Kirkus Reviews Best Books

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“Susan Gabriel’s southern gothic novel The Secret Sense of Wildflower has been named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012.” Hey wait, that’s me!?!

Kirkus Reviews Best Books


Life is such a roller coaster. My heart has been breaking over the terrible events in Connecticut. Years ago I was a reading teacher for first graders, and I raised my two daughters singlehandedly. I think everyone, whether parent or not, is feeling the pain of this horrific event.

Then, earlier this week, Kirkus Reviews announced that they have named my book, The Secret Secret Sense of Wildflower, one of the Best Books of 2012.  In the midst of all the bad news, it’s not always easy to celebrate life’s little successes. But I’m going to try. Wildflower is a Kirkus Reviews Best Books? Did I read that right?

I’ve been writing fiction for over fifteen years–day in and day out–and I’ve been rejected a zillion times (or at least it feels that way). I’ve had an agent retire. I’ve had executive editors who were about to offer contracts to me get fired. I’ve had other editors at major publishing houses who were interested in my work unexpectedly leave their job. And this isn’t just bad luck, folks. This kind of thing happens to A LOT of writers in such a volatile publishing environment.

So, after learning of this great honor for my book, I’m sending off a few fireworks. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support. Please celebrate with me!







Author’s site (autographed paperback)

Amazon (paperback & ebook)

Barnes & Noble (paperback & ebook)

ibooks/itunes (ebook)


  1. Lots of very dear people sending congrats to my inbox. Here’s a sampling:

    “Wow Susan! That is absolutely fantastic!!! Nancy”

    “Wow!!!!!! Congratulations! Yes, it was so good and you deserve this so much. May 2013 be the year of Susan Gabriel, best selling author. A”

    “CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Susan, wow that is fantastic! I’m so happy for you. Take time to relax – let the joy and elation seal into every cell of your being.”

    “Well, that is spectacular, Susan! How did you swing that? Did your publisher submit it for consideration? Now maybe you’ll get a movie contract. Woo-hoo!”

    “Cheers to You Susan !!!! I am so happy to receive this news…It is truly wonderful that you are finally getting the recognition that you deserve after so many years of hard work and dedication. May it continue for you and get even better. T”

    “Congrats Susan. I’m very happy for you. Nice to hears good news after all that is happening.”

    “Susan,That is fantastic! Congratulations! I’m so happy you had good news in the mist of last week’s tragedy…I really enjoyed Seeking Sara Summers, I’m looking forward to reading The Secret Sense of Wildflower. M.E.”

    “Oh Susan–Congratulations to you on your book. I am so proud and delighted for you. You deserve all the kudos coming to you. My heart is breaking for the families of the children in Connecticut. I, too, worked with first graders for a long time. It is such a special age, where they still love their teacher unconditionally and you love them back. A tragedy of untold horror. My prayers are with them. Mary”

    “This is awesome news, Susan!! Celebrate with a big glass of bubbly (or Knobb Creek if that is more your style ;-). John”

  2. Also, I am happy to see that the Kirkus people have better taste and judgment than Publishers Weekly, which picked 50 Shades of Cliché as their best. For the first time I wish I subscribed to PW just so I could send them an irate email and cancel.

  3. I’m pretty pleased with the Kirkus people, too. But I’m pleased when any reader takes the time to read Wildflower’s story. Fortunately or unfortunately (if you compare bank statements), The Secret Sense isn’t like 50 Shades at all!

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