#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Where have I been?

The answer to the above question is: writing!  My Civil War novel, tentatively titled “North of Eden”, is flowing fast and furious.  I’m loving every minute!

This week’s winners, who should have been announced on Monday, are Debbie Bleege and Patricia Drennen.  Each will receive an autographed copy of “Once a Rancher”, my new book, which will be available on March 29.  I’m also tucking in a purple Complaint Free World bracelet as a little extra.  A new contest is underway, and winners will be chosen at random, notified, and announced here on the blog, hopefully on Monday.  :)  Each will receive an autographed book and a bracelet.  All you need to do is comment, and you’re entered.

I’ve been listening to plenty of audiobooks lately, mostly suspense novels.  I’m currently occupied with “No One Knows”, by J.T. Ellison.  I’ve also enjoyed “And She Was”, by Allison Gaylin.  I love her series character, Brenna Spectre, who suffers from a strange condition that causes her to remember every moment of every day of her life, from age 11 on, in perfect detail.  I’m thrilled to have discovered a new favorite, and plan to listen to several of her other books.  She weaves a compelling story and keeps me guessing right up to the end.  I’m looking forward to Harlen Coben’s new one, “Fool Me Once”–I am a big fan of Mr. Coben, along with Linwood Barclay.  As I’ve said, I’m audible.com’s best customer.  :)   Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this, but if you’re new at Audible, you can get your first book absolutely free.  You can’t beat a deal like that!

That’s the news for today, my friends.

I’ll be back soon.












































59 comments to “Where have I been?”

  1. Prairie
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Looking forward to your new book on the Civil War!

  2. Marjorie Hawkins
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:15 pm · Link

    I have never listened to an audiobook.I have some and plan to listen soon. I’m going to be working on a quilt for my Granddaughter and think that should work out well. It’s getting warm in South Carolina so Spring is finally here!!

  3. DONNA
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:21 pm · Link

    I Love your books – looking forward to your Civil war book. I should buy stock in Barnes & Noble – I love a book in my hands. I don’t think I can listen to an audio.

  4. Linda Gwiazdowski
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:25 pm · Link

    i read lisa jackson and iris johansen,love their stories,eagerly awaiting your next book,god bless and have a great easter weekend

  5. Mae Logan
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:31 pm · Link

    How do you have time to listen to audio books, play with your horses, and research and write new novels? I need to know your secret. Finished Once a Rancher and, as usual, loved it. It arrived in my mail the same day your gift of Christmas in Mustang Creek arrived. That is my next read. Again, many thanks.

  6. Marcia
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:31 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to hear more about your civil war novel!

  7. Lynn Hill
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:38 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies!!!

  8. Virginia Horton
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:41 pm · Link

    I can’t wait to read your Civil war book. I have been mowing the lawn today and looking for my cats collier, yes put his name tag on it about a week ago and he has done lost it. He seem to be a hunter, the other day he brought home a mole and today he came draging a snake across the yard. and it was still alive, have I mention, that I don’t like snakes at all.

  9. Lois Rotella
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:46 pm · Link

    Hi, looking to next week. Your new book will be out. I am happy that your writing is flowing. The civil war book sounds interesting. Have a wonderful Easter

  10. Carol Schulz
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:50 pm · Link

    I can’t wait for new books! I turned my oldest child’s room into a library and I have been re-reading old friends…..

  11. Debra Wright
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:52 pm · Link

    God Bless you Linda! I can’t wait for the new book! I’m always one of the old ones as I wait for the new!
    Have a wonderful Resurrection Day!

  12. Diana E.
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:57 pm · Link

    Congratulations to this weeks winners, as always.
    Was so happy to get your new book “Once a Rancher” in this months Harlequin package. I’ve already read it and really enjoyed it. I recommend it to all. Have a wonderful week, Linda. Blessings.

  13. Ruby Norwood
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 4:58 pm · Link

    Congrats to Debbie and Patricia on your win!! I am so ready for Once a Rancher. I’m going to read that Civil War book also when it comes out.

  14. Sandi in OH
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 5:03 pm · Link

    I am so ready for spring and new books.

  15. Lauri Claes
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 5:08 pm · Link

    I can’t wait til once a rancher gets here. I have it preordered glad to hear your writing is going well. Hope it’s warming up as well. We are getting hit with lots of snow today. Enjoy your week.

  16. Carol O
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 5:21 pm · Link

    I appreciate hearing what books you’re listening to. I can’t concentrate enough to listen to audio books – my mind starts to wander, but it gives me ideas of other books to buy at the bookstore.
    I was also wondering, since seeing you in the group photo at the Gunsmoke anniversary reunion on the Encore Western channel, what your connection to Gunsmoke was?

  17. Elaine Key
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,

    You sure have been busy. Can’t wait to read your Civil War book. That period of history is very fascinating. It’s also sad the way brothers were fighting against brothers and fathers were fighting against sons. Children fought in that war. Young boys would lie about their age and allowed to fight. I have heard it said more men died in the Civil War than in both World Wars.

  18. Linda Solcich
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 5:33 pm · Link

    I have been tempted to try J.T. Ellison, now I will for sure.

  19. Jan
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 5:46 pm · Link

    Visiting a book store on the Oregon Coast, found several of your older books I haven’t read. Going to read and watch the rain and listen to the ocean

  20. Deborah Nelson
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Writing, writing, writing :-)

    Congrats to the winners.

  21. Caryn Horn
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 6:01 pm · Link

    Thank you! I was going to ask where you got your audible books and you told us in your note. When I get home I want to try Audible.com so I know how it works. Right now I’m at a friends and don’t want to tie up her computer. Had to get away from the mess that is my mother’s house. She saved so much so my brother and I would have something when she was gone but I’m the one dealing with it and I got so overwhelmed I ran away. Visiting with friends in a place I used to live. They want me to move back and I’m seriously thinking about it. EXCEPT that I also want sun, no rain, no snow, no more cold!

  22. Terri S.
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I’m so happy you’ve decided to write the Civil War book. I’m looking forward to reading it when it gets released.

  23. Teresa Wilson
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 6:41 pm · Link

    Happy trails and blissful writing, Ms. Miller.

    Have a blessed Easter!!

  24. Diane McCarthy
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 7:16 pm · Link

    I just want to say thank you Linda. I love reading your blog every week. I don’t always have time to respond but wanted to today. The past two weeks have been a kind of blur. My mom is going to be starting chemo again for another round of stomach cancer, so your blog lifts my spirits as well as hers as I read it to her. She is being very optimistic about it this time, and staying strong as Saturday April 2 we have my daughters wedding. That is the bright light she is looking forward to. Thank you again for your wonderful books and your blog.

  25. Sharon Sovereign
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 7:44 pm · Link

    It’s amazing that you can find time to listen to so many books with your schedule. Keep it up.

  26. Eriko
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Thanks for the update!!!! I too am amazed you are able to listen to so many audio books! You are most productive!

  27. Gloria
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 8:43 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Debbie Bleege and Patricia Drennen! Enjoy your books, ladies.

    It’s good that you’re writing lot and enjoying it.

    Have a good and Godly rest of the week.

  28. Theresa
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 8:56 pm · Link

    Thanks for the recommendations!

  29. Debbie Bleege
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 9:24 pm · Link

    I can’t wait til once a rancher arrives with your autograph and my purple bracelet about complaining as I have been doing that a lot since my job of 28 years is no longer the company was bought and we are waiting to see what will happen to all of us. I also am amazed at all you do in one day. I am glad you are writing keep up the good work. And I do look forward to your blogs. You are very special. Happy Spring Happy Easter to you and your mom and your fur babies!

    • Hilda
        · March 24th, 2016 at 11:37 am · Link

      Debbie, so sorry to hear about your job! I’ve been in that position too, and it feels like someone pulled the floor out from under you. I’ve found, over the past 61 years, that the saying is really true: “When God closes a door, He opens a window.” You never know when something good will come from something bad. Blessings to you!

  30. judy
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 10:00 pm · Link

    Looking forward to any of your new books. Have a great week.

  31. Roberta Giordano
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Audio books sound great but unfortunately they are expensive. I am looking forward to your civil war book, can’t wait

    • Hilda
        · March 24th, 2016 at 11:35 am · Link

      HI, Roberta. I haven’t bought any audio books either. My niece, clever girl that she is, suggested I check them out from the Library. Now I just need to get a library card (do they still have those?)!!!! Do you have a public library close to you? Happy reading/listening! Hilda

  32. Leanna
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 10:16 pm · Link

    I’m really looking forward to Once a Rancher!

  33. Judy Mathison
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 10:27 pm · Link

    I love audible too. They have some great buys.We were in Spokane Friday and I had fun shopping while my daughter visited her special dentist.

  34. midge watkins
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 10:29 pm · Link

    I just had my 2nd cataract surgery this morning, so I’ll be all
    ready for your new books! I love audio books, too. I just
    finished a Felix Francis (son of Dick Francis) book “Crossfire”
    and now I have one of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plumb
    audio books in my car to get me thru boring errands.

  35. Kay Schock
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 10:34 pm · Link

    Enjoy your posts to keep up with what you are writing. Looking forward to your new book. I have not read a Cicil War book in a long time.

  36. Evelyn Baldwin
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 10:46 pm · Link

    Thank you for your blogs! What a great talent you share! God Bless you as always! Evelyn

  37. Teresa Woodby
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 10:58 pm · Link

    Will this tie into the Caroline & the Raider, Emma & the Outlaw, I’ve went blank on the third? It’s been along time since I’ve read them. I thought it was a good series. Will it stand alone? Is this a hardcover or paperback? Really doesn’t matter I’ll be getting it anyway? How are the animals? Need to get back to getting on facebook at least every other day, maybe keep up better.

    • Hilda
        · March 24th, 2016 at 11:38 am · Link

      Hi, I think you are talking about the Orphan Train series, right? The 3 sisters who were separated as children? That was a wonderful series. Anyone who hasn’t read it yet, should try to get it and enjoy!

  38. Ann Bartholomew
      · March 23rd, 2016 at 11:10 pm · Link

    I’ve been wondering about the title of your up-coming book. If it takes place around Gettysburg, does that mean your main character is a Confederate soldier? Pennsylvania is North and those of us who live in the South certainly think of it as Eden. Just wondering. . .

    In the meantime, there is less than a week to Once a Rancher. And, Harlan Coben does know how to write a mystery.

  39. Lorraine Pitts
      · March 24th, 2016 at 12:23 am · Link

    Look forward to reading a new book, especially one about the Civil War! Would love a book and bracelet!!!! I just love bracelets!!! Either way, I’m a fan!!!!

  40. Susan Craig
      · March 24th, 2016 at 5:17 am · Link

    Can’t wait for the new book! Thanks for the book recommendations too.

  41. lillian anderson
      · March 24th, 2016 at 11:55 am · Link

    I cant wait to read a story about the civil war let alone to read once a rancher. I am collecting and reading all your books and want to add these to the collection for my library. How do I obtain that necklace that you once gave away? It had to do with one of your books where the lady worked with and made jewelry. I cant remember the name of the book off hand – it was a while since I read it. The necklace was very pretty and I would like to own one and give one to each of my grand-daughters. please let me know about the necklace.

  42. Linda Beaudoin
      · March 24th, 2016 at 1:48 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for the 29th so I can get Once a Rancher.

  43. Colleen
      · March 24th, 2016 at 2:05 pm · Link

    Happy Easter to you and your family. Audio books are wonderful on a long road trip also. Looking forward to your new books.

  44. Jamie R.
      · March 24th, 2016 at 2:27 pm · Link

    I just love your books. I seriously can’t get enough of them. :) Anxiously awaiting your next book.

  45. Kathy Potosky
      · March 24th, 2016 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Linda: I love your books and still re-read them in a binge reading session. Am looking forward to your new ones :mrgreen:

  46. gretchen maine
      · March 24th, 2016 at 8:30 pm · Link

    I went to a Clare Lynch concert and purchase a book, Dear Sister-Civil War Letters to a sister in Alabama by Frank Anderson Chappell. You might be interested in it.

  47. Linn Carlile
      · March 24th, 2016 at 11:23 pm · Link

    You sure are one busy lady. Glad to hear you are coming along
    on your Civil War book. I’m looking forward to reading it.
    Reading books now about Rookie k-9 Units by six different
    authors. First two by Terri Reed and Lenora Worth and they
    have been good reading.
    We had a march snow storm here Wednesday that brought
    everything to a stand still. We have drifts in our yard higher
    than my waist. Our 4-legged kid thinks he’s in heaven; running
    and jumping in it and eating it.
    You take care and have a blessed Easter.

  48. Nadine spradlin
      · March 25th, 2016 at 8:56 pm · Link

    Glad things are going smoothly for you at this time . I’m looking forward to your new BOOK”s” ..

  49. Charlotte Litton
      · March 26th, 2016 at 1:27 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward for your Civil War book.
    Hope you have a wonderful Easter

  50. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · March 26th, 2016 at 2:38 pm · Link

    I love audiobooks, otherwise I like paper backs…I do have a kindle but it broke so I have to deal with it for now….thanks for the opportunity to win a book and bracelet…
    Karen Dieffenbaugher
    70 Moorhead Manor
    Naples, Florida 34112
    United States

  51. Sandy D
      · March 26th, 2016 at 7:50 pm · Link

    I love the civil war era and can’t wait to read it!

  52. Melaine
      · March 26th, 2016 at 11:39 pm · Link

    I’m so looking forward to reading your book, “Once a Rancher”.

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  53. Rosemary
      · March 28th, 2016 at 6:57 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    I cannot wait for the civil war novels! I hope you enjoy a blessed Easter.


  54. Valdi McCoy
      · March 31st, 2016 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to read your new book!

  55. Dona Kutska
      · April 2nd, 2016 at 12:46 am · Link

    Sounds interesting, glad your writing!

  56. Dona Kutska
      · April 2nd, 2016 at 12:47 am · Link

    Sounds interesting, glad your writing! I’m hoping to read once a rancher soon.

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