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News/Events – Sow The Heart: One Story at a Time

2023 Author Showcases

  • March 18, 2023  Baltimore County Library, Perry Hall Branch  2-4pm
  • March 25, 2023  Baltimore County Library, Parkville-Carney  2-4pm
  • May 5, 2023  Brightview Living (Avondell), Bel Air  10am – 2pm

News 2023:  Sue Batton Leonard – Co-Author of Newly Released Publication “In Our Own Words”

This book was published as part of  a community project by the Historical Society of Harford County (Maryland) in honor of the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the county.

“Coming to a Place Within My Heart” is a short story about a beautiful, historic landmark in the town of Bel Air, MD. Ms. Leonard chose to write about The Liriodendron Mansion because the historic landmark has relevance to her award-winning memoir “Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected.”



Meet the Author

Saturday, November 5, 2022   9am to 2pm

Authors and Artists Holiday Gift Sale, The Armory, Historic Main Street, Bel Air, MD


Now Available! Order Now!

Here is a direct link to Amazon ordering.
And if you prefer Barnes and Noble


Note: We’ve revised the cover of Sew the Heart – Book #1 in the Neighbor to Neighbor Series.

Upcoming Events – 2022

April 8, 2022   1pm – 3 pm  Brightview Senior Living, Avondale, Bel Air, MD   

Wednesday,  April 13th, 2022  6pm to 8 pm Perry Hall Branch of Baltimore County Public Library, Local Author Showcase.

April 20, 2022        Sue Leonard will be presenting Living Your Legacy: My Journey to Becoming an Author to the Prayer Shawl Ministry women at Bel Air United Methodist Church, Bel Air, MD


Events – 2021

Saturday, November 6th, 2021

Authors and Artists Holiday Book Sale,  The Armory, Historic Main Street, Bel Air, MD

We will be releasing Book #2 Heart of Community in the Neighbor to Neighbor Series and copies of Richard Galusha: An Artist’s Journey (finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards) will also be available for purchase

Events 2020

Saturday, August 29, 2020  9am to 1pm                               Independent Bookstore Day

Sue Leonard, author of Richard Galusha: An Artist’s Journey will be                                                                                  signing this gorgeous art book at Harford Artist Gallery in historic                                                                                            downtown Bel Air, Maryland as part of Independent Bookstore Day.

The book was a finalist for a Eric Hoffer book award.

The event will be held in partnership with Caprichios Bookstore.

Activities will be outside due to the COVID-19 regulations. There                                                                                           will be food trucks, crafts, other author book signings and art for sale.

Support the community by bringing non-perishable food items                                                                                                   (canned goods and dried food) to support the food mission work of the Bel Air United                                                         Methodist Church. See you there!


By Invitation Only:   Mays Chapel United Methodist Women’s Tea Party. Saturday, May 2, 2020, between 2 – 4 pm for an afternoon of food, fun, and fellowship. Our guest speaker, Sue Batton Leonard, is an award-winning author who encourages and inspires her readers to find the positive in all situations and to live with an appreciation for the little things in life. Come hear her faith story and practical advice for “Living your Legacy.”

December 2019

Now Available!   Sue Leonard has partnered with Colorado artist Richard Galusha to author his biography “An Artists Journey.” This book has won an Eric Hoffer book award as a finalist for Excellence in Independent Publishing. It is a beautifully crafted hardback coffee table book 12″ X 12″ loaded images with the artist’s lifetime of stunning paintings. Tw0-hundred twenty-eight pages. It can be ordered by calling 970-870-1755 or 970-879-5515. 

Richard Galusha’s Retrospective Show is currently on exhibit at the fabulous Steamboat Art Museum until April 11, 2020. 

Keep your eye on for more details on this wonderful biography.


Sew the Heart is now available at Glory Bee’s Sewing Center in Fallston, MD. If you are in Harford County, MD stop in say Hi to Gloria and thank her for putting this great gift item for Xmas buying in her store! Great stocking stuffer or gift exchange item for your sewing friends.


  • June 10 – 12, 2019         Writing For Your Life, Drew University Theological School,  Madison, NJ
  • June 13 -14, 2019           Publishing in Color, Drew University Theological School , Madison, NJ

Sue Leonard will be a publishing professional staff participant in the Publishing in Color Conference. She will be speaking to attendees in the 1 on 1 breakout sessions throughout the conference.


  • March 16, 2019  from 1pm to 4pm

Local Authors Showcase, Baltimore County Library,

Hereford Branch, 16940 York Rd, Parkton, MD 21111



 Books and heartfelt, handcrafted items created by will be sold to benefit:

Johns Hopkins Pediatric Cardiology Research


Blogs Posted on Sow the Heart are featured in the Providence Press – November 2018


Check it out!  “Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected and “Sew the Heart” are now available in all branches of the Baltimore County Library system.

Sue Leonard’s award-winning memoir “Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected”

lands on two important book lists among notable, well known authors.

Check the Lists out!

100 Most Memorable Memoirs

45 Favorite Books about Families

 Upcoming Book Signings

July 20, 2017

Book Signing and Author Presentation

Sew the Heart

Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild

Community Center, Steamboat Springs. Colorado


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wounded Healers book signing small

Contributing Author’s Book Signing for

Wounded Healers


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Contributing Author’s Book Signing for

Wounded Healers

Steamboat Christian Center, Rt 40, Steamboat Springs, CO

Tea at Yampa Valley Fiber works

March 28, 2017

I am pleased to be one of twelve contributing authors in a new publication titled “Wounded Healers”, published by Women of the Way Ministries. The book will be available in early April 2017 through Baker and Taylor and NACSCORP will distribute it wholesale to bookstores and university/college bookstores.

All royalties for the book will go to Freedom Service Dogs of America,  “a nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs and custom training them for individual client needs.”

February 10, 2017

Join Me! I am pleased to  introduce my new fictional novel Sew the Heart at Sew Steamboat, 929 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO for a book signing and book talk about “What’s at the Heart of the Story“.  This book is for anyone who believes in the healing power of women’s friendships and finding one’s true calling in life.

December 1, 2016

Sew the Heart, a fictional story, has arrived! It is available through Amazon and it is being rolled out in retail craft shops across the country.  It is currently available at Quilt Vine in Trappe, Maryland and Sew Steamboat in Steamboat Springs, CO. Stay tuned as we continue to add other craft shops where it’s in stock.

September 1, 2016

I am pleased to announce I was a finalist in the House That Built Me writing contest sponsored by the Fuller Center for Housing.  Check it out.

August 2016

Thursday, August 25th, 2016  9:30am

Bud Werner Memorial Library

Presentation on Memoir Writing with the Geneology Club

Writing & Marketing a Family History Story

Writing a Family History Story: Marketable Beyond Family
 A Powerpoint Presentation by Sue Batton Leonard
  • Narrowing your Focus
  • Developing Theme and Marketing Platform
  • Finding Potential Book Buyers
  •  Marketing Your Book is FUN!
  • Q & A

January 2016

book marketing christmas 2015

This past Christmas, thanks to the Mickey Barrows Memorial Endowed Fund which “benefits children who are confined to the hospital during the holidays,” copies of Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected found their way to families through the Childrens Colorado Foundation in the Denver area.

The hope for the initiative is that the book brought some smiles and cheer to faces and encouragement to teen cardiac patients who were hospitalized over the holidays.

June 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015 @ 12:30 pm.

Author Talk and Book Signing

Routt County Senior Citizens, Community Center, Steamboat Springs, CO

May 23, 2015

The Wild West of Publishing, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Presented by Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.

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(Photo courtesy of Joe McDaniel)

The panel discussion about Marketing Your Indie Publication was presented by:

Sue Leonard, Mary Walewski and Kathy Mason (pictured –  front row – 3rd, 4th & 5th from left)

May 2015




featuring Award-winning Author Sue Batton Leonard

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May 2015

Book Talk & Reading

Girl Scouts where girls grow strongGirl Scouts, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Friday, May 1st, 2015

 A Writer’s Life &  book reading from award-winning book

Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected


Above: Photo of my lovely afternoon with the Girl Scouts. The girls pictured with  posey’s I write about in “Paper Flowers” chapter of my memoir.

Below: One Day in the Life of An Author. I shared my typical day on the job with Girl Scout troup #12622


January 3, 2015

Upcoming Book Event – January 2015

Saturday, January 3rd  from 11am to 2pm Award-Winning Author Sue Batton Leonard will be at Come & See Christian Bookstore. Stop in and come and see the only bookstore in Steamboat Springs Colorado where you can get Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected.

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 November 2014

Another book award sticker graces the book cover!

Harvest Book Competition

Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected wins in the Young Adult Category of the 2014 Harvest Book Competition. For more information, please follow this link to the Showcase Magazine associated with the contest.

Upcoming Book Appearances:

October 11, 2014 Sue Batton Leonard will be doing a book signing and author talk at Ukazoo Books in Towson, Maryland from 1pm to 4pm. Author talk at 2pm.  Photo below: Book signing at Ukazoo Books


October 21, 2014  Dorchester County, Maryland Book Club will be discussing Gift of a Lifetime: Finding  Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected for their October book selection. Author Sue Batton Leonard will be present to discuss the book with the book club members.

September 2014 – Author Interview on Let’s Talk about Writing and Publishing. Show Host: Salley Gibney of GNAT-TV

Book Club Selection:  The Hayden Public Library in Hayden, Colorado has announced their Women’s Teatime Book Club has chosen “Gift of a Lifetime:Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected” as a summer book selection. Sue Leonard will be present for an author event. Date to be advised.

Tuesday, June 17th: Author book signing and presentation Kiwanis International, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Will be held at the Steamboat Springs  Community Center from noon until 1:00 pm. Open to the public and lunch is available for approximately $7.

Friday, May 23rd, 2014: Sue Leonard will be signing books at Kneading Hands Therapy on Oak Street in Steamboat Springs, CO from 5 to 7pm.

Monday, May 5, 2014 – sponsored by United Methodist Women, United Methodist Church, Oak Street, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 6 pm.  Open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Friday, April 4, 2014 – Yampa Valley University Women, 11:30 am – 1 pm. Selbe Apts, Rollingstone Road, Steamboat Springs. Colorado. All are welcome. Soup, salad and bread luncheon is available for $3.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014   Sue Leonard will be speaking with the Young Professionals Network of Steamboat Springs, Colorado about the publishing industry, her group We Write Steamboat and the upcoming World Book Night (4/23/14).

September 23, 2013 Author Workshop on Independent Publishing, Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado

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Left to Right:  Sue Leonard, author Lindsay Eland and  Co-Owner of the Bookworm, Nicole Magistro.