Today I have Seumas Gallacher to thank for sponsoring me as a recipient for the CHAMPIONS AWARDS (#CHAMPIONSAWARDS) and am deeply grateful.


Most of us bloggers and readers  know Seumas Gallacher as a prolific author of thrillers, and for his blog where he domonstrates his great Scottish humor, generously supporting and honoring so many authors. If you’re not familiar with his blog, hop on over and check on it. You won’t be sorry. The link is as follows:

I have chosen the following moninees for the CHAMPIONS AWARDS:

  1. Nick Verron
  2. David Prosser
  3. D. Wallace Peach
  4. Nicholas Rossis
  5. Dawn Quyle Landau

Recipients, if you choose to accept and wish to make moninations of your own for this award, please do the following:

  1. Post this Award sticker on your blog, with the hashtag #CHAMPIONSAWARDS.
  2. Acknowledge the sponsor of your Awards.
  3. Choose at least five of your own nominees and advise them accordingly, attaching these 5 guidelines.
  4. Keep it simple…no need for explanations for the Awards…we know how great these folks are.
  5. You are free to give out these Awards as frequently as you wish.

All of you have a great day.   🙂 — Suzanne



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Photo Copyright: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Here we are together for another week. Our hostess is the  gracious and talented artist  and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Today we’re gathered in her lovely kitchen.  We are the Friday Fictioneers, and the challenge this week, and every week is for each of us to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Rochelle herself. Thanks again, Rochelle.

To read the other stories from group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


The kitchen is the only room in the house without curtains. I’m all alone since John drowned.

I eat dinner early because the house has been surrounded by fog after dark. Something lurks there.

I hear waves impacting the sea wall. Nearer there’s a low moan.

I loved John, but I didn’t want him to come back to haunt me. He said we’d always be together, but, John, not like this. Please no, John.

The moaning isn’t the worst. There’s the scratching on the door.

This is not the man I knew and loved. Now he’s a monster.




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Stevie interviews Chris, the Story Reading Ape

Great interview.

Stevie Turner


There can be hardly anybody left on WordPress who is not familiar with the logo above, or has not heard of Chris, the Story Reading Ape.  Chris runs a promotional platform here on WordPress, and publishes valuable information and advice for Indie authors like myself.  Today for a change I thought I’d turn the spotlight around so that you can all find out a little bit more about Chris, the Story Reading Ape.

Thanks Chris, for answering my 20 questions!

  1. You say you’re not an author, but have you ever thought of writing a short story, poem or novel?

Yes I have posted several (very) short stories, you can find them under TSRA TALES in my blog NAVIGATION Tab ( )

  1. Whereabouts in the world do you live?

I currently live in Manchester, England, but I don’t originate from there (big furry pointy fanged grin)

  1. What made you decide to champion the Indie author?

In December 2012…

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Charles Dickens—Using Symbol, Theme & Allegory to Create Enduring Stories

This piece speaks for itself.

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Why are there certain stories we just can’t get enough of? Why do some stories fade away while others become staples for every generation? Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been made into all kinds of movies, plays, cartoons, musicals and there are countless variations of Dickens’ original story: A grumpy old miser who is transformed by the power of love.

Today we are going to explore the many brilliant layers of a very simple and timeless tale and maybe even extract some lessons to make our own writing even better.

One of my all-time favorite movies for the holidays is The Muppets Christmas Carol. I believe I’ve seen this movie a few hundred thousand times. I’ve worn out three VHS tapes and at least three DVDs. I play the movie over and over, mainly because, well, duh,  MUPPETS! I drive my husband nuts playing this movie over and…

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Control is an Illusion!

I agree with this. I’ve found it to be true.

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Life happens while we are making other plans.

I like this quote a lot. We are making plans for our nearer or further future, scheduling our days and then things happen which can change everything in an instant. The weather changes, someone gets sick, the job gets lost, accidents happen, or even more life impacting things.  We have no control about what happens around us. This is something we can be scared of or something that can even give us a relief because we can let go of the pressure to keep everything under control.

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