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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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
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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. 7, 2011 :
Sweet, poignant. This author has real promise in her future.
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Review by: Nigel Paresis on Sep. 9, 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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