My December 2008 book, Protected in His Arms, was recently released in Australia.
The Australian version is also sold in New Zealand and the Phillipines. This is a 2-in-1 which includes my book and a book by another author. Sometimes copies of foreign versions are sent to me, sometimes not, but last week I received three copies of this Australian release. It’s in English, of course, which is handy. Sometimes I don’t know what to do with the ones that aren’t in English, but I know what I’m doing with these three copies–I’m giving them away. Want one? Live in the United States? (I apologize to my readers in other countries, but I’m going to limit this giveaway to U.S. residents only.) Drop a comment to be in the running! I’ll select three winners by random comment number at 9 pm EST tonight and post the names. Check back to this post for the winners’ names. (You must check back to win–I’ll need you to email me with your address!)

Morgan is getting her braces off today!!!!!!!!!
I can’t explain all those bows, but she is growing out her bangs, which explains why she can’t see half the time.

P.S. Remember that the giveaway entry time closes at 9 PM EST tonight.

P.P.S. Remember that I have a new book coming out next month!

Braces-free tonight!
And hyper, can’t you tell?

I let Morgan pick random comment numbers. The winners are: Dawn, Trish, and Birdi! Email me with your addresses!


  1. SuzieQ says:

    Morgan, you will be more beautiful than ever!! :fairy: :fairy:

  2. Agnes from Antigo says:

    I remember the day when my daughter Suzanne (now 39) got her braces off!!! Don’t forget to take your camera!!!

  3. it'lldo says:

    I lived on the Pocatalico River back in the early 80’s. It was beautiful.

  4. Patty says:

    Hooray Morgan!! I’ll bet it’ll feel SO good to get them off. I never had braces, but they sure don’t look comfortable!
    Those bows crack me up. I’ll bet she’s a real hoot!
    *crossing my fingers to get that book!* :woof:

  5. Kathleen in Michigan says:

    Congratulations to Morgan! :snoopy:

  6. Tonja says:

    Congrats to Morgan for getting those braces off…
    beautiful girl…and congrats to you on your new book coming
    next month too…
    Prim Blessing…

  7. Patricia Herman says:

    Congratulations Morgan on getting your braces off today!!! I want to be in the drawing for your book offer!

    Hope everyone has a great day today!!!

  8. feathrencox says:

    πŸ˜‰ Love the bows, Morgan! That looks like something my daughter has done in the past!
    *Hoping one of your books comes my way!*

  9. Bee says:

    :snoopy: Yay, Morgan!

    If I win of the books, I might be as happy as Morgan.

  10. connie says:

    Morgan I can remember when my son Adrian got his braces off..it was a happy day..Please include me in your drawing Suzanne..thanks..

  11. Jill says:

    I’d love to read it also! :sheepjump:

  12. Julie says:

    I would love to have a book!!

  13. Dawn says:

    I want one! Enter me in the contest. :snoopy:

  14. Susan says:

    oooh, oooh! Pick me! Pick me!
    I understand the hair. When my son was about that age he was growing out bangs and would often braid them or put beads in them.
    I just learned to keep my mouth shut…and walk behind him.

  15. gretchen says:

    when I was growing my bangs out I wore a lot of headbands. If she wears them (I know teenagers can be picky) I can make her some to get her through the summer. I feel for her-bangs just don’t grow out fast enough! LOL! I have tons of fabric lots of colors to choose from.

  16. anne says:

    Hi Morgan,

    You are already beautiful but with getting your braces
    off you will be gorgeous!!

  17. Diane says:

    Morgan the braids and bows are great. lol. I have a daughter and she will be creative with hair or clothing. Must be a girl teen thing. Take lots of pictures of your nice stright teeth without the braces. I know you are excited.

    Please tell mom to pick me for the copy of the book. I would love to have a copy. πŸ™‚

  18. Lisa T. says:

    Yay Morgan–Have your mom make you some caramels or taffy tonight for supper!

    Hope I win!


  19. CindyP says:

    Yay, Morgan!! No more braces!! All the sticky, gooey things can be eaten now!! Stick with the bangs — I try all the time, and about the time mine are where yours are now – CHOP, CHOP!!

    I can’t wait for next month’s new book, Suzanne!!

  20. KathyW. says:

    Wow, everyone is up early today. Please enter my name in the giveaway pot, I would love to be a winner today.

  21. Irene says:


    I love reading and would love to read your book!
    The bows are awesome.


  22. lamsmom says:

    Way to go Morgan! My 11 yo daughter is just about to get them… any words of wisdom? :O) :heart:

  23. MissyakaMelissa says:

    Wish my bangs grew that fast! Congrats on getting the braces off Morgan…don’t forget your retainer:-)!

  24. Sarita says:

    Big congrats, Morgan! I remember how it feels to get the hardware off the teeth!

    I’d like a copy of the book. πŸ™‚

  25. margiesbooboo says:

    Hey y’all,

    Please enter my name in your book give away! I’d love to win a copy.

    Good Luck to the sweet little hillbilly on getting her braces off. Don’t let the critters play with her retainer, it’ll end up with your spare keys.

    I think I can already see the comb growing on Refunds head!


  26. Heidi533 says:

    How cool that they send you books sometimes. :o)

    Congratulations to Morgan getting her braces off.

  27. Blaze says:

    woohooo for getting braces off!

    And I wonder how Australian’s and New Zealanders feel about WV, is it like some wildly exotic local to them..

  28. Tina L says:

    Congrats to Morgan on getting the braces off. I’m sure she is excited.

    I’d love to win one of your books. Thanks for the opportunity.

  29. Stacia says:

    I’ve never been into romance novels, but I would love to read one of yours. I’m so thankful I never had braces. Glad Morgan is getting those off.

  30. Linda says:

    Happy day for Morgan getting her braces off. It’s nice she can express her individuality the way she does. Good luck Suzanne on your new book.

  31. shirley says:

    :wave: Pick me! Pick me!
    Too early to type. Getting caffeinated.Be back later. :turtle:

  32. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    I remember when my Maggie got her braces off.She was so happy. You will be also. :happyflower: You have a beautiful smile and personality. In other words, I like you. I am looking forward to the new book. Are there more coming soon? I sure hope so. Everyone have a great day and :hug: :hug: to all.

  33. Scherrie Uhlig says:

    I start most every day checking out your posts with my first cup of coffee. I really enjoy it. I’m always up for new reading material. Keep up the good work!

  34. countrygirl221 says:

    Hi, This is my first comment on Chickens in the Road. Your blog has become my favorite blog of all times. Love the photos, recipes, and animal stories. We have had a lot of pets over the years but have never had any that were “normal”. From Dwarf goats to kitty cats. They have all had major personality quirks like yours. We also live along a dirt road and suffer through mud and snow like you do. I so enjoy reading your posts. I enjoyed the pic of Morgan and hope you all have a great visit with the orthodontist today.

    I also would love to win your book.

  35. Abiga/Karen says:

    I have to use my daughter;s computer today, phooey, such computer and internet troubles, ugh… anyway glad the braces are coming off for you Morgan. Hope I can get a book! Blessings.

  36. Heather says:

    Comment. :chicken:

  37. Christine says:

    Morgan, you’re going to LOVE the feeling of your teeth when you get those braces off. Not to mention how beautiful you will look. πŸ˜‰

  38. Terri Coogler says:

    Princess is getting her braces off today – yay! :snoopy:

    Please enter me in the drawing for your book – I would love to read it. Thanks! :shimmy:

    Have an awesome day!

  39. Dawn says:

    Hooray for Brace removal! Don’t wear your tongue out feeling how smooth your teeth are!!!

  40. Crystal B. says:

    Congratulations to Morgan! I would love to win a copy of your book.

  41. Nancy in Atlanta says:

    Hoorah for Princess Morgan!! See? All that snarly stuff in your mouth was worth the trouble!!

    Now, Annabelle, put in a good word for me – I need another book to pack for my move.

  42. Kathleen says:

    My daughter Caroline and I had braces on at the same time, hers came off 10 months earlier than mine. Congrats Morgan, you will love being brace-free!

  43. Pete says:

    Hurray for getting the braces off!! :snoopy:

  44. Robin G. says:

    Nice to be getting the braces off!

  45. Pearl says:

    OK, jumping in the pool.

  46. WatkinsGal says:

    My “14” still has at least 10 months to go in braces. I will be so glad to not see him swish his beverages in his mouth after he eats and/or he can then keep his fingers from digging in his braces. I’m sure you can relate Morgan! Celebrate!!!

  47. KIatie says:

    Love the bows πŸ˜† Morgan must be tons of fun and great to have around on a lousy day.

  48. Janet Holt says:

    :sheep: I will never forget the first day without braces. Everyone thought I was wierd because my teeth were so smooth that I kept running my tongue over them. It just felt wierd!! Yeah, Morgan!!!! Now you will have a beautiful smile for a beautiful girl!

  49. monica says:

    Please enter me in the drawing! How cool!

    Morgan can probably start using Barretes to hold her hair back. And they will fit nicely into an easter basket!

  50. Kathleen says:

    If Morgan is anything like me, she will be a toothbrushing fool for the rest of her life. Braces got me into the habit of brushing and I never stopped.

  51. Gerry says:

    Love your blog and your neck of the woods. Hubby and I went 4-wheeeling near there last year for vacation. (We are from St. Louis area.) Would love to win this book.

  52. Angie says:

    Yay Morgan πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    I would love a book. I went to one of our book stores – going to buy all your books they had – didn’t see a one πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

  53. IowaCowgirl says:

    I’m in for the book give-away!!

  54. Michelle says:

    Yay Morgan! Your teeth are going to feel incredible!

    Bring on the books! :wave:

  55. Sheila Bergeron says:

    She is a pretty girl, huh? :fairy: Like most girls she probably likes to primp. Down here in Central Florida were in the mid forties last night nd tonight, lower thirties. It shouldn’t hurt my young plants.

  56. Senta says:

    I have a pic of me and a friend at that age trying to look like Madonna. It was the 80’s. I would also love a book sign me up.

  57. Sasha says:

    Hope Morgan enjoys her slickery teeth!

  58. mim says:

    When my son got his braces off, I became very very protective of his mouth/face….you always protect your investment.. Boy..Mother Nature is playing some mean tricks this year.

  59. Kate says:

    Australia, wow! That’s where my husband is right now, touring with his band. Meanwhile I’m looking outside at all the snow…

  60. janice says:

    pick me!! i want to read it!!

  61. Maureen says:

    Congratulations to Morgan and please enter me in your contest.

  62. Darlene says:

    Congrats Morgan! Love the hair! Reminds me of my girls at that age πŸ™‚

    Here’s hoping I win one of the books, hee hee

  63. Dreamer says:

    Me too, I want to be in the drawing!

  64. Gini says:

    I think Morgan’s bangs look an awful lot like mine, since mine are also growing out. Long, unruly and pretty!

  65. Claudia W. says:

    WooHoo Morgan for getting those braces off! I think the bows are great!
    I have been looking for copies of your books in our books stores, but can’t find any! I have been wanting to buy your books to support you that way. I will start buying them online. But I would love to win a copy from you as well!

  66. Laura says:

    Yeah for Morgan and NO MORE BRACES!!! Also, yeah for book giveaways!

  67. Kacey says:

    Exciting day for Morgan!! Can’t wait to see her non braces smile!

  68. Debbie in Memphis says:

    I would LOVE to have this book to read while I’m waiting on my copy of your new book to show up next month πŸ™‚

  69. Melinda James says:

    I want it, I really want it. Of course, I could buy it and I will, but I would love to “have” it.


  70. Pat in Tennesse says:

    I’m sure your mean ole rooster would love to send me a book, ha ha…………cute baby chicks and Morgan with her bows that is to cute……….Love your blog

  71. Wendy says:

    YAY Morgan! :happyfeet:

    I wore braces, too, when I was Morgan’s age and the day I got them OFF still ranks as one of the happiest days of my life!

    Would love to have a copy of your book Suzanne!

  72. laney says:

    I would love a copy of that book! Here is my comment :wave:

    Also, can’t wait to see a picture of Morgan without her braces (but with bows, please!) :yes:

  73. Cheryl says:

    Congrats Morgan on getting your braces off!

  74. trish says:

    I have your new book pre ordered! It is my birthday present to myself.
    I’ve read Protected in His Arms. but about 20 pages were missing, so a new copy would be welcome.

    Can Coco put her paw print in the front cover before you send out the free books!

    Princess, make sure you wear your retainer so all these years of braces won’t be a waste. Good Luck!

  75. Kari says:

    Yay for Morgan getting her braces off! I remember that day well – celebrate!

    I’m so mad that my library doesn’t carry your books – I’ve left your name in the book suggestion box several times. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe one of these days I’ll wander over and find your book just waiting for me. :clover:

  76. Su says:

    Big day for Morgan! She must be thrilled!

  77. Leah says:

    Morgan will love her new found freedom without braces!My dd had to wear them,but she knew it would be worth it in the end! I remember telling her dad, I dont care if we have to eat beans shes getting braces!lol I’ve been told I can be very convincing..ha,ha! Morgan is a lovely girl!

  78. Linda Gilbraith says:

    That is really cool that you are in internationally printed author. I feel honored to be in your presence! :snoopy:

  79. Minna says:

    Congratulations to Morgan!
    I’m sure there are some people who read foreign languages. At least I’m always trying to find books in foreign languages I speak (besides English) or you could check out the Title Trader and see if you could get rid of them that way.

  80. Terry says:

    I want a book. I want a book. If I don’t get one, I’m gonna sneak into your chicken house and teach everyone of those new chicks to peck at ya!!!

  81. Mary says:

    Would love a copy of your book.

  82. Joanne says:

    I’d love to win the book! Congrats. to Morgan for getting off the braces. I remember being so happy when I got mine off – I was determined not to have to wear them by the time I graduated from high school (I did have to wear the retainer until my sophomore year of college…)

  83. Barbara Watkins says:

    Oh Oh Oh! I WANT that book! Please put my name in the hat and please draw my name!
    Smiles, Barbara

  84. Pamela in Glynn says:

    I would love to have one of your books for lazy day reading!

  85. Shelly says:

    Oh I remember the day I got my braces off. It’s so nice to be able to run your tongue a crossed smooth teeth and not worry about food getting caught in your braces. Shelly

  86. giggles says:

    :fairy: Reading your blog makes me want to move back “home”. I’ve been away from WV for 15 years now. Maybe one day I will get back there.

  87. Karen B says:

    Waiting for new picture of Morgan! :happyflower: My 3 boys went through some really wierd stuff with their hair back in the 70s & 80s – but no bows. πŸ˜† Love to win your book. :yes:

  88. Doris Rose MacBean says:

    Such a deal! I would love to read one of your books, Ican’t find them in my small town.

  89. catslady says:

    Two celebrations in one day – I just bet the Princess doesn’t stop smiling once those braces are off!!! I like your cover but it got me to thinking – there are two stories so do we get to decide which story the couple belongs to :shocked:

  90. Jeannie in OKC says:

    I didn’t comment yesterday, but I loved seeing all your baby chicks. It was a very clever post!

  91. Jean says:

    What a happy day for Morgan! She’s so creative and beautiful, too. Have a wonderful day.

  92. wammy says:

    Love all the bows…she planning on wearing them to the “take-off”? Lovely for sure…I’m sure the dr would love it too.

    Hook me up with a book…love em.

  93. Kelli B says:

    I would love a copy of your book. We are recovering from a winter storm that knocked out power and had us living pretty primitively until about ten minutes ago. Last night, I was dying for something new to read while sitting in the dark with candles and nothing else to do. Since tornado season is right around the corner, and we are surrounded by trees, another power outage is pretty much a guarantee. I would really like to have a book to read next time I am lighting with candles and lanterns…

  94. Momof2boysinOK says:

    Love your blog, and would love a new read. Horray for Morgan, like others before me, getting my braces off was i highlight in my life, but ooooh so long ago.Have a great day!

  95. Martina says:

    You should know that I love this site! I am also a goat owner which is what originally drew me to this site. I live clear across the country and it is nice to see your daily “slice of life”.

  96. G-Mama says:

    Morgan will look so beautiful and grownup when she gets her braces off. When my grandson got his braces off, the orthodontist gave him a bag full of all the candy he had been told not to eat — carmels, bubble gum, chewy stuff. I’m not sure about the wisdom of that, but it was a big day for him and I’m sure it will be for Morgan. I would love to have a book. Thanks so much.

  97. meg says:

    you can’t explain the bows? She’s a teenager! :pawprint:

  98. Linda H. says:

    Tghanks for the opportunity! I just found your blog today… I am enjoying “poking” around!

  99. LisaM says:

    Count me in!

    Oh, yeah, so how is Annabelle doing? Lost her tail yet. =)

  100. Amanda McCaulley says:

    I wear my hair in braids like that all of the time! Minus the scrunchies though… I can’t do the scrunchies…. And when I do, people tell me I look like Laura Engall…. :snoopy:

  101. Lori says:

    Pick me! Pick me! Baaaaa :sheepjump:
    Morgan: Wear your retainers or your teeth will shift. I learned the hard way.

  102. Doris says:

    I have never read one of your books,and I would love to. So count me in on the book giveaway. Doris in Texas

  103. Brenda S. 'Okie in Colorado' says:

    I would love to add your book to my romance collection. I have 2 friends and a cousin that are romance novel authors from Oklahoma.
    I have enjoyed watching the progress of your farm. I can only dream of living in such a beautiful setting. Thanks for making my life a little brighter each day.

  104. Angela says:

    I’d love to have a copy of your book!



  105. Cheryl says:

    Are you kidding me? Of course, I want that book!! Great contest even if I don’t win.

  106. mae says:

    I remember when my kids got their braces off—what a happy day! :snoopy:

    I would love a romance novel about now!

  107. Susan says:

    :snoopy: Yea Morgan! I know you are EGGCITED!!!! :snoopy:

  108. Rosemary Ingle says:

    I enjoy your website daily, love your animals best of all (I’m a perpetual dieter, so can only enjoy your recipes in my imagination!!) Keep blogging, I’ll for sure keep reading!

  109. Amy Cook in WI says:

    What a nice giveaway! I’d love to win a copy of your book and congrats on the new one coming out.

    I’ve never had braces, so no experience there…I do have a crooked front tooth, but my husband is kind enough to say it gives me character!

    Cheers! Amy

  110. Shirley says:

    Yea!!! Morgan!!! I know you will be glad to get the braces off. And hope you get the bangs the length you want them.

  111. Val says:

    I’ve been a silent reader for quite some time now. I just love your site and your little farm. Congrats to your daughter on the braces removal. She will feel so free and look wonderful. I would like to be in the running for your book. Sigh…I need a little romance in my life. LOL Have a great day.

  112. Estella says:

    Congratulations, Morgan!
    I would love to have a copy of your book, Suzanne.

  113. Connie Brooks says:

    What a wonderful giveaway, thanks Suzanne! Please count me in!


  114. Bonnie Schmidt says:

    I would also love to read your book! Please enter me in the drawing. Keep up the good work with your blog. It is just amazing what you can come up with every day! Bonnie

  115. amber says:

    :purpleflower: please please please pick me! I am in need of a new book to read! oh, come on over to our site, we have golden comets too!

  116. Lauri says:

    Congrats Morgan! I bet you’re very excited! Lauri

  117. heidiannie says:

    I love the smile and the bows. Morgan is beautiful with or without the braces! (And I’d love a book- anytime- all the time- I’d love a book!)

  118. Dana says:

    I would love to win one of your books!!

    Oh and I love the bows, she looks like she is having alot of fun!!!

  119. Cheryl S. says:

    You sure know how to ferret out us lurkers, don’t you, Suzanne? Count me in on the giveaway, please.
    I remember how happy my daughter was to get her braces off. Make sure you wear those retainers to keep that pretty smile, Morgan.

  120. Sue says:

    Oh I would love to read the book

  121. Sunnid755 says:

    happy day!! Congrats to Morgan for no more braces, and congrats to you for having your book published INTERNATIONALLY!! Wow! Count me on on the drawing! Thanks for sharing!

  122. Courtney KS says:

    Woo Hoo! A book giveaway and braces coming off! A great day, I’d say! I hope to win – I haven’t had the opportunity to read one of your books and I would LOVE to. Thank you. πŸ™‚ Congrats Morgan! And don’t give up on your bangs, I’ve used bobby pins and barrettes to get through that tough stage. They are at my chin now and I love them!! It’s worth it.

  123. Kimberly says:

    Sweet! I’m in need of a good read!

  124. Stephanie says:

    A really big day for Morgan. I remember when my daughter got her braces off, just in time for her big brothers wedding. Very exciting day for her! Thank you for the chance to win the book. Stephanie

  125. Susan in CA says:

    :snoopy: Yeah, Braces off! Enter me in the contest! Would love a book.

  126. Cheryl says:

    Way to go, Morgan! Glad your getting the hardware off! Interesting hair day, too! I think we should get to see another picture tomorrow….a before and after type of thing.

    Now, for the book….

    Pick Me :fairy: Pick Me! :fairy: Pick Me! :fairy:

    Or I’ll huff and I’ll puff :dancingmonster: oops! Just kidding!

  127. Birdi says:

    Oh I can’t wait to see pictures of the new Morgan. Thank you for giving me a chance to win your book.

  128. Debbie Linkous says:

    I would love a copy of the book!

  129. Steph says:

    oooh congrats to your daughter!

    And count me in for the free book drawing!

  130. KP says:

    :shimmy: CONGRATS to Morgan for ‘shedding the metal’ and CONGRATS to you for going International! :snoopy:

  131. Miss Tammy says:

    Miss Morgan you look so cute in your bows. Congradulations on getting your braces off. Remember next time bring me a doughnut. LOL

  132. shirley says:

    Just stopped by to see if I was a winner. Alas, no such luck, but there was Morgan without braces. Congrats, girl. :snoopy:

  133. Cheryl says:

    Morgan, you look great!

    Congrats to the three winners!

  134. CindyP says:

    Oh what a beautiful smile, Morgan!!!!

    Congrats to the winners!

  135. Birdi says:

    Beautiful smile, Morgan! Thanks for the book!

Add Your Thoughts