• Lorraine Marie Reguly

    Congratulations, Susan! 🙂 I am so happy for you and what you’ve accomplished!

  • Jacs Henderson

    This is Sooo exciting Susan. You are a real Superstar 🙂
    Off to purchase now ….

    • Aw, Jacs…you are one of my best cheerleaders my friend. Thank you. 🙂

  • Tami

    That is so wonderful! I’ll have to look for it. I love to read.

    • Hi Tami. Thank you and do let me know what you think when you do. 🙂

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  • Along Came Mary

    SO excited for another book from you, Susan! Congratulations 🙂

    • Thank you Mary. It was quite the project for sure. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    Congrats! Doesn’t it feel great to get past the throwing it all together stage?

    • It really does Jon, I was sure it would ever get posted. Happily Amazon/Kindle came to the rescue. 🙂

  • Dan Meyers

    Just bought my copy, can’t wait to read it! I’m so excited for you on this huge launch day!!!

    • WOO! HOO!. Thanks you Dan. I would love to hear you thoughts when you do. 🙂

  • Susan, I’m so proud that you have reached your goal and got the book out there. I have enjoyed your stories on your blog immensely, and have no doubt that the book brings them all together with flair. Congrats, my friend.

    • Aw, you are the best my friend, thank you. I have no real expectations as to how it will be receive or what it will do. It’s all an adventure. 🙂

  • Congratulations on your book Susan and you are a great example to follow to reach a goal. Your stories always have a terrific lesson that we relate to.

    • Thanks Susan, What a very nice thing to say. I would call it more stubbornly determined… LOL. 🙂

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Woot! Getting a book out into the world certainly is a process, and I’m honored to have been able to play my part. Thank you for the opportunity and thank you for believing in me. The print version of your book will be making an appearance as a stocking stuffer for more than a few people on my Christmas shopping list…

    • Indeed it is. I could not have done it without you Jeri… seriously. For the record, you are awesome, and we have more projects to look forward to. 🙂

  • Damn sounds like a great book I went to buy it but for some reason it came up that it can’t be shipped to my address………….I hate it when that happens.

    • Aw, thanks Jo-Anne. I t’s the thought that counts and thank you for ALL your support my friend.

  • I am so very proud of you! Congratulations to you, Susan and all your support staff!

    • Hi Liz, I really did it… :-))) I couldn’t have done it without them for sure. 🙂 – Hugs

  • Debra Yearwood

    Congratulations Susan, what a wonderful journey. I can’t wait to read your book, your stories are always so smart with just the right touch of humour.

    • Thank you Debra. You have been such a wonderful support and friend. I would love to hear your thoughts about the book. 🙂

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Huge congrats my friend! We all knew you could do it! I already grabbed mine and will be providing a review for you soon. Time for a celebration, yes? 🙂

    • Thank you Cheryl. You have been a stalwart supporter from the beginning and one who has pushed me in this direction. I couldn’t have done it without you. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    Hello; Congratulations on publishing your first book. I wish you great success with it. I know the project is already successful because you set out to do something and with help love and support from your friends and family you made it happen. Now, i hope the reading public realizes what a treasure you are. I generally only read books that i can get in audio form. you did release it at a great time of year. Lots of people are looking for that stocking stuffer. Others have holiday time for reading and want something positive and uplifting. And with all the holiday depression we hear about a lot of people are also searching for something to improve their mood. best of luck with it, max

    • Aw, thank you Max. I will need to look into a audio form for the book. I have no real expectations as to how the book will do. For me it was the challenge of actually getting it done. If other’s find it something they like and enjoy then I am a happy camper. 🙂

  • maxwell ivey

    i agree you are already a success. and i did my part sharing about the release. hope you get lots of sales and even more moments. I’m sure anyone who rads will be reminded of their own stories. take care, max

  • Claire Cappetta

    Congratulations on your book! A Beautiful book by an amazing author!

    • Hi Claire, Thank you my friend. It will be fun to see what it does. 🙂

  • Congratulations on your book and hope good success. We all have stories but writing as eloquently as you do takes talent. I just purchased your book. Now the big thing is to find time to read as this time of year is nuts for me. Best of luck-Arleen

    • Thanks Arleen, You humble with your very kind words. I do hope you enjoy want I’ve created and you find the time to read it. 🙂

  • Congratulations, Susan 🙂

    Like they say, anything is possible if we put our mind into it 😀 Stories are the best way to capture people’s minds, and from the blog posts I have read here, I can tell that you are a great story teller (I am planning to try your approach…bring in more examples and experiences from my own life. Hopefully that will go well).

    Hope you have success with the book. I also wish you the best for the future 🙂

    • Thanks so much Jeevan, Good stories never get old, so I would encourage you to have fun with it and give it time to catch on. 🙂

  • Pat Ruppel

    I’m so thrilled for you, Susan, in getting your first book published. I know how big a deal it is and quite an accomplishment. You’re truly blessed to have the support of your husband and friends.

    It’s a real plus to have that step-by-step guidance from your team (ugh especially the formatting part – that’s a bear). I wish you much success and I’m looking forward to checking it out.

    • Thanks Pat. My team was a HUGE help. Time will tell what it does. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

      • Pat Ruppel

        Yes, please do keep me posted, Susan. I can only imagine how huge that was not only to publish it electronically but in print, as well. Your endeavor was much grandeur than mine in my first, short e-book.

        I self-published mine only electronically not print form and it was only 15-16 pages tops with 6 stories. I was amazed at what was involved, technically, to get it published. I don’t know that I have another book in me, at least to do that again on my own.

        I checked it out and it looks great (got it on my wish list for Santa). I’m wishing much success for you, Susan. I know it will be a hit.

        • Hi Pat, Thank you my friend. It was a much bigger undertaking then I ever figured… LOL. I couldn’t have done it without my support team… that is certain.

          I hope Santa presents you with my humble book. If he does, I really want to hear what you think. 🙂

          • Pat Ruppel

            You’re welcome, my friend, and I’ll let you know. Job well done, Susan, for you and your team. Have a great weekend. 🙂

          • You’re the best. I hope your Thanksgiving was as amazing as you are. 🙂

          • Pat Ruppel

            It was, thank you Susan. How about yours? We were the travelers this year. Now, it’s my turn to cook turkey with all the fixins’ this weekend for hubby and I.

          • We had a great time. Everyone was everywhere else this year so it was just my husband and myself. We cooked up a storm and now have way to much food left over… LOL

          • Pat Ruppel

            Sounds like a great time together with just hubby. Love it. That’s what we’re doing this weekend plus it’s his birthday Sunday, so pie baking time. We’re having fun.

          • Pat Ruppel

            Hi Susan – just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award” at http://plaintalkandordinarywisdom.com/oh-boy-got-more-awards-for-which-to-give-thanks-and-share/.

          • WOW, that is so awesome of you Pat. Have I told you lately how much I appreciate all that you do? 🙂

          • Pat Ruppel

            You’re welcome, Susan. I’m always happy to share what you do with my readers. Hope you’re having a good Sunday.

          • It was a great Sunday Pat, but now I have the flu… YUCK. I would love it if you would check out my latest story (just published) when time permits. 🙂

          • Pat Ruppel

            Hope you’re better, Susan. My husband has been up and down with flu symptoms — not fun. Is the latest post you’re talking about the one about the gift from Santa and your mini sewing machine? I read that one and it was good. Great memories.

          • Working on it Pat. I feel for your husband. Thanks for your thought s about my recent story post. You thoughts mean a lot to me. 🙂

  • Mark Brody

    Congratulations Susan! What a fantastic accomplishment for you! I look forward to checking out your stories. Based on your team that you mentioned, others who are aspiring to become published should learn that it is a process and not something that is going to happen overnight!

    Much luck with the sales!

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you Mark, Indeed that is true. When they say it takes a village to make something happen, I can attest that certainly was the case with this project.

      It will be interesting to see where this actually goes and if it’s something others enjoy. I know my husband has/is… but he hardly counts… LOL. 🙂

  • Meredith Wouters

    What an inspiration! Even sharing your story of how the book came into being is wonderful to read. With two people in my family who struggle with dyslexia, I love to see what a good support system can do to help your realize your dreams.

    • Hi Meredith. Welcome and thank you so much. I agree, a good support system, regardless of our situation, can make all the difference when working to achieve any kind of success. 🙂

  • Catarina Alexon

    Wonderful news about your new book!! Hope it’s a great success. Love your account of how it came into being.

    • Thanks Catarina, Time will tell how it will fair in the blur of books out there in the printed and ebook world. 🙂

  • Rebecca Thompson

    How thoroughly exciting!!!
    I love reading your stories and the lessons you learn along the way. They always intrigue me and the illustrations are amazing too.
    Well done to you and your fantastic team.

    • Thanks so much Rebecca and thank you for your support and encouragement along the way. I did have an awesome team, didn’t I. 🙂

  • You are amazing. Simply amazing. I am so grateful to be inspired by you. This is truly a milestone! Congratulations.

    • WOW… thank you Patricia. I so consider you one of my inspirers. So I would say this goes both ways. 🙂

  • Congratulations Susan! This is wonderful news. It’s great to see the people who helped you make this aspiration possible (and to recognize them too)!

    • Thanks so much Sherryl. We never succeed alone. So to share who has helped me make it happen only makes good since to me. 🙂

  • Vernessa Taylor

    Hi Susan, Congratulations! That was a lot of hard work you and your team put into getting your stories out there.

    Adding “Lessons” to my Kindle wish list and hope to read it over the Christmas holidays.

    • Thank you Venessa, It was labor of love and we are all very excited that it’s actually now available. Thank you for adding it to you list. Let me know what you think when you read it. 🙂

  • Coming here a bit late but better late than never, heh? 😀 Congratulations, Susan – on your new book and more importantly, for believing in yourself and making the idea come to life!

    Didn’t know you have been working on this for 3 years now but it sure is a great accomplishment that you did put it out there. I know this book will be a success – so i will only wish you to publish the second part of the series in an year or less; and then the third part, the forth, the fifth, and as many as you want 😉

    • Aw Diana, There is not need to apologize. Thank you for your kind words. Dyslexia has its draw backs, one is fear of producing a quality (written) product. Jeri helped me get past that. Even so, I still don’t know who is more surprised at my publishing my stories, my friends, my team or me. 🙂

  • I am so thrilled for you. Spreading the news and wishing you massive amounts of success. You are truly one of the most creative and talented bloggers I know.

    • Thanks so much Wendy. You just made my day with your very kind words. I wish the very same for you in 2014.

  • I love that you had so much fun with creating (co-creating) your book. 🙂 How wonderful for you, your helpers and all your readers! Congratulations!

    • Hi Ramona, Thank you so much. It was an exciting project and one I would have never expected to accomplish given my dyslexia. It just goes to show if there’s a will there’s a way. 🙂

  • Erica

    Wow, I read this and didn’t realize this was from over a year ago. Congratulations on your 5 star reviews on Amazon! Your husband did a good job in encouraging you to write your book and it looks like you had some great help along the way. By the way, I loved watching your video. After reading your blog for some time, it was great to put a voice to the writing and I loved your illustrations.

    • Aw, Thanks Erica, You made me smile and made my day. I needed that more than you know. :-)))

  • Mahal Hudson

    Thank you Susan for your amazing talent. This book is a reminder for all of us how to appreciate the lessons in life, ordinary or extraordinary it may be (who’s perspective it anyways?!)

    • Hi Mahal, Thanks so much for your kind words. I have another book out that is just about to be uploaded for publication. I hope you like that one just as much. 🙂

  • Susan, thanks for giving us this behind the scenes look at how your book came to be. Although I have no plans to write a book I do consider you a mentor of sorts and am so proud to be associated with you. Congratulations to you and your team – isn’t it nice that through BHB we now think of them as friends too?

    • Hi Lenie, Thank you. We all learn from each other on many levels. As for the book, it was an interesting “journey.” We have a few more in the works, so keep an eye out. 🙂

  • Tim

    I am very late to the party on this post Susan and only wish you continued success on this and every other endeavour.

    • Aw, you are never late to the party Tim. It was my first venture as a published writer. I hope to have more in the future. 🙂

  • Margaret Duarte

    Wow, what an accomplishment, Susan. I’m thrilled that you have found a way to share your illustrations as well as your stories. You are an inspiration.

    • Aw, thank you Margaret. You are such a great support and I so appreciate it. 🙂

  • hi susan; congratulations on this big accomplishment. I’m glad to hear that you were convinced to share your stories in a more formal setting. I have always enjoyed them and hope i was one of the people who mentioned how good they are and how much they deserve to be put down in a book. now, I’ll have to get me a copy. well, actually I’m not sure how to read the book. I don’t have a smart phone or a kindle or n nook and the current online apps aren’t what i would call accessible. so maybe I’ll have to wait until the audio version comes out. you have been so supportive in my own book experience, and I’m sorry that I haven’t been there for you as well. I hope you know I am here thinking of you praying for you and so darn proud of you. take care my friend. xoxo max

    • Aw, Max. How sweet you are. It’s hard to be everywhere for everyone like. I can feel your support and prayers and has always wished you the same. I’ll have to figure out the audio part just for you. 🙂

  • Eve Koivula

    This is so awesome Susan! Congratulations so much!

  • What an amazing journey you had on your way to this great accomplishment, Susan! Your personal journey to getting your book published encouraged me to get back on the path to work on my own book, too.

  • I enjoyed reading about how your book came about Susan. I totally agree with Jeri – our lives are made up of equal shares of joy and woe. Wonderful that you had such a great group supporting you and that your book was published. Congratulations on that. I will surely check it out.

  • Andleeb Akhlaq Tahir

    I am reading after 2 years but still I am happy to read the story of the book. I am so happy to hear this.
    Life journey will continue and hope you will publish more books and they will be a success too.
    All the best.

    • hi andleeb; thanks for your encouragement and positive words. I am working on a second book and am looking forward to having my amazing friends like you read it and help share it with the world. would love to hear what you have been up to. <3 max

  • Congrats on your new book. It sounds like you have a fantastic support system and those who care about you led you right. It is scary claiming that what you have to say is worthwhile. But there are obviously lots of people who want to hear what you have to say.

  • RoseMary Griffith

    Hi Susan, I posted this review on Goodreads & Amazon (and my site) last fall, but I neglected to add it here!

    “Delightful snippets of a sweet childhood

    Short, sweet stories of a childhood that may or may not be ordinary for all of us. Ms. Cooper resurrected a lot of childhood memories for me–both coming through my mind with clarity and with questions. The ones of: Hm, why can’t I remember this? When I know I should!

    The writing is as smooth and fluid as her blog, which I’ve followed for a long time (Finding Our Way Now). It also contains original artwork by Ms. Cooper, which is always a treat to see.

    When you want to relax and melt into stories to make your heart feel good, pick up this book, make a cup of tea and drift into it.”