up all three full-length novels, one after the other.  And since I was on a YA kick, I listened to I WOKE UP DEAD AT THE MALL and DREAMLAND SOCIAL CLUB–though written for teens, all these books were clever and entertaining.  There were a bunch more, too, but I’ll tell you about those in future blogs.

Tomorrow is my Weight Watchers meeting.  It ain’t gonna be pretty.


86 comments to “Where have I BEEN?”

  1. Peggy Casey
      · April 26th, 2016 at 10:48 pm · Link

    So happy to have you back with us! Hope you are on the mend and all bugs other than bees and mosquitos are in your past for the year!

  2. Lauri
      · April 26th, 2016 at 10:49 pm · Link

    I am sorry to hear about everyone getting sick. Hope everyone is feeling better. Nice to hear that your mom is back on the mend and doing good. Good that she likes her new place.

  3. Mary Williams
      · April 26th, 2016 at 10:58 pm · Link

    I love your books. :wink:

  4. Gloria
      · April 26th, 2016 at 10:59 pm · Link

    I was really worried, Linda! I’m glad you’re feeling much better now, and that your sister and mom are feeling better, also.

    I’m also glad your mom is liking her new home.

    Take care of yourself and stop getting sick. Don’t you wish it was that easy?

    My sister-in-law’s husband was operated on today for colon cancer. Everyone, please pray for him that it hasn’t spread and that they got it all, and that he’ll have no lasting problems with it.


  5. Lauri Robinson
      · April 26th, 2016 at 11:01 pm · Link

    Sorry about the illnesses. Glad your mom is settling in. Pets are truly gifts from above. :) West of….Honor? Or the opposite, West of Purgatory. Of course, it depends upon the book. Best wishes on all accounts.

  6. Shirley Meyle
      · April 26th, 2016 at 11:11 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you and Mom are doing better. Hopefully you will get a flu shot next time. Stay well and need to get your new book.

  7. Tia
      · April 26th, 2016 at 11:14 pm · Link

    It is so good to hear that you are feeling better now. Fur babies are so cute they can get away with just about anything.

  8. Teresa G
      · April 26th, 2016 at 11:25 pm · Link

    So glad you are feeling better and that things worked out well for your mom.

  9. Teresa Woodby
      · April 26th, 2016 at 11:30 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. Cats sound like they’re really making themselves at home. Lol. Love some of the silly things they do. Will keep my fingers crossed on the weight watchers meeting. Maybe it won’t be as bad as you might think. How about West of the Gun or West of Jordan(my aide came up with that, she’s sticking with it. Lol.)

  10. Sherrie S
      · April 26th, 2016 at 11:34 pm · Link

    Glad your feeling better. I loved the new book and can’t wait for the next one. I’m looking forward to Drake’s story, I think he is going to be my favorite. :wink:

  11. Gloria Jenkins
      · April 26th, 2016 at 11:42 pm · Link

    I’m glad your feeling better. I’m starting the new book had to have eye surgery and was out of commission for a few weeks. Love your store’s about your pets. Good luck with your weight in.

  12. Marcia White
      · April 26th, 2016 at 11:46 pm · Link

    You don’t need to apologize for bragging on the NYT listing & sales. That is quite an accomplishment, you deserve a bit of bragging!

  13. Sharon Rackham
      · April 26th, 2016 at 11:57 pm · Link

    Oh Dear Linda,

    I have missed your hilarious writing! I had a very much needed laugh at the antics of the puppies. When I was a little girl the neighour’s dog stole my Mothers girdle off the clothes line and as this dog was a rather large Doberman he ate this item of undergarment and left what was left in shreds. The kids in the neighbourhood laughed about that for years and probably are still enjoying that story with their grandkids!!

    Thank you for the reminder of that story.

    It is so good to have you back and also that your Mom is settled in a good place and hopefully is feeling better.


    Your northern neighbour

  14. Jo Ann Jones
      · April 27th, 2016 at 1:06 am · Link

    North of Eden, South of Glory, West of Redemption

  15. Pat Parker
      · April 27th, 2016 at 1:18 am · Link

    Good luck!

    Circumstances have kept me away from WW for the last two weeks, but one visit to the scale inspired me to actually do some tracking and count those points. Amazing how that works!

  16. Caryn Horn
      · April 27th, 2016 at 1:18 am · Link

    Welcome home! This time stay well or who knows what those little hooligans will get their hands, errr mouths on. Hope you’re feeling much better and that NY didn’t take too much out of you after being ill for so long. Hope your sister is feeling better too and so glad to hear your mom is settling in well. Have a great rest of the week!

  17. Darlene
      · April 27th, 2016 at 1:27 am · Link

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with so many. I am most grateful. Wish you well

  18. June Hitchcock
      · April 27th, 2016 at 1:38 am · Link

    Congratulations on your book deal with Harlequin Books. Happy to hear you are feeling better. Flu can really knock the soup out of you.

  19. Terri S.
      · April 27th, 2016 at 2:50 am · Link

    Glad you and your mom are better. I loved the bra story. Lol. My new rescue puppy has also decided clothes are great toys. Her favorite ones are socks but she isn’t overly particular because she’s destroyed shoes, shirts, and bras also. :roll:

  20. Cheri Wood
      · April 27th, 2016 at 5:29 am · Link

    Loved loved loved Once a Rancher can’t wait for the next book! :-)

  21. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · April 27th, 2016 at 5:59 am · Link

    I’m glad that everyone is on the mend and that your mom is settling in to her new home nicely.

    I can hardly wait to read Once a Rancher.

    And I’ll add your audiobook selections to my long list.

  22. Jo Ann Baker
      · April 27th, 2016 at 6:41 am · Link

    Thank you for the great doggire stories. They are so funny sometimes. Glad your feeling better . Hope all is good an your Mom does well.
    Like your new story waiting for the next one. Have a great week.

  23. Debbie
      · April 27th, 2016 at 7:04 am · Link

    Your bra story brought a smile to my face this morning. So sorry to hear that you’ve not been well, but glad to hear you are on the mend. Hope you mom is all settled in, my hubby and I had to put his mom in an assisted living facility and I think it was harder on us than her. Keep resting so you don’t relapse, the flu this year has been nasty.

  24. Linda Gwiazdowski
      · April 27th, 2016 at 7:10 am · Link

    glad you and your mom is on the mend,love all your stories,can’t wait to read this book

  25. Jane
      · April 27th, 2016 at 7:15 am · Link

    So sorry to hear about your flu and glad your over it. Make sure you rest (yeah, right) so you get over it completely.

    The story about Tule and Mowgli is hilarious!

  26. theresa
      · April 27th, 2016 at 7:20 am · Link

    Glad you are feeling better and Congrats on the new book deal!

  27. Jenifer P.
      · April 27th, 2016 at 7:28 am · Link

    Glad everyone’s feeling better and that your mom is loving her new home. Just finished Once A Rancher and loved it. Thanks for the chance at a copy!

  28. Ruby Norwood
      · April 27th, 2016 at 7:43 am · Link

    Linda , sure glad things are ok with you and your family, glad that mom is settling in ok at her new home. I think you have your hands full with Tule and Mowgli, they are hilarious !! Congrats on your new Civil war novels, North of Eden, South Of Glory and it could be West Of Columbia !! I really enjoyed Once A Rancher. A very good book!!

  29. Niki Davis
      · April 27th, 2016 at 8:03 am · Link

    Sorry to hear you were sick and glad to know you have recovered. Sorry about sister Pam too (I have one of those). Haven’t gotten around to getting the new book yet – was kind of hoping to get all 3 on audible at one time.

    Just got Nora Roberts new book Obsession but haven’t started it yet as I am in the middle of a 13th century Scottish series. Having hard time finding time to read with work and studies but I do make some time for it.

    Waiting patiently for the Civil War series.

    Have a blessed day!


  30. debbie
      · April 27th, 2016 at 8:17 am · Link

    so glad your mom is getting used to her new “home”. very difficult for the elderly to get use to changes. with all the running around, etc.-your body was saying time to “rest”, i.e. flu. does it all the time. take it easy

  31. Billiesue Sanders
      · April 27th, 2016 at 8:18 am · Link

    My sister’s Black Lab, Daisy, loved playing with her bras, too. It was a hoot to see her come down the stairs with mom’s latest acquisition from the Intimacy shop!
    So glad you are better, Linda.
    Have a good week.

  32. Linda Solcich
      · April 27th, 2016 at 8:22 am · Link

    Wondered what happened to you. Sorry to hear you were so sick. Hope your weather is improving and a good spring is happening for you.

  33. Claudette H Parker
      · April 27th, 2016 at 8:29 am · Link

    sorry you have been sick glad you and everyone is better
    I so enjoy your books.

  34. Krista Cronin
      · April 27th, 2016 at 8:31 am · Link

    Hope you are feeling much better.

  35. Virginia Horton
      · April 27th, 2016 at 9:33 am · Link

    So sorry to here you have been sick, sounds like it was really bad. I am so happy you got your mom settled in her new place, hope thing keeps going well for her.

  36. Amy
      · April 27th, 2016 at 9:39 am · Link

    The scene in the yard with pups and bra must have been hysterical! I just recently got your new book so after I finish my current book, which happens to be about a dog, I’ll get to start yours! So glad you’re finally feeling better!

  37. Tammy O
      · April 27th, 2016 at 9:43 am · Link

    So sorry to hear that you, your sis & Mom have been so ill! :( Hope you are all feeling better! Take care!

  38. Lorraine Pitts
      · April 27th, 2016 at 9:47 am · Link

    Sorry, you and your family have been so sick. Hope everyone is on the mend. Have a great week!!!

  39. Denise Ayotte
      · April 27th, 2016 at 9:47 am · Link

    I’m so glad you are doing a Civil War series. I can’t wait until it is published. You are such a gifted writer and I really enjoy your books. Thanks for sharing your talent with the world.
    Denise Ayotte :-D

  40. Melaine Langi
      · April 27th, 2016 at 10:32 am · Link

    I just finished Once a Rancher and have pre-ordered the next book in the series. Always look forward to your new books, and reread others that are my favorites.

    Glad to hear that you are on the mend with your health.

    Have a good week.

  41. Eriko
      · April 27th, 2016 at 10:34 am · Link

    Oh dear! I am soooooooooooo sorry you have been going through so much! Taking care of your Mom, her transfer, her belongings took so much out of you, and then you had to go to Florida and then the FLU! UGH! I really hope you can rest up and heal soon. Please be good to yourself and allow yourself to rest and heal so you may feel normal, healthy and well!

  42. Mary Schwartzlander
      · April 27th, 2016 at 10:36 am · Link

    Looking forward to new books.

  43. Elaine Key
      · April 27th, 2016 at 11:04 am · Link

    Linda; So sorry to hear you have been sick. The flu can make you think you are dying. I thought I had the flu several weeks ago but the flu test came back negative, even though I had all the symptoms. The doctor didn’t know what was wrong so he called it a virus. The doctor ordered a CT scan and found spots on my lungs. So a biopsy was done and thankfully it wasn’t cancer. Now they are calling it a fungus.

    I have some good news. I finally have a fur baby. She is a Shih-Pom. I named her Sophia. She gets me up every morning early. She is so funny. She weighs 4 lbs. right now. She is suppose to weigh about 6 lbs. when she is fully grown. She is almost 5 months old.

    The first word that came into my mind in naming your third Civil War novel was West of Hell. Since war is Hell that was my first thought.

    Glad you are on the mend. Take care of yourself.

  44. Dorothy Hilton
      · April 27th, 2016 at 11:50 am · Link

    Sorry to hear about your illness and your family as well. Hope you’re feeling much better. I’m glad your Mom is liking her new home. Haven’t read Once A Rancher yet. Have it, just been busy. Can’t wait for the Civil War novels. Love historical books. Dorothy

  45. mary ann fuhs
      · April 27th, 2016 at 12:04 pm · Link

    Hi I think you should teach them to run their own video of the antics.

  46. carole
      · April 27th, 2016 at 12:24 pm · Link

    Hi! sorry to hear you were under the weather with the flu, sure glad your feeling better! thanks for the chance to win your book, haven’t had time to go book shopping or read. Good luck at W.W. have a wonderful hump day and the rest of the week!

  47. jep
      · April 27th, 2016 at 1:20 pm · Link

    Linda, like everyone else here, I am happy you and your mom are doing better and hope your sister gets well soon. Your “children with fur” sound like good anxiety busters…enjoy them! My husband and I came up with West of Jericho for the third book. Looking forward to reading them.

  48. Lynn Hogan
      · April 27th, 2016 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Loved your blog!! So glad things are getting better and your mom is happy. That goes a long way to making your lives better all around.
    Little stinkers!! What would we do without our little love bugs? lol

    So, South of Glory and West of Purgatory? (you know, North of Eden opposite) or how about West of Immortality? or West of Splendor? or hmmm i’ll keep thinking on it…. no wonder i don’t write… i’d starve to death!! lol

    love your western facts!!

  49. Lynn Hill
      · April 27th, 2016 at 2:02 pm · Link

    Linda I am so sorry you got sick. I have heard that the flu this year was really ugly. I am a firm believer in getting the flu shot. I’m glad your mom is happy with her new living situation. Sometimes it is so hard for them to make that transition!!Please have a great week!!

  50. Susan in AZ
      · April 27th, 2016 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Such cute doggies! I like West of Texas, since so many displaced Confederate soldiers ended up in New Mexico as well as here in Southern Arizona after the Civil War. 8)

  51. Diana E.
      · April 27th, 2016 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Hope your Mother is feeling better and so sorry to hear you’ve been so sick, Linda. Sounds like your little fur babies are a lot fun, I know you love your animals so much. Take care. Blessings.

  52. Marilyn Fish
      · April 27th, 2016 at 4:47 pm · Link

    My husband and I were in bed with a virus for 4 days. It was all congestion and a horrible cough. Let’s hope we all have good health in the days ahead. Welcome back, Linda. Blessings to everyone!

  53. Susan Lee
      · April 27th, 2016 at 5:14 pm · Link

    I had a flu recently that knocked me out for days and days as well. It was wicked. I have been so busy myself I had failed to notice you were not blogging but glad you are back as I enjoy hearing about your life and writing. Keep well

  54. Dona
      · April 27th, 2016 at 6:56 pm · Link

    Happy your well and your mom is doing good. Really glad you have new books in the works. Pets are sure interesting!!

  55. Nadine spradlin
      · April 27th, 2016 at 7:18 pm · Link



    WELCOME BACK to the RAT RACE . Take it easy you don’t get over the FLU in a day or two . oh yes WEST OF FOREVER !!!!!!!

  56. Mary Wornick
      · April 27th, 2016 at 8:27 pm · Link

    Hi so happy to have got the email letter it is great to hear all is okay with you and that mother is doing good in her new place.Talk with you later…………..take care and god bless all.
    bye for now Mary D.

  57. jan
      · April 27th, 2016 at 8:43 pm · Link

    You have been missed! Hope you are feeling much better.

  58. Pamela Devereux
      · April 27th, 2016 at 8:59 pm · Link

    The flu that is going around is nasty. I am glad you are feeling better. Glad to hear Mom is settling in. It is not easy for a move like that.

  59. Leanna
      · April 27th, 2016 at 9:26 pm · Link

    My puppies have gotten several of my sisters bras! Glad you are feeling better!

  60. Roberta Giordano
      · April 27th, 2016 at 10:04 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. Been hearing a lot of people are getting it and taking a long time to recover. Please don’t over due,we miss you when you don’t post.

  61. Mary Marcincin
      · April 27th, 2016 at 10:25 pm · Link

    Glad to here you are feeling better. Missed hearing from you. Always look forward to your newsletter.

  62. Judith cooper
      · April 28th, 2016 at 12:06 am · Link

    I hope your spring is filled with lots of sunshine and beautiful flowers. Enjoy your babies, I miss mine, now that I am in a nursing center. I. Do hope your mother continues with good health and her new home.

  63. Judith cooper
      · April 28th, 2016 at 12:09 am · Link

    I hope your spring is filled with lots of sunshine and beautiful flowers. Enjoy your babies, I miss mine, now that I am in a nursing center. I. Do hope your mother continues with good health and her new home. Thank you and God bless.

  64. Lois Rotella
      · April 28th, 2016 at 9:16 am · Link

    Oh my your family has had some bad days. I hope all are coming along now. It is hard when all has been sick. I enjoy your books very much. Stay well.

  65. Susan Mae Lincoln
      · April 28th, 2016 at 10:04 am · Link

    I love historical fiction and am really am looking forward to your Civil War series!

  66. Rose Marie Moran
      · April 28th, 2016 at 10:47 am · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. Always enjoy your stories.

  67. AMY Monk
      · April 28th, 2016 at 11:59 am · Link

    So happy you’re back. I enjoy reading your books very much. Looking forward to the next ones. I’m glad you are feeling better now.

  68. Julie Watson
      · April 28th, 2016 at 6:58 pm · Link

    Nice to have you back. Miss your updates. My Sparky, a pookie, or poodle/yorkie, loves to play chase me to get your undies and socks back if you can. Love him for keeping us on our toes.

  69. Carrie M. Schlawin
      · April 28th, 2016 at 7:59 pm · Link

    I just finished reading ONCE A RANCHER and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love your books so much that I have searched in used book stores to find many of your earlier books. Just can’t get enough!!

  70. gretchen maine
      · April 28th, 2016 at 8:03 pm · Link

    Already have “Once a Rancher”. Absolutely loved it. Can’t wait for the next one!!!

  71. Sharon Sovereign
      · April 28th, 2016 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Sounds like you’ve been super busy. Sorry you were sick and glad you feel better now. Good luck with your Civil War novels.

  72. Dianne
      · April 28th, 2016 at 10:16 pm · Link

    Oh , ms Linda I would just love to win your new book ! I have read just about all of your books and so enjoyed them very much ! How can you write them and not be turned on by the sexy parts in them is what I want to know ? Take care of your self love ya dianne

  73. Ann Bartholomew
      · April 29th, 2016 at 11:18 am · Link

    Sorry to hear you’ve been WAY under the weather, and glad to hear you survived. How exciting to have three new books under contract. I can hardly wait – I love period novels.

    When is Once a Cowboy going to be released? Looking forward to another Bliss County book.

  74. Marilou
      · April 29th, 2016 at 12:33 pm · Link

    Having gone through emptying my Mom’s home with my daughters, & brother & sister-in-law, I can relate. Hope your family feel much better soon. Love your books.

  75. Mary Wornick
      · April 29th, 2016 at 12:50 pm · Link

    Just stop by to hi and happy to know all is good for everyone.
    Have good day and will talk to you later ………..
    God bless and keep safe.

  76. Linda Beaudoin
      · April 29th, 2016 at 8:41 pm · Link

    So glad your Mom is well settled. I’m glad you are feeling better. Hope you stay that way.

  77. Diane Sallans
      · April 30th, 2016 at 1:02 am · Link

    So sorry you’ve had the flu! I’ve had this nasty cough I can’t shake – tho I think the cough medicine I take to get some sleep really wipes me out – I don’t know which is worse.

  78. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · April 30th, 2016 at 10:15 am · Link

    Glad you are feeling better…It is always nice when a parent can accept moving and being in a new place….Happy all has worked out for your Mom…

  79. Faleha
      · April 30th, 2016 at 2:10 pm · Link

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better! Being sick is never fun. I wish you had been able to get them on video it would have been fun to watch.

  80. Darlene Osborne
      · April 30th, 2016 at 5:37 pm · Link

    I met one of your favorite readers in a book store and she convinced me to start reading your books, that I would be thrilled of knowing all the different family members in each series. So, well I went and bought most of the McKettricks and The Montana Creed…….yep I’m on my way to a great adventure. I can’t wait to get started……Oh and I’ve started with buying the new series “The Carsons of Mustang Creek”.
    Glad you feel better, it not great being our age with a serious flue/crud ……….glad you are better. Sending hug over caring for your mother, that’s another huge step in our lives.

  81. Juanita Rice
      · April 30th, 2016 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Welcome home and (hopefully) back to health, Linda. :)

    Been a truly busy two weeks at the Rice household, too, but for sure looking forward to seeing you in September. :)

  82. Debbie Morgan
      · April 30th, 2016 at 11:58 pm · Link

    I’m sorry to hear that you have been sick. Praying that all is well now. My daughter’s cats love to sleep in her bras anytime they find one. LOL

  83. Sherry Abbott
      · May 3rd, 2016 at 9:56 am · Link

    I love your books. My mom turned me on to the McKetrick series. I am now going to read the Brides of Bliss County. Looking forward to reading more of your series of books.

  84. Mary Wornick
      · May 9th, 2016 at 8:37 pm · Link

    Did all have a wonderful Mother’s Day?
    I did all of my boys came by to see mom …..I thank the good lord every day for wonderful children and grandchildren ………….Have nice day all and will talk later…………..take care god bless and keep safe ,

  85. Mary Wornick
      · May 11th, 2016 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Wow, it look like you was a busy busy young lady and you had fun while you was busy………….So glad that the new books is coming out ….

    Talk with you later and take care……..God bless, keep safe.

  86. Mary Wornick
      · May 18th, 2016 at 1:52 pm · Link

    Hi all its me again…….Glad all is doing good and i have been busy and thought i would just drop to say hi to everyone.
    Have nice day, god bless and keep safe………
    Talk with you later……….bye for now

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