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I am a freelance writer, humor blogger, mother of two and wife of one. I once got a fortune cookie that said "You have a way with words and should write a book." I followed the cookie's advice, and I'm currently working on a novel. I hope to have it completed before Jesus returns. You can find my blog, Whoa! Susannah, at I also do that tweeting thing @whoasusannah.

Story: Damn Prudence


Peter Lahanas

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Hilariously entertaining. Your ability to bring to life Carlin's character, whilst simultaneously fusing her anger with humor, is truly a gift few writers are blessed with. Completely engaging and I look forward to reading more of your work. Your fortune cookie was right! Oh, speaking of cookies, I can totally relate to Carlin's frustration at not finding the cookies in the breakfast aisle. Funny, but true!

Keddy Marshall

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I loved the humor you showed in this story considering the plot line. An enjoyable read! I realize you are awful busy right now, with all the things you have in the fire. But if you get the chance. would you read my story called "The Birthday Party" and leave me a review? Thank You!


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I thoroughly enjoyed this story and thought it really rang true, giving a really accurate and humorous account of what a woman goes through when she's blind-sided by her marriage's unexpected demise. It was genuinely funny and well-written for the most part, but like someone else said it could have use one more edit, and I really got sick of the name repetition. I get that Damn Prudence is the name of the story, and Carlin would naturally be musing over that name and spitting fire about it, but it got tedious. My only other complaint is the ending. The whole story had great momentum and pace, and then it kind of hits a wall. I get the insinuation, but it just doesn't land quite right. Still a really fun read though, and I really did enjoy it.

Frances Bell

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This is humorous writing, a familiar subject treated with flair but which felt labored in the first two thirds, establishing emotional queues and promising a huge comeuppance, which unfortunately, never materialized. The ending didn't have the punch and potential the beginning held. I like Susannah's style/voice and relate-ability but feel this needed one more edit to get 5 stars. Well done for entertainment though.

Lori Paris

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I have mixed feelings about this story. On the one hand, I TOTALLY, appreciated your humor...kind of Seinfeld-like questioning the obvious and pondering it. I just don't think I could read a whole book in this cheeky tone. For me that part of it is overdone...but I looked at the reviews and saw that people really were "entertained".....and that's your niche with this's like listening to "Carrie" on and the City narrating a break up.....but you know what my story is a psychological thriller and IS NOT for everyone being said in a lengthy manner......sorry. I liked it but I didn't love it.....but A LOT of other people did and that's what counts! You can't please everyone all of the time but that doesn't mean you aren't a great writer. One of my favorite sayings....Opinions are like Assholles....everybody has one! lol P.S. The Jim Croce reference was BRILLIANT! Your turn to read mine. Don't hurt me too bad! lol


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I loved this! "I hope Slim Jim was worth it," made me LOL! Great detail and just the right amount of humor to make an ugly subject entertaining. I would love to read more of Carlin's story!

A L Motsy

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I loved this story! Maybe because I had a cheating husband myself and could totally relate to it. For all of us out there who had a Prudence in our lives...I salute you for this well written story. Your character was believable and likable, and the humor you imposed into the piece made it such an enjoyable read.

Rose Burke

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I always love a story with a strong female character. Your descriptions really made me feel Carlin's pain and frustrations. I read your bio, and I also got that fortune once a few years ago! I held onto it and it's still taped to my desk as a bit of motivation. Good luck with your novel! If you get a chance check out my story This Girl and a Bartender, thanks!

Jester Queen

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I loved the contrast between Prudence's name and her behaviors. I got a kick out of Carlin going from being a cultured lawyer's wife to being a Winn-Dixie nightmare in the wake of her husband's news, and I absolutely adored 'the boat knows what I mean'.


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Ok, teaser. You know I am incredibly impatient and an in the moment kind of girl. I want to read the rest NOW :P. It is great and I am sure I will love it when I do get to read all of it and find out what Karma serves up to the dirty cheaters in your story. Best of luck!


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I love the dialogue, something I'm not able to do well and you make it flow very naturally. Helps the pacing for the entire story work well. Plus, your sense of humor shines through in your writing, which makes for enjoyable reading every time.


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This is a great story. It's well-paced, authentic, realistic. While the story happens every day of the week, unfortunately, this is a fresh perspective from the inside of Carlin's head.I love how she would rearrange the supermarket shelves and have snacks readily available for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation. And Carlin's Compromise is great. Terrific details of a woman in crisis. Well done.


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My husband cheated on me, so I can relate to your story. Now that it's been years later, there is so much humor in our break up. Unlike your story, I actually did pull a 38 special on my ex and scared the living daylights out of him, but thankfully didn't pull the trigger. Your story is great! Please keep writing! I will be watching for more stories by you. I wish you the best of luck.


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I thought this was pretty good. It was funny, entertaining, and had me wishing for the rest of the story. Overall a good story.


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good read. As a woman it made my blood boil. I too would wish to resort to violence if this were to happen to me. despite some mistakes I give it a 4 star. Only a four star because at first I was hooked but then I had to force myself to read for a bit. Then I was hooked again.

Douglas Morrison

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A nice read, but I find myself wishing you expanded Carlin's rants just a bit, adding a bit of body language to accent moments. It was like you kind of muzzled a well crafted character? I'd love to re-read this when you let your humor and imagination fly. You have characters, motivation, angst, and a partial reaction that's ready to be hit out of the park. Well done!

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