You are Invited (shh, it’s a surprise…)

Night BlindnessI have a story to tell you.  Something incredible happened last fall.  A girl who had never published anything before, had virtually no social media presence or any fame sold her book. And she sold big.

The book came to her like a downpour, it wrote itself between picking up kids and lacrosse practices, playdates and Christmas dinner. The characters co-opted her life with their profundity, their humor and their wild depth.

When I read excerpts in its beginning stages, I felt like I’d been given secret passage into a vivid, sometimes heartbreaking world that felt absolutely real.

This novel, Night Blindness, flew out the door to NY and exploded like first novels almost never do.  Sold in a week, at auction, bookstores and reviewers around the nation began sending overwhelmingly positive reviews. It became an Indie Next pick, was in Germany before the year was out and television stations started calling for interviews.

The girl with the story was caught in a whirlwind she never expected, because here's the beautiful secret (read more..)  like all bestsellers, this book started with a very intimate, personal story. Susan's dad had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She had gone to live with him, and, she told me later, the story started then. The book was a way to move through her grief, to find a friend (her main character) with whom she could share the loss of a great man.

All she’d done was make an offering, shifted truth to fiction and risked penning an imaginary world.

And because of that risk, the book is about to launch. And because I adore Susan and I’m mad about this book, I am inviting you to celebrate with me.

Pre-book sales are every writer's dream, and I've attached links for us to surprise her with as many book orders as we can muster (below).  The byproduct is that you will get a fantastic page-turner before the book sells out of its first printing.  I've also included her October reading schedule, Susan is a blast to be with and she would LOVE to see you in the audience.

And... in the comments below send any note of encouragement, luck or love you have for Susan as she takes her first step on the golden road paved with words.  I will collect them and love her up with them. If you have friends who love to read or need encouragement with their writing, you can give them the gift of forwarding this along to them.

Thank you SO much for doing this. All this love and support we are giving her on her debut will come back to you one million times, in making your own dreams come true and your own small stories come alive.

With Sweetness, Suzanne.

Night Blindness"A beautiful debut filled with perfectly drawn characters, the visceral feel of a New England summer, and a long-buried family secret. I loved every page." –Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting

Pre-pub Sales Outlets for Night Blindness:

Shop Local at IndieBound:, fantastic pre-reviews on this site.

Powells:, you can also read a thorough synopsis here.


Live Events:

October 9th:     12pm Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT- luncheon & signing

7pm at Ballou's Wine Bar in Guilford, CT hosted by Breakwater Books- reading & signing

October 11th    7:30pm at Madison Beach Hotel in Madison, CT- launch party (this is private but
if you buy a book and send a love note I am sure we can grab you an invite!)

October 16th    6:30pm at Essex Library in Essex, CT hosted by Essex Books- reading and


PS: my favorite page on Susan’s website is this one:

Don’t forget to leave your love below!!

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27 Responses to “You are Invited (shh, it’s a surprise…)”

  1. Linda October 2, 2014 at 10:21 am Permalink

    I don’t know Susan, but I was going to buy this book anyway because I read about her in the Odyssey Bookshop newsletter. So, I will order it right away! This is a dream I am working hard to make come true for myself, so I am in absolute support of someone who is already there. Thank you, Suzanne, for letting us know about this lovely surprise.

    Always my best love to you, Linda

  2. Nancy October 2, 2014 at 12:33 pm Permalink

    I celebrate this happening, Susan, the upwelling of the story, turning what is deep and heartful into what is beautifully crafted and nursing its fabulous birth into the world! May you take it all in, may you revel in it, may it carry you even further into the world of your dreams.
    And may we all support each other in this wild and crazy work! Thank you.

  3. Suzanne Kingsbury October 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm Permalink

    so excited for the launch!!

  4. Dana October 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm Permalink

    Wow, I read this post and was already riveted, then I read the excerpt and I’m floored! Congrats to Susan for this wonderful success.

    • Suzanne October 2, 2014 at 8:06 pm Permalink

      Oh sweetie, thank you!! She’ll be so so happy.I can’t wait to tell her about you!! xxxoooo

  5. Nicole October 2, 2014 at 7:52 pm Permalink

    So excited for you Susan.
    Going deep, being vulnerable, will always connect with those that seek the same.
    I have been seeking a good read for a few weeks … now I know I found it.
    Can’t wait …
    Mindfully, Nicole

    • Suzanne October 2, 2014 at 8:07 pm Permalink

      Nicole my sista!!! Was thinking of you ALL day, and now here you are cheering on another (horse-loving) sister! Thank you and HUGE love love love love love…. xo

  6. Laura Rothschild October 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm Permalink

    Congrats Susan!!!!! Enjoy this momentous occasion! Can’t wait to ready your beautiful work! Cheers! Laura

    • Suzanne October 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm Permalink

      Love you sweeet Laura. Sending you a little gift this week!!! Susan’s book is a GREAT book to read while you are laid up. xxxxooooooo

  7. Danielle Lipkvich October 3, 2014 at 8:07 pm Permalink

    Already have my book ordered and cannot wait for it to arrive! So proud of you Sue. I know its going to be awesome!

  8. Jeni Gray-Robert. October 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm Permalink

    I DO know Susan, liked her from the minute I met her. I am thrilled for Susan and inspired by her to never give up on dreams and plans. I can’t wait to read Night Blindness, I preordered it 6 months ago and have been waiting ever since. Can’t wait to see you Susan at one of your appearances this month.

  9. Marion October 4, 2014 at 10:11 am Permalink

    So looking forward to reading this book. I have been friends with her mother for many years. I have seen Sue grow up via her mother. From riding horses to her children riding horses. Can’t wait….

  10. Lee Fich October 5, 2014 at 12:12 pm Permalink

    Thank you for the info.
    I would love to purchase a copy. Please send to:

    Lee Fich
    Simon’s Winthrop Bookstore
    Box 520043 (152 Shirley ST.)
    Winthrop, MA 02152

    • Suzanne Kingsbury October 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm Permalink

      Hi Lee, thanks so much, we will get you a copy (or two). Can’t wait to visit your bookstore sometime, Suzanne.

  11. Jennifer Matts October 6, 2014 at 7:06 am Permalink

    So excited for Susan and the debut of Night Blindness. I ordered 10 copies for my book club ! Hope to receive them soon – can’t wait to read it! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

    • Suzanne Kingsbury October 6, 2014 at 7:13 am Permalink

      Jennifer!! so so happy to hear from you!! and so exciting to think of you all reading this incredible novel. Lots of love, Suzanne.

  12. Desha Peacock October 6, 2014 at 12:11 pm Permalink

    Hi Suzanne, so awesome that you are doing this!

    To Susan,
    Congratulations on your first novel- what an achievement to not only write it, but to send it out into the world with such a BANG! I can’t wait to read your book and wish you all the success, love and light around the book and it’s release.

    With love, Desha

    • Suzanne Kingsbury October 6, 2014 at 12:16 pm Permalink

      we’ll read it together sweetie!!!!!!!!! I am going to try to get her to Bratty for a reading. you will LOVE her!!

  13. Karen Kenney October 7, 2014 at 12:54 am Permalink

    Dear Susan,

    My friend Suzanne told me about your amazing book and the wild ride it’s taking you on!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I’m so excited for you! Wishing you an incredible and magical journey! May you feel and receive all the love and blessings flowing your way. Have a blast and YAY FOR YOU! 🙂

    Best Always,


  14. John October 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm Permalink

    I read. A lot. As in 80 to 100 books (or more) a year. And yet NIGHT BLINDNESS evoked within me such a visceral response that I know it’s one of the few books I’ll TRULY remember years from now. What a stunning debut, Susan! I can only imagine how your gift will grow …

    • Suzanne Kingsbury October 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm Permalink

      Dear John, so so happy to hear from you!!!! I love this post so much. It’s every first novelist’s dream to get one just like it. LOVED your piece in The Examiner and can’t wait to hear more from you, now that I know you! XO

      • John October 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm Permalink

        Such a pleasure to “meet” you, Suzanne! Thanks so much for the kind words. Such a joy to be able to help spread the word about such an unforgettable book — and author.

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