Closing Shift

Rated 4.71/5 based on 14 reviews
Elli prefers working the evening shift in a coffee shop so she can plan, unnoticed, her escape from a life of quiet desperation. Will the arrival of an intense stranger draw her out?
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Published by Bannerwing Books
Words: 1,950
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466179998
About Cameron D. Garriepy

Self-described shenaniganist and unabashed romantic, Cameron wrote her first romance novel on an antique typewriter, using a stack of pink paper. Detours between that draft and publishing her first novel included a BA in Music, a professional culinary education, and twelve years in the child-wrangling industry.

Cameron writes from the Metro Boston area, where she lives with my husband, son, and a poorly behaved pug. Her fiction is independently published through most major ebook retailers by Bannerwing Books. Her writing has appeared on Livestrong, The Bump, ModernMom, and GlobalPost. Cameron was a managing editor at Write on Edge, and is the founder and senior editor at Bannerwing Books.

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Review by: Caroline Wood on Dec. 30, 2015 :
What an absolute delight to find this story. The writing is wonderful.
It can be a bit of a gamble choosing books on Smashwords...It's great that publishing is available to all but sometimes quality is a real issue. Not in this case, though. Cameron D. Garriepy's writing shines bright and clear. Loved it. Many thanks.
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Review by: John Dolan on March 12, 2014 :
'Closing Shift' is an elegantly written and beautifully structured short story, with all the right ingredients to pull at your emotions. I loved it and wanted more, much more.

I will be reading more from Ms Garriepy very soon! Her full-length novel,'Buck's Landing', is already on my Kindle.
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Review by: Marianne Curtis on Dec. 22, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this little short story; such a simple thing; a stolen moment at the end of a shift. The story left me hoping this couple experiences more than a one-nighter between two lonely people ~ it is too bad that she ran away.

Marianne Curtis
Finding Gloria, Moondust and Madness: A collection of Poetry, Behind Whispering Pines and Brian's Last Ride
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Review by: Lynette on July 31, 2012 :
A very well written short story, I enjoyed reading it. Thank you.
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Review by: crispynurse on July 25, 2012 :
Too short. Could have developed the story by expanding in a few areas.
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Review by: Lissa Bilyk on Oct. 07, 2011 :
Sweet, poignant. This author has real promise in her future.
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Review by: Nigel Paresis on Sep. 09, 2011 :
I chop my own firewood from the depths of the darkest redwood forests. I take my coffee black as a corporate CEO's soul and my steak still with the cowbell around its neck. I once told Chuck Norris to punch me in the face as hard as he could, and then once the bones in his fingers finished healing, I had him punch me again just to hear him cry like a girl.

I am a manly man.

I also read every word that Cameron Garriepy writes.

Sometimes, I might even cry a little.

Just in a manly way.

Download this, and then download everything else she puts into the world. Solid advice, people.
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Review by: Allison M. Dickson on Aug. 30, 2011 :
Holy moly. Let me first say, romance is not a genre I typically read, because I find it often laden with shallow schmaltz and the sort of on-the-nose predictability that makes the genre cliched and boring after awhile.

This is not the case with Closing Shift. Garriepy uses a very deft hand to weave a tight, believable, dark and sexy tale of loneliness. The way Garriepy captured the awkwardness of Elli, comparing her to a marionette in the arms of the stranger, was so well done, I still have the image running through my head. And by the end, I gave an audible groan, because I didn't want it to be the end. This is the sign of great writing, and I hope to see more from this author.
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Review by: Ailie Collins on Aug. 30, 2011 :
Garriepy writes extremely well and I thoroughly enjoyed her exploration of beginnings and endings and what we are and aren’t brave enough to do.
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Review by: Kris Wehrmeister on Aug. 23, 2011 :
I have long loved Ms. Garriepy's writing, and I am so pleased to see her work available here on Smashwords. This story is indicative of her ability to entangle the reader in the emotions and desires and secrets of her characters. In the words of one of her characters, Ms. Garriepy has the ability to "weave a kind of intimacy" with her words.

Magic, that.

This author makes the reader truly see her characters.

A woman who has "no talent for wanting?" I know that woman.


"Closing Shift" is a beautiful story from an enormously talented writer.
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Review by: Jennifer Dillon on Aug. 22, 2011 :
Cameron Garriepy is a master of seduction through quietly intimate moments that are embroidered with stunning detail and "Closing Shift" highlights that amazing talent. This story perfectly balances the reader on the razors edge of giving into desire and running. "Closing Shift," both makes your heart ache for each of the characters and leaves you wanting more.
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Review by: Kim McNamara on Aug. 20, 2011 : (no rating)
I didn't want it to end. I was ready for the next chapter. The details were exquisite, bang on. So many details that struck me, the pictures in the tampax box, the stepfather dubbing her Elli. Such good reading.
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Review by: Nancy Campbell on Aug. 16, 2011 : (no rating)
This the the real deal. A snapshot of a connection, brought together through pitch-perfect details and dialogue that lingers.

And the ending? It's hard to shake. I've been thinking of it ever since I finished this book.

Kudos to this talented author.
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Review by: Shauna Silva on Aug. 15, 2011 :
Oh, Cameron Garriepy, you complete me;) "Closing Shift" is equal parts voyeuristic indulgence and empathetic heartache. As usual, Garriepy's clean, vivid and pitch-perfect prose pull you in before you know what has hit you. This short story is both charming and dark in that perfect way that leaves you satisfied and gutted at the same time. Run don't walk to download this lovely read.
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Review by: Marian on Aug. 15, 2011 :
Borrowing a phrase from "Closing Shift," Cameron Garriepy's voice is "a breeze over night-dark water, an enchantment." Read her and love her.
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Review by: Heather on Aug. 15, 2011 :
"Closing Shift" showcases Ms. Garriepy's ability to evoke character and mood with just a few carefully chosen phrases. And simply put, she writes sex scenes better than anyone else out there today. When you come to the end of this short story, you'll be glad that most of Ms. Garriepy's brilliant work to-date has been of the serial variety -- leaving you to hope that there will be a follow-up visit with these characters down the road.
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