Finally! I Can Tell!

Mar
28


The road to Stringtown Rising.


I had to go out to the old farm this past Friday morning and I ended up behind the Ornery Angel on the road. That seemed quite fitting at the time, and as the days passed also, as the Ornery Angel is all about teaching me patience. She appears, like a SIGN, when I need to practice my patience.

I have been waiting since Friday to tell you my news. I was about to lose my mind from the desire to SPILL IT. This afternoon, I got the green light to tell you. Of course, this happened exactly when I was insanely busy because I had six people here working for me today on the studio and the fencing. Luckily, it was just starting to rain, so I started paying people and running them off!

And then! Sean and Sean, who had been out here fencing for me today, called a couple miles away from my farm to tell me they had run out of gas on the way to the gas station! So I ran to the barn, grabbed one of the several gas cans left behind by the previous owners (all empty) and drove out to get them, took them to the gas station, then back to their truck. I said, “Do you have a gas can?” Sean said, “No.” I know they are tight with their money. I told them I had three, so keep it. These two boys are Ross’s best friends from high school, and I just love them. I never let them leave without a sandwich on homemade bread. I was happy to give them a gas can.

And then! I drove back home, ready to post. And it was storming like crazy, which of course meant I had no internet.

But finally! I am home, no one needs gas, and the internet is working again. For the moment! So here it is!

Last week was an amazing week here. Very exciting. There were multiple editors calling me to tell me their vision for my book and what their house would do with it. I found myself having conversations with editors at major publishing houses who have worked with CELEBRITIES in which I was discussing MY COW’S FLOWER. (And thinking to myself, JUST SHUT UP, SUZANNE!)

I’ve sold a lot of books before, but have never had an experience like this one. This past Friday in New York, with multiple houses interested in publishing it, the memoir of my adventures at Stringtown Rising was put up for auction to the highest bidder.

I was freaking out!!!!

And I wanted to tell you right away! But I had to wait to spill the news, even after I knew which publishing house had come out on top, while some finer points in the contract were hammered down by my agent and editor. Which took longer than I expected. And I nearly lost my mind! But I can finally tell!

My book will be published as a lead title in HarperOne, a non-fiction imprint of HarperCollins. Along with the wild ride of my life at Stringtown Rising (including my crazy adventures with the animals), it will also include recipes, crafts, and photographs. I think (hope) that it will be everything you’ve been asking for when I’ve talked about doing a book. It will be published sometime in 2013, but I don’t have a set date yet. (A publication date usually comes later in the course of events.) As this process moves along, I will post more details as I know them.

I want to say thank you to my awesome agent, Jenny Bent, who believed in this book before I started writing it (and patted my hand a lot in the past week), and to the most wonderful Jeanette Perez at HarperCollins who gave this writer a dream come true, and also for her enthusiasm for my book. I was in love with her vision for the book and when the auction happened, I so wanted it to be her. I am thrilled that my book found its home with HarperCollins and most especially with Jeanette.

And most of all, thank YOU. This book is written with love and gratitude to each and every one of you, and I hope that you will love it. You carried me through this journey on your wings of unflagging support and encouragement. I couldn’t have done it without you.

I am so excited. Me and my little farm, we are going to be okay now.

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  1. 3-28
    5:36
    pm

    Congratulations!! This is news worth waiting for!

  2. 3-28
    5:41
    pm

    :snoopy: Yay! Your year started out not so nice…but it is turning out to be Wonderful! :snoopy:

  3. 3-28
    5:42
    pm

    Congratulations! I am so Proud of Any Sister who will push forward towards her dreams!
    You have done it!
    ~~HUGS~~

  4. 3-28
    5:42
    pm

    This is amazing news. I’m so happy for you!!! I want to see you succeed in every way possible – and this is just fantastic! Can’t wait for that book!

  5. 3-28
    5:42
    pm

    So awesome! Can’t wait to read it. Congrats, Suzanne!

  6. 3-28
    5:43
    pm

    That is very exciting news!!!! So happy for you!!! Congrats.

  7. 3-28
    5:43
    pm

    OH SO VERY EXCITING!! :snoopy: Oh so happy you finally could share too! :woof:

  8. 3-28
    5:43
    pm

    How awesome!!! I cannot wait to read it. Congrats!!!

  9. 3-28
    5:48
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    Thrilled for you, and also for those of us dying to read it!

    Other than selling Stringtown Rising, I was hoping this was the exciting news!

    (Still have to wait too long to purchase and read it though!) :happyflower:

  10. 3-28
    5:48
    pm

    Yay! I totally called it. Book tour stop in Norfolk. PLEASE!?!?! :-)

  11. 3-28
    5:49
    pm

    :woof: :woof: :woof:
    Congratulations, Suzanne! That’s very exciting. You’ve made another dream a reality. You go!

    Where are you in the writing process? Is the first draft finished?

  12. 3-28
    5:52
    pm

    Woohoo! That is awesome. You have always been amazing at making your dreams into a reality, and that is why I enjoy your blog so much.

  13. 3-28
    5:54
    pm

    Wow! I’m so excited for you and I’m buying that book the instant it is available!

    Your life has turned a corner.

  14. 3-28
    5:54
    pm

    Oh, Suzanne!!! I am thrilled for you! I have goosebumps!! I cannot think of anyone’s book I’d rather read!

  15. 3-28
    5:55
    pm

    Congratulations, Suzanne. I am very excited for you! (And for us!)

  16. 3-28
    5:59
    pm

    HurryHurr……oops….AwesomeAwesomeAwesome!!!

  17. 3-28
    6:01
    pm

    That is just super! I’m over the moon for you! :clover:
    I’ll be looking for the pub date and hoping your book tour passes close by!

    One first edition, autographed, please! :happypuppy:

  18. 3-28
    6:08
    pm

    Congratulations! That is indeed, news worth waiting for! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  19. 3-28
    6:08
    pm

    This is such great news for you. Of course we all want to read the book TODAY!!!!!

  20. 3-28
    6:11
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    Ohmigosh — I got all choked up reading this! There aren’t enough exclamation points in the world!!! It went to AUCTION??? DUDE!

    So, so happy for you! After everything you’ve been through…I would say the tide has *definitely* turned. :woof:

    Success is the best revenge. :devil2:

  21. 3-28
    6:12
    pm

    That’s wonderful!!! I’m so happy for you!

  22. 3-28
    6:17
    pm

    What a magnificent blessing just for you!
    Well done.

  23. 3-28
    6:18
    pm

    I am so happy for you and your family! I love happy endings!!! I am glad that I am able to follow you in your blog and that the story will never end! Congrats.

  24. 3-28
    6:23
    pm

    Suzanne, I am so thrilled for you! You deserve a break in life at this point and I hope this will be a wonderful windfall for you! I am so looking forward to reading your book! It is exactly the type of book I love to read and I think it will be a big hit. Since I am a librarian, I will be sure to promote it here in my small corner of the world! Good luck as you go through the prepublication process.

  25. 3-28
    6:25
    pm

    OMG, OMG, OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That is so awesome! I will be one of the first in line to buy your book! Congrats!

  26. 3-28
    6:26
    pm

    Suzanne! That is fan-freakin-tastic!!!! You know, you (through your Happy Card) are largely responsible for getting me into the concept of the Law of Attraction and out of what I’m comfortable calling a depression. You’ve been such an inspiration to me and I’m sure countless others through your blog, and I just think you should know what kind of impact you and your positivity and persistence have had on people. I’m so, so glad for your success. You really do deserve your blessings! :fairy:

  27. 3-28
    6:27
    pm

    This is wonderful news. I’ve only been following your blog for only a couple of weeks, but every chance I get I read some more of your stories! Congrats & I can’t wait to read the book!

  28. 3-28
    6:29
    pm

    Such fantastic news. Congratulations!!!!. I can’t wait to read it.

  29. 3-28
    6:31
    pm

    :snoopy: Awesome news!! I seriously can’t wait to read it! Something to look forward too. :D

  30. 3-28
    6:31
    pm

    I’m thinking ‘going to auction’ is one of the best things to happen to an author. That is, you know, before it becomes a bestseller!

    I vow to purchase it as soon as it is released! (my apologies to all authors… I read ;) too :eating: much, and therefore can only manage to buy ‘used’ books)

    Sweet, Sweet, Sweet! Congratulations!

    ->I am so excited. Me and my little farm, we are going to be okay now.<- :snoopy: :heart:

  31. 3-28
    6:35
    pm

    Well, congratulations to the max Suzanne. And, as a former worker bee for HarperCollins, congrats, you’ve got a good house there. Keep Jeanette full up on cookies, breads, and preserves. A good editor is your best bet. She’s your in-house champion and indispensable in the scheme of things. Guess they might push to have sample copies for 2013 Book Fair(s) and certainly aim for 2013 holiday market. That’s THE market. Luckily you’re familiar with pages and revisions etc. so you know what’s in store for you. but Whoooop Tee Dooo great news.

  32. 3-28
    6:36
    pm

    That is exciting! How great to have an agent working with you that believes in your ability so much so that it is coming up roses! I am very happy for you–I was thinking maybe Stringtown was in escrow, but this ranks higher! I can’t wait to read it!

  33. 3-28
    6:39
    pm

    Yay for going to the auction!!!

    And GOOD for you! :D :D :D :D

    Doing the happy dance here. :snoopy:

    teacup

  34. 3-28
    6:40
    pm

    I am SO.EXCITED.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YIPPEEE!!!!!

  35. 3-28
    6:41
    pm

    Book signing party on the farm???

  36. 3-28
    6:42
    pm

    :snoopy: :duck: :woof: :shimmy: :cowsleep: :heart: :sun:
    PARTY!!!!!

  37. 3-28
    6:43
    pm

    Well, that is amazing news! I will be happy to see this book in print soon. It is so neat to read your blog and know there will be an amzing book to go along with it now. Congratulations!! You deserve some goodness. And I love seeing all the progress you (and all those great guys) are making on your beautiful farm. I love that white picket fence too. It makes your place pop! So many great things happening there!

  38. 3-28
    6:44
    pm

    Congratulations, Suzanne!!! And maybe next a children’s book :yes:

  39. 3-28
    6:46
    pm

    That is fabulous Suzanne! I am so happy for you. You have worked so hard and gone through so much. You deserve it!

    I sure hope something much less spectacular happens for me and my farm. I love my farm, probably as much as you love yours and want to keep it going.

  40. 3-28
    6:53
    pm

    Woo Hoo!!!!! I cannot wait to buy one (or twenty)! This will be a best-seller, I’m sure! And in the made-for-tv movie, can I play the part of Glory Bee?

  41. 3-28
    6:53
    pm

    That’s wonderful news! I can’t wait for your book! I am very happy for you,

    and I love your last line: “Me and my little farm, we are going to be okay now.”

    :snoopy:

  42. 3-28
    6:55
    pm

    Happy Day! Oh, HAPPY DAY!!!!

    WAY TO GO Suzanne! :snoopy:

  43. 3-28
    6:57
    pm

    I am SOOOO happy for you, Suzanne. Couldn’t be happier if it were happening to me. You deserve so much. You are a talented and sweet young lady whom I enjoy reading every day. Good luck.

  44. 3-28
    7:00
    pm

    Congratulations! There’s a quote from comedian Mitch Hedberg–“I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re going and hook up with them later.”–which sometimes resonates with me a little too much. But you are such an inspiration. You have not let anything stand in your way. You just keep working, and following those seemingly elusive dreams. You deserve every bit of success that has come your way, and I will definitely pre-order your book when it’s available!

  45. 3-28
    7:02
    pm

    I was hoping that was the big news! Sounds wonderful. Can I pre-order your book on Amazon ;-)

    Can’t wait!

  46. 3-28
    7:05
    pm

    Wonderful news. So happy for you and the kids.

  47. 3-28
    7:09
    pm

    I am so very happy for you! How very exciting – I can’t wait to see it.

  48. 3-28
    7:11
    pm

    So can’t wait for the book….please post some hints!!!

  49. 3-28
    7:12
    pm

    Hooray! Congratulations!! Can’t wait!!!

  50. 3-28
    7:17
    pm

    Hooray hooray hooray!!!! I’m so excited for you! And I can’t WAIT to read your book! :) Promise you’ll let us all know when it’s available for pre-order, ok?

  51. 3-28
    7:20
    pm

    CONGRATULATIONS what an exciting news, everything seems to fall in place for you right now..and you so deserve this.
    Now if you think waiting for this news was hard for us..what do you think of waiting till somewhere in 2013….sigh..that is going to be so hard…but worth it I bet

  52. 3-28
    7:20
    pm

    Yipee! I am so happy for you. I’m smiling!!! The most wonderful thing about all of this is that you did it yourself. With courage, determination and hard work. I can harly wait.

  53. 3-28
    7:24
    pm

    Hallelujah! Congratulations to someone who deserves it!

  54. 3-28
    7:24
    pm

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you! I am so excited and can’t wait for 2013!

  55. 3-28
    7:24
    pm

    What a WONDERFUL thing, Suzanne! This is going to change your life in ways impossible to imagine at this point–all good, of course. Congratulations, and well done!

  56. 3-28
    7:25
    pm

    Yay!!! :snoopy: I am thrilled to tears for you!!!! I can’t wait for the book to come out. You so deserve this. YAY!!!!!

  57. 3-28
    7:25
    pm

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to read your book! Let us know when it is available for pre-order!

  58. 3-28
    7:26
    pm

    Rock On! Suzanne!!! It is amazing how high you can fly when there is nothing/no one holding/beating you down. You are soaring, Suzanne, soaring!

    As stated before – Success is the best revenge.

    You Go Girl!

  59. 3-28
    7:28
    pm

    …oh that was so worth the wait!Just couldn’t be any happier for you Suzanne.You deserve it and we can’t wait to read the dang thing already. :chicken:

  60. 3-28
    7:30
    pm

    Well congratulations!!! :sheep:

  61. 3-28
    7:34
    pm

    Congratulations, Suzanne! I will be pre-ordering your book, for sure! Can’t WAIT to see it! Whoo! Hoo!

  62. 3-28
    7:35
    pm

    YAY!!! Now comes the happily ever after!

  63. 3-28
    7:37
    pm

    I am so very happy for you!!!! I can’t wait :) CONGRATS!!!!!

  64. 3-28
    7:42
    pm

    What wonderful news! Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  65. 3-28
    7:45
    pm

    Congratulations :snoopy: Can’t wait!!

  66. 3-28
    7:47
    pm

    OMG! I am crying such huge happy tears for you right now!!! You are amazing, and you deserve every bit of this amazing news!!!

    Nancy in Iowa

  67. 3-28
    7:49
    pm

    Oh so happy for you!!!!
    Your life is going to get busier but alll for the good!
    So happy for you!!!! :snoopy:

  68. 3-28
    7:50
    pm

    This is wonderful news! I am so happy for you, your family and your farm. God is very good.

  69. 3-28
    8:09
    pm

    OMG Suzanne, I am SO HAPPY for you!!! Like several people have already said… you did this by yourself. Now that you’re on your own, the sky is truly the limit. There’s no stopping you now! I just keep thinking what an awesome example you’re setting for your kids, showing them that they CAN do whatever they set out to do. I am so proud of you I can’t stand it! Congratulations!!! :shimmy:

  70. 3-28
    8:12
    pm

    Suzanne that is great news!!!!! You have made my day, week, month, heck, year. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer person and I can’t wait to read it.

  71. 3-28
    8:13
    pm

    :butterfly:
    Congratulations Suzanne, we are all so happy for you, you are finally getting your “good things” Heaven knows you certainly waited long enough! Hopefully you can now put the past far enough behind you and revel in everything good. Lots of roses coming up in your life–you deserve them all.

  72. 3-28
    8:13
    pm

    The publishers were FIGHTING for the opportunity to publish your book!! Imagine that….influential people trying to turn your head in their direction and hoping against hope that YOU would choose THEM!! So many publishing houses wanting your book that it had to be put up for auction. Oh my, Suzanne, what an honor.
    See, you truly are wonderful. I am so excited for you.
    WoooooooooHooooooooo
    :snoopy: :woof: :snoopy: :woof: :snoopy: :woof: :snoopy: :woof:

  73. 3-28
    8:14
    pm

    Good karma, you send some out to the world and it sends it back! Congratulations. Can’t wait to add it to my book shelf!

  74. 3-28
    8:15
    pm

    This is just the best!!! It is what you’ve been heading toward and deaming for. Nothing could beat this!!! Congratulations, dear Suzanne, and just keep doin’ what you’ve been doin’, cause it’s just great!!!!! :heart: :snoopy: :fairy: :heart: :snoopy: :fairy: :heart: :snoopy: :fairy: :heart: :snoopy: :fairy:

  75. 3-28
    8:17
    pm

    Congratulations Suzanne !!! What awesome news !!! You deserve it !!! After all the trials you’ve gone through, I am so glad to hear such wonderful news!!! Things are definately looking up for you :) :D :shimmy: :dancingmonster: :fairy:

  76. 3-28
    8:17
    pm

    Of course, that’s “dreaming” not “deaming”. I’ve obviously never written a book. As have you. :hug:

  77. 3-28
    8:20
    pm

    :snoopy: Yay Congratsssss

  78. 3-28
    8:20
    pm

    YEAH YEAH YEAH and HUGS to you!!! We all knew you could do it!!! :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy:

  79. 3-28
    8:23
    pm

    Oh Suzanne, how FANTASTIC. Can’t wait for the book.

    What does it went to auction mean? Is that one of the steps in
    the process of publishing any book? I don’t know anything about
    getting a book published, but I’m hoping it means that a bunch of
    publishers realize how good it is and are fighting over it.

    Hearing you say “Me and my little farm, we are going to be okay now”
    is just wonderful. Makes me so happy for you, your family, and all the
    animals.

  80. 3-28
    8:24
    pm

    Yay, I was so hoping this was your news! I just knew your book would sell and sell well. I’m so so happy for you!

  81. 3-28
    8:31
    pm

    Well finally, woman!! (Nutmeg eye)

  82. 3-28
    8:43
    pm

    OMG OMG! Finally some really really good news. I will buy at least 3 copies, maybe more. 1 for me and two for sure as gifts. You should keep a log on what happens with the studio too. I bet lots of funny material will be found there!! Congrats!

  83. 3-28
    8:45
    pm

    WOW!!!! I am so happy for you! Of course you and your little farm are going to be okay! We, your fans, never doubted it for a moment!

  84. 3-28
    8:52
    pm

    Congratulations!!! Im so happy for you :)

  85. 3-28
    8:52
    pm

    Congratulations! It couldn’t happen to a nicer person. And really, it was inevitable that you would continue to write books, wasn’t it?
    :)

  86. 3-28
    8:57
    pm

    WOW!!!!! Happy tears – and big congrats – for you here in MN. :butterfly:

  87. 3-28
    9:03
    pm

    I’m so excited for you, I could just bust wide open!! Squeeeee!! :hug:

  88. 3-28
    9:07
    pm

    Suzanne,
    I am so very happy for you. Can’t wait to read the book, come see your farm, feed the goats cookies, etc. etc, etc. You have inspired me to try things I never would have tried on our little farm. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  89. 3-28
    9:10
    pm

    Congratulations Sweetie! You deserve this. :snoopy:

  90. 3-28
    9:10
    pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I’m thrilled for you, Suzanne. You’ve worked hard creating your farm(s), and you’re a wonderful writer. :snoopy: Best wishes for continued success.
    Pat in Eastern NC

  91. 3-28
    9:25
    pm

    What fantastic and joyous news. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  92. 3-28
    9:25
    pm

    Happy Dance!!!! Absolutely tickled pink for you!!!!!

    I can hear the sigh of relief all the way up here…May all your dreams come true!

    Please come to NH on the book tour!!!!

    Thank you Jenny and Jeanette!!!!!

  93. 3-28
    9:25
    pm

    This makes me smile. :sun: :clover:

  94. 3-28
    9:27
    pm

    Wow, congrats, HAPPY DAYS ahead. Sign me up to buy a book! NOW please…

  95. 3-28
    9:27
    pm

    OMG!!! This is the BEST news ever!!! Congratulations!!! Cannot wait for the final product

  96. 3-28
    9:30
    pm

    You deserve the best! Can’t wait to have my own copy!

  97. 3-28
    9:35
    pm

    I am so, so happy for you. After the past few months (years) that you’ve had, you so deserve this! Congratulations! :sheepjump:

  98. 3-28
    9:37
    pm

    Congratulations, Suzanne!!! So happy for you!!!

  99. 3-28
    9:43
    pm

    WOO HOO!!! Congratulations Suzanne! I can’t wait to read the book. Your luck has changed, my friend and you are on your way.

  100. 3-28
    9:49
    pm

    Congratulations, Suzanne!!!

  101. 3-28
    9:50
    pm

    What wonderful news!! Congratulations!

  102. 3-28
    9:53
    pm

    That is wonderful! I’m so happy for you. I’m happy for me, too, because I will get to read it sometime next year.

  103. 3-28
    9:53
    pm

    Wonderful news! I am so excited for you!!!! Congratulations!

  104. 3-28
    9:54
    pm

    Such an inspiration to us all who read and dream and now write blogs! Many thanks and many more.

  105. 3-28
    10:23
    pm

    Awesome, Suzanne!

  106. 3-28
    10:23
    pm

    Woohoo!!! :woof: Congratulations, Suzanne! You and your little farm deserve to okay!

  107. 3-28
    10:24
    pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You deserve every good thing that this brings your way on that crazy road called life.

  108. 3-28
    10:46
    pm

    Hurray for you and your family!!! Wonderful news!! Can’t wait to hear more!

    :snoopy: :happyflower: :chicken:

  109. 3-28
    10:49
    pm

    How wonderful! I can’t wait to read it!

  110. 3-28
    11:14
    pm

    That is truly wonderful news! I am really excited for you and looking forward to reading it when it is published. Now maybe you will be able to breathe a little. You certainly deserve a break after all you have been through.

  111. 3-28
    11:30
    pm

    I’m so happy for you, Suzanne! I can’t wait to read it!

  112. 3-28
    11:39
    pm

    I’m with GrammieEarth, I’m going to break my pattern of buying used books. This is one book I’ll buy new.

    I think “Me and my little farm, we are going to be okay now” would make a good last line for your book.

  113. 3-28
    11:46
    pm

    Congratulations, Suzanne! You richly deserve this success. I’m so very happy for you!

  114. 3-28
    11:46
    pm

    Suzanne you are such a tease even when you have the best news ever. You made me smile when you informed us that you and your little farm will be fine.

  115. 3-28
    11:48
    pm

    Suzanne, I could not be more excited for you–and I can’t wait for the book! (Here’s hoping for a movie!) :happyfeet:

  116. 3-28
    11:49
    pm

    :woof: AWESOME! I think Clover should be on the cover! Maybe you can start planning her wardrobe now…

    congratulations…we are all so happy for you. See? Good things can come from hard experiences. And the best is yet to come…
    (to be continued)

  117. 3-28
    11:49
    pm

    This is wonderful news! I am so happy for you. 2012 seems to be your year for celebrating wonderful events!

  118. 3-29
    12:02
    am

    I my mind there was never a doubt for a second that “me amd my little farm, we are going to be ok now.” Never a doubt!!!! Have the faith of a mustard seed, Suzanne, have faith amd BELIEVE!! Congratulations! I am so proud of you and YOUR accomplishments! :snoopy:

  119. 3-29
    12:30
    am

    Wonderfull news, congratulations, will your book be published here in holland as well and if so let us know where to get it.
    Go celebrate :)

  120. 3-29
    12:48
    am

    Suzanne you must be bursting with joy! I am so excited for you!! This is such fantastic news.. my heart is smiling for you!!

  121. 3-29
    2:47
    am

    Congratulations! I Can’t wait to read it!
    :chicken: :clover: :fairy: :clover: :snoopy: :clover: :fairy: :clover: :chicken:

  122. 3-29
    4:26
    am

    Congratulations! This will certainly ease all the money worries of the surprises that have happened to you.

  123. 3-29
    6:04
    am

    How exciting!! I am so happy for you and can’t wait until your book is out. Buying your book is the top of my list of things to do in 2013. Congratulations Suzanne AFTER ALL THE RAIN IN YOUR LIFE THIS IS YOUR RAINBOW :sun:

  124. 3-29
    6:05
    am

    Congratulations :fairy: :woof: :snoopy: you so deserve it.

  125. 3-29
    8:04
    am

    Yep. You and your farm will be just fine! I’m SOOO happy for you! Congratulations, Suzanne! :heart:

  126. 3-29
    8:18
    am

    I guessed right! I am so happy for you Suzanne. May you have many more well paid writing projects ahead.

  127. 3-29
    8:20
    am

    That is GREAT news!!! :woof: Congratulations Suzanne! :shimmy:

  128. 3-29
    8:41
    am

    When you were having issues with mean people on your comments thread awhile back, I did not register for comments as I thought I just didn’t have enough to say to do so…now I do. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    I am so proud of you!!

  129. 3-29
    8:50
    am

    :sheep: Congratulations!!!!! :sheep:

  130. 3-29
    8:51
    am

    Wahoo! Electronic high five as well. Congratulations.

  131. 3-29
    9:00
    am

    WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy: How will you ever choose a cover??? So many of your photos would be wonderful as a cover…..

    Where does the autographed copy line form? I want to be in it!!

    So happy for you and Sassafras Farm! :hug:

  132. 3-29
    9:11
    am

    Suzanne, There are so many good things happening in your life right now and I am so proud of you. I’m thinking the four hard years you lived at Springtown Rising was like boot camp and now it is paying off. Maybe those hardships were meant to be. I’m hopping you will come to Bluefield for a book signing~~maybe at the Mall.I will be there.

  133. 3-29
    9:24
    am

    Holy cow, Suzanne. CONGRATULATIONS! An auction? REALLY?? I thought that was something writers only dreamed of. Gotta tell you, and it’s been said before, you are totally an inspiration. It sounds so hokey but reading about your attempts, mistakes, and triumphs makes me feel like I can get out there and do it, too. So I’m going to finish the book I’m working on, put together my video for the Kickstarter project I’ve got planned out, and maybe even fix my farm fences and get a freaking cow. Thank you! :)

  134. 3-29
    9:25
    am

    I am SO EXCITED for you, Suzanne! So many, many congratulations to you!!! :snoopy: :snoopy: :snoopy:

  135. 3-29
    10:05
    am

    Congratulations, Suzanne! HarperOne puts out some really wonderful books (I know, I have several lol) and I’m certain they’ll do a great job on your book. Can’t wait to buy one!

  136. 3-29
    10:17
    am

    What wonderful news! So happy for you Suzanne, I hope you never doubted yourself for a moment that everything would turn out for the best. I can’t wait to read your book…sweet!

  137. 3-29
    10:25
    am

    I don’t know if Suzanne has recovered from the phone call she gave me last week when the deal was happening – – I totally screamed in her ear over the phone! :snoopy: As I have said before, Suzanne WORKS hard at making her dreams come true and she totally deserves CONGRATULATIONS for this book deal, the Kickstarter project, the studio ideas and all the things she is “cooking up” for Sassafras Farm and CITR! :woof:

    AWESOME, Cuz! ‘Nuf said!

    :hug: :sheepjump: :sun:

  138. 3-29
    10:38
    am

    What wonderful news – congrtatulations

  139. 3-29
    10:41
    am

    I am so proud of you! And of course I will buy several books, only if you sign them for me!

  140. 3-29
    10:44
    am

    Whoo hoo! (Now go sell THAT OTHER farm!)

  141. 3-29
    10:44
    am

    Words can’t express how happy I am for you and your family. A dream come true.
    Congratulations!!!!! :fairy:
    MN Mona

  142. 3-29
    10:49
    am

    Well of course they were fighting over you! You’re the real deal and an inspiration always. I am very, VERY happy for you and your family:)

  143. 3-29
    11:12
    am

    I am sooooooooooo Happy for you..can’t wait to read!!!! Love to you and your family!!!!! Congrats!!!!!

  144. 3-29
    11:19
    am

    Suzanne, congratulations. I was excited about the idea when you wrote about the idea quite a while ago. I am overjoyed because you’re part of my daily life and I am going to love having a book written by you on your experiences. I’ve laughed, cried, reminsced about similar experiences in my life and learned so much about so many practical things. Well, I can’t wait!

  145. 3-29
    11:30
    am

    Your good news has brought me to tears, I am so happy for you. Of course I believe that good people will have their rewards. You work hard and do good deeds and you deserve successes like this!! You are a good writer. Congrats!

  146. 3-29
    12:31
    pm

    That’s fantastic! Congratulations! I’ll definitely be reading it!

  147. 3-29
    12:56
    pm

    Suzanne…what can I say? You are so deserving of all this wonderful stuff going on! You have paid your dues and now can reap the benefits. I am so very happy and excited for you. I can’t wait to read the book. This is definitely the way it should be for you!
    CONGRATULATIONS From the bottom of my heart!

  148. 3-29
    1:09
    pm

    Wonderful! We always have many paths to choose in our life, somehow goodness prevails! Much luck, can not wait to get that BOOK!

  149. 3-29
    2:26
    pm

    An auction!!! WOW! Great news!

    Congrats! Hmm, now I know what to ask Santa for in 2013 – an autographed copy of your pending book!

  150. 3-29
    2:32
    pm

    O my goodness Congratulations. I am so excited for you and I am excited to read it when it comes out. See Dreams do come true. You thank us but you know you are a sunshine to my day every day even when I am feeling blue. SO with a BIG THANKS I THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. We love you Suzanne :snoopy: !!!!!!!!!!!!

  151. 3-29
    4:00
    pm

    Congratulations! Wonderful news! I’m very happy for you!

  152. 3-29
    4:37
    pm

    Many, many congratulations Suzanne :shimmy: :shimmy:
    I am delighted to read your news and can hardly wait for publication. You have no idea of the pleasure ‘Chickens’ has given me since I found you, and look forward to reading ALL about it.
    You are an inspiration!
    Rose H :hug:

  153. 3-29
    4:46
    pm

    It couldn’t happen to a more deseerving person!
    Congratulations Suzanne!

  154. 3-29
    6:22
    pm

    So happy that it’s your turn to be blessed! Such wonderful news.
    Happy days are here again!

  155. 3-29
    6:36
    pm

    Congrats!!! So exciting!

  156. 3-30
    1:50
    am

    CONGRATULATIONS! That’s really wonderful news. Hurray! :woof:

    Now, when and where can we pre-order the book? Let’s make the publisher really glad they made a deal with you and swamp them with orders before they’ve even printed it! *grin*

  157. 3-30
    5:04
    am

    Your news brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations for an honor that is well-deserved. You have worked your tail off and all good things come to those who wait and wait and wait. Put my name on your list for copy of your new book.

  158. 3-30
    9:39
    am

    This is wonderful! Let the blessings and healing in your heart keep rolling in in waves. :sheep:

  159. 3-30
    10:05
    am

    Have you thought about hosting a Writers Workshop once you get your new facility going?

  160. 3-30
    12:11
    pm

    Your cousin Sheryl obviously knows you well. I feel like I know you a bit too from your wonderful writings, recipes and pictures and this news brought a tear of joy. It couldn’t come at a better time in your life’s journey and you deserve all the congratulations! I absolutely can’t wait to read your book. God is good!

  161. 3-30
    1:36
    pm

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :woof:

  162. 3-30
    1:41
    pm

    Absolutely wonderful news! Congratulations! You deserve this and definitely earned it!

  163. 3-30
    2:02
    pm

    I have be patiently waiting to hear your news then I got busy the last two days with my own exciting and happy news that my daughter and son in law are moving from the city to right across the road from us so I get to help raise my grandbbaies here in the country! I am convienced God has a plan for all of us we just have to be patient and follow our hearts! So happy for you! :duck:

  164. 3-30
    4:29
    pm

    Congratulations!!! How very exciting. I can not wait to read it. I will be patiently waiting for it to come out. And if it is not too much to ask get an autographed copy would be nice. You have earned and deserve this wonderful gift. God bless and keep up the wonderful work you do.

  165. 3-30
    7:09
    pm

    Congratulations! Will be awaiting anxiously for its release!

  166. 3-30
    9:25
    pm

    Congratulations to you Suzanne. After all that you have been through you certainly deserve to have some good luck for a change. I will be another one in line to read your book. :lol:

  167. 3-31
    10:13
    am

    Hoo-RAAAAAAAY! I faithfully checked here on Monday, which was too soon and then my internet punked out on me, for different reasons than yours, so I missed the Big Announcement. Suzanne, I am so happy for you. You can tell that we all are. You have a wonderful, inspiring story to tell and it is one that needs to be heard. May your life be nothing but peacefully blessed from now on.

    And how wonderful for “aprilsinohio”. That is one of my favorite dreams, to have our family gathered around a little country enclave. I, hopefully have a few more years to pray and dream about it. Grandbabies right nearby. What could be better?

  168. 3-31
    3:32
    pm

    Congratulations, Suzanne! That is great news.

  169. 4-1
    9:20
    pm

    OMG Suzanne…..I’m tearing up!!! So happy happy for you!!!!! Children’s book next!

  170. 4-2
    12:52
    pm

    I am so very, very excited for you!!!! You are the one blogger I love enough to spend some of my limited internet time at the local library on. You deserve all the fame, glory and hopefully $$$ to be able to continue on your journey that all of your faithful readers feel a tiny part of. Be blessed, Suzanne. :sheep:

  171. 4-6
    9:09
    am

    Congratulations Suzanne!!! I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait to get a copy when it comes out. You SO deserve this.
    Maura :)

  172. 4-16
    10:02
    pm

    Congratulations, Suzanne! I can’t wait to read your book. Jenny is my agent, too. Love her!

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