All posts by susanmanzke

Meet my king and queen

My picture book, All the Queen’s Crowns, has two main characters, the king and the queen. The king expresses his love for his queen by giving her a new crown every day. In this illustration from Prayan Animation Studio, we see the young couple without any background.

Digital illustrations come in layers. This does not show any of the things surrounding the characters, but it will when the illustration is finished. Later I will be able to share more of the completed page.

The object of my book is to show different ways of expressing love. Giving too much, as the king does, isn’t always the best, but it does lend itself to humor. Eventually, you’ll see the fun that occurs when the king’s gifts get crazy.

Remember, the book’s title is All the Queen’s Crowns and I hope you’ll tell all your friends about this forthcoming picture book.

Until next time, that’s all there is from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright 2022 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

Stella visits vet

Stella returned to the Pulaski Veterinary clinic for a booster shot today.

Before the vet administered the shot, he gave her a treat of soft cheese to lick off a paper plate. The idea was to distract her so she wouldn’t associate pain with going to the veterinarian.

Stella gobbled the cheese and didn’t even flinch when given the booster shot. In a month she’ll be back again for her fourth booster. By then she’ll be old enough for her rabies inoculation, too.

So far, Stella likes her trip to see her doctor.

By the way, she gained a pound since coming to live with me. Stella had to be treated for itchy skin. The pills worked. Her hair is growing back nicely.

Until next time, that’s all there is from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright 2022 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

Hidden puppy

Where did Stella go? She’s in and around the hosta plants. When she in her tunnels, she’s difficult to see.

Sometimes I think she’s coming out on the right, only to find her running past me on the left.

When she wants to hide, Stella is almost impossible to find.

Until next time, that’s all there is from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright 2022 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

Announcing my picture book production

I’m leaping ahead and publishing my picture book, All the Queen’s Crowns.

Notice the dog in the illustration below. Surprise! My late dog, Sunny is in multiple book illustrations. He’s the king’s dog. My mentor, April Cox suggested adding Sunny to my book. The story is not about a dog, but he adds to the story just the same.

This announcement is part of my Self-Publishing Made Simple class assignment. My picture book is not a secret. It is something to be celebrated. I hope you enjoy this sample and the picture book that is to come. It will make a great Christmas gift.

Until next time, that’s all there is from Sunnybook Farm

Copyright 2022 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.

Cat in the bag

Barn-E can hardly wait for me to empty the grocery bag. He often tries to jump inside the bag before I’m done.

This time he didn’t tear it to bits.

If I left it out long enough, after Barn-E’s playtime it wouldn’t look much like a bag at the end of the day.

Until next time, that’s all there is from Sunnybook Farm.

Copyright 2022 Susan Manzke, all rights reserved.