#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Winners, My Adventures in the Civil War, etc.

This week’s winners are: Jackie Curt and Theresa Hagman.  Congratulations, blog-buddies!

A new contest begins today.  As usual, you only need to comment, and you’re entered.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified, and announced on the blog a week from today.  Winners receive an autographed copy of my latest.  :)

I’m really into the current project, NORTH OF EDEN, and every morning when I sit down at my computer, I become a time-traveler.  This can be unnerving, when you find yourself bleeding out on the battlefield outside Chancellorsville, VA.  Fortunately, I was rescued, but only after considerable suffering.  I was absolutely exhausted by the time I finished this prologue–and today’s journey, with another character, was less painful but still traumatic.  I rode a crowded troop train to Washington City (what DC used to be called) and nearly got myself killed just trying to disembark.  Since I know I’ve still got a lot of adventures ahead of me, as I see the world through the eyes of several major characters, so I’m definitely taking my vitamins and getting as much rest as I can.  :)

This weekend, I’ll be heading to Salem, Oregon to attend my nephew’s wedding.  It will be wonderful to see so much of my family gathered in one place.  

My dogs, cats and horses are a constant delight; those dogs are real comedians.  Button, my 21 year old adopted cat, has finally decided to sleep upstairs again, which is a big thing.  He’s never been afraid of the dogs, but once they came, he found another place to sleep.  Now that he’s used to them, he’s claiming his favorite spot–my chest–once again.  

On the reading/listening front, I was delighted to find a new book–or one I’d somehow managed to miss–by Denise Grover Swank.  It’s called THIRTY-SEVEN-AND-A-HALF MOTIVES, and stars a beloved trouble-magnet named Rose Gardner.  I devoured that one.  I also enjoyed YOU’RE NEXT, by Gregg Hurwitz; he’s a new author, at least to me, and writes non-stop action.  (I did have to skip one part, due to graphic violence, but I understood the story just fine without it.  If the bad guys catch the hero, it isn’t good.  I didn’t need to know more than that.)  And tomorrow is new book day on Audible.com and in all the stores, so I just renewed my yearly membership–again.  

That’s the news for this fine Monday, my friends.  See you tomorrow.

41 comments to “Winners, My Adventures in the Civil War, etc.”

  1. Jo Ann Baker
      · August 1st, 2016 at 6:51 pm · Link

    Hi all .
    Have fun at the wedding! We just had one the beginning of the month, My son got married. Was really nice at the Winery. Fun had by all. Blended family of 2 an 2 p!us there’s, makes 5 .
    Wbsyt a great family.
    Thanks for the great stories. Have a good week!

  2. Diane Sallans
      · August 1st, 2016 at 7:02 pm · Link

    I find Civil War stories difficult – they seem very real to me, so I get how you immerse yourself. I remember visiting Antietam Battlefied and the building that was used as a hospital – the description given by the ranger was chilling.

  3. Linda
      · August 1st, 2016 at 7:18 pm · Link

    Have fun in beautiful Oregon.

  4. Phyllis Odell
      · August 1st, 2016 at 7:27 pm · Link

    I like to read your weekly letters,thanks. I
    Knowing how you like horses I had to let you know about a fast book item I received today. It is about a young woman and her blind horse she trained. They do shows I believe competition and he is amazing the trust he has doing all the paces. Amazing is not a good enough word.

  5. Melaine Langi
      · August 1st, 2016 at 7:30 pm · Link

    I just picked up 3 new books, Sons of the Profits by William C. Speidel, about early Seattle 1851-1901; Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, about the University of Washington’s rowing crew and how the team beat the odds to win the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin; and last, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, which takes Harry well into adult life, and which Rowling’s swears this is absolutely the last book in the Harry Potter stories. I’m rereading your 3 Book series, starting with A Creed in Stone Creek.

    Have a great week!

  6. DIXIE hadley
      · August 1st, 2016 at 7:30 pm · Link

    Linda, Enjoyed the blog. Enjoy the family and the wedding.
    Dixie Hadley

  7. Carol Schulz
      · August 1st, 2016 at 7:47 pm · Link

    Love, love, love your books. Just wondering if there were any more Mojo Sheepshanks books after the first 2?

  8. Denise Ayotte
      · August 1st, 2016 at 7:50 pm · Link

    I can’t wait for your civil war series to start.

  9. Teresa Fordice
      · August 1st, 2016 at 7:59 pm · Link

    So glad kitty has decided to sleep on your chest again, but sure that wouldn’t work for me!! To each their own way!

  10. Jan
      · August 1st, 2016 at 8:05 pm · Link

    We had a niece married last weekend, her brother is getting married next weekend. Busy summer for us with four weddings.
    Exciting to watch these young couples begin their lives together.

  11. Virginia Horton
      · August 1st, 2016 at 8:19 pm · Link

    I am really looking forward to you new Civil war book. My kitty is always changing places where he sleep. He was sleeping in his bed most of the time but lately it has been in the kitchen chair or on my bed. Most of the time when I go to bed though he will go to the kitchen chair. For a while it was on a pillow in the living room. Like I said he moves around a lot. :roll:

  12. Garen L Herd
      · August 1st, 2016 at 8:31 pm · Link

    I know how you feel about your animals. We get more fun out of watching the horses and the other critters than we do TV. We have lost our dogs and are down to 4 horses and 1 cat. We had 2 of the best blue heelers you could ask for and miss them terribly, but my husband says it hurts too much to lose them, so no more. We have had tons of jack rabbits and cotton tails coming into our grass since it’s been such a dry summer. They are as fun to watch as everything else. The curved bill thrashers are a hoot when a snake comes calling. Nature is a wonder and we love it all…..except the snakes….those I can definitely do without.

  13. Lois Rotella
      · August 1st, 2016 at 8:39 pm · Link

    Wow even in your blog the story is so vivid . I do not have pets but when I visited and stayed at my niece’s home they have 3 cats and one puppy. One cat is older and she watches the younger cats and puppy. The puppy is a pug and he is a hand full. The cats use to sleep with me and the puppy would get me in the morning to take him out. I miss the fur babies and the humans also. Have fun at the wedding and wishing for good weather.

  14. Eriko
      · August 1st, 2016 at 9:00 pm · Link

    What a delight to read your post! I love it! So glad Buttons is back on your chest!

  15. Jo Ann Holcomb
      · August 1st, 2016 at 9:36 pm · Link

    Hi: after getting off work & changed, i got a load in the washer & set out to do what could. Been packing to change apts & it has slowed my reading down. Thank God for lunch & breaks at work. Still in the 100’s & hoping it decreases before the last week of August when actually moving is. glad i’ll have the worst done before some of the good books come out in the stores. Have a great time at the wedding. Have a cat that neighbor will keep an eye on while moving is going on. the best to you & yours, Jo Ann

  16. Peg North
      · August 1st, 2016 at 9:48 pm · Link

    Been reading your books for years. They are the best. Keep up the good work!

  17. Leanna
      · August 1st, 2016 at 10:42 pm · Link

    Looking forward to Always a Cowboy!

  18. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · August 1st, 2016 at 10:52 pm · Link

    Glad to hear that you also can’t take extreme graphic violence in your reading.

    Love audible!

  19. Teresa G
      · August 1st, 2016 at 11:06 pm · Link

    I love getting your posts every Monday. Have a good week.

  20. Dona Kutska
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 1:04 am · Link

    Thanks for the post.

  21. judy
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 8:35 am · Link

    Good Morning! I am always interested in new book recommendations, thank you! Just finished a book you and the blog sisters here might like entitled Flight Patterns by Karen White. I have always been interested in bees and they have an important role in the story. Happy Reading and for you Linda…writing, too!

  22. Susan Craig
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 8:56 am · Link

    A family wedding is fun. What are you wearing?

  23. Alison B.
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 9:30 am · Link

    I can’t wait for NORTH OF EDEN!! While I love all your books, the historical settings are my favorite. I read HIGH COUNTRY BRIDE and was hooked!

  24. Marjorie Hawkins
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 9:43 am · Link

    I love, love, love to read and often in my 72 years have wondered what it takes to write a book. Whatever it is, I was born without it and I just continue to enjoy the books that other, gifted people write. You are one of my favorites, along with Susan Mallery, and Debbie Macomber. There are several others, but I won’t miss a book by you three. Can’t wait to read the Civil War books you’re writing. Thanks for all you have brought to my life!!

  25. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 9:56 am · Link

    You never fail to uplift us. Thank you.

  26. Lynn Hill
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 10:08 am · Link

    Oh Linda, to be able to time travel, if only with ones words! I can’t wait to read your next book. Please have a safe and fun trip to the wedding, you deserve a nice rest!

  27. Suzanne Mongan
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 10:11 am · Link

    I love Civil War stories, so I know that I will definitely love this new book when it comes out. A few years ago, my sister and I went to Franklin, TN and toured the Carnton Plantation. It was very interesting and you could still see the blood on the floor from when the doctors did their surgeries during the war. We also toured other Civil War places in Franklin. I would love to go back there again some day. But first I have to get through my gall bladder surgery which will be in the next few months. Have a great time at the wedding.

  28. Ann Bartholomew
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 10:25 am · Link

    Good to hear you survived the battle! Hang in there for the rest of the war.

  29. diane wade
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 11:03 am · Link

    so excited about the new books. can’t wait for their release

  30. judy
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 12:34 pm · Link

    Good morning. It is going to be hot in MO. to day. Hope your mother is doing better. Have a great at the wedding.

  31. mary ann fuhs
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 1:43 pm · Link

    Hi Just a short story about a deaf dog who was taught sign language. If he doesn’t like the request he looks the other way.

  32. Lynn
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 3:26 pm · Link

    That awesome. Congrats to the winners!
    Sounds like you’re have a good week so far! Enjoy.. oh, and DUCK THOSE BULLETS!!!!


  33. Niki Davis
      · August 2nd, 2016 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Thanks for brightening my day. i needed it.

  34. Valdi M.
      · August 3rd, 2016 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Looking forward to all your new books! It sounds like you enjoy writing as much as I enjoy reading!

  35. Diana E.
      · August 3rd, 2016 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Congratulations to this weeks winners.
    Linda I do so enjoy hearing about your writing and looking forward to the book. Have a wonderful weekend, enjoy the wedding and being with your family. Blessings.

  36. midge watkins
      · August 3rd, 2016 at 10:16 pm · Link

    Those battles can be fierce, so be careful! Glad Buttons has
    gotten over his snit and is back on your chest. My cat, Mater,
    changes his sleeping place every 2 to 3 weeks. He recycles
    some, but always changes. Enjoy the wedding.

  37. Clarita Goodspeed
      · August 4th, 2016 at 11:15 am · Link

    Love All your Series Books. Share them all with my daughter. Can’t wait for The Carsons of Mustang Creek to be complete!

  38. Jessie R.
      · August 4th, 2016 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Congrats to your family member on his wedding. I love weddings, they are always so much fun!
    I am a new fan of your work…and by new, I mean NEW. I was traipsing through the Kroger grocery store the other day and came across the book stand that had “ON SALE” written on top. Of course, being the avid reader that I am, I couldn’t possibly resist. So, here I am, having just started “Arizona Wild” and already loving how real the characters are. My curiosity in your other work has brought me to your website and I am glad that I get to tell you how much I am enjoying your work so far.
    Looking forward to whatever future reading I do of your work.
    -J :mrgreen:

  39. Sharon Sovereign
      · August 5th, 2016 at 3:17 am · Link

    Hope you enjoy the wedding. Looking forward to the next book.

  40. Kristen Damerow
      · August 5th, 2016 at 12:47 pm · Link

    Look forward to reading your new book.!

  41. Carol L
      · August 9th, 2016 at 6:41 pm · Link

    Enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for sharing with us and have FUN at your nephew’s wedding.
    Carol L

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