#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Winners and More

This week’s winners are: Kay Schock and Tammy Carter.  Both of you will receive a signed copy of my new book, “Once a Rancher”, which will be on sale March 29.  To enter next week’s contest, simply comment.  Winners will be chosen at random and announced this coming Monday, right here the blog.  The prizes are the same.

I spent today working on my Civil War novel, “North of Eden” (the title may change), and I’m feeling very tired and very happy.

I’m listening to an audiobook called, “Ghost Gifts”, by Laura Spinella.  I’m enjoying the story a lot, and I recommend it to anyone who likes ghost stories.  Clever story, well written.

My weekend was quiet, spent mostly with my furry family.  As I’m writing this blog, Button the cat, age 20, is resting his chin on my wrist.  He is so cute and so loving that it’s easy to forgive him for being a little stinky.  :)  (OK, a lot stinky.)  Wiki, the other cat, kept his usual low profile, except when it was time to eat.  The dogs got gloriously dirty, playing in the rain and tromping through the flowerbeds.  Last night, I had to toss both of them into the sink and hose them down, one by one.  They were very indignant, but soon forgave me.  :)

Mom will be moving to the new place soon, and she’s excited.  It will be so nice to have her closer and know she’s getting the care she needs.

That’s today’s news, my friends.  See you tomorrow. 

56 comments to “Winners and More”

  1. TeresaFordice
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:27 pm · Link

    So glad you also had a great weekend

  2. Gloria
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:28 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Kay Schock and Tammy Carter!

    I’m glad your mom is going to be closer to you.

    Take care and have a good and Godly rest of the week.

    • Gloria
        · March 14th, 2016 at 9:37 pm · Link

      Linda, just in case you don’t go back, again, to see my thanks in the previous Blog, THANK YOU! for your comment of a few minutes ago.

      I just finished a book by Gail Gaymer Martin, titled Dreaming of Castles. It was a very good book, from Hilda, of course, about a girl who was over weight and the lessons she learned. These same lessons can pertain to just about any problem we have, including the complaining.

      I did learn one really important lesson…You can lose weight, but you can’t lose ugly, so I am trying to change my attitude and not let people’s hurtful words get to me.

  3. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:31 pm · Link

    I love listening to audio books…That is how I tolerate my housework…Love your book giveaways…Thanks

  4. Rita Crofoot
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:37 pm · Link

    Looking forward to Spring, even if our furherds, require more baths.

  5. Rita Crofoot
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:37 pm · Link

    Looking forward to Spring, even if our furherds, require more baths.

  6. Rita Crofoot
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:37 pm · Link

    Looking forward to Spring, even if our furherds, require more baths.

  7. theresa
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:38 pm · Link

    Quiet is always good! Looking forward to hearing about your upcoming trip to Florida with all your celebrity friends!

    Good news about your Mom!

  8. Virginia Horton
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:40 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. I am so glad your mom will soon be close. It is very muddy here also and my cat gets a bath about once a month and he doesn’t like it to much but if he is going to be outside a lot and then come in, he is going to have to take a bath. We have had rain the past couple of days, so I am ready for some sunshine.

  9. Roberta Giordano
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Congratulations ladies ! Enjoy your new read. Glad you had a nice weekend Linda hope your week is the same

  10. Evelyn Baldwin
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:45 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners, what a treasure you have won! I am not good at winning things, yet i do not give up very easily though. I am glad your furry babies are doing well. Glad your mom is adjusting well. Keep up the Awesome writing! God Bless! Evelyn

  11. Lois Rotella
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:47 pm · Link

    Happy for the winners. Your fur babies sound like a lot of fun. Quiet weekend. Raining and chilly today. Looking forward to sunshine. My BFF left on a trip today to visit her family. I will miss her. Have a great week.

  12. Jenifer Pomeroy
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Congrats to this weeks winners. Thanks for the chance to get a new book!

  13. Deborah Nelson
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:49 pm · Link

    Thanks for the recommendation of “Ghost Gifts.” It’s in my audible.com shopping cart and ready to purchase at only $1.99 because I own the kindle version.

    Glad your mom is looking forward to her new home. Should be good for you all to know that she is well situated.

    As always, looking forward to your new books.

    I’m listening to “Shotgun Bride.” I adore Jack Garrett’s narration of your books. I’m thrilled to see the opening trilogy of the McKettrick series come out in audible with Mr. Garrett’s wonderful voice.

  14. pat
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:50 pm · Link

    Hope your Mom does well at her new home.

  15. tammy carter
      · March 14th, 2016 at 9:56 pm · Link

    Thank you so much!! I am looking forward to reading your new book! I am also really looking forward to your Civil War era novel as my husband is a buff and we have spent a lot of time exploring that era. I look forard to your twist on this period of our history.
    Thank you again.

  16. Jo Ann Holcomb
      · March 14th, 2016 at 10:11 pm · Link

    today is Monday & we had another small gift of a bit of rain & the rest of day was sunny with a little wind so being a good day. Cats are interesting & always wonder what would happen if they could talk. You can’t get mine near water expect to drink. Hope your Mom does well in her new place. Have you ever read any of Joanne Fluke’s mystery’s with Hannah Swensen as main person & owning a cookie shop? Not your normal mystery but good series. Think you would enjoy them. Looking forward to “Once A Rancher” & again thanks for your great stories. Have a great week. Jo Ann

  17. Debra Wright
      · March 14th, 2016 at 10:14 pm · Link

    I am so glad you get to have Momma near! I’m missing mine a lot still. It will be 16 years in May she went to live with our Lord! Enjoy your fine weather. Its been close to the 90’s here in Phoenix As always, love reading your books, old and new!❤

  18. Teresa G
      · March 14th, 2016 at 10:21 pm · Link

    Love your posts. Glad to hear all is well.

  19. Paula L Rollins
      · March 14th, 2016 at 10:22 pm · Link

    Glad your mom will be closer…family is so important and so are our furry families….have a great week

  20. Diana E.
      · March 14th, 2016 at 10:26 pm · Link

    Congratulations to this weeks winners. So glad to see we are back up to normal rainfall here in OR this year although I wonder if its ever going to stop at this point!!! Love seeing my rose tree filling out and all the plants coming back to life. Blessings.

  21. therese lopez
      · March 14th, 2016 at 10:31 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!! Enjoy your books!! I love spring, the weather is so nice here during this time. My dogs will definitely be needing haircuts soon. Thanks for a great post, love reading them.

  22. Leanna
      · March 14th, 2016 at 10:38 pm · Link

    I’m really looking forward to Once a Rancher!

  23. Pamela Devereux
      · March 14th, 2016 at 11:11 pm · Link

    With all the rain we have been getting here, I could see why the dogs were dirty.

    Glad to hear that your mom is getting excited about moving. Change later in life is not always easy.

  24. Patricia Drennen
      · March 14th, 2016 at 11:42 pm · Link

    I have been reading your books for several years and enjoy them so very much.I hate finishing a book because then I have to wait till the next one comes out.looking forward to the next one

  25. Kelley Morrow
      · March 15th, 2016 at 12:01 am · Link

    Congrats winners! Glad you’re getting some work done and getting to enjoy family. What a blessing to have your mother moving close, I myself don’t get to visit with mine nearly enough. It’s nice your fur babies are getting along good. Hope you have a blessed week Linda!

  26. Peggy Casey
      · March 15th, 2016 at 1:27 am · Link

    Can’t wait for the new book!

  27. Caryn Horn
      · March 15th, 2016 at 2:08 am · Link

    Congrats to the winners! My widowed DIL in Spokane came to the west side for a few days of no rain. I got to see her and have a great visit.

  28. Linda Solcich
      · March 15th, 2016 at 7:16 am · Link

    Nice to have a quiet time with family just relaxing. Rare, but the rain is the best time to do it.

  29. Ruby Norwood
      · March 15th, 2016 at 7:26 am · Link

    Congrats ladies !! Enjoy your new read. Linda I am so looking forward for the new book, and it sounds like you have been busy with your Civil war novel. Hopefully you will get mom closer by soon. I know that will help you out a lot. I have been there and done that. closer by always help.

  30. DONNA
      · March 15th, 2016 at 8:59 am · Link

    Always look forward to your new books. Keep ’em coming!

  31. Monika Rogers
      · March 15th, 2016 at 9:00 am · Link

    I am so waiting for Once the Rancher and your civil war book. From your blog you listen to a lot of audio books and it’s good to get referrals. One of my friends is going thru cancer treatments. When I go to visit I like to take her something to cheer her up. From reading your blogs I got the idea of audio books as since her treatments started she doesn’t read anymore. Doesn’t have the concentration. She is enjoying the audio. Thanks for the idea and many sweet blessings with your furry friends.

  32. Ann Bartholomew
      · March 15th, 2016 at 10:05 am · Link

    Congratulations to the ladies who won the new book before it’s even on the shelves!! I’m glad you are hard at work on the war novel. I love your period books – the McKettricks, Corbins, Springwater, etc. I have my favorites and read them over and over. Counting down to March 29!

  33. Elaine Key
      · March 15th, 2016 at 10:38 am · Link

    Congratulations to the new winners.

    I’m sure the dogs had fun playing in the rain. I’m still looking for my fur baby.

    Today in TN we are experiencing summer with the temperature going to 82 degrees.

  34. Melaine
      · March 15th, 2016 at 12:32 pm · Link

    Congrats to this week’s winners!

    I’m really looking forward to reading your new book “Once a Rancher”

  35. Sharon Sovereign
      · March 15th, 2016 at 1:11 pm · Link

    I always enjoy your blog and news of your pets. I wish your mother well.

  36. colleen
      · March 15th, 2016 at 1:35 pm · Link

    Looking forward to 29th of March just in case i sm not one of the lucky winners. I recall my husband calling me at work and asking how much i loved my pup. Apparently the corner garden that was full of impatients had been rearranged!

  37. Jo Pankey
      · March 15th, 2016 at 1:47 pm · Link

    Enjoy reading your blogs and especially enjoy all of your books.

  38. carole
      · March 15th, 2016 at 2:40 pm · Link

    congrats to the winners! Glad that your mom will be closer to you and get the care she needs! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  39. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · March 15th, 2016 at 3:16 pm · Link

    My male cat broke his foot. He keeps taking the casts off! Even with a sling, he finds a way to get rid of each cast within a week. I explained to him that a cast is better than a stump, but I don’t think he cares.

    Blessings to you, your family, and your furry family from me and all of mine.

    • Michele J
        · March 16th, 2016 at 8:22 am · Link

      Oh my! Lorelei I’m so sorry about your cat breaking his leg but your post is too funny! I never thought about a cat taking off their cast!! Poor baby. I hope his leg gets better very soon, for your sake. :lol:

  40. Sue Gahagan
      · March 15th, 2016 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Glad your Mom is getting closer to you.

  41. Des
      · March 15th, 2016 at 9:18 pm · Link

    I am counting down the days until your new book is released, I need my “cowboy fix”. To say your books are a joy to read would be an understatement, thanks so much Linda.

  42. Debbie Bleege
      · March 15th, 2016 at 9:23 pm · Link

    Can’t wait till the 29th. I’m glad is closer to you and getting the care she needs. Love your stories about your fur babies. My one fur baby Lola moos like a cow, that’s how she tells you off. Lol What a sound. Look forward to your next blog have a blessed week to you and your mom

  43. Donna McCord
      · March 15th, 2016 at 9:31 pm · Link

    I am always happy when you publish a new book. I think I have everything you have written!

    Keep up the good work!
    Thanks :-P

  44. Michele J
      · March 16th, 2016 at 8:18 am · Link

    Congratulations winners!!! I can’t wait until Once a Rancher is on the shelves! COME ON MARCH 29TH! Wait, does that mean I’m wishing to get older faster? 8-O :wink:

  45. Charlotte Litton
      · March 16th, 2016 at 8:47 am · Link

    Good morning, Linda ,
    It’s wonderful to hear that your Mom is excited to move.
    Our furry babies are something else, love mine like crazy.
    I’m so excited for your new book to be released. I love the idea of a Civil War book.

  46. jan
      · March 16th, 2016 at 10:21 am · Link

    Congrats ladies! Enjoy your comments.

  47. Denise Holcomb
      · March 16th, 2016 at 10:56 am · Link

    sounds like a wonderful weekend

  48. Linda Beaudoin
      · March 16th, 2016 at 11:34 am · Link

    Glad your Mom is looking forward to moving to her new place. Enjoy having her closer.

  49. Lore Frank
      · March 16th, 2016 at 1:26 pm · Link

    love your stories!

  50. Linda Harbin
      · March 16th, 2016 at 2:45 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to read ‘Once a Rancher’

  51. Dona Kutska
      · March 17th, 2016 at 2:20 am · Link

    My little doggie hates a bath with a passion! She hides under the bed when the shower is turned on! I really am excited to read your newest book, once a rancher, the waiting is hard at the library! Long waiting list for your books!

  52. Lauri claes
      · March 20th, 2016 at 10:19 am · Link

    Can’t wait for the book to come out. And we all love the little muddy foot prints and how cute they look then they are all wet.

  53. Valdi McCoy
      · March 30th, 2016 at 9:29 am · Link

    Wow! I am excited about your new book and looking forward to the civil war series!

  54. Valdi McCoy
      · March 30th, 2016 at 9:30 am · Link

    Wow! I am excited about your new book and looking forward to the civil war series! We are snowed in today, great reading weather!

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