Book Grab Bag #1


Once upon a time, I wrote a whole bunch of romance novels. Then I found my true love, Chickens in the Road, and now I write this website. Back when I was writing romance novels, the publishers would give me copies of my books. I had 26 books published and boy did those extra copies stack up. I couldn’t give them away fast enough to keep up with them. Recently, I’ve been trying to complete my longterm mission to declutter. One of the last bastions of clutter is my attic. You could hardly walk in there to find the Christmas ornaments without tripping over a box or 15 of books.

I cleared them all out, getting rid of them locally, but at the same time, I saved some. First, I saved three copies of each title to leave one each to my children. There were two books where I only had two copies left. They will have to fight over who doesn’t get one. (Or not…..! I’m thinking not!)

At the same time, I also saved out 10 “grab bags” to give away. Sixty books total. Ten giveaways. Six (different) titles in each grab bag. I can’t tell you which six books you’ll get in any grab bag. They will be the six I put in your package. Once they’re gone, they’re gone, and the only copies of my books I will have left are the copies I’m saving for my kids, so this is it, the last romance novel giveaway I will ever hold!

I’m going to be holding these “grab bag” giveaways here on my House & Garden page for the next two weeks until they’re all gone and until I can tell you what is really going on at my house and garden.

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a grab bag. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (November 8). This post will be updated with the winner by 10 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (November 9). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn, and watch for more grab bags, multiple days in a row, until they’re gone.

And when they’re gone, they’re gone!

P.S. Want to know more about my books before you enter? You can find out all about my romance novels here.

Update 11/09/11: The winning comment number, drawn by, is #99, pattyb. Email me at CITRg[email protected] with your full name and address for shipping!



  1. Aggiemom says:

    :heart: :heart:
    I would love to read your books. Please enter me in the drawing.
    :sun: :sun: :sun: :sun:

  2. Minna says:

    Count me in! :snoopy:

  3. kpbarnett says:

    I’d love to win some of your books! :happyflower:

    Karen B.

  4. soraya says:

    Please add me to the drawing.

  5. GinBerlin says:

    I’d love to win a bag as well:-).
    I am decluttering too, but I love to read my books and add more while I am getting rid of others. In fact, I am accumulating a box to go to others right now and am up to 38.

  6. Snapper119 says:

    I’d love these! Thank you for the give-away(s).

  7. DebbieInMemphis says:

    I’d LOVE to win copies of your books!! It would certainly make the next two weeks go by faster πŸ™‚

    Patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue, patience is a virtue…

  8. jayeluu says:

    My mother is an avid romance novel reader; she can devour 2 or 3 a day. We would both love to read your novels – the second time for her.

  9. pensiero says:

    Yay! Count me in!

  10. cabighorse says:

    I lost two dear friends this year – Marie and her daughter in law, Edie. Both women were very passionate about every aspect of life, love and family. They had enough books in their homes to make a small town library drool. I would love to quietly preview the books, then donate them to the local library in their names.

  11. Erin F says:

    I would love to read your books! Looking forward to hearing the big news, too.

  12. Julia says:

    Please enter me! Thanks,


  13. kellytorrey says:

    please count me in!

  14. bubbashome says:

    Would love to win a grab bag of books

  15. laurie hamar says:

    Sounds like a great opportunity for me…enter me please. Thanks.

  16. host says:

    Count me in if the giveaway is international πŸ™‚ I would love to read your books :sheep:

  17. mermonster says:

    Count me in as well. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  18. Butterbean says:

    I would love to read your books! Count me in!

  19. GaPeach says:

    I love to read and I like to be entered into the drawing. Thanks!

  20. Yankee in NC says:

    I would love a chance for your books!
    Count me In!

  21. Murphala says:

    Yes! Count me in! Will they be autographed? :woof:

  22. Barbee says:

    Yes, yes, yes, I have been wishing for some of your books!

  23. sam says:

    I would certainly enjoy reading your books.


  24. Kathy in FL says:

    I always enjoy a good romance novel or 6. Enter my name in the drawing, please.

  25. Michele-lee says:

    Winter is coming..your books would be very much appreciated!

  26. sew4magpie says:

    Me Me Me!!

  27. xlibbax says:

    Ooooo! Ooooo! Pick me! pick me!

    Please enter me into the drawing? THANKS! :cowsleep:

  28. Dorothy_S says:

    :woof: I want it! Please pick me, I run through books too quickly and would love to read yours. :woof:

  29. luvsclassics says:

    Ohhhh, I love to read especially novels, and I’m a homebody once winter sets in- snuggle on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book! Count me in!

  30. kelly jo kirby says:

    Please enter me in this. I read all the time, mostly cookbooks or the Cat Who series and Mrs Murphy mysteries because I just love cats. I would be interested in knowing what romance is.

  31. cat3466 says:

    Would love some of your books to read!

  32. WV Sue says:

    I am an avid reader so of course these books would look great on my shelves!

  33. tsmith says:

    Count me in. I love to read!

  34. Miss Nellie says:

    Hey, include me in the giveaway. I love to read.

  35. doxie says:

    I’d love to read your books, I love a good romance! πŸ™‚

  36. Lindsay says:

    Count me in as well! :fairy:

  37. AsTheNight says:

    Once upon a time, I used to read romance novels. Oh heck, I still do from time to time. Thanks for the chance to win yours!

  38. cannedquilter says:

    Would love a chance please : )

  39. dfpanter says:

    Please toss my name in the proverbial hat! πŸ™‚

  40. mammaleigh says:

    I would love them, read them, then pass them on to my sisters who are huge romance readers like me! So that I a count me in too!!

  41. heidiannie says:

    I’ve been picking your books on Amazon! :snoopy:
    Would love to win a grab bag!

  42. mygirls01 says:

    Count me in! I need some new books to read! πŸ™‚

  43. Auntie Linda says:

    I’d love to read more of your books. I have “Secrets Rising” and High-Stakes Homecoming” on my Kindle, and really enjoyed them! Please enter me.

  44. Leah says:

    I need a bag of your books,thanks for the chance to win Suzanne!

  45. atlantamom says:

    I’d love to get your books! :butterfly:

  46. lberry says:

    :sheepjump: I read daily and library is running out! lol please enter me! :sheep:

  47. hollygee says:

    More books! I’d love to read them. thanks.

  48. WVgal4ever says:

    :snoopy: Yes! Would love to win! :happyfeet:

  49. LisaAJB says:

    Enter me please!

  50. luvsclassics says:

    Happy Autumn, :wave: :sheepjump: Why did I not see all these fun “Emoticons” :shimmy: :woof: !!!!! LOL. Can you tell me how I can add this “widget” , I have basic WordPress.

  51. suziQ says:

    I would love to have some of your books! :shimmy:

  52. Abiga says:

    Count me in too! Oh how I want to know what is going on, oh well have to wait. :hissyfit:

  53. Cheryl LeMay says:

    I would love a chance to win one!I have never read one of your books,sorry to say.But I’d love to.

  54. azladychef says:

    I’d love to enter!
    If your books are written in any similar way to your blog, I KNOW I will enjoy them. Still thinking of you every day and wishing you the best in whatever it is you’re facing right now. Hugs!

  55. dgkritch says:

    Yes, please!
    I’d love a bag of books for these winter months!

  56. MelW says:

    I’d love to read your books.

  57. Valleyroots says:

    I’d like some new books to read!

  58. seashore says:

    I would love to have your books. Am a recent retiree and have been reading A LOT! Recent follower of your blog; have learned so much. Can’t wait for you to share your news with us.

  59. Carmi says:

    I would love to win your books by the fire this winter. I have a long vacation scheduled.

  60. twoturkey says:

    :snoopy: Oh Suzanne…you couldn’t have offered a better give-a-way as I love to read. If I win I’ll put them with my winter stash I am gathering. Count me in!
    Mrs. Turkey

  61. Linda May says:

    Please enter me in your Grab Bag give away…..can’t find your books in the local library……yikes!!

  62. quietstorm says:

    Please enter my name in the hat! I’m going need some reading material up here in New England if this crazy weather keeps up! :shocked:

  63. Faith says:

    I’d love to win a grab bag! Very exciting about your decluttering also, I have a few areas of living space the badly need it right now.

  64. gerryvoland says:

    Oh, please! I would love to have your books!

  65. IowaCowgirl says:

    I would be honored to have your books!

  66. Julieanna says:

    WhooooHooo :shimmy: Another great give-away :snoopy: Count me in!! :ladybug:

  67. Ramona Slocum says:

    Please enter me in your drawing for the books you wrote. I would love to get them. Especially if you would sign them.
    MN Mona

  68. lynff2000 says:

    Count me in please. Reading one of your books lead me to this blog…..talent with a pen.

  69. brookdale says:

    Would LOVE to win some of your books! I’ve never read any of them (shame on me) but will have lots of time to read this winter.

  70. Shelly says:

    Would love to read your books!!!!

  71. aidenwsmom says:

    Ooooh, I would love the books. πŸ™‚

  72. gingergoat says:

    Yes, please, for the books.

  73. cabynfevr says:

    I read one of your books on my NOOK…I loved it! Count me in!!

  74. CrystalGB says:

    I would love to have some of your books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  75. marymac says:

    Please count me in!!

  76. Andrea.tat says:

    Boooooks! I need more books! I would love to read yours! Count me in πŸ™‚

  77. amysoup says:

    Oh, enter me please!

  78. rebinva says:

    Please enter me in the book giveaway!

  79. HickChickBritt says:

    I would love some new books! πŸ˜€

  80. mammo7 says:

    I would love to have some of your books. Have subscribed to your blog for a long time and it’s definitely one of my favorites.

  81. oneoldgoat says:

    I would love to read your books!

    Beth aka oneoldgoat

  82. Momcat says:

    Yes, Please!

    Diane Edwards

  83. mintamichelle says:

    I would love to win!!! :happyflower:

  84. sometimesOctavia says:

    My mama would sigh with heartache and linger over these again and again! Perfect Christmas gift…. πŸ˜€

  85. jmac says:

    Yep, me too!!! I am so excited to hear about this new adventure, please, oh please let it be what I hope it might be!

  86. BeckyW says:

    count me in for the drawing…I would love to gift some of these to my romance novel readers here in the office…they are addicts!!!!!

  87. kcu says:

    I would love to win your book grab bag! Count me in too, Thanks

  88. mafong says:

    It’s going to be a long cold winter so I would love to have your books to read.

  89. foofeee says:

    Me please! I would love a grab bag of your books!

  90. Bonnie S. says:

    I will read them all if I win!

  91. pattyb says:

    Could I be entered in your grab bag of books giveway?

    Thank you very much,

  92. Gwen says:

    I would have loved to enter, but considering i live all the way in the netherlands, it is probably easier to make it a us winner, thanks anyway, i think you wright amazing blogs and love to read it almost every day …… hugs

  93. hampgirl says:

    I’d like to be entered in the giveaway. Thank you =)

  94. cheena says:

    Please enter me for a chance to win. And, please, pick me. :hissyfit:

    Thank you!

    And just because I love it so: :dancingmonster:

  95. nld1959 says:

    I would LOVE to win the books!

  96. airemom says:

    Here comes winter, nothing better that a romance novel by the fire!
    Please sign me up :pawprint:

  97. stacylee says:

    Suzanne, it’s my birthday it’s not fair if I don’t win!!!! I would love to read your books!

  98. Blyss says:

    I would love to add your books to my library!

  99. Janet says:

    I would love to have one! I have actually bought a couple on my kindle and enjoyed them completely!

  100. rustinsmommy says:

    Please enter me into the drawing! :woof:

  101. Claudia W says:

    I would be honored to have a grab bag of your books! Please, count me in. Thank you!

  102. jeninid says:

    Oh!! :snoopy: I’ve been searching for your books to send to my elderly mom! She loves romance novels and I know she’d love your writing. Please enter me in the drawing!

  103. Privileged says:

    Oh please, please, please pick me!!!! :woof:

  104. farmgirl722 says:

    I’d love to have a grab bag of your books to get me through the winter!

  105. jeepdriver says:

    What a great giveaway! Winter is coming. Reading material is always welcome. Sign me up. Susan

  106. cartertl says:

    I would love to be entered in the drawing! I am always looking for something new to read. :chicken:

  107. grammyscraps says:

    Oh My…I feel like such a dummy…I love Romance Novels..certain ones anyhow. And I know I have read some of yours…I just never made the connection. Would love to win a bag…thanks.
    Your blog is one of the first things I read Every morning.

  108. netakaye says:

    I adore romance novels please add me to the drawing.Fall and winter are great times to snuggle in with a book.

  109. mrsdmahogany says:

    Now wouldn’t that be a lovely gift to receive! Please count me in!!


  110. Candace in Maine says:

    Yes! Love the books! Sign me up, please. Thanks.

  111. mommy6_1 says:

    Love a good read. Count me in please. TY

  112. Dottie says:

    I would LOVE to read your books. I discovered Chickens in the Road about two months ago and I am fascinated. The helpful hints and information is wonderful. I really enjoy the posts, the comments, and all the laughs. I find myself wondering what that Glory Bee will get into next and wishing I could feed Clover a couple of cookies. Give them all hugs and cookies and please enter me in the drawing.


  113. cindyinohio says:

    Books…hmmmm I think I remember how to read them but it has been a long while since I’ve had time. Winter is coming and I’d love to read your books.

  114. MousE says:

    please count me in, Suzanne, and I do hope all is well with you and yours! :wave:

  115. TW says:

    After following your blog for a long time, it would be fun to read some of your books and see how differently you come across in your novels. So count me in!
    (hard to imagine your writings without a goat and some cookies showing up now and then)

  116. Estella says:

    Would love to win some of your books!

  117. smreynold says:

    Please count me in! I enjoy your blog so much that I think I would love your books! I look forward each day to hearing about your wonderful farm animals and their adventures!

  118. Jennifer S says:

    I would love to win your books! Enter me please!

  119. catslady says:

    Oh definitely enter me. I have read some of your books but I’d love to win more, especially some of your older ones!!

  120. joykenn says:

    Love romance. Count me in.

  121. debbie fowler says:

    Please count me in too. :wave: My Mother and I are big fans of yours and we would love to read your books! :shimmy:

  122. beneathhiswings says:

    I would love to win your books!

  123. JerseyMom says:

    Enter me too, please. Winter is coming and long dark evenings….I need reading material!

  124. aprilejoi says:

    OOh yes please ! I want it!

  125. lattelady says:

    I would love a box of books. Please sign one if I win. Thank you.

  126. mommafox says:

    These books should come in handy when we are snowed in. Hope the “wooly worm” theory doesn’t come true!!!

  127. Herbgirl79 says:

    I have been searching high and low for at least 1 of your books….a grab bag would be *WONDERFUL*!!

  128. wickedgoodshari says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. :wave:

  129. denny144 says:

    I would love to win a grab bag of your books!

  130. Elizabeth chicken lover says:

    Pritty Pritty Please Pick Me!!! i LOVE to read!Let me enter please!

  131. Turtle Mom says:

    I would love to win your books! Thank you for such a wonderful offer.

  132. rachelbusygrl says:

    What a fun giveaway! Count me in for the drawing!

  133. cricketjett says:

    Please include me!!!

  134. pamplemousse says:

    You are super sneaky… I can’t wait to know what’s happening! P.S. I would love to be entered into the grab-bag. πŸ˜€

  135. MissyinWV says:

    Please include me! I barely made I am reading your blog late today! Thanks!

  136. rainn says:

    :snoopy: :snoopy: Please count me in!!!! :snoopy: -Rain

  137. cannedquilter says:

    Please remember me I can always use a good read : )

  138. Suego26 says:

    I need some romance in my life…..please send books. :snoopy:

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